The Golden Gates
In Heaven and On Earth
August 2010 II
By Steve Santini
There is a gate in heaven. One day, heaven will extend through this gate unto earth. There is a gate on earth. On that day this gate will receive the extension of heaven. Both of these gates are known respectively as golden gates.
The golden gate on earth was located in the eastern wall of the temple mount in Jerusalem. It was located where an east-west ley line that extended from the Holy of Holies to Elijah’s Hill in Sion beyond the Jordan intersected the wall. Historians write that the doors to this gate in the Herodian temple were covered with Corinthian Bronze, an alloy of copper, silver and gold. Due to its unique luster, especially in the sunlight of dawn or eventide, Corinthian Bronze was considered more valuable than gold itself. In the ancient world, gold represented the gods, silver represented men and copper represented judgment. In the East, the elders sat at the town gate making decisions and pronouncing judgments.
Before this gate was termed as the Golden Gate it was known as the Temple Gate Beautiful throughout antiquity. (Acts 3:2) In the fourth century, Jerome chose to translate the Greek word horaios, meaning beautiful, with the Latin word aurea, meaning gold, for the Latin Vulgate. His reasons for doing so are uncertain, however, when the figurative significance of Corinthian Bronze is considered, his reasons may not be far from the mark.
According to scriptural prophecy, the Lord Jesus Christ and his glory shall enter the temple mount by way of this eastern gate.
1: Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
2: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
3: And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
4: And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
5: So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
6: And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
7: And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places Ezekiel 43
Christ, as the former context of Ezekiel reveals, first projects himself in fiery judgment upon the sin of Adam, then, as the Lord himself, proceeds in the mercies and blessings of the first resurrection for all who have believed. The purifying ashes of the red heifer represent this judgment. These ashes were kept in the gatehouse of the Beautiful gate. As such these ashes of the red heifer were sprinkled for symbolic purification on those who had come into the presence of a dead body before they were allowed through the Beautiful temple gate to the temple mount. The apostle Paul in his revelation states that the body is dead because of the inherited sin of Adam. (Rom. 8:10) So now, man will only become purified in resurrection for his true entrance first through his own ashes. (Luke 3:16, II Peter 3:10, Malachi 4, I Peter 1:24, John 12:24, I Corinthians 15:22,23,36, Hebrews 12:29, Genesis 18:27, Hebrews 9:27)
1: The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2: To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance (nuance- cleansing) of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3: To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61
The word beauty here in Isaiah literally means a headdress in the Hebrew language. In the Eastern culture both the bride and the groom wore simple head dressings that denoted the groom’s family identity by tribe and clan. They represented the assumed glory of the union. Accordingly, these wedding headdresses were prized family possessions. They were subsequently worn in public only on the most notable family occasions.
The word beautiful in the phrase “gate of the temple which is called Beautiful” in Acts 3:2 is the Greek word horaios. According to lexicon definitions by Lindell, Scott, Jones and Thayer this word applies to persons and things. It means in due season especially harvest time. It does not necessarily imply beauty but does imply appropriateness in time. (Secularly, in some instances it was used of a young man or young woman who had come to a marriageable age.) Perhaps the lame man laid daily at the Beautiful temple gate in the third chapter of Acts was there waiting for what he knew would be an appropriate location and possible time for him to be made whole - the coming of his Messiah for his resurrection into perfection. This view would be fitting with the scriptures on the subject and with the Arabic name for the gate -The Gate of Eternal Life
In the ancient east the names of temple gates were significant as were the gates believed to lead into and out of heaven. The primary gate of heaven was known as the golden gate. From it, the gods ascended and descended. This gate has been written of from antiquity to modern times.
The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, written several centuries after the worldwide flood, contained the first reference to this gate. After the death of his beloved companion Enkidu, Gilgamesh searched for answers about how to obtain eternal life from his ancestor Noah who resided in the center of the heavens with the gods. After Gilgamesh crossed the celestial sea he came to the gate in the Mountain of the Sun guarded by scorpion men. This gate opened to a passage that led to a paradisiacal land in which there was another sea with a central island where Noah dwelt. This epic was far reaching in that day and time. It was translated into Akkadian, Elamite, and Hittite. It was also adapted and presented as plays. This epic endured in Near Eastern cultures for over a millennium.
In a similar fashion the second millennium BC Egyptian Book of Gates places Ra, the sun god, in a celestial boat passing through successive guarded gates and passages filled with flames to emerge in the waters of Nu represented by a circle or disk in the sky. Ra then entered the boat of the gods that moved to a central island represented by the circular body of Osiris.
This belief in a gateway to and from heaven has been universally maintained through out the ages in the writings of poets, philosophers, priests, prophets, monks, magi and mystics. It has also been recorded in the symbols of kings and emperors like the imperial seal of Cyrus the Great and the labarum of Constantine. Even today one of the more popular songs is entitled, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and a common figurative expression is the pearly gates referring the entrance to heaven.
Where then is this gate in heaven located? It is located at one of the two points where the two great celestial circles appear to intersect. The first great circle is that of the zodiac. This is the circuit on which the sun proceeds through the heavens during its annual cycle. It is named the ecliptic. The other is the circle of the Milky Way or circle of our galaxy. Its center line is named the galactic equator.
The intersection of the circles between Taurus and Gemini is known as the silver gate of heaven. The intersection of these two circles between Scorpio and Sagittarius is known as the golden gate of heaven. The galactic center lies visually from our solar system along a line that passes through the golden gate.
The ancient celestial signs surrounding the golden gate are revealing.
Ophiuchus is above the golden gate of heaven. He is holding down the malevolent serpent. Jupiter, the king planet, made a unique retrograde motion under the feet of Ophiuchus in 2007. During the Hebrew Feast of Unleavened Bread, the planet visually stopped under the foot of Ophiuchus just beyond the golden gate of heaven. Then on the winter solstice of 2007, Jupiter proceeded to be uniquely in the golden gate of heaven.
Ara, the altar of fire, is below the golden gate. It was commonly know as the golden altar of heaven. In the upper left is Aquila represented dually as a descending eagle/man. In the lower right is Lupus the victim slain or the body of the dead dog. To the center right is Libra, the balances of judgment. And to the left is Sagittarius. Sagittarius was known in the earliest cultures as the place of the mighty ones. The arrow of Sagittarius is pointed at the “opposing” bright star Antares across the golden gate in Scorpio. The glowing galactic center is located far beyond the golden gate.
The Milky Way or galactic circle is present, as are stars and planets, during the daylight hours. However, the light from the sun washes out all these other lights during the daytime. In the East the Magi and other celestial observers noted the position of the sun in the zodiac on a daily basis by observing the stars present just before sunrise.
Because the earth circles the sun, the backdrop of the galactic circle and the stars changes a bit daily. In the course of one year the sun will visually travel clockwise about 1 degree per day around the ecliptic through all twelve constellations of the zodiac and be in nearly the same location on the day ending that year.
From year to year the slight difference in the sun’s location on a given day is imperceptible to human sight. However, if the location on that given day is observed for centuries the difference becomes apparent. For example, on the winter solstice, the proposed day of Jesus’ conception, baptism and transfiguration, in 4004 BC at the creation of man, according to E. W. Bullinger’s chronology, the sun was located above the star Nashira in the east of Capricorn. In the flood year of 2248 BC the sun was located in the west of Capricorn on the winter solstice. In the year when Jesus was crucified in 28 AD the sun was located between Capricorn and Sagittarius on the winter solstice. (Celestron’s, The Sky) Now, in this season, the sun is passing across the golden gate of heaven on the winter solstice.
The movement is termed “procession” and is due to the slow and consistent movement of the earth’s axis as it circles like that of a very slow-motion wobbling top. One cycle in this wobble takes about 26,000 years. This motion causes the sun to move counter-clockwise around the zodiac 1 degree every 72 years.
The ancient cultures like those of the Egyptians and Babylonians were visually aware of this slight westward processional movement of the sun from its succeeding winter solstice positions. And they were aware of the future time period when the sun would cross over this golden gate of heaven on the winter solstice.
Could it be that the writers of the first century Christian document entitled the Didache – The Teaching of the Twelve were referring to this season of what is now called galactic alignment on the winter solstice when they wrote, “Then the signs of truth will appear: First, the sign of heaven opening”? The Greek word for opening means extension such as a sail on a boat unfurling in the wind.
The following is a translation of the last three verses of the Didachce by Ivan Lewis from extant Greek manuscripts with consideration given to the Coptic and Latin texts:
6) Then the signs
of truth will appear: First, the sign of heaven opening. Then, the sign of the
trumpet sounding. And third, the resurrection of the dead.