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The first thing (and no…I didn’t skip over Chapter 42 concerning more details of the Temple…<<<smile>>>) that spoke to me in today’s reading was: 43:2 “His voice was like the roar of rushing waters…” I am at the beach and each time I am here I am greatly blessed by the crashing waves, the open sky, the constant breeze, the sand on my feet and I honestly feel as if God is speaking with each crash of the waves or the blowing winds … “I am here for you my child, look at all I created as a reminder for you of who I AM.” And THEN I come in and read this Scripture… WOW!!! Hallelujah WHAT a Savior!!!
The next verse that grabbed me once again was 43:5 “Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” The SPIRIT LIFTED Ezekiel UP and he SAW the GLORY of the LORD filling the TEMPLE!!! WOW!!! When I see God’s creations whether at the beach, in the mountains, at Niagara Falls, or even looking out in my back yard at the changing leaves or watching the deer, rabbit, and other animals move through our yard…..I am so filled with the Holy Spirit in a way that makes me feel as if I am walking on air.
Did you notice the mention of a wall between our sin and HIM? Chapter 43:8 says — we put our threshold next to HIS….as IF our threshold is going to do us any good..HE is the ONLY standard!! Since HE is the ONLY standard, HE wanted Ezekiel to share with HIS people what they needed to do to come into HIS standard…to be accepted by HIM. Then we read about God desiring repentance, sin offerings, then comes atonement and cleansing and then The Lord “will accept them.” We are so very blessed to be living on this side of the cross where Jesus made our atonement ONCE and FOR ALL. The LORD accepts us since we have Jesus in our hearts and now the indwelling of the Holy Spirit so HIS Temple is IN US…WE ARE HIS TEMPLE. AND….do you recall that when Jesus died on the cross for you and me that the “veil” (that wall) that separated us from a personal relationship with HIM was torn..destroyed…came down!!! There is NO WALL that separates us from the love, forgiveness, acceptance, protection, and more of God!!!
YES there are still future prophecies in this Scripture for the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second Coming, the Millennium, the New Jerusalem, and all Eternity with our Lord. But today I am not only thankful for all eternity with my Lord…but also for the fact that He died for my sins, I am FOREVER atoned, cleansed and forgiven, He forever dwells within me, and HE will never never never….no NOT ever leave me.
Forgive me if I am over simplistic in my explanation of Ezekiel, but I truly know I can BARELY scratch the surface. I pray each day that God peal off another small layer for me each day. I do know that there are no more Prophecies (the Bible is SEALED closed). However, there are the fulfillment of the prophecies still at hand. MUCH of what we are reading right now is actually concerning the CURRENT EVENTS of the Middle East. And even with ALL that is happening in the Middle East and globally, my mind is only able to absorb a small portion of current events. However, my heart KNOWS it is BIG!! We have already established how the fighting began in Genesis and why the fighting is still going on today but now we are seeing the prophecies of the Restoration and the last prophecies fulfilled to usher in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (We saw the prophecies for the First Coming…NOW it is time to fulfill the Second.)
We have read about The Valley of the Dry Bones, the Unity of Israel as a State (Truman signed this Declaration on May 14, 1948,) and then the re-gathering of His People (In 2006, Israel for the first time became home to more Jewish people in Israel than the USA, from 650,000 in 1948 to 5.4 Million in 2006 and growing fast….just like the Scriptures said in Ezekiel 39!) These were prophecies told OVER 2600 years ago and we are witnessing their fulfillment!!
I truly stand in awe of God, HIS plan, the fact that He loves EACH of us so much that HE sent HIS only son for our salvation AND to teach us how to live here and now. Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to HIS people on earth!!!
Have an awesome day!!
Sharing HIS love,