The people of God worshipped the Lord in the Temple,
but Lucifer wanted his people, the Roman soldiers, to
worship him also on the same mountain north of the Temple,
and he succeeded.
Pilate and the Roman soldiers who ruled the city at
that time, lived north of the Temple area: on the north
part of the mount of the congregation. The Roman soldiers
could have gone down to the Temple to the gentile court
and sacrificed to the true God. But the god of this
world filled their hearts with a burning jealousy and
therefore they hated the true God. They were jealous
of the people of God and the power of God in their lives.
Satan provoked the Romans to jealousy; and the Jews,
in order to please the Romans, cried, "We have
no king except Caesar."
How satan has blinded the eyes of the people of this
world not to see the reality of God, who created and
rules this world. The Lord Jesus Christ, the king of
the Jews, was presented before the image of jealousy
at the Antonia fortress, and Pilate came out to judge
him, he found Him innocent. But satan provoked the Jews
to cry, "crucify Him, crucify Him".
At the same time Satan aroused in the heart of Pilate,
hatred, jealousy, and love for prestige; and so he delivered
Jesus, the Lord of glory to be crucified. "And
behold the Glory of the God of Israel was there according
to the vision that I saw in the plain". Ez. 8:4
The word "plain" means "cleavage".
The word "to cleave" in Hebrew is as found
in Zec. 14:4. "And his feet shall stand in that
day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem
on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in
the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west
and there shall be a very great valley and half of the
mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of
it toward the south".
If we go back to the place where Ezekiel was lifted
up between Heaven and earth and brought to Jerusalem
at the northern inner gate, we will see what he saw,
He beheld the Glory of the Lord of Israel, not at the
usual Temple mount, not in the Holy of Holies, and not
on the mount of Zion, but this time the Glory of the
Lord was seen in "cleavage" that is, on the
hill north of the Temple Area.
Where can we find a cleavage in all Jerusalem? We find
it in the hill of Calvary. If you study the layers of
rocks of wall of the city towards the north just above
the entrance to king Solmon's quarries and the layers
of rocks of the hill of Gordons Calvary, you will find
that they were once connected. The road now passing
between the two cliffs could very possibly be the same
cleavage that Ezekiel saw in his vision. By the way,
the Calvary Cliff is called in Arabic El-Heidemiyeh
which means "the rent". This hill must have
been called by this name because of the cleavage that
had taken place there.
You might say that this cleavage is new. But the cleavage
is not new, since we know that Jeremiah was once put
in what is called today, Jeremiah Grotto. A sign of
this cleavage existed in the times of Jeremiah, and
since Ezekial lived after Jeremiah, we conclude that
this cleavage existed at the time of Ezekiel.
One day Jesus spoke to his disciples before he went
to the cross, and said, "I have glorified thee
on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest
me to do". John 17:4. When Jesus was lifted up
on the hill of Calvary, next to that cleavage, North
of the city, he glorified the Father : "For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son,
that whosoever beleiveth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life". John 3:16.
Jesus was the God of Glory manifesting his great love
and mercy to mankind, and by his sacrifice the Father
was Glorified. And Ezekiel saw the glory in a vision
hundreds of years before it actually happened.
quarries end at calvary
WHERE IS CALVARY ACCORDING
TO THE N.T. SCRIPTURES?
In the new Testament we find that Calvary is called
the Place of the Skull; in Hebrew Golgotha. "And
he bearing his cross went forth into a place called
the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew
Golgotha". John 19:17.
Calvary is that place of the skull. Why it was called
place of the skull is now difficult to determine. Some
say it was called the place of the skull because skulls
of the condemned were always at the foot of the cliff,
others say that its name is Golgotha because of the
skull-faced cliff. Still others claim, that the skull
of the first Adam was buried under it. So that when
the second Adam Christ would die, his blood could literally
fall on the bones of the first Adam to redeem him. Now,
Which is the true story? I do not know. But one thing
I know and that is: that our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified
on a place called Golgotha, and that He redeemed mankind
from sin, and bought people by his own blood from all
the nations clothing them with his own righteousness
so that they might enter heaven eternally. "Now
in the place where he was crucified there was a garden;
and in the garden; a new sepulchre, Wherein was never
man yet laid". John 19:41.