Day Twelve - March 12, 2012
I had a meeting with the Rawlings in the morning. They are long time friend of the family from Ontario that have lived in Israel for many years. I then headed into the Old City and photographed the interior of the Church of all Nations that is build over the Garden of Gethsemane on the mount of Olives just opposite the Eastern Gate of what was the Temple area. I will return when the weather is better to photograph the exterior.
The Priesthood Restored
Ezekiel 44:1 Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. 2 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. 3 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.”
Psalm 24: Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle . . . The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.
A Momentous Decision
This prophecy was partially fulfilled more than 400 years ago in 1517 when the Turks conquered Jerusalem under the leadership of Suleiman the Magnificent. He commanded that the city's ancient walls be rebuilt, and in the midst of this rebuilding project, for some unknown reason, he ordered that the Eastern Gate be sealed up with stones.
Legends abound as to why Suleiman closed the Gate. The most believable one is that while the walls were being rebuilt, a rumor swept Jerusalem that the Messiah was coming. Suleiman called together some Jewish rabbis and asked them to tell him about the Messiah. They described the Messiah as a great military leader who would be sent by God from the east. He would enter the Eastern Gate and liberate the city from foreign control.
Suleiman then decided to put an end to Jewish hopes by ordering the Eastern Gate sealed. He also put a Muslim cemetery in front of the Gate, believing that no Jewish holy man would defile himself by walking through a Muslim cemetery.
A Prophetic Symbol
The Gate has remained sealed since that time. The Muslim cemetery still blocks the entrance. The old walled city has eight gates, and the Eastern Gate, and it alone, is sealed — just as prophesied in Ezekiel 44. The world would call that an "amazing coincidence." I call it a "God-incidence."
The Eastern Gate is proof positive that the Bible is the Word of God. Its sealing is clear evidence that we are living in the end times. The Gate awaits the return of the Messiah. Then and only then, will it be opened.
Keywords: Church, Church of all Nations, City, Eastern Gate, Ezekiel 44:1, Garden of Gethsemane, Gate, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Old, Psalm 24, Temple
WOW! That exterior shot is amazing!!!!! The sky is incredible. Love the shots! So proud of you Uncle Reynold! xo
Great pics Reynold. I've seen these locations many times, but stills really pull out the beauty. Keep up the fab shooting.
I just found your journals of your trip, thankyou for making this available for us to share in these teachings and beautiful pictures...
Magnificent pictures, Reynold! So proud of you! Love Mom xoxo
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