New Defender's Study Bible Notes
41:1 the temple. This is the first time in these chapters that Ezekiel actually calls the structure he is describing, “the temple.” There is no doubt, however, that this is the subject throughout.
41:1 measured. The measurements given in these chapters are different from those of Solomon’s temple, the post-exile temple and Herod’s temple, all of which have already been destroyed. The temple yet to be built as mentioned in Revelation 11:1-2 is apparently also to be destroyed (Zechariah 14:1-3). In these chapters, however, Ezekiel is evidently describing a great future temple which will function throughout the whole thousand years of the millennial kingdom. The detailed dimensions and descriptions may seem obscure and unimportant in this age (the same might be said of the details of the tabernacle in the wilderness and the temple of Solomon in past ages), but they will be of great significance to the people living then. Remember that the Bible endures through all ages (Psalm 119:89).
41:2 ten cubits. To convert the dimensions as given in these chapters to feet-and-inches, see note on Ezekiel 40:5.
41:4 most holy place. In both the wilderness tabernacle and Solomon’s temple, the Ark of the Covenant was set in the most holy place. There is no mention of its presence in the future millennial temple, however. The indication in Revelation 11:19 (see note) is that it was carried to heaven when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed that first temple (also see note on II Chronicles 36:18).
41:12 toward the west. A separate building was erected at the west, just behind the temple proper. No indication is given as to its use, as it was probably used as a storage area, or other mundane use.
41:22 altar of wood. This is a different altar than the sacrificial altar of Ezekiel 40:47 and 43:13-27. This altar is called “the table that is before the LORD” and may correspond to the altar of incense in the ancient tabernacle (Exodus 30:1).