The Horse Gate

Neh 3:28

Intro:

1. Gates - openings in the walls of a city - places of entrance

2. Gates - moveable structures that guard the openings - obstruct

entrance

3. Strategically placed to be both:

a. Easily accessible

b. Easily defendable

4. New Jerusalem - 12 gates - 3 per side

a. No moveable structures for defense

5. The Gates were the main places of attack

a. 2 Sam 11:20-24 (Donít attack the walls!!)

 

The Horse Gate - Represents Christian Warfare - vs 28

Pr 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle:

but safety is of the LORD.

Ephesians 6:10-18

1. Satanís Deception - vs 11 - "Wiles"

a. 2Th 2:1-3, 7-10 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a

falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ..... For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2. Satanís Devices - vs 12

a. 2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

b. 2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

1. Division

2. Discouragment

3. Deception

a. No one cares

b. You are all alone

c. God doesnít care

3. Satanís Determination - vs 13 - "evil day...done all, to stand"

a. He Attacks The Believer - Lu 22:31-32 And the Lord said,

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

b. He Attacks The Preacher - Zec 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

c. He Attacks The Church - Mt 13:39 The enemy that sowed

them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Pr 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.

A. The Realization of War - "Against" - 1 Peter 5:8-9

a. Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

b. 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.

B. The Readiness of War - "The Horse is Prepared" - Eph 6:11

a. Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

C. The Resolve of War - "Day of Battle" - having done all ... stand

a. Ga 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

b. Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

c. 2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of

Jesus Christ.

D. The Right Kind of War - Whole Armor ofGod

a. Arm Your Mind by Girding It - 1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up

the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

b. Arm Your Mind Through Prayer - 1Pe 4:7 But the end of all

things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

c. Arm Your Mind Through Holiness - Ro 13:11-13 And that,

knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

d. Arm Your Mind Through Watchfulness - 1Th 5:6-7

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

e. Arm Your Mind Through Determination - Eph 4:27 Neither

give place to the devil.

1. Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the

devil, and he will flee from you.