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Why is the temple measured?

I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.   Revelation 11:1-2

John in his vision from the Book of Revelation measured the temple.  Why?  God wanted to see if the temple “measured up” to God’s standards.  Ezekiel was given a measuring rod in Chapters 40-42.  In 43, God explains why:

While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple. He said: "Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel will never again defile my holy name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings at their high places. When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger. Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the lifeless idols of their kings, and I will live among them forever.
"Son of man, describe the temple to the people of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their sins. Let them consider the plan, and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple—its arrangement, its exits and entrances—its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.
"This is the law of the temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the law of the temple.  Ezekiel 43:6-12


God is saying "This is MY house."  God lived there.  It was his address and he didn't like the way they were treating it.  God shut it down before in 586 BC.  Ezekiel was written around this time, 592-570 BC.  The temple was rebult in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, then refurbished by King Herod around the time of Jesus.

Once again God asked John to see if the new temple measured up.  Obviously it didn’t.  Because of their disobedience it would be destroyed again, in 70 AD by Roman armies who devastated the temple and the city.  The temple has never been used for sacrifices to this day.