He went further in and measured the doorposts at the entrance: Each was
three and a half feet thick. The entrance itself was ten and a half
feet wide, and the entrance walls were twelve and a quarter feet thick.
He measured the inside Sanctuary, thirty-five feet square, set at the
end of the main Sanctuary. He told me, "This is The Holy of Holies." Ezekiel 41:3-4 (TM)
When I was a little kid, there was a piece of masking tape across the doorway to my big brothers’ bedroom. I wasn’t allowed in. When I received special dispensation from them to enter their room, it was a huge deal. In chapters 40-41, God allows Ezekiel access to every area of the temple, including the Holy of Holies where only the high priest was allowed to enter once a year.
The angel with the measuring stick is "measuring it up" the entire temple and religious system for judgment. The measuring stick in scripture is God’s metaphor. It’s God’s way of saying, "I got out my FatMax measuring tape to see if you measured up to my standard. You don’t measure up."
None of us measure up. The law with all it’s rules of "do this" and "don’t do that" and the sacrificial system could not take care of the core problem: we do the things we know we’re not supposed to do – and the things we are supposed to do we choose not to do.
The great thing about God is that He’s a master carpenter. He made major renovations, doing away with the old and building a new system. Through Jesus, we are given grace and forgiveness – not based on what we’ve done/not done but based on what Jesus did on the cross. It’s no longer about being good enough. It’s about being humble enough to accept what God did for us.