-Ezekiel is now lead to the gate of the city facing towards the east where he sees the Glory of Israel coming from the way of the east. “His Voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory (Ezekiel 43:1-2).” The Being was like the appearance of the vision which he had previously seen in his encounters with the Living God, like the vision of the destruction of the city of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8-9) and the visions which he saw by the river Chebar (Ezekiel 1, 3). Ezekiel fell on his face when this occurred (Ezekiel 43:3). Now the glory of the LORD came into this city of God by the way of the gate which was facing east. The Spirit lifted the prophet up and brought him into the inner court, “and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house (Ezekiel 43:4-5).” Then Ezekiel heard One speaking to him from the house, while a man was standing beside him (assumed to be the angel of the measurements). The Voice told him that this was the place of His throne and the place of the soles of His feet, where He will dwell among the sons of Israel forever. At that time they will never again defile His holy Name, neither they the people nor their kings (Ezekiel 43:6-7). Their harlotry and despicable ways, which consumed them in the time of Ezekiel, would be forgiven and true union would be restored (Ezekiel 43:8-9). As for Ezekiel, he was to describe the Temple of the Kingdom to the house of Israel for the purpose of them being ashamed of their atrocities against Him to give them the opportunity for turning back to Him and His holiness. The Law of the house must be kept in holiness (Ezekiel 4310-12).
-Next, Ezekiel give the measurements of the altar of sacrifice by cubits with the steps facing east, toward the way of the King (Ezekiel 43:13-17). The statutes of the offerings unto the LORD are then elucidated in the following section (Ezekiel 43:18-27). God’s acceptance is conditional upon His requirements here as a fulfillment of the people’s love for Him over anything else. The themes of purity and peace resonate through the text in a placid taste of future reconciliation.
-*Application* Have you had the glory of the LORD enter into your personal temple, that being your being (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 6:16). Christ wants to fill you and purify you in the same way that He is coming back to His abode in the New Jerusalem. Repent and make preparations. Prepare ye the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3-5, Malachi 4:4-6 Matthew 3:1-3, Luke 1:17; 3:3-6)!
Verses to Memorize: Ezekiel 43:2, 5