Ezekiel 40

Vs. 2, “In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city.”  Question: When will this vision be fulfilled?  At the time of this vision, Jerusalem and the temple Solomon had built had sadly already been destroyed.  While another temple was built about 57 years after this vision of Ezekiel, the temple that we see here is the temple that has yet to be built!  This time is referring to the temple that will be built in the Millennium (the 1000 year when Jesus will reign on earth!)  While the measurements don’t mean too much to us, they would have brought much joy to those who would hear a new glorious temple would be built!  These measurements are increased too.  Question: What about the sacrifices?  Some interpret this as more of a symbolic meaning, others look at it like the church practice of communion…but it won’t have the same purpose at the Old Testament practices.

Regarding application…Tell the World.  Vs. 4, “The man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.”  Just as Ezekiel was to tell others what he saw and heard, we too are to tell the world!  Question: What are you waiting for?  Put yourself in Ezekiel’s place!  Imagine…You were a part of a church that had an incredible church sanctuary!  It was the pride and joy of your church.  Suddenly, we are invaded by another country who destroys all the churches and takes Christians as captives.  Wouldn’t it be exciting if God gave you a vision of a new promise and a more beautiful church?!?!  I’m sure Ezekiel would have been very excited to share this vision.  Likewise, we have God’s visions and prophecies of our future written in the Bible (God’s living Word).  Let’s be excited to tell the world of the hope we have…especially with the Christmas season soon approaching!