SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE: NO TITHING
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
ARTICLES
BAPTIST ERRORS
BLOGSPOT BLOG LIST SINCE 2005
BUY BOOKS AND VIDEO
ENDORSEMENTS
FIRSTFRUITS WERE NEVER TITHES
REBUTTALS OF TITHE-TEACHERS
RUSSELL EARL KELLY, PHD
SEARCH INDEX
THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
INTRODUCTION
1. Origin and Definition of Tithing
2. Genesis 14:20 Abraham, Melchizedek, Arab Custom and Tithing
3. Genesis 28:22 Jacob's Bargain With God
4. Numbers 18: The Obscure Statute/Ordinance of Tithing
5. Leviticus 27:30-34 Tithing and Holy and Most Holy Statutes
6. Tithes Replaced Land Inheritance
7. How Many Tithes? 10%, 20%, or 23 1/3rd%?
8. Deuteronomy 12 and 14: Strange Facts about Tithing
9. The Poor and Jesus Did Not Tithe
10. Kings, Tithes and Taxes: Levites with Political Jobs
11. 2nd Chronicles 31 Explains Malachi
12. Nehemiah 10-13: Historical Context of Malachi
13a. Commentary on Malachi 1 and 2: Cursing the Priests for Stealing
13b. Malachi 3 and 4
14. Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42 Supporting the Old Covenant and Its Interpreters
15. Luke 18:12 A Pharisee's Boast about Tithing
16. Acts 15 and 21: Compromise Divided the Jerusalem Church
17. Hebrews 8; 2nd Corinthians 3; A Better New Covenant; MARTIN LUTHER
18. The Mosaic Law and the "Law" of Christ; MATT 5:17-19
19. Hebrews 7: Extremely Important
20. Ephesians 2:14-16; Colossians 2:13-17: Law Ordinances Ended
21. 1 Peter 2:9-10: Your Priesthood Abolishes Tithing
22. 1 Corinthians 9: Using Christian Liberty to Refuse Christian Rights [2007]
23. 1 Corinthians 16: Principles for Giving to the Needy
24. 1 Timothy 5:17: Worthy of Double Honor
25. Miscellaneous Objections
26. Chafer and Walvoord on New Covenant Giving
27. 2 Corinthians 8 and 9: Principles of Grace Giving
28. Acts 20:16-35: Paul's Sermon is Not Preached
29. Secular History of Tithing
30. Tithing Principles for Tithe-Teaching Churches
31. Spreading the Gospel
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PAGE #
58% of Evangelical Leaders Reject Tithing, April 2011
140 QUESTIONS FOR TITHE ADVOCATES
1873: TITHING FIRST SUGGESTED IN USA
20% OF SBC PASTORS AND 31% OF OTHER PASTORS AGREE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS BOOK
AKIN, DANIEL, PRESIDENT SEBTS
ALCORN, RANDY
Amazon.com Reviews
ANTI-TITHING VIDEOS
ASSEMBLY OF GOD TITHING STATEMENT
BACKLASH AGAINST TITHING, WALL STREET JOURNAL
BAKER, ROBERT A: SBC HISTORIAN
BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE
BAPTIST STATEMENTS OF FAITH AGREED UNTIL 1963
Bafcley, William
BLACK, DAVID ALAN, TH. D.; SBC THEOLOGIAN
BLOGGING CONDEMNED BY GEORGIA BAPTIST LEADERS
BOOKIDEAS: PROFESSIONAL BOOK REVIEW
BROWN, TOM: WOF MINISTRIES
BURKETT, LARRY AND DAYTON, HOWARD; CROWN
CALVIN, JOHN: TITHING
CAMERON, BARRY: TITHING ABCs
CARSON, D A; REBUTTAL ON TITHING
CARTOON
CBS TRANSCRIPT AND COMMENTS
CHARISMA MAGAZINE 3-11-08
CHEUNG, VINCENT: MALACHI
CHRISTIAN TODAY, TITHING, 2016
CHRISTIAN TORAH DOCTRINE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND RECOMMENDED READING
COME LET US GROW TOGETHER: TITHING
CONNER, KEVIN J; MELCHIZEDEK
COPELAND, KENNETH: TITHING REBUTTAL
CORBAN AND FIRSTFRUIT-TITHING
CROTEAU, DAVID, PHD
CROWN MINISTRIES 2012
DANA, H E: SOUTHERN BAPTIST HISTORIAN
DEJONG, PAUL: TITHING
DOLLAR, CREFLO: TITHING REBUTAL
Et essay: Tiende er ikke en kristen lære
Dizimar não é uma doutrina cristã
Un ensayo: el diezmar no es una doctrina cristiana
EVANS, TONY
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE: NO TITHING
FLOYD, RONNIE
GEORGE, WILLIE; REBUTTAL
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
GRACE-GIVING CHURCHES
GRAHAM, BILLY: TITHING
GRAHAM, FRANKLIN: SALARY-TITHING
GREIMANN, DEAN ON TITHING
HAGEE, JOHN
HANNESSY, SHAWN, TITHING
HAYFORD, JACK; TITHING
HEMPHILL, KENNETH, TITHING; SBC SPOKESMAN
KEN HEMPHILL AND BOBBY EKLUND
HINN, BENNY: TITHING
HOUSTON, BRIAN: HILLSONG, TITHING
HOW TO BECOME A PROSPERITY PREACHER
If We Don't Preach Tithing, How Do We Pay the Church Bills?
JAKES, TD; 49 LIES TOLD ABOUT TITHING
JEREMIAH, DAVID: TITHING
JEWISH TITHING CONCEPTS
JOYNER, RICK: TITHING REBUTTAL
KENDALL, R T: TITHING
KENNEDY, JAMES, PHD: TITHING
KOSTENBERGER, ANDREAS: 12-4-2007
"LAW" IN THE BIBLE
LAWLESS, CHUCK ON TITHING
LETTER TO YOUR PASTOR ABOUT TITHING
LINKS: SITES AND BOOKS
LIST OF TITHING OPPONENTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
LIST OF UNSCRIPTURAL BAPTIST TITHING ERRORS
LONDON DEBATE: POINT BY POINT COMMENTS
LONDON DEBATE, MAR 30, 2011 TRANSCRIPT
LONDON TV DEBATE DETAILS PLUS
LUTHER, MARTIN REJECTED TITHING: 1525
MALACHI 3:10 HAS BEEN MISINTERPRETED
MALACHI 3:10: THE TEST-GOD TITHE MYTH
MARINELLI, CHAD, WORD OF FAITH
MARTIN, ERNEST L; THE TITHING DILEMMA
MATTHEW 5:17-19
MAXWELL, JOHN C
MELCHIZEDEK: WAS HE A PAGAN GENTILE?
MEYER, ALLAN: TITHING
MONEY WITH GENTILE IMAGES WAS BANNED
MORRIS, ROBERT: Jesus is the Tithe
MORMON-LDS TITHING
NORTH, GARY COVENANTAL TITHE
NORTH, GARY PERSPECTIVES ON TITHING
NORTH, GARY WIKIPEDIA
OWEN, JOHN --DID NOT TEACH TITHING
PAGAN CHRISTIANITY: BOOK REVIEW
PINK, A W: TITHING
PIPER, JOHN: TITHING
POEMS BY H. K. PYWELL
POSITION PAPER FORCES EMPLOYEES TO TEACH TITHING
PREACHERS, EVANGELISTS AND THEOLOGIANS SPEAK OUT
PRINCE, JOSEPH
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: AVANZINI PLUS
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: Jones and Woodbridge
PROSPERITY GOSPEL REFUTATION
RAMSEY, DAVE: TITHING
RENDER UNTO CAESAR
RHODE ISLAND BAPTISTS: 1638-1770S
RICH PREACHERS WHO TEACH TITHING
ROBERTSON, NORMAN: TITHING
ROBINSON, VON ON TITHING
ROGERS, ADRIAN: Tithing Rebuttal
ROGERS, ROD: PASTOR DRIVEN STEWARDSHIP
ROSS, CHARLES: TITHING
SBC CHURCH WANTS YOUR BANK ROUTING NUMBER FOR TITHE
SBC FINANCIAL ABUSE
SBC SCHOLARS: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
SCHREINER, THOMAS SBC
SCHREINER, THOMAS R, PHD, SBTS, TITHING
SHAFFER, GLENN ON TITHING, RUSS KELLY
SIX MOST QUOTED LIES ABOUT TITHING
SOUTHERN BAPTIST ENCYCLOPEDIA: TITHING
SOUTHERN BAPTIST TITHING BROCHURES
SPROUL, R C: TITHING REBUTTAL
SPURGEON, CHARLES H
ST PETERSBURG TIMES
STOREHOUSE TITHING ERROR
SUBMISSION THEOLOGY
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON ON TITHING; JANUARY 28, 2007
SWAZILAND, POVERTY, AND PROSPERITY PREACHERS
SWINDOLL, CHARLES (CHUCK): TITHING
TBN: THE CROUCHES: TITHING
TEXT INDEX FOR 2007 EDITION
THEOLOGICAL DOUBLE-TALK
TIMELINE: BAPTIST, SBC and REK BOOK
TITHE MAPS IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE
TITHES: NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA
TITHING ABUSE STORIES
TITHE AND OFFERING SCRIPTURES.COM/LEON
WALL STREET JOURNAL: RUSSELL KELLY LETTER
WARREN, RICK ON TITHING
WARREN, RICK: TITHING 2015
WE ARE NOT ALONE: VERY STRONG SUPPORT
Web Sites Which Discuss This Book and Tithing
WESLEY, JOHN
Where in the Bible Were Tithes Abolished?
WIDOW'S MITE
WOODWARD, GEOFF: TITHING
WYCLIFFE DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY; F F BRUCE
WYTSMA, KEN: TITHING REBUTTAL
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EZEKIEL'S PROPHETIC TEMPLE

By Russell Earl Kelly, PHD, March 31, 2009

 

Ezekiel, chapters 40 to 48, is a very detailed description of a future Temple during which the Prince (the Messiah) will reside in Israel (45:7 to 46:18).

 

The many changes strongly suggest that tithing will no longer exist in this (millennial) temple of the Kingdom Age in Israel.

 

1.  DIRECT GIVING TO THE PRINCE:

During the Old Covenant, in First Samuel 8:14-17, the first tithe went to the king.  The king received the best tenth of the "fields," "vineyards," "olives." "servants," "sons," "asses" and "sheep." The king owned choice land in each of the 12 tribes.

 

This is greatly changed in Ezekiel's prophecy.

(1) The Prince will own land about 50 miles long and 8.3 miles wide from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River. It is West and East of the 8.3 mile square occupied by the Levites, Priests and city (45:7-8).

(2) The people will give the Prince set portions of their crops and oil which are NOT tithes (45:13-14).

(3) The people will also give only ONE sheep out of 200 to the Prince (45:16). This is NOT a tithe.

(4) The Prince will be responsible for providing the required daily, Sabbath, monthly and seasonal burnt offerings for the people and nation (45:17-25).

 

2.  NO LEVITICAL CITIES: In the Old Covenant the Levites and priests were specifically given the tithe because they had "no inheritance" in the land of Israel --because they were NOT allowed to own or inherit property. This is repeated often in Numbers 18:20-28; Deuteronomy 12:12; 14:27, 29; 18:1-2; Joshua 13:14, 33; 14:3; 18:7; and Ezekiel 44:28. They lived in loaned land provided by the tribes in 48 cities (Joshua 20-21; Numbers 35).

 

This primary reason for receiving tithes does not exist in Ezekiel's (millennial) kingdom. Both the Levites and priests own their own land (45:3-4 priests; 45:5 Levites). Oddly, 45:4 reads "the holy portion of the land shall be for the priests." This is not said of the Levites' land or other land in Israel.

 

There may also be no need for the Levitical cities during the Kingdom Age if there are no poor requiring ministry and no cities of refuge.

 

3.  LEVITES DOWNGRADED: In the Old Covenant the Levites assisted the priests in many areas of ritual (Num 1:50; 8:11-15; 18: 21-24).

 

In Ezekiel's prophecy many of the Levites and priests have been guilty of leading Israel astray and have been DOWNGRADED with much less responsibility (44:10, 12). They will be limited to guards at the gates and killing the burnt offerings for the people (44:11, 13). Since they now own their own property (45:5) and no longer fully assist the priests (44:11, 13), they no longer require the first full Levitical tithe.

 

4.  PRIESTHOOD REDUCED: In the Old Covenant the priests were the whole family of Aaron. In Ezekiel's prophecy the priests are only the Aaronic family of Zadok (44:15-31).

 

Since the Kingdom Age priests now own their own property (45:3-4) and are also limited to only one family of Aaron (44:15) they no longer require tithes.

 

5.  PRIESTLY SUSTENANCE: In the Old Covenant the sustenance of the Levites and priests clearly included tithes. The Levite servants-to-the-priests received the first whole Levitical tithe and the Levites, in turn, tithed a tenth of what they received (1%) to the priests (Num 18:21-28; Neh 10:37-38).

 

The priests also received sustenance from freewill offerings (Num 18:9), portions of sin, trespass offerings, heave and wave offerings (Num 18:9-11, 19), firstfruits of oil and wine (Num 18:12), firstfruits (Num 18:13), all vow offerings (Num 18:14), all firstborn clean animals (Num 18:15-19) and the (five sanctuary-shekel) redemption price of all firstborn sons and unclean animals (Num 18:15-19). Most commentators agree that these far exceeded the priests' portion of the tithes.

 

In Ezekiel's prophecy tithes are not specifically named! No sustenance from the Levites is discussed. Sustenance for the priests will include (1) parts of sacrificial offerings (44:29), (2) dedicated vows (44:29), (3) firstfruits (44:30) and (4) freewill contributions (44:30) (44:28-31). In 44:30 the KJV reads "oblations," NKJ "sacrifice," NAS "contribution" and the NIV "special gifts." This last item is most often a reference to freewill offerings.

 

OTHER CHANGES IN EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE:

 

6. TEMPLE MOVED: In the Old Covenant the Temple was located inside Jerusalem which was part of Judah on the border with Benjamin. 

 

In Ezekiel's prophecy the Temple will be located wholly inside the land now owned by the priests which is 8.3 miles long by 3.3 miles wide (45:1-3).

 

7.  JERUSLAEM GONE: In the Old Covenant Jerusalem was not one of the Levitical cities and did not have Levitical lands surrounding it. 

 

In Ezekiel's prophecy the central city has a new name and has farmland on each side of it for the use of its inhabitants from all the tribes (45:6; 48:15-20). The new name is "The LORD is There" (48:35).

 

8.  In the Old Covenant there was originally a valley in the middle of Jerusalem (which was later filled in). There was also a valley east, south and west of the city. See old maps.

 

In Zechariah 14:4 Messiah will return and the Mount of Olives will split from East to West to create a very great valley. It is likely that this valley will also separate the Temple from the new city.

 

9.  WATER FLOWS FROM TEMPLE: In the Old Covenant water was brought into the Temple for much ceremonial washing of priests and animals.

 

In Ezekiel's Temple miracle water is provided by God. It begins as a trickle flowing out of the Most Holy Place and becomes deeper (reverse of normal) (47:1-12). (1) Flows south of altar and south of east gate (47:1-2). (2) Ankle deep 1000 cubits from east gate; river 4000 cubits away (47:3-5). (3) Trees on river bank have new fruit every month (47:7). (4) River reaches Gulf of Aquiba; purifies Dead Sea (47:8). New fresh sea teeming with fish (47:9). Salt still available; land transformed (47:11). Leaves of trees have healing use (47:12).

 

10.  12 TRIBES HAVE DIFFERENT TERRITORIES

 

 

7 tribes north beyond Damascus; 48:1-7; Dan, Ashur, Naphthali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben, Judah

 

Prince land   Levites' land                       8.3 mi (E-W) x 3.3 mi    Prince land  Jordan-Med. Sea

Prince land   Priests-TEMPLE-Priests     8.3 mi (E-W) x 3.3 mi    Prince land  Jordan-Med Sea

Prince land   farmland-CITY-farmland       8.3 mi (E-W) x 1.75 mi  Prince land  Jordan-Med Sea

 

5 tribes south to Egypt; 48:8-22; Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulon, Gad

 

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