No fewer than 260 verses in 9 long chapters (#40-48) conclude the book of the prophet Ezekiel, providing a detailed description of a special future sanctuary situated on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, a.k.a. Mt. Moriah and Mt. Zion. According to this vision, Jewish priests (Kohanim – כהנים) will sacrifice flawless/kosher animals upon a copper altar. Levites will participate in the public worship and the presence of YHWH will abide in the sacred place.
How to understand the meaning and purpose of this picture? Does it refer to a metaphorical, nonliteral site, with figurative actions? Or rather, does it speak about a concrete temple with real worship and a real divine presence?
Who had spoken to the prophet?
Literally, in the Hebrew text we read as follows:
“Thus said God (Adonai) YHWH.“ (Ezekiel 43:18; 47:23)
It could have been only Messiah Yeshua who spoke to the prophet, not His Father in heaven, because “the Father… you have never heard...
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