Matthew 19:28 “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration (1) when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
1. G3824 = Messianic restoration
Revelation 21:10-13 “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.” This is reminiscent of the way the twelve tribes camped around the tabernacle (in Numbers 2) and the allotment of tribal lands around the millennial temple. (Ezekiel 48)
The Sheep Gate is the first gate mentioned in Nehemiah. The building of the wall and gates begins from the Sheep Gate in Nehemiah 3, because everything begins from the offering of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).The spiritual meaning of the Sheep Gate is that the high priest built it, and that through that gate, lambs and sheep were brought to the temple for sacrifice. (Note that the sheep gate had no locks or bars, for the door of salvation is open to everyone. This was the only gate sanctified, setting it apart as a special gate.)
The spiritual meaning of the Fish Gate is that after our redemption we begin to follow him, making us, his disciples, and ‘fishers of men’. In other words, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we pass through the Old Gate, which spiritually speaking, we die out to the old man. Jesus Christ does not repair the old man, but makes a new man through the regeneration in the Holy Spirit.
The Valley Gate represents the journeys of Jesus’ disciples. Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. Genesis 26:19 tells us that by digging in the valley, Isaac’s servants found a well of springing water. The purpose of digging was to find water and, spiritually, we are to dig deeper than the outer surface to find what God has in store for us.
While the Valley Gate represents the realization of the flesh brought under subjection, the Dung Gate represents how we put it into practice. Through the Dung Gate, refuse was taken out of Jerusalem, to the valley of Hinnom, where it was burnt. In the same way that trash would not have been left to stink up the city, so must sin be taken out the heart of believer and destroyed.
The Fountain Gate, located near the pool of Siloah (Siloam), is where water flowed. The pool of Siloam is the place where Jesus said to the blind man to wash, John 7:9. At the time of Nehemiah and afterward, many washed themselves before they entered to temple area. The representation of the Fountain Gate tells us that God, through the Holy Spirit, is our source for healing and spiritually cleanliness.
The spiritual meaning of the Water Gate is living an obedient life guided by the Holy Spirit. Whereas the Fountain Gate represents being bathed, or baptized, by the Holy Spirit, the Water Gate represents ingesting it, so that it lives inside of us.
The Horse Gate was located next to the horse stables. Horses were used in the wars against enemies. The spiritual meaning of the Horse Gate is spiritual warfare: Eph 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The Eastern Gate was where freewill offerings were given by the king, to be distibuted to the people by the keeper of the gate. The spiritual meaning of the East Gate is that, once we become established in God, we are to share our blessings with others.