01 August 2017


Virtual Visit to The Kotel Today:
Virtual Jerusalem
Earthcam Jerusalem
The Kotel


[Wikipedia:] The Third Temple, or Ezekiel's Temple (Hebrew: בית המקדש השלישי‎‎: Beit haMikdash haShlishi lit. (The) House, the Holy, the Third), is a Holy Temple architecturally described and prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel, a house of prayer for all people with a sacrificial service. It is noted by Ezekiel as an eternal edifice and permanent dwelling place of the God of Israel on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

The Third Temple. "And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the house of Hashem shall be established at the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all of the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we shall walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of God from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-3).”

Click on this link to Take a Virtual Walking Tour of the Temple Mount
Neither of these tours is primarily Jewish, but interesting historically. 
Also in the upper right of screen, is this “Tour Diagram” which takes you on additional tours; the Dome of the Rock most interesting. One can get a slight glimpse the Mizbeach of Avraham Avinu.

About Yechezkel [from Wikipedia]

The Book of Ezekiel [Yechezkel] is the third of the Latter Prophets in the Tanakh and one of the major prophetic books in the Old Testament, following Isaiah and Jeremiah. According to the book itself, it records six visions of the prophet Ezekiel, exiled in Babylon, during the 22 years 593-571 BCE, although it is the product of a long and complex history and does not necessarily preserve the very words of the prophet.

The visions, and the book, are structured around three themes: (1) Judgment on Israel (chapters 1–24); (2) Judgment on the nations (chapters 25–32); and (3) Future blessings for Israel (chapters 33–48). Its themes include the concepts of the presence of G–d, purity, Israel as a divine community, and individual responsibility to G–d.

The Book of Ezekiel describes itself as the words of the Ezekiel ben-Buzi, a priest living in exile in the city of Babylon between 593 and 571 BCE. Most scholars today accept the basic authenticity of the book, but see in it significant additions by a "school" of later followers of the original prophet. While the book exhibits considerable unity and probably reflects much of the historic Ezekiel, it is the product of a long and complex history and does not necessarily preserve the very words of the prophet.

According to the book that bears his name, Ezekiel ben-Buzi was born into a priestly family of Jerusalem c.623 BCE, during the reign of the reforming king Josiah. Prior to this time, Judah had been a vassal of the Assyrian empire, but the rapid decline of Assyria after c.630 led Josiah to assert his independence and institute a religious reform stressing loyalty to Yahweh, the national God of Israel. Josiah was killed in 609 and Judah became a vassal of the new regional power, the Neo-Babylonian empire. In 597, following a rebellion against Babylon, Ezekiel was among the large group of Judeans taken into captivity by the Babylonians.

He appears to have spent the rest of his life in Mesopotamia. A further deportation of Jews from Jerusalem to Babylon occurred in 586 when a second unsuccessful rebellion resulted in the destruction of the city and its Temple and the exile of the remaining elements of the royal court, including the last scribes and priests. The various dates given in the book suggest that Ezekiel was 25 when he went into exile, 30 when he received his prophetic call, and 52 at the time of the last vision c.571. [full article in Wikipedia]

Ezekiel’s Visions (not taken from Sefer Yechezkel)

The Book of Ezekiel records six visions of the prophet Ezekiel,
exiled in Babylon, during the 22 years 593-571 BCE:

The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (or The Valley of Dry Bones or The Vision of Dry Bones) is a prophecy in chapter *37 of the Book of Ezekiel

Chapters 40-48 give the ideal picture of a new temple. This chapter contains Ezekiel's vision of the holy waters, Ezekiel 47:1-5; and their virtue, Ezekiel 47:6-12;

Ezekiel's divine vision, at the start of the eponymous book. Ezekiel saw the wheels;

Ezekiel's vision of the chambers for the priests, Ezekiel 42:1-12;

Ezekiel's vision of the ordinances for the prince in his worship, Ezekiel 46:1-8;

Ezekiel's vision of the portions of the twelve tribes, Ezekiel 48:1-7,23-29;

Ezekiel's vision of the portion of land for the sanctuary, Ezekiel 45:1-5;

Ezekiel's vision of the east gate assigned only to the prince, Ezekiel 44:1-3;

The Spaceships of Ezekiel: his experience in engineering and presents one possible version of Ezekiel's visions of how God—described as riding in an elaborate vehicle; (see also Chariot of Yechezkel and Vision of Ezekiel, Merkava (Wheels)

Ezekiel's vision of the heavenly chariot in the first and tenth chapters of the Book;

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