Eze 44:1 Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut.
Divine Commentary –
“My servants dwell in the guidance of the most high God,
in the wisdom imparted from the most high God,
in the grace of blessings from the most high God,
in the favour of relationship with the most high God.
My servants and their God in the relationship of love,
should be the envy of the peoples,
the nations of the earth.”
Eze 44:2 And the LORD said to me, "This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.
“My servants have a record of developing the nations in which they dwell,
in attaining the heights of achievement,
in sharing the wealth of God in the communities in which they live,
in uplifting the souls in deprivation into a new found freedom,
in accommodating the orphans and the widows with the meeting of their
Eze 44:3 "As for the prince, because he is the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way."
“My servants see what is before their eyes,
that which has befallen them as blessings from their God –
the blessing of the peoples,
the blessing of the lands,
the blessing of the nations as they grow and develop:
each as from a baby in its infancy to a giant in its maturity.”
Eze 44:4 Also He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; and I fell on my face.
that which has befallen those as recompense for their faith of failure –
the stagnation of the centuries in the lands of idolatry,
the stunting of the peoples of the idols,
the nations of the idle where the gods of stone,
as the growth in their surroundings does not surpass the introduction of new life.”
Eze 44:5 And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, mark well, see with your eyes and hear with your ears, all that I say to you concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD and all its laws. Mark well who may enter the house and all who go out from the sanctuary.
“My servants see the difference between the nations of outreach and the nations of recluse,
between the lands taught to share and the lands who want to keep,
between the peoples with a vision and the peoples without such to their name.
My servants see the difference between those who smile to light the way and those with downcast eyes who mumble in their beards.
My servants see the differences between the followers of The Loving God upon the cross and the gods of multiplicity as idols with their hearts of stone.”
Eze 44:6 "Now say to the rebellious, to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "O house of Israel, let Us have no more of all your abominations.
“My servants see the effect wrought from a multiplicity of idols –
the paraphernalia of the ministry of stone –
the employer of the hierarchies of the priests of coloured dress.
The coloured dress donned to signify their standing before the eyes of man,
to signify the beggars borne of idleness of purpose,
to signify their attending the gods which never speak,
which never were,
which are not now,
which will never be.”
Eze 44:7 "When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to defile it—My house—and when you offered My food, the fat and the blood, then they broke My covenant because of all your abominations.
“My servants see the make-believe priests of idols tending to their duties of polishing their stonework,
of polishing their marble and their lacquers,
of calling the ignorant of God to follow the stupidity of man,
to bend the knee,
to prostrate themselves,
to make offerings,
to attend the calls to prayer –
yet never question why the blessings never flow.
My servants see the idol statues of the stonework glower down upon the peoples –
with faces carved from the nightmares of the soul.
My servants see the peoples passing by,
see the peoples making smoke of incense –
for the dead nostrils of the stonework of man,
see the effects of willing enslavement of the peoples –
to the false religiosity of the priests garbed in their finery for the impressing of man.”
Eze 44:8 "And you have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have set others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you."
“My servants know the wisdom of God far exceeds the wisdom of man;
whether man is stuck in meditation,
or bound within the books –
those which claim,
but cannot bring,
either to the spirit or the soul of man.”
Eze 44:9 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter My sanctuary, including any foreigner who is among the children of Israel.
“My servants know,
through first-hand experience,
the answer to the quandary of the peoples with false gods –
all those they cannot ever know,
all those instated by man for the benefit of the so-called priests –
the payers of homage to such before the peoples,
on the lands,
in the nations.
The so-called priests are stuck in a time warp of misplaced belief while calling on the multitudes to support their chicanery –
the peoples whom they do not honour,
but rob of opportunity of advancement.
For the so-called priests suffocate the freewill of man as they favour a non-existent faith,
as they fail the test of truth,
as they deny the living God everywhere abounding in uniqueness.”
Eze 44:10 "And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity.
“My servants know to test the spirit of those who profess intimacy of relationship with God,
to discard the false,
to expose the con men of religion,
to deny the idolaters who find begging quite acceptable,
who do not fear their gods,
who do not fear The Living God.”
Eze 44:11 "Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house; they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them.
“My servants do not shy from that which carries the imprint of the devil,
which carries the signature of Satan,
which carries the falsehoods of the ages,
which attempts to negate the truth of the cross of Christ,
the grave of Christ,
the seating of Christ.”
Eze 44:12 "Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them," says the Lord GOD, "that they shall bear their iniquity.
“My servants know that which is declared,
that which is expected,
that which does not call for shame.
My servants know the past,
know the present,
have access to the future of man within the will of God.
My servants know of the coming judgment of God upon the multitudes,
of the coming storm of tribulation,
of the need for preparation of all who would be counted within the bride of Christ.”
Eze 44:13 "And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place; but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed.
“My servants can improve their relationships with God,
can improve their devotion to a calling,
can improve their response to God.
My servants should not avoid the obvious,
should not delay the necessary,
should not overlook their tribute to The King.”
Eze 44:14 "Nevertheless I will make them keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it.
“My servants would do well to emulate the servant who found it necessary to come before My prophet John,
to kneel before My prophet John,
to be baptized in the fulfilment of all righteousness.
My servants sometimes do not practice what they preach –
are thereby candidates for a title they may not like,
yet which is true,
which is deserved,
which is verified by the record of the body:
that which impinges as a missing component on the walk with God.”
Eze 44:15 "But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood," says the Lord GOD.
“My servants should acknowledge the necessity for the composites of faith.
So that faith may be unimpaired.
So that faith may continue to grow.
So that faith may not be stunted by a road block.
So that faith may be able to lead in the exaltation of man.
My servants should be fully saturated in removing the shadows of the past,
should be set free to enjoy their time with God,
should not bear the weight of a stained soul in a daily walk.”
Eze 44:16 "They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.
“My servants look on the varied landscapes of the earth and marvel at the handiwork of God;
look on the seas of splendour –
the venues of life in great abundance –
and are amazed at the foresight of God;
look on the resources in the earth and are silenced by the intent of God.
My servants would show wisdom in not permitting the season of the intellect of the scientist to dislodge the inheritance of
wonderment set before a child.
My servants who have their doubts of faith need to look more closely at the imprinted stamp of God:
on the inherent miracles of God within a single cell of life.”
Eze 44:17 "And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they shall put on linen garments; no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house.
“My servants should not give credence to the prying and the peering of man in his towers of learning,
to his assertion life can arise from a hodgepodge of a soup,
to his assertion life has a spontaneous act of coming instantly into existence,
to his assertion that that which is now not now is:
with the ability to replicate.
The stupidity of man does not do him credit,
does not say anything for the training of his intellect,
does not say anything in support of his supposed commonsense.”
Eze 44:18 "They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.
“My servants should determine the reasoning as to why the pokers and the prodders gather round that which already carries life:
with the information so arranged for manipulation of the most extreme complexity –
within the ultimate in simplicity of design.
My servants rightly suspect the pokers and the prodders work to sustain a theory:
even to the exclusion of the facts openly before them.”
Eze 44:19 "When they go out to the outer court, to the outer court to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have ministered, leave them in the holy chambers, and put on other garments; and in their holy garments they shall not sanctify the people.
“My servants seek and respond to questioning on their God,
to justify their faith,
to share their testimonies of God within their lives.”
Eze 44:20 "They shall neither shave their heads nor let their hair grow long, but they shall keep their hair well trimmed.
“My servants are the segments of the whole,
are the supporters of the holy,
are the repositories of knowledge,
are the results of the ministry of God,
are the evidence of things unseen impacting on the seen,
are the agents of the gifts of God.”
Eze 44:21 "No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.
“My servants do not venture into the realm of make-believe,
into the realm of fantasy,
into the realm of fiction,
into the realm of cults where the agency of man –
the freewill of man –
has been surrendered without recourse.”
Eze 44:22 "They shall not take as wife a widow or a divorced woman, but take virgins of the descendants of the house of Israel, or widows of priests.
“My servants are the temples of My Spirit,
are the torches for My Spirit’s flame,
are the reservoirs which contain the living water.
My servants know the server of the ace of God –
immune from interference.
My servants recognize the ace of God which silences the opposition,
which never is returned,
which always hits the targets of the day.”
Eze 44:23 "And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
“My servants know the fiery arrow sent to a seeking heart,
to a troubled heart,
to a heart in need,
to a heart calling out for help.
My servants should always be prepared to attend promptly to the given task at hand.”
Eze 44:24 "In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths.
“My servants value highly their time with God,
do not keep Him in a shoebox to be opened at their convenience,
do not delay on seeking the message of the day,
do not frown upon a tasking set by God.
My servants are a joy to behold when occupied by God,
are a joy to visit when acting on behalf of God,
are a joy to encounter when about the works of God.
My servants are to the fore in blessings when in the service of their God.”
Eze 44:25 "They shall not defile themselves by coming near a dead person. Only for father or mother, for son or daughter, for brother or unmarried sister may they defile themselves.
Eze 44:26 "After he is cleansed, they shall count seven days for him.
Eze 44:27 "And on the day that he goes to the sanctuary to minister in the sanctuary, he must offer his sin offering in the inner court," says the Lord GOD.
Eze 44:28 "It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I am their inheritance. You shall give them no possession in Israel, for I am their possession.
Eze 44:29 "They shall eat the grain offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering; every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.
Eze 44:30 "The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest's; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.
Eze 44:31 "The priests shall not eat anything, bird or beast, that died naturally or was torn by wild beasts.