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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Gate



So where is the "the gate of heaven"?


The money changers are still there!


Have you ever wondered about "the place" of the encounters of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with God?

Have you ever wondered where the tree of life was planted in the Garden of Eden? Well, the most likely location is Jerusalem, Israel, the place is "the gate" to heaven whose name means "Teaching of Peace, God shall Prevail".

The most famous place in Jerusalem is of course the Temple Mount and the location of the Holy of Holies with the two Cherubim guarding the Ark of the Covenant. This spot could very well be where the "Tree of Life" also stood. This we do know, the money changers are still there.

Mount Moriah is the location of Isaac's altar and most likely the very same place that Jacob slept on the rock and "saw" the ladder to heaven where the angels of God were ascending and descending.

Facing this very spot is where the Red Heifer Altar stood on the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley (without the camp) facing The Temple Mount and the entrance to The Temple.

The Temple Mount is where Abraham and Isaac sojourned to "the Mount" when Abraham was told by God to offer Isaac but instead the Lord provided a ram.


By the witness of a Roman Centurion, there is very good reason to believe this spot on the Mount of Olives is also where Jesus (Yeshua, "the lamb of God") hung from the crossbar on the tree between heaven and earth.


We know this is where He "ascended" to the cloud of glory and the Right Hand of The Father. Scripture tells us it is where he will "descend" in glory as King. It is the place Abraham named YHVH Jireh (in YHVH's mountain it will be provided). Perhaps this too is where Adam was buried (Golgotha means the place of the skull), it is after all the world's oldest cemetery with thousands of ancient grave sites.

After all, how could the "gentile witness", the Roman Centurion have seen the graves break open and the separation curtain of the Holy of Holies tear while he was watching the crucifixion of Yeshua unless he was directly facing it? Unless, he could bend light with his eyesight he could have never been a witness to that curtain falling at the location behind the Temple Mount that Constantine's mother, Empress Helena declared it to be in 326AD.

Let's look at the Centurion's on the scene eye witness account:
Matthew 27:51-54 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
So, what does this mean?

Keep your eyes on the Temple Mount and Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

Just look at these Scripture References

First there was the fall and man was put out away from Eden but there was a promise to return:
Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.

Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
The story of Abraham and Isaac provides a prophecy of the lamb:
Genesis 22:7-9 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
The place that they stood on is today's Temple Mount:
Genesis 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind [him] a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Messiah came to the same place just like the ram Abraham saw caught in the thorns:
John 19:5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And [Pilate] saith unto them, Behold the man!
The Father sent His spirit to the same place:
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
We see the promise of a gate:
Genesis 22:17-18 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou [art] our sister, be thou [the mother] of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

Psalms 127:1-5 [[A Song of degrees for Solomon.]] Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain. [It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
The Temple Mount is where Jacob saw the ladder, the shadow picture of Messiah:
Genesis 28:10-22 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put [them for] his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I [am] the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I [am] with thee, and will keep thee in all [places] whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done [that] which I have spoken to thee of. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew [it] not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful [is] this place! this [is] none other but the house of God, and this [is] the gate of heaven. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put [for] his pillows, and set it up [for] a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city [was called] Luz at the first. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set [for] a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what [is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst tell?
John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.
The Temple Mount represents the gate of the camp of God, the gate of His place:
Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who [is] on the LORD'S side? [let him come] unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
Ruth 4:10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye [are] witnesses this day.
2Samuel 19:8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.
Ezekiel saw the glory of God appear there at the same place Messiah gave His life as an offering, an atonement for the sin of man:
Ezekiel 11:22-23 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel [was] over them above. And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain [Mount of Olives] which [is] on the east side of the city.
Ezekiel also gives us a prophecy of the gates:
Ezekiel 46:8-9 And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of [that] gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof. But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.
Ezekiel 47:2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
Scripture has always referenced the gates of Jerusalem:
2Samuel 23:15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which [is] by the gate!

2Kings 7:20 And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died.

1Chronicles 11:17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that [is] at the gate!

John 7:37 In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Jeremiah 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all [ye of] Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.

Micah 1:9 For her wound [is] incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, [even] to Jerusalem.

John 18:1-2 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

Hebrews 13:8-16 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For [it is] a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
John records the promise of Messiah as the Son of man if we just believe on Him:
John 6:33-40 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Revelation 22:1-2 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 21:21 And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
As does Luke and the Psalmist:
Luke 24:49-51 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

Psalms 118:14-29 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation [is] in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, [and] I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone [which] the builders refused is become the head [stone] of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it [is] marvelous in our eyes. This [is] the day [which] the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed [be] he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. God [is] the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, [even] unto the horns of the altar. Thou [art] my God, and I will praise thee: [thou art] my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Study the Scriptures, all of them and believe on Him:
John 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.

John 5:46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.

Luke 24:44-46 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me.
The key to understanding the volume of the book is to understand God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us. He never changes and He teaches us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live. It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer.

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now!

Shalom.

3 comments:

Ken Cagle said...

I agree with what you are saying about the Tree of Life and it's location. Do you think it's possible the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was located where Yeshua died? It makes sense as the first Adam dies there (spiritually) as well. It would make sense that our Messiah would conquer sin and death on the same location Adam introduced it to mankind.

Dennis Northington said...

Ken thank you.

Your comment makes a whole lot of sense and it fits the theme of Scripture. I also believe it's most probable that the execution stake, the cross was located where the gentile Roman Centurion could be the true eyewitness as stated in Matthew.

To see the curtain tear and the graves along the base of the Mount of Olives open as described in Matthew 27:51-52 simply requires the eye witness to look directly at the Temple doors since the curtain was inside hung before the Holy of Holies.

It's massive doors faced due east, so his view had to be from the Mount of Olives, not the place that Flavia Iulia Helena, the mother of Constantine ientified during her visit to Jerusalem in 326AD.

She chose a rock formation which is north and back behind the Temple Mount along the Nablus Road. That location is no where near the graves of the Mount of Olives and certainly not within any visual alignment toward the front of the Temple.

Ken Cagle said...

It all seems to line up with Scripture. To me this is essential for us to understand the work there and what was accomplished. Thank you