Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Shut Gates – Jerusalem Wall

Message to the Church in Philadelphia
7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Revelation 3:7-11

The Eastern Gate, also known as the Golden Gate or Beautiful is the most identifiable of the Jerusalem wall.

The Old City of Jerusalem is surrounded by a wall containing eight major gates. Moving counter-clockwise from the northern-most gate are Herod’s Gate, the Damascus Gate, the New Gate, Jaffa Gate, Zion Gate, the Dung Gate, the Eastern Gate, and the Lions’ Gate. The Eastern Gate, facing the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley, is unique in that it is completely sealed shut. Many see the Eastern Gate’s obstruction as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Golden Gate (Eastern) and Huldah Gates (Southern)  of old Jerusalem 

These prominent gates are now closed / sealed / shut / blocked to any access.

Are there “shut gates” in your life?

I have been fascinated by the Eastern Gate for some time, but recently learned more about another shut gate – blocked from entrance - The Huldah Gates in the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount.  The effort taken to seal these doorways is intriguing.  Why were they closed and why do they remain shut are thoughts to ponder.

As Passover nears we are reminded of Jesus Christ’s “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem at the Eastern Wall. (See study notes below.) The original gate that Nehemiah built (and possibly dating to the time of Solomon) is underground, below the current gate, as documented by archaeologist James Fleming in 1969. It was through the lower gate (now underground) that Jesus would have entered Jerusalem.

John 10:23

And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.

Acts 3:10
And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple:
and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

Like us, this is a gate in waiting – longing for the fulfillment of redemption and the Lord’s return.

In Isaiah 63:1-6 the Messiah is portrayed as coming to Jerusalem from the direction of Edom and Bozrah — areas to the east.

And the Lord said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.
Ezekiel 44:2

The Huldah Gates in the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount are named for Huldah (Hebrew: חֻלְדָּה) a prophetess mentioned in 2 Kings 22:14-20 and 2 Chronicles 34:22-28.

The Huldah Gates (Hebrew: שערי חולדה‎, Sha'arei Hulda) are the two sets of now-blocked gates in the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, situated in Jerusalem's Old City. The western set is a double arched gate (the Double Gate), and the eastern is a triple arched gate (the Triple Gate).

The area is located on the south-east side of the temple mount, inside the old city. The area is approached through the Ha'Ashpathot (Dung) gate which is located on the south side of the area, which is today an Archaeological park.
With little doubt, the entrance of Jesus into the temple mount was through these steps or through the entrance above the Robinson arch.

Recent archaeological excavations near The Huldah Gates have been in the media:

Isaiah & Hezekiah archeological finds

The 2,700-year-old clay relic was found at the foot of the southern wall of Temple Mount.
“The surviving portion of the top register shows the lower part of a grazing doe – a motif of blessing and protection found in Judah, particularly in Jerusalem – present also on another bulla from the same area,” she said.
The Times of Israel- Feb 22, 2018

“The Ophel was built by King Solomon in the 10th century, and it was the biblical equivalent of an acropolis in Jerusalem where royalty ruled from.”
Ophel” means to “rise above,” and refers to a higher element of the natural landscape.
The excavations take place some 50 meters between the City of David and the Temple Mount’s southern wall.

Ophel- In Hebrew - the name of the fortified hill on the south-east of the temple mount. Its root name in Hebrew is o-ph-el, which means "climb" or "ascend". It was translated to "tower", "hill", "cliff" or "fort" in various translations.
The Ophel (Hebrewעֹ֫פֶל‎ ‘ōp̄el), refers to a specific part in two cities: the extended City of David (the oldest part of Jerusalem), as in 2 Chronicles 27:3; 33:14, Nehemiah 3:26; 11:21.

King Hezekiah's Seal Impression Found in the Ophel Excavations, Jerusalem

Biblical Discovery: Seal of the Prophet Isaiah Found

Israel Prophecies - The Golden Gate or Eastern Gate

Jerusalem: Ancient Gates, Future Glory #8:The Eastern Gate

Isaiah 62
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
7 And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

10 Go through,
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up,
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Lift up a banner for the peoples!

11 Indeed the Lord has proclaimed
To the end of the world:
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Surely your salvation is coming;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.’”
12 And they shall call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
And you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.


Psalm 24:7-10 contains a prophecy about the Lord’s return.
“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.
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.”

Handel Messiah - Lift up your heads, O ye gates

The Eastern Gate / Golden Gate / Beautiful Gate
The Gate in Waiting
Jerusalem fine art photography by Reynold Mainse
My notes / connections with the Eastern Wall -

Huldah the prophetess / Huldah Gates / Ophel

Lift Up Your Heads, O You Gates! (Psalm 24)

More discoveries and connections!

We are at the time of year that rehearses when Christ came the first time, officially as King: the Triumphal Entry. We are told to be looking for Him, the second time, so this is a high time of expectation, as we review more patterns of redemption, and this special day in context.

The Mountains of Israel - Hebron, Shechem, Samaria and Jerusalem in history 
and their relevance to today and prophecy.

Jerusalem (A rare video!) - an old originals photographs of the Holy City from 1853 and up


Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Events

 And they sung a new song, saying,
Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:
for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood
out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation 5:9-10

Celestial Signs - Genesis 1:14, Psalm 19

Feb 28 - Moon at Leo / Regulus
March 7 - Moon at Libra scales
March 7-11 - Moon sweeps past morning planets  
Equal day & night in Israel
Mar 16 5:48 am 5:47 pm 11:59:19
Mar 17 5:47 am 5:48 pm 12:01:16
March 17 - New Moon -
March 17 - Virgo rises with a branch in her hand
March 17 -  rise of the "Spring Star," Arcturus
March 20 - Low moon and planets in the morning
 - The Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius 
 - Cancer holds something unique in its middle: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44.
The Countdown to the Vernal Equinox
March 20 - Spring Equinox 6:15 pm IST – Jerusalem
March 22 - Aldebaran pairs closely with the Moon this evening.
March 23 - The Moon joins the lineup of Betelgeuse, the Taurus horntips, and Capella
March 24 - First-quarter Moon (exact at 11:35 a.m. EDT). This evening the Moon shines high above Orion, in the feet of Gemini below Castor and Pollux (bride & groom).
March 31 - Blue Moon - 2nd Full Moon of March 

March - What's in the Sky

Children of Light - But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself.  
So it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”  
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,…
Ephesians 5:13-5  Berean Study Bible

Historical events by Hebrew date:

12th Month - Adar
1st Month - Nisan / Abib / Aviv
March 18/19 - Aviv 1, 2018 / 5778 - Spiritual New Year 
begins after the sighting of the new moon  

Timeline –
3-10-18 update

March Events

Be alert and always keep on praying ... Ephesians 6 
Feb 26 - March 23 - United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) – 37th Session
Feb. 28 - March 1 - Billy Graham's Casket Will 'Lie In Honor' at the Capitol

March 1/2 - Holi - Hindu Holiday "festival of colours”
March 1 - Sunday law begins in Poland
Historic March 1: Remembering Poland’s ‘Accursed Soliders
March 1 - Wales’ patron saint, St David
March 1 – Oxford Univ. Mental Health Day

March 1 – Fast of Esther
March 2 - Purim
March 2/3 - Parashah is Ki Tissa which means "When You Take."
March 3/4 - Shushan Purim

March 2 – Burial of Billy Graham in Charlotte, NC
March 2 last day of Fermilab's art exhibit: “A Perplexity of Conundrums” -
 - greater Chicago area “Dark Matters” - Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
March 2 – movie releases "Midnighters," "Death Wish" & "Red Sparrow"
Mar 3 - World Wildlife Day - 
Mar 3, 1931 - "The Star-Spangled Banner" made the USA national anthem

March 3 - RNC and Trump fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in Florida
March 3 - 3rd Obama Gala Dinner @ Graceland (Elvis), Memphis
Throughout the event, a two-sided theme will emerge. Trust Black Women and History In The Making both speak to the reality that we are in the midst of a shift in the paradigm of how government thinks about the perspectives, contributions, and needs of black, female, young adult, and LGBTQ+ voters.
March 4 – Obama Gala Women’s Brunch - Memphis
March 4 – Oscar's - 90th Academy Awards (mirror of 60th Grammy's / ritual)

March 5 - Netanyahu @ White House
March 5 - False Idol - Living Biblically episode (CBS)
Mar 8 – 101st anniversary of the 1917 Communist Revolution

Mar 8 - UN International Women’s Day
March 9-18 - Winter Paralympics, South Korea 
March 9 - movie "A Wrinkle in Time"
March 9/10 - 21 Adar ll 5708 - April 1, 1948: The success of Operation Nachshon marked the end the siege of Yerushalayim by its Arab neighbors, by bringing food to her starving residents. 
March 9-10 - "Sabbath of the Red Heifer." It commemorates the custom of ritual cleansing for those on a Passover Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It is the Sabbath preceding Shabbat Ha-Chodesh. It is the third of four special Sabbaths. Today the Parashah is Va-Yakhel which means "Gathered Together." Today the Parashah is Pekudei which means "The Inventory." Today we celebrate reading the last Parashah of Exodus or "Shemot." At the end of the reading we say, "Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!"

March 10 - Mountbatten Festival of Music @ Royal Albert Hall, London March 11 - 23 Adar 2449 - 1312 B.C.E.: Mishkan assembled for the 1st time: - Dedication of Tabernacle - 7 days
  Lev. 8:33-9:1; Exodus 40:2; Heb. 7:24-26, 9:11-14
March 11 – USA Daylight Savings Time - Spring ahead
March 11 - CNN 6 part series begins: The Rise of the Pope - Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
March 12 - Commonwealth Day (Canada)
March 13 - The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will host a reception for winners of The Met Excellence Awards at Kensington Palace 
March 13-April 2 -  NCAA March Madness - Final Four @ Alamodome
March 13 - NBC "Rise" - deals with the staging of “Spring Awakening” - Rising Star article
March 14 - Pi Day 3.14
March 14 - USA National School Walkout (school safety) @ 10AM for 17 minutes
March 15 - Ides of March
March 15, 1918 - Passed the House - 100th anniversary The Standard Time Act effective March 19, 1918
March 16 - Egyptian election day
March 16/17 - Sabbath Parashah is Va-Yikra which means "And He Called." 
March 16 - movie premiere - "Love, Simon" - A Gay Teen Romance
March 16 - movie premiere - "I Can Only Image" - Lionsgate
March 17 - Last day of Jubilee
March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

1st Month - Nisan / Abib / Aviv
March 18/19 - Aviv 1, 2018 / 5778 - Spiritual New Year 
@ sighting of new moon 
Aviv 2 - Red Heifer sacrifice across from Temple

March 18 - Russian election day
March 18 - warnings of A Massive Geomagnetic Storm Is Going to Hit Earth
March 19, 1918 - Effective date - 100th anniversary The Standard Time Act of 1918
March 19-21 - 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism -
March 20 - Spring Equinox (Jerusalem sundial at Teddy Park)
March 20 - UN International Day of Happiness
March 20 - DVD release "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"
March 22 - UN World Water Day
March 22 - Frozen the Musical - Broadway debut, NYC
March 23 – Israel Daylight Savings Time - Spring ahead
March 23 -  US Temporary spending measure ends / gov. shut down?
March 23 - Forever stamp - Mr. Roger's Neighborhood - King Friday XIII, Pittsburgh
March 23/24 -  Parasha Tzav (Command): The Last Sacrifice
March 23 - 2nd season of "Santa Clarita Diet" show - (cannibalism)
March 23 - movie releases - interesting titles
March 24 - March of Our Lives (school safety/anti-gun rally)
March 24 & 26 - move "Ice Dragon"
March 25 - Palm Sunday / Triumphal Entry
March 25 - D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival - 
March 27/28 - Aviv/Nissan 10 - Triumphal Entry

Palm Sunday / Triumphal Entry   

March 26-28 - Egyptian election (results April 2)
March 28 - Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie 
March 29/30 - Fast of Firstborn
March 30 - Good Friday
March 30 - move release "God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness"
March 31/April 1 - Passover
March 31 - Blue Moon - 2nd Full Moon of March 
April 1 - Easter / April Fools
April 2 - Egyptian election results

Other international meetings:  &

Ongoing –
TBA - Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria returns to Palmyra ??

Redemption Reminders - Hebrews 8:1-6 / Ephesians 1:11-14
Jesus told us what the signs would mean, when we saw them: that our redemption was up ahead (nigh). So, now that we have seen a whole bevy of recent celestial signs, the next thing we should be looking for is, not signs - but redemption. Particularly, looking for things that remind us of how He came the first time - knowing He is coming a second time. So it should not surprise us that, now (post-signs), we are brought right to a time of multiple redemption pictures - reminders that we are awaiting the redemption of the already-purchased possession! Looking up! Maranatha!

March Comes in Like a Lion and goes out like a lamb

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