An open gate will symbolize
the entrance to Heaven, a closed gate symbolize
death or exclusion, broken gates symbolize the
powers of hell. Gates are the places which command
the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage;
The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Isa. 38:10 I said, "In the prime of my life must I
go through the gates of death and be robbed of the
rest of my years?"
Matt. 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, (n)
and on this rock I will build my church, and the
gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Rev. 22:14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes,
that they may have the right to the tree of life and
may go through the gates into the city.
The Easton Bible Dictionary provides the following
definition, meaning and emblem for the Gate
Christian Symbol in the Bible.
At the Gates of cities courts of justice were
frequently held, and hence "judges of the Gates" are
spoken of (Deut. 16:18; 17:8; 21:19; 25:6, 7, etc.).
At the Gates prophets also frequently delivered
their messages (Prov. 1:21; 8:3; Isa. 29:21; Jer.
17:19, 20; 26:10).
Criminals were punished without the Gates (1 Kings
21:13; Acts 7:59).
By the "Gates of righteousness" we are probably to
understand those of the temple (Ps. 118:19).
"The Gates of hell" (R.V., "Gates of Hades") Matt.
16:18, are generally interpreted as meaning the
power of Satan, but probably they may mean the power
of death, denoting that the Church of Christ shall
(1.) Of cities, as of Jerusalem (Jer. 37:13; Neh.
1:3; 2:3; 3:3), of Sodom (Gen. 19:1), of Gaza (Judg.
(2.) Of royal palaces (Neh. 2:8).
(3.) Of the temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6:34, 35; 2
Kings 18:16); of the holy place (1 Kings 6:31, 32;
Ezek. 41:23, 24); of the outer courts of the temple,
the beautiful Gates (Acts 3:2).
(4.) Tombs (Matt. 27:60).
(5.) Prisons (Acts 12:10; 16:27).
(6.) Caverns (1 Kings 19:13).
(7.) Camps (Ex. 32:26, 27; Heb. 13:12).