In a vision a couple of days’ ago, I was shown a large wide gate with black iron bars. It was wider than it was tall. The gate was, significantly, shut. The vision flashed and then vanished.
Simon Peter (the apostle), answered and said (to Jesus), “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (the living Rock is Christ: 2 Sam.22:2; 1 Cor.10:4) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Mat. 16:16-18)
According to Strong’s Concordance, gates are often synonymous with power. And within the context of the above verses, it is a word notably associated with “hell’s power”. Meaningfully, it is also biblically affiliated with those who held governmental positions and who administered justice. As I was pondering the word “gates” as disclosed in Mat.16:16-18 , the following Word of Knowledge was spoken: “opening”.
Later, as I looked at a television set with its wide black screen, it instantly became clear to me that this was one of those wide hellish gates with its black iron bars. Televisions, including cell phone and computer screens are gateways – openings – through which the powers of hell can manifest.
It is written in scripture that the Serpent persecutes the woman (the Church) and her seed (those who keep the commandments of GOD) with a flood that proceeds out of its mouth. (Rev. 12:16-17) Its goal is to drown the Church in a poisonous torrential sea of filth. From a metaphorical perspective, it alludes to the Serpent’s tongue and mouth which is expressed through the gates of hell or venues through which it speaks. That is to say, through fallen political leaders, false religions and modern-day news media prophets, the corruption of Hollywood, accusers of the brethren and all that is dark (I am hearing the Word: “evil”.) Consequently, the innocent are deceived and the evil increase in their evilness.
It is critical that Believers remain especially vigilant during these increasing days of darkness and to carefully discern what enters into their consciousness. The Serpent is subtle and is clever on so many levels. But GOD is omnipotent! Through the written Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are armed with discernment and guidance of things to come (Jn.16:13). For the redeemed and faithful church, the gates of hell will not prevail so long as Believers abide in Christ and obey His Word. We are being warned as will be disclosed in the next post.
“Enter by the narrow gate for *wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction* , and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mat. 7:13-14)
Keep the Faith,