"Temple of Beauty", Part 2

























Ezekiel Chapter 40

VERSE 1
In the twenty-fifth year of our captivity, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth
day of the month,
in the fourteenth year after the city was captured, on the very same day
the hand of the Lord was upon me; and
He took me there.”

“Ezekiel was taken captive when King Jehoiachin was taken by Nebuchadnezzar, about
617-618 B.C.
– 25 years
from that date would be 592 B.C. The city, Jerusalem was smitten in 606 B.C. + 14
years
would again be about 592 B.C. The selfsame day--- a very definite point in time. As to just
when its parallel date occurs, (
if there even is one), we have yet to learn.”

Although the Prophet here was speaking literally in regards to the “
city”, i.e. Jerusalem, which was
struck or smitten in 606 B.C.,
symbolically we believe he was referring to the “great cityBabylon
the Great
, Christendom, which is soon to be smitten, (Rev 14:20; 17:18). In the Scriptures a “city
can signify a religious government” (D25 par.2)

He took me there”, Where? Where did the Lord take Ezekiel? Obviously from the very next
verse we see it is “
the land of Israel”, but we must refer back to Chapter 39 verses 25-29 to
determine precisely
when this is, that is when this vision is to take place.

Ezekiel was taken to a time not soon after the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty, which
witnessed the demise of Gog and all those allied with him, and a humbling of the world of mankind, a
time after which God would bring back the captives of Jacob and show mercy upon the whole house of
Israel.

VERSE 2In the visions of God He took me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high
mountain; on it toward the south was something like the structure of a city
.”

In visions Ezekiel was taken by
the hand of God (by the power of God’s spirit, the Holy Spirit) to the
future and set upon
a very high mountain (the autocratic, very high, kingdom, i.e. The spiritual
phase of the kingdom
) residing to the north and from which vantage point he could look south (or
below
) toward the land of Israel and note the condition of the world as it will be under the kingdom,
there he saw what appeared to be a “
city”, recalling that a “city” is often times representative of a
religious government we deduce that what Ezekiel saw was the establishment of
the earthly phase
of the kingdom
.

VERSE 3He took me there, and behold; there was a man whose appearance was like the
appearance of
copper (Hebrew nechosheth, mistranslated as bronze or brass). He had a line of
flax
and a measuring rod in his hand, and he stood in the gateway.”

There was a man” This “man” we believe to be the very same man whom we saw in our study on
The Man with the Writers Inkhorn” (Ezekiel Chapter 9), the man “clothed in lien having a
writers inkhorn at his side
,” none other than the Harvest Messenger, Pastor Russell. In this
particular picture it is stated that
his appearance was like the appearance of copper, that is his
body or flesh appeared to Ezekiel’s eyes to resemble that of polished copper.
Copper as you recall is
a symbol of humanity, of justification whether reckoned or actual.

But still the question lingers how can we know for sure that this was a man and not an
angel?
There are in fact references to spirit beings whose bodies had this very same appearance of
brass or copper as you say including the Lord himself, (
See Rev 1:13-15 describing the appearance
of our Lord
; See Dan 10:5, 6 which describes the appearance of the angel Gabriel), this is very
much true, however in this instance we believe his appearance being found like that of copper is meant
to convey the thought of one who is justified in the sight of the Lord and is thus qualified to speak for
him.

Keep in mind that this was simply
a vision, not a reality, a picture, an illustration if you will, meant to
help Ezekiel to comprehend to a certain extent the things shown. The true intent of this vision
however, its symbolic significance was not for Ezekiel to understand, but for
us. Many of the things
which the prophets uttered were not for themselves but for
us upon whom the ends of the ages have
come. (
1 Cor. 10:11) R3650:5, 5055:4, 2820:2 "Not unto themselves but unto us did they
minister
." (1 Pet 1:12) B23

Our best evidence in that this was a man and not an angel comes through a comparisons of the two
apocalyptical books of the Holy Scriptures (
Ezekiel and Revelation), and in their similarities. In both
books an individual is found speaking first to Ezekiel and then to the Apostle John, both of whom
represent the true church in the flesh, particularly the feet members here at the end of the age, and in
both instances the individual is seen applying
a measuring device or devices to measure the city
(
Compare Ezek 40:3,5; Rev 21: 15-17) in Ezekiel’s case he uses both a measuring rod and a line
of flax
to measure the earthly phase of the kingdom, in Revelation he uses a “gold reed” to
measure the
city, in this case the spiritual phase of the kingdom. That this was a man and not an
angel in the Revelation account is attested to by his having been
one of the seven angels *
(
messengers) to the seven stages of the church throughout its earthly history. (Compare Rev 21:
9 with Rev 1:20
). Furthermore after having shown John the New Jerusalem or spiritual phase of the
kingdom, John fell at his feet to worship him, and was rebuked by this individual saying, “
See that
you do not do that. For
I am your fellow servant, and OF your brethren the prophets, and of
those who keep the words of this book, Worship God
.” Rev 22:9

* The word angel is the translation of words meaning, “Messenger” or “agent” (Young’s);
messenger” (Strong’s). These may be spirit or human creatures or any inanimate object or thing
used of the Lord to convey a message. In this case the angle or messenger was the Messenger to the
Seventh Stage of the Church, the Laodicean messenger, Pastor Russell
.

He had a line of flax (linen), and a measuring rod in his hand…

The “
line of flax”, represents the standard or measure of divine righteousness which all must
eventually obtain, perfection, “
…You shall be perfect (complete) even as your Father in heaven is
perfect
,” (Matt 5:48) perfect in love, the fulfillment of the law. (Rom 13:10) This particular
measuring device was used only in measuring the River of Life as we will see in
Chapter 47 of Ezekiel.

The “
measuring rod” (or reed) “represents the full measure of the Word of God. Brother Russell
not only cited scripture for every truth he taught, but in his writings considered and harmonized
every scripture pertaining to a truth before he proclaimed it as such, thus not simply using a
measure
of the Word of God (i.e. not establishing a doctrine base solely upon any one particular
text concerning a matter
), but rather considering the full measure of the Word of God
(
consulting the whole of the divine word, considering first every texts bearing upon a matter,
comparing scripture with scripture before putting it forth as doctrine, recalling that, “
the Lord is his
own interpreter and he will make it plain
).”

"
Thou hast put a new song into my mouth, even the loving kindness of our God." The truth,
the true Gospel, the plan of God is figuratively is called a "
song", the Pastor was one of the few who
could accurately sing this song,
the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb
. (Rev 15:3) To be able to sing both of these songs is to be able harmoniously to declare
the glad tidings of life and restitution to all mankind
, taught by Moses in the Law, which was a
shadow of good things to come, with that of the Gospel message, taught by our Lord and the
Apostles,
the good tidings of great joy which shall be for ALL the people. How few there are
who can honestly sing these songs and fewer still
who can harmonize them.

“The reed was used to measure the Altar, the Temple, the wall and the worshipers; that is, show the
conditions which the Word of God as expressed in the New Covenant requires for those who would be
admitted into the privilege of Restitution.”

Here we inject an IMPORTANT THOUGHT which is generally overlooked:

It is worth noting here that no one else held the measuring reed also that when “the man
went inward into the most holy, passed beyond the second Vail,
(Oct. 31st, 1916 Ezek 41:3;
9:11
), the measuring reed was NOT handed over to another. All necessary truth has been
unfolded through Brother Russell who had charge of all the Heavenly Father’s goods
(Luke
12:44
), anyone else therefore who might endeavor to do any measuring (i.e. attempt to
change the “times and the seasons”, that is to adjust or amend the true bible chronology, or to
attempt to close the door before it’s time
), who might try to publish new thoughts or thoughts
contrary to that which we have learned, and proven for ourselves to be true
(i.e. attempt to
limit the efficiency of the ransom sacrifice or to change the necessary requirements to making ones
calling and election sure
), should be carefully avoided and recognized as workers of iniquity.”
(
Luke 13:27)

He stood in the gate

“Christ is the gate, the door and the way. (
John 10:7; 14:6) T18. “Copper in scripture represents a
justified human being, one who would have a standing in Christ. The gate represents Christ. So in
symbolic language, it means a man that is justified, who would have a standing in Christ.” This
man,
Pastor Russell continually emphasized the importance of the “
Ransom Sacrifice”, as the only way
whereby any may enter into life.” (
Acts 4:12; E472 par. 2)

Continued with next post.

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