Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ezekiel’s Temple: Study Notes

Ezekiel 47:1

Michael left this comment on Ezekiel's (Millennial?) Temple:

But because Revelation 21:1 says, “there was no longer any sea,” Ezekiel’s mention of two seas becomes a bit of a chin scratcher.

More puzzling is that John, in the very next chapter, writes:

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1). 

If there are no seas what is the source of this river seen by Ezekiel and John? In both the Old and New Testaments, the LORD pours out (as a river) the Holy Spirit (Joel  2:28).

It is significant that the prophet and apostle were taken on high to see this vision of a tree-lined river as interpreted by Isaiah:

... till the Spirit is poured on us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest (Isaiah 32:15).

Jesus said:

The one believing in Me, as the Scripture has said: 'Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.' (John 7:38)

It seems that the most basic rule of hermeneutics is to not interpret figurative text literally. Water is clearly a symbol of God's spirit. The river that flows from the temple is the Spirit of God. Into the sea it goes bringing life and restoration even unto the Dead Sea. Fish are plentiful and the fishermen will fill their nets. Jesus told His disciples that He would make them fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ezekiel's (Millennial?) Temple

Do we interpret the Old Testament in light of the New, or the New Testament in light of the Old? If Torah was only the shadow of things to come then the illumination would be that which followed — the B’rit Chadasha. To properly interpret the Bible, then, we must read the Old Covenant in light of the New. 

Here is the problem. Dispensationalists do just the opposite. They read the Holy text as if it were written yesterday. We have to understand the Bible in the context of the time it was written, and to whom it was addressed — keeping in mind: 
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). 
Ezekiel 40-48 is one of the most difficult sections of the Bible to understand. Ezekiel — יְחֶזְקֵאל (Yechezqel) meaning “Strengthened By God” — was a contemporary of Daniel and Jeremiah. All three were pre-exilic prophets sent by the LORD to warn the nation of coming judgement and restoration. Ezekiel was taken captive in 597 BC, eight years after Daniel was exiled during the first Babylonian invasion. 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Blood Moon Feast

Tonight is the beginning of Sukkot (Leviticus 23:34), and the appearance of a super blood moon. Hurry! Gather in all the children so that we may feast in gladness for the END IS NEAR! 

Let me just say that the LORD is sovereign. If Messiah comes this year, or not for another two centuries, how will this change the God-centered purpose of my life right now? Everything else is a distraction that takes our eyes off Jesus. 

There is a blogger — a self-professed Prophet of God — who posted a rather detailed history of Blood Moons, and their relevance to Israel and the nations. These harbingers were supposedly a Divine announcement that something earth-shaking was about to happen. 

The Inquisition (1493), Israel’s statehood (1948), and the Six-Day War (1967) were in alignment with an astronomical event known as a tetrad. That is, where four blood moons appear during high holy days on the Jewish calendar. But this is a super event … 

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