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Ezek 47:1,12

THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN GATE

Sept. 28, 1969 am


IN THE DARKNESS OF THE CAPTIVITY, EZEKIEL TOLD OF A GLORIOUS DAY WHEN MESSIAH WOULD COME

  • After Jerusalem had been destroyed for 14 years, Ezekiel gave one of the Bible's greatest sermons
  • The same blessed hope can give to us spiritual balance during the trials of our age today
  • Whatever the situation, the expectation of this glorious promise revives and purifies - I John 3

We can stand injustice, turmoil, temptation, and trouble if we know the Lord is coming!

I. ISRAEL WILL BE CONVERTED IN A DAY  Ezek 43:1-2

Judgment came on Israel because they had turned from God- but here is a promise of a return

A. HERE IS THE PROMISE OF CONVERESION,  LIFE, AND GLORY FOR A NATION DEEP IN SIN AND TROUBLES

  • God promised that the time would come when He would give them a new heart - Ezek 36:26-28
  • Even though they were as dry bones, God promised to give them real life - Ezek 37:5
  • After a terrible description of the battle of Gog and Magog - God promised His face - 39:29

B. TO A NATION LONGING TO SEE THE MESSIAH, GOD PROMISED THAT THEY WOULD SEE HIM

  • Zech 9:9 was plain, they should have seen it- "just, having salvation, riding on a colt-"
  • Zech 12:10 promised that they would look on Him whom they had pierced- strange, not pleasant
  • Zech 13:6 - They will see the wounds in His hands - from his friends - the pain for them to see

C. THIS SHALL OCCUR DURING A PERIOD OF GREAT DANGER AND DIFFICULTY FOR THE NATION

  • Before the Lord will come - the great tribulation will judge Israel - and the world - Zech 13:8,9
  • There will be no lasting peace on earth, and to expect it is a false hope- till Jesus comes
  • But the Lord will come- in might and power- Zech 14:3 - to fight, Rev. 19:11-

Mankind will not usher in the Kingdom - but wars and rumors of wars until the end-

II. THE EASTERN GATE SHALL BE OPENED Ezek 44:1-3

If we could go to Jerusalem now, we would find the great Golden gate sealed, shut for centuries

A. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN, AND HE SHALL COME ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES

  • Acts 1:11 gives the picture of the Lord leaving - and the prophecy of His angels- "shall so come"
  • Zech 14:3,4 describe the power of His arrival - splitting the Mount of Olives-
  • Ezek 47:1,12 shows a water project that exceeds anything dreamed of thus far- Rev 22:1

B. THE LORD JESUS WILL CALL ALL MEN TO HIM IN TRUTH AND JUSTICE, AND THEY WILL RECEIVE HIM

  • Today the gospel is preached in humility- but then every knee will bow, every tongue swear- Isa 45, Phil 2:10
  • Today God is longsuffering- trusting men to govern themselves - justice comes slowly
  • But then Jesus shall rule with a rod of iron - Isa 11:4-9, long life- Isa  65:20-24

C. THE LORD JESUS SHALL RETURN THROUGH THE EASTERN GATE TO RULE THE WORLD AS PRINCE OF PEACE

  • The Jews will no longer be a curse- Zech 8:13, men will seek them and the Lord - Zech 8:22-3
  • Jerusalem will be the capital of the world- Jer 3:17 and Jesus will rule the world
  • Ben Gurion declared in in Jan 1950 - Jerusalem capital of Israel, and wished it were the capital of the world.

Today Israel is in unbelief, Zionists might try this, Antichrist too, Christ succeeds

III. THE GLORY OF THE KINGDOM WHEN JESUS COMES

The same promises made to the ancient Jews will be a sweet blessing to the Christian

A. THE PROMISES OF THE KINGDOM - A TIME WHEN CHRIST SHALL RULE FOR A MILLENNIUM - 1,000 YEARS

  • I Cor 2:9 Eye has not seen, nor can man imagine what the Lord has prepared
  • The post-millenniumnist- and a-millenniumnist can argue, but they cannot stop the Lord- Millennium - 6 times- Rev 20:1-7
  • The eastern gate is bricked up- called "Golden gate" - but this cannot stop the Lord's time

B. THE CHARACERISTICS OF THE KINGDOM - WHEN THE LORD COMES WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?  Isa 2:4

  • Justice - He will judge the nations- Social problems and injustices will be faced and judged
  • Peace - The Prince of Peace will lead the people to beat their swords into plowshares -
  • Happiness, long life, health, Isa 55:1, 65:17 Water of Life, and no bad memories

C. THE INHABITANTS OF THE KINGDOM - OPEN TO ALL WHO WILL TRUST IN HIS NAME

  • Those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life need not fear judgment- Rev 20:15
  • Those who have part in the first resurrection will reign with Christ 1,000 years - Rev 20:4
  • The only way you can have part in God's great Kingdom is by being born again - John 3:3

Jew or Gentile alike today can come to God only one way- through Jesus Christ

WHETHER THE COMING OF THE LORD IS GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU DO WITH CHRIST - Amos 5:18,19

  • Will your receive Jesus Christ as your saviour today?
  • Your position in leadership with Him depends on your following Him today - Are you faithful?
  • If you do not want to go through the tribulation with the Jews- you had better make your plans now to come with Jesus to the Eastern Gate