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Ezek. 47-48

2/4/10 Ezekiel sees a river coming from under the threshold of the temple, which faces east. This, of course, is the river that flows from the throne of God in Revelation. It travels across the inner court apparently to the south side of the altar. And it seems to be very shallow.

His guide takes him out of the north gate to outside of the temple wall and leads him to the east side of the outer wall where the river exits, continuing just south of the east gate. The river is still only ankle deep, then within a thousand cubits becomes knee deep, then waist deep, then over his head. It flows to the Dead Sea and purified the water there and turns the desert into a garden.

Fruit trees grow along the river and like the tree of life in Revelation it bears fruit every month, and its leaves are for healing.

The next part of the passage sections off where the tribes will live and points out that any aliens are to be included as native-born Israelites. The tribe they belong to is determined by where they live.

Finally, Ezekiel describes the city itself, located just south of the temple. Fitting the same description of the New Jerusalem it has three gates on each side for all twelve tribes. And it will be called “The Lord is There.” It is the capital of earth.

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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Ezek. 40

1/27/10 Fourteen years to the day after the fall of Jerusalem, Ezekiel receives this vision. According to McIver’s Ezekiel Amplifier (p. 206) the date of the tenth day of the first month may be very significant. They may have been operating under the civil calendar, which on the religious calendar would be the tenth day of the seventh month. If that is true the vision as well as the fall of Jerusalem came on the Day of Atonement, judgment day. That, of course, has all sort of eschatological implications.

Ezekiel was taken in vision to a high mountain near Jerusalem and was shown a new temple are that looked like a city in itself. Jerusalem was and still is built on low hills, not high mountains. Zech 14, which has many parallels to Eze 38-39 describes how God, in conquering Gog, will change the geography of the area. So what Ezekiel is seeing is definitely in the context of the New Jerusalem.

The wall, with the approximate length of the measuring rod, was about ten feet thick, but only ten feet high. So it’s not a wall of defense. It seems to have enclosed an area 285 yards long and wide.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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