Ezekiel had been a captive in Babylon for more than twenty-four years and it had been more than thirteen years since Jerusalem had fallen. The Lord took him into the land of Israel in a vision, and placed him on a very high mountain. There, the prophet saw a man with the appearance of bronze holding a flax line and a measuring rod in his hand.
In a previous vision, Ezekiel had seen the temple of God as corrupted by the presence of wicked idolatry and the glory of God departing from it. That temple had been destroyed when Jerusalem fell. The prophet’s second temple vision revealed a figurative description of the perfect temple with the dimensions for its various accommodations for worship.