The Eastern Gate in Prophecy


Around two,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel was provided a vision of the Glorious Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ezekiel 10:18–19 11:23 43:1–5 44:1–2 46:12). In Ezekiel 43, we study:

“Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of lots of waters: and the earth shined with his glory. And it was according to the look of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions had been like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar and I fell upon my face. And the glory of the LORD came into the home by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.” (Ezekiel 43:1-four)

It appears affordable to recommend that Jesus Christ will enter the Temple Mount by way of the Eastern gate in 1 of the most momentous events in the history of mankind (the Second Coming)!

The Eastern Gate

The Eastern Gate (also identified as the Golden Gate) is 1 of eight gates constructed into the walls which surround the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Eastern Gate delivers the only entrance from the East, and it is also the only gate that offers the most direct access to the temple mount. The Eastern Gate was destroyed in the course of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem, and the subsequent destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, as a result fulfilling Christ’s prophecy that “not 1 stone will be left on leading of a further” (Matthew 24:two). But sometime in the sixth or seventh century, the Byzantines rebuilt the Eastern Gate creating it the oldest of all the gates to the city. In 1969, Jerusalem archaeologist James Fleming confirmed that the ancient gate is situated correct beneath the existing Eastern Gate. Even though investigating the Eastern wall of the Temple, he all of a sudden fell into a mass burial web site and clearly saw 5 big wedge-shaped stones set into a huge arch.

James Fleming’s photo from 1969 from inside a grave on the outdoors of the Eastern Gate hunting at the arch of an ancient Eastern Gate.

The Eastern Gate was sealed shut, with fifteen feet of cement, in AD 1540–41 by order of Suleiman the Magnificent, a sultan of the Ottoman Empire. The motives for this stay unclear, having said that, it is most likely that the Muslim Suleiman became conscious of the prophecies which predicted the Messiah’s entrance via the Eastern Gate and, as a outcome, attempted to thwart the Messiah’s plans. And just in case a sealed entrance did not thwart the Messiah’s coming, Muslims even constructed a cemetery straight in front of the gate, considering that a Jewish Holy man would by no means defile himself by walking via a Muslim cemetery.

Having said that, tiny did they know, they had been fulfilling prophecy by undertaking this. Ezekiel prophesied the shutting of this gate itself about 600 BC, additional than 2100 years prior to Suleiman essentially shut the gate:

“Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. And the LORD mentioned to me, “This gate shall be shut it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, for the reason that the LORD God of Israel has entered by it for that reason it shall be shut.” (Ezekiel 44:1-two)

There are eight gates in modern day Jerusalem, but only seven are open. The Eastern Gate, and it alone, has remained sealed just as the Lord proclaimed to Ezekiel more than two,600 years ago!

It is a miracle how the Eastern Gate has survived for almost 500 years of turmoil in Israel, and in spite of many nicely-documented attempts to open it. 4 occasions in the final century an try to open the sealed Eastern Gate has failed… 

The initial try was on December 9th 1917 in the course of the Battle of Jerusalem. Muslim leaders in handle of Jerusalem wanted all, but 1, of the gates in Jerusalem sealed to deter the approaching allied Expeditionary Army led by the British Common Allenby. The 1 gate selected to stay open just so occurred to be the Eastern Gate. On the precise day the workmen had been preparing to demolish the mysterious sealed gate, Allenby’s airplane flew more than the city, telling the Arabs to flee. Miraculously, with no a shot getting fired, the opposing soldiers fled the city. The city was delivered into the hands of the Britain, and the gate remained sealed as Ezekiel had prophesied. 
A second try was in 1967. King Hussein of Jordan, who had handle more than the ancient city of Jerusalem, like the Temple Mount, decided to construct a hotel for Arab pilgrims on a section of the Western Wall to close off the location to Jewish worship forever. The hotel was planned to be constructed more than the Magreb Gate, which Moslems utilized to enter the Temple Mount. This meant a further gate would have to be opened so that Moslems could nonetheless get to the El Aksa Mosque (on the web site of the Jewish Temple Mount). King Hussein chose to open the sealed Eastern Gate. But, on June 5th of 1967, as the workmen ready their air-hammers to shatter the massive stones sealing the Eastern Gate, an intimidating array of Israeli aircraft flew overhead. The Six Day War had begun, and the workmen place down their tools. At the finish of the Six Day War, the workmen had been unable to resume their project for the reason that the Jews had managed to recapture their ancient capital of Jerusalem. What a coincidence!

There was a further failed try about this exact same time. When the Six Day War initial broke out, some members of the Jewish military recommended catching the Jordanian defenders of the city off guard by blowing open the sealed Eastern Gate. But the leader of the group, an Orthodox Jew, had vehemently protested the concept, stating that “the Eastern Gate can be opened only when the Messiah comes.” Just after a heated debate, they launched an attack at the Lion’s Gate rather.

Back in October 31 of 1997 the Denver Post had an extraordinary news item which headlined “Israel plans to alter wall.” Right here is an excerpt from the short article:

“Israel’s Housing Ministry desires to reopen a sealed gate in the wall ringing Jerusalem’s Old City…The program to break via the 15-foot-thick stone wall – element of a project to construct up the Jewish ‘Quarter and raise its population – also is most likely to anger the Palestinians, who oppose any modifications in Jerusalem’s eastern sector.” 

What ever came of this program is unknown, but currently, accurate to Ezekiel’s prophecy, the Eastern Gate remains sealed.

The gate will stay sealed till the day when the promised Messiah will enter into His Kingdom. Its sealing is clear proof that we are living in the finish occasions, and provided the awesome accuracy of this prophecy, we have no purpose to doubt it will stay shut till the return of the Lord as this prophecy reaches its fulfillment.

“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord sturdy and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah” (Psalm 24:7-10)


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