The Return of God’s Glory

[43:1] Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. [2] And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. [3] And the vision I saw was just like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and just like the vision that I had seen by the Chebar canal. And I fell on my face. [4] As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, [5] the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

Ezekiel 43:1-5

This passage stands is stark contrast to the earlier vision of God’s glory leaving the temple as His judgement came upon His people. The glory of God dwelling with His people is the center of God’s covenant, and His departure marked the low point in the history of God’s people. But now we have a new high point, as God’s return marks an end of the times of judgement and a renewal of blessing. The temple is described in ways that far surpass anything that has existed (or would exist physically) and the wonder and glory of God is highlighted at every turn. This is a vision that was meant to inspire hope in a repentant Israel, and cause them to yearn for the Presence of God in their midst. And we know that the fulfillment would be beyond their wildest dreams…

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