The Miracle in A.D. 66 that Fulfilled Ezekiel 46:1-12
Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12 A Preterist Commentary: Summary and Highlights
According to Ezekiel 46:1-12, the eastern gate of the Temple was to remain shut except on the Sabbath and on the day of the new moon. During these days, the prince of Israel was to enter through this gate and present a sacrifice. On the eighth day of Nisan, one month before the start of the revolt against Rome and on the day before the anniversary of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the eastern gate of the Temple mysteriously opened and three hours later, a brilliant light shown forth from the Temple altar. This light was so bright that for half an hour during the ninth hour of the night, it appeared to be bright daytime in the city of Jerusalem.1 According to Luke 23:44-45, day became night from the sixth to the ninth hour of the day during Jesus’ crucifixion. At Christ’s return in A.D. 66, night became day at the ninth hour of the night. See Jesus, the Son of Man, was LITERALLY Seen in the Clouds in A.D. 66. That night did Jerusalem witness the spirit of Christ returning to the Temple to literally fulfill Ezekiel 46:1-12, Jeremiah 33:20-212 and Zechariah 14:7? See the following Preterist commentary on Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12 for the amazing details.
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The Miracle in A.D. 66 that Fulfilled Ezekiel 46:1-12
1“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The gate of the inner court facing east is to be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day and on the day of the New Moon it is to be opened. 2 The prince is to enter from the outside through the portico of the gateway and stand by the gatepost. The priests are to sacrifice his burnt offering and his fellowship offerings. He is to bow down in worship at the threshold of the gateway and then go out, but the gate will not be shut until evening. 3 On the Sabbaths and New Moons the people of the land are to worship in the presence of the Lord at the entrance of that gateway. 4 The burnt offering the prince brings to the Lord on the Sabbath day is to be six male lambs and a ram, all without defect. 5 The grain offering given with the ram is to be an ephah, and the grain offering with the lambs is to be as much as he pleases, along with a hin of olive oil for each ephah. 6 On the day of the New Moon he is to offer a young bull, six lambs and a ram, all without defect. 7 He is to provide as a grain offering one ephah with the bull, one ephah with the ram, and with the lambs as much as he wants to give, along with a hin of oil for each ephah. 8 When the prince enters, he is to go in through the portico of the gateway, and he is to come out the same way. . . . 12 “‘When the prince provides a freewill offering to the Lord—whether a burnt offering or fellowship offerings—the gate facing east is to be opened for him. He shall offer his burnt offering or his fellowship offerings as he does on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he has gone out, the gate will be shut.
A Realized Eschatological View and Commentary of Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12: On the Day before the Anniversary of Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Eastern Gate of the Temple Mysteriously opened at the Start of the Jewish Revolt.
The eastern gate of the Temple was to remain shut except on the Sabbath and on the day of the new moon. During these days, the prince was to enter through this gate and present six male lambs and a ram on the Sabbath and a young bull, six lambs and a ram on the day of the new moon. During Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the ninth day of Nisan, Jesus entered the temple in Jerusalem.3 While publicly declaring himself to be the Messiah during His triumphal entry, did Jesus solidify this claim by entering the Temple through the eastern gate? On the eighth day of Nisan, one month before the start of the revolt against Rome and on the day before the anniversary of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the eastern gate of the Temple mysteriously opened:
Moreover, the eastern gate of the inner [court of the] temple, which was of brass, and vastly heavy, and had been with difficulty shut by twenty men, and rested upon a basis armed with iron, and had bolts fastened very deep into the firm floor, which was there made of one entire stone, was seen to be opened of its own accord about the sixth hour of the night.4
A Covenant Eschatology Interpretation and Commentary of Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12: Three Hours after the Gate Miraculously Opened, A Light Shown from the Temple that Turned Night to Day in Fulfillment of Zechariah 14:7.
Three hours later, a brilliant light shown forth from the Temple altar. This light was so bright that for half an hour during the ninth hour of the night, Jerusalem was said to have been lit-up as if it were the middle of the day.5 Furthermore, “at the same festival also, a heifer, as she was led by the high priest to be sacrificed, brought forth a lamb in the midst of the temple.”6 Coming from the east on the day before the anniversary of His triumphal entry, did Jesus enter the eastern gate of the Temple fulfilling the prophetic customs of Ezekiel 46:1-12?7 And was Christ also responsible for the miraculous light from the altar that turned night into day in fulfillment of Zechariah 14:7?
That night on the eighth day of Nisan in A.D. 66, I believe the people of Jerusalem witnessed the fulfillment of both Ezekiel 46 and Zechariah 14:3-7. According to Luke 23:44-45, darkness came over the land from the sixth to the ninth hour of the day during Jesus’ crucifixion. Was this is the day without light predicted in Zechariah 14:7? After mentioning the darkness over the land during Jesus’ crucifixion, Luke 23:45 says, “The curtain of the temple was torn in two.” This event corresponds with Jesus’ death on the cross presumably at the ninth hour of the day. The mysterious light at the ninth hour of the night in A.D. 66 originated at the altar of the Temple. Did Jesus return to the Temple to commemorate His sacrifice having done so this time at the ninth hour of the night, twelve hours after His death at the ninth hour of the day in fulfillment of Zechariah 14:7: “When evening comes, there will be light”? But why would Jesus return to the Temple?
The “A.D. 70 Doctrine” View, Interpretation, Exposition and Commentary of Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12: What is the Biblical Significance of the Miraculous Opening of the Eastern Gate?
If the miracle recorded by Josephus was caused by Christ entering the Temple, then the Messiah’s second visit to the Temple may shed light on the custom of the daily sacrifice. According to Exodus 29:38, one lamb was to be sacrificed in the morning and another in the evening every day. Did Jesus enter the Temple twice, once at the ninth hour of the day after His death on the cross and again at the ninth hour of the night during His return immediately before the harvest at the end of the age?
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Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12 A Preterist Exposition and Commentary: Conclusion
As stated in the above Preterist commentary on Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12, the miraculous opening of the eastern gate of the Temple in A.D. 66 fulfills Ezekiel 46:1-8, 12.
- Josephus The Wars of the Jews 6.5.3. The miraculous light from the Temple may also point to Genesis 1:3 when God said, “Let there be light,” before the creation of heaven and earth. Like the light out of the darkness in Genesis 1:3 which preceded the creation of heaven and earth, this light preceded the creation of the new heaven and earth after the war with Rome predicted 2 Peter 3:5-13.
- The darkness during the crucifixion and the light from the Temple in A.D. 66 fulfills Jeremiah 33:20-21 explaining why Jesus rules the world from heaven and not corporally on earth. See The Miraculous Fulfillment of Jeremiah 33:20-21 explains why Christ Rules from a Heavenly, Not Earthly, Throne.
- According to John 12:1 and 12:12, Jesus’ triumphal entry was on the 9th day of Nisan, five days before Passover on the 14th of Nisan.
- Josephus The Wars of the Jews 6.5.3.
- If a heifer really did give birth to a lamb, this miracle is similar to the virgin birth of the Messiah. In the same way that Jesus’ father was not a man, this lamb’s father was not a bull.