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Summary: Our journey as believers is symbolized in our journey as we are in bondage to sin, to the Gate of Ephraim, which symbolizes abundant fruit.

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“The Ephraim Gate Message 4”

The Spiritual Application of the Gates

Notes from Thompson Chain Reference Bible; Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible; Monte Brown’s personal translation (MB)

Nehemiah 8:16 Monte T. Brown

August 17, 2014 Sunday Evening

Stapp Zoe Baptist

Prelude

“The Ephraim Gate” was so named because of the tribe of Ephraim.

This is a wonderful gate the word Ephraim means ‘double fruit.’

God wanted Ephraim not only to be fruitful, but to be doubly fruitful.

While the enemy of our souls comes to “rob, kill, and destroy”, God has a totally opposite agenda.

He delights in fruitfulness and increase.

“The Ephraim Gate” is associated with the Feast of Tabernacles, which is God’s pattern for the last day harvest.

As we learn of the fruitfulness in our lives as believers, we want to go back to Nehemiah 8:13-16 and read what information we can find about the Ephraim Gate.

Scripture

13And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.

14And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:

15And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.

16So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim. Nehemiah 8:13-16

Prayer

Introduction

Our God delights to see fruitfulness in our lives. It is His desire that our fruitfulness would abound.

Our journey as believers is symbolized in our journey as we are in bondage to sin, to the Gate of Ephraim, which symbolizes abundant fruit.

As we walk in freedom we will bear fruit for His glory.

Here we have a gate with a name of a person or tribe.

The meaning of the word ‘Ephraim’ is double-fruit and speaks of the first-born who receive a double portion of the inheritance as Elisha did via Elijah.

Joseph of old was Ephraim’s father and his life depicted the double portion experience for he was the firstborn of Jacob and Rachel.

Joseph had the promise and went through all the processing’s to see the vision fulfilled.

The double-portion is given to the firstborn at the time they are adopted of the Father.

What glorious provision has been given to us via the cross!

Fruitfulness Requires Alertness

Remember that the weakest point in the wall of Jerusalem was between “The Corner Gate” and

There is a lot of true in that statement. Satan always attacks just before we reach “The Ephraim Gate.”

The devils success in the battle against us depends upon OUR IGNORANCE of the WORD of God.


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