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Gene Cunningham - September 25, 2003
Ezekiel begins with a vision of God's glory and ends with it in Ezekiel Chapters 40 to 48. Ezekiel writes on the day of Atonement (Lev 25:8-17) (Eze 40:1) the tenth day of the month of Tishri (Oct.) 573 BC the year of Jubilee. An angelic messenger "of bronze" (Eze 40:3) referring to judgment (Psa 104:4, Heb 1:7) having already happened gives him the vision. The gates of the city symbolized power and authority (Neh 3:1-32): (1) The Sheep Gate (Neh 3:1) refers to the sacrifices and Cross; 2) The Fish Gate (Neh 3:3) - evangelism; (3) The Old Gate (Neh 3:6) is the way of faith (Jer 6:16, Jer 18:15); (4) The Valley Gate (Neh 3:13) - the humility gate; (5) The Dung Gate (Neh 3:14) represents cleansing; (6) The Fountain Gate (Neh 3:15) - Holy Spirit part of the new covenant (Joh 7:37-39); (7) The Water Gate (Neh 3:26) - the word of God (Eph 5:26); Jesus uses Ezekiel 36 fountain and water analogies talking to Nicodemus (Joh 3:1-21). (8) The Horse Gate - spiritual warfare; (9) The East Gate of glory; (10) The Miphkad gate (Neh 3:31) is the review gate referring to rewards. Ezekiel describes the Glory of God (Eze 43:1-4). The Glory of God reluctantly left by way of the East Gate (Eze 10:4, Eze 10:18-19, Eze 11:22-23). Jesus left by the East Gate for the last time. The East Gate sits between the Horse Gate and the Judgment Gate reminds us of the need of the return of Glory. Jesus is returning by the East Gate (Eze 43:4). After the Second Advent the temple will be rebuilt and the East Gate will only be used by Jesus Christ and David. Glory of God: (1) All glory belongs to God (Eph 1:17, Act 7:2). (2) In Biblical imagery all Glory is a reflection of God's character. (3) The visible evidence of Glory is Jesus Christ (1Co 2:8, Heb 1:3, Psa 27:1-14, Psa 24:8-10, Isa 43:7, 2Co 4:4, 2Co 4:6). (4) As the believer grows he is transformed into a greater reflect of God's Glory (Psa 16:8-9, Eph 3:16-17, 2Co 3:18). (5) When you serve God, it is an expression of God' Glory (2Co 3:7-8). (6) All divine production in life is rewarded in eternity with glory (2Co 4:7, 1Pe 5:10). God told Ezekiel to challenge the people with details in the new temple (Eze 43:9-12).
Scripture References: Ezekiel 43:4, Jeremiah 18:15, Isaiah 43:7, Ephesians 5:26, Psalms 104:4, Ezekiel 11:22-23, Jeremiah 6:16, Psalms 24:8-10, Nehemiah 3:26, Ezekiel 40:3, Ezekiel 10:18-19, Nehemiah 3:6, Psalms 27:1-14, John 7:37-39, Ezekiel 40:1, Ezekiel 10:4, Nehemiah 3:3, Hebrews 1:3, Nehemiah 3:15, Ezekiel 43:9-12, Leviticus 25:8-17, Ezekiel 43:1-4, Nehemiah 3:1, Acts 7:2, Nehemiah 3:14, Ephesians 3:16-17, Nehemiah 3:31, Nehemiah 3:1-32, Ephesians 1:17, Nehemiah 3:13, Psalms 16:8-9, John 3:1-21, Hebrews 1:7
From Series: "Ezekiel - 2002"
Ezekiel's vision of God's glory effected his life.