At the expense of the people
“All the people of the land will make this contribution to the chieftain in Israel”
If the people will have obligations to the prince, Jehovah will ensure that he does not exploit the people: “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: ‘You have gone far enough, chieftains of Israel!’
“‘Put an end to your violence and oppression, and do what is just and righteous. Stop seizing the property of my people,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘You should use accurate scales, an accurate eʹphah measure and an accurate bath measure” (Ezekiel
By this text, Jehovah gives the absolute guarantee that henceforth the princes, earthly sons of the Kingdom of God, will no longer be shameless exploiters of the people. This having been said, Jehovah
God specifies that the people will have obligations toward the prince. He will have to pay a contribution for rendered service for them, for the
sons of Zadok, and all the "sons of Levi",
the great crowd, who will officiate in the temple: ““‘This is the contribution that you should offer: one sixth of an eʹphah from each hoʹmer
of wheat and one sixth of an eʹphah from each hoʹmer of barley. The allowance of the oil is to be based on the bath measure. The bath is a tenth of a cor, and ten baths are a hoʹmer, for ten baths equal a hoʹmer. And from the flock of the livestock of Israel,
one sheep out of every 200 should be given. These will be for the grain offering, the whole burnt offering, and the communion sacrifices, in order to make atonement for the people,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. “‘All the people of the land will make
this contribution to the chieftain in Israel”” (Ezekiel 45:13-16).
In repeating that the administered of the prince will no longer be under the requirements of the Mosaic Law, what must be remembered from this text, as a general idea, is that the tax for the prince
will be both in the form of service or of a ministry in his favor, but also, in the form of gifts of goods in kind that could be represented by the symbolism of the "flock of the livestock" (offering of grain and oil, compare with Philippians 2:17 "I am being
poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and the holy service" compare with 2 Timothy 4: 6).
At the expense of the prince
“But the chieftain will be responsible for the whole burnt offerings, the grain offering, and the drink offering during the festivals, the new moons, the Sabbaths, and all the designated festivals of the house
of Israel. He will be the one to provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the whole burnt offering, and the communion sacrifices, in order to make atonement in behalf of the house of Israel”
By repeating, once again, that the prince's citizens will no longer be under the requirements of the Mosaic Law, we understand that in the earthly paradise there will be regular religious celebrations,
throughout the year as part of worship to Jehovah, in the temple that will be on the territory of the prince. In this case, it is the prince who will provide according the expenses regarding these religious celebrations or assemblies of Jehovah's worshipers.
Ezekiel chapter 46 describes the prince in his role of guarantor of the spirituality of his subjects, he will take the lead in the worship to Jehovah, or even he will be led to take an active part. How?
A spiritual leader
Ezekiel 46: 1-14 presents the prince as a man of great spirituality who cooperates with
the priests, as part of
worshiping Jehovah in the temple sanctuary: “The chieftain will enter from outside by way of the porch of the gate, and he will stand by the
doorpost of the gate. The priests will offer his whole burnt offering and his communion sacrifices, and he will bow down at the threshold of the gate and then go out. But the gate should not be shut until the evening” (Ezekiel 46:2).
This text shows that the prince will not have the priestly function, but it is the priests who will "sacrifice" the holocausts presented in the temple sanctuary. It is written "he will stand by the
doorpost of the gate", without completely entering the inner courtyard of the temple sanctuary, where is the altar (see photo). It will be the limit of the authority of the prince, where the priest's authority will begin, at "the doorpost of the gate" giving
access to the inner courtyard of the temple sanctuary. What does it mean that it is the priests who will sacrifice the holocausts presented by the prince? The prophecy of Hosea taken up by the apostle Paul, under inspiration, showed that the spiritual sacrifices
of the lips represent a ministry of the word: “And we will offer the praise of our lips as we would young bulls” (Hosea 14:2). “Through him let us always offer to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that make public declaration to his
name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Thus, all the sacrifices enumerated in Ezekiel 46: 1-14, are different spiritual sacrifices of the word's ministry. That means when the prince will want to praise Jehovah, or to make exhortation to
his people, in the framework of the worship to Jehovah in temple sanctuary, only the priests will make a sacrifice of "fruit of their lips". The prince will not be allowed to speak in the framework of the worship in the temple sanctuary, but he will only have
to stand on the threshold of the door to hear the sacrifices of the lips of the priest.
The man (and the men) who will be named prince, earthly son of the Kingdom of God, through Christ, will be highly esteemed by Jehovah God: “However, the chieftain will sit in it to eat bread before
Jehovah, for he is a chieftain. He will come in through the porch of the gate, and he will go out through it” (Ezekiel 44:3).
THE REALITY OF THE LAW
THE NUMBERS IN THE BIBLE
SYMBOLIC CREATURES IN THE BIBLE
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 1: THE PROTOTYPE OF THE FUTURE WORLDWIDE ADMINISTRATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 2: The future administration of the Earthly Resurrection
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 3: They righteous will not be judged
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 4: The Judgment of the unrighteous
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 5: The Heavenly Resurrection
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 6: The Earthly Resurrection
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 7: The welcome of the earthly resurrected ones
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 8: The “lot” of the earthly resurrected ones
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 10: The Priest
TEMPLE PART 11: The Levite
HARVESTS OF LIVES
END OF THE PATRIOTISM