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Nehemiah Part 40. The Summary of the Twelve Gates in Nehemiah. Part 2.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Salvation in every dispensation is always the same, faith alone in Christ alone as noted in
GEN 15:6 Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

6. The Fountain Gate, NEH 3:15. The Fountain Gate is put before the Water Gate … because one cannot have a fountain without water.

EPH 5:26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

A fountain speaks of water under some pressure to be seen … thus this gate speaks of the moving of the Spirit of God on a person to reveal Himself to them.

Following on from this there is the analogy of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit with the gentle pressure of the Spirit bringing the believer to the releases of Himself as a fountain of life beginning to flow from within you.

The flowing of living water speaks of the Holy Spirit as a fountain of life being released within the believer.

PSA 36:9 For with Thee is the fountain of life; In Thy light we see light.
JER 17:13, the Lord is called the fountain of living water,

The Fountain Gate speaks of the advance spiritual life available for the believer.

Understanding the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential for sustained growth and progress in Christ-Jesus.

If any rebellion remains through fear, then back to the Dung Gate you must go to rid yourself of the garbage in the soul.

7. The Water Gate NEH 8:1 And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel.

Water is used for life (drinking) and washing our thinking … water primarily speaks of the living word as EPH 5:26 says, the Church is cleansed by the washing of water by the word.

This gate is the constant challenge for each one of us to hear what God is saying with His word and a checkup as to how much we truly believe with our hearts.

This water gate will lead you to become captivated with what God has done and get excited with what He is doing now. The written word of what God said and did must become the living-word in you revealing more and more His life in you.

The Spirit desires to teach us ALL things including how to read the scriptures and hear His indwelling voice unveil His secrets to those who have ears to hear.

8. The Horse Gate
NEH 3:28 Above the Horse Gate the priests carried out repairs, each in front of his house.

The ‘horse’ in the Bible usually speaks of discipline, strength, endurance and speed. The horse has to be broken in, as it were. When discipline has been worked into its life, a man can ride on him, the horse can pull a cart or chariot and be an asset to any group. The horse will know the voice of the one that cares and feeds it.

God will develop each one of us to be strong, be quick to obey and go wherever He sends and basically be strong for others.

We, just as with a horse will know intimately his Master … learning to recognize His voice and be always ready to do His bidding.
PHI 1:21 For me, living is Christ, likewise dying is profit.
PHI 3:10 that I may come to know Him, and the power of [behind] His resurrection and the participation of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

9. The East Gate NEH 3:29 After them Zadok the son of Immer carried out repairs in front of his house. And after him Shemaiah the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, carried out repairs. ‘East’ speaks of where a new day begins for us.
By implication it speaks of yesterday being gone and God’s new purposes coming forth.

In Genesis chapter one we are given the seven new days depicting God’s great plan of the ages. Looking East carries with it an expectation of something new.

In the initial coming forth of Jesus (MAT 2:2) we are told that the wise men saw His star in the east and they followed it.

10. The Inspection Gate
Inspection = ‘miphkad’ which means assignment, appointment or numbering.

EPH 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Each one of us has an assignment to fulfill in God’s great plan.

This gate of Miphkad is for us to be numbered among those who know who they are and why they are here at this time in this tangible realm called earth. Miphkad continuously reminds of our obligation to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil within our thinking and receive the appropriate promises.

REV 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
REV 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them.

The throne of God where Christ is and we are in Him is the vision God has brought forth a remnant for.

The next gate is the Gate of Ephraim; (Gate No 11) ‘Ephraim’ = double-fruit & speaks of the first-born who receive a double portion of the inheritance as Elisha did by means of Elijah. Joseph of old was Ephraim’s father and his life depicted the double portion experience for he was the firstborn of Jacob and Rachel.

The man-child made up of overcomers will progress or grow into the fullness of Christ which is like inheriting the promised land… the kingdom of God.

12. The Prison Gate

EPH 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–
EPH 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,

A prisoner does not have a will of his own for he can only do what the Jailer decides. ‘Not my will be done, but Thine’ was the example that Jesus gave us.
KJ PHI 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

John was a prisoner on the Isle of Patmos and it was there that he came forth with such revelation from the heart of God.

In the parable of Joseph back in Genesis …
as a type and pattern …he went from the prison to the throne.

No prison experience will lead to no throne experience. Being a prisoner declares that one is truly free!

The twelve gates that the Lord had Nehemiah record just touches the ‘Headlines’ of God’s dealings with each because of His love for each.

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