Click on the picture above to see a YouTube: a 3D animation of Ezekiel’s temple, showing all the measurements.
In Ezekiel 43:7 it says,
And He said to me, “Son of man, this [the millennial temple] is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever. NASB
When I first read this I was a little confused. If the temple in the millennium is built with earthly building materials like iron and concrete and wood, etc., how can it last forever? And besides, if after the millennium the earth is destroyed and God creates a new heaven and new earth, how can the millennial temple then still exist?—unless God pulls it from the earth and then sets it back down on the new earth. Well then, if He can do that, He will have no problem using materials for the temple that will last forever. Maybe that’s what He will do.
But here is another problem: in Revelation 21:22 it says that there is no temple in heaven, that “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple.” Okay, this is when I started realizing that the word temple has a deeper meaning. Maybe when God was talking about the temple being the place of His throne, where He would dwell among His people forever, maybe he wasn’t speaking of the actual temple; maybe He was speaking of the temple as being wherever He lives.
This idea fits well with what it says in Revelation 21:3: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them.'” NASB
Here “tabernacle of God” simply means the place of God. In heaven His place and His presence will always be with us. I think we can think of it this way: all of heaven will be as the temple of God, for all of heaven will be holy and full of His presence. So in this way, yes, the temple (of heaven) is the place of His throne and He will dwell there with us forever.
These ideas give me a new understanding of what the whole purpose of the millennial temple will be. It will help prepare the people—whoever comes into the temple—for heaven. The millennial temple will be holy and a place filled with His glory—just as heaven will be. It will be a place of worship and singing just as heaven will be. And it will be grand and awesome and beautiful—just as heaven will be. (Read Ezekiel 40-43, which describes detailed measurements and descriptions of the millennial temple.)