Measure the temple of God! (Rev 11:1)

“Then I was given

A measuring rod

Like a staff.

I was told,



The temple of God

And the altar

As well as

Those who worship there.’”

Καὶ ἐδόθη μοι κάλαμος ὅμοιος ῥάβδῳ, λέγων Ἔγειρε καὶ μέτρησον τὸν ναὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον καὶ τοὺς προσκυνοῦντας ἐν αὐτῷ.

John said, “Then I was given (Καὶ ἐδόθη μοι) a measuring rod (κάλαμος) like a staff (ὅμοιος ῥάβδῳ).  I was told (λέγων), ‘Arise (Ἔγειρε)!  Measure (μέτρησον) the temple (τὸν ναὸν) of God (τοῦ Θεοῦ) and the altar (καὶ τὸ θυσιαστήριον), as well as those who worship there (καὶ τοὺς προσκυνοῦντας ἐν αὐτῷ).’”  John explained that someone gave him a measuring rod like a walking staff.  He was told to measure the temple of God and its altar.  Then he was told to measure the people who were worshipping there.  Once again, this was like what happened in Ezekiel in chapters 40-42.  The prophet Ezekiel was on a high mountain, setting out the size and proportions of the Second Temple in a very elaborate and detailed way.  The outer Temple wall was about 800 feet square all around, a fairly large enclosed square area.  He measured first the east side, then the north, south, and west side with his measuring stick or reed.  John was asked to do the same here.  Whether this was the heavenly temple or the recently destroyed Jerusalem Second Temple is not clear.  Have you ever been told to measure something?


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