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Why Did They Face East?
by Wayne Blank
"And those to encamp before the Tabernacle on the east, before the Tent of Meeting toward the sunrise, were Moses and Aaron and his sons, having charge of the rites within the sanctuary, whatever had to be done for the people of Israel" (Numbers 3:38 RSV)
Then, according to God's instructions, The Temple (see Temples) In Jerusalem, which replaced the Tabernacle In the Wilderness, faced east, toward The Mount Of Olives (shown in the photograph) which will be "ground zero" for The Return Of Jesus Christ (symbolized by The Feast Of Trumpets):
"Now when the priests came out of the Holy Place, for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to their divisions; and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with a hundred and twenty priests who were trumpeters" (2 Chronicles 5:11-12 RSV)
What Was The Significance Of Facing East?
The symbolism of the Tabernacle, and then the Temple, facing east is revealed in Prophecy:
"For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man." (Matthew 24:27 RSV)
After the Return of Jesus Christ, "living waters" (physical, and spiritual i.e. the Holy Spirit, see Living Waters) will flow from the Temple then in existence, which will also face east:
"Then he brought me back to the door of the Temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the Temple toward the east, for the Temple faced east; and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the Temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side."
Fact Finder: After Jesus Christ has completed all of the work that God gave Him to do, and after all Judgment has been completed, and then after the earth has been purified with fire (see Planet On Fire!), God and the New Jerusalem will come to earth (Revelation 21:1-3, see also The Camp and The City). Why won't the New Jerusalem have a physical Temple?
This Week's Bible Quiz
Name the English-language translations of The Bible that are represented by these abbreviations:
For the answers to this October 8 2002 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page
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