I remember when some folks in my community group from church traveled to Israel. When they returned, they told us about the Eastern Gate (Golden Gate), where it’s prophesied that Jesus will return. I couldn’t wait to see that gate myself. Little did I know how my being there a few years later would give me a new perspective of that gate and God’s promise of new life.
As I looked toward the city from the Mount of Olives, I realized Jesus could see the Eastern Gate to Jerusalem the night He was arrested. The city has built up in layers since the time Jesus walked on the earth, so it wasn’t the current gate that He saw. But no matter what the gate looked like in Jesus’ time, He could see the Eastern entrance to the city from the Mount of Olives.
Jesus knew the scriptures and the prophecies. While interpretations of Ezekiel 43:1-4 may vary, that gate would have been a symbol of God’s redemption plan.
On Jesus’ darkest night, God allowed Him to see that prophetic symbol of the good that would come from what He would suffer: the Kingdom He would usher in. What incredible encouragement. What a vision of promise.
Because of what Jesus has done for us, God has also allowed us, in our everyday lives and in our darkest moments, to see glimpses of our wonderful future with Him. If we will keep our focus on God, we too can be filled with the encouragement of His incredible promise.
Thank You, Jesus.
Copyright © 2020 by Janet Eriksson
Enjoy a moment of listening to a shofar proclaiming the Kingship of our Lord Jesus. (This link will open a new window in YouTube.)
Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at https://adventureswithgod.blog/. She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.