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Monday, December 7 2015
Ezekiel 44: Will The Pearly Gates Ever Be Closed?
"Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city"
When the LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) has completed all that The Father has sent Him to do (see The Church: Mission Accomplished), the Earth will be purified with fire. Only those who have accepted the LORD's offer of salvation, on His Terms, will survive that worldwide Flood of fire. Then, The Father is coming to Earth with the New Jerusalem. Notice (along with the only Biblical mention of the "pearly gates" - where they are described on Earth) that the gates of the New Jerusalem, which will exist on Earth after all salvation has been completed, will then never be closed to humanity - after they have become the children of God (see also What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
The reason that, by then, there will be no need to close the gates will be because "there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." All of the defiantly unrepentant will by then have been incinerated into inert ash.
"20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
Notice carefully that, in the Temple that the LORD gave Ezekiel to see (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?), "the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east ... Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut." The reason for that is because that Temple will exist during the 1,000 years from the day of the Messiah's return until the time of final Judgment as we read above. At that time, and at the end when the great physical resurrection will happen (see When The LORD Will Raise All Of The Dead), there will still be mortal humans on Earth who then will be given the free choice of choosing the LORD's offer of eternal life, or of being incinerated in the then-coming ocean of fire that will Flood the entire Earth before the coming of the New Jerusalem. It's only when there are no unrepentant sinners left in existence that the "pearly gates" will never be closed.
"44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. 44:2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. 44:3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
Fact Finder: The first humans were blocked out of paradise "lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever" while they were unrepentant sinners. Why will the gate to the Sanctuary be blocked for mortal humans, while they are yet unrepentant sinners, as we read above? The same reason as the Garden of Eden?
This Day In History
This Day In History, December 7
43 BC: Marcus Tullius, known as Cicero, statesman and writer, remembered as Rome's greatest thinker and writer, had his head and right hand chopped off by Mark Antony's soldiers. Mark Antony and Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection) were later defeated by Octavian, who, later known as Caesar Augustus, declared the census that caused the fulfillment of the prophecy that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
983: German King Otto III ascended to the throne of the "Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Considering himself to be a Roman emperor, Otto crowned his cousin Bruno as Pope Gregory V (see Emperors and Popes).
1729: 3,000,000 acres of land in Ontario was surrendered by native Americans of the Mississauga tribe (the city of Mississauga, adjacent to Toronto, is named after the Mississauga people).
1815: Michel Ney, one of Napoleon's marshals, was executed by firing squad for alleged treason.
1817: British naval officer William Bligh died in London at age 63. He is best-known as the captain of the Bounty when its infamous mutiny occurred in 1789.
1916: Herbert Asquith resigned as British Prime Minister and was replaced by David Lloyd George, the war secretary, with a commitment to wage all-out war on Germany (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1931: Adolf Hitler's Nazis announced that they would ensure "Nordic dominance" in Germany by sterilizing "mongrel" races (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: Japanese forces made a surprise attack on the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 2,334 U.S. servicemen were killed, 4 battleships and 188 planes were destroyed. The attack on Pearl Harbor was one of many near-simultaneous attacks carried out by the Japanese navy on British, Dutch, Australian and U.S. bases and colonies all across the Pacific.
1941: Canada declared war on Japan. The Canadian action came only hours after the Japanese attack on U.S. and British bases and colonies in the Pacific. The declaration made Canada the first of the western allies to officially enter a state of war with Japan (Canada was already at war with Germany, having entered the Second World War with Britain at the start of the conflict in September 1939). The U.S., Britain and the other allied countries declared war the next day.
1945: The Microwave oven was patented.
1953: David Ben Gurion, who had been Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) since its foundation in 1948, resigned to retire.
1965: Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lifted the excommunications on each other that caused the division of the Eastern and Western churches of Rome in 1054.
1970: West Germany and Poland signed a pact renouncing the use of force to settle disputes, recognizing the Oder-Neisse River as Poland's western frontier, and acknowledging the transfer to Poland of 40,000 square miles of former German territory.
1988: In Armenia, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale killed more than 25,000 people.
1993: The U.S. government said that it had concealed 204 nuclear blasts at its Nevada test site, more than one-fifth of total tests, to keep the Soviet Union in the dark about the U.S. arsenal of weapons of mass destruction.
2003: The Conservative Party of Canada came into existence after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.