Different and the Same – Part 1

The Mysteries of Gnosis vs. the Revelations of the Gospel

Whoever heard of a “gnosis” anyway? I heard you wonder that. Well, it’s like this. Everyone in the Roman province of Asia heard of gnosis, as well as all of the “mystery religions” which abounded there in New Testament times.

There we go again. Now you are wondering what a mystery religion is. Yes, you are. I heard you with my own two ears. My my, but you sure are full of questions today, aren’t you? But that’s a good thing! Inquisitive minds want to know. That’s how we learn, after all.

Okay. I’ll tell you what gnosis and mystery religions are. Just come inside, take your shoes off, and relax a spell. We are about to teach you all about it in the latest volume of our Heavenly Citizens series. It is titled:

Ephesians: Volume 15 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. Click here! Download your copy instantly!

When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the porch of the gate and go out by the same way. But when the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed feasts, he who enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate. And he who enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. No one shall return by way of the gate by which he entered but shall go straight out. When they go in, the prince shall go in among them; and when they go out, he shall go out [Ezekiel 46:8-10].

Our text for this study is somewhat longer than is customary for these studies. It cannot be helped, dear friends, but it will be well worth the learning. A wealth of precious ore is to be mined from this mother lode. So let’s not be caught dilly dallying around the Maypole. Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work in the mine!

Ezekiel chapters 40-48 are a vision from the Millennium. Permit me to explain, please. The Lord Jesus will return again (His Second Coming) to bring the Great Tribulation to a close. The false trinity of Satan/beast/false prophet will be defeated, judged by the Lord Jesus, and be found wanting. The beast (antichrist) and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire.

Satan on the other hand will be bound and cast into the abyss for 1,000 years, locked up and unable to tempt mankind any longer. The word millennium is Latin for 1,000 years. During the Millennium the Lord Jesus will rule the entire earth from Jerusalem, and the Hebrew people will again be taken up by Him as His chosen people on the earth. All the Lord’s yet-to-be-fulfilled covenant promises with Israel will be fulfilled during the Millennium.

The Lord’s Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem and all the Gentiles (i.e., everyone not a Jew) will go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord with the Jews there. The Holy Spirit graced Ezekiel with a vision of this Temple, as also a depiction of Israel’s organization during the Millennium. Our quoted text for today refers to this Millennial Temple.

With this context in mind, let’s mine the ore of this text. Valuable nuggets are there for the taking.

There are three fundamental spiritual truths we wish to learn from the text.

  1. the prince leaves the Millennial Temple by the same route He enters it
  2. the people leave the Millennial Temple by the opposite route they enter it
  3. the prince and the people enter and leave the Millennial Temple together

We will stop for the time being now and spend some time alone with the Lord Jesus. I look forward to seeing you again on the morrow.

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Joshua: Volume 6 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. To purchase my books please go to:


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