Blood on the Mercy Seat…Facing Mount of Olives

Leviticus 16:14, Mercy seat eastward. What possibly could be the significance of YHVH’s command to specifically sprinkle the blood of the sacrificed animal on the east side of the mercy seat? Simply this. If one has ever had the privilege of standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, it all makes sense. The east side of the mercy seat faces directly toward the Mount of Olives, where the altar of the red heifer was located. It was likely near this exact spot that Yeshua was crucified just outside of the Jerusalem city gates (Heb 13:12), and where he sprinkled his blood as an atonement for men’s sins (Heb 11:24).

View of the Mount of Olives taken from the Dome of the Spirits on the Temple Mount. Some scholars believe this was the location of the holy of holies in the original Temple of  Solomon.

View of the Mount of Olives taken from the Dome of the Spirits on the Temple Mount. Some scholars believe this was the location of the holy of holies in the original Temple of Solomon.

At this same spot, one had a full frontal view of the temple, which is why those attending Yeshua’s crucifixion were able to see the rent veil in the temple from the spot where he was crucified (Matt 27:51 cp. 54).

Therefore, the high priest sprinkling the blood of the bull and goat sin offering on the east side of the mercy seat on Yom Kippur was a prophetic act pointing to what would take place some fifteen hundred years later on the Mount of Olives.

Yeshua’s shedding of his blood there as an atonement for men’s sins was a fulfillment of the high priest sprinkling blood on the mercy seat on Yom Kippur. When Yeshua was crucified, although his cross faced the mercy seat in the temple, the holy of holies no longer contained that item. To this day, no one knows what became of it.

The sprinkling of blood on the east side of the mercy seat is a small detail that’s easily overlooked in the Scriptures, but it has profound spiritual and prophetic significance. This detail meshes with other seemingly insignificant details found elsewhere in the Scriptures. When these puzzle pieces are placed together, they form another picture of Messiah’s work. This is another proof that only the hand of YHVH Elohim could have inspired the writing of the Bible. May your faith in the divine origination of the Scriptures be strengthened to the glory of Elohim!

 

7 thoughts on “Blood on the Mercy Seat…Facing Mount of Olives

    • Actually, the Bible records that the high priest sprinkled the blood on the east (not west) side of the mercy seat in the holy holies on the day of Atonement (Lev 16:14). As the temple was situated on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, this would have been on the side of the mercy seat facing the Kidron Valley on the other side of which is the Mount of Olives.

      This is the only scripture I can find that mentions sprinkling the blood in a specific direction in relationship to anything. I can find no scripture that even mentions the west and the blood.

    • See Ron Wyatt’s videos and writings on his search and discoveries regarding the Ark. He (now deceased) is one of the most humble Christ-followers I’ve ever seen. His claims are earth-shattering (if true) and surprisingly little known.

      • I’m glad you mentioned, “if true.” I hope Wyatt’s claims are true, but since he’s the only one who saw this, we can’t be sure. The Bible says to let every word be established in the mouth of two are three witnesses. Until we hear from a second witness, Wyatt’s claims are still on the proverbial shelf for me.

  1. The bible is so amazing. There is a reason we should study the word instead of just reading. Thank you for your insight.

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