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The Eastern Gate of Jerusalem is also called the Golden Gate or the Beautiful Gate (Acts 3:2). In Hebrew, it is Sha’ar Harahamim, the “Gate of Mercy.” It is currently the oldest gate in the Old City, having been constructed in the 6th or 7th century AD. Also, it is the gate that gives the most direct access to the temple mount.
The authors of the Major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel) were described or referred to by a number of terms due to the nature of their ministry and calling. They were called prophets, seers, watchmen, men of God, messengers, and servants of the Lord.
First, they functioned as preachers who expounded and interpreted the Mosaic law to the nation.
Second, they functioned as predictors who announced coming judgment, deliverance, and events relating to the Messiah and His kingdom.
Finally, they functioned as watchmen over the people of Israel. Ezekiel stood as a watchman on the walls of Zion ready to trumpet a warning against religious apostasy.
In the Hebrew canon the Prophets are divided into the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings) and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,) and the Twelve, or Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
We will be talking about the six books called the former prophets in this lesson.