"...the gate that looketh toward the east: And the glory of the Lord came into
the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east."
1 Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces east;
and it was shut.
2 And he said to me, "This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and
no one shall enter by it; for the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered by it;
therefore it shall remain shut.
3 Only the prince may sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by
way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way."
The "Golden Gate" was located in the East wall of Jerusalem; it was one of
eleven entrance gates into the city. Notice in the above picture 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 East gate was walled up
by it's Muslim conquerors (the Ottoman Turks) in 1530 A.D. Notice also the
cemetery that has been planted in front of it. Many believe this was done to
prevent the entrance of the Jewish Messiah through that gate as was foretold by
known Old Testament prophecies. However, Ezekiel prophesied the shutting of this
gate itself around 600 B.C. -- that it would be shut "because the LORD (Jehovah
or Yahweh), the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be
Jesus entered Jerusalem through the East gate around 30 A.D. (long before it was
blocked by the Ottomans) as he came down from the Mount of Olives and entered
the temple according to our understanding of Luke 19:28-48. He would have
entered through the original gate in the wall which was destroyed with the city
by the Romans in 70 A.D. Ezekiel says concerning this closed gate that the
"Prince" (which the Messiah is often called throughout the Old Testament and
Jesus is called in the New Testament) shall enter it again. Jesus, having
entered the city, said that he would not be seen again until Jerusalem
acknowledges him (Matthew 23:37-39).
The Eastern gate is presently considered by the Arabs to be their exclusive
property. It is sealed up and blocked off. However 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.
Gal 4:4 "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law"
The Court of the Gentiles was the outermost court in the Jerusalem Temple during the time of Jesus. No gentile or non-Jew could proceed any further into the inner temple areas, and even Roman citizenship did not protect a Gentile who intruded into prohibited areas.