Morning light slips quietly through the blinds of my bedroom.  It gently encourages me to rise from my cozy place beneath the down feathers, to fight the gravity to which I have succumbed to in the night, and step into the day.

The bright morning star floods our room with golden streams that lights my way.  Reaching for my house coat, I stagger with morning eyes to the couch to read His Word.

Ezekiel 44:2 “The LORD said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.”

Leaning back my head in thought, my mind returns to  several years before, when I was in Israel and I stood by the gate that faces east.  The one that  is closed for no one to enter, and no one to exit. It was not as impressive as thought I would be.


IMG_2614What I was told, is the Eastern Gate.


Graves on the Mount of Olive

Graves on the Mount of Olive.


I saw Metal doors, painted green, facing east to the Mount of Olives, and the view to the Mount of Olives is a graveyard.

Those opposed to the return of Christ, thought  putting a graveyard between the Mount of Olive and the Eastern Gate would keep any good Jew walking through this area.  For no Holy man of God, or any good Jew would ever walk through a graveyard then enter the temple – defiled. Those who placed graves knew the prophecy, and thought they could out think the One who knew all things before the foundation of the earth.

I remember seeing the graves that were to keep back the one who has conquered death, and thinking, “those grave are going to bust right open and those who are His will rise and those who are not will roll over to hide.

No dead can block His way

No grave can defile His Holiness

No gravity can hold Him down

No principalities can slow His divine schedule

No door can stay lock when the King says voice,   “OPEN!”

He needs no light to find the way, for He Is the LIGHT!


Though the place He has chosen to return is less impressive that I had once envisioned, I know that it will be the return that will be beautiful and glorious.  Even the beauty of my view of the sunrise will pale in comparison to His glory!

I look at the pink and purple of the early morning sky, and wait with anticipation for His return.


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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