November 21 – Why the description of the Temple?

November 21
Ezekiel 42:1-43:27
James 5:1-20
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 28:6-7

Ezekiel 43:2 – The Glory of the God of Israel – the same glory that departed from the temple (Ezekiel 10:18), from Jerusalem, to the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 11:23), is returning from the Mount of Olives, back into the Temple, in the inner court of the Ezekiel Temple!

Ezekiel 43:7 – Who is the glory?  From Jimmy DeYoung:

This passage of the prophecy written by the ancient Jewish Prophet Ezekiel is the foretelling of the day that Jesus will return to Jerusalem with the Jews that He has retrieved from the safety of the unique city of Petra. This is the climax of the seven years of terrible judgment on the Earth.

Jesus will have returned to the Earth just days earlier and after building His Temple in Jerusalem, Zechariah 6:12, He will go to the Jezreel Valley for the Battle of Armageddon.Then Jesus will make His way to Petra, Isaiah 63:1-6, to gather the Jews that will have been protected in a “place prepared by God”, Revelation 12:6, for the last half of the seven year Tribulation Period.

They will make their way from Petra, verse 2, across the Jordan Valley, up the back side of the Mount of Olives, across the Kidron Valley and then enter through the “Eastern Gate”, verse 4, and up onto the Temple Mount.

In this passage the word “glory”, used four times, is referring to the person of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. In the record found in the Old Testament of when the “ark of the covenant” was brought into the Temple, I Kings 8, the “glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” This is what happens as this prophecy is fulfilled.

Ezekiel 43:10 – These passages are the greatest proof that God isn’t done with Israel yet. From EnduringWord:  “Again, the very detail of the description was assurance to Israel that this was real. Their restoration would be real. This made it important for Ezekiel to write it down in their sight.”

Ezekiel 43:19 – Why in the eschatological future do we have sin offerings? As the Old Testament sin offerings looked forward to the sin offering of Jesus, the Ezekiel Temple offerings look back to His sin offering.

James 5:1 – Notice on days that the stock market goes down, the billions lost by the tech titans. Be glad your treasure is not in this world (Matthew 6:21).

James 5:12 – Tell the truth, till the day you die!

James 5:16 – Why are there so many sick in churches? In addition to the biological causes, are we seeing people suffering from spiritual maladies? Unconfessed sin breeds bitterness, which has many physiological symptoms.

Psalm 119:1 – Welcome back to Psalm 119! We’ve read in Romans that the  law hath dominion over us (Romans 7:1), and end up a little unhappy with the idea of law. We should be – because we can’t keep the law. But with the Spirit (Romans 8:4) we can have life. Our struggle is not keeping the law, our power enables us to live the life the law showed but could not give us. We can now live the blessings of Psalm 119!

  • Blessing (Psalm 119:1, 2)
  • Freedom from sin (Psalm 119:3, 11)
  • Freedom from shame (Psalm 119:6)
  • Joy (Psalm 119:14, 16)

Psalm 119:11-12 – Memorize with Earl Martin!

Proverbs 28:7 – Keeping the law is the path of wisdom. Of course it’s impossible without the Spirit, but with the Spirit and the Word (Psalm 119:9), the son can gain wisdom on his way!

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