EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE

by Rico El Rosales

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Ezekiel's TEMPLE differs in several very important ways from any previously built Temples. 

Besides to being a very, very large and complex structure:

 

 

Features Unique to Ezekiel's TEMPLE

 

No wall of partition to exclude Gentiles ( compare Ephesians 2:14

The Gentiles were previously welcome in the Outer Courts, 

but excluded from the inner courts on pain of death.

 

No Court of Women (compare Galatians 3:28)(Outer Court and Inner Court only)

No Laver (see Ezekiel 36:24-27, John 15:3)

No Table of Shewbread (see Micah 5:4, John 6:35)

No Lampstand or Menorah (see Isaiah 49:6, John 8:12)

No Golden Altar of Incense (Zechariah 8:20-23, John 14:6)

No Veil (Isaiah 25:6-8, Matthew 27:51)

No ARK of the COVENANT (Jeremiah 3:16, John 10:30-33)

Major Changes to the Altar: 

 

The sacrificial Altar will be approached by a ramp from the East. Previous altars were all approached from the South. 

 

Now there will be stairs to the altar, not a ramp as previously. 

 

The top of the altar is now described by the Hebrew word "ariel" [Isaiah 29:1] meaning "hearth of GOD" or "lion of GOD." [Rev. 5:5].

 

 

The Waters of the TEMPLE

 

Another feature of the TEMPLE is the presence of a great stream of fresh water which issues from beneath the Southern wall of the TEMPLE. Ezekiel describes this river, which divides into Two BRANCHES and flows Westward into the Mediterranean Sea and also Eastward into the Northern end of the Dead Sea, freshening all the land South of Jericho,

 

Then he brought me back to the door of the TEMPLE; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the TEMPLE toward the east (for the TEMPLE faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the TEMPLE, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side. Going on eastward with a line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water; and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water; and it was up to the loins. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.

And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he led me back along the bank of the river. As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing." (47:1-12)

This same stream of water seems to be identical to that described in Zechariah 14:8 and Joel 3:18. If so then the site of the TEMPLE would seem to be on or near the present TEMPLE MOUNT in YERU'SHALOM. If this is so, then the city of YERU'SHALOM will evidently be rebuilt to the South since the TEMPLE HOLY DISTRICT is specified in Ezekiel 48 as North of the rebuilt city of YERU'SHALOM. 

I believe that the site of Ezekiel's TEMPLE will be on the present TEMPLE MOUNT is found in Ezekiel's description of the return of GOD YHSHWH/JESUS to dwell forever with HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL. GOD YHSHWH/JESUS SAYS that HIS PEOPLE will no longer defile the TEMPLE site with the dead bodies of their kings. Since there are so many cemeteries on and around the TEMPLE MOUNT this would require a RESURRECTION (the special ritual cleansing of the entire area described by Ezekiel):

 

Afterward he (the angel of the Lord brought me (Ezekiel) to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the east; and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with his glory. And the vision I saw was like the vision which I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision which I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple. While the man was standing beside me, I heard one speaking to me out of the temple; and he said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the people of Israel for ever.

And the house of Israel shall no more defile my holy name, neither they, nor their kings, by their harlotry, and by the dead bodies of their kings, by setting their threshold by my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them. They have defiled my holy name by their abominations which they have committed, so I have consumed them in my anger. Now let them put away their idolatry and the dead bodies of their kings far from me, and I will dwell in their midst for ever. "And you, son of man, describe to the house of Israel the temple and its appearance and plan, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities. And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, portray the temple, its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, and its whole form; and make known to them all its ordinances and all its laws; and write it down in their sight, so that they may observe and perform all its laws and all its ordinances. This is the law of the temple: the whole territory round about upon the top of the mountain shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple. (Ezekiel 43:1-12)

 

 

VERSES of REASSURANCE

 

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, 

and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, 

having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, 

and as the voice of a great thunder: 

and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, 

and before the four beasts, and the elders: 

and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, 

which were redeemed from the earth.

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. 

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. 

These were redeemed from among men, 

being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

And in their mouth was found no guile: 

for they are without fault before the throne of God.

REV 14:1-5

 

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, 

seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

And I saw as it were a sea of glass (water) mingled with fire: 

and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, 

and over his mark, and over the number of his name, 

stand on the sea of glass (water), having the harps of God.

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, 

and the song of the Lamb, saying, 

Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; 

just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? 

for thou only art holy: 

for all nations shall come and worship before thee; 

for thy judgments are made manifest.

And after that I looked, and, behold, 

the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven 

was opened

REV 15:1-5

 

And he saith unto me, 

The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, 

are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

REV 17:15 

 

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, 

and as the voice of many waters, 

and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, 

Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: 

for the marriage of the Lamb is come, 

and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed 

in fine linen, clean and white: 

for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

And he saith unto me, 

Write, 

Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. 

And he saith unto me, 

These are the true sayings of God.

REV 19:6-9

 

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, 

proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: 

and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb 

shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

REV 22:1-4

REV 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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The STAND of the BODY of MESSIAH Ministries:

 

We BELIEVE that:

 

The stone Temples were in the IMAGE of HIS REAL and FINAL TEMPLE. (click)

 

That HIS Two OLIVE BRANCHES/TREES (Zech. 4, Rom. 11, Rev. 11

are 

the OLIVE TREE of BELIEVERS/BRANCHES in the "nations/wild"

and 

the OLIVE TREE of BELIEVERS/BRANCHES in the "land/natural".

These Two OLIVE TREE are HIS Two WITNESSES

and will BECOME HIS ONE TEMPLE;

the PROPHESIED 

Ezekiel's TEMPLE

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Some information was taken from: 

 

John W. Schmitt, Messianic Temple Ministries, 1633 SE 38th Portland, OR 97233. (John Schmitt is a speaker at conferences and a reseacher/writer on Ezekiel's TEMPLE. He is from Portland and has built several models of Ezekiel TEMPLE and for some years was presenting his model at churches in his area. 

Photo: http://www.sonstoglory.com/TempleMillennialEzekielsthird.htm

I  have known of his research for many years and was excited when I found out that he had written a book. He was the only one I knew who had any information on Ezekiel's yet-to-be-built TEMPLE when I started my research 8 years ago. John's book is one you will want in your library: Messiah's Coming Temple: Ezekiel's Prophetic Vision of the Future Temple by John W. Schmitt and J. Carl Laney Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI 1997. 188 pages, paperback, about $11.00.

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