Secrets of the Future Temple
Mishkney Elyon
"Dwellings of the Supreme"

by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("Ramchal")
Translated by Avraham Yehoshua Greenbaum


"You, son of man: Tell the House of Israel about the Temple. Let them see the measurements of the plan. Let them know the form of the Temple and its structure, all its forms and all its laws. Write it before their eyes, and they will guard all its forms and all its laws and do them" ( Ezekiel 43:10-11).

Ezekiel said to the Holy One blessed-be-He: "Master of the World: We are now in exile, and You tell me to go and inform the Jewish People about the plan of the Temple? 'Write it before their eyes, and they will guard all its forms and all its laws and do them.' How can they 'do them'? Leave them until they go out of exile, and then I will tell them." The Holy One blessed-be-He said to Ezekiel: "Just because My children are in exile, does that mean the building of My House should be halted? Studying the plan of the Temple in the Torah is as great as actually building it. Go and tell them to make it their business to study the form of the Temple as explained in the Torah. As their reward for this study, I will give them credit as if they are actually building the Temple" (Midrash Tanchuma, Tzav #14).

SECRETS OF THE FUTURE TEMPLE is a translation of Mishkney Elyon, "Dwellings of the Supreme", by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Ramchal, 1707-47). It discusses the significance of the design of the Third Temple as prophesied by Ezekiel and explains the purpose of the Temple services. This is a serious kabbalistic text that will be most meaningful to those who have a grasp of the Temple layout and services as well as some familiarity with kabbalistic concepts.



Translator's Preface


The Gate of Heaven

The Kabbalah Tradition

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

The Heavenly Temple

Key Concepts in Mishkney Elyon: Shefa • Roots and Branches of the Tree • Sources of Shefa: Sefirot and Partzufim • Lights, Names and Numbers • Letters of Creation • Divine Names • Miluim • Union • Number and Space • Order • Studying Mishkney Elyon • The House of Prayer for all the Nations

How to study Mishkney Elyon & Suggestions for Further Reading

The House of Prayer for all the Nations

Guide to the Layout of the Third Temple

Plan of the Third Temple (Graphic Image)



The Temple Building

The Temple Courtyards

The Temple Service

The Flow of Blessing: Shefa

The Altar

The Outer Courtyard

The Temple Mount

The Distribution of Sustenance

Five Chapters


We are grateful to Rabbi Yosef Spinner שליט"א for his consent to the use of his transcription of the only known manuscript of Mishkney Elyon as printed in Sefer Ginzey Ramchal by the late Rabbi Chaim Friedlander זצ"ל. We are also grateful to יבלח"א Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Lipshitz for permission to use his Plan of the Future Temple according to Ramchal, the original version of which was printed in Rabbi Friedlander's edition of Mishkney Elyon.