THE 12 GATES – Evangelist Ikechukwu Peter

Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates…… (Revelation 21:12).

God has an annual budget for His children, the bible is very clear about it. In the book of revelation chapter twenty two, from the first to the third verse, the bible tells us about the tree of life that bears 12 fruits monthly, this means it produces 12 fruits for 12 months of the year.

These fruits are the annual budget of God’s blessings for His children, communicated to us monthly.

The question is this, how does this blessings come to us?

The above scripture tells us that the new Jerusalem has 12 gates, the new Jerusalem is the glorified church, it represents the bride of Christ( revelation 21:2)…..and of course we are the bride of Christ. This suffices to say that every Christian has 12 gates through which God sends His annual budget to him.

What are these 12 gates/fruits?

We shall carefully examine Isaiah chapter 60 so as to establish what they represent;
Issaiaiah chapter 60:
Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
They shall not be shut day or night……. vs 11.

Let’s consider the choice of word above, it says “gates” and not “gate”…..which means they are more than one!
A careful study from verse eleven to the end reveals that they are twelve gates;
They shall not be shut from January to December, they shall be opened for 12 calender months to receive the 12 different fruits in revelation chapter twenty two;

The first gate:
….That men may bring in the wealth of the gentiles…..(vs 11).

*THE GATE OF WEALTH: This wealth is both material, physical and spiritual…. I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers(3 John 1:2).

Note the word, I wish above all things…..that’s a statement of priority!
Which means His number one wish for us is to prosper, in our spirit, soul and body….there is therefore no surprise why “WEALTH ” is the first gate.

The second gate :

For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish….(vs 12).

* DOMINION :
The second gate is dominion, one of God’s annual blessing for our life is dominion…..no power of evil is permitted to have dominion over us, nations and kingdom must submit to us….this is our heritage, sickness and sin are part of this kingdom and nations. Stop being oppressed by dark forces, we have dominion over them ( luke10:19).

The third gate:
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you……(vs13)

*GLORY:
Glory eradicated shame and brings beautification. When God’s glory is upon a man, he becomes a centre of attraction, hallelujah!

The fourth gate:

Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come boring to you….. ( vs 14).

EXALTATION: The fourth gate is exaltation, God exalts you in the midst of your enemies and those who don’t believe in you.
Just like God exalted Joseph in the midst of his brethren ( Genesis42:6).

The fifth gate:

Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you,
I will make you an eternal excellence. …. (vs15)

HONOR:
This is the fifth gate is the gate of honor, eternal excellence. When God honors you, everything you do becomes excellent in eyes of men!

The sixth gate:

You shall drink the milk of the gentiles and milk breast of kings…… (vs16).

*GREATNESS:
The sixth gate is the gate of greatness. Remember, six is the number of man….milking the breast of kings talks about greatness. It is God that makes men great, and greatness is one of the package of His blessings for us.

The seventh gate:

Instead of bronze I will bring gold, Instead of iron I will bring silver,Instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stone, iron….. (vs17).

*FAVOR:
The seventh gate is the gate of favor….instead of bronze, I will bring gold…..it means you actually worked for bronze, you actually deserve bronze, but favor has qualified you for gold!

Favor replaces labor, when favor is at work, labor does not matter anymore.

Some people work like elephant and get paid like ant, while some work a little and get elephant, the difference is FAVOR!

The eighth gate:
violence shall no longer be heard in your land….. (vs18)

*PEACE:
The eight gate is the gate of peace, if we have all things and have no peace, May mean that such blessing is not from God.
Every of God’s blessing comes with peace!
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it ( Proverbs 10:22).

The ninth gate:

……but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light (vs19)

* SECURITY:
The part A says you don’t need light of the sun nor yet that of the moon, but the Lord Himself will serve as our security light, When the Lord becomes your light, all that comes to eat up your flesh shall stumble and fall, when He becomes your light, every fear vanishes! ( psalms 27:1-2).

Number Ten:

Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your morning shall be ended (vs20).

* ILLUMINATION: This is the tenth gate;

Note that there is a difference between verse 19 and 20……verse 19, says you don’t need the light of the sun or that of the moon, but verse 20 says, your sun shall not go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;

Now let’s observe the choice of word;

Verse nineteen refers to it as “the sun” and ” the moon”….it is termed a general commodity here!

But in verse twenty it was refered as ” your sun” and “your moon “, here it is termed as a personal commodity…..the difference between a personal commodity and public is its accessibility, the public can be accessed by everyone, while you only can access your private property or those you give access to it.

This sun and moon here refers to person ideas and light that God has given us, uncommon ideas…..that of others may go down, but for those under this number ten blessing, theirs is continues divine idea….it flows all through the 12 calendar months. This tenth blessing can also be activated when we worship God with our one-tenth, when we pay tithe (one-tenth), what God pours out from heaven is divine ideas for our prosperity…Hallelujah!

The eleventh gate:

Also your people shall all be righteous…… (vs21)

SANCTIFICATION:
Many don’t like this one…..we know that righteousness is a gift, when we receive the gift of righteousness, God also expects us to be sanctified….He santified is by the power of the Holy ghost…..SANCTIFICSTION is part if the 12 fruits that the tree of life yields…..we must make up our mind to benefit of this divine blessing.

Your people shall all be righteous. ….this is God’s will for our lives!

The twelfth gate :

A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation…… (vs22)

*MULTIPLICATION :
The last but not the least is multiplication, there is a blessing called multiplication, when this blessing is upon you every thing you touch multiplies…..

Therefore the twelve gates and the twelve fruits of the new Jerusalem which is the bride of Christ (Christians) in the book of revelation 21 and 22 respectively, is contained in the book of (Issaiah 60:11_22).

These 12 verses in issaiah above describes the fruits as; wealth, dominion, glory, exaltation, honor, greatness, favor, peace, security, illumination, sanctification and multiplication!

Expect these fruits in the remaining part of this year and in the new year to come!
One thing is also very important. …these gates are called PRAISE…..your walls shall be called salvation, And your gates praise (Iss 60:18)….Praise is the key!

These 12 blessings are packaged monthly for us throughout the 12 calender months as we live a life of praise, hallelujah!

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