Possessing the Gates of the Enemy – The Father’s House Church of Stockton

Posted on June 19, 2012

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Possessing the Gates of the Enemy  – The Father’s House Church of Stockton

 

The Abrahamic Blessing

A part of the blessing of Abraham is not only that he would prosper and multiply but to also possess the gate of his enemies.

Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; KJV

Mostly when we hear teaching on the blessing of Abraham and hear it echoed through Isaac and Jacob we mostly discuss the multiplying of people and both physical children of Abraham and the Christians of the world as spiritual seed. Not too much is taught either on the physical or spiritual about possessing the gate of our enemies. The first thought is a physical gate of a walled city from biblical times when we talk about possessing a gate. This picture of a physical gate makes it more difficult to apply to our modern world sense we live in open cities in this age.

We have missed a great key with these gates. We apply the seed of Abraham very easy to both the physical Jews and Christians as spiritual Jews. In the book of Genesis we also get introduced to heavenly gates.

 

Genesis 28:10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. KJV

In this encounter with God, Jacob receives the blessing of Abraham from God himself and after seeing the ladder, angels, and God declares this place to be the gate of heaven. Comparing this blessing of Abraham received by Abraham to Jacob’s experience, both talk about gates, one of the enemy and one of God. We have to get this!!!! If we are the spiritual children of Abraham then we must be about the business of possessing the spiritual gates of our enemies.

We must first understand the gate of heaven. Open heavens are achieved mostly through giving. The promise of Malachi chapter three is one of the best examples. Another great one is Cornelius in the book of Acts.

 

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

Malachi promises open heavens through giving and Cornelius has an open heaven experience due to his giving. Over and over in the word we enter the gates of God with a sacrifice that is a sweet savior to God, whether it be the giving of items of financial value or the sacrifice of praise.

The Heavens

The apostle Paul referred to an experience he had as going to the third heaven. There are all kinds of teaches in the world about heavenly experiences and encounters but if we lean on the word like we should, this is the only passage where numbers of heavenly levels is mentioned.

 

II Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. KJV

If the word tells us of a realm that Paul says is so holy and he calls it a third heaven, then there must be a first and second heaven. This is not clearly defined in the bible though eluded to in many places. What most believe is the physical world that we see touch and smell is the first heaven. The second heaven is spiritual level which mostly unseen by the human world though having a great effect on the human world. This is the go-between realm in which angels and demons operate and those with the “seer prophetic” gifting are able to see and hear as well. This is the spiritual gate of our enemy.

 

Possessing the Gates

First question is where are the enemies gates? To me this is fresh revelation and believe that God is preparing his church to get busy learning how to then actually possessing the gate of the enemy. If the spiritual gate is where the enemy effects life on earth, possessing it is basically controlling the spiritual airways and shutting down the communication of the enemy.

 

Judges 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her. 2 And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron. KJV

In the story of Samson is the only case in the Bible where Samson physically took and possessed the enemy’s gate. So the question is how do we do this in the spirit? Frankly I really believe God is just now revealing this truth to his church and this is the timing of the Lord.

Moving Closer to Possess the Gates

I really believe our first priority to have the gate of heaven open in our personal life and at the local church.  Jesus described something very similar to Jacob’s experience as Jesus said from that point forward the heavens would be open and angels would be ascending and descended on him during his life on earth. I have already described through obedience in the giving of things of financial value in tithes and offerings opens the heavens the next item is worship.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. KJV

The gate of heaven and the courts of heaven are entered with thanksgiving and praise. Even the giving of thanks and worship is a type of sacrifice as the writer of Hebrews tells us.

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. KJV

Forty four times in the Old Testament is the phrase “Sweet Savor” used referring to the odor of the sacrifice or incense rising up to God. This tells us how important our offerings of value and or praise are to the Lord and why they open the heavens. The more the members of the local church is in order in their finances in tithes and offering, combined with an atmosphere of thanksgiving and praise, the greater the open heaven.  The word tells us that one can put a thousand to flight and two ten thousand, telling us that anything we do as the body in unity exponentially increases the effectiveness of the church.  So Obviously when the church and or churches are in order in giving and worship the heavens are open and the sound of heaven is drowning out the gates of the enemy.

Esther 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. KJV

In the proceeding passage, Mordecai was positioned in the king’s gate which allowed him the over hear the plans of enemies of the king. In like manner, when we live in open heavens we are in the gate of heaven and not only hear the voice of the Lord clearer and more frequently but are able to hear and stop the works of the enemies gate as well.

Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. KJV

Just as we can become an open heaven or gate as Jesus declared, a person submitted to or possessed by the demonic realm is a gate of the enemy.  This woman that Paul encountered was just that, a gate of the enemy. We are not told expressly that she became a Christian but when Paul cast the demon out of her she no longer was a gate into the second heaven of the enemy. In our world today people in occult dealings that get saved often learn to use their prophetic gifting for the kingdom of God and that is literally possessing the enemies gate and making that individual a gate of heaven.

Coming Into Order

The church must come into order in its giving.  Pastors can’t be afraid of the people, they must encourage accurate biblical giving of tithes and offerings.  Churches and individuals must have regular serious times of praise and thanksgiving.  As the church(s) come into order we will step into the blessing of open heavens with the angels of God ascending and descending in to our lives and ministries like never before.  With God’s heavens opened more and more, the communications and plans of the enemy will be shut down and God will prevail. God’s open heavens on the growth we will possess the gates of the enemy and take our cities.

Pastor Farris Baker

The Father’s House Church of Stockton

www.TheFathersHouseStockton.org

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