Fire is a language that demons understand.
DESTRUCTION, DESTRUCTION, DESTRUCTION!
Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. (Jeremiah 14:2 KJV)
“But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day…..when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” ’ ” (Jeremiah 17:27 NKJV)
And they said unto me, …the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. (Nehemiah 1:3 KJV)
What a cycle we humans tend to take:
Obedience > Blessing > Pride > Materialism > Idolatry > Evil > Terror > Judgment.
HOWEVER, THEN COMES THE MORNING!!
Watch what the Bible does with imagery:
> Fire = judgment
> City gates = security and protection
> Hell = seat of evil
> Pearls (and precious stones) = wealth
” And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.
Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. (Nehemiah 12:30, 37, 39, 40, 43 KJV)
O you afflicted one, Tossed with tempest, and not comforted, Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, And lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, Your gates of crystal, And all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:11-13 NKJV)
Blackened demons go screaming back to the cells they’d come from,
gaggling wickedly in search of a new wine-of-lies to drown their disappointments in.
All I can say is, “GOOD!”
The Final Restoration in Revelation:
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.
Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
three gates on the east,
three gates on the north,
three gates on the south,
and three gates on the west.
Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl.
And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. (Revelation 21:10-14, 21 NKJV)
Does that have any personal meaning to you?
The burning of our “gates” through victimization, persecution, rejection, evil surroundings, haunting dreams and demonic terrors can be repaired! THAT’S what these stories are all about!!
Not only can the gates to our hearts be repaired, but transformed to a spiritually beautiful treasure; a rarely found, preciously redeemed, gem, bought with the pearl of great price..
• For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
• The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. (Romans 8:14-17 NKJV)
On your way out, you won’t want to miss this YouTube of a 7 year old singing to AMAZING GRACE!