Lift up your heads O you gates, be lifted up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads , O you gates; lift them up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory, the Lord Almighty, He is the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10
Gates were places where the elders gathered in ancient Israel. They were associated with authority and decision making, for government, judgement and commerce.
They are also associated with praise and protection .
In 2 Chron 31:2 the priests were appointed to praise in the gates, Neh 12:30 tells us the priests and their lives purified the gates.
Gates also signify the entrance or blockage of good and evil, both at the beginning and end of God’s plans.
Gen 3:24 we are told that God placed a cherubim with a flaming sword, outside the garden of Eden, to guard the tree of life.
When Jesus died the curtain was torn in two, and the Talmud records that the gates of the temple opened miraculously by themselves in 30 AD.
Rev 21: declares the New Jerusalem will have 12 gates of pearl, with the names of the tribes of Israel, inscribed on them. The gates will not be shut, and there will be no darkness.
God is a God of order, and when we can grasp this blueprint for coming into His presence, we shall be blessed beyond measure. Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, give thanks to Him and praise His Name. We are instructed to come into His presence with thanksgiving, and enter His courts with praise, worship then takes us into the throne room. So often, we fail to follow this order, we sing songs about our own human condition. But God is a jealous God, and He requires and deserves all the praise and glory that is due His Name. Only then will we experience the anointing and fullnes of God’s Spirit.
“Be joyful, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thess 5:16
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1Chron 16:14
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. For the Lord is a great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95: 2-3
You are my God and I will give You thanks, You are my God and I will exalt You. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 118:28-29
Open to me the gates of the righteous, and I will go through and praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous may enter: I will give thanks, for you answered me and became my salvation.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds Me finds life, and receives favour from the Lord.
Prov 8: 34-35
Through Him, then let us continually offer up a sacrifiice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that acknowledge His Name. Heb 13: 15
“Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people” Build up the highway! Take out the stones. Lift up a banner for the peoples! Isa 60:10
That in blessing, I will bless them in multiplying. ” I will bless the seed as the stars of heaven, and as the seed which is upon the seashore, the seed shall possess the gate of the enemies, and in the seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou has obeyed My voice. Gen 22:17,18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matt 16: 18-19
Evil men will bow down in the presence of good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. Prov 14:19
Finally, in the Name of Jesus, and through His precious blood, covered in our spiritual armour, we stand at the gates of the Nations, and speak righteousness and truth. We bind and push back every thing that opposes the Word of God. Everything that exalts itself higher than the knowledge of God we do condemn. And we release the Holy Spirit afresh, to bring revelation,and salvation to the Nations. Let Your kingdom come. we pray. THANK YOU JESUS.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are in the temple. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is it’s light. The nations will walk by it’s light, and the kings of earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever go into it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful, but only those whose whose names are written in the Lambs book of life. Rev 21:22-27
Amen & Amen