Shutting of East Gate After His Coming.
by D Berg
"Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the Sanctuary, the one facing toward the East; and it was shut.
Then the Lord said 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, has entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut." -- Ezekiel 44:1,2 (Prophecy given 572 B.C.)
When Jesus ("the Lord, the God of Israel") made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of the colt of an ass,
He came from the Mt. of Olives and entered into Jerusalem's East Gate (Mathew 21:9-12), the gate which led into the Temple courts,
as it says here "the outer gate of the Sanctuary which faces towards the East."
In 70 A.D., the city of Jerusalem was utterly destroyed and it remained in ruins for centuries after.
But in 542, the Moslem Sultan Suleiman rebuilt the walls of the city.
Because the Jews who had rejected Jesus believed their Messiah was still to come and was yet to make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem,
Suleiman (who wanted to avoid the Jews rallying around a "Messiah" and rebelling) walled the "East Gate" completely shut, and thus unwittingly fulfilled the ancient prophecy of Ezekiel,
"It shall be shut...because the Lord (Jesus), the God of Israel, has entered in by it."
And the East Gate remains sealed shut until this very day!
Most Jews believe that the Messiah has not yet come, but according to these two fulfilled historical facts:
1) The destruction of Jerusalem,
2)The walling of the East Gate,
The Messiah has already come! -- And if it wasn't Jesus of Nazareth, who was it?
Who else was born of a virgin in Bethlehem, was called God, rode triumphantly into Jerusalem an an ass,
was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver, was proclaimed innocent yet condemned unjustly to be crucified while soldiers parted His garments,
was associated with the wicked in his death, was buried in a rich man's tomb and rose from dead --
all in fulfillment of Messianic prophecy!
The answer of course, is no one else but Jesus Christ!
And the prophecies that we have quoted here are only a few out of nearly300 specific Old Testament prophecies which Jesus fulfilled!
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