The Gates of Zion Are Given a Voice

A message by Jim Puntney

The gates of Zion are given a voice, they are likened to the Watchman on the wall, it is their duty to speak, and to proclaim the will of our Father. This has played out in the past, and from the past examples we can take heed.

John was sent to the Jordan River to prepare a way, to cry out to those who had ears to hear. His message was contrary to the message of the day. He stood in opposition to the status quo. When questioned by the “authorities,”
his response was simple, and true.

“He said, “I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”
Isaiah 40
1 ¶  “Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.

2  “Speak kindly to Jerusalem; And call out to her, that her warfare has ended, That her iniquity has been removed, That she has received of the LORD’S hand Double for all her sins.”

3 ¶  A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.

4  “Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley;

5  Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

6  A voice says, “Call out.” Then he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

7  The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.

8  The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

9 ¶  Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”

Today there are those sent, to cry out in Spirit and Truth, to proclaim the beauty of Zion, and to reveal the Lord’s intent. Zion is the perfect will of our Father. It is where His nature is expressed. This is the city that the author of Hebrews spoke of, and that John the Revelator spoke of.

On the contrary you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the ever-living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to countless hosts of angels, to the great festal gathering and Church of the first-born, whose names are recorded in Heaven, and to a Judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to Jesus the negotiator of a new Covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks in more gracious tones than that of Abel. Be careful not to refuse to listen to Him who is speaking to you.”

And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth; for the first Heaven and the first earth were gone, and the sea no longer exists. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God and made ready like a bride attired to meet her husband. And I heard a loud voice, which came from the throne, say, “God’s dwelling place is among men and He will dwell among them and they shall be His peoples. Yes, God Himself will be among them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death shall be no more; nor sorrow, nor wail of woe, nor pain; for the first things have passed away.”

May we have ears to hear what the Spirit is expressing to the sons of Abraham.

 

14 thoughts on “The Gates of Zion Are Given a Voice

  1. “The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.
    The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

    We each walk with a mixture of understanding, and misunderstanding.
    The Living Word confronts our flesh, our pet theories, our false concepts of God and our individualism, and they wither like parched grass when touched by Truth.

    The only thing we lose is our Adamic perspectives of Truth, for the Living Truth.

  2. Gates- there were/are 13 gates to Jerusalem(12 in Nehemiah-name means consolation, repentance of the Lord, comfort of Jehovah (1 gate in Jeremiah-name means exaltation of the Lord; raised up or appointed of the Lord; and was called the “new gate”)….
    we are to “enter His gates with thanksgiving”…….
    gates representing “threshold , point of entry, providing access to, an opening to something more (increased understanding)(awareness, experience or consciousness)..it is thru the gate that we understand Gods thoughts as the portals(gates) of heaven…and even the gates of hell (prison gate/ the rebel in us) will not prevail against us.. (here I think was the place Jesus said”when the enemy comes he finds nothing in me”
    whereas the “New gate”
    Is continously experiencing/fruitfullness in relationship and service (indicating our victory in taking possesion /been given the nations as an inheritance to serve the hearts of others in Spirit and Truth

    *just some added thoughts to a good Word*

    List of gates:
    Valley gate
    Fountain gate
    Sheep gate
    Fish gate
    Old gate
    Dung gate
    Water gate
    Horse gate
    East gate
    Miphkad gate
    Ephraim gate
    Prison gate
    New gate…
    12 of these are listed in Nehemiah
    only 1 in Jeremiah
    I see significance in that 🙂

    • Ultimately, all the gates into Zion are symbolic of those whom God raises up to open the door for others. The gates of Zion are people. We cannot escape the revelation that in Christ God inhabits human flesh. This is difficult for the adamic nature to accept. The independence of Adam will accept an individual relationship with God, but balk at receiving God’s provision through others. This ultimately becomes the plumb line for our entrance into, or denial into, the higher realms of God’s kingdom. In Zion we find the mutual dependence of the true body of Christ.

      The gates of Zion are many and multi-faceted. It is so important for God to lead us to gates through which we can enter and find true rest. Jeremiah 3 says:

      14 ‘Return, O faithless sons,’ declares the LORD; ‘For I am a master to you, And I will take you one from a city and two from a family, And I will bring you to Zion.’
      15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.

      Only in Zion will we find those raised up to minister a pure revelation of the Lord. Does this sound egotistical? It is not. It is no more egotistical to say this than to say, “Christ is in me.” It was for this reason that the Jews took up stones to stone Jesus. The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” Thus, shall it always be. The independent realm of soulish religion will always take up stones against God manifested in flesh. It is a humble, contrite people who enter into Zion.

          • Wouldn’t it be gatekeepers who hold the keys to the gates….
            In the ancient times gates were opened in the morning and closed at night and the only way to enter the city…The gatekeeper to safeguard the city had huge keys…..
            “I have given you(gatekeepers) the keys(symbolize authority.power) to the Kingdom(gates)/mindsets)…..
            Maybe I’m not ready to see this Roger…I am staying in prayer on it though 🙂

          • Your doing fine, Kim. Take the imagery of gate and gatekeepers, etc., and lift them up into a higher realm. Everything God is accomplishing revolves around what He is becoming IN us. Thus, we only need to understand that God wants to be God through His people to His people. What begins as individuality gives way to the collective experience. As we enter into higher realms in God, we literally become the gates through which others also enter. You see, in this realm of the kingdom opening to us, we only enter “through” others. This is the true inter-dependence of the body of Christ. I become a gate to you, and you in turn become a gate to others. It is this simple.

          • So its like His thoughts have become our thoughts for others as they have been received by us(I know the thoughts I have for you …and is not just us but for all men) and we now have the same thoughts for others and this allows them to come thru His thoughts that are now our thoughts?
            Seeing for others as we see for ourselves(loving others as our selves) He changes our minds and we then join in Him to change the hearts and minds of others) Here we serve His Will to others …..So we are ever increasing in Him and in this way we are drawing others unto Him as we continue to lift Him Up (in us) and (in them)

          • You are exactly right, Kim. You are seeing. The relationship we enter into with the Lord becomes an open door to others. Thus, we are all inter-connected! This is the definition of the true body of Christ. There is ONE head, the Lord Jesus Christ, and many members, inter-connected, serving one another. Our greatest joy should be in meeting the Lord in our brother or sister, and also seeing our brother or sister met by God through us.

            When I say “meeting the Lord” in one another, I don’t mean observing some traits we may have that resemble Christ, but rather the Lord Himself meeting us through what our brother/sister ministers, or, what we minister to them.

          • Yes, we do become that as we grow in Christ. We can become the access for others to move deeper into the Lord.

          • ok…I see this….He is the gate and the door…Ok..am getting more..He is all things that pertain to Life….So He is the gate keeper the gate the keys and the Kingdom…. He is all things to all men…so really what isn’t He if everything that was made was made of Him?

            thank you for your patience Roger !

  3. The 12 diciples (followers , learners) 12 representing government of God were given the keys to the Kingdom..and sent out to increase in others in knowing /showing (like a pregnant mother prepares for the birth ) giving birth to sons, and then nutures(nutrients/elements, that which is essential)their growth to maturity by their/her example..therefore in the internal sense of the Word. .teaching them how to care for their own sons and daughters (as a.parent outerwardly ) but taking place within us (natural then spiritual)… and I see as when Jesus spoke to his 12 that they have no need that any man teach them(they had the living /anointed Christ in their midst)(still outwardly).when in the upper room experience(understanding) came within/now took place inwardly/ in them, they understood in boldness/confidence to preach and teach(Father and Mother) and bring others into their experience….(understanding)good and truth)as they spoke in Authority(knowing who they were/Christ ,and what they had been given/inheritance)…
    Father (as in Abraham) is credited as Righteousness because/therfore= He trusted implicitly to the guidance of Him who called him…
    Sons become Fathers when they grow up…I see Trust as our full maturity

    * there is nothing new under the sun…only understanding of what has always been *
    Eccl 1:9,10 ….

    Ponderings/open for corrections

  4. Zion is the beating heart of our Father, the place of sifting, and safety, It’s symbolized by Eden, the Ark, Bethany, the Temple, and The Holy of Holies.

    It’s the beauty and warmth of our Mother, and the wisdom of our Father, Zion is the fulfillment of Christ, and the expression of Christ. It’s where we truly enter His rest.

    Heb 4
    “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
    For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
    Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
    For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

    It is a place of great paradox, where the ever deepening cycle of death and resurrection are experienced, it’s where our ‘Isaac’ is placed on the altar, and it’s where we find our greatest joy, and sense of belonging.

    From Zion Truth and Love flow, and it is our true birthplace, our home, our sanctuary.

    Psa 87
    “A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
    The LORD loves the gates of Zion More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
    Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.

    “I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: ‘This one was born there.'”

    But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; And the Most High Himself will establish her.

    The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah.

    Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, “All my springs of joy are in you.”

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