Ezekiel Chapter 44
"The Priests and Levites; the Ordinances."
Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
In this chapter we will learn what people will be doing in the Millennium age. This chapter will focus on several different types of the "overcomers", or categories of people that will be in the Millennium. Included in these types are those that fell short of Christ's mark, they did not study the word of God, and chased after the Antichrist and took his name and number.
The next is the priests, or ministers that ultimately came to the truth, but to late to see Christ in the Millennium age; for only those who stood against the Antichrist, and his system will be allowed to approach our Lord.
All those who have died in this earth age, and loved the Lord, will not be on earth in this Millennium age, for they are in heaven, and heaven will be locked for the thousand years of the Millennium teaching. This is because there will be no death in the Millennium age, for all souls will be in their spiritual, or incorruptible bodies.
The Millennium age is only for those who need to be taught, and those who will be doing the teaching. It is like a thousand year boot camp. All people living during the time of the Antichrist; those who stood against Satan, as well as those who were deceived by Satan, will be present in the Millennium, and we will be there along with Jesus Christ the Messiah, the true Son of the Living God; and the Prince, King David.
We will see also that God's "Elect", those that stood against Satan in the first earth age, as well as taking a stand and were not deceived by the Antichrist in this flesh age, will also be discussed in this chapter. The time that this Millennium period begins is spoken of by Paul in I Corinthians 15:50-54, That instant in time when all flesh will be done away with and people will be changed from their flesh bodies into their incorruptible bodies for the thousand year period. this change will be "in the twinkling of an eye".
Ezekiel 44:1 "Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut."
When our Lord Jesus Christ arrives on the Mount of Olives, and walks through the east gate, into the Sanctuary; the gate will be shut and locked after His entry
Ezekiel 44:2 "Then said the LORD unto me; "This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut."
The east gate is closed. We are not talking about the eternity, but the east gate of the Millennium Temple.
Ezekiel 44:3 "It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same."
This east gate is for the Prince of Israel, and his identification is given by Ezekiel in Ezekiel 34:24; it is King David. David is the only Prince that can use the east gate.
Ezekiel 44:4 "Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD, and I fell on my face."
Our Lord Jesus Christ's place is on the North side, and this is why Satan chose to be on the north side, as written in Isaiah 14:13.
Ezekiel 44:5 "And the LORD said unto me," Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary."
"Mark well" means to "write it down"; our Lord Jesus is telling Ezekiel twice so it will be remembered.
The ordinances are back in the Millennium, only not as they were in this earth age. The ordinances will be a form of discipline that will be followed then to the letter, and during this time we will have the Messiah with us. All His laws will be followed then. These laws will be God's laws of love and unselfishness. Remember this is the Millennium age, and don't mix it with the age of Grace we are now in.
Ezekiel 44:6 "And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God: O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,"
Our Lord Jesus Christ is drawing our attention to the failure and laziness of the house of Israel, which are the Christian nations and all those who called themselves a Christian. Can you imagine how our Lord Jesus Christ will feel when He returns to earth to find His "bride" [Christians] has become a bunch of spiritual whores. They have allowed themselves to follow a lies of false teachers, such as the rapture doctrine preachers, and taken up with the Antichrist.
Jesus makes it clear that it is after the Antichrist has come [the sixth trumpet], and deceived the whole earth, that He will return. Yet, in ignorance, the Christian world continues to follow blindly their false shepherds, and will go right into the Antichrist's camp.
God is not happy with His people, the House of Israel [The Christian people], and this falling away from Christ to the Antichrist are the "abominations" spoken of here.
Ezekiel 44:7 "In that ye have brought into My sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary, to pollute it, even My house, when ye offer My bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken My covenant because of all your abominations."
Remember in II Thessalonians 2:3-4, where Paul is saying that he wants to talk to you about our "returning to Jesus Christ". Paul said that it shall not happen until that "stranger", the "son of perdition" will stand in the Sanctuary of God, claiming himself to be God. That is the "abomination of Desolation" spoken of by Daniel in Daniel 9:26, 27, and all denominations will be part of that abomination, for their false shepherds will have joined their flocks to this abomination.
The churches of today are bringing in "strangers", with their strange doctrines [doctrines of demons] and the Christian churches are accepting false doctrine in ignorance. This is happening right now on a massive scale, even the Sodomites want their part in God's Sanctuary, and Christians are allowing it. The "Kenites", the offspring of Satan through Cain, want to lead the Christian World, as they are trying to join Christianity to their Judaism, and other false religions and mix God's love and Salvation with their false set of standards.
In Daniels 70th week, in the middle of that week, the bread and the wine of the Holy Communion will be given over to the wrong person, the Antichrist. Christians will become an active part in Satan's abominations when they give themselves over to these lies. This is what our Lord is speaking of here.
Ezekiel 44:8 "And ye have not kept the charge of Mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of My charge in My sanctuary for yourselves."
The men of God are not teaching The Word of God, but the doctrines of men that "strangers" [Kenites] are bringing in. They are placing these "strangers" as hirelings over their churches. These strangers, or "keepers" are the sons of Satan, through Cain, and the offspring of Eve and Satan in the garden of Eden. Many pastors today would rather teach about a fairy tale of apple trees, then the truth of God's Word, and allow these strangers to keep pouring their poisonous doctrines into their minds. They are sitting in the Sanctuary where they should not be.
Ezekiel 44:9 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; 'No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into My sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel."
It is just like in Ezra and Nehemiah's day when the sanctuary was filled with the heathen Nethinims [Kenites] that were hired to do the liturgical duties. They were doing the work that the Levites were suppose to be doing, but the Levites gave their duties of the Sanctuary over to Satan's children, the Kenites. Even to the point of becoming the scribes and the keeping of the records.
I Chronicles 2:55 "And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez [Jerusalem], The Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab."
These Kenites are not of Judah, nor of the lineage of Abraham, Noah or Adam, but for their father Cain, the son of Satan from the Garden of Eden, through the lineage of Rechab. They have no right to be sitting in the seat of Moses, yet the house of Judah has given the Levitical duties over to them. Even to this day they are in control over most of the Christian world. These are the same people that sought to murder Christ when he walked on the earth in the flesh, and followed through with their murderous act.
When Ezra was on his way back to Jerusalem, he stopped to count the number of Levite priests, and there was not one single Levite with them. They were all Babylonian "Kenite" [Nethinims]. In fact over half of the people returning were not even Hebrew, this we can tell by the listing of their names.
Ezra 3:15 "And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the People, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi."
Most Christians and Pastors have no idea of this fact at all. They read it as though it is perfect that they even returned, and they don't even see the abominations that took place on that day. They are to ignorant to see that this was an abomination before the Lord, for they just know don't the Word of the Living God.
Just as those events of Ezra's day were an abomination to the Lord, so also is what is happening right now, today, in the Sanctuaries of God called the Christian Churches. Christians are letting all forms of these heathen into their Sanctuaries to teach their false doctrines, and prepare Christians for the coming of the false Christ.
The "Levite priest" of today is the man of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit and teaches the entire Word of God, rather then heathen doctrines and philosophies. This verse nine has come to pass today, and many have slipped into the Sanctuary claiming to be of God, when in fact they are not.
The teaching that the "circumcision of these times", is the "circumcision of the heart" that was taught by Jesus Christ while He was on the earth.
Ezekiel 44:10 "And the Levites that are gone away far from Me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from Me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity."
Remember, we are in the Millennium here, and Jesus is speaking to Ezekiel about the Levites leaving their spiritual posts, way back in the early days. It was the Levites that allowed the Israelites of both houses to go astray. The tribe of Levites were scattered amongst all tribes, to fulfill their duties before God.
In the final days of this earth age, it is also the 144,000 scattered amongst all tribes, [12,000 from each] that will be saved when they hear the elect open their mouths, and the Holy Spirit of God speaks through them. These are the Levites that went astray, and will be saved to fill their Levitical duties of the Millennium. They will hear the words, and then the Holy Spirit will make it come alive to them. This is through the "tongues" spoken of by Joel in Joel 2:28-32, and Peter in Acts 2:16-21.
Ezekiel 44:11 "Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them."
Even though they went astray, they will be ministers in Jesus Christ's Millennium Sanctuary. These 144,00 are of the virgin bride also, because they came out before the change to the incorruptible bodies, of I Corinthians 15:50-52. These 144,000 will be the preachers in the Millennium age. They will teach those who were deceived.
The "daily oblation" will be that every knee will be bowing to Christ.
Ezekiel 44:12 "Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up Mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity."
Because these preachers were to teach the truths of God's Word, and they did not, the people were allowed to fall into the iniquity of worshipping Satan in the role of the Antichrist. Because these Millennium priests were saved out of the Antichrist's system, they are not allowed to approach the Messiah. They are saved, however they will pay for their crimes of bowing to Satan in the flesh age.
Ezekiel 44:13 "And they shall not come near unto Me, to do the office of the "Priest unto Me, nor to come near to any of My holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed."
Jesus is telling them, yes your saved, but get out of my sight. Your job is teaching sinners, so do your job. You peddled your rapture doctrine, and played games with the enemy; well now you can spend the next thousand years correction your ways. Just don't come near me, and my holy things.
They may be saved, and their flocks will be taught, but there will be a thousand years that they will not be able to even look upon our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ezekiel 44:14 "But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein."
To put it in military terms, They are going to be on work detail for a thousand years. They will do all the dirty work for having allowed their flocks to follow the rapture theory into Satan's camp. Friend, does the rapture theory still sound good to you.
God will judge the preachers first, as we saw in Ezekiel 34:1-16, and their dignified lives of this age will turn them to the work detail of the next age. It's time to stop playing games, humble yourself and get into God's holy Word. We are talking about the 144,000 who let the "Kenites" do their thinking for them, and they will learn a lesson whereby they will never get sloppy again.
Ezekiel 44:15 "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:"
These priests are the ministers that were not deceived for one moment by Satan the Antichrist, and it is they that shall stand before Me to offer unto Me the "fat and the blood" offering, however there is no flesh in the Millennium, so this is the gifts and sacrifices of this millennium time. God's "elect" are the "Zadok", in Hebrew means "the just". They will serve God, and be in His presence.
If you think when the Millennium comes you can run up to Jesus and be buddy-buddy, it is just not so. There will be so few that will be in this final generation that will be in the first resurrection, and only those will be allowed to personally serve our Lord. The base of the deception that will take place will come from false doctrines that have become part of the Church. If you can't accept it now, then accept it after it happens.
Ezekiel 44:16 "They shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to My table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge."
These Zadok, or Elect are still watchman that will watch over His command. It is only the Zadok that our Lord Jesus Christ will allow to come near Him at this time of the Millennium age. They will be the personal representatives, and the ones doing the work and judging over all the people, for our Lord. They will be the only ones that Jesus Christ gives unconditional controls, for they have been tried by the Antichrist in this earth age, and found to be true and stead fast. There not be many in this position, only a few. Most of those living today that call themselves Christians, simply do not have the time to prepare themselves for the battle of deception that is coming upon the earth. It is easier to follow false doctrine, for false doctrine is designed to appeal to their senses, and their reason [not common sense].
Ezekiel 44:17 "And it shall come to pass, that when they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within."
What is this linen? The "linen" are the "righteous garments" that you will have in the Millennium age, and on into eternity. That garment is made up of your righteous acts according to Revelation 19:8, your righteous works go to make up the material for your heavenly garments, so that you will not appear to be naked. The elect will not put any man spun garments [wool] next to them. These elect are treated differently then the 144,000 priests, for they will be in the very presence of the Lord, in the inner court.
There is a deeper meaning to the term "no wool shall come upon them". The Christians of this earth age are referred to as Christ's sheep, and Jesus said in John 10:27-28; "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." All reference to Christ and His true followers, are given in terms of the Shepherd and His sheep.
Today in most church denominations, the person that calls himself a shepherd of Christ's flock [minister], is nothing more then a "hireling". He is in it for the money, or what ever drives him to that occupation, and he cares little for each individual sheep that God has entrusted to him. Why do I say this? Because he just doesn't take the time to search out the Scriptures for the truth, to warn his flock. Most of these religious systems are out to flees every last strand of wool off of the Christ's sheep, to rip them off, and then when these good time preachers see the wolves coming with their false doctrines, they pack up and leave. God is telling Ezekiel that your righteous acts will be your own. It will not be something that you have taken from others. It will be the righteous acts of your own doing.
Ezekiel 44:18 "They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat."
No cloths that will cause one to sweat will be worn by the Elect [Zadok]. Jesus will know His elect here by the special garments he prepared from the elects' own works and efforts, and no other clothing is allowed at Jesus' table. It's like the man at the wedding wearing the wrong garment.
Ezekiel 44:19 "And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court, even to the People, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the People with their garments."
The holy garments are only worn in the presence of Jesus Christ in the inner court. In the outside world, they will not wear that clothing in front of the commoners to be scoffed at. They will have work clothes because they will work, to govern and teach. Those who have fallen short in this earth age are not worthy to see those cloths at this time. This is why those compartments existed in the Sanctuary, for the Priests of the Zadok. It is to store these holy garments. Not only will the people not see Jesus Christ in the Millennium age, but they won't even see the righteous acts preformed by the Zadok before our Lord.
The teaching in the Millennium will not be for the learning of the God's Word, for all people will know it and understand what is meant clearly. What the teaching is for is to do what they have been taught, and that requires discipline.
Ezekiel 44:20 "Neither shall they shave their heads, or suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads."
The elect will be neat in appearance, remember you are not in the flesh age, but in spiritual, incorruptible bodies here. It is not this earth age, but God's kingdom age. Though the bodies don't age in the incorruptible stage, most people will remain in a mortal stage. They are mortal [liable to die], and are not firstfruits. They have not overcome yet.
Ezekiel 44:21 "Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court."
This will not happen in Christ's presence.
Ezekiel 44:22 "Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before."
What is this, "take wives"? There is a wedding taking place, even here. It is not the marriage of the lamb, but there will still be another wedding, and this is the reference to that. There will be another marriage after the final judgment, and all those souls that are saved out of the Millennium age, that have earned their names written in the book by their works done in the Millennium, they become part of the bride at this wedding. This is the "Lamb's book of life", spoken of in Revelation 21:27.
Those who are part of Jesus Christ's fit bride, will be taken because they have proven themselves to be worthy to be Christ's bride. They will have earned it the hard way. Keep in mind, this is not the flesh earth age, where we become saved by and through our faith in Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice Jesus gave of His life on the cross of Calvary. We, being risen with Him through our acceptance of Jesus Christ, with our hope being in our faith that He will do exactly as God promised He would do in His holy Word. The Bride of the Millennium becomes a bride only because of her works that are written down .
Ezekiel 44:23 "And they shall teach My People the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean."
The elect will teach the difference between the holy and the profane, the true Christ and Satan [the false Christ]. The truth will be taught. Christ is on earth with all people in the spiritual form, and all will know the difference between right and wrong, clean and unclean, do and do not. There will be no shades of truth, for truth will exist and all will understand perfectly. All the people will go through a boot camp that they will never forget. They will be taught, drilled and re-drilled.
Christ in person is not available to those who bowed to the Antichrist, and those who were deceived will not want to stand before the Savior until they can stand worthy, after the judgment following the Millennium age, and in the eternity. You can be one of those who will stand before our Lord, by studying to know the truth, and being able to identify the Antichrist [Satan] at his arrival, then the Antichrist will not even be tempting to you.
Ezekiel 44:24 "And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to My judgments: and they shall keep My laws and My statutes in all Mine assemblies; and they shall hallow My sabbaths."
The judges of the Millennium age will be the Elect of God. They will be fair and just. The judgments will not be bought, coerced, bartered with and sold like the corp of boot-legged, half-breed judges of today. All the rights, standards, and punishments will be just, because they are set by our Lord.
All will be obedient to all feast days, Sabbaths, laws, and ordinances. All will have the incorruptible body with the full understanding, and you will know and understand these requirements.
Ezekiel 44:25 "And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves."
This is the same dead that are spoken of in Revelation 20:5. They are mortals, meaning they are liable to die. All flesh is already dead, gone and over, so in other words, it is your loved ones who were deceived and entered into the Millennium age in a fallen state. You cannot touch them, but you will be able to recognize your family and loved ones, and help them. You can speak to and encourage them, and you can even, with righteous indignation, chew them out if they get in trouble. Very few will get this opportunity, for this is one of the promises for those standing against the Antichrist.
We will all be able to recognize each other in the Millennium age. Our friends and loved ones will know each other, and we communicate with them.
Ezekiel 44:26 "And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days."
The priesthood of the Zadok, while observing these family members that are in a defiled state, may warn his family members to straighten up, or they will be going into the lake of fire. We are not talking about the death of the flesh in this Millennium, but death of their very soul. You will be able to teach them one on one, to support them, show your love for them, but you will pay a price for it. Christ does not want them near him, that is those who did not make it, those that are mortal [liable to die] spiritual bodies. Nor does He want you near Him after you have talked to them. It will be like visiting a leper colony, you can see, talk, love and help; but do not touch those in the colony, which is the defiling of yourself.
When you return from your visit with your family, there is a seven day waiting period before you can put on your linen garments and come back into the presence of Jesus. This pretty much tells you what Jesus thinks of those who have allowed themselves to be contaminated with Margaret McDonald's 1830 "rapture theory", and left themselves open to the Antichrist.
Many sleep today, and cannot see the truth for God has put the blinders on them. It is impossible for them to know, for in their minds the truth of God's written Word is hog-wash. That is why Jesus said we are to plant the seed, and if it is to grow, it will grow. We do the planting of the seed, and God through the Holy Spirit will make that seed of truth that we have planted to grow. Only God can know the mind of a person and thus the angels will perform the harvest.
You have to have compassion on God's people, or you are not one of the elect. You have to want to make it yourself, and pull others with you, to have a desire to be a comfort to the children of the Almighty God. One of the traits of God's elect is they have compassion for God's children.
Ezekiel 44:27 "And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord God."
You will pay a price to teach and be in the presence of your family and friends [of this earth age of flesh man] in the Millennium age. The sin offering is given because you actually touched a mortal [likely to die] person, even though they are in their incorruptible, or spiritual body. Christ will even love you for it, but you still have to pay the sin offering, and for the salvation of their souls, and it will be well worth it.
Ezekiel 44:28 "And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession."
The elect will not receive one thing in Israel, for God is their possession. When you are a possession of God, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, then you are part owner of everything. God owns it all, thus it is your inheritance. When a farmer owns a farm and leaves that farm to his son for an inheritance, that son has ownership and all rights that his father had to the farm.
Israel is the inheritance to the elect, given by the Father, our Heavenly Father. Will the elect take ownership in this inheritance? No. For God's elect are more interested in the position God has placed them in, and in teaching and helping their families than in a temporary gain. If this puts you on an ego trip and makes you proud, it won't happen to you. For the heart of God's elect is to give to others at his [her] own expense, and not to gain worldly possessions.
Ezekiel 44:29 "They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs."
Ezekiel 44:30 "And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house."
What ever you give to God is to the priest, even in this age. When you give him the first of your offerings, it causes a blessing upon you because it is to serve almighty God.
Ezekiel 44:31 "The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast."
This is in reference to Leviticus 22:8; "That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the Lord. "
Remember from I Corinthians 15:50-51 that flesh and blood can not enter into the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of God is in the Millennium age. Jesus Christ is reigning here on earth, and the flesh is over and gone. Thus the eating of flesh does not apply as it would in this current earth age, but the command to obedience to the holy things still applies. In the spiritual bodies we will have total recall, and knowledge as to what our Lord expects, and it will be a pleasure to serve and obey our Savior.
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