Ezekiel 42:1-9 (JDV)
Ezekiel 42:1 Then he led me out by way of the north gate into the outer court. He brought me to the group of chambers opposite the house yard and opposite the building to the north.
Ezekiel 42:2 Along the length of the chambers, which was 100 cubits, there was an entrance on the north; the width was 50 cubits.
Ezekiel 42:3 Opposite the twenty cubit space belonging to the inner court and opposite the paved surface belonging to the outer court, the structure rose gallery by gallery in three tiers.
Ezekiel 42:4 In front of the chambers was a walkway toward the inside, ten cubits wide and 100 cubits long, and their entrances were on the north.
Ezekiel 42:5 The upper chambers were narrower because the galleries took away more space from them than from the lower and middle stories of the building
Ezekiel 42:6 because they were arranged in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts; therefore the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and middle stories.
Ezekiel 42:7 A wall on the outside ran in front of the chambers, parallel to them, toward the outer court; it was 50 cubits long.
Ezekiel 42:8 For the chambers on the outer court were 50 cubits long, and I noticed those facing the great hall were 100 cubits long.
Ezekiel 42:9 At the base of these chambers there was an entryway on the east side as one enters them from the outer court.
Fisch says “The fundamental principle of Ezekiel’s vision of the restored Temple with all its implications is holiness, as indicated in xliv. 23, They shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the common. The correct understanding of the term ‘holiness’ sheds light on the regulations concerning the structure of the restored Temple and its ritual, which are aimed at separating that which is holy from that which is common” (Fisch, xv).
The temple is a sign of what God wants his people to be. A perfected temple is a prophecy of a perfected people. But, unlike the temples of the past, this is not something that we will build for God. It is something he is building in us.
Fisch, Solomon, and A. Cohen. Ezekiel: Hebrew text & English translation. 1950.