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The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 40

The House

     We have finally come to the Millennium chapters so let’s review what the current circumstances are.

     The Lord has returned on the day known as the Lord’s Day or the Day of our Lord. We have all been changed into spiritual bodies and all flesh has been done away with but we’re still going to read of our Father speaking about sacrifices being offered during the Millennium.

     There is a lot of disagreement on this subject, leading many scholars to believe that we will be in flesh and blood bodies during this time but that’s impossible because of what St. Paul wrote…

     ✡ 1st Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. KJV

     Flesh and blood cannot ENTER the kingdom of God and with our Lord standing in front of us, on this Lord’s Day, we have now entered His kingdom.

     ✡ 1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

     Paul is saying that there will be a lot of people still living when He does come back. We will still be in our flesh and blood bodies on that day. BUT, we shall all be changed.

     Changed into what? Our spiritual bodies, of course. Why is that so hard for some to understand?

     ✡ 1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. KJV

     That last trump is the seventh trump and when the angel sounds that trumpet, we enter into another dimension or dispensation, a time where only the spiritual will exist. Souls in spiritual bodies, I should say. We have essentially entered into the kingdom of our Lord and an earthly body cannot exist in the same space or dimension in which our Lord exists.

     Why? Because the flesh is sin and sin is abhorrent to our Lord.

     Certainly, we could, and DID, co-exist with Him while HE was in a flesh and blood body but that is no longer the case.

     Some churches teach that we will be in our earthly body and we will have children during that thousand-year period and that’s impossible. Spiritual bodies do not reproduce. Angels do not reproduce. Father stated that while we are in these earthly bodies that we must be married, joined together, before we begin to reproduce and let’s read what the Apostle Matthew had to say…

     ✡ Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection neither marry, nor are they given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. KJV

     Our Father’s plan was to place every soul that He had created in a flesh and blood body that WAS capable of reproducing other earthly bodies in order that He could instill another soul within it. That part of Fathers’ Plan is now complete and there will be no one born during the Millennium.

     So, what are we to make of it all? The Holy Spirit had Ezekiel write about animal sacrifices during the Millennium and since only our Father can destroy a spiritual body what will there be to sacrifice? There are no flesh and blood animals left to sacrifice.

     It’s my opinion that the sacrifices of the Millennium are representative of a time long ago. The Old Testament. NOTHING that has ever happened will be forgotten by our Father or left to fade from memory. With the exception of our sins after repentance.

     The sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was a sacrifice to cover all others and He was the ultimate, and to reinstate animal sacrifices AFTER His crucifixion, whether literal or figurative, would be the highest blasphemy.

     All blood sacrifices and ordinances were done away with when Christ died on that cross..

     ✡ Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. KJV

     And…

     ✡ Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; KJV

     These sacrifices in Ezekiel have to be a remembrance of our devotion and love to our Father by doing what He had commanded us to do.

     “Well, why did God make us do animal sacrifices in the first place?”

     For us to show love and obedience to Him. Father NEVER liked these sacrifices or even the smell of incense..

     ✡ Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

     There was a time when Israel paid more attention to their man-made feast days than they did to our Father’s feast days.

     ✡ Amos 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. KJV

     NOR did those sacrifices forgive sin of any kind..

     ✡ Hebrews 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. KJV

     Alright, enough said for now. These are some exciting chapters and why would someone NOT want to study them because it’s the next step, the next part of our Father’s Plan, AFTER the Lord returns.

     Verse 1…

     Ezekiel 40:1 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 five and twentieth year of our captivity. This would be the 25th year from Jeconiah’s captivity, from which all of Ezekiel’s’ prophesies are started. You’ll notice that Ezekiel used the word our, indicating that he also was taken captive. And this would be the 20th year since his first prophecy.

     In the beginning of the year. The year would be 574 B.C.

     In the tenth day of the month. The month would be Nisan.

     The day would be a Tuesday, the 30th day of the month.

     Ezekiel 40:2 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.

     Father will take Ezekiel in the spirit, not physically. His body would still remain where he had been standing but his soul and spirit would be taken to a high mountain so that he could see the Millennial Temple and the city of Jerusalem. Many think that this mountain would be Mount Moriah.

     The frame of a city on the south. What is this frame?

     Frame_ OT:4011 mibneh (mib-neh'); from OT:1129; a building: KJV - frame.

     Root Word_ OT:1129 banah (baw-naw'); a primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively):

     With that in mind, we could read this as: …by which was as the building of a city on the south.

     Ezekiel was taken in the spirit much like John was in the book of Revelation. Both men were shown something from the future. He was looking at the city as it was south of his position which puts him north of the city and the north gate of the Temple was always the place for our Father.

     Ezekiel 40:3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

     Assuming that Ezekiel was on the north side of the Temple, this man would be standing in the north gate, leading into the Temple. Who is this man? It would be the angel of the Lord or the presence of our Father.

     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.

     Father wants Ezekiel to watch closely, and listen intently, to everything that he’s going to be shown. He is to write it all down and let it be known to the people that make up the house of Israel.

     Who is the house of Israel? The ten scattered Tribes that ended up settling in various parts of the world…Europe, the British Isles, Canada, and America.

     Ezekiel 40:5 And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.

     There are various lengths for a cubit but this one is specific: it is a cubit PLUS a handbreadth. Under these standards, the cubit is the length measured from the fingertips to the elbow of a man plus the width of his hand added to it.

     The measurements varied by culture: Hebrew (short) = 17.5”; Common (short) = 18” and Egyptian (long) = 20.6”. A handbreadth would be from 2.5” to 4”. So, if we use the common cubit, which is 18” in length and add a handbreadth, 3”, we would have this reed to be 21” in length.

     The reed in the hand of the angel of God then would be 126” or 10 ½ feet. Are we relatively sure of these lengths? Maybe, maybe not. The breadth and height of the building was 10 ½’ x 10 ½’. Doesn’t seem to be a very big building, does it?

     Is the building being measured here or is it the wall? I mean, it does say so he measured the breadth of the building. But then why would the “man” measure the height of a building and only one wall? That doesn’t make sense, does it?

     Building_ OT:1146 binyan (bin-yawn'); from OT:1129; an edifice:

     Root Word_ OT:1129 banah (baw-naw'); a primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively):

     What is the dictionary definition of an edifice?

     “A building, normally a large imposing one.”

     So, it must have been the wall that was being measured and that makes much more sense, making the wall 10 ½’ thick and 10 ½’ high. This is the wall that will separate the Temple and those within it from those participating in the discipline and judgment of the Millennium. These participants WILL NOT be allowed to get near to our Lord. Only His Election will be able to do that.

     According to chapter 42:20, this wall is 500 reeds long and 500 reeds broad, making it a perfect square and according to my calculations, this wall would be 5,250’ square.

     (1 cubit = 18". A handbreadth = 3". This Ezekiel cubit = 21". Six cubits = 1 reed. 1 reed = 10.5') (6 x 21" divided by 12 = 10.5')

     Ezekiel 42:20 He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place. KJV

     The sanctuary would be the Temple and associated buildings and the profane place would be the rest of the world where those that did not overcome would live.

     But here is the very interesting part about this verse: a cubit is equal to 6 handbreadths and that’s the measurement that Solomon’s Temple was built on. Here we have 6 handbreadths PLUS one more which makes the Millennial Temple 1/7th  (one-seventh) larger than Solomon’ Temple and the number 7, in Biblical Numerics, stands for spiritual completeness.

     Ezekiel 40:6 Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad.

     If you haven’t watched the video at the top of this page then you should do so before going any further because it will put a picture in your mind of what, exactly, is being measured or dimensioned.

     This would be the east gate of the outer wall. There are seven steps on this stair, as is written in the 26th verse of this chapter. There seems to be two thresholds here, the upper and the lower.

    Ezekiel 40:26 And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the arches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof.KJV

     Verse 7.

     Ezekiel 40:7 And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within was one reed.

     These little chambers were used by the Levitical priests as they watched the Temple gates and were also used to store musical instruments, utensils and such. The little chambers were 10 ½’ x 10 ½’ square and the space between the chambers was just over 4’.

     Ezekiel 40:8 He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed.

     This must be the length and breadth of the porch, although only one measurement is given. 10 ½’.

 

     Ezekiel 40:9 Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits; and the posts thereof, two cubits; and the porch of the gate was inward.

     This would be the breadth of the porch from north to south..8 cubits = 14’. The posts..2 cubits = 3 ½’.

     Ezekiel 40:10 And the little chambers of the gate eastward were three on this side, and three on that side; they three were of one measure: and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side.

     This would apply to other gates as well. There would be three chambers to the right, north, of the gate and three chambers to the left, south, of the gate.

     Ezekiel 40:11 And he measured the breadth of the entry of the gate, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits.

     The breadth of the entry was 17 ½’ and the length was 22 ¾’.

     Ezekiel 40:12 The space also before the little chambers was one cubit on this side, and the space was one cubit on that side: and the little chambers were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.

     The space between the chambers was 21” on either side and the chambers themselves were 10 ½’ square. There were probably seats to sit on as well.

     Ezekiel 40:13 He measured then the gate from the roof of one little chamber to the roof of another: the breadth was five and twenty cubits, door against door.

     This is the whole porch, from the roof of one chamber, north, to the roof of the other chamber, south, was 43 ¾’.

     Ezekiel 40:14 He made also posts of threescore cubits, even unto the post of the court round about the gate.

     It is reckoned that this measurement is the height of the posts, which threescore (60) cubits to be 105’. It is supposed that they supported the arch above the gate.

     Ezekiel 40:15 And from the face of the gate of the entrance unto the face of the porch of the inner gate were fifty cubits.

     This would be from the face of the porch on the east to the east gate of the inner gate is 87 ½’.

     Ezekiel 40:16 And there were narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within the gate round about, and likewise to the arches: and windows were round about inward: and upon each post were palm trees.

     Plenty of windows to give light to all that walked through and each post having the carving of a palm tree.

     I don’t see any need for me to continue with any explanation. The videos on Bibliaprints.com do an excellent job. My main goal was to give some sense of how big the measurements were by defining the length of a cubit and a handbreadth. Enjoy reading the dimensions.

     Ezekiel 40:17 Then brought he me into the outward court, and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement.

     Ezekiel 40:18 And the pavement by the side of the gates over against the length of the gates was the lower pavement.

     Ezekiel 40:19 Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward.

     Ezekiel 40:20 And the gate of the outward court that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof.

     Ezekiel 40:21 And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.

     Ezekiel 40:22 And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps; and the arches thereof were before them.

     Ezekiel 40:23 And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate toward the north, and toward the east; and he measured from gate to gate an hundred cubits.

     Ezekiel 40:24 After that he brought me toward the south, and behold a gate toward the south: and he measured the posts thereof and the arches thereof according to these measures.

     Ezekiel 40:25 And there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, like those windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.

     Ezekiel 40:26 And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the arches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof.

     Ezekiel 40:27 And there was a gate in the inner court toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south an hundred cubits.

     Ezekiel 40:28 And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured the south gate according to these measures;

     Ezekiel 40:29 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, according to these measures: and there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.

     Ezekiel 40:30 And the arches round about were five and twenty cubits long, and five cubits broad.

     Ezekiel 40:31 And the arches thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof: and the going up to it had eight steps.

     Ezekiel 40:32 And he brought me into the inner court toward the east: and he measured the gate according to these measures.

     Ezekiel 40:33 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, were according to these measures: and there were windows therein and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.

     Ezekiel 40:34 And the arches thereof were toward the outward court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.

     Ezekiel 40:35 And he brought me to the north gate, and measured it according to these measures;

     Ezekiel 40:36 The little chambers thereof, the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, and the windows to it round about: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.

     Ezekiel 40:37 And the posts thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.

     Ezekiel 40:38 And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.

     Ezekiel 40:39 And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.

     Ezekiel 40:40 And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, were two tables; and on the other side, which was at the porch of the gate, were two tables.

     Ezekiel 40:41 Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side, by the side of the gate; eight tables, whereupon they slew their sacrifices.

     Ezekiel 40:42 And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and an half long, and a cubit and an half broad, and one cubit high: whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice.

     Ezekiel 40:43 And within were hooks, an hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.

     Ezekiel 40:44 And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north.

     Ezekiel 40:45 And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house.

     Ezekiel 40:46 And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the Lord to minister unto him.

     Ezekiel 40:47 So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house.

     Ezekiel 40:48 And he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side.

     Ezekiel 40:49 The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side. KJV

     I hope that you have read all the way to the end and I hope that you watched the video, and if you did, you should have a pretty good idea of what Ezekiel was describing.

 

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