The ancient and future cubit is the key piece of information missing for the construction of the Third Holy Temple. It’s been known yet concealed for thousands of years, but this year we enter the final 9 years and have the ability to go beyond the 9th level, to past Wisdom (Chochma), the phase that began with the birth of the Arizal, 9/10 of the way from Adam to Moshiach, as advised by Rav Ashlag and other kabbalists of blessed memory (see The Divine Calendar).
Exactly halfway to that point, in 2889 HC, was the midpoint in King David’s life, 57.78 jubilee years after Adam’s creation. A few years later he’d begin planning the construction of the First Holy Temple, which his son, King Solomon would see through to completion.
That Temple didn’t last, neither did the Second Temple, nor were they really supposed to. Man didn’t have the consciousness to maintain their spiritual integrity and thus they physically fell too.
This time the dimensions of the Temple are a little different, they are more in tune with the cosmos, with eternal existence rather than temporal. This time the dimensions will mean more than numbers or blocks of stone in a wall.
“Great will be the glory of this last House” (Hagai 2:9)
The Ramchal, R’ Chaim Luzzatto of blessed memory, explains that Ezekiel saw the Future Temple with a height of 100 cubits, yet the First temple, built by King Solomon, who had wisdom (Chochma) was 120 cubits and 120 is greater than 100. The First temple had an additional floor of 20 cubits, representing Keter, that the Third Temple, which is Keter will not have. or need. Thus the cubit utilized in the Third Temple is a “far” greater one than the one used by Solomon, at least 20% greater, making it at least 20% greater than somewhere between 19.6-22.5 inches–the commonly assumed measure for the cubit.
The Ramchal further explains that the word B-reshit, (literally “2 Beginnings”) ,the Torah’s first word, indicates that there are two beginnings, the one we know, in wisdom (Chochma), and the previous one beyond our comprehension, in Keter. This is indicated by the gematria of the Torah’s first verse of 28 letters, 2701, which is the sum of the positive integers from 1 to 73, with 73 being the numerical value of Chochma (wisdom), the 9th sefira. Also, it should be known that this initial Torah verse stretches and covers all 9 sefirot from Malchut to Chochma in that 2701 plus the kolel of 3 = 52 squared and 52 is the numerical value of the Name of G-d that is in essence Malchut (kingdom), our physical world.
When we enter the time of the Messiah and Future Temple becomes physical, we will be in the time and space frame of Keter, the 10th and ultimate sefira.
The cubit according to tradition was always an approximate measure of a man’s forearm and hand or 5-6 hands widths depending on interpretation, accurate enough for most simple construction I guess, but….
Abraham in his Sefer Yetzirah tells us that the greater universe is constructed with 22 building blocks, and moreover that this construction takes the form of 10 sefirot (dimensions) with 5 on one side, 5 on the other, unified yet cleaved down the middle.
Sefer Yetzirah 1: 2 “Ten Sefirot of Nothingness and 22 Foundation letters” also translated as “Ten counts of Nothingness and 22 building blocks”
Sefer Yetzirah 1: 2 “Ten Sefirot of Nothingness in the number of ten fingers five opposite five with a singular covenant precisely in the middle in the circumcision of the tongue…”
Similarly we find “My left hand has founded the earth and my right hand has spread out the heavens” Isaiah 48:13) giving us again 5 on right, 5 on the left, separated in the middle, just like the Ten Commandments, which represent and parallel the Tree-of-life.
This is an important representation of the structure of the universe because we would assume that the cubit that measured the universe before our time began and that will measure it in a physical sense once the Temple is properly constructed would be one and the same.
And in these and similar passages Abraham clued us into the Holy cubit and the one probably utilized by Solomon.
All this said, please note that the ancient and future cubit is entirely based on the Name of G-d.
The Ramchal explains that the four expansions of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) have such “great holiness [that] their power is limitless. All existence is bound to them from beginning to end.”
Av YVD HY VYV HY of numerical value 72
Sag YVD HY VEV HY of numerical value 63
Mah YVD HE VEV HE of numerical value 45
Ban YVD HH VV HH of numerical value 52
The total value of these 4 names that represent the totality of the 10 sefirot spelled out in 39 letters is 232
232 is “Ad Adi Ad” (AD ADY AD) or “eternity of eternities” as expressed in the Sefer Yetzirah 1:5
And 232 + 39 + 4 = 275.
And since 275/10 sefirot = 27.5 we have the secret measure of the Holy cubit, 27.5 inches, as dictated by the Holy Name of G-d Himself.
And also as hinted at by Abraham in that 5 on one 5 side, 5 unified and on the other split down the middle is a graphic way of illustrating the numerical expression 55/2 = 27.5
Moreover, if Solomon logically utilized 22 inches as the cubit for the construction of the First Temple, anchoring it in the 22 foundation letters (building blocks) of the universe, the future and Holy cubit is exactly 25% larger than Solomons, fulfilling nicely the prophecy of Hagai and the divine analysis of the Ramchal and making the Future Temple 110 inches or 4 Holy cubits (5 Solomon cubits) higher than the First Temple.
Not coincidentally, 110 is the numerical value of Nes (miracle) and the lifespan of Joseph in years.
And for those of you who have read our recent article on the secret meaning of 5 Kings vs 4 Kings in Lech Lecha, please note that the Future cubit is 5/4 the length of Solomon’s cubit because it extends to Keter, where Solomon’s stopped at Wisdom (Chochma), just as the Arizal explained in that there are 5 levels of holiness and only 4 of evil.
Now, we are calling the First Temple cubit, Solomon’s cubit, and we could just have easily referred to it as “the cubit of Wisdom,” but we can’t refer to it as the ancient cubit, because that designation is also bestowed upon our Future cubit, as it’s been utilized before and immortalized in stone, but that explanation, worthy of a book unto itself, will be revealed in our next article.
For now, we want to illustrate how the ancient and future cubit is integrally tied into the concept of 3 and the 3-column 10 dimensional structure that our universe and the Tree-of-Life is designed around.
First, we must note, that all light gets filtered (for lack of a better word) by 10% as it goes from one sefira/dimension (level) to the next and not coincidentally it takes 22 such iterations or diminishings to descend from one sefira to the next in steps of 10%, which is akin to going from one order of magnitude to the next (i.e. 100 to 100, or 10 down to 1)
The number 3 connotes balance, physical and spiritual, and if we where to start with the ancient and future cubit (27.5 inches) and achieve an equilibrium point by adding and subtracting 10% at a time, we’d get
27.5 + 2.75 – .275 + .0275 – .00275 + .000275
and the point in space that this exercise would eventual reach is 30.00000000000000000…, or essentially 3, as 30 is just 3 x 10.
We now can understand why the letter Lamed (L) of numerical value 30 was chosen as the last letter of the Torah. Together with the initial letter Bet (B), they form 32, as in the 32 Paths of Wisdom that comprise the Tree-of-life reality, in other words the 22 building blocks and the 10 sefirot(dimensions), which lies at the Heart (LB) of Holy Temple . And with the initial Bet (B) having one foot in the spiritual world, the initial 28 letters of the Torah’s first verse could be interpreted as 27.5 letters.
The mathematical expression for this convergence is an alternative harmonic series that looks like this, with n representing the amount of iterations or dimensions the light is processed through, going from 1 to infinity, and x being the measure of our cubit in inches:
∑ x + (-1)n+1(x/10n)
n = 1
if x = 27.5 then the summation series converges on 30
if x = 2.75 then the summation series converges on 3.
And thus we see that the length of the future cubit is much more than the length of our forearms and connects us to cosmic proportions that we can only begin to understand. Yet. Yet this time we must understand them, as we are the generation of knowledge and if we are to burst through to the dimension of keter, we’ll need to find the awe with which to do it through our minds. At that point our hearts will be open to receive. We have a lot to overcome, though, as the awe we have for our blackberries, I-Phones, computers and the like is so great. We’ve set our own high hurdles.
In our next article we’ll rewrite history when we reveal how the secret measure of the cubit was cleverly concealed in stone thousands of years ago and available to all who wanted to seek it.