“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.”
The “Golden Gate” was found in the East wall of Jerusalem and represents a strong prophetic evidence for the authenticity of the Bible. The Eastern Gate was just one of eleven entry gates into the city. Notice in the above photo that this gate is sealed shut. It was sealed up in the 16th century A.D.
A little background on the East gate of Jerusalem: The Eastern gate was walled up by it’s Muslim conquerors (the Ottoman Turks) in 1530 A.D. Notice at the same time, the cemetery that has actually been planted in front of it. This was done to prevent the entrance of the Jewish Messiah through that gate as was predicted by known Old Testament biblical prophecies.
Nevertheless, Ezekiel prophesied the shutting of this gate itself around 600 B.C.– that it would be shut “because the LORD (Yahweh), the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.”
Jesus went into Jerusalem through the East gate around 30 A.D. (long before it was closed off by the Ottomans) as He came down from the Mount of Olives and went into the temple according to our understanding of Luke 19:28 -48.
He would have gotten in through the original gate in the wall which was destroyed with the city by the Romans in 70 A.D. Ezekiel states concerning this closed gate that the “Prince” (which the Messiah is typically called throughout the Old Testament and Jesus, as is called in the New Testament) will enter it once again. Jesus, having actually entered the city, said that He would not be seen again until Jerusalem acknowledges Him (Matthew 23:37 -39).
The Eastern gate is currently considered by the Arabs to be their special property. It is sealed up and blocked off. Nevertheless one day, the Messiah will land on the Mount of Olives, with all His saints, and walk down to and right through the Eastern Gate and into the Temple area.