Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The enemy attacking from without and the opposition of the “enemies of the cross.”.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Each of the gates speak of different experiences in our Christian life that we need to go through.
Their order and position is very specific and gives us insight into the types of doctrinal principles God takes each of His children on.
1. The Sheep Gate, NEH 3:1,32 which speaks of the gate which the sheep and lambs which were used in the sacrifices were brought through.
2. The Fish Gate which speaks of evangelism or the new believer sharing the good news or the Gospel with others,
MAT 4:19 He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
4. The Valley Gate was next referring to being humbled through trials and tribulations.
The Christian needs to remember that in the natural nothing really grows on the mountain tops, but it certainly does down in the valleys.
5. The Dung Gate, NEH 3:14 – all the garbage and rubbish God removes from our soul.
HEB 10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
6. The Fountain Gate,
NEH 3:15, which speaks to us of the living waters of the Holy Spirit that cleans our lives and empowers us for our Christian life.
9. The East Gate, NEH 3:29, known by the Jews for one particular event – the coming of the Messiah.
The east gate opens and looks toward the Mount of Olives and when Jesus returns He will return to this mount,ZEC 14:4.
10. The Inspection Gate, NEH 3:31 – the final gate which speaks to us of the judgment seat of Christ where our lives are inspected and rewarded.
2CO 4:16-18, Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
If the walls and gates were going to be rebuilt then everyone would have to play their part.
EXO 18:17-18, And Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.”