Every word in the Bible is inspired. All the
Hebraic directions (east, south, west
and north) have their special Biblical meanings only when Jerusalem,
the Holy City of God, is placed at the centre. Living in the midst
of a generation with no sense of direction and purpose in life, the
way to regain our directional and spiritual bearings is returning to
the Holy God Of Israel – the Centre of our lives. The only cure for
ungodliness is godliness.
As we are approaching the end of times, Israel will again take
centre-stage with all other nations playing supporting roles. The
centre of the earth is Israel; the centre of Israel is Jerusalem;
and the centre of Jerusalem is the Temple Mount where the Temple of
God once stood and will stand. That’s why all the world leaders
today, both spiritual and political, are either united or split over
the sensitivities and issues taking place daily on the Temple Mount
- the hottest property on earth.
At that time Jerusalem shall be called
The Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be
gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem.
The main entrance to the Temple of God is the East Gate. It is
also called the Golden Gate, the Gate of Mercy and the Gate of
Eternal Life. The gate has two doorways. The southern part is known
as the Gate of Mercy, and the north part as the Gate of Repentance.
Centuries ago, Jews prayed opposite this gate, facing the Temple.
They began praying at the Gate of Repentance before proceeding to
the Gate of Mercy to ask God for mercy. The Christians later called
this gate the Golden Gate. The Arabs in the Middle Ages named it as
the Gate of Eternal Life. They also called this gate the Mercy Gate.
According to the Islamic Koran, the just will pass through this gate
on the Day of Judgment.
The Golden Gate is the oldest of all the gates in Jerusalem
today. It is one of the most beautiful gates in the Holy City. The
present gate was built in the 5th century AD. On the eastern side of
the Temple Mount, this gate is the closest gate to the Temple site.
It was actually the main entrance to the Temple. It is on the
eastern wall of the Old City, facing the Mount of Olives and the
Jewish cemetery. The gate has a beautiful decorative double arched
doorway supported by wide columns set into the stonework. Inside the
gatehouse are two massive pillars. According to Moslem tradition,
these were brought by the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon. Although
its builder was unknown, this gate still exists today.
Unlike the other gates, this gate has no visible signs of entry.
The Arabs believe that since the Jews expect that their Messiah
would come through this gate, they would try to prevent any
possibility of His return. So, Moslem leader Saladin had it sealed
in 1187 AD. The East gate was walled up by its Moslem conquerors,
the Ottoman Turks, with great stones in 1530 AD. Bricked in solid
from top to bottom, it is now adjoining with the wall itself so that
no one can enter or leave through its portals. And a cemetery was
planted in front of it thinking that the pure and holy Jewish
Messiah could not set foot in an unholy and dead cemetery, and
therefore would not be able to come. This was done in vain to
prevent the coming of the Messiah through this gate as foretold by
the Old Testament prophets. However, Ezekiel prophesied the shutting
of this gate itself around 600 BC, more than 2100 years before the
Moslems actually 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 said to me, "This
gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall
enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it;
therefore it shall be shut. Ezekiel 44:1-2
This gate was shut by God Himself, not the
Moslems. This sealing took place when the Jewish hearts were blinded
by a veil during the time of their visitation when they rejected
Christ their Messiah:
But their minds were blinded.
For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading
of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their
heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is
taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:14-16
For I do not desire, brethren, that you
should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in
your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to
Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The
Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away
ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when
I take away their sins." Romans 11:25-27
Ezekiel saw the glory of the LORD departing
from the First Temple, built by King Solomon, through the
Then the glory of
the LORD departed from the threshold of the temple and
stood over the cherubim. And the cherubim lifted their wings and
mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went
out, the wheels were beside them; and they stood at the door of
the east gate of the LORD'S house, and the glory of the God of
Israel was above them. Ezekiel 10:18-19
Through the East Gate, the glory of God
departed, and through the East Gate, His glory would return. Ezekiel
prophesied that Messiah would come back through this Golden Gate:
Afterward he brought me to the gate,
the gate that faces toward the east. And behold, the
glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east.
His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone
with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I
saw-- like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the
city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River
Chebar; and I fell on my face. And the glory of the LORD came
into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east.
Jesus entered Jerusalem on a humble donkey through the East gate
around 30 AD, about 1500 years before it was sealed by the Ottomans.
His triumphant entry into Jerusalem began at the Mount of Olives
before He entered the Temple (Luke 19:28-48). The original gate in
the wall, which our Lord entered through, was destroyed with the
city by the Romans in 70 AD.
At the Temple in Jerusalem, Jesus proclaimed that He would not be
seen again until Jerusalem acknowledges Him as their Messiah: