The Lord continued to describe in Ezekiel’s vision the various offerings and sacrifices that would be made by the people in the new temple after their return from Babylonian captivity. Their civil ruler and the leader of worship would be the prince. He would be the only person allowed to enter the temple through the eastern gate. It would be in that area that he would perform princely duties. Whenever the people would enter the temple, they would be required to go out through the opposite gate.
The prophet’s vision made a remarkable change. He was taken to the eastern door at the front of the temple and saw a shallow ankle-deep stream of water flowing from beneath the eastern threshold of the temple. After moving a relatively short distance, the flowing water had become a river that he could not cross. It flowed into a salty sea and turned it into fresh water that was full of life. That vision is indicative of the abundant salvation that can be found in our Lord Jesus Christ, the King that came many years later.
Attention was then turned toward allocating land to the returning tribes of Israel. The restored Israel would have approximately the same boundaries as they did during the times of David and Solomon. After describing the borders of the land, the Lord stated the borders of the twelve tribes and also the allotments for the temple and the surrounding areas for the priests, Levites and prince. The rebuilt Jerusalem would have three gates on each side. They would be named for each of the twelve tribes. “…and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.