Look To The East: What do directions mean in the Bible?

When I first started this blog I wanted it to explore some of the more obscure bits of the Bible, to kick around some less familiar ideas. Well, today’s post may well come across as obscure and playing with some odd ideas. Feel free to correct me in the comments.

See, the Bible has a weird relationship with the East.

Not a specific country or political entity, just the direction.

For instance, the Tabernacle and the Temple both faced to the east (so I guess when you entered them, you walked westwards. Keep this in mind.)

The wise men saw a star in the east and travelled from the east to find the infant Jesus.

The Messiah, when he arrived, was meant to come from the east; specifically the Mount of Olives (which is to the east of Jerusalem).

The east is the source of blessings and divine salvation. Which is cool.

But wait – people who travelled to the east found themselves either in trouble or causing trouble:

Cain was exiled to the east after killing Abel. (Shameless plug – I talk about this more here.)

People travelled east to build the Tower of Babel. (Another shameless plug.)

When Abraham and Lot decided to go their separate ways, Lot went east and ended up in Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Israelites were exiled to Babylon, in the east.

There’s a tension here, almost a paradox: good things come from the east, but if you travel to the east you end up in A Bad Place. What’s going on here?!

Well, this is where things get a little complicated. Because maybe this tension isn’t about geography as such, but about time and movement.

Here’s what I mean: write down, in a line and in order, the following years: 1945, 1066, 1914, 1966 and 1666.

Done that?

Now, my list goes in ascending order from left to right. That’s because I’m English. I speak English, I think in English, and I write in English. And as English is written from left to right, I perceive time as moving in that direction too – left to right, west to east.

Okay, but Hebrew is written from right to left, and low and behold, that’s how time progresses in Jewish thought – right to left, west to east. (Check out this Scientific American article on the subject.)

Hmm.

See, it’s not that good places were in the west and bad places in the east; it’s all about the direction travelled, but the direction travelled temporally, not physically. You face east to see the past and the present, the realms of memory and experience. You look ‘east’, to what’s gone before, to see God coming, but when you see him, he’s travelling towards you and if you want to stick with him you’ve got to move yourself, travel towards the west, towards a future with God.

If instead you move to the east, you’re moving away from God, to a place that God has left. And it may be an attractive place, or an exciting place, but God ain’t there no more and sooner or later you’ll find yourself in trouble. You’re living apart from God’s blessings, away from his ongoing work.

So travelling to the west is, maybe, symbolic of moving into the future, in the direction of God’s ongoing story. It’s a dynamic thing.

Travel to the east, however, is travelling into exile, into captivity, less dynamic and more static, away from God’s salvation. Moving east is a bad idea because it’s moving away from God.

It’s a theory anyway.

However it works, it’s an important lesson – even seemingly unimportant details can teach us something. The geography of the Bible is practical, sure, but it’s also full of symbolic value, where rocks, trees and points of the compass have layers of meaning, informed by language and history and divine revelation. Abraham and Moses and Peter and Jesus walked through a theological landscape, a landscape we too can learn from.

So look to the east. You never know what you’ll see.

40 thoughts on “Look To The East: What do directions mean in the Bible?

  1. Wow, Matt! I think you are secretly a Bible scholar. This is the most well thought out “obscure” idea I’ve seen. Something I would never have noticed or thought about – and I think about a lot of things. Very impressive, workable & practicable idea! Keep it up!

    • Thank you🙂 I found the idea of the East having symbolic meaning really interesting when I first heard about it. I guess that’s why I love writing this blog – I get to learn about a lot of cool stuff! Thanks for your ongoing support, it’s really appreciated.

  2. well my take on the east is a little different from yours. I think of it more like a reminder just like the communion. Communion representing the blood and flesh of Christ (his death and what it achieved for us); whereas the east represents our expectation of the soon coming King. The bible says he will come again in the clouds. Jesus is the light of the world, just like the sun that rises from the east and illumintes the world. I think the direction is significant; “we saw his star in the east and we have come to worship him”; “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches, I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star;” “There shall come a star out of Jacob…” the sun is the closest star to us. As the sun rises it shines light towards the west, as Jesus rises He shines the way and points us to the only entrance to the tabernacle- Jesus.
    The star for the wise men pointed to Jesus and they came to worship Him. Its not so much looking to the east but we being in the east should see and recognise the bright and morning Star from where we are and move towards Jesus. The levites (Moses and Aaron and his sons) camped in the east of the tabernacle and Judah (David being an offspring ) the standard that camped in the east toward the sunrise: all representing the priestly work of Christ who is the lion (king) of the tribe of Judah. in the east pagans worshiped the sun god, their alters where in the east. But our God was positioned differently; we enter in the east and the tent in the west giving our backs to pagan style of worship. We are not looking at the sun/ star and how it rises but more or less what the rising sun is doing…shining light where there is no light (knowledge of God) allowing us to see our way to God. So basically everything points to Jesus.

    • In contrast to Matt’s interpretation, I find this enriches his insight. Rightly dividing the word of truth…

  3. I found this very interesting. We did end up with the same conclusion i just felt like adding my own to sense. Its true, east looks like a place where people are in sin, fall into sin, run away with their sin and turn their backs on God. thanks for the thoughtful study.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments – the contrast with pagan worship and the thoughts on the sun/stars were fascinating. Really valuable thoughts, thank you🙂

  4. Hi
    Very interesting…I too am looking into this and noticed in your bad list of east happenings they are worded differently than the good
    East definitely seems to represent a closeness to God or dwelling in His ways

    Cain lives in the land of Nod which means wandering or without direction….although it says east of the garden he has no idea how to find God again

    Lot seperates from Abram and goes toward the east
    Or he left with the intentions of following God but didn’t do too well as we see in the evets that follow

    Babel. People moved eastward or from the east is another meaning here….just check out footnotes and look up meanings …the bible always flows together🙂

  5. Yeah i agree with Heather. The east according to the word is where God is so definately a good place thats why everything is facing that way. I did some research on this study myself a few years ago. Im glad to see that others are looking at the significance of Gods directions.

    • Gen 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD,and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
      I believe the correct interpretation of word “east” (from the Hebrew) is when you leave the “presence” of the LORD. It will be up to you to study this out, within your bible. An easy way to reduce time in studying is to us E-Sword, place “east” in bible search and study each verse. This way you allow the bible to translate itself. The “fore part” (time), east wind and others will come up under Strong”s search of the word “east”. I fought this word for years, and have come to my own conclusion this is a truthful and acceptable understanding for me. Yes, you can leave the presence of the LORD, that is easy to do, deny him and see if you are not “left alone” to your fate. An understanding of NOD will greatly help. I love the words of God. and would greatly wish to see a discussion on “Hebrew: is it the hidden truth concealed in the bible? Please do so, Thank you James

  6. hi matt,
    SO good. so profound, so helpful. googled general phrase “biblical meaning of directions” to help me with a dream I had. saw your blog and shed tears. made everything the Lord wanted me to know make sense. just a quick heads up – you have two typos: see your paragraph “Okay, but Hebrew is written from left to right,” I think you intended to write Hebrew written RIGHT to LEFT (to actually contrast with ‘graph you write just above that) then similar typo in same ‘graph where you write, ” how time progresses in Jewish thought – left to right, east to west. again, I believe you intended to write RIGHT to LEFT. From the little bit of Hebrew I remember, RIGHT to LEFT is, indeed, correct. But until your piece, I NEVER thought of spiritual significance of direction. This was just sooo amazingly well done, Matt and an answer to prayer. Even forwarded it to someone who just literally moved EAST to WEST to get a hold of what you wrote in this piece, ” So travelling to the west is, maybe, symbolic of moving into the future, in the direction of God’s ongoing story. It’s a dynamic thing.” Great thoughts. Thank you!

    • Thank you for your gracious comments, and I’ve fixed the typos! I’m glad the post was helpful. I’d be interested in hearing about the dream you mentioned, but obviously I understand if that’s a personal thing.

      Thanks again🙂

      • hi matt, thanks for your prompt reply! thanks, again, for all your study and thought show obviously shared in your piece. so, the dream showed me in motion. 1) was moving diagonally, “screen right to screen left.” 2) if on a compass, would look like SE to NW. dream showed me FOURTH in line1) hands linked safely with indiscernible being in front of me2) and indiscernible FIFTH being in line dont know “who” they were or why I even felt safe with them. just know i was safely: 1) walking through waist high water; dark body of water2) comfortably warm, perhaps slightly warmer than body temp3) water was so dark i couldn’t even call it “ink” black, as it had no sheen. was truly ABSENT all color a vapor or steam was rising from this body of water thru which the FIVE of us were moving 1) i had almost a child like curiosity about this kind of steam or vapor coming from the body of water thru which the FIVE beings were leading me with my FIFTH parter always behind2) the child like curiosity was met with an assurance. NOT a direct conversation or audible answer but I believe the FIFTH being who held my RIGHT hand as we progressed, assured me it was NOT poisonous or toxic vapor by any means, just a steam, almost a creative steam or something to do with creative (ity) dunno because i smiled inside and trusted that answer, a childlike confidence propelled me to 1) smile and sink down into this dark, vapor covered body of water.2) my other partners never tugged at me, felt the jolt of me slowing the momentum by my dunk or yanked on me.3) in fact, they stood still so i could enjoy the dunk but then, while i was smiling and enjoying my total immersion in this wonderfully comfortable body of water, ALL THE WHILE MY face turned upward and eyes open, 1) i saw a clear, translucent, crystal clear amazing almost glistening wall of gurgling, “happy” water rise higher and higher over me 2) i was NOT sinking, the bottom on which i was standing NEVER moved (bottom was soft comfortable, sturdy) 3) but the wall of water, as i stayed submerged, rose higher and higher but  NEVER ever seemed dangerous or ferocious or fast and “waterfallish.” it kust gurgled higher and higher 4) i continued to look up at this wall of clear beautiful, delightful wall of water rise higher and higher and began to be aware of my human limitation of NOT having gills!! hello! : ) 5) so i panicked and thought to myself, “reason tells me IF i dont get myself out of this, i will drown!!” 6) that said, my lungs were NEVER hurting during this submersion, my chest never felt tight. NOTHING was wrong. i just used reason to “rescue” myself. i remember the impression of my other partners or being number ONE, TWO, THREE (holding onto my left hand) then me (as number FOUR in the chain moving NW) then being number FIVE; they all never moved, they all allowed me to submerge and they ALL just chilled as I stayed under. they never even tugged me to signal a panic mode or anything. they left all kinds of latitude for me to come up when i was ready 7) so i woke myself up so i could breathe!!  : ) i spent a long morning in prayer about the meaning of this dream. that was the day i came upon your blog. i really wanted to get the direction aspect of the dream. had already done my research on numbers.  i believe i have the meaning/interpretation of my dream, perhaps completed by your writing. in fact, it blew my mind because of the literal way i could also take what you write. seemed to line up or even affirm my personal hopes and dreams and what i believe are imminent answers to those prayers. I believe God has placed a dream in my heart, incubated it forever and is now showing me it is imminent through the dream, your write up, prophecies over my life. i am excited.

        would love to hear your take on my dream and will compare notes to what i believe the Holy Spirit gave me. thanks, off the write this week’s installment of my blog. feel free to check it out whenever you’re in the clear. thanks, again!http://stillprocessing2013.blogspot.com/

      • Hi, thanks for sharing your dream. I don’t have the gift of dream interpretation, so wouldn’t want to make any guess as to what it all means, but the image of wading through water reminded me of Ezekiel 47. Don’t know if that’s of any use…

        (I wrote a post linking that passage to the living water Jesus talks about – http://wp.me/p2cCCT-6H – but like I said, I’m not Joseph!)

  7. Thanks so much for this thought-provoking blog entry. I found it through ulterior motives as I am a choral conductor planning next season which is exploring the four compass points. “West” has been giving me a lot of trouble since I live in the “west”, i.e. Canada, and it is too much of a cop-out to just program monuments of western art music and be done with it. I’ve been spending the day researching what “west” means both in society in general and within the Christian tradition and your blog post popped up giving me much food for thought and ideas to contemplate. It is a great gift, this internet thing! I look forward to exploring your blog further.

  8. Errors mentioned above that you fixed… 2nd part is not fixed yet. Still says that time progresses in Jewish thought from “left to right”, east to west.
    I too was searching for answers in something God was speaking to me, and this helped TREMENDOUSLY! I thought He was telling me to move from (currently living in) east to the west (CA), but when I made all the plans and was ready to take on a job and move, literally, it was as if it all got blocked and the desire to move there left me. People kept giving me story about Abram in Gen. 12. I finally did a word search on each step Abram took, and when I was searching out directional meanings, I found your blog. It confirmed that God was not speaking to me in the literal sense, but in the symbolic sense. I fully believe I will be moving, however I don’t know where to, but the point He was/is making to me is that He is taking me into my future of blessings, etc… ie… all the good He has promised me for my destiny.🙂
    Thank you for your incredible insight!!

  9. Jonah chapter 4:5… He sat on the east… No doubt in doing so he left the things of God and the revival happening in Ninevah.

  10. Hi Matt !

    Thanks for the insight. It’s really fascinating how the little things mentioned in the bible can have more meaning that we thought them to be. I had always seen lots of small details mentioned in the bible and always wondered why. For instance the numbers, names and phrases that keeps repeating through out the bible. It’s been a few months now i have been reading the bible and finding that these have a significant meaning than we take them for granted. I came here after realizing that the holy spirit put them there for a purpose and your blog helped me finding the importance of “east” in biblical view. I also like how you said in your opening “… more obscure bits of the Bible, to kick around some less familiar ideas” . Keep up the good work, and it’s my prayer that God reveal more to you to prove his word right.

    God bless

  11. Very astute observation. I am a writer that teaches from the Jewish perspective. I’ve thought about this in very limited detail. What you have shared here is way beyond that. Very good! Keep it coming. I would like to share with you and your readers my blog. takindownthegiant.blogspot.com. Keep it coming, sir!!

  12. Hi. All very interesting.. Just a quick note as now I have no time..
    In the OT there are two original words translated as east. Well one is always ‘east’ which is always geographical.(from this you may gather alternative meaning) the other may be translated ‘east, eastward, eternal, old etc.. I believe the latter means to pursue God or gain an eternal perspective. Jonah left Nineva and went eastward.(to see what would happen). A hot east (literally) wind arose. One passage, one author, same moment, two original words, one literal meaning, one literal with implied meaning..
    I preached on Jonah Yesterday, Shadow of Christ. Jesus also went east (not written) to pray in the garden before His betrayal. God even gave Jonah a garden to show him Gods shelter (protection) is superior than mans.. Anway lots of fun, God word is nothing short of amazing..

  13. Thanks for the insight into the meaning of the “EAST” still not sure I get it all or understand the ‘east wind’ or look to the ‘east’, need a little more information.

  14. I was wondering why the Lord banished Adam and Eve from the gardens from the East Gate. Does east symbolize a new day a new promise? We look to the east to see the sunrise it’s the beginning of a new day. Gen 3:24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

  15. The Lord says He removes our sins as far as East to West because they never meet where as North to West have a begging and an end. I don’t feel like I have gotten the answer for East yet…

  16. Thank you Matt for sharing. I am working on a post for Jonah 4:5 where Jonah heads east of the city to wait for Nineveh’s destruction, despite God saying He would save them. I guess this was a biblical temper tantrum. It seems like if something comes from the east it’s OK, but going east is a big problem.

  17. Hi. I enjyed reading each of you’ll post. I google to find out what do ” to the east
    mean” my niece posted the on face book with a cymbol of Mason and star with end of the star is yellow,blue, green, white and read. Then posted phamily love. I thout that was wird so I wanted to know what it mean. I found out what the east mean. Do any of you know what the star mean?

  18. Very interesting Matt. How did I end up here? Probably from a similar search for answer as everyone else I guess. I’m looking through some scripture referencing the history of the fall of Lucifer and his evil beginnings (just trying to get a semblance of understanding on how this all began). In referencing the temptation in the Garden of Eden, I read this scripture in Genesis.

    Genesis 2:8 ‘And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he
    put the man whom he had formed.’

    My curiosity here is this piece of scripture is the word ‘eastward’. The scripture says that, “God planet a garden eastward”. This to me is a referencing statement which suggests something or a point of origin to the west yet up to this point in the bible I cannot see a physical landmark stated. In fact all that is covered in the bible to this point is how God created the earth etc. As for now my knowledge of the bible is growing but from the scriptures I have read to date, I can see no references to anything that could form a basis for the statement made in Genesis 2:8 Did God create the Garden of Eden? Absolutely no doubt in my mind whatsoever but is was created eastward, in Eden and my brain wants to know….’What lay to the west’?

    I know that Genesis may be the physically the first book of the bible but I do know that the book of Job is older. I turned there to see if I could find a point of origin or reference but…nothing.

    Great blog Matt

  19. Matt
    i am doing some research for an Isaiah 43 series and verse 5-7 talk about these directions…important note that many add credence to your idea is that the one’s in the east He want to bring them from, contrast that with the ones from the west that are gathering. just my two cents.
    mark

  20. Thanks for explaining this. I also made the connection of east being good yet bad and was so confused. But reading this really helped out, thank you🙂

  21. One correction: The people who built the Tower of Babel came “from the east” which meant they were travelling west, away from the East.

  22. There is one, very, very, very, important element that you missed. The magic of God is that God communicates in deeply layered allegoric symbology that tend to have a multitude of approaches and paths, of which lead to a similar end point. This was God’s way of encrypting certain messages to be safe from men, but be forewarned, men have been using this method as well and have clouded all of the most pure and original messages. So one must carefully read between the lines always using their compass of good morality. Ok, now, as per what you missed?

    The SUN, rises in the _ _ _ _ ?
    And so the Son rose.

    But this time around, I can share with you, as our brothers in the middle east do now know and are exclaiming “The Son, shall rise from the West!”🙂

    Love, Light and Power,
    13

  23. Thank you for this commentary on the east, I was reading Ezekiel 43 in verse 1-4 it mentions the east 3 times and I could not get out of my mind that something deep was their. I think this brings some revelation to my search. Blessings
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  24. I dreamt i was sittin on the hood of a car and behind me came ths dark cloud. On ths car was another person. To the right of me was a building tht had a daylight entrances from the basement. The 2nd time i look behind me the storm clouds were deeper in color and was comin closer silently appearin to be roaring and movin fast. I looked to the right of me again at the building and thought that day light entrances from the basement is partly in the ground tht would be a good place to take safety. I look behind me again and the storm was in a triangle shape almost at me consumin darkeness above us as it travels in its path. I said to myself ths cloud is not just a storm i have seen ths before its a cloud wth a hidden tornado. I looked to my right at the basement door and concluded its buried in the wall of earth thts the perfect place for shelter. Than i looked behind me the third time the storm clouds were upon me. I looked for a funnel cloud to be certain tht it was a tornado but there was no funnel. I thought to be safe perhaps we should move to safety but before i could move the cloud swallowed the two of us. Although within the cloud belly i could see me standin outside the cloud sayin its to late to take shelter why didnt i move to safety whn i had a chance now i have been swallowed up what is happening to me within ths cloud. Thn immediately the cloud regurgitated only me back up and i rolled down ths small hill. As i was walkin back up the hill i was clothe in a whiter than white outfit, not a ribe but clothes like a pair of pants and darsheka blouse. Then in big bold humongous black letters written in the sky next to the buildin was a cimplete statement ‘Lord said…but before i could finish reading a loud thundering clear crisp voice came from the direction of the buildin yet from high in the sky and within its walls sayin.. The ‘Lord said you are His and tht you are the one who holds the east gate’. Thn like a mystical scary type creature appeared in the sky almost like a dragon of some sort came after me and i began to run to hide.. Right whn his tubular arms caught up wth me to implant himself in me i woke up in a dismaying state bcuz it was a vividly clear as though i was truly there it was more thn just a dream it was a vision in a dream tht our Lord had spoken to me..

    The east gate, i knw ths is the gate Jesus will come thru it is closed. It is written but i cannot explain it bcuz Jesus comes on a cloud and the whole world will see Him. Its amazin to me tht the words wriiten in the sky about me were so large tht i said to myself wow God wrote it so huge tht everyone could see it. And He roar from heaven His proclaimation over me loud from the sky like He did over Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration whn He declared Jesus was His and He was pleased wth Him. I read about the beautiful gate bcuz i am a woman but do not quite understd its true meaning (ACT). Thn i read if i am holdin the east gate i am facin the west.. All good blessings of God comes from the east. If i move to meet God i travelled west. Just a point to make. But whats serious are the four vision dreams i have had and woke up feeling ths way… I am someone significant in God’s plan wth emptiness… On 9/11, i await at 4:30AM and ran frantically for protection to my brothers. Only a few hours later at 8:15AM the 1st tower was hit. In ths vision disaster covered the area i was in but my life was spared and God sent several guards to hide & protect me. Upon leavin the city others went left for safety but God told us to go to the right. It was pressed upon my heart i was some one of importances but not who. The second time i seen Jesus and He spoke to me in spirit and identified my gift of layin hands and healin the bleedin hearts. Ths area was a distaster also and the few survivals came to me for restoratiin healin each time i laid hand i looked to Jesus in His whiter thn white rob and asked is ths who You say tht i am.. Jesus kept lettin one by one onto the bus for me to heal until i knew ths is who i am.. And its documented at the VA hosptial in Memphis TN by the head surgeon and staff and local minister thts well known Pastor Ralph White. The third time i was standin in the midst of a collapsed buildin like several layers of sandwiches. I was aware i was there to heal but foolishly i looked at my right and left hand and asked myself which hand an i supposed to use. I was awaken immediately wth the answer.. ‘Foolish child you are not ready it is I God who heal through u whn I lay My right hand upon u. A few days later watchin the news there was ths building just like in my vision dream in New Orleans where the floodin hurricane waters split the buildin into. The next dream had to do wth Joseph in prison the wine cup holder and the baker. In ths vision i was warned in 3 days before my son’s accident something bad like the baker was about to happen. In ths dream the my son best friend dies yet he had a msg for me whom i had never met from God He said God got something important for you to do and your son is crazy about you. He said ths wth the most peaceful brightest smile its time for me to go. My work is finished and im happy to go. At the funeral i looked into his casket and it was him. After the dream of the storm ths morning i text my daughter and she rushed over. Inbetween time im searchin google about wht ‘i hold at the east gate’. I knw the east gate is closed until Jesus return. The beautiful gate in Acts is in references to women and im a woman yet im not clear on tht. The East gate represent Joseph ( im the youngest of 13 but grew up as the 12th child) and bcuz all 12 gates represent a tribe of Israel. I have always proclaim i was Joseph in spirit and have his duty to my siblings and they overlook my dreams even though i have spoken prophetically and they witness it to come to past). But your articles explain the travel.. All good thing cone from the east travelling west to meet God. Thk u!

    Yet this answered why i am at the east gate based upon my visions bcuz each one pointed out i am someone of great importances in God’s plan. ACTS 14:23 comp 2KING 23:8.. regarded as position of great importances. The gates of the city were heavily guarded and closed at night fall.

    More maybe said.. However, i will stop here.. Wht is ur spiritual insight of ths..

  25. Hi Matt:

    I dreamt i was sitting on the hood of a car and behind me came this bold dark cloud traveling toward me. On ths car was another person. To the right of me was a building that had a daylight entrances from the basement. The 2nd time i look behind me the storm clouds were deeper in color and was coming closer silently appearing to be roaring and moving fast. I looked to the right of me again at the building and thought that day light entrances from the basement is partly in the ground this will be a good place to take safety. I look behind me again and the storm was in a triangle shape almost at me consuming darkeness above us as it travels in its path. I said to myself this cloud is not just a storm, for I have seen this before, its a cloud wth a hidden tornado.

    I looked to my right at the basement door again and concluded its buried in the wall of earth that’s the perfect place for shelter. Than, I looked behind me the third time the storm clouds were upon me. I looked for a funnel cloud to see if the clouds contain a tornado, but there was no funnel. I thought to be safe perhaps we should move to safety but before I could move the cloud swallowed the two of us up suddenly. Although within the cloud’s belly I could see me standin outside the cloud sayin it’s to late to take shelter, why didnt I move to safety when I had a chance, now I have been swallowed up, what is happening to me within this cloud.

    Than immediately the cloud regurgitated only me back up and i rolled down this small hill. As i was walkin back up the hill I was clothe in a whiter than white outfit, not a robe but clothes like a pair of pants and darsheka blouse. Then in big bold humongous black letters written in the sky next to the building was a complete statement ‘Lord said….’, but before I could finish reading a loud thundering clear crisp voice came from the direction of the building, yet roaring from above high in the sky while simultaneously within its walls saying.. ‘The Lord said you are His and that you are the one who holds the east gate’.

    Than like a mystical scary type creature appeared in the sky almost like a dragon of some sort came after me and I began to run to hide. Right when this creature’s tubular arms caught up with me to implant himself in me, I woke up in a dismaying state because it was as vividly clear as though I was truly there. This was more than just a dream it was a vision in a dream tht our Lord had spoken to me..

    The east gate, i knw this is the gate Jesus will come thruough when He returns and it’s closed until than.. I cannot explain this because Jesus will come on a cloud and the whole world will see Him. Its amazes me that the words wriiten in the sky about me were so large that i said to myself… Wow, God wrote this message extremely huge so that everyone could see it. And God roared from heaven His proclaimation over me loud from the sky like He did over Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration whn He declared Jesus was His and He was pleased wth Him.

    I read about the beautiful gate because I am a woman but do not quite understand its true meaning (ACT). Than I read your blog Matt, if I am holdin the east gate, I am facin the west.. All good blessings of God comes from the east. If I move to meet God I travelled west. Just a point to make.

    I read where you admitted you do not interpert dreams yet I do asked you what bible truths if any does the Holy Spirit bring to mind from the Holy Bible about these four vision dreams that I have had and woke up feeling this way… I am someone significant in God’s plan with the end times.

    On 9/11; I await at 4:30AM and ran frantically for protection to my brothers. Only a few hours later at 8:15AM the 1st tower was hit. In ths vision disaster covered the area, but my life was spared and God sent several guards to hide & protect me. We hidecwithin the gity overnight. Before sunrise upon leaving the city others had already left for safety but God told us to go to the right. It was pressed upon my heart i was someone of importances but not who.

    The second time I seen Jesus and He spoke to me in spirit and identified my gift of laying hands and healing the bleeding sincere hearts. Ths area was a distaster also and the few survivals came to me for restoration healing, each time I laid hand, Ilooked to Jesus in His whiter than white rob to my right and asked is ths who You say tht I am.. Jesus kept allowing one by one onto the bus for me to heal until I knew this is who I am.. And its documented at the VA hosptial in Memphis TN by the head surgeon and staff, and local minister thats well known Pastor Ralph White the supernatural healing of a man that the doctors said was a dead man..

    The third time, I was standing in the midst of a collapsed building like several layers of sandwiches. I was aware, I was there to heal but foolishly I looked at my right and left hand, and asked myself which hand am I supposed to use. I was awaken immediately with the answer.. ‘Foolish child you are not ready it is I, God who heal through you when I lay My right hand upon youu. A few days later watching the news there was this building just like in my vision dream in New Orleans where the flooding hurricane waters split the building into and left both sides stslanding free in several layers because it had many floors.

    The next dream I had to do wth Joseph in prison; the wine cup barrier and the baker. In ths vision I was warned in 3 days before my son’s accident something bad like the baker was about to happen. In this dream l my son’s best friend like a brother dies, yet he had a message for me whom I had never met from God. He said God got something important for you to do and your son is crazy about you. He said this with the most peaceful gloriius smile its time for me to go. My work is finished and im happy to go. At the funeral, I looked into his casket and it was him the young man in my dream.

    After the dream of the storm this morning, I text my daughter and she rushed over. Inbetween time i’m searching google about what ‘i hold the east gate’ means bibical and I was lead to your blig about direction. I knw the east gate is closed until Jesus’ return. The beautiful gate in Acts is in references to women and i’m a woman, yet i’m not clear on the beautiful meanings pertaing to the east. The East gate represent Joseph ( im the youngest of 13 but grew up as the 12th child my oldest sister died as a baby) and because all 12 gates represent a tribe of Israel. I have always proclaim I was Joseph in spirit and have his duty to my siblings, and they overlook my dreams even though I have spoken prophetically and they witness them to come to past even in their personal lives.. They seek me spiritual when they thirst but overlook me when I just want to share my vision and dreams). But your articles explain the travel and direction.. All good thing come from the east travelling west to meet God. Thk u!

    Yet this answered why I am at the east gate based upon my visions because each one pointed out I am someone of great importances in God’s plan (Acts 14:23 comp 2KING 23:8)… regarded as position of great importances. The gates of the city were heavily guarded and closed at night fall.

    More may be said on my dreams.. However, I will stop here on the dreams. What is your spiritual insight of this.. There is more to each dream I just spoke of the effecting parts that I cannot forget…

    I am peculiar, but very often seeked out by many people for spiritual advise continuously… they believe I have the gift of earnest powerful prayer and a sound doctorate word from the Holy Scriptures. I have been prophetically spoken over, that I am a healer and the next Benny Hinn in tongues from a member of my church (Jentezen Franklin) and Benny called me out at His meeting the day before she spoke this declaration over me. I was slain in the spirit the night before at Hinn healing crusade. Jentezen church is filled with the Holy Spirit, I am a member, but the young lady who spoke over me is a stranger.

    I believe Hinn have a gift. He called me out and my neck was healed, and I was slain in the spirit even though I do not follow him because I do not believe He uses his gift always under the anointing of God.. Meaning fake sometimes.

    However, in 2007 I was watching TBN one night Jentezen spoke on the 21 days fast (at this time i did not know him) and instanteously I was filled wth God’s spirit and that which for numerous if years that I could not do at all a three days fast, I now do for 21 days every year and I look excitedly forward to doing it (2007-2016). I was watchimg Hinn one night the same year in 2007 and enjoyed his teaching on the Holy Spirit. Actually, I watched him for weeks and felt his anointing then one night I watched his healing crusade. From that point on, I just stop following him. I must admit, I do not believe in slaining of the spirit. I felt alot of people were paid to claim healing.

    I said to God in 2007, if I am who you keep telling me I am and posses the gift of laying hands and healing than one day I will go to see Benny and out of all those hundreds or thousands of people he will pick me a non believer in his crusade, but not his gift to teaching. In 2O15, I moved to Suwanee, GA and joined Jentezen church, I am home!! My daughter in December 2015 invited me to see Hinn free she had received a general population random call from a church we know nothing about to come. I thought Hinn would be teaching. Once arrived Hinn said the Holy Spirit asked him to change this teaching meeting into a healing session. I was so disappointed, my daughter and I would have left but to many people where there we would never get out, other words we were forced to stay..

    During the service I battled in my head.. God he is using his gift falsely then i would say God I know you remember in 2007 when i said yeah right to You, I will believe my gifts if I ever end up at a Hinn healing crusade.. Knowing I willl never go. Long story short, out of hundreds Hinn called me and my daughter out in front of everyone and all eyes were upon us. I silently thought we don’t believe in you that way, you are about to be exposed. I was healed and we both were slain in the spirit. I do not attribute ths to Hinn.. God had already corrected me in a dream it is not the man but I who heal. I may testify to this truth. God did use Hinn to settled an issue between God & I.. Who am I? The next day God use a small group leader at (Jentezen) to call me speaking in tongues and declaring this same truth, that i resent Hinn because I did not want to except my gift, i did not want the ridicule. For a moment, I was on fire and believed, however, circumstances with my son’s case due to the accident and other distractions reopened the door for disbelief again. Now, I had a new problem this time with what God declared over me because He used Hinn. The young lady from my church who spoke over me I believed.. Now the battle was Hinn over her.

    As you know this morning dream have settled it all within my spirit, finally I received that am who God said that I am.. Now, I await how God shall use me in His end times plans. Until than, I shall continued as a missionary praying in actions and faith in the love of Jesus Christ over others and for the Harvester of God to come! Teaching God’s sound holy doctorine, making discples, healing the bleeding hearts, feeding the hungry and thirsty for both food/water and spirit. Attending to the homeless, setting the oppressed free, the orphans, and prosiners, while preaching the Good News Gospel of Jesus Christ and His retutn…

    Matt why did i asked your spiritually opinion, you are the first who pointed out directional travelling. Although I knew these things it apoears as though you found a hidden treasure.. Your readers although pointed out some corrections, you had the insight to speak on it.. The East.. I now ponder on! Yes, God shall reveal His plans in time and Only from God shall I received my instrutions. However, God did say we may share His words and that I would just like to hear your revelation of God word connecting to bibical sound doctorine Scriptures…

    My gramner I did not chech or correct… I am writing as the Holy Spirit recalls these events to me..

    Thank you in advance!!

  26. Thanks, interesting information. I’ve read through some of the interesting comments as well. Glad to have found it. Many blessings to you.

  27. This is a great article Matt. It makes Scripture really exciting! I don’t know if you’ve come across James B Jordan but he has written several books on symbolism in the OT. ‘Through New Eyes’ is his most well known book. I’m looking forward to reading your other (shamefully plugged) blogs! Thank you

  28. Christ came fom the east.
    After fulfilling his last purpose on the cross of calvary, I now see the reason why there was terror in the earth (And he [Ishmael] will be as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man’s hand against him, and he will live to the east and on the borders of all his kinsmen….Gen 16:12
    Meaning that Jesus win the battle at the borders when leaving the east.) when he said it is finished..i.e he finally left the east victorious.

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