This post will conclude our three-part series on the Kingdom within. We began this series with Jesus’ statement that the Kingdom of God is within you. But how can this be? To help us understand this concept we are going to look at a very controversial Biblical subject: Ezekiel’s temple. For decades Biblical scholars have tried to explain what it is, where it will be located, and most importantly, when it will exist. I believe the problem for many people is trying to explain the Ezekiel temple as a literal temple. Ezekiel’s temple was never meant to be a literal, handmade structure. In fact, if you begin in Ezekiel 40, you can see that the dimensions of the temple as a whole are representative of a human body. The three gates facing north, east, and south are 60 cubits high. Each gate also leads to six chambers. The outer court wall is six cubits high and six cubits wide. Then entire length of the wall of the outer court, with the extra 50 cubits “round about” equals 600 cubits. We see a repeating pattern of 666. And 666 is the number of man. Therefore these portions of Ezekiel’s temple represent the temple of our flesh. We’ll also see the portions inside the temple that represent the temple of our mind.
Let’s go inside of Ezekiel’s temple by looking at Ezekiel 47, where it speaks of living water that flows from the altar. Imagine an endless river of living water flowing from a temple altar! No, don’t do that, because it’s not literal, remember? But the allegorical teaching is astounding. The living water represents the spiritual life given to us when we enter the Kingdom within, through meditation. When we meditate, it is the right side of the brain that is affected. This side of the brain also connects us with our spiritual selves and God. In Ezekiel 47, the living water flowing from the altar flows east, but it comes from the south side of the altar. Now imagine a temple—the human body, and more specifically, a human brain—facing east. The south side is representative of the right side of our brains! This is why the water flows east from the south side of the altar. During meditation, you are receiving living waters (i.e. spiritual energy and healing).
I want to also briefly look at another snippet from the Biblical book of Genesis. In Genesis 24:63, Isaac, Abraham’s son, is meditating in the field before meeting Rachel. Have you ever wondered what he was meditating on? The Bible had not been written yet. He wasn’t meditating on Bible verses. He was meditating the same way Jesus taught us. He was going within the Kingdom, beyond the mind, where the ego and human thoughts subside. Going within the Kingdom enough allows the ego and human thought to not just subside, but eventually disappear altogether. That’s when the face of God becomes more apparent. A scripture in Psalms explains this perfectly:
Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”
So what happens when we still the mind, or meditate? In short, we begin to crucify the ego. And then we can become a new creature in Christ! Our deeply flawed human egos are the reason so much suffering exists in this world. But like Jesus, we are meant to become one with God and shed our flawed egos.
In conclusion, I would like to say that meditating helps humanity strike the balance between the spiritual and physical self. And isn’t this a component of becoming whole?! So what, or where, is Heaven? As we said before: it’s in the realm of consciousness, and to enter heaven, we must enter consciousness itself.