The New Temple

Question for non-Catholics (derived from another thread). What is your view on the “third temple” described in Ezekiel? I would have thought there would be ostensible unanimity that Ezekiel is describing the physical and mystical Body of Christ. It turns out that some folks believe this third temple will be a literal edifice established in Jerusalem during Christ’s 1,000 year reign - complete with animal sacrifices, a high priest, walls that are 10.5 foot high, etc.

Will there be a literal third temple built in Jerusalem??

No.

The New Testament authors are unified in their ascription of the “temple” or “holy dwelling-place of God” in the new covenant to be revealed in four realities: 1) (most crucially) the Lord Jesus Christ himself (John 2:19; Col. 2:9); the church as the people of God (1 Cor. 3:16 etc); the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 8:5); and the new creation (Rev. 21:3).

By virtue of our faith-union with Christ by the Holy Spirit, we participate in number 2) now as our present reality, we participate in number 3) now by faith (Heb. 11:1) and we shall participate in number 4) when he returns in glory.

Wow!

There is one thing missing in the diagram… The gift shop! :shrug:

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