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As a rule, commentators of Ezekiel's prophecy paint very high gates.

He made the side pillars sixty cubits high; the gate extended round about to the side pillar of the courtyard.
From the front of the entrance gate to the front of the inner porch of the gate was fifty cubits.

(Ez. 40:14-15)

Ezekiel almost always indicates only horizontal dimensions. Obviously, showing us only horizontal dimensions, the Lord God hopes for our common sense. In the fourteenth verse of Ezekiel in the original Hebrew there is no word "high". From the original in Hebrew you can translate something like this:

And he made (measurements) columns - sixty cubits, Also for the columns of the courtyard at the gate - around, around.

Since in the next verse the prophecy speaks of a horizontal dimension of 50 cubits, — we have no reason to try to measure out 60 cubits in height. 60 cubits of height for the pillar, the width of which is only 2 cubits — this is too disproportionate. And for the whole room measuring 50 by 25 cubits, the height of the canopy of 60 cubits would be a great inconvenience in the rain.

h = 60 cubits

Therefore, on our model, we consider the size of 60 cubits as the total length of two gates, from the pillar at the entrance to the temple complex, to the last pillar in front of the entrance to the outer court.

gate 60 cubit

Why is this all so important?

When the height of the main building, the house of God, is not indicated in the prophecy of Ezekiel, we must be guided by the height of other buildings near the Temple when determining the height of the Temple.

If the height of the inside of the gate is 60 cubits, the outer height of the gate may be about 63-66 cubits. And the height of the Temple will be twice as high, that is, 126-132 cubits!

You come to celebrate in the Father's House, and this House wants to overwhelm you with its gigantic dimensions, as if your Father, to whom Jesus Christ led you, is an earthly despot, a tyrant, a pharaoh?

60 cubits are measured in a horizontal plane and then the Father's house becomes a height of 77/66 cubits, and the outer height of the gate is equal to 33 cubits.

The height of the Third Temple

h = 33

One more note. It is supposed to make a mirror ceiling in the gate room. Passing through the gate people can see themselves on the ceiling, as if entering into the expanse of the sky. The height of the pillars in the looking-glass, as well as outside, is 30 cubits. Total we have 60 cubits of height: 30 in our world, and 30 in the mirror ceiling:)


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