A View from Jerusalem

Posted on History

Admittedly I’m not as good at writing about history as Walter & Lawngren are, but I do love history and always have.  Dates may escape me, names might get mixed up but since one of my other favorite subjects was always geography, places don’t confuse me.

What better than a Tuesday to have an open thread history type post, and what better place for it to be on (about?) than Jerusalem.

It’s always been interesting to me that the most disputed piece of ‘real estate’ happens to be in the most disputed (by the world) country.  An ancient city that Christians know from before the time of King David, it is the epicenter of the 3 most populous religions, and is rich in archaeological finds.

I really have nothing else but some videos for today, all centered around Jerusalem.  They’re all reasonably short, and all interesting.  Whether you want to or have time only to watch one, or watch them all, I hope folks enjoy them 🙂

This first one isn’t anything to look at, but has an interesting narration concerning the building site of the old city…

This one is very interesting, discoveries of Jerusalem’s two major times of destruction, by the Romans and over 500 years earlier by the Babylonians…

This next video is photos showing areas, mainly the gates around Jerusalem from between the mid 1800’s and early 20th century.  Interesting to note the photo of the Eastern Gate around the 3:00 minute mark, shows the gate is sealed.

For some folks who might be unaware, The Eastern Gate, facing the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley, is completely sealed shut, (also known as the Golden Gate or the Beautiful Gate. If one could pass through the arches of the Eastern Gate, they would be supposedly very close to where the Temple used to stand.  The Gate was sealed shut in AD 1540–41 by order of  Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent.  It’s believed that the reason for the closing of the Eastern Gate was to prevent the Jewish Messiah from gaining entrance to Jerusalem. Jewish tradition states that Messiah will pass through the Eastern Gate when He comes to rule. The Suleiman foolishly believed that he could frustrate the Messiah’s plans with a cement ensconced gate. The Eastern Gate has remained sealed for nearly the past 500 years.

Also interesting to note that while many (myself included) have figured that when Jesus comes He will enter by the gate, defying the seal.  But noting the book of Ezekiel, in chapter 10, the prophet saw a vision of the glory of the Lord leaving the temple through the Eastern Gate- this was the first Temple which was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC.

But then in chapter 43, Ezekiel sees the glory return to the temple.  This temple being the third, and final temple of the millennial time.  In chapter 44, Ezekiel is told that the eastern temple gate “is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered through it”. In the millennium, the glory of the Lord will not depart from the temple and it symbolizes the permanent presence of the Lord among His people. The eastern gate will only be opened on the Sabbath and the New Moon…

This one is interesting too, I’ll leave it for y’all to watch and figure out, but just that things aren’t always written in stone, discoveries and the way things happen a lot of times definitely point to a plan behind it all. And it’s always interesting to see places that, even if not 100 percent proof of being what they’re believed to be, it helps those of us who’ve never been, to see the Bible come alive….

Note- the cube he is talking about is from the dedication of the third temple altar from this past December, You can see the photos here.

Speaking of the Temple, this last one is the longest, at 48 minutes and very much worth a watch…

I hope everyone has a beautiful and blessed Tuesday.  Don’t forget to come back tonight for tunes.

I’ll leave you with this,

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