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"I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues (…) they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple”

(Revelation 7:9-17)

The Levites and the Great Crowd

In the earthly paradise there will be "Levites" who will "render a sacred service" in the spiritual temple of Jehovah (Revelation 7: 9-17). Before knowing what they will do, let us make a quick history of who they were the ancient Israel. Levi was one of the sons of Jacob, who would later become one of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 29:34 (sons of Jacob), Numbers 1:49 (tribe of Levi)). However, Levi son of Jacob and later the tribe, did not inherit territory according to the prophetic words of his father, Jacob on his deathbed (Genesis 49: 5-7 "Let me disperse them in Jacob, and let me scatter them in Israel"; he has been sanctioned by God for his violent behavior (Genesis 34:25)).

This sanction was applied a few centuries later. How? At the first Jewish Passover that ended in the exodus of the sons of Israel from Egypt, the destructive angel killed the firstborn of Egypt (Exodus 11: 4-8). The firstborn Israelites were saved by the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. The destructive angel passed over these houses and spared them (Exodus 12: 22,23). However, this salvation, on the basis of the blood of the Passover lamb, had a price in return: henceforth all the first-born in Israel who had been "redeemed" and kept alive, belonged to Jehovah: "For every firstborn is mine. In the day that I struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to myself every firstborn in Israel from man to beast. They are to become mine. I am Jehovah" (Numbers 3:13).

This meant, in concrete terms, that every firstborn male in Israel would have been permanently requisitioned for the temple service. However, while respecting his righteousness, Jehovah has simplified this requirement by requisitioning only one tribe, as the group of the firstborn children of the entire Israel: the tribe of Levi: "As for me, look! I take the Levites from among the Israelites in place of all the firstborn of the Israelites, and the Levites will become mine" (Numbers 3:12).

What is the difference between a Levite and a Priest?

It is interesting to note that Jesus Christ, in his illustration of the good Samaritan, made the difference between a "Levite" and a "Priest" (Luke 10: 31,32 "Now by coincidence a priest was going down on that road (...) Likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him"). In a simple answer, it can be said that every priest was a Levite, but not all Levites were priests. The tribe of Levi consisted of three great families from the three sons of Levi (Genesis 46:11 "Gershon, Kohath, and Merari"). In the great family of the Kohatites, Jehovah chose only one family or "house" to be a priestly lineage: the house of Aaron (part of the Kohatite family): "You are to summon from the Israelites your brother Aaron, along with his sons, so that he may serve as priest to me" (Exodus 28: 1).

The difference is easy to understand, the tribe of Levi as a whole was not priestly, but only a tiny part of this tribe, the house of Aaron and his sons were part of the Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 7:11 "Levitical priesthood"). And to better understand the difference, Jehovah God had decreed that the entire tribe of Levi would be "given" to the house of Aaron and his sons, as servants of the priests: "Bring the tribe of Leʹvi forward, and stand them before Aaron the priest, and they will minister to him" (Numbers 3: 6). As the apostle Paul wrote under inspiration, these divine dispositions are going to have a fulfillment in earthly paradise: "For since the Law has a shadow of the good things to come, but not the very substance of the things" (Hebrews 10 : 1). And the prophecy of Ezekiel 40-48 confirms this by mentioning the future existence of a priestly class, the sons of Zadok, served by future sons of Levi. Who will be the future sons of Levi? It is the book of Revelation that clearly answers this question by the vision of the great crowd that will come out the great tribulation: "I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues (…) they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple” (Revelation 7:9-17).

In the ancient Israel, the Priests and Levites were serving in the Temple: According Revelation, the great crowd will be the group of sons of Levi, from whom will be anointed the "sons of Zadok" and the non-priestly Levites (Numbers 3: 5-10). These "sons of Levi" owe their salvation through the "blood of the Lamb", Jesus Christ. As a "first-born" group of the future humanity, in the earthly paradise, Jehovah will use them in the spiritual temple for sacred service.

 

“But the Levites who strayed far from me when Israel strayed from me to follow their disgusting idols will bear the consequences of their error”

(Ezekiel 44:10)

The logical question is, why, in Ezekiel 44:10, there is the mention of Jehovah God regarding their spiritual infidelity, while He made them to come out of the Great Tribulation? The answer is in the prophecy of Zechariah 13: 8: “And in all the land,” declares Jehovah, “Two parts in it will be cut off and perish; And the third part will be left remaining in it””. In the context of this prophecy, regarding Jehovah's Day, the great tribulation, Jehovah announces that he will have mercy on one-third of humanity, in fulfillment of what is written in Exodus 33:19: “I will favor the one whom I favor, and I will show mercy to the one to whom I show mercy”. Therefore, it is obvious that Jehovah God's reproaches to a large part of the great crowd, as "sons of Levi" (which will represent the third part of the present humankind), will be fully justified:

“But the Levites who strayed far from me when Israel strayed from me to follow their disgusting idols will bear the consequences of their error. And they will become ministers in my sanctuary to oversee the gates of the temple and to minister at the temple. They will slaughter the whole burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they will stand before the people to minister to them. Because they ministered to them before their disgusting idols and became a stumbling block causing the house of Israel to sin, that is why I have raised my hand against them in an oath,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, ‘and they will bear the consequences of their error. They will not approach me to serve as my priests or approach any of my holy or most holy things, and they will bear their shame because of the detestable things that they did. But I will make them caretakers of the responsibilities of the temple, to take care of its service and all the things that should be done in it” (Ezekiel 44:10-14).

Jehovah's mercy to this third part of humanity who will have survived the Great Tribulation, based on the atonement value of the blood of Christ, will have a price: “And they will become ministers in my sanctuary to oversee the gates of the temple and to minister at the temple”. They will be permanently in the sacred service of the temple under the leadership of the sons of Zadok. Moreover, they will not inherit a territorial lot, like the future earthly resurrected ones: they will live in a city with a territory around it (Ezekiel 45: 5). If, of course, in the earthly paradise there will be no more animal sacrifices, by decryption of the symbolism of Ezekiel 44: 10-14, we can understand the precise spiritual mission of the sons of Levi, the future members of the great crowd.

They will be honored

“That is why they are before the throne of God, and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down on them nor any scorching heat, because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes”

(Revelation 7:15-17)

Assistants of the sons of Zadok

“And they will become ministers in my sanctuary to oversee the gates of the temple and to minister at the temple. They will slaughter the whole burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they will stand before the people to minister to them”

(Ezekiel 44:10-14)

The spiritual sacrifices represent the ministry of the word of the priests, the sons of Zadok: "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; Hosea 14: 2 "And we will offer the praise of our lips as we would young bulls", Acts 6: 4 "ministry of the word"). The sons of Levi will "sacrifice" for the people, that is, they will teach them in the earthly outer courtyard of the temple. They will explain the laws of God written in the new scrolls, especially to the whole of the resurrected ones (righteous and unrighteous) (Nehemiah 8: 7; Revelation 20:12,13). They will be the "fishermen" (the teachers) of the "fishes" (the resurrected ones), organized as "dragnets" of "fishermen", in human networks of teachers. However, unlike the sons of Zadok, they will not teach, they will not pray, and they will not judge, in the temple sanctuary (Ezekiel 44:13). "They will not approach me to serve as my priests or approach any of my holy or most holy things"). The sons of Levi will be administrators of the "House" or of the Temple.

"Fishermen will stand beside it from En-gedʹi clear to En-egʹla·im, where there will be a drying yard for dragnets. There will be an abundance of many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Great Sea"(Ezekiel 47:10).

The "drying yard for dragnets" will obviously represent the territory of residence of the priests, son of Zadok and their assistants, the sons of Levi (the great crowd), organized as "dragnets", where will be the temple (Ezekiel 45: 1-5). There will be, of course, many replicas throughout the Earth, of these human teacher networks, because the prophetic description of Ezekiel (40-48) is an administrative pattern (or prototype) of what will apply throughout the world.

THE REALITY OF THE LAW

THE NUMBERS IN THE BIBLE

THE 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 9: The Prince

EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE PART 10: The Priest

THE HARVESTS OF LIVES

THE END OF THE PATRIOTISM

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