When we were reading John chapter 10 about Yahoshua being the door in which the sheep enter. I remembered reading about this sheep’s gate in John 5:2. I remembered reading somewhere else about a sheep’s gate in scripture but I forgot where I read it so I had to go search. In Nehemiyah chapter 3, he talks about rebuilding these gates that surrounded the city. Below is a picture I found on a bible website.
#1 The sheep gate: Nehemiyah 3:1: Lamb were brought here for offering. Yahoshua is our high priest who is the lamb who was offered. Yahoshua is the door of the sheep. Will we enter the kingdom through the sheep gate?
#2 The fish gate: Nehemiyah 3:3: Fisherman used this gate. Yahoshua was a fisher of men. Take the word of Yah to the nations.
#3 The old gate: Nehemiyah 3:6: This represents the death of the old man. Keep our old or ancient path it says in Yeremiyah 6:16.
#4 The valley gate: Nehemiyah 3:13: This describes the wanderings of Yahoshua’s apostles. Read Psalm 23:4, Deuteronomy 8:7, Genesis 26:19 and Yahzeqyl 3:22.
#5 The refuse or dung gate: Nehemiyah 3:13: This represents rotten flesh. Things we must put away from our hearts, read Matthew 15:19.
#6 The fountain gate: Nehemiyah 3:15: It is located near the pool of Siloah where water flows. The pool of Siloam is the same place where Yahoshua told the blind man to wash up in John 9:7.
#7 The water gate: Nehemiyah 3: 26 Read John 4:13-15 Yahoshua is the living water.
#8 The horse gate: Nehemiyah 3:28: Yahoshua will be on a white horse, Revelation 19:11-16.
#9 The east gate: Nehemiyah 3:29: Yahoshua will enter the city via the east gate as Yah enters the city via the east gate. Read Zechariyah 14:4 and Yahzeqyl 44:1-3 Mount Olive is on the east side of the city.
#10 The Miphkad gate: Nehemiyah 3:31: Miphkad means inspection, recruiting or census. Yahoshua will judge the nations. Mattithyah 25:31-36. Yahoshua talks about the narrow gate in Matthew 7: 13-14.
#11 The Gate of Ephraim: Nehemiyah 8:16, Nehemiyah 12:39, 2 Chronicles 25:23. A North gate looking out to the fruitful land of Ephraim. Ephraim means doubly fruitful. This double fruitfulness can be symbolism for Israylite and Greek and Heaven and earth.
#12 The Prison Gate: Nehemiyah 12:39, 2 Kings 11:16,19. Kepha is seen in Acts 12 being led by an angel through the gate.
Q: What is the significance of a city gate in the Bible? *website placed in the footnote. Answer: Besides being part of a city’s protection against invaders, city gates were places of central activity in Biblical times. It was at the city gates that important business transactions were made, court was convened and public announcements were heralded. Accordingly, it is natural that the Bible frequently speaks of ‘sitting in the gate’ or of the activities that took place at the gate. In Proverbs 1, wisdom is personified: ‘At the head of the noisy streets she cries out in the GATEWAYS of the city she makes her speech’ (v. 21). To spread her words to the maximum number of people, wisdom took to the gates.
The first mention of a city gate is found in Genesis 19:1. Lot sat at the city gate of Sodom. Lot was probably there discussing with the men of the city the day’s issues or engaging in civic business.
In the law of Moses, parents of a rebellious son were told to bring him to the city gate, where the elders would examine the evidence and pass judgment, Deuteronomy 21:18-21. This affirms that the city gate was central to community action.
In Ruth 4:1-11 Boaz officially claimed the position of kinsman-redeemer by meeting with the city elders at the gate of Bethlehem. There, the legal matters related to his marriage to Ruth were settled.
As Ysrayl fought the Philistines, the priest Eli waited at the city gate for news regarding the ark and to hear how his sons fared in battle 1 Sam. 4:18.
When King David ruled Ysrayl, he stood before the troops to give instructions from the city gates (2 Sam. 18:15). After his son Absalom died David mourned but eventually returned to the city gate along with his people 2 Sam. 19:1-18. The king’s appearance at the gate signaled that the mourning was over and the king was once again attending to the business of governing.
The city gate was important in other ancient cultures. Esther 2:5-8 records that some of the king’s servants plotted at the king’s gate to murder him. Mordekaiyah heard the plot and reported it to Esther who gave the news to the king, Esther 2:19-23. Persian court officials were identified as being ‘at the king’s gate’, Esther 3:3.
To control the gates of one’s enemies was to conquer their city. Part of Abraham’s blessing from Yah was the promise that your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, Genesis 22:17.
When Yahoshua promised to build His assembly, He said ‘the gates of Hades will not overcome it’ Matttithyah 16:18. All the evil plans of satan will never defeat the assembly.
* from http://www.gotquestions.org/city-gate. html
**Revelation 22:14, we will be entering the kingdom through the gates HalleluYah for answering my question. In the new kingdom there will be 12 gates for each tribe, Yahzeqyl 48:30-35. The name of the city shall be Yah is there v. 35.
*Most maps of the gates in Yahrushalom are in error only showing 10 gates, like the map above.