An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

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: They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.”
(Ezekiel 44:15-16)

In chapters 40-42 of Ezekiel’s prophecy, he describes what must be considered an actual, physical Temple. In chapters 43-46 he describes what priestly services look like in this Temple’s precincts. Finally, in chapters 47-48, he describes stupendous changes to the Holy Land itself. Since neither Ezekiel’s Temple nor its particular sacrificial system is Mosaic (the details concerning animal sacrifices are too different), it seems best to place Ezekiel chapters 40-48 in the Millennium. This is the 1,000 year time block described in Revelation 20:2-7. This is the Kingdom the Lord Jesus will establish and rule over at His return (Matthew 13:36-43; 25:31-46; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6-7; et al). We notice that there is no wall excluding the Gentiles in Ezekiel’s Temple, symbolic of the fact that Christ “is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ephesians 2:14). The absence of the laver symbolizes the fact that Christ cleanses us through His word (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26). Because Christ will be the present, Bread of Life and Light of the World, there will be neither show bread nor lamp-stand in the Temple. Because He will be there, interceding for people, there will be no need for a veil or Altar of Incense (Christ’s flesh is the anti-type of the Temple’s Veil, Hebrews 10:20). Sabbath days will be recognized in celebration of the Messiah’s reign, which is itself an extended Sabbath rest (Isaiah 11:10; Zephaniah 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-12). Only two holidays on the Jewish calendar will be observed: Passover, which involves a slain lamb, and Tabernacles, which involves the gathering of nations. These are symbols of the redemptive work of Christ and what it accomplished. Some have wondered about animal sacrifices in the Millennium and what purpose they will serve. First, they will teach the world the difference between clean and unclean, the profane and the holy (44:23). Secondly, because death will be rare in the Millennium, animal sacrifices will serve memorial purposes, reminding and demonstrating in the most powerful of terms what Christ has done for us. Thirdly, innocent animal blood will cleanse, sanctify, and consecrate the Temple and its Furniture (43:20, 26; 45:18). Lastly, as members of the church in this dispensation, God the Spirit lives in us despite the presence of sin in our flesh (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Romans 7:18). In the Millennium animal blood will be needed sanctify the flesh of believers outside of the church who are not yet glorified (Hebrews 9:9-14). May God bless our study of the Scriptures today, which inform us of His remarkable and mysterious plans and purposes for the future!

God bless,

pastor john