“So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder [was] set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the LORD stood above it and said:
‘I [am] the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.’”
(Gen 28:11-13; KJV)
If we are to be gatekeepers in this new era, we must know that, unlike men, God does not forget. Even when we are not mindful of the foundations of bygone generations, His eyes remain on them. This is what happened with Jacob. He did not arrive at just some ordinary place. The ancient Rabbis taught that he was unconsciously led to the very place where, a generation before, His grandfather Abraham erected an altar to the Lord. There, a covenant was confirmed through which a nation would be established.
It was in this place that Jacob had an open heaven encounter with God. We need such an encounter now, a revelation of the throne of God and the power entrusted to His house. It is time for the offerings of prayer and worship to ascend without ceasing.
“This [is] Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah. Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.” (Psalm 24:6-7; NKJV)
It is to this encounter that I believe Psalm 24 points when it speaks of the generation of Jacob. Those whose hearts have received revelation of the God of the covenant and who have set their face to seek His. It is to these, that the gates will be entrusted as they will only open to that which is aligned with His heart. They will refuse access to anything that violates his revealed heart and intent for their gate. The gatekeeper opens the doors of access for the King of Glory to enter in. Angelic assistance is released, the resources of heaven are deployed, and breakthrough occurs.
Points for Prayer:
Pray that the Lord will awaken the Church to arise and tend the altars of covenant in our nation.
Pray for a fresh open Heaven encounter and greater revelation of the Throne.
Pray that Gatekeepers will open the gates of their assigned spheres to the King of Glory.
By Chris Mitchell
Founder, Kingsgate International