After the land is enlarged and given its new and promised borders, it would seem logical that Jesus will next order the redistribution of the land. Ezekiel 48:1-29 gives us the outline of how it will look (see map above).
The land will be divided into three portions. In the northern section the land will be allotted to the tribes of Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben, and Judah, in that order from north to south (Ezek. 48:1-7). In the southern section the land will be allotted to Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun and Gad, in that order (Ezek. 48:23-27).
The section in the middle will be known as the holy district. As you see on the map below
in the center of this area will be a square shaped parcel of land, 25,000 cubits square (or 8 1/3 miles square). This area, as you see, is divided into three sections. In the northern sector, an area 8 1/2 miles by 3 1/3 miles is where the Levites will live. Below this area an area of the same dimension is where the Zadokian priest will dwell. This area is most holy because it is where the temple will be—the place of worship, and where Christ (or possibly where David), will sit on the throne. The sector of land farthest to the south is where the city of Jerusalem is located. The enlarged city (about 1 1/2 miles square) will sit in the middle of this sector, with city land on either side of it. This land will be designated for farmland, in which the workers of the city out of all the tribes of Israel will cultivate and produce food for themselves (Ezek. 48:18-19).
Now on the east and the west sides of this square area, these areas are designated for the Prince. There isn’t any indication in Ezekiel who this one will be, but we have already suggested that it will either be Christ of David. But since they both have glorified bodies, as well as the twelve disciples, their place of residence will be in the New Jerusalem. So it may be that these areas are for mortal princes that will rule as regents of Christ (Ezek. 45:7-12).
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