After this, the man brought me back around to the east gateway.
Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory.
This vision was just like the others I had seen, first by the Kebar River and then when he came to destroy Jerusalem. And I fell down before him with my face in the dust.
And the glory of the LORD came into the Temple through the east gateway.
Then the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner courtyard, and the glory of the LORD filled the Temple.
And I heard someone speaking to me from within the Temple. (The man who had been measuring was still standing beside me.)
And the LORD said to me, "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place where I will rest my feet. I will remain here forever, living among the people of Israel. They and their kings will not defile my holy name any longer by their adulterous worship of other gods or by raising monuments in honor of their dead kings. a8
They put their idol altars right next to mine with only a wall between them and me. They defiled my holy name by such wickedness, so I consumed them in my anger.
Now let them put away their idols and the sacred pillars erected to honor their kings, and I will live among them forever.
"Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you. Tell them its appearance and its plan so they will be ashamed of all their sins.
And if they are ashamed of what they have done, describe to them all the specifications of its construction -- including its entrances and doors -- and everything else about it. Write down all these specifications and directions as they watch so they will be sure to remember them.
And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness! The entire top of the hill where the Temple is built is holy. Yes, this is the primary law of the Temple.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)