Ezekiel

Chapters

46, 47, & 48

Chapter 46

574 BC – Sabbath and New Moon Offerings, Duties of the Prince

1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

This chapter opens with “Thus saith the Lord GOD” emphasizing the seriousness of these commands, in as much as obeying them guarantees the prosperity, both spiritually and economically, of the entirety of the world (Isaiah 60:3). 

2 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.

The prince will provide the offerings, and the priests will present them. The offering of the Sabbath will number seven, denoting the perfection of Christ, but there will be no wine. In Leviticus, they numbered four and with wine.

3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.

The reason the prince has greater access, even unto the porch, is because he is a type of Christ. However, even he cannot go beyond the inner door. The “sabbath” signifies the “rest” afforded only in Christ, which Israel will truly have in the coming Kingdom Age. The “new moon” signifies the perpetuity of this “rest”, guaranteeing its existence forever.

4 And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish.


5 And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

The divine foundation being laid, the blood and the oil, the heart is given freedom to express its joy and its communion in the meal offering, i.e., fellowship with God and the enjoyment of Christ as the bread that came down and comes down from Heaven, whereof if a man eat, he shall never die (John 6:50-51).

6 And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.

7 And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

The offerings of the feasts of the new moon number nine without wine. This stands in contrast with the 19 of Leviticus with wine.

8 And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of that gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof.

The “prince” is the High Priest, and as a type of Christ, shall enter the sanctuary by the way of the eastern gate.

9 But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.

The idea is, one must partake of all of Christ and not just part of Christ. To go all the way through, irrespective of what side one came in, typifies the partaking of all (John 6:53).

10 And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.

This verse seems to imply that, in such times of worship, the prince will stand on the level with the people and both enter and retire by the same door. This signifies Christ, Who became one with the people in the incarnation. However, He did not become one with them in their sin. This is represented here by the “prince” associated with the worship of the people only on a certain level and at certain times.



Rules Governing Offerings

11 And in the feasts and in the solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

The amounts stipulated here differ from the Law of Moses in that they are increased [Numbers 15:1-9]. Such typifies the fulfilment of the promise, whereas the Law of Moses typified the promise of the fulfilment.

12 Now when the prince shall prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily unto the LORD, one shall then open him the gate that looketh toward the east, and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day: then he shall go forth; and after his going forth one shall shut the gate.

As repeatedly stated, all the offerings typify Christ and will be done as memorial of what He did at Calvary. Thus, the momentous occasion, which happened so long ago, will never lose its significance and meaning among the people and will continue to portray the reason for our deliverance and blessing.

13 Thou shalt daily prepare a burnt offering unto the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish: thou shalt prepare it every morning.

14 And thou shalt prepare a meat (meal) offering for it every morning, the sixth part of an ephah, and the third part of an hin of oil, to temper with the fine flour; a meat offering continually by a perpetual ordinance unto the LORD.

15 Thus shall they prepare the lamb, and the meat offering, and the oil, every morning for a continual burnt offering.


Under the Law of Moses, there was the morning and evening sacrifice, but under perfected righteousness, which characterizes the millennium, there will be only the morning lamb. For to that day, there will be no evening.



The Rules Concerning Inheritances

16 Thus saith the Lord GOD; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his sons'; it shall be their possession by inheritance.

17 But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them.

Unlike gifts to his sons, which are forever, that given to servants will be theirs only until “the year of liberty”, i.e., “the year of jubilee”, which comes every 50 years. At this time, the “gift” will be returned to the prince.

18 Moreover the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.

God’s hatred of robbery, oppression, and injustice appears in the legislation of verses 16 through 18, and His loving care for the physical needs of his servants is shown in verses 19 through 24.



Place for Preparing the Offerings

19 After he brought me through the entry, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north: and, behold, there was a place on the two sides westward.


20 Then said he unto me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear them not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people.

There is a ministry to God only, typified in this verse, whereas there is a ministry to man as typified in verse 24. In service for The Lord, this distinction must be observed. And the richer will be the ministry to man if that to God is given first place. The idea of this verse is such offerings, as specified here, were for the priests only and thereby typified their personal worship of The Lord. This also typified that, even though they were God’s chosen and even priests, still, they were sinners, and therefore, desperately needing a Savior.

21 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and, behold, in every corner of the court there was a court.

This verse signifies that, in all four corners of the outer court, these places were located in order that the priests may prepare sacrifices for themselves.

22 In the four corners of the court there were courts joined of forty cubits long and thirty broad: these four corners were of one measure.

23 And there was a row of building round about in them, round about them four, and it was made with boiling places under the rows round about.

24 Then said he unto me, These are the places of them that boil, where the ministers of the house shall boil the sacrifice of the people.


The sacrifices were to be prepared in a certain way, and these places were designated for that preparation.



Chapter 47

574 BC – The River Flowing From the Temple
(John 4:14 – Well of Water Springing Up into Everlasting Life)

1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.


The first 12 verses portray the river of the Sanctuary, with the remainder portraying the borders of the land. “(T)he door of the house” speaks of the Sanctuary from which the waters will flow. As well, the door is Christ according to John 14:6. “(A)nd, behold the waters issued out” signifies The Holy Spirit Who issues forth from Christ. Note, is not water but “waters.” It literally issues from the house with its source being the throne of Jehovah (John 7:37-39; 10:1-11). “(F)rom under the threshold of the house eastward” shows that the waters shall grow of themselves and not as in nature by accession from side streams. The threshold speaks of the floor, and in the spiritual sense, denotes humility. “(A)t the south side of the altar” denotes the channel or course of the river. It is the Altar of Jehovah, i.e., Calvary.


2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.


“Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward” simply means that the inner gate was shut, and the east outer gate was shut as well. Therefore, The Lord led him outside of the inner and outer courts by the north gate. There is a spiritual meaning in this seemingly obscure passage. Many hunger for The Lord but do not know exactly how to receive Him. Admittedly, the course, although direct, is not reached in a direct way. However, all will receive who persist because all are invited to come (Revelation 22:17). This is also known as the River Breaks Through.


3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.


The man is Christ. As the waters issue out from under the threshold of the sanctuary, and as they flow eastward, the channel begins to widen. At the first stage, it is about 1,500 feet wide and is still very shallow, only to the ankles. The ankles represent the entrance into the river, thereby portraying salvation.


4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.


Knees signify prayer and a total dependence on The Lord, those things being done by the power of The Holy Spirit instead of the flesh. So, the knees portray the baptism of The Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4. The implication in these passages is that the Man with the line in His hand be followed as that is what He intends (“He”, being The Lord Jesus). The loins represent the procreative part of man, which points of the miracle-working power of God, which should be prevalent with all Spirit-baptized people.


5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.


The stream was widened until it is now a river that could not be passed over. This river represents the last progression with itself open ended, which symbolizes the whole Gospel for the whole man. In a sense, the river is the physical type of The Holy Spirit and His work within our lives.


6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.


Christ will now turn the attention of Ezekiel from the course of the river to the force of the river. Therefore, in this scenario, one has the source, which is the sanctuary, the course, which is the altar, and now the force, which will portray that which the river does.


7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.


Many trees signify much fruit according to John 15:5. The trees grow on both sides of the river signifying righteousness and the Fruit of The Spirit.


8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.


The idea of the river is to bring life to the desert as The Holy Spirit alone, though Christ, can bring life to unregenerate man who is dead in trespasses and sins. Literally, this speaks of the Dead Sea, which contains no life whatsoever. The Dead Sea will then be healed, symbolic of what The Lord can do through The Holy Spirit in a person’s life (John 7:37-39).


9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.


The word “rivers” signifies two great rivers. As this river flows eastward, out from the sanctuary, it will turn south toward the Dead Sea. At some point on the southern journey, it will split, with one side continuing on to the Dead Sea, with the other going into the Mediterranean according to Zechariah 14:8. As a result, and by whatever means, whereas the Dead Sea formerly contained no life, now there shall be a very great multitude of fish, signifying an abundance of life. Once again, this portrays what Christ can do in the heart and life of any individual (John 10:10). “(A)nd every thing shall live whither the river cometh” portrays the result of the born again Spirit-filled life.


10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.


This is speaking of the Dead Sea, which is no longer dead but teeming with life. It speaks of many different kinds of fish, exceeding many (Ezekiel 37:10).


11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.


The reason these places aren’t healed is because imperfection will continue to exist during the Millennium, for man will still be under trial. He will have freedom of choice. If he accepts the rule of the Messiah, he will enjoy the blessings pictured in verses 1 through 10 and verse 12. But if he rejects that government, he, like Lot’s wife, will be turned into salt, for grace despised involves bitterness and death. This speaks of natural people, not glorified saints. Millennium blessing will be powerful and abiding. It will greatly surmount and almost efface evil but not entirely. For, only in the New Heaven and New Earth will there be perfection.


12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.


Ezekiel is now shown the purpose of these miracle trees which grow on either side of these rivers. These trees shall perpetually bring fresh new fruit because they are nourished by waters issuing from the Sanctuary. The fruit will heal as well as nourish. Such is the character of the life and ministry based upon Calvary and energized by The Holy Spirit. In fact, the population of the world, which will include all with the exception of the glorified saints, will continue to live perpetually by the means of the fruit and the leaf of these trees. In other words, the aging process will be halted (note: Glorified saints will not need such.)


Borders of the Land and Instructions for Dividing It

13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.


In Joshua, the land was divided from south to north. In the coming day of restoration, it will be apportioned from north to south. “Joseph shall have two portions” is because he personally received none, but instead, it went to his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.


14 And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.


“And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another” refers to each tribe, irrespective of their size, receiving equal portions. The latter phrase proclaims the certitude of this action.


15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad;


16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazarhatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.


17 And the border from the sea shall be Hazarenan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.


The northern border of the Promised Land, at least in that day, will begin on the Mediterranean Sea and go to the other side of Damascus, which will take in all of modern Syria.


18 And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.


The eastern border of the Promised Land in that day will take in all of modern Jordan, for Gilead is in that area. The east sea probably speaks of the Persian Gulf.


19 And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the  river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward.


The southern border will extend down into Sinai, for this is where Kadesh is located. Actually, this does not include the whole south of the Promised Land. That will take in all the Arabian peninsula when Genesis 15:18-21 and Isaiah 11:13-16; 19:17-25 are fulfilled. As well, the eastern border, as given in verse 18, will extend to the Euphrates river, which means that at least part of Iraq will be included.


20 The west side also shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side.


The western border is easily defined, the Mediterranean Sea.


21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.


22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.


23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.


The word “strangers” refers to Gentiles. Inheritance to the Gentiles was forbidden under the law, but in the Millennium, it will be fully granted. Then will God’s original purpose be effected. Israel will first be possessed, and then the greater territory promised to Abraham secured.



Chapter 48

574 BC The Division of The Land
1 Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.


A portion for Dan portrays this tribe mentioned first. As is obvious, it is The Holy Spirit Who draws off the portions. None are decided by men, all by The Lord.


2 And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher.


3 And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali.


4 And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.


5 And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim.


6 And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Reuben.


7 And by the border of Reuben, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Judah.


Seven tribes will have their possession north of the oblation and five tribes south of the oblation, i.e., the sacrifices.


The Land for the Priests and Levites

8 And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.


This portion is approximately 42 miles long and 42 miles wide. It seems to be out of proportion compared to the allotment to the other tribes. However, it is thought by some that, quite possibly, the portions concerning the priests, Levites, and the city are included in this portion. This much is clear, the totality of the Promised Land in the coming Kingdom Age will be approximately 100 times larger than it is presently.


9 The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.


10 And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof.


As all the tribes were proportioned, allowing the tabernacle in the wilderness according to Numbers chapters 1-3, they are likewise proportioned here, although not in the same order. And yet, as everything was in proportion to the tabernacle then, everything is in proportion to the sanctuary now. The reason is simple, it is where The Lord dwells. This is the crowning truth portrayed by The Holy Spirit in these directions and instructions.


11 It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.


12 And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.


The faithfulness of Zadok (1 Kings 1:8) is ever called to account as faithfulness will ever be remembered. The area in verse 12 called most holy is the area of the sanctuary.


13 And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.


14 And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the LORD.


The portion here described is that reserved for the Levites who will have a part in the sanctuary duties but not the sacrifices. That will be attended to solely by the sons of Zadok. Their portion will be about 42 miles long and 17 miles wide. They will not be able to sell, neither exchange, nor alienate this portion. It is holy. The firstfruits of this land, i.e., the first crop the land produces, is not to be sold, but instead, given to The Lord as an offering. This typifies our inheritance in Christ.


A Portion for the City for General Use

15 And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall be in the midst thereof.


The term “profane place” simply means that it is not dedicated to the sacred use in the same sense as the sanctuary. The area will be about 42 miles long and 8 miles wide. “(T)he city shall be in the midst thereof” concerns a city unlike any the world has ever seen or known. It will be a city totally free from crime, poverty, hunger, hate, war, greed, etc. Even though every other city in the world at that time will fall into the same category, still, none will have the glory of God as this city (Isaiah 62:2-3).


16 And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.


These dimensions speak of the city proper pertaining to business, etc. It will be about 5 miles square. The measurement is given for each side of the city in repetition in order that it may be known that this city is just as grand on one side as on the other.


17 And the suburbs of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.


There will be about a half a mile laid out on each side of the city called the suburbs which will probably be left as a garden or park.


18 And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto them that serve the city.


19 And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.


These scriptures portray the fact that two sections of land will be set aside, reserved for farming, on either side of the city. Each side will measure approximately 17 miles long and 8 miles wide. This will be ample land to support the city with food plus a sanctuary area. In as much as the curse will be lifted, the abundance produced will be more than enough. The phrase “those who serve the city” will probably be representatives from all the tribes of Israel. Therefore, there will be no partiality shown, no favoritism.


20 All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.


The entirety of the area, including the city suburbs, farming land, and the place of the sanctuary, will measure about 42 miles long and 42 miles wide. It will be, as stated, four square, thereby signifying the totality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the whole Gospel for the whole man. Of all the world, this area will be the most important on earth because Christ is there.


A Land for the Prince

21 And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.


The land east and west of the holy oblation will be for the prince of Israel. This area on both sides is called “the residue”. It seems these portions given to him will be about 8 ½ miles long and 8 ½ miles wide. They will be on the east and west corners respectively. Therefore, he’ll have access to whatever he needs from either side. Once again, The Holy Spirit, by design, repeats the phrase “and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.” It is meant to impress upon the believer that all blessing flows from the sanctuary, and therefore, from Christ.


22 Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.


One portion for the prince (high priest) will border the tribe of Judah, while the other portion will border the tribe of Benjamin. These were the two tribes that remained true to the temple and the worship of God when the nation of Israel was divided upon the death of Solomon. Therefore, their faithfulness is not forgotten but will ever portray their allegiance to The Lord of Glory and His Word.


Portions for Other Tribes

23 As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.


24 And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.


25 And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion.


26 And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion.


27 And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion.


28 And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.


29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD.


“Divide by lot” originally referred to the Urim and the Thummim, which were to be held by the high priest and used to discern the mind of God (Joshua 13:7; 15:1; 16:1; 17:1). Therefore, the statement, as recorded here, simply means that each possession and its boundaries have been decided by The Holy Spirit. The phrase “these are their portions, saith The Lord GOD” proclaims the fact that the portions will never again be changed or taken by an enemy.


The City of Jerusalem to be Foursquare Patterned After the Heavenly Jerusalem

30 And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.


This final portion is dedicated to the gates, dimensions, and name of the city. “And these are the goings out of the city” refers to the walls around the city and its measurement, which will be about 7 ½ miles on each side.


31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.


This city will be foursquare, with three gates for each side, totaling twelve gates. The names of the tribes of Israel will be on the twelve gates.


32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.


33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.


34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.


35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.


The city will be about 30 miles in circumference at its perimeter. Even though this glorious name “The LORD is there” is given here, this is only one of a number of new names for the earthly Jerusalem. The phrase “The LORD is there” means Adonai Shammah or Jehovah Shammah, meaning literally what it says, for the Messiah will be there reigning visibly and eternally in Israel (Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33; Revelation 11:15; 20:4-10).