Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel Chapter 40

 

  • Ezekiel 40:1 In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither. 
  • 2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. 

This must have meant a lot to Ezekiel to return to Israel whether for real or in a vision for they had been in captivity for 25 years and was probably hoping God would shorten the days but it was determined to last 70 years total. 

  • Ezekiel 40:3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. 
  • 4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel. 

God does things for a purpose. He usually allows visions, dreams and visitations from angels for the purpose of speaking to people with warnings or messages of hope. Ezekiel was told to declare what he sees and hears to the rest of Israel. 

  • Ezekiel 40:5 And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and a handbreadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. 

12 1/2 feet broad and 12 1/2 feet high. 

  • Ezekiel 40:6 Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad. 

Here is the eastern gate that we've heard about that the Messiah is to enter into. 

  • Ezekiel 40:7 And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within was one reed. 
  • 8 He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed. 
  • 9 Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits; and the posts thereof, two cubits; and the porch of the gate was inward. 
  • 10 And the little chambers of the gate eastward were three on this side, and three on that side; they three were of one measure: and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side. 
  • 11 And he measured the breadth of the entry of the gate, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits. 
  • 12 The space also before the little chambers was one cubit on this side, and the space was one cubit on that side: and the little chambers were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side. 
  • 13 He measured then the gate from the roof of one little chamber to the roof of another: the breadth was five and twenty cubits, door against door. 
  • 14 He made also posts of threescore cubits, even unto the post of the court round about the gate. 
  • 15 And from the face of the gate of the entrance unto the face of the porch of the inner gate were fifty cubits. 
  • 16 And there were narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within the gate round about, and likewise to the porches: and windows were round about inward: and upon each post were palm trees. 
  • 17 Then brought he me into the outward court, and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement. 

Notice this court is measured compared to the outer court in Revelation that was not measured. 

  • Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 
  • 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 

This indicates that the temples are not the same. One is the temple built during the latter day tribulation period that will be trodden down of the Gentiles. That temple is defiled by the antichrist and later it is destroyed. The vision of the temple in Ezekiel is permanent and built at the beginning of the reign of Jesus Christ. 

  • Ezekiel 40:18 And the pavement by the side of the gates over against the length of the gates was the lower pavement. 
  • 19 Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, a hundred cubits eastward and northward. 
  • 20 And the gate of the outward court that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof. 
  • 21 And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the porches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. 
  • 22 And their windows, and their porches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps; and the porches thereof were before them. 
  • 23 And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate toward the north, and toward the east; and he measured from gate to gate a hundred cubits. 
  • 24 After that he brought me toward the south, and behold a gate toward the south: and he measured the posts thereof and the porches thereof according to these measures. 
  • 25 And there were windows in it and in the porches thereof round about, like those windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. 
    26 And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the porches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof. 
  • 27 And there was a gate in the inner court toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south a hundred cubits. 
  • 28 And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured the south gate according to these measures; 
  • 29 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the porches thereof, according to these measures: and there were windows in it and in the porches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad. 
  • 30 And the porches round about were five and twenty cubits long, and five cubits broad. 
  • 31 And the porches thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof: and the going up to it had eight steps. 
  • 32 And he brought me into the inner court toward the east: and he measured the gate according to these measures. 
  • 33 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the porches thereof, were according to these measures: and there were windows therein and in the porches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad. 
  • 34 And the porches thereof were toward the outward court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps. 
  • 35 And he brought me to the north gate, and measured it according to these measures; 
  • 36 The little chambers thereof, the posts thereof, and the porches thereof, and the windows to it round about: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. 
  • 37 And the posts thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.
  • 38 And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering. 
  • 39 And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering. 
  • 40 And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, were two tables; and on the other side, which was at the porch of the gate, were two tables.
  • 41 Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side, by the side of the gate; eight tables, whereupon they slew their sacrifices. 
  • 42 And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and a half long, and a cubit and a half broad, and one cubit high: whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice. 
  • 43 And within were hooks, a hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering. 
  • 44 And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north. 
  • 45 And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house. 
  • 46 And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto him. 
  • 47 So he measured the court, a hundred cubits long, and a hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house. 
  • 48 And he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side. 
  • 49 The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side. 

What is being measured here is not the temple that was destroyed during the latter day tribulation but the temple in the New Millennium where Jesus Christ will rule from. 

The glory of God finally returns to the temple. It left about the time of the Babylonian captivity not to return even in the days of Herod because of sin and a departure from keeping the law of God. 

After the battle of Armageddon in the previous chapters we see the future vision of the temple that will be occupied by none other than the Lord Jesus Himself. What a day that will be. It would appear that the temple worship that was given to Israel in the Old Testament is restored but with the Holy Son of God in charge. This is God's plan for the Millennium. In the very end of time after the 1000 year reign and in the New Jerusalem, it appears that they do not need the temple any longer. 

  • Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 

The previous temples were built in the pattern of this final one. The others were destroyed by man. They didn't have to be but Israel's sin would cause the temples to be defiled by the Gentiles and the Gentile nations would then destroy the temple. The first temple was built by Solomon, the second by Herod. The third is to be build just before or during the latter day great tribulation also called the time of Jacob's trouble.

Sin opens the door to Satan. If we do not want God in our midst then all we have to do is forsake His laws and sin will abound. When sin abounds we are separated from a Holy God. Satan then has free reign to do whatever. That is why we see so much suffering, storms and wars. We live in a sinful environment where the world desires the presence of God less and less. If His presence is not with us, evil gets worse. 

One might think. Why would people with any common sense at all prefer Satan who is the author of cancer, aids, diabetes, wars, famines and all death, be preferred than the presence of God? Because people do not want to give up their sin. 

I'm not saying that sin is what causes individuals that we know and love to get cancer necessarily. They could be an innocent victim of the disease that is rampant in a world that denies God more and more each day opening the door to sin, disease, famine and lawlessness. 

If it wasn't so tragic, the blindness of people is laughable. They try to blame the president, global warming, doctors and everyone but their own failure to repent of sin and invite God back into their individual lives and into their countries. 

  • 2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

We may not yet understand all of God's plan in building a temple at that time except it would appear that Old Testament worship is restored during the Millennium under Jesus Christ the greatest of all High Priests. Yet we see from Revelation that a temple is no longer needed after the final rebellion of Satan and his armies and the great white throne judgment. To read more of this I recommend Revelation 19, 20, 21 and 22. 

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