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Ezekiel chapters 40–48, 38 and 39. Here's what I discuss in this article...
- A brief analysis of Ezekiel chapters 40–48
- Purpose of the Vision
- Ezekiel 38 and 39
In my view, the correct teaching of Ezekiel chapters 40–48 requires a strictly literal interpretation. Why would 9 chapters having the most minute detail of architectural design and land settlement be merely an extended allegory? It just doesn't make sense. Thus, these descriptions are literal descriptions of conditions in Israel in the new heavens and new earth.
Outline of Ezekiel 40–48
- Detailed description of temple and ceremonies including animal sacrifices: 40-44
- References to animal sacrifices: 40:38–43; 42:13; 43:13–27; 44:10–16, 28–31; 45:15–25; 46
- The priests and their activities: 40:45–48:13
- That the glory of the Lord would inhabit this temple: 43:1–7; 44:4
- Reference to the Prince who will have descendants: 44:3; 45:7–22; 46:2–18; 48:21–22
- Allocation of the land: 45; 47:13–23; 48
- The water coming from under the threshold of the temple: 47:1–12
- The trees with monthly fruit for healing: 47:7–12
- The purpose for the temple: 43:10–11
- The gates of the city (reminiscent of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:13): 48:30–35
- Various promises: 43:7; 45:8; 48:35
Purpose of the Vision
Ezekiel received this vision from the Lord for the exiles who would return to the land. It was to be their marching orders since it concerned...
- How to construct the temple
- How to set up their government
- The regulations for choosing priests
- How they should divide up the land
If they had followed this prophecy from the Lord he would have honored his role by inhabiting the temple and blessing them. Instead, these promises have been applied "spiritually", meaning, they will be fulfilled in the new heavens and new earth. Chapters 47 and 48 have similar images as the book of Revelation chapters 21 and 22.
Ezekiel 38 and 39
Usually Premillennialists interpret the prophecies in these chapters as still-future, but have different views on nearly every aspect including the actors, timing, and precipitating events.
Some possibilities of when these chapters were fulfilled...
- During the time of Jeremiah and Ezekiel when the Scythians invaded Syria and Palestime.
- The war of the Maccabees and Seleucids ending 164 B.C.
- The Jewish war against the Romans 66–70 A.D.
- Various allegorical views which I reject.