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Chapter:# 23
The Gate Of Zebulun


 

In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. Micah 4:6-8 KJV

                  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.  Revelation 22:12-15 KJV

 



The previous writing covered the Gate of Judah and the Pearl of that Gate. The corrections given to the Body of Christ who come to that Gate were described as a fire because of praise and worship. As a person comes into adoration of the Lord, the Lord as fire consumes out of them their dross, but also ignites them with His Holiness. So the person with this fire becomes a flaming brand, a torch of light in a dark world to bring forth the fullness of God and God’s perfect will to the earth that is around their lives. The Gates of Pearl in each of the 12 Gates represents elements of God’s grace. The grace of the Judah Gate found in the Pearl is the same in its effect as the fire of God. In that there is grace to teach one to ‘deny’ ungodly lusts and oppositions of the flesh against the spirit. “Nor to steal by taking things of small value, but to prove themselves truly loyal and entirely reliable and faithful throughout, so that in everything they may be an ornament and do credit to the teaching [which is] from and about God our Savior. For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, Awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One),”  Titus 2:10-13 AMP

 

 Grace appears at the Pearl Gate of Judah to give us the ability to worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness while at the same time removing from us the barriers which would prevent us from repenting before the Lord of ungodliness and worldly lusts.

 

The Gate Of Issachar

Come now to the 2nd Gate, the Gate of Issachar, God who is our reward. This is where we learn to be careful in our walk with the Lord day by day in the earth. For this Gate represents reaping and sowing, the reward of righteousness or unrighteousness depending upon our obedience to the Gospel of Christ. God becomes a reward to us, a covering like a garment of white, a continual presence we are aware of when we obey the Lord in separating ourselves out from the world and alone unto Him. In that separation we learn to keep our gaze fixated upon the Lord alone and n-o  o-t-h-e-r  t-h-i-n-g. The key word here is that the Gate of Issachar represents to the Body of Christ -“OBEDIENCE”.

God does a working at this Gate which becomes the painful testimony of those who would overcome, for it is here, at this Gate that separations begin and conclude.

  • Separations from past alliances,
  • Separations from past relationships,
  • Separations from past relationships with family members,
  • Separations from past relationships with church members who also walk in the Body of Christ.

In this Gate we come UNTO the Lord in SEPARATION. Separated from EVERYTHING ELSE. That God alone becomes ALL OUR REWARD FOR OBEDIENCE TO THIS. You cannot overcome UNLESS YOU ARE SEPARATED UNTO THE LORD ALONE. The separations seem painful, not joyous at the time. This is where opinions of man are discovered and the iniquity that powers man comes to the forefront. I liken the beasts in the book of Revelation, along with the false prophets and the unclean spirits like frogs (vain repetitions Revelation 16:13) to be like the carnal man. And the Dragon in the book of Revelation gives its power unto the beasts. This is personal iniquity empowering DISOBEDIENCE. This is the alliance of carnal religiosity working to destroy us by intermingling us with perdition. In other words, it is a picture of Israel marrying into the abhorred nations which were in Canaan. Or if you will, modern Christians marrying themselves to false doctrines about the love of God and Christ’s great salvation. They all work in type and shadow in the Gate of Issachar. The Body of Christ, these who are called “Overcomers”, come to this Gate to be judged thus, and to be delivered from intermingling of their lives with the love of the World.

 

The Gates of Pearl at the Gate of Issachar represent the Grace of God to work in two ways. This Grace delivers us from the bondages of worldly power. From the life of this earth. From our part in this earth as relates to our place in it. The Grace in these Gates causes us to be separate from all else to be one with the Lord who stands in this Gate beckoning us to come to Him in obedience. This Grace also teaches us the painful process of repentance from dead works, from those things which kept us in alliance with those of the world and of fleshly bondages. The painful working of this Grace causes our steps to be ordered in such a measure that by the things suffered, we like Jesus, learn obedience.

 

“As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.”

Hebrews 5:6-10 KJV

 

Come with me to the Gate of Issachar! Come and see that the first entry into this Gate was done by Christ Himself, crucified from the foundation of the world. Come to this Gate and reckon the Pearl thereof and apply it to your understanding! Know that the Lord does work IN YOUR OBEDIENCE to separate YOU unto HIMSELF! Oh the power and the Glory of the Gate of Issachar! If there were no other Gates in the New Jerusalem, this one alone would do all our will and desire before the Lord, but we have only covered thus far the first two Gates! There is SO MUCH MORE. These Gates JUDGE US so we can enter in to the Glorious City of God!

 

The Gate of Zebulun

Come now to the 3rd Gate, the Gate of Zebulun, God our eternal dwelling, WE ARE HOME.

Here we begin the walk of NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST. This Gate will also separate in your thinking the difference between what the Lord says is your identity and the identity that is being falsely preached by some new age teachers in our day. For it is here at this Gate that we see the Salvation of Jesus ministered to humanity, but not to that which is a FALSE IDENTITY, even he whose working is after the power of Satan and not according to the power of an endless life only found in the Living Word, the Logos of God, this living vibrant living word resonating in our spirits.

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. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”              2 Thessalonians 2:8-11 KJV

As you come to this Gate, all falseness will be laid aside. All shortfall as to your own personal estimation will be eliminated, and that which is perdition will be killed in you. This is a Gate of strong judgment. A Gate of reckoning, of a compilation of right verses wrong.

 

This Gate is the causeway to the simplicity of the Gospel. It is here that the complications of religious effort cannot enter. If you were to size the Gates as to dimension, this Gate would prevent the large headed carnal Christians from entering the City of God, for it is only as wide as the upright stake of the cross. This Gate IS the working of the cross in delivering you from duality! This Gate is as a door in the cross itself to deliver you in completeness to your eternal home. It is here that the Grace of God can easily be frustrated upon members of His church who edify themselves in unbelief and the Holy Spirit can be quenched if the heart responses are not done according to the spirit of Holiness the Lord requires. It is here that the Overcomer begins to examine him/her self and determines whether or not they walk in the pure truth of Christ according to His life which is in them. The Gate of Zebulun is the Gate of labor, the Gate of reckoning, the Gate of final determined faith.

 

When coming to this Gate you will experience these things.

1)      A separation unto God to stand and examine yourself to see whether or not you “be” in the faith.

2)      The knowledge of His Will.

3)      The hope that is based upon the promises of His Word and not vain imaginings.

4)      The labor of faith mixed with works.

5)      The examination of yourself to see whether or not you are HOLY.

This Gate is that Gate of determination to see the finished processes of God in all our nature completed and the separation of flesh from spirit to be final. The Gate of Zebulun represents the end of our faith, the completion of our walk, the entering into the eternal reward of the righteous. It is here that Christ declares who His Overcomers are and gives unto them the crown of the Overcomer to wear eternally. From this Gate one can peek into the inner workings of the City of God to behold the Throne of God and the Fire that enfolds itself upon it, and to do so WITHOUT FEAR. When a person comes to the end of their life having finished their course, this is the Gate they come to.

 

This Gate of Pearl stands as testament to they who obtained the promises. The Grace of God in this Gate was such that the promises given were obtained through patience in tribulation and determination to be found faithful unto Christ alone, not listening to any other voice. The Grace of God here works two ways.

  • To first work as a testament of how far short we are in full growth in God and to enter in as HOLY into this particular Gate and to be one with the Lord in His person.
  • To know that when we have fulfilled the obedience of our course of faith, that this Gate stands ready in the brightest Pearl to receive us and to give us God Himself as our eternal abode, a dwelling forever more in the person of our Father.

This Gate represents our homecoming, our final eternal place in this Holy City.

Come with me then to this Gate and judge yourself! See if you are in the faith, if you have what is required at this time to be counted worthy as one who obtained the promises. Then every area where you fall short, APPLY THE CROSS. For this is the Gate where we RECKON OURSELVED DEAD AND OUR MEMBERS ON THE EARTH MORTIFIED. It is here that we daily work out our Salvation with fear and trembling because the final promise of God is seen here as an eternal reward for our faith. So then dear Overcomer, judge yourself at this Gate so you be not judged with the world!

“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”                                                                                                                1 Corinthians 11:31-32 KJV

 

The judgment you do for yourself at this Gate will be your scourging and your chastisement. It is here that you will learn the true FEAR OF THE LORD. It is also here that your view of your eternal hope will be realized and that your hope will be fully given via this Gate. For it is here, at this Gate that the final work of glorification will be done and you will emerge with a Glorified Body like unto the Body that Jesus arose in. Praise God for the Gate of Zebulun, nothing will be left undone!

 

( Vision )

“As I looked at Jesus in this place my eyes were filled with wonder at His power and Glory and the ability He has to work in the lives of His people. Before Jesus was as it were a table with hearts upon the table. Each heart was the life of an Overcomer. And Christ would turn and twist and manipulate each heart on this table into perfect conformity to His will. As each heart on this table in Heaven was moved by Christ, the Overcomer in the earth would move their footsteps accordingly. It was a marvelous revelation of how Christ works to bring the Overcomers to the center of His perfect will.

( End Vision )

 

( Vision )

And I looked and beheld the Gate of Reuben, Looking upon the Son, He who sees the Son. And understanding came to me and great mercy. The Gates of this Pearl were very concise, very much in a tone of the white of a pearl. And in the Gate stood the Son of the Most High God, and I cried because of the beauty of the Son…….

( Not the end of the Vision )

 

To Be Continued………
Kenneth B Visscher
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