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A royal priesthood

May 31, 2012 Comments off

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In the 7th of his 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, George Zeller raises the question of God’s perpetual covenant with the Levites. Taking this literally, Zeller argues that the prophecy requires the restoration of both David’s throne and the Levitical priesthood in a millennial temple. He wrote:

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Mountains and rivers of peace

May 11, 2012 Comments off

The scriptures say that God is around his people like the mountains around Jerusalem, and like broad rivers and streams.

Psalm 125:2
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever
Isaiah 33:21
But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

In many other scriptures, like the above example, mountains and rivers of a spiritual nature are related. Read more…

Israel, the saints, and the number a thousand

April 30, 2012 Comments off

The use of the number a thousand, and multiples of a thousand, is characteristic in descriptions of the saints throughout the Bible. The number is applied to Israel in the Old Testament, and to the church in the New Testament, which supports the idea of continuity between the two.

When Rebekah agreed to return with Abraham’s servant to become the bride of Isaac, her family said to her, “be thou the mother of thousands of millions.” [Genesis 24:58-60] This seems to be the first time that “thousands” was used in reference to the descendants of Abraham. Read more…

Why did Ezekiel describe a temple?

March 8, 2012 Comments off

Ezekiel’s vision of the temple included copious details. His description was given before the second temple was built, but there was no attempt by the Jews who returned from the exile to follow his design. It was a much larger and more impressive structure than either the second temple, or the previous one built by Solomon. In comparison, the one actually built was not ideal, and would not be the temple which was to be filled with God’s glory, as promised for Ezekiel’s temple. [Ezekiel 43:5; 44:4] Read more…

Gardiner’s Preliminary note on Ezekiel 40-48

February 25, 2012 1 comment

In his introduction to the last eight chapters of the book of Ezekiel, Frederic Gardiner gave several reasons why Ezekiel’s description of the temple, the river flowing from it, and the division of the land, should be understood figuratively, and why insisting on a literal approach leads to contradictions.

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Does Ezekiel describe a literal temple?

February 23, 2012 Comments off

Those who support a literal interpretation of Ezekiel’s temple in chapters 40-47 point to the remarkable amount of detail in Ezekiel’s account, supposing that such detail can only mean that everything described must be taken literally.  Dispensationalist John C. Whitcomb wrote: [1] Read more…

Measuring the temple

February 23, 2012 Comments off

In the prophet Ezekiel’s description of a visionary temple in chapters 40-47, the words “measure,” “measured,” and “measures” are prominent. The frequency of the words is as follows: “measure,” 10 times; “measured,” 32 times; “measures,” 9 times. It is as if Ezekiel wanted to convey to the reader that everything in the temple is measured by God. Read more…