In the previous article we considered some of the aspects relating to the Prince. In particular we saw that Christ
will appear before the worshippers in the Temple. It will be in the vicinity of the inner court gates. We now consider  “The Prince and His Worship” as a final article in this most instructive and encouraging series.

The Prince is spoken of as worshipping Yahweh. Ezekiel 46:2 “And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: …”.

 Is this a problem? No, it is not. Yahweh is still greater than Christ. Christ will be subject to his Father even at the end of the Millennium (1 Cor 15:28). This then raises another question because of the Apostle Paul’s words which he wrote, speaking of Christ as the High Priest. “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” (Hebrews 7:27).

Yet in Ezekiel’s record we read the following: Ezekiel 45:21–22 “In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. And upon that day shall the prince prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bullock for a sin offering”.

 How then can Christ (as the Prince) be making such an offering? First of all, no one who understands the Bible would affirm that the twelve tribes of Israel would live in their own land for a thousand years without any national religious worship. There will be a royal priesthood in the Kingdom Age with a service under the new covenant, as there was under the old. Under the Law of Moses, offerings pointed forward to the sacrifice that would make an atonement for sin. They were typical of Christ’s offering. In the Kingdom Age, offerings will point backwards as a memorial of that one great offering for sin.

When Christ performs the sin offering, it will be firstly, a memorial of his own sacrifice and secondly, a memorial of the reconciliation which the people will enjoy through the blood of the covenant. It will teach the principles of the atonement to the generations of the nations of the Kingdom era. The sin offering will be at the time of the Passover. It will be a feast for Israel’s observance, reminding the people that Christ was once mortal, though sinless. He was a man like themselves, needing redemption from death. The key to this is in verse 17.

The Prince and Reconciliation

 Ezekiel 45:17 “And it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel”.

 The key word is reconciliation. No mortal could do that, only Christ. If we say that a mortal priest will perform this, we will be forced to the conclusion that another redeemer would be provided for the covering of sins in the Age to come.

Picture the scene! There will be the Lord Jesus Christ, presiding over the sin offering of the bullock in the Kingdom. It will be an impressive and meaningful ceremony. There will be the king of the Universe in all his power, glory and dignity showing forth to the mortals of that age, that he and all the immortal saints, have attained unto their positions by the blood of the sin offering, an offering provided by the Father, even the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It will dramatise Christ’s own great victory. It will tell the story of the great immortal King of Kings of millennial glory who once was clothed with flesh and learned obedience by the things he suffered. The Lord, who in the days of his flesh, washed his disciples’ feet, will now in the days of his glory, manifest a greatness by the very acts of condescending service as he offers sacrifices at the porch of the inner court gate.

The Prince And the Memorial Today

 Ever since the sacrifice of Christ, believers have been accustomed to meet together, usually weekly, to participate in the bread and the wine—as a memorial. “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23–25).

The memorial meeting for brethren and sisters is a constant reminder of the sufferings of Christ as a preliminary to his glory to follow. Jesus, the Lamb of God that was slain, will in the future age be a King-Priest, the man whose name is the Branch, the builder of the Temple, sitting and ruling from Zion. It will be necessary for Jewry and the peoples of the nations to remember the past and realise how it all came about. It will be a time of teaching, in which many of us, we pray, will be involved.

The Prince and the Memorial in the Future

 Prior to his crucifixion, Jesus, with his disciples in the upper room, ate bread and drank wine. The Lord told his disciples: “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29).

This memorial service of the future will take place in the outer court buildings on the east. “Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them” (Luke 12:37).

Nowhere in Ezekiel’s prophecy do we read of any observance of the Day of Atonement. One of the ceremonies that took place in the past on that day was the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrifice on the mercy seat. The ark pointed to Christ (the mercy seat). In the Temple of the Kingdom Age, there is no ark as Christ is there himself.

Not only that, but in the past, the ark was in the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle and later in the Temple of Solomon. There the Shekinah Glory, the manifestation of Yahweh, rested. The glory of Yahweh is now revealed in Christ and the immortal saints. It has entered the Temple from the east and the outside gates are shut.

Wonderful things. Wonderful principles. Will we see all this? Will we be there as part of that glory? We pray we will.