Is It Really Forever?

Q. My question concerns your “End Times According to Ezekiel Part 2“:

” ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’ ” (Ezekiel 37:24-28)
You clearly state in the study that these verses describe the circumstances that will exist during the Millennium. Would you please clarify the last sentence a bit more. The use of the word “forever” at least implies that the discribed circumstance might extend past the end of the Millennium into eternity. I don’t believe that is the case and that “forever” in this case may have some limitation.

A. The Hebrew word translated forever in Ezekiel 37:24-28 is owlam. It appears 5 times in the passage and four of those mean eternity, forever, evermore. The fifth time is in verse 26 in the phrase “everlasting covenant.” One of God’s Hebrew titles is Melech ha Owlam, literally King of Eternity. While the Bible doesn’t have much to say about things after the Millennium, it’s pretty clear that God’s relationship with His people and His land extends well beyond its end.

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