In the Millennium the Levites demoted from being priests will become the temple’s caretakers (Ezekiel 44:11, 14). The Levites must face the consequence of seeking idols instead of God (v. 10). The Levites became a stumbling block of iniquity to Israel, and so they must bear that shame. They shall not come near to God, for they are no longer priests (vv. 12–13). How one lives his or her life results in very real repercussions in the coming Millennial Kingdom.
“But the Levites who went far from me, going astray from me after their idols when Israel went astray, shall bear their punishment. They shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the temple and ministering in the temple. They shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before the people, to minister to them… They shall not come near to me, to serve me as priest, nor come near any of my holy things and the things that are most holy, but they shall bear their shame and the abominations that they have committed. Yet I will appoint them to keep charge of the temple, to do all its service and all that is to be done in it.” Ezekiel 44:9-11,13-14
Ezekiel 44:15–31 discloses the duties of the only Levites who are allowed to serve as priests in the Millennial Kingdom: the line of Zadok (cf. 1 Chronicles 6:1–8). In 1 Samuel 2:35 God declared that he would raise up for himself a faithful priest who would act according to his heart and soul. This priest, later confirmed as Zadok (2 Sam 8:17; 15:24–29), was to be rewarded with an enduring house as he walks before God’s anointed forever. God also promised Zadok’s ancestor, Phinehas, that his descendants would become a perpetual priesthood (Numbers 25:13).
The reinstitution of the priestly functions to the Zadokites fulfills God’s promises to their forefathers. When the rest of Israel went astray, the Zadok family priests remained faithful to their temple duties. They will be rewarded by continuing their faithful temple service, only this time they will be doing so directly before the Messiah in the Messianic Kingdom.
The Zadokites are charged with teaching the people the difference between the holy and profane, resulting in their ability to discern the clean from the unclean. The very regulations that the Zadokites will adhere to, allow them to serve as living examples of this kind of separation. They also teach by judging disputes according to God’s rules.
This should be a warning to us all. It is the reason why I have established a new website http://www.millennialkingdom.net. For those of you that have already taken a look at it you will have seen in the section ABOUT US I wrote the following.
WWW.MILLENNIALKINGDOM.NET is being established because God is more tightly focusing my task on earth concerning the mission, He had given me in 2014 to establish the website: www.livingeternal.net.
The mission of www.livingeternal.net is to get people to live in the reality that eternal life can be experienced now. Living with this focus is essential to prepare us to rule and reign with Jesus in the Millennium.
The mission of www.millennialkingdom is to prepare the church to rule and reign with Jesus in the Millennium.