Gates Shall Not Be Shut
This is the way it should be now.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
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.
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.