Gates Shall Not Be Shut


This is the way it should be now.

Rev 21:22

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Rev 21:25

And the gates of it [New Jerusalem] shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.


Closed Doors – inaccessibility

Maybe only older saints can relate to what I say, because as far as I know this has been the situation for at least 50 years in America. I am not sure about other countries.

When I was growing up, the church doors were always open.

I could walk up to a church at any time and go right in.

The doors were not locked.

Many times, the pastor / priest was around, and I could find him and talk with him.

Now, wherever I look, the doors are closed.

They are only open on Sunday, or on a night assigned to Bible study, for just the time needed for the service, and then they are locked again.

It has been like this for decades.

The claim is they are protecting the church from a rare intruder.

But they have also closed the doors to multitudes that seek the love and help of believers, who are supposed to act in the way of Jesus.

Falling Away

If they call, and they would have to look up the phone number, it is usually not posted on the door, they will get an answering machine.

Maybe in a few days, they might get an answer.

And now the church claims that there is a great falling away in faith because there are fewer people there.

I believe much of this is falling away is from a church building and group that makes themselves inaccessible.

The seekers may have the faith, but it is not supported by the church.

The church is cold, and the locked doors indicate that God is only available at certain times.

So, in despair, the seekers turn away.

Maybe many have fallen away in faith as well, because of this despair, that God is just not there for them.

While this is an individual crisis, the church should not aggravate it, by physically shutting out people 6 days a week.

Sometimes, if the seekers come on Sunday, usually the only day available, they have about 1-2 hours to connect with God through the church, or they lose out for another week.

Hopefully, there will be a warm greeting, but sometimes there isn’t.

Sometimes, closed doors indicate closed hearts.

So, this is just food for thought for those who want more people in their church, but are only available for a few hours a week to greet people in to the fold.


With Jesus / Yeshua, the gates are always open

When Jesus was here on earth, He was always available.

He never shut anyone out.

People did not have to wait until the Sabbath to see Him.

Someday, when Jesus returns, there will be a New Jerusalem, the bible says that the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

And the gates will not be shut anymore.

Until that time, we can always go to the Lord in prayer and faith, and find Him in our hearts and spirits.

So, to you who find closed doors on earth, just know that God’s door is always open.



23 Responses to “Gates Shall Not Be Shut”

  1. Marianne, this is after my own heart….what a great point.

    One of my best friends was a priest, Msgr. Felix Donnelly. He used to wear his collar and sit at the Walmart snack bar in case anyone wanted to chat or needed him. Sometimes he hung around the emergency rooms with Rabbi Gold. When my daughter went in there Rabbi Gold sat with my husband for hours. Fr. Donnelly didn’t care what church if any people attended, he would go to a deathbed. You get the idea…a Christian.

    The other priests and others ridiculed him as an other-worldly flake…made fun of how he would give things away and be late for dinner because a poor man needed help. Most of them play 3 or 4 rounds of golf a week! They would never dream of ministering to a non-Catholic. Msgr. Donnelly got his title from Paul VI for his work with inner city black people in the 60s. That wasn’t popular with some either.

    When he went into a nursing home near my house, I made fast friends with him and we spent many hours together. One of the greatest blessings of my life.

    When you take religion out of head trips and get real, things take a whole new perspective.

  2. Thank you for this posting. It is a blessing. Your words and writing brings to my mind and highlight the message of Paul in Hebrews.

    The gates of heaven are open to us even now – as the actural gates of the New Jerusalem will be open to those that know His voice and follow Him.

    Now, today – we have a High Priest and his name is Jesus the Christ who is available to us without walls or a mediator.

    “[Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance–since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement “(Heb 9:15, AMP).

    His work is complete, “it is finished”, so that we have access, a door way to the Father in heaven.

    “For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf. Nor did He [enter into the heavenly sanctuary to] offer Himself regularly again and again, as the high priest enters the [Holy of] Holies every year with blood not his own” (Heb 9: 24-25, AMP).

    Our hope, that door way, is not found in any church organization, church building, church clergy or priests, but in Christ Jesus our Lord. We have personal access to Him, and through Him to God the Father.

    “Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and [d]once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him” (Heb 9: 28 AMP).

    It is the Lord Jesus Christ who opens and closes that door. Revelations 2:7-12, tells us this Truth. He is coming soon for this bride, which is described as the church of Philadelphia:

    “…These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open: I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name…Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the lesson of My patience with the expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth.

    I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends from My God out of heaven, and My own new name.”


  3. Jesus is the gate…This gate is still open…
    The New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ… Bride of Christ are those that Christ indwells…These are one in Spirit with God.. This is the indwelling of Holy Ghost spirit …The temple where God and his lamb (Christians are lambs of God) dwell is your body…God does not dwell in temples made with hands….

    Acts 7-48 to 51 shows God does not dwell in temples made from hands but is the holy ghost indwelling…..

    Jesus told satan “Man does live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD OF GOD”…The answers are always found in the Bible. never with man unless the man is shown by holy ghost teacher…Boy do we need more of those enlightened men today..

  4. How well I remember when Catholic church doors were always open–that is, during any hour I might want to stop in and pray. I do not know if they were open after midnight. I do not now if Protestant churches were also open most of the time, as I didn’t go to them at that time. One could always find a priest to talk to, and one reason for this was that there were more priests. They didn’t have one priest serving 1800 people in a parish.
    They had three or four priests for a parish that size.

    Unfortunately, this does not mean that the priests were always godly men. One of them tried to “date” me. I am not bringing this up to lambaste the church, but to show that I know there are things wrong with the Catholic church. I am not presently a Catholic, but I like some of its beliefs better than some of the Protestant ones. I know that ALL men are imperfect.

    I dislike the concept so prevalent on the internet that the Catholic church is more demonic than the protestant, and some writers and speakers even go so far to say that just being Catholic risks one’s immortal soul . On the contrary, I agree with Jack Kelly (his web is Grace Through Faith, with nightly teaching). He believes some people from every church symbolized by the Seven Churches of Revelation are saved, including Catholics.

    I have seen apostasy in both the Catholic and the Protestant churches. Enough foolishness to go around?

    I do realize that theft and vandalism probably is a bigger problem now.
    People once had respect for church property even if they were not believers. No more.

    At the local Catholic church, the main sanctuary is locked at night, although never during the day or evening, but the little prayer chapel where people do their all-night vigils is always open. One has to have a “code” to open the door. I am not a member, but I have been in there to pray often.

    For us older people, it is easy to say things were better in the “old days”. But maybe they really were.


    • hi Mariel

      I agree. there is the unbelieving and sinful part of the church and the believing and righteous part.

      the denomination does not matter….

    • My husband works at a Catholic school but no longer goes to Mass…has a gutfull!

      The priests live in apartments or houses now, not at the church…the human face of the Catholic sanctuary is gone. For some reason this bothered me more than other changes. The rectories are used for offices.

      I agree that being open to others is important…but impossible if one is trying too hard to fill up one’s life with organizations, charities, and prayer groups. The most moving spiritual experiences I’ve had in my long life with people have been purely “accidental”. A little scheduled religion goes a long way…unless a person is lonely socially and really needs a lot of church.

      Aren’t you all truly, from the bottom of your soul, sick of the historical hatreds still going on in Christianity? In Eastern Europe even the poorest orphanages have to have segregated sections for orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and so on. Many have confided to me the yuppieness and sense of entitlement in their church, how it hurts them.

      Christianity is due for a rebirth

  5. Just wanted to say I feel the same way, back in the days you uses to feel that urge to get inside a church and pray,cry whatever!!!! and they’d always be open, it is from the times though so much destruction but then I would think, don’t make the church so rich just a building that you know is blessed by the spirit and a place sanctified by God. If all this priests were like the one It would be as I remember things when I was young. All our priests were open to any person of any religion, but now they’re even picky about who they’ll talk to within their own church.

  6. Good thoughts. Can’t help but think of the first gate to close…Eden…and the flaming swords which guard it’s gate from anything that would defile. Christ, of course, is that flaming sword…purifying Word.

    Again, good thoughts.

    • When the many ethnic groups of immigrants came here they had a huge chip on their shoulder. They worked very hard and made almost unbelievable personal sacrifices to build St. Patrick’s in NYC and many, many others across the country. (St. Patrick’s, by the way, stays open all day from 7 am Mass and has deacons or priests to talk with, or just chat).

      Thanks to crack and poverty and some snottiness from religion, respect for sanctuaries has almost gone.

      Sr. Mary Catherine Moore and Msgr. Felix Donnelly here in Savannah went anywhere they wanted and were needed for decades. The word on the street was ‘Touch a hair on their heads and you’re finished.” Not only did they help people personally, they were conduits of serious help from Catholic charities. They died peacefully in old age.

      All the flowers on their graves are from me, who still loves them.

      They typified the ancient Chinese proverb, “Those whom God does not want destroyed, He makes full of compassion”

      I’ve listened to countless cynical comments from ‘Christians’ about how those saintly souls were suckers, that helping pregnant girls carry their babies only encourages immorality….this from people with SUVs and country club memberships ,in churches so afraid of intruders the doors are locked. We won’t get into the numerous annulments provided for them.

      It all adds up to a great spiritual law planted in Creation. It is more Blessed to give than to receive.

      The churches will have to earn the respect they took for granted for so long, won’t they?

      • hi deanna

        It is nice that you have had these individuals to inspire you.

        May this inspiration move you to some similar activities, in their memory.

  7. For those people who believe that forced Sunday worship will be the mark of the beast, this is very interesting. Many churches are rejecting worship on any day other than Sunday – Satan’s day of worship.
    Seems like it’s all coming together, just as the bible predicts.

    • Hey James,

      Could you please do me a favour?
      Could you provide the scripture that has lead you to believe, that those that worship on Sunday have accepted the mark of the beast? Or, that Sunday is mentioned anywhere as being “satan’s day of worship”?


  8. In my years of hitchhiking, sometimes I need a place to sleep–especially when it is raining or cold outside. Most church buildings have locked doors. There is a church in Dubois, Wyoming that keeps its doors open; I have slept there many times in the winter. (Usually, in the spring, summer and fall, I sleep outside).

    But, as we all know, the real church is not a building. Zion–in the New Testament sense–is not a place, it is the Presence of God. I have had great fellowship in cars, in homes, in tractor-trailers, around a campfire–anywhere someone is really surrendered to Christ, that is where we have fellowship.

    “We worship Him in Spirit and in truth.”

    • Likable Tim, you sound like good company.

      Whenever I’m tempted to get all mystical, I remember that I’m a 64 year old woman with many years experience in prayer and hardships. Many people need churches and organization and authorities to help them in the storms of life! What’s more, tomorrow that might be me!!

      Alas, lousy arrogant authorities are a dime a dozen…always have been. Sounds like you found a good one.

  9. Marianne

    Good thoughts once again. I do as I am sure you do agree that the temple of our bodies is where the Holy spirit in dwells. Yes he is always listening in for us, he is the greatest guaratee. If you just call upon the Father in prayer, and remember to make your request completed in the name of his son the Lord Jesus Christ. It is his desire to hear our pleas and to answer. The word says for the spirit filled believer, it is our bread to have answered prayers.

    Today the issue is people need the savior more than ever. The Bible speaks of the latter day rain. Many I think believe the USA already had the latter day rain. I can not say. I know when a nation is troubled with a failing economic issues people are brought to their knees. This is good as it makes people to return to the Father in Heaven who has a desire that none should perish.

    Those who are closing doors need support with our prayers, hold them up before God. As you said Marianne in the last days it says there will be a fallen away in the faith.

    I can say this if my pastor and his wife weren’t on my cell phone where I can call at any hour of the day or night for help to inervene against the enemy it would have been a much greater struggle. I had my husband brought back many times from the brinks of death by the help of prayerful partners.

    My pastor nor his wife have never given anything but sweet loving words even if it is two or three in the morning. They meet who ever it is at the hospital, at the side of your bed or whatever is called. They don’t judge the people. I want to say that I have been blessed by God to know his entrusted servants.

    Be blessed.

    • hi Pattie

      we need more pastors like the one you have.

    • I suspect that many children are getting more attention and time now, if not more toys and junk food.

      Except for the real misery, the thrift these days may be helping many get their time and priorities straight. I know some, in fact.

  10. To a certain extent the churches have to protect their properties these days&it has been this way going back to the mid&late sixties&seventies. I know that back in the thirties the gansters then had a respect for the church but many crooks these days will go into churches&rob them&the people. However I myself was “out in the wilderness” many years. Every so often me&my ex-wife would go to church. It was like we were invisible, no one greeted us or would talk to us after church&we would be offended&stay away for a long time&then do it again.The same thing would happen. If some member would have seen us as a first time visitor&made themselves friendly but no one did’nt. Also I have called churches leaving messages&the pastor or other minister would never call me back. This has been in my life dozens of times. It is like you have to keep coming&prove yourself in some unknown way. I have just experienced indifference but some have told me they have experienced out-right hostility going first time to a church.This brings shame to the mesage of the Gospel&shuts up the kingdom of heaven to a person who is seeking.

    • Go to a small Episcopalian Church…not any large church. Large churches are places to get lost and ignored.

      Remember many people WANT anonymity and are uncomfortable with gushy, grinning people. They want to hear the Word and reflect, receive the sacrament, and just have some peace away from the world. My advice is to avoid totally any personality cult around a pastor or a crowd.

      If a church just hurts your feelings with a clique of families and old school chums…join the club. Try a dignified, liturgical church that doesn’t depend on putting on a front or “who you know”.

  11. The divine plan for the City of Enlightenment that Prophet Isaiah predicted as been given. Exactly as the bible predicted it would be in the book of Revelation. The Dead Sea Scrolls also predicted that it would be built by Angelic Architects. The Angelic Architects are here and I have been given the name of the place that the LORD has chosen. The design, the colors etc. We are just waiting for the Sons of Light to align their will with the will of the LORD God, then it can be built as promised. He did not choose Israel or the USA for his new holy city. Indeed the gentle tender hearted lamb is here. The Harp of Faithfulness that King David predicted would come in Psalm 92. Hence, why the book of Revelation also told you that faithfulness would be the ruler of THEOS creation.

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