Ezekiel 44 – The Use of the Temple & Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey got all of that right, that’s kind of scary, but also that means Jesus will be coming soon and we can get out of here.

In Ezekiel You gave out quite a few rules and regulations and they are all clear, accept some people may not understand.

Ezekiel 44
The Use of the Temple

Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount)
The Jews believe this is where the world was created and where it will finally end.

The Muslims believe it was from here that the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven on the Mi’raj. Christians, Jews, and Muslims all believe that the Prophet Abraham stood here ready to sacrifice his son to prove himself to God.

Initially the site of the Israelites’ First and Second Temples and now home to the Dome of The Rock, the Haram al-Sharif is a place of deep faith and religious significance. It has been fought over through the centuries, and today remains one of the most contentious plots of land on earth as well as one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.

“Gate shall be shut” – the reason given here is that God entered through the east gate (43:1-2), making it holy.  Related reasons may be that God would never again leave as before (10:19, 11:23) and that sun worship would be made impossible (see 8:16).

Today the east gate (called the Golden Gate) of the sacred Moslem area (Haram esh Sharif) in Jerusalem is likewise sealed shut as a result of a later but possibly related tradition.

3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.

4 Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.

5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.

6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,

7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.

“Uncircumcised in heart” – spiritually unfit.

8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

The Enclosure Walls
The walls enclosing the Haram al-Sharif reach their highest point (65 meters) at the southeast corner, where there is a clear view of the massive blocks of dressed stone of the Herodian walls and the overlying courses of smaller stones of later restorations.

Seven gates lead up to the mount, and the five most important points of interest are Bab al-Magharibeh (the only gate non-Muslims can enter through, though you can leave by any of them), Chain Gate (Bab es-Silsileh), the Cotton Merchants’ Gate (Bab al-Qattanin) with its stalactitic corbelling, the Iron Gate (Bab el-Hadid), and the Watchman’s Gate (Bab en-Nazir).

On the western and northern walls are four minarets with a range of construction dates: at the southwest corner (1278, altered 1622), above Bab es-Silsileh (1329), at the northwest corner (1297), and – the youngest of the four – on the north wall (1937).

9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

“No stranger, uncircumcised…shall enter into my sanctuary” – Nehemiah enforced this restriction when he dismissed Tobia (Neh 13:8), an Ammonite (Neh 2:10; see Deut 23:3).  Foreigners could however be a part of Israel.

10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.

“When Israel went astray” – the reference is mainly to the period of the monarchy, especially to the last years, during which Ezekiel so often criticized the people’s idolatry.

11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.

12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.

13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.

14 But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof and for all that shall be done therein.

15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:

“Zodak” – traced his Levitical lineage to Aaron through Aaron’s son Eleazar.  He served as priest under David, along with Abiathar.  He supported Solomon (as opposed to Abiathar, who pledged himself to Adonijah) and secured for himself and his descendants the privilege of serving in the Jerusalem temple.

Later, the Zodokites were removed from office, but the Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls) community remained loyal to them.

16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Golden Gate
One of the most interesting tourist attractions of the walls is the bricked-up Golden Gate, a double gateway through which Jewish tradition states the Messiah will enter the city on the day of the last judgement.

Accordingly – and undoubtedly also with strategic considerations in mind – the Arabs walled up both gateways and for good measure laid out a cemetery outside the walls here.

17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causeth sweat.

19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.

20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.

“Neither shall they shave their heads” – because it was a mourning ritual (7:18) that rendered the mourner unclean (see Lev 21:1-5).

“Nor suffer their locks to grow long” – because it implied the taking of a vow that might prevent the priest from serving (see Num 6:5; Acts 21:23-26).

21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.

22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.

Scales of Souls
The steps that lead up to the central platform, where the Dome of the Rock sits, are spanned by handsome arched columns dating from the Mameluke period.

Muslims call these the “Scales” as they believe that the scales used to weigh the souls of men will be hung from here on the Day of Judgement.

23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my Sabbaths.

25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.

“Dead person” – contact with the dead made a person ceremonially unclean (Lev 21:1-3; Hag 2:13).

26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.

27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.

28 And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

“No possession” – the statement that priests were not to own land agrees with Num 18:20, 23-24; Deut 10:9; Josh 13:14, 33, 18:7).

29 They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.

Al-Aqsa Mosque
Archaeologists believe that the mosque stands on the marketplace site of the Jewish Temple Mount. The original mosque was built during the reign of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I (AD 705-715), and some archaeologists believe that the builders overlaid a Byzantine-era basilica in the construction, though there is dispute about this. When the Crusaders arrived in Jerusalem, they decided the mosque was the true site for Solomon’s Temple.

30 And the first of all the first fruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.

31 The priests shall not eat of anything that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

…what “uncircumcision of the heart” means.  Some people might think that if a man isn’t circumcised he’s doomed for hell.  For example, the Jews in the 1st century disdained those that were uncircumcised.

And Paul had to explain that “circumcision of the heart” pertained to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, it had nothing to do with the physical body.

Anyway, the book of Revelation talks about the mark of the beast:

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred three-score and six” (Rev 13:16-18).

Paul Harvey’s
“The Devils Plans Revealed”

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009) was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments.

Paul Harvey

From the 1950s through the 1990s, Harvey’s programs reached as many as 24 million people a week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 Armed Forces Network stations and 300 newspapers.

Here is his broadcast on April 3, 1965:

Paul Harvey’s
“If I Were the Devil”

If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of it’ real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee.

So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.

If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science.

I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich?

I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be.

And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.

I believe the beginning of foundation of the mark of the beast began with the punch cards, first developed for the 1890 United States Census, if not sooner than that.

Now that we’ve seen what Paul Harvey thought, and he was on the money about the devil and his puppets, like the Jews, the Bush’s, Obama, and all their moronic cronies.  I want to look at this new technology they believe will be out in 2020 – I believe the time for the mark of the beast is getting closer.