Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 48

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Dalet- door;way;dimension;concern.

Yechezk’el 48:1-7 "Now these are the names of the tribes: from the northern extremity, beside the way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan at the border of Dammesek (Damascus), toward the north beside Hamath, running from east to west, Dan, one portion. "And beside the border of Dan, from the east side to the west side, Asher, one portion. "And beside the border of Asher, from the east side to the west side, Naftali (Naphtali), one portion. "And beside the border of Naftali (Naphtali), from the east side to the west side, M’nasheh (Manasseh), one portion. "And beside the border of M’nasheh (Manasseh), from the east side to the west side, Efrayim (Ephraim), one portion. "And beside the border of Efrayim (Ephraim), from the east side to the west side, Re’uven (Reuben), one portion. "And beside the border of Re’uven (Reuben), from the east side to the west side, Y’hudah (Judah), one portion.

Here we have a list of the tribal areas from the farthest north end of the country south to the area we discussed in chapter 46 as the holy allotment.

From North to South: Dan, Asher, Naftali (Naphtali), M’nasheh (Manasseh), Efrayim (Ephraim), Re’uven (Reuben), and Y’hudah (Judah)

Yechezk’el 48:8-14 "And beside the border of Y’hudah (Judah), from the east side to the west side, shall be the allotment which you shall set apart, 25,000 cubits in width, and in length like one of the portions, from the east side to the west side; and the sanctuary shall be in the middle of it. "The allotment that you shall set apart to the L-RD shall be 25,000 cubits in length, and 10,000 in width. "And the holy allotment shall be for these, namely for the priests, toward the north 25,000 cubits in length, toward the west 10,000 in width, toward the east 10,000 in width, and toward the south 25,000 in length; and the sanctuary of the L-RD shall be in its midst. "It shall be for the priests who are sanctified of the sons of Tzadok (Zadok), who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the sons of Israel went astray, as the L’vi’im (Levites) went astray. "And it shall be an allotment to them from the allotment of the land, a most holy place, by the border of the Levites. "And alongside the border of the priests the L’vi’im (Levites) shall have 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in width. The whole length shall be 25,000 cubits and the width 10,000. "Moreover, they shall not sell or exchange any of it, or alienate this choice portion of land; for it is holy to the L-RD.

The holy allotment is divided as follows from north to south. This region is 25,000 cubits wide.

The L’vi’im (Levites) territory, the territory of the Zadokian priests that surrounds the Temple, south of this is the city area.

Yechezk’el 48:15-20 "And the remainder, 5,000 cubits in width and 25,000 in length, shall be for common use for the city, for dwellings and for open spaces; and the city shall be in its midst. "And these shall be its measurements: the north side 4,500 cubits, the south side 4,500 cubits, the east side 4,500 cubits, and the west side 4,500 cubits. "And the city shall have open spaces: on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250 cubits, on the east 250 cubits, and on the west 250 cubits. "And the remainder of the length alongside the holy allotment shall be 10,000 cubits toward the east, and 10,000 toward the west; and it shall be alongside the holy allotment. And its produce shall be food for the workers of the city. "And the workers of the city, out of all the tribes of Israel, shall cultivate it. "The whole allotment shall be 25,000 by 25,000 cubits; you shall set apart the holy allotment, a square, with the property of the city.

The city is none other than the city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). The city is a square 4,500 cubits. It has a buffer zone around it of 250 cubits. To the west of the city and the east of the city are two regions each 5,000 cubits from north to south and 10,000 cubits wide. This area appears to be used for growing food for the inhabitants of the city.

Yechezk’el 48:21-22 "And the remainder shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy allotment and of the property of the city; in front of the 25,000 cubits of the allotment toward the east border and westward in front of the 25,000 toward the west border, alongside the portions, it shall be for the prince. And the holy allotment and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the middle of it. "And exclusive of the property of the L’vi’im (Levites) and the property of the city, which are in the middle of that which belongs to the prince, everything between the border of Y’hudah (Judah) and the border of Binyamin (Benjamin) shall be for the prince.

The Prince will control the land to the west and to the east of the holy allotment.

Yechezk’el 48:23-29 "As for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west side, Binyamin (Benjamin), one portion. "And beside the border of Binyamin (Benjamin), from the east side to the west side, Shim’on (Simeon), one portion. "And beside the border of Shim’on (Simeon), from the east side to the west side, Yissakhar (Issachar), one portion. "And beside the border of Yissakhar (Issachar), from the east side to the west side, Z’vulun (Zebulun) , one portion. "And beside the border of Z’vulun (Zebulun), from the east side to the west side, Gad, one portion. "And beside the border of Gad, at the south side toward the south, the border shall be from Tamar to the waters of M’rivat-Kadesh (Meribath-kadesh), to the Wadi (brook) of Egypt, to the Great Sea. "This is the land which you shall divide by lot to the tribes of Israel for an inheritance, and these are their several portions," declares the L-rd G-D.

The rest of the tribes have their allotment south of the city

From North to South: Binyamin (Benjamin), Shim’on (Simeon), Yissakhar (Issachar), Z’vulun (Zebulun), and Gad.

Yechezk’el 48:30-35 "And these are the exits of the city: on the north side, 4,500 cubits by measurement, shall be the gates of the city, named for the tribes of Israel, three gates toward the north: the gate of Re’uven (Reuben), one; the gate of Y’hudah (Judah), one; the gate of Levi, one. "And on the east side, 4,500 cubits, shall be three gates: the gate of Yosef (Joseph) , one; the gate of Binyamin (Benjamin), one; the gate of Dan, one. "And on the south side, 4,500 cubits by measurement, shall be three gates: the gate of Shim’on (Simeon), one; the gate of Yissakhar (Issachar), one; the gate of Z’vulun (Zebulun), one. "On the west side, 4,500 cubits, shall be three gates: the gate of Gad, one; the gate of Asher, one; the gate of Naftali (Naphtali), one. "The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, Jehovah Shamah ('The L-RD is there).'"

Three gates each on four sides to make a total of 12 gates. Each gate representing one of the twelve tribes of Israel. This is similar to the twelve gates in the New Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) above.

Revelation 21:10-14 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from G-d, having the glory of G-d. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Jehovah Shamah –YHVH is there! The name of the city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) will be changed to Jehovah Shamah. Why? Because Yeshua is L-rd and he will be there!