Heavy Things on My Mind

“Seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it, and so consecrate it. When these days are over it shall be, on the eighth day and thereafter, that the priests shall offer your burnt offerings and your peace offerings on the altar; and I will accept you,’ says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 43:26-27 NKJV

Atonement – consecration – living sacrifice
They say a storm is coming – so getting inside is safest… getting into the word is safer.
They say we are in the days of Shadrech, Meshech and Abendigo – and I wonder, can we be a Daniel?
The priest and prophets are saying the same things again – and the judgment of the Lord is exposing. Suddenly! And He is being glorified!

Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is from the book of Ezekiel, chapters 42-43 (embedded below the image below for your convenience).  More measurements of the temple, God moves into the temple, and then measurements and instruction for sacrifice – that is today’s reading.

I could relate the temple to worship – how God abides in it, how it relates to our sacrifice, etc.

I could carry on about us being the temple and god moving in, so we are to be holy and consecrated and set apart – a living sacrifice!

But I want to blow my sofar and carry on in the streets, in the churches and from the mountain tops! The fire in my bones is HOT! I want to tell you how much we need a solunm assembly! It is time to rip our hearts and not our clothes and fast and pray. (I know, we just finished a 40 day fast – but We need to have desperation!)  Why aren’t God’s people desperate for Him to step in here? Why are we ok sleeping? Why are we intentionally hiding under the strong delusion?!  Will we finally wake up when it is too late? Isn’t it already past the point of no return in so many things?! 

Lay at the altar crying.

Seriously – Lord drop your presence heavy and drop them if they won’t or let them turn around and leave! Stop the nonsense and call the solemn assembly!

The 20th anniversary of 9-11 is tomorrow.  There, I pointed out the looming white elephant in the room.  The whole world is wondering ‘what if’.   Especially with the current events unfolding and everything leaking out about none of the world leaders being innocent in the terror and bloodshed that unfolded in Afghanistan.  How many women and children there are now missing? Where are our brothers and sisters in Christ? We used to have a reader from Pakistan, we haven’t seen any visits from there since Biden “pulled out”.  

I went to college in New York City – my New York has twin towers. My New York was dirty and gritty but it was tough.  The current New York is clean, there are no twin towers and people wear facemasks and comply – you will not find Shadrech, Meshech and Abendigo there. Will you? Are there even three who will not bow?  Throw the contents of a bucket of soggy noodles on NY now and it would be terror to them! Oh how sad! My tough city – in 29 years (since college) are now unrecognizable to me.  I cry for them.

Do you see now, why we tear our hearts and cry out to God? Do you see the deterioration?  We need to humble ourselves – Yes, we aren’t doing it yet. And those who are must stay on their faces until everyone joins!

I am sorry – I might need a secondary outlet for preaching.  But all these casual Christians are about to become casualties! Like we read a couple chapters ago – God is separating the sheep from the sheep from the goats. Cause some of those luke-warm sheep are going to get spit out.

“And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.” Isaiah 35:8 NIV

The unclean cannot journey on it. Think about that. This highway goes to heaven and there is no other way and anyone with a spot or wrinkle cannot step onto the highway – ponder it. Then take a bath in the blood of forgivingness to wash away the self-condemnation. Then look to your left and right – who else is bathing in the blood like it is the hand-sanitizer of the first lockdown.  Seriously, that blood is the only cure for covid and it is the only way to the road and who else is in the bath with you?!
Yeah, I don’t see many in here either.
THAT. IS. WHY. WE. LAY. AT. THE. ALTAR. AND. CRY. OUT. TO. GOD.
Oh Lord! Oh Lord!!

I need to go back into my prayer closet – I am way too worked up to do human things today – I wanna just lay there at God’s feet and beg for the humans out doing human things with no regard to the spiritual atmosphere today.

RELATIONSHIP:
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

MEMORY WORK: This month we have another great verse to pick up and swing when you need a sword in your hand!

1 John 4:4

NKJV – “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
NAS – “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
ESV – “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
AMP – “Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].”
NIV – “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

BIBLE READING: Ezekiel 42-43 NKJV

The Chambers for the Priests

42 Then he brought me out into the outer court, by the way toward the north; and he brought me into the chamber which was opposite the separating courtyard, and which was opposite the building toward the north. Facing the length, which was one hundred cubits (the width was fifty cubits), was the north door. Opposite the inner court of twenty cubits, and opposite the pavement of the outer court, was gallery against gallery in three stories. In front of the chambers, toward the inside, was a walk ten cubits wide, at a distance of one cubit; and their doors faced north. Now the upper chambers were shorter, because the galleries took away space from them more than from the lower and middle stories of the building. For they were in three stories and did not have pillars like the pillars of the courts; therefore the upper level was [a]shortened more than the lower and middle levels from the ground up. And a wall which was outside ran parallel to the chambers, at the front of the chambers, toward the outer court; its length was fifty cubits. The length of the chambers toward the outer court was fifty cubits, whereas that facing the temple was one hundred cubits. At the lower chambers was the entrance on the east side, as one goes into them from the outer court.

10 Also there were chambers in the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, opposite the separating courtyard and opposite the building. 11 There was a walk in front of them also, and their appearance was like the chambers which were toward the north; they were as long and as wide as the others, and all their exits and entrances were according to plan. 12 And corresponding to the doors of the chambers that were facing south, as one enters them, there was a door in front of the walk, the way directly in front of the wall toward the east.

13 Then he said to me, “The north chambers and the south chambers, which are opposite the separating courtyard, are the holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord shall eat the most holy offerings. There they shall lay the most holy offerings—the grain offering, the sin offering, and the trespass offering—for the place is holy. 14 When the priests enter them, they shall not go out of the holy chamber into the outer court; but there they shall leave their garments in which they minister, for they are holy. They shall put on other garments; then they may approach that which is for the people.”

Outer Dimensions of the Temple

15 Now when he had finished measuring the inner [b]temple, he brought me out through the gateway that faces toward the east, and measured it all around. 16 He measured the east side with the [c]measuring rod, five hundred rods by the measuring rod all around. 17 He measured the north side, five hundred rods by the measuring rod all around. 18 He measured the south side, five hundred rods by the measuring rod. 19 He came around to the west side and measured five hundred rods by the measuring rod. 20 He measured it on the four sides; it had a wall all around, five hundred cubits long and five hundred wide, to separate the holy areas from the [d]common.

The Temple, the Lord’s Dwelling Place

43 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when [e]I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. And the glory of the Lord came into the [f]temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the [g]temple.

Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their [h]harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places. When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger. Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.

10 “Son of man, describe the [i]temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the [j]temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them. 12 This is the law of the [k]temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.

Dimensions of the Altar

13 “These are the measurements of the altar in cubits (the [l]cubit is one cubit and a handbreadth): the base one cubit high and one cubit wide, with a rim all around its edge of one span. This is the height of the altar: 14 from the base on the ground to the lower ledge, two cubits; the width of the ledge, one cubit; from the smaller ledge to the larger ledge, four cubits; and the width of the ledge, one cubit. 15 The altar hearth is four cubits high, with four horns extending upward from the [m]hearth. 16 The altar hearth is twelve cubits long, twelve wide, square at its four corners; 17 the ledge, fourteen cubits long and fourteen wide on its four sides, with a rim of half a cubit around it; its base, one cubit all around; and its steps face toward the east.”

Consecrating the Altar

18 And He said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord God: ‘These are the ordinances for the altar on the day when it is made, for sacrificing burnt offerings on it, and for sprinkling blood on it. 19 You shall give a young bull for a sin offering to the priests, the Levites, who are of the seed of Zadok, who approach Me to minister to Me,’ says the Lord God. 20 ‘You shall take some of its blood and put it on the four horns of the altar, on the four corners of the ledge, and on the rim around it; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it. 21 Then you shall also take the bull of the sin offering, and burn it in the appointed place of the [n]temple, outside the sanctuary. 22 On the second day you shall offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they cleansed it with the bull. 23 When you have finished cleansing it, you shall offer a young bull without blemish, and a ram from the flock without blemish. 24 When you offer them before the Lord, the priests shall throw salt on them, and they will offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord. 25 Every day for seven days you shall prepare a goat for a sin offering; they shall also prepare a young bull and a ram from the flock, both without blemish. 26 Seven days they shall make atonement for the altar and purify it, and so [o]consecrate [p]it. 27 When these days are over it shall be, on the eighth day and thereafter, that the priests shall offer your burnt offerings and your peace offerings on the altar; and I will accept you,’ says the Lord God.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 42:6 Or narrowed
  2. Ezekiel 42:15 Lit. house
  3. Ezekiel 42:16 About 10.5 feet, Ezek. 40:5
  4. Ezekiel 42:20 Or profane
  5. Ezekiel 43:3 Some Heb. mss., Vg. He
  6. Ezekiel 43:4 Lit. house
  7. Ezekiel 43:5 Lit. house
  8. Ezekiel 43:7 Unfaithful idolatry
  9. Ezekiel 43:10 Lit. house
  10. Ezekiel 43:11 Lit. house
  11. Ezekiel 43:12 Lit. house
  12. Ezekiel 43:13 A royal cubit of about 21 inches
  13. Ezekiel 43:15 Heb. ariel
  14. Ezekiel 43:21 Lit. house
  15. Ezekiel 43:26 Lit. fill its hands
  16. Ezekiel 43:26 LXX, Syr. themselves

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