reply to post by filledcup
"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who
---What are they keeping them from entering?
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
The Bible calls them gates. In Psalm 118, we see the conclusion to the 7 years of tribulation when the gates of heaven are once again opened.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
1 And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being 2 shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being
wrought upon the earth. And they said one to another: 'The earth made without inhabitant cries the voice of their cryings up to the gates of heaven.
And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the 9 women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all
kinds of sins. And the women have 10 borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness. And now, behold, the
souls of those who have died are crying and making their suit to the gates of heaven, and their lamentations have ascended: and cannot cease because
of the lawless deeds which are 11 wrought on the earth.
In all places that the Bible mentions gates, it is an allusion to the true gates between Earth and the Heavens above.
1 Chronicles 9:23
They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the Lord—the house called the tent of meeting.
2 Chronicles 23:19
He also stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the Lord’s temple so that no one who was in any way unclean might enter.
2 Chronicles 31:2
[ Contributions for Worship ] Hezekiah assigned the priests and Levites to divisions—each of them according to their duties as priests or
Levites—to offer burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, to minister, to give thanks and to sing praises at the gates of the Lord’s dwelling.
--Here is one of my personal favorites...
I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors
and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses.”
---By a larger view, the gates of Heaven are opened after the last sabbath and 1000 years of rest called the Day of the Lord.
When evening shadows fell on the gates of Jerusalem before the Sabbath, I ordered the doors to be shut and not opened until the Sabbath was over. I
stationed some of my own men at the gates so that no load could be brought in on the Sabbath day.
Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?”
Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.
Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.
---What happens when these gates of Isaiah 26 are opened and closed? "You must be born again."
But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.
21 See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
the earth will conceal its slain no longer.
Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the
On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Robes are bodies being washed in the waters of life (Jordan). See my threads.
[ The Narrow and Wide Gates ] “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter
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.
The Bible is filled with symbols that we miss if we fail to define them properly. The historical stories are true, yet parables to show us what is
under the hood of what is seen.
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