GATES AND GATEKEEPERS
“And he set the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of the Lord, so that no one who was in any way unclean should enter.” 2 Chronicles 23:19.
In ancient times, cities were often guarded from enemies by high, thick walls. Walls provided security and shield. So, gates were the only entrances and exits into the city.
The Bible speaks much about gates and gatekeepers. Heaven has gates. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4. So does hell.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18. The “gates of hell” mean the authorities of hell, which are not permitted to hinder the progress of God’s church.
God’s covenant with Abraham includes the promise that his seed “shall possess the gate of his enemies” Genesis 22:17. Meaning that his seed would gain a position of authority, prominence and power over the enemy. The gates of the ancient cities were kept opened during the day and closed at nightfall. Joshua 2:5.
Gates were places of battle. Judges 5:8. Victory or failure is decided at the gates. For more details click the link below
Gates were places of authority and decision making. Ruth 4:11.
Prophets declared God’s Word at the gates. Jeremiah 17:19-20.
Elders sit at the Gates. Proverbs 31:23.