Ezekiel's Temple

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The book of Revelation places Ezekiel’s vision of the ideal Temple in the middle of the city of New Jerusalem, the prophet's comprehensive vision of the ideal Temple centered in a perfectly squared city of Jerusalem. Language from this prophecy is applied by the New Testament in Revelation to paint a portrait of the glorious city of “New Jerusalem,” which will encompass the entire New Creation – (Ezekiel 40:1-48:35). - [Photo by Mike Swigunski on Unsplash].

In his vision of “New Jerusalem,” John was “carried away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and shown the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” There, the angel gave John “a golden reed to measure the city, its gates and wall” - (Revelation 21:10-15).

Likewise, Yahweh brought the prophet Ezekiel to “very high mountain” from which he could observe the Temple in Jerusalem. An angelic being had “a measuring reed six cubits long” with which to measure the Temple - (Ezekiel 40:1-3).

John observed that the city had “great and high wall with twelve gates, and names written on them, the twelve tribes of Israel. On the east were three gates. And on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates” - (Revelation 21:12).

Likewise, in Ezekiel’s vision, “the gates of the city will be after the names of the tribes of Israel; three gates northward…at the east side three gates…at the south side three gates…at the west side three gates” - (Ezekiel 48:31-34).

In “New Jerusalem,” John saw no sanctuary:
  • For the Lord God and the Lamb are its `sanctuary…And a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the midst of the street thereof. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” - (Revelation 21:2222:1-2).
Likewise, in Ezekiel’s vision, the prophet saw:
  • Waters that issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward…the waters came down from under, from the right side of the house, on the south of the altar…upon the bank of the river were many trees on the one side and on the other. These waters issue forth toward the eastern region, and shall go down into the Arabah; and they shall go toward the sea; into the sea shall the waters go which were made to issue forth; and the waters shall be healed…by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow every tree for food, whose leaf shall not whither, neither shall the fruit thereof fail: it shall bring forth new fruit every month, because the waters thereof issue out of the sanctuary; and the fruit thereof shall be for food, and the leaf thereof for healing” - (Ezekiel 48:31-34).
In short, Revelation places the perfect Temple and city envisioned by Ezekiel in the New Creation. Together, God and the “Lamb” become the “sanctuary” in the city of “New Jerusalem.” But, unlike Ezekiel’s Temple, there will be no animal sacrifices in that glorious and final “sanctuary,” for Jesus, the slain “Lamb,” will be there.




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