This issue of “The Lampstand” commences a new series of articles on the Temple of Ezekiel’s Prophecy which will provide stimulus to our faith and sharpen our vision of the Future Age. The visions of Ezekiel are recorded that we might clothe the future with substance and ultimately be partakers of the glory soon to be revealed. The clear vision that Jesus had of the glory that would follow his sufferings enabled him to faithfully endure (Hebrews 12:2) and we feel sure that these articles will likewise help to build up our knowledge and faith.

The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the Ecclesia is the House of God and that every brother and sister should know how to conduct himself or herself in the house of God.

In the Temple in the Kingdom Age, every aspect of that literal Temple, as with the spiritual temple it represents, will have had its preparation and formation. We do not often realise how important those chapters of Ezekiel are—chapters 40 to 48, containing 260 verses. Admittedly there is a lot of detail and at times the detail is quite complex. However, the words of those verses give details of things that are going to involve us, God Willing, for one thousand years.

The spirit of that Temple needs to operate in us as individuals and in our ecclesias as a community of different members making up one unit. Each ecclesia is only as strong as the individual members are strong. The vision Ezekiel was privileged to witness strengthened him to see the day of the Kingdom. It can do the same for us.

Ezekiel was a prophet and priest. As such he revealed the purpose of God in relation to God’s glory.

The Visions of Glory

 Ezekiel 40:1–2 “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. 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.”

 The visions were concerning God (Elohim) in manifestation and therefore visions of glory. The word “visions” means “a mirror or looking glass”. Ezekiel saw events and objects as being the exact mirror of the real things. The visions represent a theme throughout the book—it is important to see this.

  • THE GLORY APPEARED—ch. 1–3

Ezekiel first saw the visions of Elohim by the river Chebar. It was the vision of the Cherubim.

  • THE GLORY DEPARTED—ch. 4–24

The direct representation of the glory of Yahweh departed from between the Cherubim and the mercy seat. It was taken away by the multitudinous manifestation of the glory of God. It left by way of the east of the Temple.

  • THE GLORY HIDDEN—ch. 25–32

During that period there was no open manifestation of the glory or Cherubic vision.

  • THE GLORY PREPARES—ch. 33–39

Although still no open manifestation of the Cherubic vision, the preparation is there. It is down to our day, as Israel has returned to the land, and Russia’s power and the Middle East become so important on the international scene.

  • THE GLORY RETURNS—ch. 40–48

Ezekiel 43:1–3 “Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.”

 The prophet saw the glory of the Elohim of Israel coming from the East. It was like the vision he had seen when he saw, in figure, the destruction of the city of Jerusalem.

  Ezekiel 43:4-5 “And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.”

 The glory of Yahweh, as between the Cherubim on the mercy seat of the ark, plus the glory of Elohim in multitude, has returned by way of the east of the Temple.

The multitudinous Christ, the saints, have entered the Temple. The Kingdom Age has begun.

The Message of the Man in the Gate

 Ezekiel 40:4 “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 shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.”

 The eye denotes knowledge or understanding. We need to see the picture—to see it closely and have a personal vision.

The ear is associated with obedience. Ezekiel was told things. He heard it all and needed to be obedient to it. How important for us to hear.

The heart denotes affections and values. Ezekiel became engrossed in the vision. So should we. We need to have a feel for the vision of the Temple—it is our future.

The Temple is the focal point of our hope!

The Measuring Reed

 Ezekiel was taken on a tour of the Temple by the man who stood in the gate with a line of flax in one hand and a measuring reed in the other. Nowhere in the description of the measurements of the Temple is the line of flax used, but the REED is the key measuring instrument. This reed is equal to six “large” (or royal) cubits. The standard cubit was the measure from elbow to the tip of the middle finger of a man’s hand and in historical times was often taken from the reigning King. The “large” cubit used in Ezekiel’s vision is a cubit plus a handbreadth. In actual measurements it would be approximately 60 cms (2 feet). Thus the measuring REED, being six of these large cubits, is approximately 3.6 metres (12 feet). The cubit measure of the Temple could well be Christ’s forearm and hand breadth.

The Size of the Temple

 The building which looked like “the frame of a city” (Ezek 40:2) is not a city in the strict sense of the term. It is a Temple—a House of Prayer. As far as drawing a plan of “the frame of a city” seen by Ezekiel is concerned, it is not necessary to know the exact size of the cubit.

During the tour of the Temple, the external measurements were given.

Ezekiel 42:16–20 “He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, … He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, … He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, … He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds, …He measured it by the four sides …five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad …”

 500 reeds = 500 x 3.6 metres = 1.8 kms.

The size of the Temple is approximately 1.8 km (or just over 1 mile) square.

Compare an overlay of the Temple with:

(a) Babylon of Ezekiel’s day, (b) Jerusalem today, (c) Adelaide.

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