"But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Col–hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David."
(Nehemiah 3:15 KJV)
Jerusalem had twelve gates, each with a Spiritual as well as a Physical Significance, each with an important part to play in the life and the historical experience of Jerusalem, and each with a possible way of reminding us of Our Awesome God. Yesterday, we mentioned the Sheep Gate, Fish Gate, Old Gate and the Dung Gate. While there are hints, not everyone agrees as to where most gates were located, nor does the Bible give exact locations, so precise gate positions are not all known.
The Fountain Gate was located close to Gihon Spring, which was Jerusalem's primary water supply and is the Physical Significance of the gate. While the Spiritual Significance can be the reminder that water is necessary for life, as is Our Awesome God, the actual Fountain Gate represents our access to the Spiritual Water that God gives.
Just 500 yards from the Dung Gate, the Valley Gate exits into the two main valleys that create Jerusalem both geographically and historically. The Physical Significance is that these valleys were made ceremonially unclean, both having a history of idol worship with human sacrifice. The Spiritual Significance is the reminder that as Christians we have been snatched from hell (represented by Gehenna) by the grace of Our Awesome God and we now can enter the valley of suffering and cleansing by our own choice to make us more Christ-like.
There are six more gates to make the twelve gates but you need to know more about Our Awesome God and His provisions for you. There is only one way He has made a "way out" for you and that is through Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross. Attend Our Awesome God's church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. God loves you! He wants you to know more about Him!
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) we meet for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. We love to have visitors!
"For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
(Hebrews 11:10 KJV)
"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
(John 10:9 KJV)
Most ancient cities were more like fortresses than cities. Their perimeters consisted of massive stone walls (sometimes more than one) with gates to allow or to stop the entry of people, things and animals. When war came, enemy forces would focus their attacks on these gates, which were usually the weakest part of the cities' walls. To strengthen them, gates were built as part of the watch-towers for the guards.
Jerusalem had twelve gates in the time of Israel's occupation, each with a spiritual as well as a physical significance, each with an important part to play in the life and the historical experience of Jerusalem. Every gate has a spiritual part because they are a "shadow" of the reality that is or will come when God creates a new heaven, a new earth and a new Jerusalem at the end of the age (Hebrews 8:5; 10:1; Revelations 21:10-13). The gates in the New Jerusalem will each be made of a single pearl as found in Revelations 21:21. Our Christ is the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:45-46) and Christ is the only way to get into that majestic city (John 10:9; 14:6). So each gate shows parts of the completed work of the Cross, just as Our Awesome God foretold in His Holy Bible.
Jerusalem has had many different gates with many different names over the thousands of years of Biblical history. Many of the different names have been found in Our Awesome God's Bible, in manuscripts and in archeological finds. There are hints, but the Bible does not specify the location of any of the gates at any point in time. Today, you can still walk through some gates while others have been sealed or renamed, but the physical and spiritual significance of the named gates remains for the people of God.
It is awe inspiring to see the detail Our Awesome God has gone to so as to remind us that without His son, Jesus Christ, we would not one day be in the New Jerusalem. Since people forget, He has given us a structure to help us remember what we owe to Jesus Christ and His love for us that saves us.
Join us tomorrow at this website, 10/11/15, for #2 Significance, a continuation of the #1 Twelve Gates.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church that preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
Flo & Bill