The ORIGINAL Eastern Gate in Prophecy... DISCOVERED!
The Eastern Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem is the only one of its nine gates that is closed. It is called the Eastern Gate because it faces east. It is also known by other names, like the Golden Gate. It was closed in the 1500's when the current walls were rebuilt by Suleiman the Magnificent. The Bible indicates that the gate will remain closed until the Messiah returns (Ps. 24:7-10; Isa. 63:1-6; Ezek. 44:1).
Over the years there has been much debate over where the Eastern Gate at the time of Jesus was located along Jerusalem's eastern wall. No excavations could be made because of the Muslim cemetery that is located in front of the gate. But, in 1969, Dr. James Fleming accidentally discovered the location of the First Century gate. On our show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. Fleming shared with us that fascinating story and explain the significance of his discovery.
Dr. Fleming has lived and taught in Israel for the past 37 years at Jerusalem University College and at the Hebrew University. His first claim to fame is that he discovered the ancient Eastern Gate buried beneath the current one. Dr. Fleming has walked or motorcycled about every square mile of Israel, and is so familiar with Israel past and present that Israeli tour guides come to him for training. He now operates the Explorations in Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Georgia, an interactive museum where people here in the U.S. can experience the life and times of Christ.
Nathan Jones: How is it that you came to "accidentally" discover the Eastern Gate?
Dr. Fleming: I hoped you wouldn't notice that part of "accidentally," but yes, I can't take any credit for its discovery. I would like to be able to say after years of study and research I finally found it.
It was a heavy night of rain in the spring of 1969, and at the time I was a student in at Master's level in Archaeology. I thought I'd take some pictures of Jerusalem's city gates. As I was walking through the Muslim cemetery on the east side of the city I got close enough to look. I was taking a picture of the arch and I didn't realize the rain the night before had loosened the limestones at the top of a tomb there. It was a pretty heavy rain, too. But, just as I went "click," the tomb collapsed. So, the actual phrase needs to be instead of "accidental" rather "stumbled upon" discovering the Eastern Gate.
Nathan Jones: You fell into this tomb?
Dr. Fleming: Yes, and those that know me well think I landed on my head! But, no, fortunately enough stones fell in with me that I could stack them up, climb on them, jump up, and chin myself to get out because it was nowhere visited at the time.
Dr. Reagan: How far down did you fall?
Dr. Fleming: It was an eight foot drop. The cavity was actually a mass burial grave. There were 46 skeletons. I didn't count them right away. That was after I found out there was enough stones to get out and there wouldn't be 47 skeletons!
Nathan Jones: There were bones all around you when you were down there?
Dr. Fleming: Probably the cause had been some disease I would guess as there was still some cloth and some cartilage. I would guess it was about 100 years previously that this burial had been put there. There were not records for that particular grave.
Dr. Reagan: Did you realize immediately the opportunity you had?
Dr. Fleming: Well, as my eyes got used to the dark, I could see that beyond the skeletons the back wall of the tomb was an earlier wall. The visible wall on top of the earlier wall continued eight feet below ground. Under that wall was what was amazing — completely preserved stones in nice wedge shape of the top of an earlier gate, meaning that gate was fully preserved!
Dr. Reagan: Do you have an evidence of this? Did you photograph it for example?
Dr. Fleming: Fortunately, not only did I get a picture or two, but they came out.
Because of an uncharacteristic Middle East efficiency, when I brought my archaeology teacher back the next day after class, they had already cemented over the tomb because it is a Muslim cemetery, a sensitive place, so I was glad the picture came out.
My archaeology teacher, Dr. Kohavi, didn't seem that impressed. I think he thought I had landed on my head. Back in those days we had slides and it took awhile to get the picture developed and back. When he finally saw the picture, then he realized that the arch coming up is exactly under the left hand arch today, which means that the present gate preserves what was probably two arches, because it is the first quarter of that semicircle exactly below the first quarter of the semicircle above.
Golgatha, The Ark Of the Covenant, Yeshua... Where is the Ark of the covenant Today? when was it last seen? has it been found?
The Tablets will witness to the Jew, but also be a TESTAMONY against the world and will contrast the ORIGINAL 10 Commandments with the Apostate world "church" new "politically correct" (co-mandates) that the false prophet will REQUIRE all men to follow.
Jehovah WILL use the tablets on public display, in the hands of the two witnesses to confront and remind humanity that He is God and there is NONE other.
This is another MAJOR reason why the world will HATE these two (Elijah and Enoch) and they will be killed when it is their time, only to rise again as confirmation of the Word they presented to the WORLD. Below is a photo of the top of the Ark. Each time Ron attempted to photograph it, the pictures were less than clear, clouded, (blurred). The actual outline of what appears to be angels was enhanced afterward with ink in an attempt to show a bit clearer what Ron actually observed.
Ron eventually stopped trying believing that this was an intentional act of God preventing a clear public view at that time. I am confident that specific leaders of Israel know the ark remains beneath the place of the skull where Ron thinks it will remain in place beneath Golgotha through out the millennial reign of Christ as a testimony and will serve to remind those who visit the site of the "completed picture" of salvation, thou the Tablets will be removed and displayed to the world during the short reign of anti-Christ and his false prophet.
Remember, the sacrifice will be halted, that is NOT permitted. I believe this will take place because the false prophet will declare to the world there is no need as god (man of sin) is with man on earth.
There was one attempt by Jewish priests to physically remove the entire ark, they physically died inside the cave and their bodies were physically removed by Ron at the request of Israeli authorities who were afraid to enter. The deaths were documented in an Israeli news paper at the time, thou the story of how they died was not disclosed to the public; http://www.linksenterprises.com - BOZUNG
ISRAEL COERCED INTO TREATY 2014-2015 - "The TREATY of HELL & DEATH" ... HOW CLOSE ARE WE?
A treaty framework with Israel is likely to be signed later this year, 2014, thou the final draft of this treaty will follow. Once the final draft of this treaty is signed, a final seven year period of human political rule is underway that will culminate with apocalyptic destruction and the return of Jesus Christ.
This treaty will permit Israel to build a Temple on the Temple mount and re-institute Levitical priest service of animal sacrifice. Animal sacrifice cannot commence until the Temple of the Jews is built on the Temple mount in Jerusalem. The construction of the Temple of the Jews will immediately commence upon signature of the final draft of this treaty.
This Temple construction should take approximately 1.5 years to complete however, it is "probable" that a "temporary" structure on the Temple mount will facilitate immediate animal sacrifice and service until the actual Temple construction is completed.
A temporary Temple facility on the Temple mount must be properly dedicated with animal sacrifice in order for the Levitical priests to perform service. This temporary facility will allow for animal sacrifice to begin immediately following the signing of this "treaty with many", a covenant with Hell and death.
This "sanctification" process must be repeated again at a later date, during the dedication service of the completed Temple facility once construction is finished. These animal sacrifices are an important prophetic event since all animal sacrifices will be the abolished 3.5 years after the practice is instituted and will be replaced with mandated worship of the human image of anti-Christ when he enters into the holy place. It is likely that the animal sacrifice dedication service that was prepared for the completed Temple facility, will be "interrupted" by the Abomination of Desolation, as the, anti-Christ, enters the holy place. Revelation 13:11-15.
"This is a likely scenario since scripture implicitly states that the treaty will fail in 3.5 years and Daniel identifies this 3.5 year mark as the "midst of the week, when the sacrifice and the oblation will cease, and the abominations he shall make it desolate to the "consummation" (end of all things). Daniel 9:27
Three and one half years, (3.5years) after the signing of this treaty, the anti-Christ, (man of lawlessness), man against Christ, I.e., "anti-Christ", will travel to Jerusalem and walk onto the Temple mount and enter the “holy place”. When this occurs, the Jews living in Judea will flee for their lives to the mountains in an attempt to escape the imminent disaster that will follow the collapse of this doomed so called “peace treaty” with Israel.
Interestingly, Jews in Judea is one of the most critical elements under negotiation to settle land disputes regarding this current treaty with Israel. The fact that Jews will be permitted to remain in Judea as a result of this very treaty is nothing less than statistically and prophetically amazing. Of course when the treaty falls apart 3.5 years after its signing, the lives of these Jews will be in jeopardy, exactly the condition that Jesus warned of in Matthew 24:16. It is at this exact moment in time a cataclysmic period that Jesus Christ referred to as the “Great Tribulation” will commence. Matthew 24:21.
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Matthew 24:15-21.
The Abomination of Desolation (the lawless one), Anti-Christ, will enter the holy place and "trigger" of the judgments of God. This abominable "event" occurs 3.5 years AFTER animal sacrifices are abolished. Daniel 12:11. This occurs during Daniel's seventieth week, the seven year period of Jacob's time of trouble"
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (seven years): and in the midst of the week, (3.5 years later), he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate". Daniel 9:27
We know that the animal sacrifices on the Temple mount will commence immediately following completion of the Temple or a "temporary facility", while construction begins and is underway.
We know that animal sacrifices will be abolished 3.5 years after the first animal sacrifice occurs.
We know that the abolishment of animal sacrifice will immediately be followed by, or may possibly be the result of, the abomination of desolation entering the "Holy Place".
We know that 3.5 years after the initial signing of the treaty with Israel, the treaty will fail and the abomination of desolation will enter the holy place.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Revelation13:11-15.
IN SUMMARY: (Daniel 12:11, Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:15-21).
Daniel 12:11- states that from the day the sacrifice is abolished to the day anti-Christ enters the holy place is 1,290 days.
Daniel 9:27 - states that the anti-Christ signs a seven year covenant with many, and 3.5 years later abolishes the sacrifices and sets up the abomination of desolation.
Matthew 24:15-21 - Jesus specifically refers to this event and states that when the abomination of desolation enters the holy place that the "Great Tribulation commence, by this time 3.5 years have passed.
This would describe the scenario as follows:
1) The moment that animal sacrifices begin, one can count forward 3.5 years to when these animal sacrifices will be abolished as the result of the abomination of desolation entering the holy place.
2) Since Daniel's "week" is a seven year period and Daniel states that animal sacrifice will cease, (be abolished), at the (mid-way), his words: "In the middle of the seven", the reasonable conclusion must follow that after the abomination of desolation enters the holy place that there remains the last 3.5 years of this "week".