Not very many Christians know that the Bible in Nehemiah speaks of 10 gates, nor what they stand for. They are: 1. The Sheep Gate, 2. Fish Gate, 3. Oil Gate, 4. Valley Gate, 5. Refuse Gate, 6. Fountain Gate, 7. Water Gate, 8 Horse Gate, 9. East Gate, 10. Inspection Gate.
The first gate Jesus went through was the sheep gate, Nehemiah had to rebuild. This is where animals were sacrificed. The sheep gate points to the cross, the blood Jesus shed, not sacrificing animals. As HE took the place of animal sacrifices. 23 Psalm, Mathew 10:40, John 10:1. He that enters NOT by the door (without coming through the shepherd, is a thief and robber. Ex. 14, Psalm 68, 1Cor. 5:11-13. The shepherd leads his sheep…He leads us, out of iniquity. The comfort zone is not where it is, as God drags us out of our comfort zone, and has HIS own plan for us.
“And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of Heaven. ” (The revelation of the actual condition of Jerusalem, especially after all this time, came upon Nehemiah with a shock; so he took the situation to the Lord.) Imagine what Nehemiah would think about what is going on in Israel today?
“And said, I beseech You, O Lord God of Heaven, the great and terrible God, Who keeps Covenant with Mercy for them who love Him and observe His Commandments. (Similar prayer prayed by Daniel in 9:4). To rebuild the gates, and America too, now, our gates our being torn down, by liberals, ACLU, secularism, atheism, & judges tearing away at our Constitution. We need to come on our knees as Nehemiah!
The valley gate, shows you have to go through the “valley” before you get the “victory.” As Nehemiah inspected the walls…”And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; neither was there any beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon.” (came unnoticed. 2:12-13) “And I went out by night by the gate of the valley , even before the dragon well (the pool of Siloam), and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem , which were broken down, and the gates thereof where consumed with fire.” The walls now too, of the churches are broken down. The walls of prayer, and adherence to scriptures and especially, the wall of Faith in Christ and what He has done for us on the cross. See also Rev. 3:14-22. “The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate.” 3:13. Nehemiah was mocked and opposed and ridiculed. Contempt and violence from the enemy and cowardice from the men of Judah were defeated by praying. As Christians, we must expect opposition from the world and discouragement from the Church; but prayer and watchfulness ALWAYS brings victory.
The inspection gate. When Nehemiah heard they were torn ie he knew it needed to be rebuilt as does America today. I Cor 5:10,11. Judgment day is coming for all. “For we must ALL appear, God says, right here, I am the God of wrath, judgment and terror.” ie Noah’s flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, all destroyed as it will be in the final war of Armageddon. There is coming another judgment day. For every believer dead in Christ will rise and will be in the presence of God and judgment seat of Christ. The ungodly later on in the Great White Throne Judgment Seat of God. He’s going to send fire! Rev. 19, IITim 4-8, John 14:2& Cor. 2:9. Those who reject Christ will go through 7 years of hell on earth (tribulation). In II Thes. 2:3 there will be a falling away, apostasy (now). Then will the Antichrist be revealed and set up his N4ew World Government. The antichrist will sign a 6 year peace treaty including Israel. Sound familiar and what everyone is clamoring for? But, he will break it in 3 1/2 years. The antichrist will come in peace; the peace everyone is looking so desperately for now. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing…hummm? It is time for discernment as never before. For when he breaks the peace treaty it will lead to total global and economic collapse. God is going to supernaturally save Israel. The antichrist will be defeated, from heaven. Rev. 19:11-16 (King of Kings). Ez 38-39 Russia is going to start the final war over oil. We are so close to all this right now. I pray everyone gets this; and reads all of Nehemiah’s warnings. We are so close to the brink of this…but, the Bible says the church will be gone before this happens. All born again believer’s gone, taken up to meet Jesus, and the dead in Christ shall rise first to meet their souls in the air…Glory….Are you ready? I am!
Look up! “Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive yards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that you exact of them.” Neh 5:11 All of this was meant to serve as a type of what the Lord has done for us. Forgiven us all things, meaning we should do likewise. He will come in vengeance and wrath, and restore, if we PRAY. Again, are you ready?