Certainly the Temple that Ezekiel saw in his vision
has not yet been built, so it must refer to a future
time. Most Bible students interpret this to be a great
millennial Temple that will be filled with God’s glory
during Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth. Ezekiel was
told to reveal these plans to the people to make them
ashamed of their sins and rebellion (chapter 43:10,11).
It is not necessary to go into detail in our comments,
but we should note that the sizes are all increased so
that the entire sacred area is almost fifty square
miles. Just how all of this is going to fit into the
land and the city of Jerusalem we are not told. Perhaps
there will be changes in the land, or perhaps these
dimensions are an expression of the greatness of the
Temple when it is built.
Since Christ has fulfilled the Old Testament
type (sacrifices, priesthood, etc.), then why should
they be reinstituted and practiced for 1,000 years?
Some believers think these practices will be, for the
Jews in the Kingdom, what the Lord’s Supper is to the
Church today–a memorial of the work of Christ.
However, it is likely that Ezekiel is using the
language that the people would understand, because they
knew the truth about the future worship in the Temple.
What will happen to this Temple? When God
creates a new heaven and earth, there will be no need
for a Temple (Revelation 21:1-5). The New Jerusalem
that John described in Revelation 21 and 22 will far
surpass anything Ezekiel ever saw. The entire Holy City
will be a Temple to the glory of God.