September 1st Thursday, I awoke to a scratchy throat, and wondered what this was. My husband Paul and my son had already had a cough for about a week, and I was trying to avoid being around them. I had prayed so many times and went to fight this oncoming struggle, I had to sing the next morning in a worship service, so I was being proactive and preventative, and prayerful. Then I received an email from my good friend Mary Bostrom, but did not have time to open it or read it. It was about the month of Elul, and the Old Gate. A couple of things stood out to me, when I finally read it on Monday, was that you couldn’t go to the City Gates, until you visited the Old Gate. As I started getting worse on Saturday and was sick all night Saturday, my husband and I and our son went to the clinic on Sunday, not able to go to church. In reading Mary’s article, it talked about the beginning of the month of Elul being sundown on Saturday night, and this was the time the Jewish women did a special housecleaning and repentance in advance of the New Year (October 1st) and the Fall Feasts that were approaching. As an earlier side note, two years prior I had really been assaulted in my health and it was around my father’s birthday and his celebration party. It was extremely scary, and I had no understanding what was happening to me or coming at me. We prayed extensively and as a family and with much prayer cover, we made it through, but I knew the enemy had tried to take me out. But the Grace of the Lord upheld me and I made it through.
This coming Saturday September 10th, was my parents’ 50th anniversary, Jubilee, and something was brewing again! During the day, as I pondered about the Old Gate, I felt impressed that this had something to do with my mother’s parents, her mother and father. My father had grown up in a Christian home and in a Godly environment, but my mother did not. So I felt I was being led to the Old Gate, with no understanding yet of what I was to discover. Monday night, I felt the opposition coming again, and we prayed, and made it through the night with no incident. Or so I thought. My son had a horrific nightmare, where he saw two enemies that were coming against us. He identified them to me, and I knew God had shown us the missing pieces of the puzzle. All three of us were feeling better, and Thursday morning and Friday morning, I had the revelation and the understanding.
What the Lord showed me, was the enemy kept taking shots at me every time I would go to the City Gate, things I had no knowledge of, and had prayed before but not with this level of understanding. So I felt the Lord lead me to my family house with my mother and my sister and pray and reveal to them what the Lord had showed me. At the end, my sister saw the three of us holding our arms out like in the children’s game, Red Rover, Red Rover, and the three of us were standing strong at the Old Gate, and the enemy was worn out and frustrated, defeated there. So my mother and sister are stationed at the Old Gate (our family gate) praying and interceding.
Here is the Revelation according to the Word of God found in Nehemiah.
8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.
10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”
11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”
12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”
13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.”23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water. Nehemiah 4:8-23
14 Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year—twelve years—neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. Nehemiah 5:14
According to the story in Nehemiah, he charged them by families to rebuild the gates of Jerusalem, but the enemy starting trying to kill them and frustrate the work of rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem. So he had to station warriors with spears to stand guard (intercession) while the others were building the walls and gates (Gates of praise -worship), in order to complete the work the Lord had given them. The Lord had showed me in 2008, the gates of Houston corresponded to the Gates of Jerusalem, and to begin doing research then. Before we knew the hurricane was headed our way, he had showed me that Hurricane Ike was going to come into Houston through the Water Gate, and that is what happened. That was the beginning of learning about the gates and their significance in our city and region.
I believe we experienced victory at the Old Gate! Saturday was my parents 50th Jubilee Wedding Anniversary, and then we immediately had to leave to come do our Worship night that night. There was Victory at the North Gate that night as well! The same old struggle was completely eradicated, we went to a depth of worship and Glory that was unprecedented, and one of the worshippers heard the Angelic voices that joined us. I knew it was true, because she had described them as male angelic voices, with Glorious depths and parts, and those same Male Angelic Voices had manifested two other times before for others to hear during the worship. The last thing I wanted to add is that the Old Gate is also called the Governor’s gate, and I believe victory that is governed there will manifest at all the other gates as well! We are going into a City Level worship and Prayer gathering this evening, and today’s date is September 12th, government. I believe we need to share this victory and this strategy of the Lord to all of the other ministers at the other Gates around the City, and I believe the Prophetic Words spoken of the City of Houston are on the verge of Breakthrough and Breakout of Awakening, Revival Fire and the Great Harvest of Souls we have been praying for.
And one more thing. Judah goes first! The Praisers and the Worshippers are positioned in front of the Mighty Armies of the Lord! Glory Be To God! It is His Victory and we will see the Recompense of the Lord, and the Fruition of all the struggles and pressing to come forth! I believe this will also alleviate the extreme warfare we all have experienced going into the City gatherings and City Conference that is coming up! Glory, Praise, and Honor be to Our God who is Mighty and Victorious! Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Breakthrough and the Captain of the Hosts!
See you at the City Gates!
Bride Song Ministries,
Victory at the Old Gate! Victory at the North Gate!