What temple is this? (Ezekiel 40:5–42:20)


Ezekiel 40:5

ESV - 5 And behold, there was a wall all around the outside of the temple area, and the length of the measuring reed in the man's hand was six long cubits, each being a cubit and a handbreadth in length. So he measured the thickness of the wall, one reed; and the height, one reed.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
My understanding is that the temple spoken of in the passage cited in the question (which is far larger, according to the dimensions given, than any actual temple built in either the Old or New Testaments) has evoked varying interpretations of its significance.

Some, who expect a literal fulfillment of the building of this structure, view it as occurring during Christ's millennial kingdom, as foretold in Revelation. However, instead of having sacrifices offered (as in the Old Testament) in anticipation of Christ's ultimate sacrifice of Himself for the forgiveness of sins, the sacrifices offered in the new temple will be memorials of Christ's action, or as rituals meant for the ceremonial cleansing of the temple. 

Those who view Ezekiel's vision in a figurative sense regard the temple that Ezekiel described as an indication of God dwelling permanently, and more prevalently than ever before, with His people in a perfect future relationship, described in a manner which those to whom Ezekiel was prophesying could understand and relate to.

There was also an intent to emphasize to those reading Ezekiel's words that God was always involved in the lives of His people, no matter how bleak their present circumstances at any given time might be.

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