By E. BENDOR SAMUEL
chapter 37 the prophet Ezekiel predicts
the building of the
Son of man, behold with thine eyes,
and hear with thine ears and set thy heart upon all that I shall show thee, for
in order that it might be shown thee art thou brought hither. Declare thus to the house of
The shape and size and all the particulars of the building and its furniture were shown him and he was commanded to give all the details of them to his people, that realizing God's gracious purpose with them they may be ashamed of their iniquities. He was to show them the form of the house and its fashion, and its goings out and its comings in, and all the ordinances, and all its forms, and all its laws, and write it all before them that they may keep the whole form thereof and all the statutes thereof and do them (43: 10, 11).
The Man Who disappeared together with the cherubim from the temple that was about to be destroyed now reappears with the Glory of the Lord in the rebuilt temple nevermore to depart from His people.
That the Temple of Ezekiel does not refer to that of Zerubbabel, nor of Herod, is clear from the fact that it differed from them in its structure and observances:-
The one described by Ezekiel is larger than the earlier ones, but its altar is
smaller, for while the earlier ones were the centre of worship for
The altar is smaller than that of Solomon's as the great antitypical sacrifice
was already offered and those in the future
(c) For the same reason the Day of Atonement is not mentioned by Ezekiel as full atonement has already been made by Christ for all who believe in Him. This is in accordance with Heb. 10: 14, 18.
(d) It is remarkable that Ezekiel does not mention the paschal lamb; he speaks of the Passover as the feast of seven days, and says that the Prince shall prepare for himself and for all the people a bullock for a sin offering. Christ completely fulfilled, first, the command regarding it by taking part of the meal on the Passover night with His disciples; and secondly, its type, when He died on the cross on the very day that the paschal lamb was offered according to the Jewish way of reckoning, that is, the day being from sunset to sunset. The command is From even to even shall ye celebrate your sabbaths.
Feast of Passover is to be observed as it sets forth not only
According to Zech. 14: 16, the Feast of Tabernacles will also be kept. It was the feast of ingathering and represents the completion of the ingathering of the nations.
(e) The Feast of Weeks, of Pentecost, is not mentioned as that is connected with this age of the Spirit (1 John 14: 11, 17; 15: 26; Acts 2: 23), Who is with us in a special sense during the bodily absence of the Lord Jesus.
(f) There will also be a change in the offering of the sacrifices suitable to the times. The burnt offering, for instance, will only be offered in the mornings (46: 13-15), and not in the evenings also.
In harmony with Jer. 3: 16, there will be no
as we have see, the Divine Man will be in the Holy of Holies where the
Jewish Rabbis say that the
(h) Ezekiel does not say anything about the Veil, or Shewbread, or Candelabra. There is good reason for the omission. The Veil that was rent asunder by invisible hands at the death of our Saviour will probably never be restored, because it has opened for the saved ones the way to the presence of God where Christ as our High Priest Himself has entered and the way will ever remain open to us. The Presence of our Lord will far outshine any light that all the candelabra could give us (as will be the case in the heavenly City, Rev. 21: 23). The house of Jacob will then walk in the light of Jehovah (Isa. 2: 5), and in their turn will shine for Him, according to the declaration of the prophet.
Arise, shine, for thy light is come and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people, but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee (ibid. 60: 1, 2).
The Shewbread, or more literally, the Bread of the Presence, being placed before Jehovah, set forth Christ in His human perfection together with His redeemed people, the twelve loaves also representing the twelve tribes of Israel, but the Lord Jesus in His human form being Himself present in the midst of the entire nation of Israel, it will, perhaps, be one amongst other symbols no more necessary in the Millennium.
(i) The arrangement of the
There is a remarkable verse in Isaiah 53 which reads:
All we, like sheep, have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, but Jehovah hath caused to meet on Him the iniquity of us all.
Hiphgia Caused to meet, that is the literal translation. The picture is graphic. Christ in the centre of God's purpose of salvation; the sins travelling from all points of the compass, North and South, East and West, and from all points of time, before Christ and after Christ, meeting upon Him as their focal point. In harmony with this would be the system of sacrifices, those offered by the ancients looking forward and those offered in the Millennium looking back upon Christ as the centre.
is further indicated by the fact that the centre of the
God first chose
Israelites will probably set forth in all harmonious parts the outward beauty
and inward sanctity of the
To set forth this and not to invalidate the principles of the Epistle to the Hebrews, that after Christ's perfect sacrifice no further propitiation is needed, is probably one object of the future Temple liturgy. Israel's province will be to exhibit in the minutest details of sacrifice the essential unity of the Law and the Gospel which now seem opposed" (A. R. Fausset).
When the Tabernacle was erected we are told that A cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle (Exod. 40: 34).
at the completion of the
that glory, the visible emblem of the invisible
presence of God, was seen by Ezekiel to disappear slowly and reluctantly, from
the gate that looketh toward the east. And first from the Cherub unto the threshold of the house (Ezek. 9: 3), then from the threshold of the house
unto the door of the gate (10: 11, 19).
Finally, the prophet saw it disappearing
from the midst of
And he brought me unto the gate, and behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east; and His voice was like the sound of many waters and the earth shined with His glory ... And the glory of Jehovah came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east, And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and behold the glory of Jehovah filled the house (Ezek. 43: 1-5).
This will surpass anything that took place in the Tabernacle or former temples because the Glory will not be merely symbolic as was formerly the case, but will be the accompaniment of the personal presence of Jehovah, for the prophet continues
And I hear one speaking with me out of the house; and a man was standing by me, And he said unto me, Son of man, This is the place of My throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever (Ibid. 43: 6, 7).
Millennial age will likewise foreshadow and prepare the way for the perfect
state. In the former God's presence will
be in the midst of
in the heavenly and earthly
the earthly city the names of the twelve tribes are on the twelve gates; in the
heavenly city there are also twelve gates with the names of the twelve tribes
In Ezekiel the configuration of the earth is to be changed, in the Apocalyptic vision there is a new earth.
Ezekiels vision the chief part is the