Ezekiel 43
Key concepts

The glory of God came from the east entered the house [temple] 1
This is My throne; House never again to be defiled 7
Show them house measurements so they will be ashamed 10
Law of the house 12
Altar measurement by enlarged cubit 13
Regulation for burnt offerings 18
Offerings second day 22
Goats for sin offerings seven days; the acceptance 25
Discussed in connection with Revelation 22. (verses 4-7 quoted), link. See the purpose of the temple.
Text Comments
.1 ¶ Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
.2  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.
.3  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.
 4  And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east [which faces east].
.5  So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
  6  And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
  1 - Gate ... toward the east The direction from which Christ comes mt2427, and from which the Sun of Righteousness rises mal0402. Ezekiel had seen the glory leave through the east gate of the former temple. ez1018, ez1101,23.
  2 - Many waters See re1402a-mo.
  2 - Earth shined with his glory This indicates the time of the loud cry of Revelation 18 re1801.
  3 - According to ... vision Of chapter 9, result of the judgment of those professing to be special people of God ez09. This helps us see that the present vision and the time it represents are after those of chapter 9.
  3 - I came to destroy See ez0901.
  4 - Glory ... came into the house Compare ez0903.
.7 ¶ And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.
 8  In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
 9  Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
  7 - The place ... where I dwell ... no more defile They did defile the Jerusalem temple mr1115. And Christ left it desolate mt2337.
  8 - Their threshold by my thresholds Or "my threshold." Entry into the temple represents salvation. The religious leaders had made their own rules. The doorposts, too were replaced. Compare ex1222. False worship will sweep the world at the end of time re1303.
.10  Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
 11  And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
  10 - Shew ... that they may ... Reason for the detailed description of the temple. Rebuilding the temple in modern Jerusalem is not in the picture. More later.
.12  This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.   The whole area of the temple was to be holy. It was not thus respected in the time of Jesus lu1945. For us, we need more reverence in dealing the way of salvation represented by the tabernacle and temple.
.13 ¶ And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.
 14  And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.
 15  So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.
 16  And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.
 17  And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.
Links often are for more than one verse in a passage.

  Cubit See 2ch0303.


.18  And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.
 19  And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
 20  And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.
.21  Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.
  18 - Ordinances ... in the day when So this was a dedication service, not the routine ritual. Earlier sanctuaries had such dedication services ex2901, le0811, 1ki0862, 2ch0704.
  19 - Seed of Zadok Who had been faithful to David 2sa0817.
.22  And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.
 23  When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.
 24  And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD.
.25  Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.
 26  Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.
 27  And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.
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