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

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