So another year goes by and here I am again pondering Ezekiel’s temple!
Here are links to some good articles explaining the diffiulties of Ezekiel’s temple being either the first (Solomon’s), the 2nd (Ezra’s), or Herod’s. And why it couldn’t be the temple in the eternal state. I am apparently not the only one who finds a symbolic interpretation a bit hard to swallow 🙂
This article explains that Ezekiel’s temple (which he calls the third temple) will require vast topographical changes and will be as big as the entire city of Jerusalem. Since such a state has not existed and we don’t see it now, we must assume it is for some future time and so will remain sealed until that time when “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of G-d, as the waters that cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). https://www.templeinstitute.org/future_temple.htm
EZEKIEL’S TEMPLE — WHAT? WHEN? WHY? http://www.rj-anderson.com/docs/temple.html
Is Ezekiel 40-48 Prophecy Concerning Temple Literal, Figurative or both? http://biblestudydata.com/moodle/mod/page/view.php?id=153