Onto Gate 1

Welcome to Gate /ˈgāt/- A Blog Series

Definition of gate 

1an opening in a wall or fence
2a city or castle entrance often with defensive structures 
3athe frame or door that closes a gate
3ba movable barrier
5ca device that outputs a signal when specified input conditions are met.  logic gate

Now that you have the five definitions of Gate that we would like to highlight for our new Blog Series “Gate”, I welcome you back to The Road2Wholeness Blog.  Thank you for taking the stroll with us today.  This is the first blog of 2019.  The seed for this blog series was secretly planted by God amidst our Life of LAB Quick Lab Series back in November, and the time has now come to embark on the revelation of Gate. 

When the Lord likens himself to a thing; it’s a good idea to see the definition.  By definition and not hand-down connotations we can enjoy many revelations.  Later, I will also highlight certain areas within the chosen definitions, and perhaps for you just as it was for me; there will be sudden revelation.

For this series, we will mainly use the book of Nehemiah to take a look at some of the powerful ideas hidden just beneath the surface of the scriptures regarding Nehemiah’s rebuilding project.  In this first blog however, we begin with a focus on the word Gate and its definitions. 

The book of Nehemiah is primarily based on the rebuilding of the wall surrounding the City of Jerusalem.  This is the place the Lord has chosen as a dwelling for His name.  Therefore, as it lies in ruin, God awakens Nehemiah to the thought of rebuilding the wall that surrounds the city.  Within the wall there are several gates. 

Let’s begin by reading Nehemiah Chapter 2:11-16.

“I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others.  I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem.  There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.  By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.  Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall.  Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate.  The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.”

By the wall being one built around a City we can immediately see the Gates as stated in definition 2 as an entrance with defensive structures.  In the above scriptures we read that the gates had been destroyed by fire.  Usually when we think of a gate being destroyed, the picture in mind is usually of an opening being left unsecured.  In some cases this is true, but in many cases those openings where inoperable or closed.  If we think of gate as in definition number 5, then the consequence is that there’s no output signal.  We also recognize gate as it is described in definition 3b as a moveable barrier.  All of this being the case, then we can understand the reason for a new Jerusalem.  In Revelation 21:3 it reads, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”  Revelation 21:23-25 says, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.  In Revelation 22:4 it reads, “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 

As the picture of the New Jerusalem becomes clearer and clearer, we can understand why the Lord says, I am the Gate.  In Christ, we have a permanent entrance which becomes our defense.  This defense by the resurrection became indestructible.  This opening through the Lamb, as the scripture states, will always be available and accessible.  Thus we have an output signal which is the Glory of God, and it also becomes our light. 

Now if we go back to the definitions and examine the word frame, we are led to the Lord’s Word or the Word of God as providing the framework for the way the Gate operates.  This is important because it regulates that output signal.  If we look at definition 5c in its entirety then we see, “A device that outputs a signal when specified input conditions are met.”  To bring this further into view, let’s look at part of Nehemiah’s course as it was taken from the scripture… “Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; so I went up the valley by night.”  First we would need to identify the Fountain as the Holy Spirit.  The scripture says there wasn’t enough room for my mount to get through.  This is an indication of how narrow the path to the Holy Spirit.  I might even go so far as to say that nothing goes through the Fountain Gate mounted up.  Then the scripture says… so I went up the valley by night.  Here we take a spiritual approach to the word in order to get the hidden wisdoms.  Did you know that the Valley is also always available?  When the gate to the Fountain is too narrow, how many times do we choose the valley?  But take note of the words “by night” and know that that means… in the dark. 

As we read in the scriptures from Revelation, The New Jerusalem is well lighted.  It does not need the moon or the sun; it is lit from within.  Therefore we read the story of how Nehemiah went about putting together this rebuilding project, but we take more than just the story.  We take the reminder that our light is in Christ, and that Christ resides with us; we in Him and He in the Father. 

Coming up in this series, we unlock some of the gates, and we pull more insight from the scriptures in this Book of the Bible.

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Remember to go within that you may never go without.  The God within you awaits you.  Until our paths collide again, I wish you… Peace, Love, Life, and Complete Wholeness in Christ.

In Service,

NaTisha Renee Williams