Ancient Biblical GATES!
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“Lift up your heads, O gates; and be lifted up, O everlasting doors and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? Jehovah strong and mighty, Jehovah mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates; even lift up, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? Jehovah of Hosts, He is the King of glory,” - Psalm 24:7-10. The Church – the Body of Christ, for the most part, has little or no knowledge of the existence of “GATES” or “PORTALS” and does not even recognize their significance. Historically, God has used “portals” in the events of man and continues to do so today. When we sing the verse in Psalm 24:7 - about the “Gates” or “Ancient Doors” - we have NO idea what we are singing about but it sounds good to our ears.
Ancient gates or doors are “portals” of access established by God from the third heaven to earth. They are un-obstructed by “demonic” interference in which angels travel from heaven and back again while provisions are delivered, revelation, transportation and translation are given to man. In Daniel - Daniel is informed that the “prince of the
Genesis 28: 10-17 is where the story of Jacob’s dream is recorded… “He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” - Genesis 28:12. In verse 13; God is standing at the top of the ladder… “And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.” These verses are a wonderful account of how God reveals a “portal” in a dream to prophesy Jacob’s destiny to him.
God established a “portal” from the third heaven to
What are ancient doors and ancient gates? There are important facts that were known in Bible times to conquer a fortified city. The gates of a city were very significant! The gates were shut at nightfall (Joshua 2:5) because they were the chief point from which the enemy attacked (Judges 5:8). Idolatrous acts were performed at the gates (Acts ). It was in the city gate, through which people constantly flowed, that agreements were verbally sealed in the presence of witnesses, a necessity in an era before the written contract. The agreement was witnessed and the deal was done! In Hebron, south of Jerusalem, sometime in 2 B.C. – patriarch - Abraham negotiated the purchase of the Cave of Machpelah as a tomb for his wife Sarah: And “it passed to Abraham as a possession in the presence of all who went in at the gate of his city” (Genesis 23). The word “Machpelah” means; "doubled," "multiplied" or "two-fold" and Me'arat means "cave" so a literal translation would simply be; "the double cave!"
The Bible records another negotiation, in the gate of nearby Bethlehem of Judah, several centuries later when Boaz wished to exercise his familial right to marry Ruth, the young Moabite widow of a kinsman. But Boaz was not first in line, and the match was only possible if another male relative, closer on the family tree, publicly waived his prerogative. “Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city” and sat them down in the gate. When the exchange between the two kinsmen ended to Boaz’s satisfaction, – Boaz addressed the crowd: “Today you are witnesses.” Then all the people who were at the gate, along with the elders, said, ‘We are witnesses” (Ruth 4).
Gates” in Biblical
Excavation of the site, conducted over decades by the late Dr. Avraham Biran of
At the Ancient Dan there is also a famous Canaanite-era gate, one of the oldest of its kind still standing in the world, dating 4,000 years ago from the Bronze Age – “King David 'in the gate” - which is an intriguing Biblical example of this royal phenomenon even though it did not take place in Dan – concerns the rebellion against King David by his son, Absalom, in the early 10th Century B.C. Absalom’s initial success forced David to flee across the Jordan River and find refuge in Mahanaim. At the climax of the revolt, loyalist and rebel forces clashed in the
Jacob discovered a heavenly “portal” … He spent the night in a place where his forefather Abraham had "…called upon the Name of the Lord" (Genesis 12:8; 28:1). As he rested his head upon a covenant stone, a “portal” opened and Jacob saw a vision of a ladder with angels ascending and descending on it. When he awoke from sleep, he said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it... How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of Heaven!" - Genesis 28:16-17. Eager to mark the specific location where he had encountered the “stairway to heaven,” Jacob erected a monument and named the place - "
"After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this. Immediately, I was in the spirit" - Revelation 4:1-2. The “door” in Revelation suggests God's invitation for us to have access to His heavenly realm and the Lord wants to open the “portals” of Heaven and release an un-paralleled visitation of heavenly hosts. Have you ever wondered why the Lord, who could speak to you anywhere, would instruct you to go somewhere else, so that He could talk with you too? “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” - Proverbs 8:34.
“And there came two angels to
The Bible calls a “portal” - "The Gate of Heaven" (Genesis 28:17), "the windows of heaven" (Malachi ) and “a door – in heaven” (Revelation 4:1). A portal is an "entrance" from one dimension into another dimension. In the natural /physical world we live in, there are three dimensions of time, space and energy. In the other worlds of God's creation (Hebrew 11:3), there are also other dimensions of time, space and energy. A “portal” looks like “the eye and eye walls” of a hurricane/typhoon in the natural!
John also speaks about a “portal” where the angels of God ascending and descending upon Yeshua (Jesus) - but it called the “portal” – “an open heaven!” When our Lord died on the cross, the VEIL of the temple was torn into two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51; Mark ; Luke ) signifying that He paid the price for an “open heaven.” Isaiah 25:8 - speaks about the covering VEIL cast over all people and spread over all nations. The early Church Age began from the City of
Portals for Provision… In Psalm 78:23-25, God opened the doors of heaven and fed the Hebrews in the desert the food of angels; “Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, and had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven, man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.” Divine “portals” into the “heavenly realm” exist around the Earth today and the City of
Divine “portals” into the heavenly realm exist around the Earth today and the City of
(2) Spiritually: Certainly Jerusalem is the "centre" of the world in that it is central to God's plan for the human race; “For out of
(3) Prophetically: The spiritual importance of
The “Portal” Gates of
The present walls around the
Gate of Mercy – Eastern Gate or the
Since the Messiah is to come from the East (Matthew 24:27), it was concluded that His judgment would be at the Eastern Gate… This is one reason for the many Muslim, Christian, and Jewish graves on the Eastern slopes of the
In the Middle Ages the Jews were forbidden to bury on
Unlike the lush expanses of grass associated with many cemeteries, the
The Gates of Heaven are never shut! The shutting of the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem is symbolic of the fact that Israel “shut” the gate to God through unbelief as they knew not the Messiah upon his visitation to them 2,000 years ago …and their rejection of the Messiah stands as a historic monument symbolized in concrete by the Eastern Gate – the shut gate to Old Jerusalem. Yeshua prophesied to Israel about the desolation of the Second Temple which continues to this very day. The shut gate also symbolizes the reality of the supernatural battle that is even now waging over the Temple Mount …but the Lord shall return and open the gate, and rebuild the Temple, and New Jerusalem and all Israel shall know the Lord! We Gentile are not unique and like Israel many have turned their backs on God and have “shut” him out too. Today it is evident as God has been “shut” out of the hearts of unbelievers, schools, government and in fact almost every place except the Church and the lives of true believers. Isn’t it amazing that we have learnt that God is speaking to us even through the shut (Golden) Eastern Gate that though JUDGEMENT …but there is also MERCY for Israel …and for us too?
We live in a changing world! The fast pace of life in this 21st Century helps to facilitate the rapid changes and especially with the world locked-down with the Wuhan Corona Virus deliberately spread by Communist China. Doesn’t it just make us think that what God has “shut” no man can open! (Revelation 3:7; Job 12:14) Only God can open up the economies and “gates” to the nations of the world that were “shut” and if we humble ourselves and PRAY! (2 Chronicles 7:14) We need to repent and cry out to God to forgive our nation’s sin and He will hear from heaven and heal our land and remove this pandemic!
God is moving in a significant way in this time and in this generation… He is preparing us for the Kingdom of God way of life. Many today are expecting some severe adjustments as the old Babylonian style ways MUST come down to make room for the New Jerusalem style of living. It is greatly reassuring to know that we as true believers are the children of Abba Father - our Creator, who is the One-in-charge of Heavenly affairs, the affairs of mankind and all history. We are today more than ever convinced that the miraculous works of God are accelerating even at a faster pace! Faith is increasing upon the earth and we must stay vigilant keeping our lamps oiled and not to be asleep - not spending time with God just like the 5 virgins without oil and wake up too late! Maranatha Lord Yeshua!
God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the nations are treating His people – Israel. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them! This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the Church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised nation continually turning away from God BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that despised nation; like Israel… He Himself was; “despised and rejected by men,” …and there is that despised element; “…things that are despised God has chosen,” 1 Corinthians 1:28. Now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren! We are witnessing the nations and people turning their backs on Israel. Thank you for your prayers and generous financial support especially during these very difficult times. With “lockdown” and difficult “recovery” still lying ahead we ARE reminded that the Wuhan Corona Virus has caused many dire needs and continue to increase here in Israel upon the already most vulnerable! Once again – Thank you!
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
01st August, 2020
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