The Golden Gate

On the eastern side of Jerusalem, facing the Mount of Olives, stands a sealed gate. This is the Golden Gate, which is the last of the eight gates leading into the Palestinian city of Jerusalem. Bricked in solid from top to bottom it is now contiguous with the wall itself, so that no one can enter or leave through its portals.

The other seven gates were left open by the Moslems when they rebuilt the city and its walls many centuries ago, but this eighth gate they sealed in response to a Jewish tradition. The Moslem's felt that by closing it off they could prevent anyone who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah from coming through it in fulfillment of Rabbinical traditions.

Neither the Moslems nor the Jews believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Both look for someone else. So the expectation of his appearance remains.

Jewish tradition taught that the Messiah would come into Jerusalem through a portal called the 'Golden Gate' which faced east toward the Mount of Olives. When the Moslems learned of this, they sealed the eastern gate to prevent anyone entering at this location. It has remained sealed to the present day.

Christians understand that Jesus is the Messiah sent by God and that He made His entrance into Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago. The present wall of Jersualem and its Golden Gate had not even been built at the time Jesus appeared. Prophecy indicates that it will be one 'who comes in His name' that will fulfill the traditions of the Jews. And it will occur at the end of time.

The one who is coming is Michael the Archangel. When he appears on the Mount of Olives, the sealed golden gate will be opened by God, and it is through this opening that Michael will procede on his journey into Jerusalem. As he enters, Michael will herald the second coming of Jesus Christ, whose brilliant re-appearance will follow right afterward, just as soon as Michael calls out the command. (1 Thes.4:16).

Michael is the 'Elijah' the Jews have been waiting for, whom scripture has foretold will presage the appearance of the Messiah. Because they missed His first appearance, the Jewish traditions now apply to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

When the western wall comes down and the golden gate is made open to the east, it will be a sign to the whole world that the return of Jesus is imminent. It will be just the same then as it was in Jericho when the people of the Lord shouted the war cry:

"The people shouted, the trumpets sounded. When they heard the sound of the trumpet, the people raised a mighty war cry and the wall collapsed then and there." Joshua 6:20).

The mighty war cry is the intonation that Jesus said the Jews must exclaim before they see Him again:

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you refused! So be it, your house will be left to you desolate, for I promise, you shall not see me any more until you say: 'Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord." (Mt.23:37-39).

The sound of the trumpet is the musical blast Paul described in his letter to the Thessalonians:

"At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven..."

Hearing the trumpet and the war cry, the stone and mortar seals on the eastern gate will crumble and fall away when Michael is near.

The Gates of Jerusalem

Because they allow entrance through the walls that encompass the city of Jerusalem, each one of its eight gates have a symbolic meaning -- a meaning which points to Jesus -- the true master of Jerusalem.

The seven open gates of this city stand for the seven churches of Christ. By preaching Jesus -- these churches are the seven gates to the Gospel (which is Jesus -- the temple of the Lord).

Seven is a symbolic number standing for the sum total of Christian worship on earth. The eighth gate -- the sealed gate -- stands for Judaism. Together they represent the two Houses of Israel.

Spiritually, the eighth gate was sealed by God long before the Moslems came. This sealing took place in fact when the Jewish blindness was first decreed -- a decree announced by the Apostle Paul.

For this reason, the opening of this gate points to the restoration of Jewish sight and to their reunion with the Lord at the end of time. This is why the golden gate will tumble open at the end -- as a signal to the Jews that the One they have been waiting for all these years is about to re-appear.

See Also:

'The Last Days of Babylon, Chapter 15, ''Fall of the Wall'

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