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The Book of Ezekiel – Part 15

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THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL — PART 15


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  1. TEACHING ONE: GOD’S SWORD OF JUDGEMENT

    (Ezekiel 21:1-7)

  2. TEACHING TWO:
    THE FUTURE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL FORETOLD

    (Ezekiel 20:40-44)

  3. TEACHING THREE: A GREAT CHANGE

    (Ezekiel 36:25-29)

  4. TEACHING FOUR: THE MILLENNIUM TEMPLE

    (Starting in Chapter 40)

  5. BASIC OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTERS IN EZEKIEL RELATED TO THE TEMPLE AND THE MILLENNIUM AGE

  6. CONCLUSION


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TEACHING ONE:

GOD’S SWORD OF JUDGEMENT

(Ezekiel 21:1-7)

Introduction:

The Book of Ezekiel contains much concerning the Judgement of God. People in Ezekiel’s day did not like hearing about this Judgement — It made them feel uncomfortable — most preferred a message of encouragement and love. People today are the same they recoil when the Judgement of God is spoken about. This section of scripture talks about God’s Sword — A Theme that can be found in a number of places throughout the book.

In this portion of scripture Ezekiel is commanded to SIGH (v6 & v7) before people to attract their attention; and when they asked him why he was sighing he was able to explain to them that God had a sword of Judgement which was going to fall upon them shortly. Some of the important points of this Judgement are as follows:

1) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN

IS GOD’S SWORD: (Eze 21:5)

“That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn MY sword”

(Gen 3:24) (Isa 66:16) (Isa 34:5-6) (Eze 12:14) (Deut 33:29) (Lev 26:25)

(Deut 32:41-42) (Joshua 5:13) (Num 22:31) (Judges 7:20) (Jer 7:46)

(Eze 21:15) (Eze 30:24-25) (Eze 32:10) (Amos 7:9) (Eze 21:9-12)

(Eze 21:28) (Eph 6:17) (Heb 4:12) (Rev 6:4)

*** We know from this then that as this is God’s sword of Judgement

all the Judgement about to take place

is right; fitting; and appropriate ***

2) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN

HAS VARIOUS CHARACTERISTICS:

A) This sword is going to be painful. (Eze 21:9-10)

B) This sword is going to be cutting. (v 3c)

C) This sword of Judgement is going to be a robber.

3) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN BY GOD

HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON PEOPLE:

A) The sword of Judgement causes Hearts to melt. (Eze 21:7)

“And every heart shall melt”

B) The sword of Judgement causes physical strength to depart.

(Eze 21:7)

“And all hands shall be feeble”

C) The sword of Judgement causes spiritual devastation. (Eze 21:7)

“And every spirit shall faint”

D) The sword of Judgement causes people

not to be able to stand before a Holy God. (Eze 21:7)

“And all knees shall be as weak as water”

4) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT WHEN DRAWN BY GOD

WILL BE KNOWN:

(Eze 21:5)

“That all flesh may KNOW that I the Lord”

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5) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT

IS INEVITABLE AND INESCAPABLE:

A) The sword of Judgement is drawn.

“And will draw forth my sword out of the sheath” (v 3)

“That I the Lord have drawn my sword” (v 5)

“For the tidings; because it cometh” (v 7)

“Behold it cometh, and shall be brought to pass” (v 7)

6) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN BY GOD

IS AGAINST EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING:

A) The Drawn sword is against all Flesh. (Eze 21:4)

B) The Drawn sword of Judgement is against

the Righteous. (v 3) (v 4a)

C) The Drawn sword of Judgement is against

the Wicked. (v 3) (v 4a)

D) The Drawn sword of Judgement is against

the things people treasure and trust so much. (v 2)

1) The Jews treasured Jerusalem

— The Drawn sword of God’s Judgement

was going to take this away from them.

2) The Jews treasured the Holy Places

— The Drawn sword of God’s Judgement

was going to take the Holy Places away from the Jews.

*** GOD’S DRAWN SWORD OF JUDGEMENT

ALWAYS TAKES AWAY FROM US

— IT IS A ROBBER DESIGNED BY HIM

— TO DO US GOOD AND BRING US BACK TO HIMSELF ***


TEACHING TWO:

THE FUTURE RESTORATION

OF ISRAEL FORETOLD

(Ezekiel 20:40-44)

1) Israel will again be allowed into the Presence of God. (Eze 20:40)

“There shall all the house of Israel”

2) Israel will again Serve God. (Eze 20:40)

“All of them in the land Serve me”

3) Israel will again be Accepted by God. (Eze 20:40)

“There will I accept them” (Eze 20:40)

“I will accept you with your sweet savour” (Eze 20:41)

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4) Israel will again be required to make Offerings to God. (Eze 20:40)

*** Not now for sacrifice for sin,

but to serve as a memorial and a schooling for the coming generations,

teaching them the wonderful work of Christ on the cross

— They will be looking BACK to the cross

throughout the millennium and the new earth period

— In other words throughout — Eternity ***

5) Israel will be Gathered

out of the countries where they have been Scattered. (Eze 20:41)

6) Israel will again

Set God Apart to be worshipped before the Heathen. (Eze 20:41)

“And I will be Sanctified in you before the Heathen”

7) Israel will again KNOW the Lord.

“And ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Eze 20:42)

“And ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Eze 20:44)

8) Israel will again

Remember what God has done for them in the past. (Eze 20:42)

“Into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand

to give it to your fathers”

**** ALL THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL WILL BE GATHERED

BACK FROM THE NATIONS TO OCCUPY THE ORIGINAL

PROMISED LAND OF PALESTINE IN ALL ETERNITY ****

9) Israel will again be Convicted of their previous Great Sin. (Eze 20:43)

See Also: (Zech 12:10)

10) Israel will again be dealt Graciously with by God

— Not for any goodness or merit within themselves

But for the sake of the Name of the Lord. (Eze 20:44)


TEACHING THREE:

A GREAT CHANGE

(Ezekiel 36:25-29)

Introduction:

This passage of scripture has tremendous truth contained within it. Practically it talks about the Great Change and obvious difference that the Holy Spirit makes to a person’s life; and theologically we learn a lot about how the Spirit of God works from these verses.

Probably in our day the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit is muddled and confused by certain so called bible teachers more than any other teaching. The following points are worthy of note:

1) A Genuine Believer Is Given a NEW HEART By God (Eze 36:26)

(Jer 31:33) (2 Cor 5:17) (Gal 6:15) (Titus 3:5)

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2) A Genuine Believer is Given a NEW SPIRIT By God. (Eze 36:26)

(Eze 11:19)

3) A Genuine Believer Has

God’s Spirit Come And Dwell WITHIN THEM.

(Eze 36:26)

(Eze 11:19) (John 14:17) (Romans 8:9) (1 Corinthians 3:16)

(1 Corinthians 6:19) (2 Timothy 1:14) (1 John 2:27)

4) A Genuine Believer Has

His UNBELIEVING HEART OF STONE TAKEN AWAY.

(Eze 36:26)

(Eze 11:19) (Zech 7:12) (Matt 13:20-21)

“I will remove that rock hard heart of yours

and replace it with one that is sensitive to me”

5) A Genuine Believer Has The POWER OF GOD

WITH HIS SPIRIT WITHIN

TO WALK GOD’S WAY:

(Eze 36:27) See Also: (Psalm 51:10)

6) A Genuine Believer Has The Spiritual Insight Now To

UNDERSTAND GOD’S JUDGEMENTS AND DO THEM:

(Eze 36:27)

*** Notice the Non believer cannot do this

— See 1 Corinthians 2:14 ***

7) A Genuine Believer Has Now

BECOME A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:

(Eze 36:28)

“And ye shall be my people”

(Eze 37:23) (Eze 37:27)

8) A Genuine Believer Now Has A NEW GOD. (Eze 36:28)

“And I will be your God”

*** Compare with (John 8:44) (1 John 3:10) ***


TEACHING FOUR:

THE MILLENNIUM TEMPLE

(Starting in Chapter 40)

The teaching on the Millennium Temple is a huge subject

— But there are a number of fundamental Points that need to be

understood to correctly understand these chapters in Ezekiel.

These are as follows:

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1) The Millennium Temple in the book of Ezekiel is a VISION

which Ezekiel is given by God of the rebuilding of the Temple

during the 1000 year kingdom age

— Which is yet future to us.

2) The Millennium Temple

being a vision and for a future dispensation

HAS NOT YET BEEN BUILT

— So we cannot go and see it.

3) The Millennium Temple will be built

to RE-ESTABLISH Jewish worship.

4) The Millennium Temple

because of it’s dimensions recorded for us by Ezekiel

seems to be a temple which will be

EVEN LARGER IN SIZE than Solomon’s Temple.


BASIC OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTERS IN EZEKIEL RELATED TO

THE TEMPLE AND THE MILLENNIUM AGE

1) Chapter 40:

a) The vision of the Millennium Temple

as seen by Ezekiel from a very High Mountain.

(Eze 40:1-5)

b) The description of the Different Gates of the Millennium Temple.

(Eze 40:6-37)

(Notice there are only 3 geographical points

mentioned in these verses — East; South; and North)

c) The mention of the 8 Tables; The Chambers;

and The Porch House. (Eze 40:38-49)

2) Chapter 41:

This chapter is concerned with dimensions; chambers;

and selected ornamentation for the temple.

3) Chapter 42:

This chapter is concerned with

the Priest’s Chamber and how these are to be used;

along with the dimensions of the outer court.

4) Chapter 43:

This is a key chapter.

It speaks of the return of God’s Glory into the temple;

and how the rebellion and sin of God’s people

were hindering the presence of God.

There is also a call in this chapter for repentance

on behalf of God’s people

— This proves that the conditions during the 1000 years

although good will not be perfect.

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5) Chapter 44:

This chapter covers:

The priests disrespect of the temple;

Idolaters being barred from the office of priesthood;

The sons of Zadok;

and the fact that the east gate is assigned only to the Prince.

6) Chapter 45:

This chapter is primarily concerned with the divisions of the Land during the Kingdom Age.

7) Chapter 46:

This chapter is primarily concerned with instruction to be followed in worship;

along with an interesting section about the courts for boiling and baking.

8) Chapter 47:

The main focus of this chapter is taken up with the River From The Temple.

And the virtue of It.

Also in this chapter is the division of the Land by Lot.

9) Chapter 48:

The portions for the 12 tribes;

The city and its suburbs;

The dimensions and gates of the city are all discussed in this final chapter of the Great Book Of Ezekiel.


CONCLUSION

This brings to a conclusion of a 15 week study of nearly 2 hours a week on the Prophecy of Ezekiel. We have attempted to study the key details. However because of the spiritual depth of this wonderful book in many ways we have only just started. Contained in the Book of Ezekiel is a lifetime of spiritual treasures of God which even if it were to be studied until our Lord calls us home would still not be exhausted. It is hoped that these 15 weeks would enable the student to have the background to study further as an individual and be blessed by all that Ezekiel has left us.