Is there a Jewish style Millennium coming?
Within the Messianic/Hebrew Roots community there is a large contingent of those who believe in a Jewish type millennium. When pressed for verses that back their presupposition they have none that are plain and simple. They point to verses in highly symbolic books. So why then do they conclude a physical temple, is hard to understand.
We are not opposed to a Jewish style Millennium, we just don’t see it in scripture. If Messiah shows up and wants a temple built we will have no problem in complying, however speculating that that will be the case is just that, speculation.
There is only one passage that is definitely about the Millennium.
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev. 20:1-6
Where is a temple? Where are the sacrifices?
After the Millennium
It is only after this that there is the Battle of Gog and Magog. So those of you who want Ezekiel’s temple to be in the millennium have a chronology problem. Ezekiel’s battle with Gog and Magog are before the temple. [c.f. Ezek 38-48]
7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Rev. 20:7-10
If this temple is literal then according to the accepted rules of hermeneutics all other things in the passage are also literal.
First problem is the court is way to big for the current geography of Israel.
Next problem, who is the prince?
They shall dwell in the land where your fathers dwelt that I gave to my servant Jacob; they and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there for ever; and David my servant shall be their prince for ever. Ezek. 37:25
From this verse most have interpreted the prince to be Messiah. However, He sits before Himself?
Only the prince may sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way.” Ezek. 44:3
Why would Messiah need to be told not to oppress the people?
It is to be his property in Israel. And my princes shall no more oppress my people; but they shall let the house of Israel have the land according to their tribes. Ezek. 45:8
Ok so some say it is actually David. Why give an offering to David?
All the people of the land shall give this offering to the prince in Israel. Ezek. 45:16
Messiah or David will then have children?
“Thus says the Lord GOD: If the prince makes a gift to any of his sons out of his inheritance, it shall belong to his sons, it is their property by inheritance. Ezek. 46:16
So now people want to make the children symbolic of believers. But that defeats their argument that the passage is literal.
The standard rules of hermeneutics just cannot be relied upon. We are missing some key to interpreting the passage. It just doesn’t make sense as literal. However at the same time, we have no idea of what all the measurements could be symbolic of, they do seem literal, even if the geography won’t work.
Time will be the telling of the prophecy. Like the rabbis who looked at the Messianic prophecies and invented a political messiah never seeing the Redeemer, we now look at the temple of Ezekiel, and we know we are missing something. Deciding what it means before it is revealed can conceal the truth of the fulfillment.
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. Rev. 21:22
Some of you are now thinking, “What about Zechariah’s temple?” Our thoughts on that temple are here.
See Also: The Promise of a Third Temple