The Temple Itself
Verse 1 – Then he brought me into the sanctuary and measured the doorsteps, six cubits wide on one side and six cubits wide on the other side – the width of the tabernacle.
Verse 2 – The width of the entryway was ten cubits, and the side walls of the entrance were five cubits on this side and five cubits on the other side; and he measured its length, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits. (The measurements internal, are the same as the temple of Solomon.)
Verse 3 – Then he went inside and measured the doorposts, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits high; and the width of the entrance, seven cubits.
Verse 4 – He measured the length, twenty cubits; and the width, twenty cubits, beyond the sanctuary; and he said to me, ‘This is the Most Holy Place.”
The Most Holy Place was the innermost room in the temple (Exodus 26:33, 34). This was where the ark of the covenant was kept, where God’s glory dwells. This room was entered only once a year by the high priest, who performed a ceremony to atone for the nations sin.
Verse 5 – Next, he measured the wall of the temple, six cubits. The width of each chamber all around the temple was four cubits on every side.
Verse 6 – The side chambers were three stories, one above the other, thirty chambers in each story; they rested on ledges which were for the side chambers all around, that they might be supported, but not fastened to the wall of the temple.
Verse 7 – As one went up from story to story, the side chambers became wider all around, because their supporting ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps; therefore the width of the structure increased as one went up from the lowest story to the highest by way of the middle one.
Verse 8 – I also saw an elevation all around the temple; it was the foundation of the side chambers, a full rod, that is, six cubits high.
Verse 9 – The thickness of the outer wall of the side chambers was five cubits, and so also the remaining terrace by the place of the side chambers of the temple.
Verse 10 – And between it and the wall chambers was a width of twenty cubits all around the temple on every side.
Verse 11 – The doors of the side chambers opened on the terrace, one door toward the north and another toward the south; and the width of the terrace was five cubits all around.
Verse 12 – The building that fronted the separating courtyard at its western end was seventy cubits wide; the wall of the building was five cubits thick all around, and its length ninety cubits.
Verse 13 – So he measured the temple, one hundred cubits long; and the separating courtyard with the building and its walls was one hundred cubits long;
Verse 14 – Also the width of the eastern face of the temple, including the separating courtyard, was one hundred cubits.
Verse 15 – He measured the length of the building behind it, facing the separating courtyard, with its galleries on the one side and on the other side, one hundred cubits, as well as the inner temple and the porches of the court,
Verse 16 – their doorsteps and the beveled window frames. And the galleries all around their three stories opposite the threshold were paneled with wood from the ground to the windows – the windows were covered –
Verse 17 – from the space above the door, even to the inner room, as well as outside, and on every wall all around, inside and outside, by measure.
Verse 18 – And it was made with cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between the cherub and cherub. Each cherub had two faces,
Verse 19 – so that the face of a man was toward a palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion toward a palm tree on the other side; thus it was made throughout the temple all around.
Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall of the outer sanctuary and into the structure of Solomon’s temple. Unlike the cherubim in the earlier vision, the cherubim in the temple had only two faces – human and lion. In Genesis, the cherubim served as guards of the garden (Genesis 3:24). In this vision they may serve as guards over God’s dwelling place.
Verse 20 – From the floor to the space above the door, and on the wall of the sanctuary, cherubim and palm trees were carved.
Verse 21 – The doorposts of the temple were square, and so also the front of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one was like the appearance of the other.
Verse 22 – The altar was of wood, three cubits high, and its length two cubits. Is corners, its length, and its sides were of wood; and he said to me, “This is the table that is before the Lord.”
This table was outside the Most Holy Place, and held the incense and bread of His Presence.
Verse 23 – The temple and the sanctuary had two doors.
Verse 24 – The doors had two panels apiece, two folding panels; two panels for one door and two panels for the other door.
Verse 25 – Cherubim and palm trees were carved on the doors of the temple just as they were carved on the walls. A wooden canopy was on front of the vestibule outside.
Verse 26 – There were beveled window frames and palm trees on one side and on the other, on the sides of the vestibules – also on the side chambers of the temple and on the canopies.
We can only imagine how magnificent God’s temple was. Just as every detail was given to Solomon, so Ezekiel was told to write it all down so that when the Israelites were released from captivity, they could build another temple for God’s presence.
Our imaginations and visions are a gift from God. If you can see it in your spirit, you can build it. We build our lives according to what is on the inside of us. God gives us the specifics as we mover forward in His presence.