Temple for Jerusalem

Welcome to the Merkavah

This Temple is a composition of the measurements found in Ezekiel chapters 40 to 43, an explanation of the "vision" of Ezekiel chapter 1 and the collective prophetic "visions" of the tree, bush, ladder, footstool, throne, chariot and crown of G-D. These images recorded in Judaism, Christian and Islamic scriptures are expressed in the internal mosaic decorations of the Dome of the Rock, which invites an architectural response, for the needs of an integrated Jerusalem.

Purpose of the Merkavah

This structure and the Holy Throne Room within, is a gift to Jerusalem, to facilitate the assembly of humanity, on the Herodian Platform, allowing for the simplest interpretation of Hebraic ritual, with the view to remembering and enacting sacred monotheist covenants.

These facilities allow for worship and participation in Temple ritual and instruction, based on Judaic interpretation, while acknowledging the importance of harmonizing the two giant monotheist identities.

The importance of the sacred covenant with the Israelite people, their purpose, destiny and responsibility, requires acknowledgement for participation, in human dignity and equality.

Above all, this is an earthly Home for G-D, a place of worship, instruction and sharing, where the High Priest moves between the columns Boaz and Jachin, to the elevated Throne Room.


The Facilities

The Throne Room: For exclusive yearly visitation, is suspended on high within the structure.

The Altar: The "chariot seat" over which the Throne Room is placed, burns the daily sins of the Children of Israel, on a continuous paper printout sent to the flames.

The Priestly Level: The upper level, for 24 Priests and associated facilities, is provided for global contemplation, analysis, discussion and decision making. All procedings on this level are open to real-time public scrutiny.

The Servant Level: The lower level is for those who interpret, correlate and deliver relevant information, to and from the upper level, for instruction to the congregation.

The Outer Congregation: The petals from which visitors offer worship and receive instruction.

The Ambulatory Level: Both visitor access and occasional 70 global dignitary assembly.

The Access Legs: Continuous lifts raise and lower visitors to and from the Herodian pavement.

The Site: 4 pads of 4 metre square, on the Noble Al-Haram Al-Sharif Sanctuary, within the splayed corners of the Dome of the Rock. In-situ foundations may have been prepared by former architects. See http://www.templemount.org/radarir.html (not affiliated to this website).

Design Rationale

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim Jerusalem as the Holy City, which lies on the border of the ancient Israelite tribal lands of Benjamin and Judah, the ancient Southern Kingdom, the 10 Northern Kingdom dispersed during the Assyrian conquest.

This site was where Abraham met Jebusite priest Melchizedek, Jacob experienced his angelic dream (amongst many other scriptural references), and was purchased by David as a site of worship. David, by previously slaying Goliath, gained control of the highway between Egypt and Mesopotamia. This allowed Solomon to maintain and control cordial relations between the two ancient economies, build the 1st Temple in Jerusalem offering international legislative services.

Today, the mythology of Egypt is intrinsically intertwined with the Christian identity, based on solar movements, as the lunar movements are intertwined within Islam. Symbolic of this balance of power, Solomon placed both the Boaz column (solar, masculine, justice, daytime) and the Jachin column (lunar, feminine, mercy, night) on either side of his temple entrance, between which his High Priest moved to serve the G-D of Israel. This temple allows for this re-enactment.

Simple Judaic ritual can be enacted, as strict adherence to Levitical law has become historically impossible, due to the sheer numbers of potential worshippers. The actions of (the Jewish) Jesus in relation to the administration of the Law in his time, drew attention to this problem and attempted to prepare the Jewish Faith, for the non-centralised years and their return (not to be confused with the Christian Christ).

Any person who wishes to worship with the Jewish people, should be given access, subject to accommodation. Of the 12 petals that make up the congregational facilities, 2 are for the primary use of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

Access is gained by approaching the Temple Mount, walking up 1 of 4 ramped entrances, accessing a continuous lift system, which arrives at the ambulatory level, allowing access to the tiered projected congregational spaces, not connected to the Instruction or Contemplation levels.
Likewise, lifts lower those leaving the sanctuary, to the 4 exit ramps.

All foreign gods (including Christian regalia) are required to be left outside the temple walls and visitors would be requested to dress modestly. There will be no separation of gender within the congregation. The structure is disability accessible.

Law, Ritual and Sacrifice

Central to worshipping in Jerusalem, is the acknowledgement of jealousy, its destructive force and it's required deferment onto a yearly animal sacrifice, rather than human confrontation.

Related to this, as enacted by Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham and Isaac, repeated at Passover, is the Israelite Covenant with G-D, to rely on obedience and deference to Law, rather than compulsion, essential for ethical and ordered society. With this temple, order, as defined by acknowledgement of Law, will find common utility amongst a potentially enormous congregation.

Crucial to the irradication of fear, is the need of a common recognizable goal, that serves us as we serve. Synonymous with this, is the co-dependence of the greater congregation and the individual. This should lead to a fair and unified congregation of common purpose, all within the economics of the Jubilee year, where every 50th year, debt is annulled, to safeguard against slavery and to maintain eternal, sustainable human life on earth.

It is questionable whether yearly animal sacrifice should be enacted here, considering the almost 2000 break of ritual, the symbolic acts of Jesus and Maimonides' questioning its value in a future messianic vegetarian age. But Abels' sacrifice in Genesis 4 requires rememberance.


Measurement Template

Ezekiels' Temple measurements have not previously been fully understood or realized as an architectural structure. 2-axial plan interpretations exist, yet the aim of this 3-dimensional interpretation, is to illuminate the multiple visions related to the "Chariot of G-D".

Here, Ezekiel’s temple measurements are interpreted volumetrically.

The Measurement Template is a simple geometry, placed on a 10m grid, which defines the extent of the plan and elevation. The geometry and grid are important, as they set up the meter by which the Temple measurements and ratios can be demonstrated, while responding with sensitivity to the scale of the existing architecture.

The Temple structure exists within the horizontal and vertical application of this template.
These geometric parameters govern both plan and elevation, which creates in a crystalized structure, where plan and elevation have equal status.

Within this volumetric (3-axial) approach, a sacred-profane hierarchy of "elevation" is introduced (the Z axes), where proximity to the Throne Room defines sacredness.

This volumetric interpretation of Ezekiels' measurements, coupled with the explanation of recorded prophetic visions, will validate this interpretative approach. (and vice versa)

The cubit measurement used is equal to 1 si metre- the measurement of the soreg (sacred-profane) barrier of the Herodian Temple.

Temple template

2-dimensional graphic template for plan and elevation

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