Does Messiah Sacrifice for Himself in the Temple of Ezekiel 45:22?-2

[Music] dozen Messiah sacrifice for himself in the temple of
Ezekiel well welcome to another episode in our series is Christianity the Mormonism of
Judaism where we are examining the claims of the Jewish rabbis who teach that Christianity has distorted the
religion of Judaism in much the same way that we Christians believe that Mormonism has distorted the teachings of
Christianity as we have been going through this series we have seen over and over that their claims that that
these rabbis bring up against Christianity are unfounded and clearly when we examine the evidence when we
examine the history of ancient Judaism and when we examine the text of Scripture over and over we see that
Christianity is consistent with the teachings of ancient Judaism and consistent with the teachings of both
the old and the new testament scriptures today we're going to be examining a question concerning Ezekiel 4522 at
Ezekiel 45 20 to be read in the Jewish Bible at concerning the Messiah it says and the Prince shall
make on that day for himself and for all the people of Israel a bowl for a sin-offering now this verse is often
brought up by the Jewish rabbis as an example of a place where the Messiah is offering a sacrifice for himself and for
all the people and they make the point that this cannot possibly refer to Yeshua Jesus because we Christians
believe that Yeshua Jesus is sinless that he never sinned so why would he need to offer a sacrifice for himself
their claim is that this concerns a future Messiah that will come to a future rebuilt temple a third temple
they believe and they say that this passage in Ezekiel teaches that this Messiah this future Messiah that the
Jewish people believe is yet to come because they have rejected Yeshua Jesus as the Messiah
since they've rejected him they believe this is yet to be fulfilled in a future temple but there are some problems with
those claims and we're going to look at those issues today the first thing we need to ask is is this temple in Ezekiel
talking about a future rebuilt temple a temple that will come the Israel will be able to build and that the Messiah will
come to and sacrifice in there's a number of problems with that first of all from a Christian perspective if this
is talking about a literal temple then what do we do with all those passages in the New Testament that teach that the
Messiah Yeshua Jesus fulfilled all the sacrifices so that we do not need any more sacrifices this creates a real
problem if we are going to view this passage in Ezekiel as a reference to a future rebuilt temple yet this is the
view of many Christians today there is a split in the Christian community on these passages in Ezekiel some
Christians believe that there will be a future rebuilt temple and that these sacrifices that we read about such as
this one here in Ezekiel 45 are merely a reference to some sacrifices that will be done that the Messiah will use as a
tool to point back to his perfect sacrifice so they'll say it's it's a sacrifice that just points back to
Yeshua Jesus if if you're in that camp of Christianity I know that that a lot of Christians view that I do not hold to
that position and I will share the reasons why when we look at the text of Scripture not just the New Testament
Scriptures on what the Messiah came to do but also on these Old Testament Scriptures here in Ezekiel but the first
question we're going to ask is is this temple a literal rebuilt temple a future temple or is this temple in Ezekiel a
spiritual symbolic temple we'll look at that and then the other question we're going
to be examining is what did the Messiah actually do when he came to the temple it says here in Ezekiel 45 22 that this
Messiah will offer a sacrifice for himself how could a messiah sacrifice for himself if
he's perfect so we need to answer that question whether we believe the temple is a literal rebuilt future temple or
whether we believe this temple is a symbolic spiritual temple which is the view that I hope I believe it's symbolic
we're going to have to still answer that question what is being done in this temple how does the sacrifice that this
Messiah offers for himself not negate the fact that he was sinless so now to answer these questions let's start with
the first question here is Ezekiel temple a literal third temple what do we read in Ezekiel if we look at Ezekiel
chapter 40 and I've consulted a few commentaries on this and one commentary you can find this online
it's the Albert Barnes notes on the whole Bible and this is on Ezekiel chapter 40 and it talks about the actual
dimensions of this temple given here in Ezekiel and it notes specifically some very interesting things about this the
dimensions of this temple it says the physical features of the land would not admit of the separation of precincts and
mile square surrounded by a territory 16 miles by 48 Ezekiel 48 10 the this commentary goes on to say the enclosing
wall of the outer Court has strange dimensions in order that height width and thickness may all be equal now just
let's just stop there for a second first of all the physical features of the land in Israel will not allow for the way
this temple is built it will not allow for the structure of this temple the dimensions don't fit you have Hills you
have valleys you have the hagh Rafi is such in Israel you've got you got see how do you get these
dimensions to fit so that's the first problem with seeing Ezekiel's temple as a literal physical temple the second
thing we read is when we look at those dimensions themselves of what is actually being built and we come here
and read the enclosing wall of the outer court has strange dimensions in order that height width and thickness may all
be equal now if you think about that geometrically if you have something that is the same height the same width and
the same thickness what do you have if you set box you are correct a box how can a box form an outer Court
if the thickness of that entire outer Court is the same as its height and its width how can that be an outer Court
where can the people go how can you have any space inside that particular dimension if the thickness is the same
as the height and the width there's a major problem with these dimensions even fitting a literal physical temple built
anywhere nevertheless the land of of Israel is regardless of the Land of Israel how do these dimensions fit
anywhere in our physical universe let's look at some other things the guard chambers the bases of the columns are
all square same problem but we just saw about the outer Court the series of chambers for the Levites and for the
priests are in fixed numbers and symmetrically placed the dimensions of the brazen altar are changed that one
part may be double of another throughout see Ezekiel 43 13 again if you try to even think of how this temple would be
constructed based on the dimensions given in Ezekiel you have a real hard time figuring out how this is supposed
to work out in a literal physical temple rebuilt temple another reason that I have a problem with viewing this temple
in Ezekiel as a future rebuilt temple is the fact that we also notice in the passage
that there is no reference whatsoever to priesthood duties yet the temple the original temple was the first temple and
the second temple all had priests that served at the altar according to the Levitical priesthood yet it's very
striking that when we look at Ezekiel there are no instructions on how the Levitical priests would operate in this
temple and I'm going to suggest to you that the reason we don't find those instructions it's because as we read in
Hebrews the Messiah Yeshua Jesus actually fulfills this role of priesthood as the high priest himself
and if and remember when we look back to the Old Testament law back to the Levitical law there can only be one high
priest at a time so if there's only one high priest and Jesus holds that priesthood forever then you can't have
any kind of descriptions of priesthood activities taking place in this temple as far as you know different roles of
different priests would do within this temple because you have one high priest who serves that role permanently Yeshua
Jesus who has the power of an endless life and indeed this is what we read about in Hebrews let's look at a couple
passages in Hebrews I want to draw your attention to and we will be reading in the New Testament we will be reading
from the new American Standard Bible and particularly we're gonna look first of all what Hebrews says about the
tabernacle and the temple when it was here on earth before it was destroyed Hebrews explains in Hebrews chapter
eight verse five that these items serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things just as Moses was warned by God
when he was about to erect the tabernacle for quote C he says that you make all things
according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain so Moses was instructed to build a tabernacle and
essentially eventually Solomon built the first temple according to a pattern that God gave on the mountain okay the other
thing that we see here in this passage is here in Hebrews chapter 9 verse 23 it says therefore it was necessary for the
copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices
than these I'm going to suggest to you that here Hebrews is actually alluding to this passage here in Ezekiel and
elaborating on this passage saying that essentially Christ fulfilled this this greater sacrifice when he offered his
blood in the heavenly temple so that's why it says it is necessary for the copies of these things in the heavens to
be cleansed with these but with the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than needs so let me let me
read this entire passage we've seen two allusions Hebrews chapter 8 and Hebrews chapter 9 where it talks about the
earthly things being a copy of the heavenly things let's read why Hebrews actually says happens in the heavenly
temple he was chapter 9 verse 22 and according to law one may almost say all things are cleansed with blood and
without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness therefore it was necessary for the copies of things in
the heavens to be cleansed with these but the heavenly things themselves were the better sacrifices than these for
Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands a mere copy of the true one but into heaven itself now to appear in
the presence of God for us nor was it that he would offer himself often as the high priest enters the holy place
year by year with blood that is not his own otherwise verse 26 he would have needed to suffer often since the
foundation of the world but now once at the consummation of the ages he has been manifested to put away sin by
the sacrifice of himself in as much as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes a judgement
verse 28 so Christ also having been offered once to bear the sins of many will appear a second time for salvation
without reference to sin to those who eat early await him so there you have a clear reference to how Hebrews looks at
these passages about Christ's suffering and about the Messiah offering a sacrifices and Hebrews clearly parallels
this with the earthly tabernacle saying those were just a picture of something that was greater in heaven that was
cleansed by the blood of Christ now let's go to our second question what was actually happening when the Messiah
sacrificed for himself and for all the people let's to answer this question I want to consider something that we often
find as we are doing this series we see this often in many of our videos as we've been going through the Jewish
objections to Christianity we've been able to reconcile their arguments against Christianity simply by studying
the actual Hebrew text or the context of a passage and I would say that is the case here there is no difference here if
we study the actual Hebrew of the text we get an insight into what is actually going on in this passage and
particularly some examples where if we look at the meaning of a word we get a greater understanding of what's going on
we see this in Isaiah 53 and when we were going through Isaiah 53 we ran across a verse says that the suffering
servant suffered sickness now the rabbi's will say well what was Jesus physically sick when he died and yet
when we look in the actual word that means sickness also can be translated griefs or an emotional emotional pain or
emotional sickness so that's why a lot of the Christian Bibles will translate that
same word for sickness at the Jewish Bible translate sickness translates as grease or sorrows or you know emotional
pain so it's important to look at the actual meaning of words don't just look at the translation the Jewish rabbis
give you and say oh well then I guess a Christian position is wrong in this case we're gonna look at the actual Hebrew of
the meaning of the phrase for himself and see if we can get some insight into what it means and I want to
point one other example we see in Scripture of a word having another meaning that can give us greater
understanding in Isaiah 53 we didn't cover this verse in our exegesis of that passage but I want to bring it up now
because I know I'll Jewish rabbis bring this up and they'll say well look here in Isaiah 53 verse 11 it says that the
Messiah will justify many by his knowledge and they'll say well how could you know Jesus will fill this did his
knowledge pay for our sins you know according to the Christian perspective well if we look at that word knowledge
in the Hebrew we actually gain a deeper understanding because that word knowledge can mean perception skill or
cunning and if we put those alternative meanings into that text of isaiah 53:11 we read that that passage would read by
his skill by his cunning by his perception he would justify many now doesn't that make more sense in the
passage because the messiah jesus did have to exercise cunning and skill in fulfilling these prophecies because the
you know if you think about it the last thing satan wanted to do and his demons he last thing he wanted to do was to
allow the messiah to fulfill his mission and so the Messiah Yeshua Jesus had to exercise great caution and great cunning
to make sure he didn't crucify before this set appointed time and to make sure that even when he was crucified if if
the demons knew that that was part of God's plan they wouldn't have killed him because all
in killing the Messiah in in stirring up the people to kill the Messiah they were fulfilling God's plan to pay for our
sins but they didn't know God's plan and so if you think about it there was great skill great cunning great perception
exercised by the Messiah Yeshua Jesus when he came to earth and indeed through his cunning he did justify the many
because he offered his life as a sacrifice as a neshama guilt offering for us as we read about in Isaiah 53 so
I want to keep that that perspective in mind as we go into Ezekiel 45 we examine the verse 22 this phrase for himself
that he's offering for himself what does that mean let's now listen in on a conversation that I will have with our
Greek and Hebrew professor Justin Alfred all right Justin thank you for going over this with me here on the phone as
we discussed is ETO 4522 where the prince is offering a sacrifice for himself and for all the people I have my
brown drivers Biggs English lexicon up and we're looking at you said page 126 number one one five seven oh okay I
think I've got that you have it yes I do and this is the word is it for himself here in the Hebrew that's exactly as
transmitted as bad dope has the older that's the poor nominal suffix for him or himself okay so now as you go through
the definition point number one there then you go to the next page go about halfway down and you'll see number two
you see that yes I see that all right and underneath it metaphor means metaphorically on behalf of and if
you go on down there you'll see he's quoting those giving you places where this is used and one of them is is
zekiel 245 22 you see that then he says almost equals for the sake of on a counter all right and he's saying this
can be done in the end of all gave the Septuagint the Airmech targum the city's Samaritan
Pentateuch and so forth it's all that's what those things being there now so when we look at this and you also have
on behalf of it takes the place of you know this kind of with a filament art now so here's the question how do we
interpret this now obviously Jesus was fully God but he was also fully man so it's being fully God he didn't obviously
didn't need it for himself but being for human beings as a whole and for the fact that he was tempted in all points as we
are yet without sin he provided that sacrifice now as you go up there to look where it says almost for the sake of on
account of only countoff could also be translated by means of it in other words the prince was offering on account of
himself in other words he was saying hey I'm doing this for the people I'm doing it also because this is what I need to
do and I need to apply this to myself alright so Jesus therefore he takes the place of that priest he's fully God he
doesn't need it for himself but his fully man although he never sinned he's doing it on behalf of himself does that
make sense okay well would this have something to do with like the sin offerings that they
would do like daily sacrifices for unintentional sins that we see in the temple and like Jesus when he was a baby
he had you know they had to bring a couple does I believe well let me just let me just say this so here's the thing
we need to understand Jesus was fully God fully man so all of those all of those sacrifices that's what the blood
of Jesus Christ does for us today okay you look at first John what 1:7 I think it is if you walk in light as he is the
light the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses literally means continually cleanses
from all sin all the time so all of those sacrifices they had they were unaware of sin I mean you know we here's
the deal Chrissy as I get older I see sin in my life I didn't even know where sin 2
years I'd be asked himself oh my gosh and I lived in that just walk in it not even written oh that's why
Paul talks about bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ so is this priest was making this
offering he was doing it for himself he was doing for the people but he was doing for himself so Jesus took the
place of this priest he doesn't need the sacrifice for himself but he's doing he's doing it to himself on behalf of
the people that need this that's what this is talking about so the priesthood that Jesus on the other hand comes in
the place of that man he doesn't need it for himself for his change in habit but he's doing it on behalf of who he
represents that is human beings and he's taking on himself the penalty of that sin of the whole world and distributing
it to them as that sacrifice is although does that make sense okay so would you unjust want to make sure I understand
this – what you're saying is by the the fact that he took our sins he is essentially offering that sacrifice for
the world yeah yeah oh thank you undo it like a through the twice has used the door we walked through him that is not
exactly unequivocally correct yes that's it and so what that what you have is that obvious that man that priest was
just a man just a flawed skewed man like all of us and he was doing this because he needed forgiveness ooh but Jesus
didn't need forgiveness and yet he took the full penalty on himself as though he were the most rotten center in the world
but he wasn't by providing that he was the perfect sacrifice and he did it all he did that on behalf of his actions for
the entire world so that's where we get the milk is that priests in line he took the place
the levitical and he replaced it with Melchizedek you know he became that that new priest into the New Covenant becomes
that conduit and offers a sacrifice for himself but really it's because he's the vicarious atonement further for the
world and takes on our sin so therefore the sacrifices is being applied not that he needed it but for every one that is
going to be great that's exactly correct and so basically this little preposition by ad is saying that it's bet it's
basically in essence saying but what he did was for the sake of the other people who needed it and he did it on account
of their sin for their sake he took it upon himself that's what he's saying right okay so and this is basically this
is the zekiel temple that perfect temple that you know people have different views whether there's going to be a
literal temple on earth or whether this is just a picture of the heavenly temple but I I see in Hebrews a lot of
parallels and says that you know what Jesus did here on earth was a pattern you know what the temple was on earth
was just a pattern for the one in heaven so the ultimate fulfillment of that took place you know when he died on the cross
he took place you know I have an N earth if you will because he brought that into the holy place in in heaven as Hebrews
says so as if I'm executing this correctly that's what we're getting here from the Hebrew house that's exactly how
I would apply it okay with that preposition let me just show you something else here
sure take take the BTB okay so I want you to look on page 729 okay look there v 707 okay I got it
now you see the word their aid yes says masculine noun witness for reiterating hints emphatically affirming okay and
then you see number one witness testimony evidence down again witness okay
forth and so on now I want you to keep your your finger here and I want you to turn back to page 88 okay and look at
number one there that Bates this preposition you said okay yes I see that babe preposition and okay now go over
there Roman nimble – okay you see it's just denoting proximity at or by yes okay go all the way down there
number three okay well that is of accompaniment aha then you go down there choose number two over there
look at that of the instrument are means you see that over there the right column number two yes all right so we could
just go on or no it's a plethora of meanings here but I just wanted to show you that so from my perspective when you
put bait with aid here it comes up to this preposition on the count off and I put it here by means of a witness for
himself and for the people in other words Jesus did this as a testimonial witness that he was taking the place of
that bull for the sins of the entire world forever Wow wow that's incredible but when you
look at bad that's what it is it's a combination of the preposition bait and the little mound over here as a witness
because you didn't understand that he's doing this as a witness in other words hey I need forgiveness so I'm doing this
and as a witness for the people to that God's forgiven you know what God's forgiving me God's forgiving you that
makes sense yes so now Jesus comes in he's doing this he doesn't need to forgive this but he's
doing it as a witness to the people that God has forgiven you through my sacrifice wow that's incredible amazing
well God's a global let's pray yes let's do thank you Father I just want to thank
you for Christi thank you Lord for you just bake your truth alive and we'll through her Lord in sharing and
ministering to others with regard to this and we give and commit this to you and we thank you Lord that you're in
charge of all of the Sun Jesus name Amen so there as we just heard professor Alfred explained to us that phrase for
himself essentially means that Christ offered through himself the atonement for all of us
and indeed this fits with what we read in the New Testament as it says here in 1st Peter 2:24 and he himself bore our
sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness for by his wounds you were
healed and then another passage that we see the same idea the idea of imputation where Jesus took our sins he himself
bore our sins in his body it actually says in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 he made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf
so essentially Christ became sin it wasn't that he himself had sins but this is why he offered the sacrifice for
himself because in bearing our sins then that sacrifice was necessary for the atonement to be made so it says he made
him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in him a second
Corinthians 5:21 now going back to this idea of the ezekiel temple being a symbolic picture of what occurred when
christ offered his body as a sacrifice for all of us and essentially taking our sins through himself paid for our sins i
want to bring up another commentary and what he had to say here this is john gills exposition of the old and new
testaments this is volume 6 of 9 in this particular volume this reformer he lived around the 17 and 1800's in fact this
was published I believe in 1810 but John Gill gives a really good insight into these passages
here in Ezekiel and he agrees with what that other commentary we were looking at earlier says about Ezekiel being a
spiritual temple and essentially Christ providing his life as a sacrifice for us being what is occurring in Ezekiel 45 22
let's look let's read what he has to say here on page 250 of his Ezekiel passage concerning this verse verse 22 he says
Christ himself is this Prince and who has prepared himself a sacrifice even for himself his church which is
mystically himself and to make atonement for all those sins which he took upon himself by imputation and made his own
even for all his chosen people and for all their sins and his preparing this sacrifice both to be offered up and to
be held forth in the Ministry of the word see the note on verse 17 and who is very firmly represented by a Bullock
because he noted earlier regarding this passage how it says that this prince is offering a Bullock in normally sin
offerings involved the offering of a goat but this is a bull that is offered here and he says he's represented by a
Bullock for his laborious nough sand strength in bearing the sins of his people when he became an offering for
them so that's what John Gill had to say this 18th century reformer 17th century 18th century and also what he had to say
about Ezekiel's temple being a symbolic temple he notes here on page 208 regarding the Ezekiel's temple on zekiel
40 he says many Christian commentaries have omitted the exposition of these chapters and all acknowledged the
difficulties in them something however may be gotten out of them relating to the gospel the Gospel Church states
which I am fully persuaded is intended by the city and temple for that no material building can be designed is
clear from this one observe that not only the whole land of Israel would not be capable of having such a
city as is here describe built upon it but even all Europe would not be sufficient nor the whole world according
to the account of the dimensions which some give of it the circumference of the city is said to be about eighteen
thousand measures but what they are is not certain Luther makes them to be thirty six
thousand German miles and a German mile being three of ours the circuit of the city must be above a hundred thousand
English miles and this is sufficient to set aside all hypotheses of a material building either of a city or temple the
one being in proportion to the other so there's literally no way that we can get a physical building a physical city a
physical temple in Israel or even in Europe because of the way the dimensions are laid out and as we saw earlier even
just the structure of this temple with the outer courts being square box type of dimensions it's impossible to build
something like that and that's what he's noting here that even that the size of this city is so massive it would not fit
in Israel he'd have to put it in the ocean essentially so that is another reason to view these passages here in
Ezekiel about the Ezekiel temple not as a future temple to be rebuilt but rather a picture of the heavenly temple the
perfect temple that Yeshua our Messiah Jesus came and fulfilled when he offered for himself
essentially for his church his atonement paying for our sins as he bore them those sins in his body as we read there
in our scriptures and also we see this is consistent as well with several passages in Hebrews we read about how
Yeshua our Messiah Jesus was not of the Levitical priesthood because he was not the tribe of Levi we read that in
Hebrews chapter seven now if perfection verse 11 was through the Levitical priesthood for on the
basis of it that people received Allah what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order
of Melchizedek and not be designed according to the order of Aaron verse 12 for the priesthood is changed of
necessity there takes place a change the law also so if the priesthood has changed to the Melchizedek Priesthood
and as it says here again verse 14 for his evident that our Lord was descended from Judah a tribe with reference to
which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests so it says in verse 24 but Jesus on the other hand because he continues
forever holds his priesthood permanently and then we go down to verse 27 who does not need daily like those high priests
to offer up sacrifices first for his own sins and then for the sins of the people because this he did once for all when he
offered up himself so in offering up for himself for himself essentially because he took our
sins on his body in his body he became sin for us that is what Ezekiel is is portraying here in this prophecy about
the Messiah offering a sacrifice for himself it wasn't that he needed a sacrifice because he was sinless but
because he took our sins therefore the sacrifice was for himself and for all the people we continue on in Hebrews as
it expounds here in chapter 8 now the main point of what has been said is this we have such a high priest who has taken
his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in Heaven's this is a heavenly temple that he's taken on verse
4 and if there he were on earth he would not be a priest at all since there are those who offer the gifts according to
the law but we saw already in chapter 7 the priesthood was changed that's why I as a Christian do not believe in a
future temple that will be be built and that will have Levitical priests serving in it
it does not fit the context of Ezekiel 45 you can't have those dimensions it seems to be symbolic and if the
dimensions of the temple are symbolic then why do we make the temple itself a temple I would submit to you that if the
dimensions are symbolic then the temple itself is symbolic as well just as this Messiah symbolically paid for our sins
and essentially took those sins when he went to heaven to the heavenly temple the real temple and this passage says
and continues on in Hebrews chapter eight verse five who served a copy and shadow of the heavenly things just as
Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect a tabernacle for C he says that you make things according to
the pattern which was shown you on the mountain verse six but now he has obtained a more excellent ministry by as
much as he is the mediator of a better covenant not the Old Covenant now under the Levitical priests but a better
covenant so here we've seen both Hebrews chapter 7 and chapter 8 speaks of how the Messiah fulfills that perfect
priesthood and fulfilled the sacrifice once and for all we read about that and he was chapter 9 we read that earlier
and I want to conclude now with Hebrews chapter 10 we're gonna look at a few verses here and it says here in Hebrews
chapter 10 10 by this we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
verse 11 every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices which can never take
away sins verse 12 but he having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time sat down at the right hand of God
waiting from that time onward until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet verse 14 for by one offering he has
perfected for all time those who are sanctified if we believe these scriptures there is no way that we can
accept the idea that there will be a future temple where the Messiah himself will offer sacrifices for the people and
for himself as if his original sacrifice wasn't good enough and if we try to make them just a picture to look back at his
perfect sacrifice what's the purpose of that if it says here that he offers the sack
once and for all for all time that seems to preclude any possibility that this sacrifice could return in a future
temple if it says for one offering he's perfected for all time those who are sanctified how can we say that the
Messiah would have to come back and offer sacrifices again even if it's to be a reminder of his sacrifice what's
the purpose of that I really think if we just look at Scripture as a whole both what the New Testament says about
Christ's sacrifice and the simple fact that Ezekiel's temple does not fit any literal physical dimensions in Israel or
any place you can't even build a building with those dimensions then if those dimensions are symbolic then we
must say that the very activities that occur in that temple are symbolic as well and these commentaries like John
Gil's exposition of the Old and New Testaments provide very good explanations for how each of those
things that are discussed in this passage in Ezekiel and this Ezekiel's temple were fulfilled in Christ and he
goes into much detail we don't have time to cover that here but ultimately as long as you study the Scriptures
together the old and the New Testament and you think about these questions is this a literal temple and then you find
that no it can't be the dimensions don't fit a literal building then if those dimensions are symbolic then the Messiah
himself offering that sacrifice it was a symbolic picture there in Ezekiel of what Christ came to do when he came here
on earth walked in the literal temple of the Second Temple preached in the temple as the prophecies all state and then
offered his body as a final sacrifice for himself ultimately vicariously carrying the sins for all of us and then
offered that sacrifice and purified the Holy Temple in heaven that Ezekiel was picturing for us so that's what I
believe is going on here and I want to encourage those who are watching this video if
you've never placed your faith and trust in the sacrifice of Christ for your sins why don't you do that today why don't
you trust him as you can see he is the ultimate fulfillment of these passages in the Old Testament that speak of a
messiah who would pay for those sins as we saw in Daniel 9 he came within the timeframe of the Messianic era
prophesied of in those seventy weeks of Daniel 9 and that Messiah Yeshua Jesus offer those sins for us and if you put
your trust in him then you will see your sins forgiven by Almighty God just as David said as we just talked about in
our other passages here in Hebrews David said blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin in whom the Lord
will not count sin whose sins are covered David said that how did his sins get covered if he wasn't looking for a
future Messiah who will fulfill these prophecies Isaiah 53 Zechariah 12:10 they will look on him whom they have
pierced and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only Son that Messiah who the Jews will mourn for will come
back to the Land of Israel as Zechariah 14 says his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives it will split and at that time
the remnant of Israel will recognize their Messiah they will put their trust in him and
then all Israel will be saved both a Jewish nation that is remaining after the nations come against her and God
purifies her with fire then also we will see the that all those believers who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ
are our Christian brothers and sisters from around the world will be united one flock under one shepherd as it talks
about in John chapter 10 and that's what we see here in the scriptures when we look at both the Old Testament and the
New Testament as Christianity puts the two together it is dovetails nicely with the Old Testament with the Jewish Bible
and we see the Messiah Jesus is indeed our mashiac Messiah put your trust in him today and you will find that
forgiveness that you long for that peace and that hope that only he can give you in times of trouble do put your trust in
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