Ezekiel 40-42

The Dimensions for the Third Temple

The prophecy of a new temple, a new worship place of God. The whole design must carefully be followed, Ezekiel 43:11. The second temple existed in the time of the Apostles. This is an end time prophecy, of the spiritual temple of the last days,”a holy temple in the Lord…a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22).

In Chapters 44 to 46, we read that this Temple will be designed for Prince David, who will be “Prince forever,” Ezekiel 37:25.  The Children of Israel will make an offering to the Prince, and He will “make atonement for the house of Israel,” Ezekiel 45:16-17.

Water flows out from this Temple towards the East, and brings life to those living in the Eastern region (Ezekiel 47:1). As we go farther, and farther East, the water becomes so deep that one can only swim in that water, (Ezekiel 47:5).

This Temple is completely metaphorical of the Sanctified Church in the last days. Ezekiel 43:2 tells us that “the Glory of God of Israel came by the way of East.” Here, we learn the direction that the power of God comes from, and where the true gospel will be restored, in the last days.

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 struck, in the same day, the hand of YHVH was on me, and he brought me there. 2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me down on a very high mountain, whereon was as it were the frame of a city on the south. 

Ezekiel 40:1-2
on a very high mountain – takes us to the New Jerusalem, the Church, in Revelation 21:10.

like the structure of a City – Ezekiel sees the New Jerusalem, which he describes in Chapter 48.

3 He brought me there; 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. 

Ezek 40:3
a man like the appearance of bronze – the Spirit of Christ, the Captain of the Armies of Israel, WHO IS LIKE GOD (Michael), described in Daniel 10:6, He is called YHVH in Ezekiel 44:2, and 5.

with a measuring rod in his hand – the Spirit of Christ also has a measuring rod in Revelation 21:15, “the one who spoke to me had a measuring rod in His hand.”

4 The man said to me, Son of man, see with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart on all that I shall show you; for, to the intent that I may show them to you, are you brought here: declare all that you see to the house of Israel.

Ezek 40:4
Declare to the House of Israel everything that you see – this is similar to the words of the Spirit of Christ in Revelation 1:11.

Ezek 40:5-49
There is no measurement of the outer court. Revelation 11:2 tells us: “leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles.”

Many chambers are described, “in My Father’s house there are many dwelling places” (John 14:2). There are chambers for singers and priests, etc, ie for all the members of the body of Christ.

Ezekiel 42:15-20
five hundred rods by the measuring stick all around – about 1 mile, that is, only large enough for 144,000 persons, as described in Revelation 7.

Visionary_Ezekiel_Temple
The visionary Ezekiel Temple plan drawn by the 19th-century French architect and Bible scholar Charles Chipiez