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Ezekiel 41:1–42:20 (LEB)

Sanctuary and Temple

41 And he brought me to the temple sanctuary, and he measured the pilasters, six cubits wide on each side; this was the width of the tent. And the width of the doorway was ten cubits, and the sidewall of the doorway was five cubits on each side, and he measured its length as forty cubits, and its width was twenty cubits. And he went into the inner room, and he measured the pilaster of the doorway as two cubits and the doorway as six cubits and the width of the doorway seven cubits. And he measured its length as twenty cubits and its width as twenty cubits to the front of the temple, and he said to me, “This is the most holy place.

And he measured the wall of the temple as six cubits, and the width of the side room as four cubits all along the outside wall for the temple all around the wall. And the side rooms were side by side in three stories and a total of thirty rooms, and there were offsets in the wall, which was for the temple for the side rooms, all the way around to be supports, and so they were not supports extending into the wall of the temple. And each level widened, and it went around upward to the side rooms for the structure that surrounds the temple upward all the way around, therefore the width increased to the temple upward, and thus the lower level goes up to the upper level by means of the middle story.

And I saw for the temple a platform all the way around the foundations of the side rooms; it was the length of a full reed, six cubits long. The width of the outside wall, which was for the side room to the outside, was five cubits, and a space that was set between the side rooms, which was for the temple 10 and between the chambers was the width of twenty cubits all around the temple, all the way around it. 11 And the doorway of the side room faced the open area; one doorway faced the north, and one doorway was to the south, and the width of the place of the open area was five cubits all around. 12 And the building that faced the courtyard was toward the west, and its width was seventy cubits, and the wall of the building was five cubits wide all the way around, and its length was ninety cubits. 13 And he measured the temple, and its length was a hundred cubits, and the courtyard and the building and its walls, their length was a hundred cubits. 14 And the width of the front of the temple and the courtyard to the east was a hundred cubits. 15 And he measured the length of the building facing the courtyard at the rear and its galleries, a hundred cubits on each side, and also the temple, the court, and the porticos of the courtyard, 16 the thresholds and the framed windows and the galleries around the three of them. Before the threshold was a covering of wood all around, and from the ground up to the windows, and all around the windows, they were covered. 17 Above the doorway and up to the inner temple and on the outside, and on all of the wall all the way around in the inner and in the outer areas were patterns, 18 and it was made of cherubim and palm tree images; a palm tree image between cherub and cherub, and the cherub had two faces. 19 And the face of a human was toward the palm tree image on the one side, and the face of a fierce strong lion faced the palm tree image on the other side; this work was executed for the entire temple all the way around. 20 From the ground up to above the doorway, the cherubim and the palm tree images were made, and also the outer wall of the temple.

21 As far as the temple is concerned its doorframe was squared, and before the sanctuary was the appearance as it were the appearance of 22 a wooden altar that was three cubits high, and its length was two cubits, and its corners for it and its length and its walls were of wood. And he spoke to me, “This is the table that is before Yahweh.” 23 And the two doors were for the temple and for the sanctuary. 24 And two leaves of a door were for each of the doors, two hinged leaves of a door: two were for the first door, and two leaves of a door were for the other door. 25 And cherubim were made on them, that is, on the doors of the temple and palm tree images like the ones prepared for the walls; and an overhang of wood was on the surface of the porticos on the outside. 26 And narrow windows and palm tree images were on either side, and on the side walls of the portico, and the side rooms of the temple and their overhang.

Description of Rooms for the Priests

42 And he brought me out to the outer courtyard to the north, and he brought me to the chamber which was opposite the courtyard and which is opposite the building to the north. As to the face of the length of the building with the doorway to the north, it was a hundred cubits, and its width was fifty cubits. Opposite the twenty cubits of the inner courtyard, and opposite the pavement that was to the outer courtyard was a gallery facing a gallery in the three stories. And in front of the chambers was a passageway ten cubits in width toward the inside, a walkway of one cubit, and their doorways were to the north. And the upper chambers narrowed, for the galleries took away space from them more than they took from the lower levels and more than they took from the middle level in the building. For they were three stories and they had no pillars like the pillars of the courtyards; therefore they were smaller than the lower stories and than the middle stories from the ground up. And there was a wall that was to the outside alongside the chambers on the walkway to the outer courtyard in front of the chambers; its length was fifty cubits. For the length of the chambers which were to the outer courtyard was fifty cubits, and look! The chambers on the front of the temple were a hundred cubits. And from under these chambers was the entrance from the east for them when one enters from the outer courtyard.

10 All along the width of the wall of the courtyard eastward in front of the courtyard to the front of the building were chambers. 11 And a walkway was before them like the appearance of the chambers which were on the north, just like them in their length, and so was their width and all their exits, and they were built like their arrangements and like their doorways, 12 and like the doorways of the chambers which were on the way of the south was a doorway at the head of the way before the stone wall, projecting on the way of the east at their coming.

13 And he said to me, “The chambers of the north and the chambers of the south which are before the courtyard, they are the holy chambers in which the priests, who are near to Yahweh, will eat the most holy objects. There they shall put the most holy objects, and the grain offering and the sin offering and the guilt offering, for the place is holy. 14 When the priests enter, then they shall not go out from the sanctuary to the outer courtyard; and there they must put their garments in which they serve because they are holy. They must put on other garments and then they may approach the area that is for the people.

15 And he completed the measurements of the inner temple, and he brought me to the walkway of the gate that faces toward the east and he measured it all the way around. 16 He measured the east side with the reed for measuring, five hundred cubits, with respect to reeds with the reed for measurement, he measured it all around. 17 He measured the north side as five hundred cubits, with respect to reeds with the reed for measurement all around. 18 Then he measured the south side as five hundred cubits, with respect to reeds with the reed for measurement. 19 He went around the west side and he measured five hundred cubits, with respect to reeds with the reed for measurement. 20 Toward the four sides he measured it; there was a wall for it all the way around. Its length was five hundred cubits and its width was five hundred cubits, in order to make a separation between what is holy and what is common.

Revelation 20:7–21:8 (LEB)

Satan’s Release and Defeat

And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and he will go out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to assemble them for battle, whose number is like the sand of the sea. And they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the fortified camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet also are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Judgment at the Great White Throne

11 And I saw a great white throne and the one who was seated on it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled, and a place was not found for them. 12 And I saw the dead—the great and the small—standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and each one was judged according to their deeds. 14 And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

The New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem

21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea did not exist any longer. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“Behold, the dwelling of God is with humanity,

and he will take up residence with them,

and they will be his people

and God himself will be with them.

And he will wipe away every tear from their eyes,

and death will not exist any longer,

and mourning or wailing or pain will not exist any longer.

The former things have passed away.”

And the one seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new!” And he said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water from the spring of the water of life freely. The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowards and unbelievers and detestable persons and murderers and sexually immoral people and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their share is in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.

Job 38:34–41 (LEB)

34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds

so that a flood of water may cover you?

35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go?

And will they say to you, ‘Here we are’?

36 Who has put wisdom in the ibis,

or who has given understanding to the rooster?

37 Who can number the clouds with wisdom?

Or who can tilt heaven’s jars,

38 at the flowing of the dust into a cast

and the clods cling together?

39 “Can you hunt prey for the lion?

And can you satisfy the hunger of strong lions

40 when they are crouched in the dens,

when they lie in the thicket in an ambush?

41 Who prepares for the crow its prey,

when its young ones cry to God for help,

and they wander around for lack of food?

October 20

“It has been granted to her that she be dressed in bright, clean fine linen” (Rev 19:8), announces a voice from heaven in John’s revelation. The voice describes the bride who waits in anticipation—representing the believers who wait in expectation of being reunited with Christ.

The text contrasts the fine linen of the bride with the purple and scarlet cloth of the harlot, Babylon, who represents all that oppose God’s reign (Rev 18:16). The harlot receives criticism for her infidelity: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.… For all the nations have drunk from the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich from the power of her sensuality” (Rev 18:2–3).

But the cry goes out in and among Babylon: “Come out from her, my people” (Rev 18:4). The bride, who is preparing herself for the wedding celebration of the Lamb (Rev 19:7), responds to the call to remain pure—to avoid the temptations of the age. She is given the opportunity to dress herself in bright, clean fine linen, representing “the righteous deeds of the saints” (Rev 19:8). These deeds do not earn the bride her righteous standing before the Lamb, but they speak of a life that is transformed.

In Revelation, John uses this imagery to entreat the early believers to live righteously while awaiting the hope promised them. Christ has won the victory for us—the final conquering of sin and evil is imminent. We are empowered to live for Him now, to prepare ourselves for the day when we will have our reward: His presence.

How does your expectation of Christ’s coming help you live for Him now?

Rebecca Van Noord is editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. She has developed content for several Bible reference products, including Lexham Bible Dictionary and Faithlife Study Bible.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

Author: John D. Barry & Rebecca Van Noord

Publisher: Lexham Press

Publication Date: 2012

This 365-day devotional walks you through the Bible in a year, following a custom reading plan that delves into the stories of the Bible from five unique perspectives.