Back in October 31 of 1997 the Denver Post had an extraordinary
news item which headlined "Israel plans to alter wall."
Quoting from this article we read, "Israel's Housing
Ministry wants to reopen a sealed gate in the wall ringing Jerusalem's
Old City...The plan to break through the 15-foot-thick stone
wall - part of a project to build up the Jewish Quarter
and increase its population - also is likely to anger the Palestinians,
who oppose any changes in Jerusalem's eastern sector."
Besides the stated purpose for wanting to open the Eastern
Gate to grant easier access to East Jerusalem by Jews, we could
not help but consider the possible religious motives behind the
planned venture if this indeed referred to the Eastern Gate of
Benjamin Netanyahu had been strongly supportive of the Religious
Right's agenda for Israel and the religious implications of opening
the Eastern Gate were intriguing to say the least. Unfortunately
the article gave no date as to when Israel planned to break through
Thousands of years ago the prophet Ezekiel was shown in a
vision the present-day state of the Eastern Gate at Jerusalem.
We read from this prophecy in Ezekiel 44:1-2, "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; because the Lord God of Israel has entered
it: therefore it shall be shut."
Quoting from page 393 of the Pulpit Commentary we read, "The
"Golden Gate" at Jerusalem, on the eastern side of
the temple area, looking towards the Mount of Olives, is now
built up, so that it can only be traced by means of the form
of the arches and carved work embedded in a line of wall. Tradition
associates this now inaccessible archway with the gate which
Ezekiel said should be shut till the prince passed through it.
There is a striking symbolism in Ezekiel's description of the
This Eastern Gate, also known as the "Golden Gate"
has a fascinating history. The Romans occupied Israel during
the day the Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem through this
gate of destiny.
In 395 AD they were displaced by the Byzantines who remained
until the Arabs overthrew them in 636 AD.
The Arabs held this ground until 1099 AD. It was during this
time of the Arabs occupation when the Eastern Gate was with great
malice of forethought, sealed up. The reason being that the Arabs
were trying to prevent the arrival of the Jewish Messiah to Jerusalem.
They too were aware of the biblical prophecy that foretold that
the Messiah would enter Jerusalem through the Golden Gate (see
Ezek. 46:1,2 & 12), and having joined the Jews in their rejection
of Jesus wanted to thwart the fulfillment.
Over the many years Arabs have contemptuously buried their
dead in front of this Eastern Gate. Their reasoning is built
on a hapless misunderstanding. They believe that the Messiah
will be restrained from entering Jerusalem by this route because
they believe He will be bound by Old Testament laws which prohibit
Him from coming in contact with the remains of the dead.
The truth of the matter is that there is absolutely no force
in all of creation which can stop nor hinder the fulfillment
of even one of God's prophecies. According to the record of the
Prophet Ezekiel's words, the Eastern Gate was to be sealed up
and no man would ever again be permitted to enter through it
until after the Lord Himself once more enters it in glory during
the Millennial Reign.
Of that day we read in Ezek. 43:4 & 7, "And the glory
of the Lord came into the Temple by way of the gate which faces
towards the east. And He (the Lord) said to me, "son of
man this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles
of My feet, where I dwell in the midst of the children of Israel
Only after Jesus has returned will an appointed prince go
in and out through this Eastern Gate. It will be opened for him
on especially designated days during the millennium according
to Ezekiel 46:1, 2 & 12.
The historical record since the gate was sealed fully demonstrates
why Bible prophecy teachers are in awe of prophecy during our
Let us review the incredible developments which took place
on the two documented dates when men have tried to usurp prophecy
and open the Golden Gate.
The Ottoman Turks gained possession of Jerusalem in what was
then known as Palestine in 1516. They held possession over this
land until the fateful day of Dec. 12, 1917. This was the very
day history records that the Turks were preparing to have the
Eastern Gate opened.
On that very day Britain's General Edmund Allenby surrounded
Jerusalem and demanded the Turks surrender. The Turks surrendered
without a shot being fired.
In 1922 the British conquerors divided the territory into
two sections, thus creating the Arab emirate known as trans-Jordan.
Falling into Jordan's control was the eastern portion of Jerusalem
which included the Golden Gate.
It was on another fateful day on June 7th, 1967 that Jordan's
King Hussein had made plans to open up the Eastern Gate in an
apparent attempt to disprove Bible prophecy.
It was also on this incredible day that the famed 6-Day War
ended and Israel regained possession of the eastern portion of
Jerusalem. This included the Eastern Gate.
That Israel's Housing Ministry has made plans to reopen the
Eastern Gate since October of 1997 causes one to ponder what
the ramifications will be both on earth and from heaven. Since
the Jews still await their Christ and prophecy indicates many
will consider the Anti-Christ to be the Messiah then some caution
seems wise when reviewing Ezekiel's prophecy.
There remains the likelihood that this prophesied man of sin,
found in II Thess. 2:3-4, who will attempt to impersonate the
Messiah might attempt to enter Jerusalem at some time through
the Golden Gate in order to add weight to his powerful deception.
It is significant that he is called the Anti-Christ in the
Scriptures. This title in the original language not only means
one who opposes, but also one who tries to stand in place of
II Thessalonians 2:7 & 10-12 God warns all those who reject
the truth found in His true Messiah Jesus, that He not only plans
to remove the restraint on the man of sin, but will even facilitate
the delusion so many want in place of His only begotten Son.
The Scriptures give us a portrait of the false Messiah and
reveals to us that he will imitate the true Messiah in at least
1. He will come to the Jews with overtures of peace (Dan. 9:27).
2. He will come portraying a great king (Rev. 6:2).
3. He will come to the Temple in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27 &
II Thess. 2:4).
4. He will perform many great signs and wonders (II Thess.
5. He will have a forerunner much like Elijah who is prophesied
to come before the true Lord (Mal. 4:5 & Rev. 13:11-13).
6. He will even imitate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rev.
13:3 & 12).
This one thing we can be sure of, if any man attempts to open
the Eastern Gate before the Lord Jesus Christ returns from the
heavens riding a flying, white horse while accompanied by ten
thousands of His Saints doing likewise, then that man is a fraud
and very possibly the Anti-Christ himself (see Rev. 19:11-19
& Jude verses 14-15).
It is for certain God's Son Jesus Christ is returning soon
for every true believer in Him. The removal of God's true Church
described in II Thess. 4:15-18 or one's final heartbeat could
be a matter of just seconds away. This is why God declares that
today is the day of salvation. Another day to come to Jesus for
forgiveness is never promised on this earth.
This moment you can be assured of an eternal place in God's
Kingdom by coming to Him in the name of His only begotten Son
Jesus Christ. Jesus shed His blood on the cross almost 2,000
years ago so that none of us need perish.