In the book of Nehemiah we find that after 70 years of captivity in
the land of Babylon, under the control and rule of Nebuchadnezzar,
that Nehemiah gets permission from king Artaxerxes to rebuild the
city of Jerusalem and the temple. The first thing that Nehemiah
begins to repair is the wall and the gates round about the city of
Jerusalem: for he knows that it would be pointless to rebuild the city
if there was no wall built around it for separation, protection and
defence against their many enemies.
Remember, everything that transpired in the Old Testament, and in
the lives of pre-calvary people was a type and shadow of things to
come in the New Testament, being fulfilled through the work that
Jesus wrought on the cross of Calvary, and the work that's still
being wrought through the Holy Spirit manifesting in the world today.
Building a wall with gates around the city of God was a fore-shadow
of what has been a perpetual, a continuous, work of God's people
to protect and defend the kingdom of God from our enemy.
In the process of building a wall in the natural realm you must have
mortar to hold the stones that are used to build the wall; and there
are three ingredients that are used to make mortar, and they are
sand, cement, and water. The sand is the corporeal material, the
cement is the strengthening agent, and the water is the bonding
agent that brings the other two ingredients together.
In the Spiritual realm the wall that's absolutely necessary for God's
people to have for separation, protection, and defence against the
enemy is a Wall of Faith. This wall of faith also has three ingredients
needed for spiritual mortar to hold the stones together (the Bible
tells us, in 1Pet. 2:5, that we are living stones building up a spiritual
house). The first ingredient in spiritual mortar is the Word of God,
which is a spiritual material (just the opposite of sand, the corporeal
material); the Bible tells us that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the Word of God; it also tells us that without faith it is impossible
to please God. The second ingredient in this spiritual mortar is Faith,
which is the strengthening agent, for it's through prayer and faith that
we stay in contact with God, making our petitions known unto Him,
and receive counsel and instructions from on High. The third
ingredient is the Spirit of God, which is the bonding agent, the One
that brings the other two ingredients together, causing them to bond
together and bring results. It's the Spirit of God that gives life to the
Word of God, and it's the Spirit that sends and receives the prayers
of the saints, even as a telephone wire, satellite receiver, or any
other type of conduit. We ourselves should be, and are ordained to
be, "Spiritual Conduit" (a channel through which the Spirit of God is
conducted or transmitted from the power source to the destination
or place that it is needed).
Are we fulfilling our purpose?
And just as the natural mortar has to be stirred, and kept from
setting up and getting hard, so does the spiritual mortar have to be
kept moving in order to keep it from becoming hard and of no use.
It takes "perseverance" when waiting on God, trusting and standing
in faith, and continuing to do the will of God, no matter what the
obstacles or circumstances.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication
for all saints.
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;
continuing instant in prayer.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.
Just as the wall around the city of Jerusalem in the Old Testament
had specific gates located around the wall: so does the spiritual wall
we build around ourselves, and around the kingdom of God have
specific gates. The gates around the city of Jerusalem were the
Sheep Gate, the Fish Gate, the Valley Gate, the Fountain Gate, and
the Dung Gate. I think the names of these gates pretty well describe
what they were used for; the shepherds and the fishermen had
gates that they used specifically for their own purposes. The
spiritual Fish Gate in the kingdom of God today is used by those
who are called to be fishers of men, as were the disciples of Christ;
the Sheep Gate is still used by the shepherds (pastors), and the
sheep (we are the sheep of His pasture).
The valley has always represented a place of testing and trying,
and a place of darkness and battle; but it is also, as David said
in the psalms, a place where God restores the soul of His people;
and so the Valley Gate is one that we must use every now and then.
The fountain gate was one through which fresh spring water was
diverted into the palace of the king so that at the throne there was
always refreshing water. The Fountain Gate in the kingdom of God
today represents the same thing, it's that place where we draw nigh
unto the King, at the Throne of Grace, to receive refreshing by His
Spirit, and deliverance.
The dung gate in the Old Testament was used to carry out the dung,
to get all stink and refuse out of the city; so it goes without saying
that the Dung Gate in the kingdom of God is used for the same
purpose, only spiritually speaking; everything that stinks in the
nostrils of God should be cast out the dung gate, such as anger,
envy, strife, jealousy, pride, lust, etc. The only thing is the Dung
Gate is not used very often and the hinges keep rusting shut from
lack of use. Each of us as individuals have a spiritual dung gate
within our walls that we need to use frequently in order to keep our
spirit clean and free from all these things that contaminate and
pollute. The Spirit of God is the oil that is needed to keep the
hinges from rust.
As individuals we also have gates (a gate is a place of access or
entrance, where the enemy attacks) that our enemy wants to attack
and gain access to; these gates we can call the Family Gate, the
Health Gate, the Financial Gate, the Fountain Gate, and again, the
Dung Gate. The devil tries to tear down our wall of faith, break
down our gates, and take control; for he desires to make us his
prey; and he will come against us at these gates, threatening to
weaken, discourage, and destroy, if we are not careful and diligent,
fighting the good fight of faith, and using the weapons that God has
given us to defeat our enemy according to Eph. 6:10-18
In the days of old when a wall and it's gates were in danger of
being attacked by an enemy, the people would set extra garrisons,
(troops or soldiers) at the gates that were in danger to fortify that
particular gate. And remember this: the enemy uses diversionary
tactics, for he's always trying to divert our attention away from the
"Fountain Gate," the place where we draw nigh to the King, and
receive refreshing by His Spirit and His anointing. The devil will
attack us through family, health, finances, our jobs, and all the while
it's for the purpose of taking our attention and time away from
Spiritual matters, and our drawing closer to the Lord; for the devils
main purpose is to keep us from the will and the plan of God for
our lives. We need to put extra garrisons (reinforce, put extra guard)
at the "Fountain Gate," always making sure that we do not neglect
seeking the face of God through prayer and reading the Word of
God, and drawing closer to Him.
The enemy tries to mock, and bring shame, reproach, and
discouragement, even as he did in the days of Nehemiah, when
they were rebuilding the wall round about Jerusalem. When that
didn't work the enemy threatened to bring harm and invasion; then
the enemy tried to separate and bring division, and instill fear and
doubt, in order to slow or to stop the work of God. Nehemiah and
the other workers on the wall had to keep watch day and night,
working with one hand, and holding a weapon in the other hand.
So again, we must repair and build up the "Wall of Faith,"
strengthen our gates by reinforcement with the Word, the Spirit,
and prayer; knowing that God has a plan, and He will fulfill that
plan, if we stand in faith, believing, and not doubting.
Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed,
for there be more with us than with him,
With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God
to help us, and to fight our battles.
The Word And Prophecy
The Word And Prophecy
We Are Under Attack, The Wall And Gates Are Broken Down
The Church is under attack from the enemy. The Church has
allowed her wall, her protection and defence against the enemy,
to be weakened and broken; and we suffer lose, and have
become prey to the devil. The gates within the wall have also
been broken down, the gates that are the entrance way, the way
of access into all things pertaining to the kingdom of God. The
wall of faith must be built again, steadfast and sure in these last
days; for Jesus is returning soonfor a glorious Church that has
overcome and defeated her enemy; a Church that is strong in
faith and manifesting the Spirit and power of Jesus Christ. We
must, even as Nehemiah, repair the wall around our Jerusalem,
closing up the breaches, and making strong again it's wall and
2 Chr. 32:2-8
And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he
was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, He took counsel with his
princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which
were without the city: and they did help him.
So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the
fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying,
Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?
Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken,
and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired
Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.
And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them
together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake
comfortably to them, saying, Be strong and courageous, be not
afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude
that is with him: for there be more with us than with him,
With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help
us, and to fight our battles.
And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah,
king of Judah.
Online Bible Study
These are the days when latter day prophecies,
concerning the last days, are being fulfilled.
The enemy desires to steal what belongs to God's people, and he
wants to enslave us, to put us in bondage to fear, doubt, unbelief,
and apathy (indifference, lack of spiritual emotion). And the devil
always preys on the weak, and the apathetic, those who have let
their wall of faith be weakened or broken.
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages;
I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them
dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the
desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people
that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle
and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken
down, and without walls. (having no protection, and no defence
against the enemy; and the enemy will take advantage of this
type of situation, always seeking to kill and to destroy.)
What can we do to prevent the enemy's attack?
Build A Wall: A Wall Of Faith.