Ezekiel was shown that the East Gate was closed up.
Ezekiel 44:1 Then he brought me [showed me] back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
No man [no male or female] may ever enter through the East Gate; it is holy for God the Messiah enters by the East Gate.
44:2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate [The East 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 prince of the people may sit in the porch of the East Gate and eat there, but must go back out the way he came and must NOT pass through the OUTER EAST GATE into the inner court.
The term “prince” here does not refer to Christ for he is God, and not flesh; and can enter by that gate. The word prince here appears to allude to a physical ruler. No man or woman may enter the grounds of the Millennial Temple from the East Gate.
All people must enter by the North or the South Gates and must traverse to exit by the opposite Gate and now return back by the gate they entered by. For example if you entered by the North Gate then you must Exit by the South gate.
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.
The East Gate being referred to is the OUTER GATE to the far right of this model.
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 upon my face.
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.
Jesus Christ condemns bringing into the Temple the unrepentant and the unconverted. In the spiritual sense Jesus Christ condemns today’s spiritual Ekklesia for knowingly baptizing and bringing into the congregation unrepentant sinners, and for tolerating sin and not teaching a zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God!
Today’s church of God groups will take in almost anyone who will follow the leader and support the organization, and will wink at their lack of spiritual understanding, sincere repentance and lack of conversion [spiritual circumcision of the heart and mind]
This is just one of the many abominations of today’s church of God groups who are zealous to follow their idols of men and have no zeal to keep the Word of God!
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, 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,
Physical Israel brought in the uncircumcised in heart and flesh to be joined with them, and today’s spiritual Ekklesia does the exact same thing for numbers and money.
Today it is very likely that half or more of the baptized people in these organizations are joyfully accepted tares, which is a gross abomination to Almighty God; because only a little leaven, leavens the whole body!
I do not say root out the tares in some witch hunt! I do say follow the example of John and Jesus and do not baptize those who have not produced the fruits of repentance, and do reject and cast out those who sin willfully and repeatedly against the Word of God!
Even worse we lead the well intentioned AWAY from living by every Word of God to follow ourselves as idols of men! Teaching them to sin as we sin!
John said to repent of our sins and he meant the sin of our lack of zeal to live by every Word of God; to repent of our zeal to follow some man or corporate entity instead of living by every Word of God!
Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Those who say that we are the people of God and trust in that association and in our own ways, not living by every Word of God; LIE and are not God’s people!
Jeremiah was commanded to stand in the very gate of the temple to warn Jerusalem and Judea to repent. Even so a warning is coming to the very gates of the spiritual temple of the Ekklesia today: Sincerely repent and turn to God, for why will you die?
Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
Repent and learn and keep the whole Word of God; and we shall be established; reject the Word of God for our own ways and corporate idols, and we shall be corrected.
7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
Do not trust in lying words saying that we are the true spiritual Ekklesia the true church of God and no evil shall come upon us; for as Christ allowed his temple in Jerusalem to be destroyed twice; he will most certainly correct us for committing the same sins on a spiritual plane that Judah committed on the physical plane.
7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
If we sincerely repent of polluting the Sabbath and idolizing men, corporate organizations and false traditions; if we sincerely repent of our spiritual idolatry and spiritual adulteries with false gods of our own devising; We shall be forgiven and established.
7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
Do not trust in the lies of men; who lie saying that organizational loyalty is synonymous with loyalty to God.
7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
We commit spiritual adultery, we sin against our baptismal vow, the leaders steal God’s funds to spend excessively on their false gods [building great buildings and buying memorabilia of some man to remember their human idol] and on themselves.
We follow leaders and elders who deceive with part truths and often lie, we call ourselves godly and then persecute those who are zealous to live by every Word of God. For the most part we will not rebuke sin, nor will we teach the righteousness of the whole Word of God.
We pollute Sabbath and Holy Days and reject the Biblical teaching regarding the calendar, keeping God’s High Days on our own humanly devised dates and not on God’s dates. We are self exultant and full of stubborn self-will and pride, imagining ourselves righteous and godly and in need of nothing, to the point where we will not even faithfully keep the Word of God.
7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
Look and see what Christ did to the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh, and today we also have the example of the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the later destruction of the temple by the Romans!
Let us sincerely repent and quickly lest this evil come upon the spiritual; Ekklesia for the same sins.
To call ourselves the people of God in a meaningless lie, unless we become the people of God by learning and zealously living by every Word of God.
7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
Christ tells the people that he will destroy the temple at Jerusalem as he destroyed the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh. And this is an example for today’s physical and spiritual Israel, that he bring us down as he brought down Shiloh and later Jerusalem.
7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; 7:14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
If we sin as they did, and we most certainly are sinning as they did; we shall meet the very same correction that they did; regardless of the claims we make and the name we label ourselves with.
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance [Demonstrating sincere repentance], and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Ezekiel 44:7 when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.
Today’s called out spiritual Ekklesia have not been careful to keep the Eternal’s charge to keep his Word; no, we have turned from keeping the Word of God to keep our own ways. We follow idols of men and do what is right in our own imaginations and false traditions.
Will we trust in the name “Church of God” that we falsely attribute to ourselves; for we are servants of those we obey and we do not obey the Word of God.
Today’s “Church of God” is not God’s people! Because they have NO zeal for God and his Word; rather they are the servants of corporate entities, idols of men and false traditions, claiming falsely to be the people of God and trusting in that lie to save them from the imminent correction!
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.
No person who is uncircumcised in heart being spiritually converted, or who is not circumcised in the flesh may enter the Millennial Temple.
How is it then that we knowingly baptize those who are not circumcised in heart and who have not proven themselves faithful and zealous for God and His Word? Is it not because we ourselves are not zealous to keep the whole Word of God?
It is to our great shame that we fill our congregations with those we know are obvious tares, thorn bushes and briers, just to claim numbers and garner income!
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.
The Levites [and the priests who are also of Levi] because of their sins of leading the people to serve idols shall not approach the holy things; that privilege has been taken from them, and today’s spiritual leaders will be rejected for the same sins if they do not quickly repent.
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.
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.
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.
44:13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
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.
Only the descendants of Zadok the faithful and zealous for God; may approach holy things and minister in holy things in the Ezekiel Temple.
In New Covenant terms this means that today’s leaders and elders who teach the brethren to serve corporate idols and idols of men, and seek to squelch any zeal for the whole Word of God, are like the Levites of old who led the people into idolatry. They may if they sincerely repent, still be in the resurrection of the chosen, but they will have lost the birthright of their calling to be pillars for eternity.
Only those who are zealous for God and His Word continually, will serve in the holy things after the first early harvest to spirit, for they are the pillars who stand faithfully on the foundation of the whole Word of God and follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth.
Because of the faithfulness of Zadok to God and his Word, Zadok’s descendants will be closest to God and will serve in the Millennial Temple.
The faithful of the New Covenant called out, who have stood unshakable in passionate zeal for God and his Word will be pillars in the spiritual temple of the family of God and shall be the nearest to God; having the name, the authority of God; while those who lead the people into idolatry today will be resurrected to spirit only if they sincerely repent, and then their spiritual offices shall be diminished from those of the pillars.
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: 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.
The descendants of Zadok must wear linen which is indicative of righteousness.
Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Ezekiel 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, 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. 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.
When they leave the Inner Court which is the holy place; the descendants of Zadok must change from their holy garments into regular garments.
44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court 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 descendants of Zadok who will serve in the holy place of the Millennial Temple must cut their hair and let their beards grow and no alcohol may be drunk in the holy place of the Inner Court.
44:20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads. 44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
Marriage law to keep the sanctity of the priests of Zadok
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.
The descendants of Zadok will teach right and wrong by the Word of God and judge disputes for all the people, under the direction of their spirit leaders.
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.
This is what Christ expects of his elders! And in today’s Ekklesia these things are not done; they neither hallow God’s Sabbaths nor teach the difference between the holy and the profane.
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.
All these things are rules to set apart and sanctify the sons of Zadok for the priestly service in the holy place and with the holy things.
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.
After touching the dead he must be purified.
44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days. 44:27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.
The descendants of Zadok shall have the priestly office to minister in holy things in the holy place as a perpetual inheritance. Zadok is a type of the zeal of the Philadelphian, and Zadok’s place in ministering in the holy place and the holy things, is typical of the office of the pillars who are zealously passionately faithful to the whole Word of God as Zadok was.
The pillars who stand unshakably on the Word of God and refuse to follow idols of men, or corporate idols and their false traditions; will also have an eternal priesthood.
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.
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. 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.
As the priests of Zadok must maintain purity and holiness at all times; so the pillar of God will work with enthusiastic zeal to keep himself pure from sin and worldliness. God will NOT tolerate any willful uncleanness or sin in his people!
Those who teach that Christ will tolerate sin because God is love and we are weak; are Antichrist! Yes we are weak, but we are NOT alone; for if we are following Christ and keeping the Fathers Word; they will dwell in and empower us to overcome sin, as Jesus Christ overcame!
44:31 The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.