Understanding The Bible
"The Importance of Biblical Walls and Gates"


Christian Life magazine, Faith Aflame[1]



The Importance of Biblical Walls and Gates

“Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within they palaces.” Psalm 122.7

 In ancient times a strong wall was the most important thing a city could have. It could literally mean the difference between life and death. For this reason the Bible has much to say about walls in general!

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” Proverbs 25:18

“We have a strong city: salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.” Isaiah 26:1

“Thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates Praise.” Isaiah 60:18

 The greatest example of wall building in all the Bible may be found in the book of Nehemiah. This godly Jew, born and raised during the exile, leaves Persia to build up the broken walls of Jerusalem. The various gates mentioned in Nehemiah., Chapter 3 are in themselves a beautiful picture of the Christian Life.


A.      The Sheep Gate, 3:1

        This speaks of the cross, John 10:11

B.      The Fish Gate, 3:2

        This speaks of soul-winning, Matthew 4:19

C.      The Old Gate, 3:6

        This speaks of our old nature, Romans 6:1-23

D.      The Valley Gate, 3:13

        This speaks of sufferings and testing, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

E.      The Dung Gate, 3:14

        This speaks of the works of the flesh, Galatians 5:16-21

F.      The Fountain Gate, 3:15

        This speaks of the Holy Spirit, John 7:37-39

G.      The Water Gate, 3:26

        This speaks of the Word of God, John 4:10-14

H.      The Horse Gate, 3:28

        This speaks of the believer’s warfare, Ephesians 6:10-17

I.       The Miphkad Gate, 3:31

        This was thought to be the judgment gate

        And therefore speaks of the Judgment seat of Christ,

        1 Corinthians 3:9-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10

It may be concluded that there are at least two compelling reasons for building a wall:

        It is necessary for Protection, that is to keep the outsiders out! This will protect against sneak attacks from Satan.

          It is necessary for Separation, that is, to keep the insiders in. This will cut down upon worldliness.


What kind of wall do you plan to live within during your lives?


[1] Christian Life magazine, Faith Aflame, Wheaton, Ill., 1977