Dr. Elisha Weismann
The Eastern Gate of Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the Golden Gate, presents some unique historical facts about prophecy concerning Israel, and also shows that the Muslims are very aware that Jesus is in fact, the Messiah and they have purposely attempted to prevent His coming. [They are of course, a little behind on history!]
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.” Ezekiel 44:1-3
If our Jewish brothers had paid attention to this prophecy, they would note that Messiah has already passed through this gate. Matthew 21, Mark 11:8-11. Although Jews do not embrace the teachings of the B’rit Chadasha (New Covenant), Ezekiel 44:2 shows that the Lord, the God of Israel “HATH entered in by it”. Not only does this verse show that Christ came into Jerusalem via this gate during His “Triumphal Entry”, but Ezekiel 44:2 also shows that Christ is the God of Israel.
This gate will remain shut until the return of Christ.. It was sealed by Islamic Ottoman Turks under the leadership of “Suleiman the Magnificent” in 1517 due to his fear that the Jewish Messiah would enter in through this gate. In fact, Suleiman was so terrified of this prophecy that he created a Muslim cemetery in front of the gate that remains to this day. Suleiman believed that no Jew or Jewish rabbi would be able to come in contact with the dead remains because of the Old Testament mitzvah about ceremonial impurity (Although under the Tanakh, this would not prevent a Levite from entering in provided that the ceremonial cleansings were observed-Jesus has already fulfilled the order of priesthood-Hebrews 7:17-so this would not prevent Christ from entering the gate!).
Unfortunately, for the Muslim and the Jew, they fail to recognize that Christ has already came once. But the significance of Ezekiel’s prophecy as yet a future event that will be fulfilled at Christ’s second coming (Ezekiel 46:1-2,12) is fascinating when we see that the gate has never been breached. It also shows that Muslims are deliberately and willfully ignorant about the nature of who Christ is, and that they feared He was actually more than the mere prophet and good moral teacher they made Him out to be.
The Turkeys possessed this area until December 12, 1917, when as they were preparing to blow up the Eastern Gate, they were subdued by British soldiers under General Edmund Allenby. Then unfortunately, Britain divided up the land (Joel 3:2) and gave part of it to Jordan in 1922 giving Arabs control of the eastern part of Jerusalem. However, Israel regained this area during the 6 day was in 1967. On June 7, 1967, King Hussein had plotted to disprove Bible prophecy by attacking the Eastern Gate which failed miserably and of course, Israel won the war in just six days, outnumbered on all sides.
Since the Temple faces the Eastern Gate near the Mount of Olives, I personally believe that when Christ settles down on the Mount of Olives that when the mountain splits (Zechariah 14:4) it is going to split the temple doors open where He will once again proceed from the Mount of Olives through the Eastern Gate to the temple and take His seat as the King of kings and Lord of lords, only this time, on a giant HORSE (Revelation 19:11) instead of the foal of an ass (Zechariah 9:9).
See our other article on Prophecies Fulfilled in Modern Israel
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.” Psalm 24:9