02/01/2014 Sabbath Meeting Transcript


"The Book of Hebrews Teaches Torah Observance, Part 4"


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EliYah's message:

Part 4 of our segment on "The Book of Hebrews Teaches Torah Observance." We already covered three parts, and if you are trying to watch Part 4 without having watched Part 1, 2 or 3, I will try to accommodate, but I highly encourage you to make sure you are watching the other portions.

Otherwise, you may come across some things here that you may not find so convincing in terms of the points I bring up. And so, please do that.

And again, Part 4 is going to be a little bit on the long side, mainly because I could not really justify splitting it into two segments. I want to make sure I cover what I need to cover in a timely manner. So, we appreciate your patience on that.

But we are going to get here into the rest of Hebrews chapter 9. That is mainly what we are going to cover.

And it is relatively a small number of verses, but we are going to be talking quite a bit about those chapter 9 verses and actually going deep into the book of Ezekiel and how it relates to what is being said there in Hebrews 9-- what we can expect in our future.

We have already covered, of course, parts of chapters 6-10 of Hebrews in the previous segments, but we did not go over the last 14 verses of Hebrews chapter 9. And so, we are going to examine this today in light of some prophecies about the coming reign of Messiah.

And we are going to start here in verse 11. It says:

 Hebrews 9:11 - But Messiah came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

And so, we are going to be talking about these "good things to come."

 Hebrews 9:12 - Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

And so, He has entered this Most Holy Place in the heavenlies, having obtained eternal redemption.

 Hebrews 9:13 - For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

14 - how much more shall the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

15 - And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

So, He is the High Priest of these good things to come. Now, some manuscripts or some translations may say "High Priest of good things that have come." But the old manuscripts (and I am going back-- we are talking 3rd century and if you want the manuscript numbers, it is P12 and P13), they do say "good things to come." And so, I believe it is.

Most of the good things are yet to come. We are waiting for those good things, aren't we?

So, as long as there is flesh on the earth, there is going to be these things here for the purification of the flesh. In the one thousand year reign of the Messiah-- and we are going to get into this in depth-- there will be men on the earth who will still be flesh and blood.

But Yahushua is able to go above and beyond the purification of the flesh. He is able to purify the conscience. He can purify the conscience of its dead works. The animal sacrifices were not able to do that.

They could offer a parable of what Messiah is able to do, but the animal sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience or make a person's conscience perfect.

And for that reason, because the animal sacrifices could not do enough, He is, for that reason, the Mediator of this New Covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, so we can receive eternal life. And so, He is the Mediator of this New Covenant.

The New Covenant is, Hebrews 8, verses 10-12 (quoting Jeremiah 31:31):

 Hebrews 8:10 - "For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YAHWEH: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.

11 - "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, `Know YAHWEH,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

12 - "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

The first covenant was broken. That is where the fault was. And we are in need of redemption for the transgressions under that first covenant.

Now if the first covenant was not with the Gentiles, as some would suggest, "Well, the Old Covenant, that's with the Jews. That's not with the Gentiles," if the covenant was not with the Gentiles, if they are in no way involved or responsible for having kept the Law, then they have no need for redemption of the transgressions under that first covenant.

Right? But we see Messiah came for the redemption of the transgressions under that first covenant. And that is why Hebrews 8 says "lawless deeds... unrighteousness... sins... I will remember no more." And it is through Messiah that we are able to receive that forgiveness of sin. And that is why He is the Mediator of that New Covenant.

It says in Romans 3:19:

 Romans 3:19 - Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before Elohim.

Now, unless the Law was for all the world, then all the world would not be guilty for having broken the Law. So, the Law of Yahweh is not just for the Jewish people or for Israelites. The Law of Yahweh, by extension, applies to all mankind.

There are many today teaching that, "Well, the Law was just for Israel," or, "just for the Jews." No, otherwise, you wouldn't have any reason to be guilty. Otherwise, you wouldn't have any reason to need a Savior because the Law didn't apply to you.

But the truth is, the Law does apply, and that is why all the world is guilty before Elohim for having broken it.

Now, Yahushua came as that Mediator of the New Covenant because it is through Him the New Covenant promises are made possible.

Now, just as the Old Covenant was given to Israel and Judah, the New Covenant is given to the House of Israel and the House of Judah. And yet, by extension, Gentiles are also going to be named.

So, just as the Old Covenant, yes, it is with Israel and Judah, but Yahweh holds all the world responsible for it, the New Covenant, even though it is given to Israel and Judah, is open to every man, woman and child on the planet.

Now, this New Covenant is that He will put His laws in our minds, write them on the hearts. Why? Because:

 John 1:14 - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word is Messiah. The Word became flesh. That is Yahushua. He is the living Word. We beheld His glory. That glory which He had is the glory of the Father, as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And we are going to see more about that a little bit later.

Now, if the Word , if the Messiah, is dwelling in us, then the Law of Yahweh is going to be written in our hearts, right?

 Galatians 2:20 - "I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

So, it is no longer we who live. It is Messiah, the Word which became flesh, dwelling in us. And He is the One who enables the Word of Yahweh to be placed within us, because He is within us. It is no longer we who live. It is He who lives in us. And because of that, the whole world is going to know Yahweh.

From the least to the greatest, all the world will know Yahweh. And that is why it says, "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know Yahweh,'" because of the New Covenant promises.

Those New Covenant promises, we can see many of them, as we shared a couple of segments ago, in Isaiah, in Jeremiah, Zechariah, and others. But here is the place in Isaiah. It says:

 Isaiah 2:2 - Now it shall come to pass in the latter days [That] the mountain of YAHWEH'S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.

3 - Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YAHWEH, To the house of the Elohim of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of YAHWEH from Jerusalem.

The Law tells us His ways and His paths.

This has never happened, but when Messiah comes and establishes this New Covenant on the earth, it will happen. And the Law will be an instrumental part of what is going to be going on in this new Kingdom when He returns. It says:

 Isaiah 2:4 - He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

And so, when Messiah returns all these things are going to happen. The Law will go forth, and everyone will know Yahweh-- from the least to the greatest. That is the promise of the New Covenant, some of which we are awaiting fulfillment.

And the only way the entire world is going to know Yahweh without anyone having to tell anybody is if Messiah Himself comes and establishes His reign on the earth. That is what we are awaiting on.

 Isaiah 66:22 - "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says YAHWEH, "So shall your descendants and your name remain.

23 - And it shall come to pass [That] from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says YAHWEH.

24 - "And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

So, the whole planet will observe Shabbat just as many of you listening to the broadcast today are doing. Everyone will know Yahweh, from the least to the greatest. Everyone will come to Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, to learn Yahweh's Law. Might as well start now. What do you think? I think so.

And so, He is this New Covenant Mediator. He is the One through whom these New Covenant promises will be made possible-- the forgiveness of sin, the Torah being written in our hearts through His death and resurrection. He lives in us. As we die, He lives. It is no longer we who live. It is He who lives in us.

And so, all these New Covenant promises are possible through Him. And that is why we see here in Hebrews 9:15:

 Hebrews 9:15 - And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

16 - For where there [is] a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 - For a testament [is] in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Now, he is giving a human analogy here. It says when a person has a Last Will and Testament, they are granting certain promises to those who will remain alive after their death. So, the author of Hebrews is using this as a parallel in that in both the Old and New Covenants death is seen.

In the New Covenant, the death is Messiah-- the One who died for us. He is the testator, or the One through Whom the New Covenant comes. In the case of the Old Covenant, death is seen in the sacrifice of animals.

Now, the animals are not really the testator, but as we saw in other verses of Hebrews, these sacrifices are parables or symbols of the One who is. So, even in the Old Covenant, blood is what dedicates that covenant.

 Hebrews 9:18 - Therefore not even the first [covenant] was dedicated without blood.

Just as the second covenant was dedicated with blood.

 Hebrews 9:19 - For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 - saying, "This [is] the blood of the covenant which Elohim has commanded you."

Now, this closely parallels or matches what Yahushua said-- "This is the blood of the covenant."

Yahushua, when He was being betrayed, said:

 Matthew 26:27 - Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.

28 - "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

It is the Messiah's shed blood that allows their sinful deeds, their lawless deeds, to be remembered no more. And so, just as the blood of Messiah, symbolized in the fruit of the vine we partake of at Passover, comes in contact with our bodies, we saw earlier that Moshe sprinkled the people and the book itself.

And we are the living Word, we are the living Book, if Messiah is dwelling in us, right?

And so, just as the book itself and the people were sprinkled, we are sprinkled. Not sprinkled, technically, but we partake of what is symbolizing this blood of the New Covenant when we partake of Messiah at Passover, which we will be talking about in the coming months.

So, there are some close parallels here, but we remember that the New Covenant was established on better promises, as we shared a few weeks ago in an earlier segment. That the New Covenant is established on better promises-- no doubt about it. And so, it says, verse 21:

 Hebrews 9:21 - Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.

So, he is sprinkling this blood in different areas.

 Hebrews 9:22 - And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Now, there are numerous scriptures which tell us that the life is in the blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission because it takes a sinless life to redeem a sinner.

Yahushua lived this sinless life, and therefore, He is the only man who can redeem us and bear our iniquities. And so, without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.

Unless one were to bear our sin for us, which required death, there would be no remissions of sins. And so, since the life is in the blood and the Messiah's righteous life is what cleanses us as He bears our iniquities, without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.

 Hebrews 9:23 - Therefore [it was] necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

"It was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these." That is the blood.

"But the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these." That is Messiah.

 Hebrews 9:24 - For Messiah has not entered the holy places made with hands, [which are] copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim for us;

"For Messiah has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true." That is the earthly tabernacle.

 Hebrews 9:25 - not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another --

He does not have to keep offering Himself over and over as a sacrifice on a yearly basis.

 Hebrews 9:26 - He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

"He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world." That would be once a year.

"But now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." That means to completely eliminate the sin problem. So, He is completely annihilating the problem of man's sin with His sacrifice.

The blood of bulls and goats have to be done often. They have to be done yearly, daily, weekly, monthly. They never resolved the sin problem in man. Yahushua completely resolves the sin problem because He is able to reach the heart. He is able to cleanse the conscience.

 Hebrews 9:27 - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

We are not going to die more than one time, and so, He only had to die one time.

 Hebrews 9:28 - so Messiah was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Yahushua eliminates the sin problem entirely. Through Him we can have our sins cleansed forever. We who eagerly await for His second appearance will find salvation. Notice that.

While we do say that we have salvation now and while we do declare Yahushua saved us from our sins, the actual time when salvation will occur is when He returns. That is when it is going to happen because that is when you are saved from the grave.

At the resurrection He will redeem you. We accept this as having occurred and He is in a relationship with us now because He is a surety of that thing actually happening. But He will come without sin. That is without having to bear our iniquities a second time for salvation.

And at that time, He will be the worthy Shepherd, the one Shepherd that we can look to, that we can receive an example from, to receive counsel from, to establish on the earth righteousness.

Yahweh has a real problem with some of the shepherds today. He has a real problem with some of the shepherds. In Ezekiel chapter 34 we see this.

 Ezekiel 34:1 - And the word of YAHWEH came to me, saying,

2 - "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, `Thus says the Master YAHWEH to the shepherds: "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

3 - "You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, [but] you do not feed the flock.

Did you know that the word for "feed" and the word for "shepherd" in Hebrew is the same word? The word for "feed" and the word for "shepherd" is the exact same word. It is. There is no difference.

That is what a shepherd does. He feeds the flock. And it is the Hebrew word "ra'ah." It is #7462 in the Hebrew. And so, a shepherd, his purpose is to feed the flock.

Now, the flock needs to hear the Word of Yahweh. That is the food that we need to be partaking of. And He goes on to say:

 Ezekiel 34:4 - "The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

5 - "So they were scattered because [there was] no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.

6 - "My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching [for them]."

 Ezekiel 34:7 - `Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of YAHWEH:

8 - "[as] I live," says the Master YAHWEH, "surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because [there was] no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock" --

9 - `therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of YAHWEH!

 Ezekiel 34:10 - `Thus says the Master YAHWEH: "Behold, I [am] against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them."

11 - `For thus says the Master YAHWEH: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.

 Ezekiel 34:12 - "As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.

13 - "And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.

 Ezekiel 34:14 - "I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.

15 - "I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Master YAHWEH.

16 - "I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment."

 Ezekiel 34:17 - `And [as for] you, O My flock, thus says the Master YAHWEH: "Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.

Here is the judgment Yahushua is going to give between the sheep and the goats.

 Ezekiel 34:18 - "[Is it] too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture -- and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?

 Ezekiel 34:19 - "And [as for] My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet."

20 - `Therefore thus says the Master YAHWEH to them: "Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.

21 - "Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad,

 Ezekiel 34:22 - "therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

23 - "I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them -- My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.

24 - "And I, YAHWEH, will be their Elohim, and My servant David a prince among them; I, YAHWEH, have spoken.

Very, very interesting... David. Now, is it talking about, literally, King David is going to come and be their shepherd? Or is He talking about the Messiah?

Now, just as we say Israel, we can be referring to the person Israel or we can be referring to the descendants of Israel, because Jacob is Israel, right ? The grandson of Abraham is Jacob, who was renamed Israel.

So, when I say Israel, I can be talking about the man, Israel, or I can be talking about the people or descendants or offspring of Israel.

So, when He says "David" here, He can be talking about David himself or a son of David, just like we see in this other place here-- 1 Kings 12:16.

 1Kings 12:16 - Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: "What share have we in David? [We have] no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David!" So Israel departed to their tents.

Referring to the descendants of David. David was dead. His son, Solomon, reigned, and now it is Rehoboam who was being oppressive over the people. And when he was referring to David, he was actually referring to the sons or offspring of David, even though it actually says "David" here.

And so, which is it here (Ezekiel 34:23): "My servant David; he shall feed them and be their shepherd"? Is He speaking of a son of David or Messiah?

Now, notice it says there will be "one shepherd." One shepherd.

Yahushua said in John chapter 10, verse 15:

 John 10:15 - "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16 - "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock [and] one shepherd.

He is that one Shepherd. Rather than a succession of shepherds who live and die, it would seem to me this prophecy in Ezekiel 34 is referring to the Messiah.

Moving forward in Ezekiel 37, it says:

 Ezekiel 37:24 - "David My servant [shall be] king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

25 - "Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David [shall be] their prince forever.

Now, the future King, the one who will be King in the age to come, is going to be a son of David. We know that from many Messianic prophecies. It is not going to be David himself. It is going to be a son of David who will be the Root of Jesse sitting on the throne.

And that King is none other than Yahushua the Messiah, the King of all!

And so, this prince in Ezekiel that we are looking at here in Ezekiel chapter 37, and earlier in Ezekiel 34, is clearly the Messiah.

 Ezekiel 37:26 - "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

This is the New Covenant. This "covenant of peace" that is being spoken of here is the New Covenant.

"I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore." That is clearly Messianic prophecy.

 Ezekiel 37:27 - "My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.

28 - "The nations also will know that I, YAHWEH, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."'"

Again. So, we notice here this everlasting covenant of peace.

Peace is only made when forgiveness of sin is offered, right? There is no peace between us and the Father until there is forgiveness of sin. And it is only the New Covenant that guarantees or promises this forgiveness of sin.

And so, this covenant of peace would have to be talking about the New Covenant. There is an inseparable connection between the Messiah Himself and this New Covenant. He is the New Covenant's Mediator. And it was sealed with His blood.

And so, clearly, I would have to say, this prince of Ezekiel 34 and Ezekiel 37 would have to be the Messiah. And that is what we see here. It says, "The nations shall know that I, Yahweh, sanctify Israel." All the nations are going to know Yahweh.

And that is one of the promises of this New Covenant-- that everyone will know Yahweh, from the least to the greatest. Why? Because His sanctuary is going to be there. His sanctuary. That means His Temple is going to be there. In Yerushalayim. In the land of Israel.

Now, if you move forward seven chapters later in Ezekiel, you are going to find mentioned a prince. And if you do not read it carefully, you might think that the prince from Ezekiel 44-48 is the same prince as the one in Ezekiel 34 and 37. But it can't be. It will not be.

If you start reading Ezekiel, about the 40th chapter, Yahweh gives Ezekiel this vision of a future temple. And this temple will be in use after the return of Yahushua the Messiah. And He gives the details, the measurements, of this temple and the layout and everything of this temple.

And I found online where somebody had developed a 3-dimensional graphic of what this temple is thought to look like based on the very detailed descriptions Yahweh gives about this temple in Ezekiel 40, 41, 42, and so on. And so, we are going to look at this 3-dimensional representation of the Ezekiel temple.

Now, there are different areas here, different things that we are going to see in this temple area. None of them are named on this specific graphic, but if we were to look from top down and try to name the different areas on this temple, we would see, first of all, as we talked about last segment, these kitchens in the corner.

These are where the sacrifices that are going to be made will be boiled and cooked. Those are the kitchens. We see in between the kitchens we have these storage chambers, alright? So, let's go back and look at the previous graphic. And we see here we have the kitchens in the corners, and then we have storage chambers.

This is where the different offerings-- like grain offerings and things like that-- are going to be stored. And we have them here and here (between the kitchens), okay? Then we go back to the other graphic.

And we see there is a gateway here (between the storage chambers). There is an Eastern Gateway on the right, a Northern Gateway up here, a Southern Gateway. These are the Outer Gateways.

And these here are the gateways (on the 3-dimensional graphic).This is the Eastern Gateway through which Yahushua and the presence of Yahweh will come. Here is the South Gateway and here is the North Gateway. So, the temple will face the east.

And then there is an Inner Gateway, here-- three different gateways, likewise, to go to the Inner Court where there is an alter in the center. Then we go back, and we see here is the Eastern Gateway to the Inner Court, Southern Gateway to the Inner Court, Northern Gateway to the Inner Court.

And here is the alter in the center, and here is the temple. The temple is right here, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. You go back, and this is the temple and here would be the Holy Place and here would be the Most Holy Place where Messiah will dwell and the Father will dwell.

And on each side of that we have priest chambers. This is all laid out in Ezekiel. And so, here are the areas of the priests where they are going to dwell. Then these are the priests' kitchens, right here, where their sacrifices are to be eaten.

And then there is this mysterious building here at the west end, which I am not really sure what it is for, but it is there. So, there is this mysterious building here. And then, I don't think this one really shows it as well, but there is supposed to be some chambers here for the singers and the priests. And that is this, right here.

And so, we see there is a pretty awesome layout, and it is a little different than what we see outlined in the Torah. But that is what we are going to be expecting, something similar to this. I mean, it is not going to be exact according to this model, but it is going to be fairly close in terms of its layout.

This is interesting to me. I found this very fascinating. Ezekiel has a lot of different mysteries in it-- things that have never happened but we know are in our future. And so, this is awesome! This is what we are going to be facing in the future.

This is the one thousand year reign of Messiah, and He is giving all these details of what this is going to look like. And so, the Messiah and the good things to come-- this is one of the good things to come, right here. This is the area from which Yahushua will rule and reign.

Now, there is this prince who is mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 44 who is somewhat mysterious, and trying to understand who he is and what he is about... let's read.

It doesn't look like I put 44 up there. I was doing my Power Point this morning and I did not put 44 up there. But I want to put it up there just so that we are able to read this together, because 44 is pretty important.

It is Ezekiel Chapter 44 and the first 3 verses.

 Ezekiel 44:1 - Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it [was] shut.

This is the Eastern Gate.

 Ezekiel 44:2 - And YAHWEH said to me, "This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because YAHWEH Elohim of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.

3 - "[As for] the prince, [because] he [is] the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before YAHWEH; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way."

So, only the prince is permitted to enter this gate. So, going back to our diagram, only the prince may enter by this Eastern Gateway, because Yahweh Elohim of Israel enters and fills the Temple through this Eastern Gateway.

There is the Eastern Gateway. Only the prince may enter through the vestibule of the Eastern Gateway, because he is the prince. But Yahweh Himself enters that gateway when Messiah returns. This is the gateway through which He will come in and set up His reign. We see this in Ezekiel 43, verses 1-4.

 Ezekiel 43:1 - Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east.

2 - And behold, the glory of the Elohim of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice [was] like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.

"The glory of the Elohim of Israel came from the way of the east." That is that Eastern Gateway.

 Ezekiel 43:3 - [It was] like the appearance of the vision which I saw -- like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions [were] like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.

4 - And the glory of YAHWEH came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east.

The glory of Yahweh enters and the earth shines with His glory and His voice is like the sound of many waters. What is this "like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar"? We covered this in our first segment.

The Attributes of Yahweh's Gory: * He had a voice sounding like many waters (Ezek. 43:2). * He was shining the earth with His brightness (Ezek. 43:2). That is the attributes of Yahweh's glory.

Now, if we go to Ezekiel chapter 1, where we find this initial and first vision by the River Chebar, in Ezekiel chapter 1, we are going to learn more about this glory of Yahweh. It says, in verse 26:

 Ezekiel 1:26 - And above the firmament over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne [was] a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.

"Above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne." That is where Yahushua reigns from.

 Ezekiel 1:27 - Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around.

Wow! "Wow!" is all I can say.

 Ezekiel 1:28 - Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so [was] the appearance of the brightness all around it. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of YAHWEH. So when I saw [it], I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.

This was the appearance of what? "The likeness of the glory of Yahweh." And this is a man.

So, going back to our list here (the Attributes of Yahweh's Glory), we add these characteristics: * The likeness and appearance of a man sitting on a throne (Ezek. 1:26). These are what the attributes are of Yahweh's glory.

* From His waist upward an amber colored fire (Ezek. 1:27). * From His waist downward, appearance of fire and rainbow colored brightness (Ezek. 1:28).

Who is the image and glory of Yahweh? According to John 1:18, it says:

 John 1:18 - No one has seen Elohim at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared [Him].

So, Ezekiel was not looking at Elohim. He was not looking at the Father.

 John 6:46 - "Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from Elohim; He has seen the Father.

No one has ever seen the Father! In fact, 1 John 4:12:

 1John 4:12 - No one has seen Elohim at any time. If we love one another, Elohim abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

So, who did Ezekiel see? Well, we read in the book of Hebrews that Yahushua is the brightness of Yahweh's glory and the express image of His person.

 Hebrews 1:3 - who being the brightness of [His] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

So, this is clearly Messiah who is appearing to Ezekiel in a vision. And so, He is the Man who is called the glory of the Elohim of Israel. He is the One being manifested to Ezekiel. He will enter visibly through that Eastern Gate and enter the Holy of Holies in the age to come.

And there He will reign as a King and Priest on His throne, just as it says in Zechariah 6:13.

 Zechariah 6:13 - Yes, He shall build the temple of YAHWEH. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both."'

This is Messianic prophecy. "He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on His throne. So He shall be a Priest on His throne."

That priesthood is that Melchizedek priesthood, at the same time being a King, because He is on the throne.

"And the counsel of peace shall be between them both." Between what both? Between the priesthood and kingship. He will be both Priest and King. And so, He will have full rights to the Holy of Holies-- both on earth and in heaven.

Now, we know Yahushua is able to simultaneously dwell in heaven and on earth. He is sharing Yahweh's omnipresence, just as Yahweh does, because didn't Yahushua say wherever two or three are gathered, He is in our midst? So, He can dwell in more places than one.

And He will be the express image of Yahweh's glory, whereas Yahweh the Father is not visible to man. He is not visible to man. And so, Yahushua is the image of the invisible Elohim.

 Colossians 1:15 - He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn over all creation.

So, some very interesting things start happening here as we examine the book of Ezekiel.

I want to show you something else here from Ezekiel. This is Ezekiel chapter 11. Really fascinating. Ezekiel 11:17 says:

 Ezekiel 11:17 - "Therefore say, `Thus says the Master YAHWEH: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."'

There it is.

 Ezekiel 11:18 - "And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there.

19 - "Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them , and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

That is the New Covenant. That is the Ruach Ha Kodesh. He is going to fill them with the Ruach Ha Kodesh.

 Ezekiel 11:20 - "that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim.

21 - "But [as for those] whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads," says the Master YAHWEH.

I thought this was kind of neat. What does He do? I mean, "I will recompense their deeds on their own heads." What is He going to do to the ones who refuse righteousness? Well, it says:

 Ezekiel 11:22 - So the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the Elohim of Israel [was] high above them.

And the next verse:

 Ezekiel 11:23 - And the glory of YAHWEH went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which [is] on the east side of the city.

What is He going to do with the wicked? It says this glory of Yahweh stood on the mountain. Now, we have understood that Yahushua is manifesting the glory of the living Elohim, right? We saw that earlier in Ezekiel here.

And so, this is Messiah and He is standing on this mountain, this Mount of Olives. That is the mountain just east of Jerusalem. And so, what is He going to do? The wicked are going to be judged as He stands on the mountain that is east of Jerusalem. We read this, Zechariah 14:1:

 Zechariah 14:1 - Behold, the day of YAHWEH is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

2 - For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3 - Then YAHWEH will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.

Those are the wicked ones.

 Zechariah 14:4 - And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, [Making] a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

So, Yahweh is giving Ezekiel a little clue here as to what He is going to do.

 Zechariah 14:5 - Then you shall flee [through] My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus YAHWEH my Elohim will come, [And] all the saints with You .

So, it is on this mountain that Messiah is going to return and set His feet, because it says:

 Acts 1:6 - Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Master, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"

7 - And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

It is not for you to know. So, the context here is when the Messiah is going to return.

 Acts 1:8 - "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

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 Acts 1:9 - Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

10 - And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,

11 - who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This [same] Yahushua, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

So, this same Messiah is going to return in the same manner in which He left. First of all, He is coming with clouds. It says "a cloud received Him." We know that He is coming with clouds.

And where were they standing when this was going on?

 Acts 1:12 - Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.

The Mount of Olives. And so, this all ties in together wonderfully and beautifully.

I love how Scripture does that. I mean, you have Acts; you have John; you have Hebrews; you have Zechariah; you have Ezekiel; Isaiah. This all ties in together beautifully.

He will return. He will sit on the Mount of Olives. He will fill the Temple of Yahweh. He enters that East Gate.

And so, you know, I am just trying to communicate here. We need to study these things, not just read the book of Hebrews, and go, "Okay, well, alright, there's the book of Hebrews," and forget everything the book of Hebrews is even talking about.

We have to look at the fullness, the full counsel, of the Word of Yahweh-- not just the book of Hebrews. If you are going to study the book of Hebrews, and that is all you look at is the book of Hebrews, you are going to miss it. And we don't want to miss it. We don't want to miss it.

So, getting back to Ezekiel and identifying this prince of Ezekiel 44-48.

 Ezekiel 44:1 - Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it [was] shut.

2 - And YAHWEH said to me, "This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because YAHWEH Elohim of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.

3 - "[As for] the prince, [because] he [is] the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before YAHWEH; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way."

And so, He is allowed to.

And so, in looking at the characteristics of this Prince of Ezekiel 44-48: He alone is permitted to enter and exit through the East Gate, and to sit in the East Gate for the purposes of eating bread. That is what I am getting from this.

Now, the prince cannot be Messiah Yahushua, because Messiah Yahushua is entering this Holy of Holies. And so, who is he? We see he alone is permitted to enter this East Gate. But this earthly prince has some very unique privileges and some roles, as we are going to continue to see.

This is this gate to the temple area, and this East Gate, if you were to go to Jerusalem today, this is the Eastern Gate, right here. This is a picture of the Eastern Gate. It is also called "The Golden Gate." And it is also the gate called "Beautiful" in the book of Acts.

But, technically, what you are looking at is a gate that was built in about 500-600 A.D. And this gate here was actually built over the top of the gate that was seen in Messiah's day. The gate called Beautiful. We believe probably Messiah used it, but other people were using it as well. That is actually underneath this gate.

But this gate here, this gate was built in about 500-600 A.D. And you notice it's sealed. This is the seal, right here.

The Muslims came in and sealed it off, and they put this cemetery over here thinking that they are going to be able to stop the prophecies of Messiah returning through that gate, because the graves, you know, He might get defiled from the graves.

But, you see, when Yahushua returns, there is going to be some major landscaping happening. I mean, they are not going to stop it.

 Zechariah 14:8 - And in that day it shall be [That] living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.

9 - And YAHWEH shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be -- "YAHWEH [is] one," And His name one.

Now, look at this:

 Zechariah 14:10 - All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. [Jerusalem] shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin's Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and [from] the Tower of Hananeel to the king's winepresses.

So, there is going to be some major, major landscaping happening. I mean, the area from Geba to Rimmon, if you were to look on a map, is just north of Jerusalem to southwest of Jerusalem. That whole area is mountainous, and the whole thing will be one big plain. Flat!

And so, that area, people going from the west side are going toward Jerusalem. So, Jerusalem should be raised up.

And so, Jerusalem is going to be raised up even higher than it is. And you are going to be able to see this city of Jerusalem from miles and miles away, because of the flat land on its west. And the rivers of water are going to flow out of the temple, off either side of the temple. So, you know, He is not going to stop the landscaping.

Of course, Messiah is going to set His feet on the Mount of Olives. That is going to adjust the landscape as well. No, it is not going to change anything. Their efforts are going to be futile.

Anyway, getting back to the prince. It says:

 Ezekiel 46:8 - "When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way.

This Eastern Gate.

 Ezekiel 46:9 - "But when the people of the land come before YAHWEH on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate.

The Feasts will be kept. They can't use the East Gate.

 Ezekiel 46:10 - "The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out.

And so, they are all going to go in and out together. Now, looking at the temple, they are going to use the North Gate and the South Gate. And the people who enter this temple can only go in or out when the prince goes in or out.

And so, we are going to add this to the characteristics of the Prince of Ezekiel 44-48: The people who enter the temple grounds to worship can only go in and out when the prince goes in or out. He goes in and out of the same gate, but the people must exit the opposite gate that they entered.

All right, now, looking at Ezekiel chapter 45, verse 7:

 Ezekiel 45:7 - "The prince shall have [a section] on one side and the other of the holy district and the city's property; and bordering on the holy district and the city's property, extending westward on the west side and eastward on the east side, the length [shall be] side by side with one of the [tribal] portions, from the west border to the east border.

8 - "The land shall be his possession in Israel; and My princes shall no more oppress My people, but they shall give [the rest of] the land to the house of Israel, according to their tribes."

So, he is going to have his own section of land (the prince) along the Mediterranean and along the Jordan River. And the priests and Levites will be in between.

So, we are going to add this to the characteristics here: He will have his own section of land along the Mediterranean and another section along the Jordan River, with the priests and Levites in between. And he will not oppress the people.

Now, if you were to look at how the layout of these different sections are going to be (it is listed in Ezekiel), the tribe of Dan at the top, then Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Rueben, Judah. Then down here is this "Holy Portion" belonging to the priests and belonging to the prince.

Then below that, south of that, is Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun and Gad. So, that is how it is going to be laid out. It is a little bit different than what we see in the Torah.

Chapter 45 and verse 14, says:

 Ezekiel 45:14 - "The ordinance concerning oil, the bath of oil, [is] one-tenth of a bath from a kor. [A kor is] a homer or ten baths, for ten baths [are] a homer.

15 - "And one lamb shall be given from a flock of two hundred, from the rich pastures of Israel. These shall be for grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings, to make atonement for them," says the Master YAHWEH.

16 - "All the people of the land shall give this offering for the prince in Israel.

Who is this? What is going on here? Well, we see that there are offerings that are brought to the prince. The people are going to bring these lambs (the grain offerings and burnt offerings) to the prince. And then the prince is going to offer it.

So, add this to the list of characteristics: The people of the land will give an offering for the prince in Israel. Now, they are not going to sacrifice them to him. He is just going to collect it.

And then we see he is going to prepare those offerings. It says it will be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings at the feasts, new moons, Sabbaths and appointed seasons. He will also prepare the sin offerings and others to make atonement for Israel.

And we see that here-- Ezekiel 45:17:

 Ezekiel 45:17 - "Then it shall be the prince's part [to give] burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel. He shall prepare the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings to make atonement for the house of Israel."

Yes, there will be sin offerings in those days in the future. There you go.

The next point is going to be: On Passover the prince will prepare sin offerings for himself and for the people of the land. On Passover, a sin offering for himself and for the people. That is Ezekiel 45:21:

 Ezekiel 45:21 - "In the first [month], on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall observe the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.

22 - "And on that day the prince shall prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bull [for] a sin offering.

Now, Yahushua is in His glorified state in the Holy of Holies. He is not going to need a sin offering. And so, this prince in Ezekiel 44-48 is not Yahushua. It can't be. It is someone else. Who is it? It is a mystery.

The next point will be: The Prince will make special offerings during the 7 days of Unleavened Bread, and the 7 days of the Feast of Tabernacles.

 Ezekiel 45:18 - `Thus says the Master YAHWEH: "In the first [month], on the first [day] of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary.

I'm sorry, I didn't get all this, did I? Let me skip forward here. I want to point this out here (Ezekiel 45:22). It says, "The prince shall prepare for himself..."

I am sorry to have skipped those other verses, but I want to point out that while the prince is receiving the offerings, it is the priest that will take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the ledge of the alter, and so on.

 Ezekiel 45:19 - "The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering and put [it] on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and on the gateposts of the gate of the inner court.

20 - "And so you shall do on the seventh [day] of the month for everyone who has sinned unintentionally or in ignorance. Thus you shall make atonement for the temple.

And so, while the prince is going to make the offerings, it is the priests who are going to handle the blood. The Levitical priesthood is going to handle it. It does not say anywhere that the prince himself is going to handle the blood and sprinkle any blood on any alter. It is the priests who will have that function.

See (Ezekiel 45:22), he is preparing the offering. To prepare an offering does not mean to actually do the sacrifice. It does not mean take the offering and sprinkle blood.

Just like Yahushua, in Luke 22:

 Luke 22:8 - And He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."

It does not mean they were sacrificing it at that time. They were getting it ready at that time.

So, we see that offerings are still done in the age to come. The sacrifices are clearly still going to be done in the future age. They are going to represent the same thing they always did, which is Yahushua and His offering for us.

It is a symbol or a parable of what Messiah has done. They point to Him. And they do not end when He returns, as we shared in the last segment.

And so, even though Messiah Himself is reigning for a thousand years (He is there In Yerushalayim), this particular ordinance is not mentioned anywhere in the Torah-- where a prince offers for himself and for the people a bull for a sin offering. It is a new thing. It is a new ordinance that will be established in the future and it is a sacrifice.

It is a brand new ordinance and it is a sin offering. And even though that particular ordinance is not mentioned in the Torah, it just goes to show, you know, that there are some new ordinances in this New Covenant time period when Messiah returns. There are new ordinances.

And so, I think the lesson here, I hope, is that there are some people who understand the blessing of keeping Torah who seem to be very rigid, and they say, "Well, if it is not in the Torah, then I don't do it," even though it may be written in the writings of the New Testament. They say, "Well, we're not going to do it because it is not in the Torah."

There are people who are that strict. For instance, the head covering-- what Paul said about head coverings (in 1 Corinthians 11). Yeah, it doesn't command in the Torah anything about a regular person wearing or not wearing a head covering. But it is a new ordinance. And so, we follow it.

And there will be other new ordinances that will be given when Messiah returns in terms of the sacrifices, in terms of this prince. And so, we do not have to be so rigid, and say, "Well, if it is not in the Torah then, even though it is mentioned in the New Testament, I am not going to do it."

I mean, baptism is a new ordinance. Baptism in Yahushua's name-- that is a new thing that was established when Messiah died for our sins. And it is okay for that to be so.

And so, getting back to Ezekiel here-- Ezekiel 45:23:

 Ezekiel 45:23 - "On the seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering to YAHWEH, seven bulls and seven rams without blemish, daily for seven days, and a kid of the goats daily [for] a sin offering.

24 - "And he shall prepare a grain offering of one ephah for each bull and one ephah for each ram, together with a hin of oil for each ephah.

He is getting these things ready, this prince.

 Ezekiel 45:25 - "In the seventh [month], on the fifteenth day of the month, at the feast, he shall do likewise for seven days, according to the sin offering, the burnt offering, the grain offering, and the oil."

So, the Passover is going to look different, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is going to look a little different. The Feast of Tabernacles, which is in the seventh month and on the fifteenth day of the month, that is going to look different, too.

But this to me proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, the fact that the prince is going to offer a sin offering for himself. I mean, that cannot be Messiah. So, there is a Messiah prince, that is Yahushua, in Ezekiel 34 and 37, but the prince spoken of in 44-48, it simply cannot be. It just cannot be Him.

So, these are the attributes of this Prince of Ezekiel 44-48:

Now, if we continue here, I want to look at some other scriptures in regards to the prince. In Ezekiel 46, verses 1 and 2, it says:

 Ezekiel 46:1 - `Thus says the Master YAHWEH: "The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.

2 - "The prince shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway from the outside, and stand by the gatepost. The priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings. He shall worship at the threshold of the gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening.

And so, the prince is standing at this Eastern Gateway to the Inner Court, but the priests are actually doing the offerings. And he is there at the Inner Gate. He is worshipping at the threshold.

And so, if we are looking at this, it says:

 Ezekiel 46:3 - "Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before YAHWEH on the Sabbaths and the New Moons.

So, we are looking at this. This is the Eastern Gateway to the Inner Court, right here. And this right here is the Inner Court, this area. And this is where they will stop. The prince is not allowed to go in there. And the people are not allowed to go in there. Only the priests are allowed to go in there.

And so, the priests are still going to maintain their position as Levitical priests, as doing sacrificial offerings. And Messiah is going to be in this Holy of Holies, right here, reigning and ruling-- both the one on earth, the earthly temple, and in the heavenly temple.

And He is the One that is the High Priest of the heavenly temple. They, the sons of Zadok, are the high priests of the earthly temple. But Yahushua is going to be in the temple.

And so, that ordinance, in saying "no outsiders shall come near," has to be altered to allow for Messiah to enter in that first temple, in that Holy of Holies, which, if you don't know what I am talking about, then you probably missed the first segment.

So, this is the Eastern Gateway. This is where everyone is going to stop and worship. Let's continue to read.

We see here, we are going to add this attribute to the prince: The prince will enter the Eastern Gateway of the Inner Court and worship there by the post of the gate. The priests will prepare his burnt offerings and peace offerings, and he worships at the threshold. This gate is only opened on the Sabbath and New Moon Days. It closes at evening.

There are other gates to the Inner Court (Ezekiel 40:23-31). That gate-- it is this gate, right here, that is being talked about (the Eastern Gate)-- that will only be opened on the Sabbath and New Moon Days. It will close at evening. Why? Because the Sabbath is over at evening.

And there are other gates also to the Inner Court. We see these Southern Gateways and Northern Gateways, and so on. But this is the gateway through which Yahweh will enter (the Eastern Gateway).

So, we continue to read Ezekiel.

 Ezekiel 46:4 - "The burnt offering that the prince offers to YAHWEH on the Sabbath day [shall be] six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish;

He is not going to sprinkle blood. He is going to bring those offerings to the priests and they will do so.

 Ezekiel 46:5 - "and the grain offering [shall be one] ephah for a ram, and the grain offering for the lambs, as much as he wants to give, as well as a hin of oil with every ephah.

6 - "On the day of the New Moon [it shall be] a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish.

7 - "He shall prepare a grain offering of an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah.

Very different ordinances here for sacrifices compared to what we see in the Torah. Very different.

And so, we add these things: On the Sabbath he offers a burnt offering of six lambs, a ram, and associated grain offerings. And then, on the New Moon he offers a young bull, six lambs, and a ram along with grain offerings and oil.

 Ezekiel 46:11 - "At the festivals and the appointed feast days the grain offering shall be an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah.

Now, add those things: On the festivals and moedim he will offer an ephah with a bull or ram, but as much as he wants for the lambs.

And so, the prince is kind of taking the offerings from the people and passing it on to the priests. That is sort of his role-- at least one of his roles. And he makes various decisions on how much he is going to give of different things.

Now, in Ezekiel 46:12:

 Ezekiel 46:12 - "Now when the prince makes a voluntary burnt offering or voluntary peace offering to YAHWEH, the gate that faces toward the east shall then be opened for him; and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings as he did on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he goes out the gate shall be shut.

So, there are also the freewill offerings that are brought in as well. So, those are going to be part of the equation.

 Ezekiel 46:13 - "You shall daily make a burnt offering to YAHWEH [of] a lamb of the first year without blemish; you shall prepare it every morning.

14 - "And you shall prepare a grain offering with it every morning, a sixth of an ephah, and a third of a hin of oil to moisten the fine flour. This grain offering is a perpetual ordinance, to be made regularly to YAHWEH.

15 - "Thus they shall prepare the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil, [as] a regular burnt offering every morning."

So, there are daily offerings made, as well, we need to add: He can make voluntary peace or burnt offerings, and the East Gate shall be opened for him, then shut immediately.

 Ezekiel 46:16 - `Thus says the Master YAHWEH: "If the prince gives a gift [of some] of his inheritance to any of his sons, it shall belong to his sons; it is their possession by inheritance.

17 - "But if he gives a gift of some of his inheritance to one of his servants, it shall be his until the year of liberty, after which it shall return to the prince. But his inheritance shall belong to his sons; it shall become theirs.

He is going to have servants-- "ebed" in Hebrew. The year of liberty is the year of freedom.

 Ezekiel 46:18 - "Moreover the prince shall not take any of the people's inheritance by evicting them from their property; he shall provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people may be scattered from his property."'"

So, the prince will have sons. That is another thing that eliminates this prince as possibly being Yahushua the Messiah. And Yahushua, again, He is going to be reigning from the temple itself.

So, if the prince is going to have sons, then we have to put that up as one of the characteristics: The prince will have sons and will give them an inheritance, indicating that he will eventually die and pass on his office to others.

He will give them an inheritance, and, obviously, that means he is capable of dying, and then he will pass on that office of prince to others.

And so, this prince of Ezekiel 44-48 is going to be a man on the earth who has not yet died once. I mean, it cannot be someone who resurrected and then dies later, because as it is appointed:

 Hebrews 9:27 - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

And so, this prince will be selected from among the men of the earth who were left over after the Messiah returns. That is going to have to be who it is. I do not know of any other explanation or any other possibility.

I do not know who it is going to be. Probably a son of David. But he is a prince. He is not the King. Now, a king is a prince, but a prince is not necessary a king. The word "prince" in the Hebrew, "sar," simply means "ruler."

And so, this particular earthly prince will have some kind of legislative power. But he is not going to be the King. Messiah Yahushua is going to be the King.

So, I want to look at something else here in Ezekiel. Notice that there are servants mentioned (Ezekiel 46:17). Like Abraham, he was going to give his inheritance to Eliezer from Damascus, but he didn't. He ended up giving it, of course, to his son Isaac. But Eliezer was his slave, his servant.

And what this tells me is there will be servants in the age to come. There will be slaves. Now, biblical slavery-- biblical servanthood or slavery-- is vastly different from the slavery that was seen in the 18th and 19th centuries in the United States.

Slavery in the Torah required, first of all, that the slaves would have to rest on the Sabbath just like everybody else. And if they were mistreated, they could run away from their masters at any time without any repercussions. In fact, they would be taken care of. The Torah commands a runaway slave to be treated well by those who take them in.

Now, I did a full study on this topic of biblical slavery or servanthood last year, or actually, late 2012.

If you are interested in understanding why Yahweh would allow slavery in the Torah (and we see here even in the New Covenant time period), this study here-- http://www.eliyah.com/transcripts/, go down to what is called December 29th, 2012-- you will see a full study on that: "Precepts & Principles of the Torah - Understanding Slavery."

By now you may be wondering, "Okay, why, Tom, on earth did you go through all these verses in Ezekiel when this is supposed to be a study on the book of Hebrews?"

Well, first of all, it says in Hebrews chapter 9, verse 11: "But Messiah came as High Priest of the good things to come."

 Hebrews 9:11 - But Messiah came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

12 - Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

So, He is the High Priest of these good things to come that we are reading about in the book of Ezekiel, in the book of Isaiah, and in these other places. And He will be the High Priest of the heavenly tabernacle even then. And He is not going to be coming with the blood of goats and calves. He has already entered the heavenly Holy Place.

And then, also, later in verses 27 and 28, it says:

 Hebrews 9:27 - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

28 - so Messiah was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Ezekiel is giving us a glimpse of what it will be like when He appears this second time. You see, sometimes WE define what this is going to look like, this "good thing to come." We define those things according to what WE think will happen, and that may not be according to what Scripture says is going to happen.

I mean, a good percentage of those who call themselves Christians think that when Messiah comes we are all going to heaven and maybe we will be on clouds playing harps. But the picture we see in Scripture is so much more descriptive. And we see that it is a rule where Yahweh's Torah is the Law of the earth.

The Kingdom that we will be rulers of is going to have rules that we need to know. And this is it. These are the rules of the Kingdom. This is what it is going to look like.

Now, we read earlier in Hebrews 9, verse 15, Yahushua is the Mediator of the New Covenant. It says:

 Hebrews 9:15 - And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

This New Covenant that is being spoken of here-- what does it look like? You read Ezekiel, and other places, this is part of what this New Covenant looks like:

 Ezekiel 37:24 - "David My servant [shall be] king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

25 - "Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David [shall be] their prince forever.

26 - "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

"David My servant shall be King over them, and they shall have one Shepherd." That is Messiah.

"They shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them." That is what it looks like. That is this "covenant of peace," what it looks like.

And so, these verses are giving us the details on what this New Covenant is, and so many times what we think New Covenant is may not be what New Covenant is according to Yahweh's Word.

And so, I feel this strong need to not just say, "Oh, go read Ezekiel," but, "Go, look at Ezekiel with me." And then you will understand New Covenant according to what Yahweh says New Covenant is.

Because sometimes we do not realize Ezekiel 40... all the way to the end... Ezekiel 37, and these other verses-- Isaiah chapter 2, Zechariah 14, Isaiah 66, and so on-- these verses are talking about the New Covenant every bit as much as 1 Peter and James and John and 1 Thessalonians.

I mean, it is all New Covenant stuff that is being discussed. We just need to read them and accept them. And when we read them and we study them, many times we find a very different picture of the New Covenant than what you might hear in Sunday School.

And so, I am bringing these things out because what we are reading in the Old Testament, in these Prophets, does not line up with the theology seen in most seminaries. The New Covenant upholds Yahweh's Law as a standard that the whole earth will live by.

The Sabbath is still kept. The New Moons are still important. The Feast Days are still observed. Even the animal sacrifices will come back. I don't know why it is so hard for people to accept it when it is right there in the pages of Scripture. We just have to believe it.

It is just you are not likely to hear these things taught from the pulpit today. It is because it would cause people to ask too many uncomfortable questions.

And I know. I have read where some Christians have tried to spiritualize away all the offerings and festivals in an attempt to uphold their system of theology, and say, "Well, that's just all spiritual." But when you read it like I read it today and try to understand it, you cannot spiritualize all that stuff. You just can't.

There is no way you can do it-- not any easier than you can spiritualize the animal sacrifices and the Feasts mentioned in the Torah itself. I mean, if you are going to do the one, you might as well do the other.

Other Christians who go along with traditional theology have acknowledged, "Okay, the Feasts and Sabbath and sacrifices are coming back," but they never explain how that fits with their theory that all those things were abolished when Messiah died. And they fail to acknowledge this Torah and these sacrifices is New Covenant time period.

In other words, this is what it is going to look like when Messiah comes and establishes His New Covenant on the earth. And so, I am going over these other verses because people tend to ignore them or not study them, because they do not fit their theology. So, anyone listening to this study today is going to be subjected to it.

And I am hoping it will encourage some of you to rethink your understanding of the book of Hebrews. People tend to say, "Well, that is the Old Testament. I am under the New Testament now," and ignore Ezekiel, ignore Isaiah, ignore these other verses.

But these other books talk about the New Covenant and give us more details about that Kingdom we are supposed to be proclaiming to all. And if I am keeping Shabbat, if I am being attentive to the New Moons, if I am observing Passover or if I am keeping the Feast of Tabernacles, I am living the New Covenant lifestyle. I am.

Yet, if someone from a modern church starts doing these things, other people are going to say, "Well, Joe over there is spending too much time in the Old Testament, you know," or they will call you a Judaizer.

That is New Covenant stuff. So, please, don't listen to the put downs. Let's listen to the full counsel of Yahweh's Word.

And according to the full counsel of Yahweh's Word, which we examined in these four segments, we clearly see these elements in the book of Hebrews:

Now, the time of reformation for you, personally, will be when Messiah returns and changes your corruptible body and you will put on the incorruptible. When He raises you from the dead and you reign with Him, you are not going to need animal sacrifices at that time.

When you are in a glorified state, the ordinances which pertain to the flesh when your body is raised incorruptible will not apply to you because you are not flesh and blood. Flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom. But there will still be men on the earth when Messiah returns. And so, there will be ordinances which pertain to the flesh for them.

The enemy will be tied up in the bottomless pit, according to Revelation 20. Sin will be swiftly judged, according to Isaiah 11. But men will still have the capability of dying in this future time. But, it says:

 Isaiah 65:20 - "No more shall an infant from there [live but a few] days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner [being] one hundred years old shall be accursed.

We will be the judges and we will reign with Messiah. We will be teaching the Torah, the Law of Yahweh, under the New Covenant. And those who are on the earth will need to hear of Yahweh's laws. And since you are going to be teaching it, you might as well learn it now.

If you want to be a ruler in the age to come, you need to start learning the rules and following the rules yourself because it is our future. Because the book of Hebrews does uphold Torah observance. The book of Galatians also upholds Torah observance. This is because the Old Testament prophecies tell us Torah observance is our future.

Yahweh did not abolish His own Word. In fact, by our faith we establish the Law.

 Romans 3:31 - Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.

We do not make it void. But, you know, we live among the people, some of whom are very sincere and every bit as accepted by Yahweh as I am, that have never heard this message. And so, I say, along with the psalmist of Psalm 119:

 Psalms 119:126 - [It is] time for [You] to act, O YAHWEH, [For] they have regarded Your law as void.

Let us pray for Yahweh to act.

He is acting in this generation. The scales of men's doctrines are falling from the eyes of some, and they are coming to embrace the full counsel of Yahweh's Word in their lives.

Some of us are just beginning to embrace the fullness of Messiah in our life-- not just the Messiah that loves with patience and kindness and longsuffering and grace, but also a Messiah that loves His heavenly Father and keeps the Sabbath day and the festivals and the other commandments that Yahweh has given.

It was anti-Semitism, if you look through the history, the annals of history, the reason why the Protestant reformation did not include Torah observance. There was a tremendous amount of cultural pressure to not do so.

The Spanish Inquisition caused many to shy away from doing anything that looked Jewish, because the Spanish Inquisition was there to try to eliminate and annihilate the Jewish believers in Messiah who kept Torah and those who pretended to believe in Messiah but were secretly keeping Torah.

And so, there was not much popularity for Torah keeping, and if there was anyone that was going to start up, they were going to get killed off. But now it is time we walk as Messiah walked. It is time we establish the Law with our faith. It is time that we teach against sin.

Sin is the transgression of Yahweh's Law-- including Sabbath and Feast keeping. And we need to get in that habit because it is exactly what we are going to be doing when Messiah returns.

And so, brothers and sisters, as we get into that habit more and more, may Yahweh bless you, and may Yahweh have mercy on us all.

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