Let them Measure the Pattern
in their setting of their threshold by My threshold, and their door-post beside My door-post, there was the wall between Me and them
God’s glory enters the Temple when it has been built according to His instructions. This first occurred in Exodus 39 and 40. Here in this passage, Ezekiel describes the end time Sanctified Church, which becomes inhabited by the Spirit of God, when it is built according to God’s instructions.
This is only one of several passages that tell us the Sanctified Church will be reestablished in the East. Isaiah said that saints from afar would come from the North, West, and the land of Sinim, (Isaiah 49:12), which most interpreters equate to Sina (China). Until the 14th Century, Christianity was confined to all areas north and west of Jerusalem. Very interestingly, in the Book of Acts, the Spirit of God prevented the Apostles from preaching in Asia, and directed them towards Europe. However, in the last days, the Spirit of God was poured out in the Eastern regions, as we read in Ezekiel 43, and 47. From 200 BC, until at least the 4th Century AD, Zechariah 6:12 was translated as “a man whose name is the East,” “BEHOLD A MAN, THE ORIENT IS HIS NAME.” Zechariah was describing the end time reestablishment of the Church of God, “He shall build the temple of the LORD.” Revelation 7:2 also describes the end time Sanctified Church as an “angel ascending from the East.”
The saints must learn to follow “the pattern” – “let them measure the pattern” – “its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinance and follow them” (Ezekiel 43:10-11). This of course refers to the doctrines of Christ and the Apostles that must be followed in order for the Glory of God to come in. The Spirit of God is the spirit of truth. Receiving the Spirit of truth is conditional on following the teachings and example of Christ in Church doctrine and worship.
God rebukes the saints for setting “their threshold by My threshold, and their door-post beside My door-post.” In other words, they did not build the Church according to God’s instructions, and for this reason “there was a wall between Me and them” (Ezekiel 43:8).
His voice was like the sound of many waters – this is the sound of the sanctified Church, as we read in Revelation 19:6.
the earth shone with His glory – through the Church.
like the vision I by the River Chabar – the vision of the four living creatures, who are the saints.
by way of the gate that faces east – in Ezekiel 44:1, we read that the gate must now be shut, symbolically that God’s glory enters; and will never depart. Jesus said, “He will abide with you forever” (John 14:16). But this carries another meaning, the end time Sanctified Church will endure until the Lord returns.
no more shall the house of Israel defile My name – the purity of the faith they will maintain is emphasized in Revelation 14:1-5. This is the work of the Spirit of God, that was poured out, as mentioned in Ezekiel 37; the cleansing fire for the kingdom of heaven as described in Ezekiel 39, and Daniel 7.
nor their kings, by their harlotry – this passage is written to the spiritual Israelites of the New Covenant. The prostitution of the spiritual Israel is the prostitution of the Great Harlot in Revelation 17, mystery Babylon. The kings are described in Revelation 17-19.
their threshold by My threshold and their door-post beside My door-post – in other words, the saints had “almost” constructed the temple of God the say that God wanted it, but not exactly. They chose a slightly difference location for the door post, and the threshold.
and there was a wall between Me and them – the saints were separated from God because they did not build the Church according to God’s instructions.
now let them put away their prostitution, and the dead bodies of their kings – to end the prostitution of the Great Harlot. The dead bodies of the kings are described in Revelation 19:18, “that you may eat the flesh of Kings.”The flesh of those kings who replaced the King of Kings, false kings of the Church.
let them measure the pattern – the saints tried to understand the significance of what had happened after God’s glory came in, and they measured the pattern of the truth, that caused God’s glory to enter.
write it down in their sight so that they may keep its whole design – they will obey the true Gospel without any deviation.
The importance of following God’s instructions in building the tabernacle was dramatically illustrated for us in Exodus 39, and 40. After the completed the temple according to all of God’s instructions, the Glory of the LORD filled the tent.