The Third Temple

Len613@aol.com
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 03:35:38 -0500 (EST)

Yechezkel's prophecy of the third temple (ch. 40-48) came to him fourteen
years into the Babylonian exile long before the *Second* Temple was even
being planned.

Is there anything in the prophecy itself that states the plan to be for the
Third Temple; or is this conclusion one deduced by Hazal( the rabbis)?
Could someone conclude validly that Yechezkel was planning for the second
Temple when he wrote this prophecy, but that Hazal interpreted it as a
messianic prophecy? Or could Yechezkel been considering that the second
Temple would be built in the Messianic Era?

Any conclusion that he was writing about the Third Temple would have to
presume that he know there would be a Second Temple, but that it would be
destroyed. Is there any evidence for this in his prophecy?

Leonard Mansky