“Then He brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.” Ezekiel 44:1-3 (KJV)
At one time the presence and glory of the Lord had departed from the temple. In the day mentioned above He comes in through the eastern gate of the Temple; and it is to be forever shut. That means He will never leave it again.
On these verses the Believer’s Bible Commentary comments:
The east … gate of the outer court must be permanently shut because once the Lord returns to the temple, He will never leave. Only the prince could sit in the vestibule of the gate and eat the sacrificial meal there. Some think that the prince is the Messiah Himself, others that he is a descendant of David who will serve as a vice-regent under Christ, the King. However, F. W. Grant points out that he cannot be the Messiah because he has sons (46:16) and he offers a sin offering for himself (45:22). BELIEVER’S BIBLE COMMENTARY
To be noted the east gate is not the Eastern gate of the city of Jerusalem; but of the temple. The Lord who returns to the temple and shuts the gate is none other than the Messiah Jesus Christ. I pray you know Him today; and that you are known of Him.