– A Prophetic Symbol
The Hebrew word for “east” is
kedem or qedem.
As God chose to decree
a seven-day clock, representing a week, He
adopted kedem as a prophetic symbol for:
“And the Lord God planted a garden
eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had
formed” (Genesis 2:8).
“And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that [is] it which goeth toward the east of
Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates”
Adam and Eve were placed
“east” of the Garden when driven from that “home” (Genesis ).
On the Day of Atonement the blood was taken into the Most
Holy Place first on behalf of Aaron himself as the High Priest, then for the
people (Leviticus 16:11-15).
This blood was sprinkled on the
east side of the mercy
And before the ark/mercy seat
on the east side
This signified the cleansing and deliverance from sin
that the Messiah would bring.
Immediately – east part of mercy seat
Future – east of the ark towards the rising sun
The Tribe of Judah was encamped to
the east of the tabernacle
It was through them that the Messiah or Deliverer
would come (Isaiah 11:1).
Jesse, David’s father, was of the lineage of Judah.
The “standard” or symbol of the
Tribe of Judah (a Lion) was to be placed “on the
east side” of the camp “toward the rising of the sun” (Numbers
Many other references are made related to the “rising
sun” (Numbers 34:15) and the east in the Old Testament.
was used with the name of God, elohiym, intriguingly,
the “in front of” or “east” suddenly meant “eternal God.”
Malachi recorded the words
of “the Lord of host”: “But unto you that fear my name shall
the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings” (Malachi
As east was simply viewed as “toward the rising
- It also drew a higher and more sacred intimation.
- Deliverance would arise with healing or
restoration in its wings.
In Revelation 7:2 an angel
“ascended from the east,” ordering the four angels with
the “winds of strife” to hold them:
- Until that healing or restoration was complete,
- The sealing
The Tabernacle and later the Temple
entrance faced the east.
In Solomon’s, and later,
Herod’s Temple, a straight line could be
made from the Most Holy through the:
Temple court entrance
East gate of Jerusalem
Over the top of Mount of Olives
East – towards the rising sun
The gate of Jerusalem had beautiful relief work,
typifying the city of Shushan.
The gate was called the “Gate Beautiful” (Acts 3:2,
10) or the “Gate of Susa” (history).
It commemorated “Deliverance.”
- By Cyrus (of Persia when Shushan would be its
capital) from Babylon
By Esther (who lived in
Shushan) from Haaman’s
Thus, east, again, symbolized “deliverance.” The city of
Shushan became a symbol for the City of Deliverance. That would later be
seen as the “New Jerusalem” in Revelation.
This gate was so sacred to the Jewish people in
recognition of that city.
They had special “keepers of
the gate” (I Chronicles 31:14, Nehemiah
Christ, it is believed, entered Jerusalem at the onset of
the Passion Week through that gate.
The Fascinating Story of Ezekiel
God’s glory is about to depart from the Jewish temple –
forever – (save for Christ’s actual presence at the first advent).
Coals from the temple are scattered over the city
This denotes either
purification or, as here, final judgment (Revelation 8:5; cf.
God’s glory journeys in a defined route as it
From above the cherubim
To the Threshold of the temple
Moves to the
“east gate” of the city
At this gate the wicked leaders of the city are
at this east gate His everlasting
covenant promise (Ezekiel
Restoration will come: “they shall be my people, and
I will be their God” (vs 20).
moves to the Mount of Olives – “east of the
Ezekiel’s vision of the departure of the Shekina
God’s glory symbolically
awaits “in the east” to return (which he implied in the covenant promise to His
people and church).
The glory does return – in beautiful imagery of the
second advent and restoration of man.
- Concludes his prophetic book
Yaheweh returns to
Establishes His residence in the
fulfillment vision begins on the 10th day of the first month.
That is the day the Passover Lamb
is chosen (Exodus 12:3).
- Ezekiel is taken to a high
Where he sees a city to the south
A divine being with a measuring
stick prepares to take him around the temple to
measure it (Ezekiel 40–42)
approach the temple through the “east gate.”
Then an awesome picture comes:
This is a beautiful depiction of the Latter Rain entering
the hearts of God’s people at the end of time.
Finally, on the Sabbath of the New Moon (Feast of
The name of the city?
“The Lord is there” (Ezekiel 48:35).
Is the direction of:
Movement of God’s glory
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and
shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”
Franklin S. Fowler Jr., M.D.; EndTime Issues...,
Prophecy Research Initiative
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