Calculations

Feel free to check my calculations, but to the best of my knowledge it all works out. Once again, most of these dimensions are found in the book of Ezekiel (Revised Standard Version), as he was guided by an angel with a measuring rod. Now it's your turn to measure.

We'll start by working horizontally, then I'll show you the vertical calculations for the above image.

Remember that the dimensions need to add up to 512 cubits, since the Temple Complex was 500 cubits with a 6 cubit wall on either side.

LEFT TO RIGHT

Starting from the Left (South), imagine a horizontal line passing through the thigh of Christ and the Bronze Altar. The measurements along that line are given below:

Structure Horizontal Length in Cubits Scripture Reference
South Wall Thickness 6 Ezek. 40:5
Lower Pavement (South)
(same as Gate)
50 Ezek. 40: 17-21
Outer Court (South) 100 Ezek. 40: 17-27
South Eating Chambers 50 Ezek. 42:1-14
Altar Yard 100 Ezek. 40:47
North Eating Chambers 50 Ezek. 42:1-14
Outer Court (North) 100 Ezek. 40: 17-27
Lower Pavement (North)
(same as Gate)
50 Ezek. 40: 17-21
North Wall Thickness 6 Ezek. 40:5
  __________  
TOTAL 512 Cubits  

TOP TO BOTTOM (DOWN THE CENTER)

Starting from the Top-Center (West), imagine a verticle line passing through the center, all the way from the Temple's top to bottom. The measurements along that line are given below:

Structure Vertical Length in Cubits Scripture Reference
West Outer Wall Thickness 6 Ezek. 40:5
Yard for the "Building to the West" 100 Ezek. 41: 12-15
West Inner Wall Thickness* 5 1Kings 7:12
West Temple Yard
(consistent on all 4 sides)
20 Ezek. 41:9-11
Temple (including walls, Treasury
Chambers, Holy of Holies, Nave,
and Vestibule
100 Ezek. 41:13
East Temple Yard 20 Ezek. 41:9-11
Altar Yard (Including Inner East Gate) 100 Ezek. 40:47
East Inner Wall Thickness* 5 1Kings 7:12
East Outer Court 100 Ezek. 40: 17-27
East Outer Gate 50 Ezek. 40:15
East Outer Wall Thickness 6 Ezek. 40:5
  __________  
TOTAL 512 Cubits  

* Scripture tells us that this inner wall existed but doesn't give its thickness. My model uses 5 cubits for two reasons. First of all, its the only dimension that works mathematically. Second, I am following a precedent set in the Temple's wall-thickness design, which had 6-cubit-thick walls around the main part of the House and 5-cubit-thick walls around the Treasury chambers.The thickness of the outer walls, according to Ezekiel, was 6 cubits, so I find it reasonable to believe that the inner walls were 5 cubits. At they very least, we are certain that 5-cubit-thick stones must have been quarried for using around the Treasury. Mathematics and reasonable deduction support this theory, and it in no way contradicts any Scriptural reference that I know of.


TOP TO BOTTOM (THROUGH THE SOUTHERN CHAMBERS AND INNER GATE)

Starting from the Top (West) and a little left of Christ's head, imagine a verticle line passing straight through the Southern row of Chambers. The measurements along that line are given below:

Structure Vertical Length in Cubits Scripture Reference
West Outer Wall Thickness 6 Ezek. 40:5
West Lower Pavement & Outer Court
(measured by West Building's Yard)
100 Ezek. 41: 12-15
SW Lay Boiling Kitchen 30 Ezek. 46:21-23
Western wall of the Inner Gate* 5 1Kings 7:12
Inner Gate Width 25 Ezek. 40:28-31
Eastern wall of the Inner Gate* 5 1Kings 7:12
Eating Chambers for the Sons of Zadok 100 Ezek. 42: 1-6
Dividing Wall* between Priestly & Lay
Eating Chambers
5 Ezek. 42:7
Lay Eating Chambers 50 Ezek. 42:7-12
SE Lay Boiling Kitchen 30 Ezek. 46:21-23
East Outer Court 100 Ezek. 40: 17-27
East Lower Pavement 50 Ezek. 40: 17-21
East Outer Wall Thickness 6 Ezek. 40:5
  __________  
TOTAL 512 Cubits  

 

* I am using the same reasoning as above for concluding that this protective wall surrounding the inner court was 5 cubits.


Ezekiel 43:10-12
"And you, son of man, describe to the house of Israel
the temple and its appearance and plan,
[that they may measure the pattern]
that they may be asahamed of their iniquities.
And if they are ashamed of all that they have done,
portray the temple,
its arrangement, its exits and its entrances,
and its whole form;
and make known to them its ordinances and all its laws;
and write it down in their site,
so that they may observe and perform
all its laws and all its ordinances.
This is the law of the Temple:
The whole territory round about
upon the top of the mountain
shall be most holy.
Behold, this is the law of the Temple.

Zechariah 12:10-13:1
"And I will pour out on the house of David
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
a spirit of compassion and supplication,
so that, when they look on Him
whom they have pierced,
they shall mourn Him,
as one mourns for an only child,
and weep bitterly over Him,
as one weeps over a first born.
On that day the mourning in Jerusalem
will be as great as the mourning for Hadadrimmon
in the plain of Megiddo...
On that day there shall be a fountain opened
for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.


Lord Jesus,
I have measured the Temple
and am ashamed of my iniquities.
It was my sin that drove the nails
which pierced Your sacred hands and feet.
It was my cold indifference
which pierced Your wounded side and heart.
O, Cleansing Fountain, I come,
filled with sorrowful contrition.
Make me Your new creation.

I adore You, O Christ,
and may all the world join me,
in praising Your boundless Mercy
and glorifying Your matchless Love.
Jesus You are the Redeemer of the World.
Come, and take Your rightful place
as the King of every heart.
Amen.

 

 

 
   

 

 

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