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Pamphlet 1302 Ezek kc 82-2

  The spiritually dead must remain that way [spiritually dead]
for 1000 years during the Millennium (Rev. 20:5).

The CLOSED OUTER EAST GATE and the reason. (vs. 1-3)

Ezekiel 44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
It is recorded in Rev. 15:8 that even the Temple in heaven will be shut at the 7th Trump
and no man shall enter therein.


Well, as it is written in 1 Cor. 15:52,
at the 7th (last) Trump we will all be changed into spiritual bodies
and so during the Millennium no one is going to "die" and go to heaven!,

All of us who do know the Lord, during this earth age period of grace, before the seventh trump sounds at His return, will take part in the 1st. resurrection to eternal life at that time.
But those of us who are not saved, i.e. do not know and love our Lord enough to do His will during this earth age are the SPIRITUALLY DEAD PEOPLE WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE.

They shall remain here for the 1000 year reign of Christ and His saints. {HIS SAINTS BEING THOSE OF US WHO KNEW THE LORD, BEFORE HIS RETURN, endured until the end, and now serve with him for 1000 years}

In other words, if you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, there will be NO salvation available to these folks (granting of eternal life) until after the Millennium when the second resurrection occurs. They are spiritually dead and must remain that way [spiritually dead] for 1000 years (Rev. 20:5).

Will they be able to come into the Inner Court
and approach unto Jesus Christ and sit at His feet?

[2] Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
When Christ says "depart from me, ye that work iniquity",
He will then close the door!

It is so sad, but because of the "famine" (Amos 8:11) for the hearing of His Word,
very few Christians know that when we are admonished
in the New Testament by Christ and even Paul to "watch and pray always"
that it is this book of Ezekiel,
the book of the appointed watchman "whom God strengthens",
which contains the details of the duties of that "watch".

Ezekiel 44:3
It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
The prince referred to here is the beloved prince David (see chapter 34:24) who must use the vestibule to go in and out.

Ezekiel is now brought into the COURT of THE HOUSE by the NORTH (the Sacrificial) GATE (vs. 4) - to receive "THE ORDINANCES of the HOUSE OF YAHVEH" (vs. 5-31).

[4] Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.
If you recall in chapter 40 in this Millennial Temple Vision (MTV), Ezekiel was first taken to this North (sacrificial) Gate. He has come "full circle" as we say in SEEING the Temple and he is now going to learn directly from the LORD what it is He wants the watchman to understand and tell the rebellious House of Israel. It is so sad, but because of the "famine" for the hearing of His Word, very few Christians know that when we are admonished in the New Testament by Christ and even Paul to "watch and pray always" that it is this book of Ezekiel, the book of the appointed watchman "whom God strengthens", which contains the details of the duties of that "watch".

Also, one can only imagine what an awesome sight it must be to behold the glory of the Lord, that beautiful aura called the "shekinah glory" which surrounds the Lord GOD and which fills the whole House. I once had the privilege while traveling north in the great and beautiful country of Canada to behold the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis, which filled the whole sky around us and completely engulfed us in a surreal and awesome display of brilliant, dazzling light. It was breathtaking to say the least. They are certainly appropriately named the Northern Lights, for as it is written He dwells in the sides of the North.

So He brought Ezekiel through the North Gate, the sacrificial gate, and He is now going to show him who is going to be doing the menial service work of the temple during the Millennium.

First, a word of warning for us to pay very close attention to that which He is about to reveal:

[5] And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.
Mark well means "set your heart", i.e. pay very close attention because this is extremely important. Open your "eyes to SEE" and "ears to HEAR" about ALL the ordinances and laws of the house! Pay close attention to who can enter in and who is excluded from it!
Ezekiel 44:6
And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,
You tell the people, oh appointed watchman, "Thus saith the Lord GOD", "It is Written". This is the way it is going to be, PERIOD.No matter what preachers tell people and promise them about the Millennium, the door of the East Gate WILL BE SHUT to them because of their abominations, even because they worshipped the abomination of desolation and became spiritually dead! So while they think they are going to come and sit at Jesus' feet during the Millennium, oh contraire, they will be sweeping and mopping floors and waiting hand and foot on the people they once led astray as they now come to offer their sacrifices and love offerings to the Lord. How interesting that the Hebrew word for "rebellious" is "meriy", pronounced mer-ee'.

If you want to know why the Lord has "lifted up his hand" (see vs. 12) against these false preachers, here it is:

[7] In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.
The Hebrew word for "strangers" is "nekar", Strong's # 5236; from Hebrew #5234 (nakar); foreign, or (concrete) a foreigner, or (abstract) heathendom :- alien, strange (+ -er).

This began back in the days of Solomon when the duties of the temple were multitudinous and "Nethinim" were hired to perform those laborious, menial duties involved with carrying wood and cleaning sacrifices and keeping the place clean.

"The word Nethinim occurs only in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, with a solitary passage in 1 Chron. 9:2. They discharged the more menial duties required by the temple worship... The Nethinim seem to have been naturalized foreigners rather than people of true Israelite descent (1 Chron. 9:2, Ezra 2:59, Neh. 7:61.)... Some of them lived on Ophel*, a southern prolongation of the temple hill... They seem to have adopted with some cordiality the covenant made at the instance of Nehemiah to worship Jehovah (Neh. 10:28, 29)." (Davis Bible Dictionary, Baker Publishing, under the heading "Nethinim", pg. 537.)
* Note: Ophel was where tower was from under which the water from the Fountain of the Virgin flowed into the pool of Siloam.

So while the Nethinim started out doing the "dirty work" of the Temple, by the time Jesus Christ walked the earth, the Nethinim, these non-Israelite foreigners (uncircumcised in the flesh), i.e. the kenites (sons of Cain) had "taken full charge of the sanctuary", i.e. they were now performing the duties of the Levitical Priests, and EVEN the High Priest was not of Abraham, neither in the flesh nor in the spirit.He was a kenite, an offspring of Cain as Christ would document concerning the scribes and Pharisees in John 8:44. That is what Jesus meant when He said:

Matthew 23:2
Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
The Nethinim eventually became scribes and Pharisees themselves and they were now sitting in the seat of "authority", i.e. Moses' seat.

Well, there is nothing new under the sun. The lazy preachers of Christianity today do not perform their appointed duties concerning the Word of God. Most are far from scholars and rarely research the scriptures or teach the people line by line. They have relied completely on the traditions of men to suffice and so they commit grave abominations and lead their congregations straight to the false-christ.

The irony in what we are about to read is that whereas the Nethinim did all the menial labor while the fat cat preachers gloried in their exalted positions, these preachers shall be reduced to temple servants for 1000 years and bear their shame as they are humbled before the nation.

Ezekiel 44:8
And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.
Again, they broke His covenant because they PERMITTED STRANGERS, uncircumcised in their flesh and in their hearts, to take over the SANCTUARY for their [the preachers] own pleasure and convenience! "For yourselves" means "for your own pleasure".

"Thus saith the Lord GOD", He will put a STOP to this abomination during the Millennium and for evermore.

[9] Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
The Rules of House shall prevail all through the 1000 years.
[10] And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
These are preachers who have gone astray and who teach Ishtar (Easter) instead of Passover, and hideous eternal torture doctrines like Dante's Inferno, instead of the second death, i.e. perishing (Jn. 3:16), and "fly away" theories designed to avoid tribulation, instead of instructing their congregations to put on the Gospel Armor line by line and verse by verse and be prepared to take a stand. They have not built an hedge for God's people against the Day of Battle by teaching God's Word. Instead they teach just have love in your heart and be kind and do good deeds and God will rapture them away when the enemy shows up.

You had better read what God has to say for "Thus saith the Lord GOD" is how it is going to be.

Ezekiel 44:11
Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.
They are going to be "lowly" servants, NOT priests unto Christ (see vs. 13). They are going to do, as we say, the "dirty work" of keeping and cleaning house (not that there is not honor in a job well done). As verse eleven declares, they may be guards or gatemen, or they shall slay the animals brought for burnt offerings, and they shall be present to help the people with whatever they need! In other words they will get all the "minimum wage jobs" in the Temple during the Millennium. They shall bear the shame of their iniquity for 1000 years and hopefully they will learn to be glad and appreciative that our Father even gives them an opportunity to still serve at all!

And they too, at the disciplined direction of the Zadok (God's elect), shall "Learn to Discern" between the holy and the profane, the true Christ and the false Christ, something which they are obviously unable to do at this present time.

[12] Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.
God is going to "lift up His hand AGAINST them". They are going to pay dearly for leading the people astray and CAUSING the house of Israel to FALL INTO INIQUITY, to worship the profane (Satan) as holy, i.e. as if he were Jesus Christ. They couldn't discern the difference nor did they exercise their charged duties as watchmen and take the time to search the scriptures (eat the whole scroll) to FIND OUT. You think that is not serious? You may be one who thinks this teacher is hard on other Christian ministers. It doesn't matter one bit what I think for "Thus saith the Lord GOD", what He says in His Word, prevails over ALL and He has declared through His watchman that these false preachers shall NOT COME NEAR HIM for 1000 years. They shall perform menial service in the Temple. Here are His Words, not mine:
Ezekiel 44:13
And they shall not come near unto me,
Get away from me, ye that work iniquity. This shall be in effect for 1000 years! The door will be SHUT to them!
to do the office of a priest unto me,
They will NOT be priests like the Zadok! They will serve and minister unto the people, but not to Christ. No Inner Court for these guys and gals. Their days of profaning the sanctuary are OVER. They can clean House for 1000 years and bear the shame of their iniquity.
nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place:
He is not going to let them even touch His holy things anymore. They are finished as priests!
but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
Again, hopefully they will be thankful to have this opportunity to bear their shame.You see, God still loves them though they committed the grossest of abominations in leading His children to worship antichrist, causing the house of Israel to FALL.

So as it is written, they shall be house keepers and do whatever needs to be done in the house.

[14] But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.

"No, they must suffer the shame of their abominable conduct, and I shall reduce them to taking charge of all the work and of all that goes on in the temple." (Moffat*)

*Note: If you are not well versed in Hebrew or Greek, or are just beginning to learn the languages, or even if you haven't even thought about it yet, it is a thing good to have other translations, like a Moffat Bible, etc., and read them also. Sometimes the Old English of the King James is not the easiest to understand.

Have you now grasped what has been said so far in this 44th chapter? Can you imagine these once well known popular evangelists and preachers who spoke from high pulpits and fancy stages or high ranking whatever's who gave blessings from lofty balconies, etc., now performing the menial tasks of the temple? Yes, the word humility comes to mind.

This will be in contrast to God's elect, the Zadok (which means the just) who did not go astray and who stood firm with the Gospel Armor on (Eph. 6) and who did not profane His Holy Word with the traditions of men by allowing "foreigners" to write church quarterlies from which they are instructed to teach.

Ezekiel 44:15
But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
God's elect who did not worship the false Messiah shall present the love offerings and the love sacrifices of the people unto Christ (saith the Lord GOD). Only those who are part of that first resurrection shall be blessed with such an holy position to be a priest of God. It is so written!
Rev. 20:6
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
The Zadok shall be able to enter the sanctuary and serve the King of kings and Lord of lords. What an honor and a privilege and a glorious blessing of happiness.
Ezekiel 44:16
They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
And it is written, the priests of the Zadok shall execute the commands of the Lord Jesus Christ and hold firm all the ordinances and laws of the house. In our next study we will read the details of some of the duties and responsibilities of the priests of the Zadok and what happens when a spiritually "dead" loved one goes astray.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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