Temple of Beauty, Part 13
Ancient Worthies and a Change of Nature
In conjunction with the Pastor’s thought that the Ancient Worthies will receive a change of nature at
the end of the millennium we should like to present further scriptural evidence which we believe
confirms his supposition. Once again let us return to the Book of Ezekiel beginning with Chapter
46, some of which we had already entertained, however a brief review will bring us up to speed.
As was stated,
Ezekiel’s Temple, which was never built, is a vision of Christ and the faithful church (John 2:19-21; 1
Cor. 3:16), and the blessing of fleshly Israel and the whole world in the thousand-year kingdom of
Christ and beyond.
The fact that it was never built (by human hands) is because of what it represents, it is a
picture of the Church, God’s workmanship (NOT man’s workmanship) Eph 2:10. Speaking of the
New Jerusalem, John writes “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the
Lamb (the Christ, head and body) are the temple of it” (Rev 21:22). Ezekiel’s Temple
foreshadows the establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom on earth, when restitution blessings
will flow to all the willing and obedient of mankind.
Verse 1 “Thus says the Lord God: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east
shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened and on the day of
the New Moon (the New Covenant) it shall be opened.”
During the past 6000 years of mankind’s history the Creator has not dealt with the world (thus
symbolically speaking the east gate has been shut), but as we enter the seventh one thousand year-
day, the Sabbath, the Millennium, the Lord shall once again return his face (favor) toward men, during
the “times of restitution of all things”, at this time the inner east gate will be opened.
Verse 2 “The prince (i.e. the Ancient Worthies) shall enter by way of the vestibule of the
gateway from the outside (the outer court), and stand by the gate post. The priest shall
prepare his burnt offerings and his peace offerings. He shall worship at the threshold of the
gate. Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening (until the end of the
Note: In the study of Ezekiel’s Temple it is easy to get confused in regards to which particular gate is
being spoken of, understand that Ezekiel’s Temple was set up similar to the Tabernacle, except with
the tabernacle you only had one entrance point and one courtyard surrounding the Tabernacle,
whereas in Ezekiel’s Temple there are two courtyards, and inner and outer one with each
having three access points or gates, the front one to the east, and the two side ones at the north
and south. (See the diagram of the Temple.)
Burnt offerings represent the full consecration of the individual, and of his entering into or under the
New Covenant arrangement, whereas peace offerings represent the thankfulness and joy of the
individual as he is once again restored to fellowship with the Lord. The prince being privileged to
enter the east gate and to worship at the threshold of the gate typifies the intimate
communion between the Ancient Worthies and the Little Flock, and of their consecrations to
We would naturally assume the second threshold was the one being spoken of since logically in
order for the Prince to stand by the gate post he would have had to have passed through the
vestibule and the first threshold in order to be found standing by the gate post whether the first set
or the second.
Verse 3 “Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before
the Lord on the Sabbath and the New Moon.”
Mankind likewise will be permitted to approach the entrance to this gateway to worship before the Lord
and consecrate their perfect humanity to Christ (however THEY WILL NOT be permitted to traverse
its steps nor enter the vestibule of the gateway).
“Who shall not reverence you O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy, for all
the nations (people) shall come and worship before you, for your judgments (righteous acts,
thy works) have been manifested (in man’s condemnation, redemption and restitution).” Rev 15:4
With this gate opened the people will be able to see the Altar, they will be able to understand
the true significance of the ransom sacrifice of our Lord and of the Church’s share in the sin
offering, pictured by the Temple proper in the background behind the Altar.
Thus the second part of the Father’s will, will have been done, for he desires not only that all men
should be saved (from the Adamic curse), but likewise that all men shall come to the knowledge of
the truth. What truth is that specifically? That there is one God and one Mediator between God and
men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time.” (1 Tim 2:
4-6) This will be the time when the world will receive that testimony.
Verse 8 “When the prince enters (the gate), he shall go in by way of the vestibule of the
gateway, and go out the same way.”
In other words although he stands at the threshold of the gate (we would assume the second
threshold), the gate to spirit begettal he cannot enter (or pass through this threshold at this
particular time i.e. during the Day of the New Moon, the Sabbath, the Millennial Age), however as
the plain of human perfection was pictured by traversing the “seven steps” (Ezek 40:26) up
to the inner threshold of the outer gate and through the gate into the outer court, so too the
prince is spoken of as traversing the “eight steps” (Ezek 40:37) up to the inner threshold of
the inner gate.
The higher elevation of the inner gate to that of the outer gate depicts the difference
between the perfect earthly plain and the perfect spiritual plain; the angels inhabit a plain of
existence, which is, but one step above that of a perfect man. The fact that the prince climbs
the eight steps to the inner threshold may well suggest the change of natures of the Ancient
Worthies at the end of the Millennial Age.
Continued with next post
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