– Reynee in Starkville, Mississippi, Sirius
XM 131. Hi Reynee. – Hi Hank, thank you so much for taking my call. I have a question about
in Ezekiel and I can’t remember exactly the chapter, but I think it’s like 41, 42,
43. They’re describing the– you know he sees the vision of the temple, and I
guess I’m a little confused as to– if that’s a future temple,
why was there need for places for sacrifices? Do you– Yeah. – see what I’m asking? – Yeah, absolutely. it’s a
great question, and well phrased. It is not a future temple. And here’s where
the art and science of biblical interpretation comes in. If you don’t
understand the art and science of biblical interpretation – in this case the
historical principle of biblical interpretation, it’s so easy to get
tripped up by modern prophecy pundants who are telling you that this temple is
a future temple. I still remember Tim LaHaye when he was
alive making a big point of the fact that this temple, just as you say, is a
temple in which sacrifices will take place, and those sacrifices actually
atone for sin. They’re efficacious, for example, for ceremonial uncleanness. Now,
obviously if you draw that out to its logical conclusion, Christ’s atonement on
the cross is not sufficient. More atonement has to be made – either at a
tribulation temple or in this case a Millennial temple. But if you understand
the historical principle of biblical interpretation, you will not
misunderstand Ezekiel’s prophecy. So here’s the deal: Ezekiel was prophesying from the dusty environs of a refugee camp in the south of Babylon near the river
Caber. And we know that by reading the text. So we know where Ezekiel is – he’s no
longer in the holy city, he’s now in a refugee camp in the south of
Babylon, and from there he looks into the eastern sky and he longs for the glory
of the Lord to return to a temple that had just been destroyed. So if you again
understand the history – the temple has been destroyed,
Ezekiel’s in Babylon, and he’s wistfully, as it were, looking into the eastern sky
praying for the temple to be rebuilt and of course his prayer received an answer
under Zerubbabel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and we can read about that in Scripture. So he yearned for the promise of a temple whose glory would exceed even that of
Solomon’s Temple. So again the point is that we shouldn’t presume that Ezekiel
longed for a third or a fourth temple when the second temple had not yet
arisen from the ashes of the first temple.