Notes: May 10, 2009

The temple vision

Ezekiel 40

that no material building can be designed is clear from this one observation; that not only the whole land of Israel would not be capable of having such a city as is here described built upon it, but even all Europe would not be sufficient; nor the whole world, according to the account of the dimensions which some give of it. The circumference of the city is said to be about eighteen thousand measures (Ezekiel 48:35) –John Gill

And we, who live under the Gospel dispensation,  have apostolic authority for the assertion that the temple and temple worship were emblematic of Christ’s Church,  frequently represented in the New Testament under the metaphor of a temple, in allusion to the symmetry, beauty, and firmness of that of Solomon; to its orderly worship; and to the manifestations it held of the Divine Presence. (Adam Clarke)

Given that no such temple as described in the last nine chapters of Ezekiel has ever existed, we are left with a few possibilities.

a. The temple described here was a possibility that has not yet been, and may never be, attained.

b. The temple described here was a figure of the glory which God would see in any temple built for Him.

c. Such a temple will be built in a future age.

d. The temple was a figure of true spiritual worship in the kingdom of God.

Outline of the chapter

  • The time and setting of the vision (v. 1-5).
  • The gates (v. 6-38), with the eastern gate receiving the most attention.
  • The eight tables (v. 39-43).
  • The rooms (v. 44-47).
  • The porch (v. 48-49).

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Comments

  1. Ronnie Odom says:

    More people are becoming aware of Ezekiels Temple and the fact that it hasn’t ever been built yet. It is my opinion that it will be a real place of worship. Jesus told Ezekiel that where his feet were [ were he was standing ] would be the place of his throne and he would rule from there for ever.
    At this time as preparation is being made for rebuilding the Temple I have asked about the floor plan for Ezekiels Temple. The plan at this time is to rebuild the floor plan for Solomoms Temple.
    Many believe Jesus will rule from Ezekiels Temple during his 1000 year rein at his return.

    Ronnie Odom

  2. Nikos Seferiadis says:

    Why did the Jews reject Jesus? They didn’t understand the spiritual aspects of the Scriptures. They expected a physical, earthly King and Kingdom. Because of this, they missed the Messiah and the Kingdom of God which is not of this world.

    The NT writers point to this spiritual fulfillment continually with their understanding of the OT (Acts 15:16; Romans 9:25-28; Galatians 3:29).

    We must be careful, as Christians, not to look for future physical manifestations of what Christ has already fulfilled.

    John 4
    21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
    22 “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
    23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
    24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    Nikos Seferiadis