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Ezekiel 46

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The Manner of Worship at the Millennial Temple

Ezekiel 46

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Lesson Number 43

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Millennial Temple will be a place where people remember the redemptive work of Christ.
  2. The Millennial Temple will be a place where people gather for worship and fellowship.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t interrupt the continuing burnt offering!

Questions

  1. In review, we believe that chapters 40-48 of Ezekiel should be interpreted _________. This would include the dimensions of the __________ and the detailed regulations of ________. This interpretation also harmonizes with the predicted _______________ of the nation of Israel. The prince mentioned frequently in this chapter is not the ______ or the resurrected ________, but is a high ranking leader of the future nation of Israel.
  2. The future of the nation of Israel is clarified in which chapter of Romans? The establishment of the Millennial Kingdom is clarified in what chapter of Revelation? Where in the book of Zechariah do we find the prediction of the person who will direct the building of the Temple? Who will this person be?
  3. Why will the inner east gate of the temple complex be left open on certain days? On which days will it be left open?
  4. According to verse 17, what ancient Jewish celebration will be observed throughout the Millennium? What is this celebration more commonly called?
  5. Why will there be no temple or animal sacrifices in the eternal state that will follow the Millennium?

Answers

  1. We believe chapters 40-48 of Ezekiel should be interpreted literally, including the dimensions of the Temple and the detailed regulations of worship. A literal interpretation harmonizes with the predicted restoration of the nation of Israel. The prince, who has significant responsibilities relating to the worship at the Millennial Temple, is not the Lord or the resurrected David because he has sons (vs 16-18).
  2. The future restoration of the nation of Israel to the Lord is made clear in Romans chapter 11, as is the Millennial Kingdom in Revelation chapter 20. In Zechariah 6:13, it is predicted that the Lord Himself will direct the building of the Millennial Temple.
  3. Verses 1 and 2 indicate that on the weekly sabbaths, the monthly days of the new moon and appointed feast days, the inner east gate will be left open for the people to worship. This gate will be shut on the six working days. This shows that there will be work during the Millennium.
  4. The ancient celebration of the year of liberty, more commonly called the year of Jubilee, will be observed during the Millennium (v 17).
  5. There will be no temple or animal sacrifices in the eternal state because the effects of “the curse” will be forever erased. See Revelation 21:22 and 22:3 in this regard.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Read Zechariah 14:16 and Isaiah 42:6-7. Discuss the participation of the saved Gentile nations in the worship of the Lord God in the Millennium, and how the restored Israel will be a light to the Gentiles at that time. Consider the uniqueness of this relationship in contrast to the present situation where Gentile believers are a light to an unbelieving and not-yet-restored Israel.

Challenge

  1. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15. As it will be with the daily, morning burnt offering in the future Millennial Temple, let the worship of the Lord be a continual and continuing practice in your life, with lips of praise in prayer and in the reading and study of God’s Word.

Key Verses

  • “Thus says the Lord God: ‘The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened . . . Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before the Lord . . .’” From Ezekiel 46:1-3

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