Measure the Temple
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Rev 11:1 KJV)
Chapter 11 continues the interlude that began in chapter 10. The interlude describes the spiritual condition of Israel. The temple that John is told to measure is the temple the Jews will rebuild in the end time. Measuring the temple could be symbolic of measuring the spirituality of the Jews.
“And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.” (Eze 40:3 KJV)
“And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.” (Eze 40:5 KJV)
The temple will be desecrated by the antichrist in the Tribulation when he breaks the covenant with Israel.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Dan 9:27 KJV)
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.” (Dan 12:11 KJV)
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2Th 2:4 KJV)