What do the four faces of the living creatures represent?
Whom does the man with the secretary’s inkhorn symbolize?
Do the prostitute sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, prefigure Christendom with its division between the Catholic and Protestant faiths?
Is Christendom the antitype of ancient apostate Jerusalem?
How was the vision of the valley of dry bones fulfilled?
What is the meaning of the joining together of the two sticks?
Who is Gog of Magog?
Did Ezekiel see and tour the great spiritual temple that the apostle Paul later explained?
Previous understanding: Ezekiel’s visionary temple is the same as the spiritual temple that the apostle Paul explained.
Clarification: Ezekiel saw, not the spiritual temple that came into existence in 29 C.E., but an idealized vision of how the pure worship outlined in the Mosaic Law would be restored after the exile. Paul’s inspired explanation of the spiritual temple focuses on the work that Jesus, as the Greater High Priest, accomplished from 29 to 33 C.E. Ezekiel’s temple vision, which never mentions the high priest, focuses on the spiritual restoration that began in 1919 C.E. We therefore do not look for antitypical meanings in all the detailed features and measurements of Ezekiel’s visionary temple. Rather, we ought to focus primarily on the lessons that Ezekiel’s vision teaches about Jehovah’s standards for pure worship.
Reasoning behind the change: Ezekiel’s visionary temple differs from the spiritual temple in important ways. For instance, Ezekiel’s temple featured many animal sacrifices; at the spiritual temple, only one sacrifice is offered, “once for all time.” (Heb. 9:11, 12) In the centuries before Christ came, it was not yet Jehovah’s time to reveal deep truths about the spiritual temple.