The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah was birthed in tears and prayers and fasting.
Ten gates are mentioned in Nehemiah chapter 3. The names of the gates looked forward to the gospel and the Messiah Yeshua who was to come. And so we can see how God’s sovereign plan to bring redemption to mankind was birthed from the very beginning.
The gospel of Jesus is embroidered into the very fabric of scripture.
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9 The East Gate
Nehemiah 3:29a ‘And after him Shemaiah the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, carried out repairs.’
The Eastern Gate faces the Mount of Olives. It is also called the Golden Gate or Gate of Mercy or the Beautiful Gate. It is a sealed double entrance leading into two vaulted halls.
The Gate is opposite the Mount of Olives where the priests will sacrifice the red heifer on Yom Kippur when the Temple is rebuilt and sacrifices are resumed.
Ezekiel 44:1 records: ‘Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened, no-one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it. The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the Lord. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way.’
The Jews believe that the promised Messiah will enter Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate when he arrives.
The Muslims believe it will be the site of future judgement and resurrection.
Christians believe that Jesus went through this Gate on Palm Sunday and will go through it again when he returns. Thousands of Christian graves face this gate in the hope they will be first resurrected when Christ Jesus returns.
The Gate was ultimately sealed by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman in 1541 to prevent the prophesised coming Messiah from entering Jerusalem.
Peter and John healed the crippled beggar here.
Acts 3:2 ‘Now, a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.’
The East Gate therefore pertains to the return of Christ Jesus the Messiah.
Hasten the day when Christ Jesus will return in power and glory; gather his beloved Bride; wage war against the enemies of darkness; bring down the New Jerusalem and establish his heavenly rule here on earth for all eternity. O hasten that day!
To read the previous eight gates click on their name:
Gate 1 The Sheep Gate
Gate 2 The Fish Gate
Gate 3 The Old Gate
Gate 4 The Valley Gate
Gate 5 The Dung Gate
Gate 6 The Fountain Gate
Gate 7 The Water Gate
Gate 8 The Horse Gate
Tomorrow the last gate is the Inspection Gate!
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