Ezekiel 43 has the prophet continuing to have the vision of the new temple becoming clear. God met him there, and “the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east”. The man had led Ezekiel to the east gate of the outer area. They looked towards the east. Ezekiel saw the glory of God come from the east. It was like the glory that he had seen earlier by the Chebar River. And he had seen that same glory when God left the old temple. That glory had gone through the east gate of that temple.
God’s glory would not return until this temple was ready for him. The glory of God went through the east gate into the temple. The Spirit took Ezekiel into the inner court. There he saw that the glory filled the temple. “Behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house”. This prophecy has not yet happened. It is still coming in the future. One day this temple will come to be just as Ezekiel saw it in his vision. And then God’s glory will come and He will once again fill the temple. The new temple will be God’s throne. It will be God’s house for all time.
“Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever”. God desires to live with his people. He wants them to serve him. They must never turn to false gods again. “And the house of Israel will not again defile My holy name, neither they nor their kings”. When Ezekiel told the people about the new temple, they should have felt ashamed. They knew that God had left the old temple. Then the Babylonians destroyed it. They knew that the reason for this was their sin. The people would think about the plans of the new temple. And maybe they would repent of their sins.
At the end of the day, God is interested in repentance and restoration. “If they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the house, its structure, its exits, its entrances, all its designs, all its statutes, and all its laws. And write it in their sight, so that they may observe its whole design and all its statutes and do them”. God’s plan for our restoration is through Christ. God forgives our sin because of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. So the sacrifices in this temple or anywhere else cannot take away sin. Instead, sacrifices today are related to Christ’s death. That grace alone is our answer to sin. God will set us free if we receive His gift of grace through the shed blood of Jesus Christ!