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The Vision of Ezekiel

2 In the visions of God brought He me into the land of Israel, and set me down upon a very high mountain, whereon was as it were the frame of a city on the south (from the Negev).

4 And the man said unto me: 'Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thy heart upon all that I shall show thee, for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought thither; declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.'

Ezekiel 40

9 Now let them put away their harlotry, and the carcasses of their kings, far from Me, and I will dwell in the midst of them forever.

10 Thou, son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure accurately.

Ezekiel 43

6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel: Thus saith YHWH GOD: O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,

12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and became a stumbling block of iniquity unto the house of Israel; therefore, have I lifted up My hand against them, saith YHWH GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.

15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer unto Me the fat and the blood, saith the YHWH GOD;

22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away; but they shall take virgins of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that is the widow of a priest.

Ezekiel 44

6 And ye shall appoint the possession of the city five thousand broad, and five and twenty thousand long, side by side with the offering of the holy portion; it shall be for the whole house of Israel.

8 of the land; it shall be to him for a possession in Israel, and My princes shall no more wrong My people; but they shall give the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes.

17 And it shall be the prince's part to give the burnt-offerings, and the meal-offerings, and the drink-offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel; he shall prepare the sin-offering, and the meal-offering, and the burnt-offering, and the peace-offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 45

13 Thus saith YHWH GOD: 'This shall be the border, whereby ye shall divide the land for inheritance according to the twelve tribes of Israel, Joseph receiving two portions.

Ezekiel 47

29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith YHWH GOD.

31 and the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel;

35 It shall be eighteen thousand reeds round about. And the name of the city from that day shall be, YHWH is there.'

Ezekiel 48

The last section of the book records the vision of the "structure like a city" seen by Ezekiel in Ezekiel 40:2.[20] These verses apparently are added from a different source, focusing the city gates on each of the four sides, and each gate is named after a certain tribe (cf. Revelation 21:12f) to complete 'a picture of perfect order and harmony'.[19] This new city is different from the Jerusalem in history, because the gates of the post-exilic Jerusalem in Nehemiah time were carefully noted, yet none was named after the tribes (cf. Nehemiah 3), although in the pre-exilic period there were a Benjamin gate and an Ephraim gate (Jeremiah 37:13; 2 Kings 14:13), but both were on the north side, not the east side, of the city.[20] Also, in the new city, Levi stands as one of the twelve tribes with its own gate, whereas Ephraim and Manasseh are represented by a single "Joseph" gate.[20] The order of gate naming seems to have its own logic, with the children of Leah on the north (Judah, Levi and Ruben) and south sides (Simeon, Issachar and Zebulun), the children of Rachel on the east side (Joseph and Benjamin, together with Dan, the eldest son of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid) and the remaining children of the concubines (Gad, Asher and Naphtali) grouped together on the west.[20] The arrangement recalls the order of tribal camps surrounding the tabernacle, three on each of the four sides (Numbers 2), that brings the clear idea of "diverse but united people organized around a sacred point of reference," that is "the divine presence in its midst".[21]

The prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 40-48) describes in great detail a temple in Israel that is much too large to fit on the present Temple Mount site. The Temple of Ezekiel proper measures about 875 feet square, and it sits in the middle of a large consecrated area (See inset in diagram below). Ezekiel's temple is also very different in many details from any previous temples that have existed in Israel (or elsewhere). Therefore most Bible scholars believe there will one day exist in the Holy Land a Fourth or "Millennial" Temple.

Ezekiel’s vision clearly indicates that the newly reunited Kingdom (chapter 37) will be referred to as “the House of Israel”, with the kingdom of Judah now restored to its place as a part of the Whole House of Israel.This seems to further imply that the use of “Israelites” or “Children of Israel” will replace the use of “Jews” or “Jewish people” when referring to the reunited nation going forward.

In addition, he predicts that there will be a new city with a new name, reflecting that YHWH is now in the midst of His people.

26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning; afterward thou shalt be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.

Isaiah 1

14 And the sons of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee, and all they that despised thee shall bow down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee the city of YHWH, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 60

1 For Zion's sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her triumph go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a torch that burneth.

2 And the nations shall see thy triumph, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of YHWH shall mark out.

Isaiah 62

17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of YHWH; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of YHWH, to Jerusalem; neither shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.'

Jeremiah 3

14 Behold, the days come, saith YHWH, that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.

15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause a shoot of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely, and this is the name whereby she shall be called, YHWH is our righteousness.

Jeremiah 33

3 Thus saith YHWH: I return unto Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called the city of truth; and the mountain of YHWH of hosts the holy mountain.

Zechariah 8

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