Mystery of Praying facing the East
This teaching is not a man-made or Islamic theory; it is scriptural from the mouth of God Himself.
There are mysteries in the Universe that God has ordained for us as Christians to understand. Cardinal points, Certain Colours, Certain Materials, Certain Jewels, Certain Days and Months are very significant in the mysteries of God, just as the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. They are given to reveal the mysteries and power of God. (Psalms 19).
Facing the East and West in prayer is not mere tradition, but is tied to a covenant of "Blessings" and "Answered prayers"; a covenant between God and man.
The East is very significant to God because the "Door of Heaven" is in the East.
Ezekiel 43:2 "...I saw coming from the East the dazzling light of the presence of the God of Israel."
Vs.4, "The dazzling light [the glory] passed through the East gate and went INTO the Temple."
Before we go further, let's first look at the covenant of praying towards Jerusalem.
PRAY FACING JERUSALEM
1Kings chapter 8 is one of the most fascinating chapter concerning the covenant of praying facing certain direction. Solomon prayed and said:
1Ki 8:29, "...That thine eyes may be open toward this house [the temple that Solomon build in Jerusalem] night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
1Ki 8:30, "And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive".
1Kings establishes that anybody who prays facing Jerusalem will receive forgiveness and answered prayers.
This is not saying that God doesn’t hear people's prayer if they do not pray toward the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (God is everywhere). But, why not stand on that promise for all people? It’s a promise for Jews and non-Jews alike.
Daniel followed this principle.
Daniel 6:10, "Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber TOWARD JERUSALEM, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime."
God is not confined to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, It’s that God has His ears tuned into that place, which was confirmed when He accepted Solomon’s plea by saying:
1Kings 9:3, "I have heard your prayer and your supplication with which you have made supplication before Me; I have sanctified this house that you have built to put My name there forever; and MY EYES AND MY HEART SHALL BE THERE FOREVER.
MYSTERIES OF THE CARDINAL POINTS
Throughout the Bible, God has used cardinal points, North, South, East and West to unfold the mysteries of His will. God would ask the prophets to do certain things facing one of the Cardinal points.
2Chronicles_4:4, "It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east:"
1Chronicles 9:24, "In four quarters were the porters, toward the east, west, north, and south". Also, (Rev 21:12-13, 1Kings 7:25).
Numbers 2:3, "And on the EAST SIDE TOWARD THE RISING OF THE SUN shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch. Numbers 3:38, "But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward,"
Why would God ask them to pitch their tent facing the East to the rising Sun?
It is because, when the Sun rises, it brings a mystery of God's goodness that Ancient Israel knew about but modern day Christianity does not know about it.
The sun rays radiate God's glory; but READ THIS: Malachi 4:2, "But to you who fear My name, the Sun of (Righteousness) shall arise, and healing will be on (His) wings."
Why would the Sun be called righteousness? and why would there be healing in its rising? This relates to the attributes of Christ; so what really is that connection between the Son in Heaven and the Sun in the East?
Because the "Door of the Glory" is in the East, the Lord's goodness and mercy and His different anointings enters the earth through the "Eastern gate of heaven". Ezekiel 43:4, Lamentations 3:23.
(The Sun is not the subject of worship here, and humans SHOULD NOT see the sun as a deity. The Sun is NOT a god nor deity).
The sun is only a representation of Christ's glory which shines with brightness in the Eastern gate of the Heavens.
The Lord stands at the entrance eastern gate with power to blow upon the earth.
Just as the sun rises with natural healing in its light, just so Christ's rises in the East with healing in His wings.
According to the bible, whenever the Sun rises every morning, a new spiritual information is released to man. These information can also be scientifically proven. This is the reason, we know times and seasons; and what is going on in the heavenlies and what is to come upon the earth. The heavenly bodies are a time piece.
Genesis 1:14, "And God said, Let there be lights [Sun, Moon, Stars] in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them [Sun, Moon, Stars] be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
When we understand the changes in God's creation, the sun, moon etc, we will understand Psalms 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." Psalms 19:2, "Day unto day [the Sun, Moon Stars] uttereth speech"
Isaiah_59:19, "So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun".
5:00 -5:30 AM is a significant time to pray. One should pray facing East, when the sun is about to rise.
- Spiritual & Material Blessing
- Prosperity & Health
THIS IS NOT SUN WORSHIP.
2Kings 13:17, "And he [Elisha] said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance,"
So what's the significant?
The world is divided into a quadrant. Four Seasons, rules by Four Cardinal points: East - Spring (Vernal Equinox), (Summer Solstice), (Autumn Equinox) and (Winter Solstice). Also, North, South, East and West.
There are four Angels assigned to the Four Cardinal Points. Rev_7:1
When God says to face a certain direction, it is because the Angels who rules over this cardinal is in active duty to fulfill the desire of God for that person. When God told Elisha to make the king shoot the arrows towards the East, it was to give him victory over Assyria (2Ki 13:17). The Angel of God who rules the door of the East fought for him against the Assyrians.
The Devil is mimicking this cardinal order of God for his evil kingdom. He knows about its mysteries. Nevertheless, a Christian should not and is not worshipping the Sun, (Sun worship is an abomination), but is facing the direction from which the glory of God comes to the dimension of the earthly realm.
Here are few scriptures concerning the East:
2Chronicles_5:12 Also the Levites which were the singers, ...stood at the east end of the altar...
2Chronicles_29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,
Ezekiel_11:1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward:
Isaiah 41:2, ‘‘ Who was it that brought the conqueror from the East, and makes him triumphant wherever he goes ’’
Isaiah 46:11, I am calling a man to come from the East, he will scoop down like a hawk and accomplish what I have planned.
Matthew 24:27, For the son of man will come like lightening which flashes across the whole sky from the East to the West.
Genesis 3:24, Then at the East side of the Garden he put living creatures and a flaming sword which turned in all directions.
Genesis 2:8, Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the East, and there he put the man he had formed.
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”- 1 Kings 8:27
Mat_2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Lev 1:16 And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and cast it beside the altar on the east part, by the place of the ashes:
Genesis 41, Exo 10, num 3;38