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Enter His Gates

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

You are welcome to verify the calculations, but to some people's understanding, everything works out. Again, the majority of these proportions are recorded in Ezekiel's (Revised Standard Version) book, where he was directed by an angel with a measuring rod. Now it's your job to perform the measurement.

When we come to God, God is more concerned with our hearts' attitudes than with our actions. He wants us to serve Him joyfully, rather than as a result of manipulation or necessity. He is looking for lovers who are willing to choose Him.

The most important verse in this passage is verse 4, which states, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

Calculations

You are welcome to verify the calculations, but to some people's understanding, everything works out. Again, the majority of these proportions are recorded in Ezekiel's (Revised Standard Version) book, where he was directed by an angel with a measuring rod. Now it's your job to perform the measurement.

We'll begin with horizontal calculations, and then we'll demonstrate the vertical calculations for the aforementioned 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

Consider a horizontal line crossing across Christ's thigh and the Bronze Altar, beginning on the Left (South). The following are the measurements along that line:

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)

Beginning at the Top-Center (West), see a vertical line crossing through the Temple's center, all the way to the bottom. The following are the measurements along that line:

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

Scripture confirms the existence of this inner wall but does not specify its thickness. Five cubits are used in my model for two reasons. To begin, it is the only dimension that is mathematically valid. Second, We are following a pattern established by the Temple's wall thickness design, which had 6-cubit-thick walls around the House's main portion and 5-cubit-thick walls surrounding the Treasury rooms. According to Ezekiel, the exterior walls were six cubits thick; therefore, it is supposed the inside walls were five cubits thick. We are confident, at the very least, that 5-cubit-thick stones were mined for use around the Treasury. Mathematics and rational deduction support this hypothesis, and it makes no reference to Scripture that we are aware of.

Top To Bottom (Through The Southern And Inner Gates)

Imagine a vertical line flowing straight through the Southern row of Chambers, starting at the Top (West) and a little left of Christ's head. The following are the measurements along that line:

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

The 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

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

Using the same logic as earlier to determine that the defensive wall enclosing the inner court was five cubits in length.

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 ashamed 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 firstborn. 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.