The Gates of Hell, Pan and the Church.

There is a place in the Golan Heights in Israel that has a sign pointing to "HELL". Below is a picture of this tourist attraction. In Jesus day it was known as "The gates of hell" by the Jews or the Grotto of Pan by the Greeks and Romans.  It is important for the Kingdom Church to understand what happened here, what Jesus said and did here and what satan did here...very important!


Pan's Grotto or the "Gates of Hell" today and the shrine is Jesus' day.

The phrase "the gates of hell" is a favourite rhetorical flourish by preachers. Mostly they have no idea what it means but it sounds impressive. Jesus said "I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!" One tends to get the impression of huge say iron gates and behind them flames of fire and the church crashing through to hell?! Actually Jesus was standing here at "the gates of hell" with his disciples when He made this declaration and so they knew what He was talking about and it is time we the Church understood what He was talking about.

To understand what is going on here we need to understand where this took place, what happened here in history and what was said and done here. (For background read Mathew 16 and17 and Luke 9):

- The location of the "gates of hell" was at the base of Mt. Hermon in the Golan Heights, Northern Israel and at the base of the mountain in Jesus day was the city of Caesarea Philippi.
- In past history of Israel this was Dan the place where Jeroboam erected a golden calf worship centre to stop Israel from worshiping in Jerusalem.
- It was on this Mt. Hermon that the fallen angels of Genesis 6 and 1 Enoch 6 descended in human form and inter-married with the daughters of men.
- Its location is therefore sacred to all occult societies being on the 33 degree latitude and 33 longitude (from the Paris meridian) and why 33 degrees is important to the Masonic orders.
- One of the leaders of the fallen angels was called Azazel (meaning "goat") but the Greeks called him Pan and was depicted as half man and half goat (see picture). In Revelations he is referred to as Abaddon (meaning "destroyer"), in Isaiah in the KJV he is (incorrectly) referred to as "Lucifer" but Jesus called him "satan".
- As a recognized place of high occult power, a shrine to the god Pan (Azazel, or satan) was built here with a temple that led into a cave in the mountain. It was a place to seek help and power from the priests of satan.  The Romans called it the Grotto of Pan, the Jews called it "the gates of hell".
- It was here that Jesus took His disciples and for the first time revealed to them that He was the Messiah, the Son of God and that He would die and be resurrected.
- Then He told them He would build His Church and "the gates of hell would not prevail against it".
- And then He took Peter, James and John up the mountain to go and pray and there Jesus was transformed before them into His glorified body with Moses and Elijah communing with Him and God declaring, "This is my beloved Son...."

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Now let me explain to you what is going on here...

The "hell" that is being referred to here is not the flames of fire.  There are three words used for hell in the Bible: "sheol", "hades" and "gehenna".  The first two refer to the place of spirits or the spirit world. Gehenna refers to a burning rubbish dump outside of Jerusalem.  Revelations 20 tells us that "death and hell were cast into the lake of fire."  So when you see a picture in your mind of flames of fire that is not technically "hell"...that is the "lake of fire" into which hell is cast one day.

So when Jews and Romans were going to the Grotto of Pan they were going to a gateway to the spirit world where they could get help from the demonic spirits that resided there.  Today in popular literature it is also called a "Stargate".  An opening into the "quantum field", a means to manipulate time and space, access to the hidden powers that govern the universe and from which time, matter and space are made.

Throughout all human history from the fall in Eden, to the building of the Tower of Babel, to the construction of the Pyramids and Sphinx, to the alchemists and hermeticists, all the way through to today's occult societies and on to and including all the top spy agencies of the super powers, the military establishments, the major corporations and major religious movements....all want access to the powers of the heavens.  And to do that you need to build a gateway to hades....for which you need the help of the 'gatekeepers", Azazel and his companion fallen angles and demons.

The builders of the Tower of Babel were after this super power.  And this is what God said of them, if they are able to do this "then nothing that they can imagine can be withheld from them" (Gen 11:6)...and it was not a tower to reach up high into the sky...it was a "stargate", a gate to access the powers of "hades" so that they can do the impossible.

If you can reach into this realm incredible powers are available there. It is a timeless realm where the past and the future stretch out like a universal internet that you can access the past and the future.  You can access time cycles to know if it is time for war or how to obtain wealth and treasure (the alchemist dream of turning lead to gold).  And then there was the ultimate longing...how to be one of the gods and live forever!

And that is why people went to temples and shrines in those days. That is why they sacrificed to occult powers. And don't think this is just myths of the ancients...there is a difference between myth and mystery.  These are mysteries and powers that today are being explored and exploited by top corporations, spy agencies and even churches. 

There is a lot to unpack here that I want to explore in the blogs ahead.  I do not do this for sensationalism. I do this because I believe the Lord is building His Church for a purpose...and that purpose is not to "rapture" us out of here but to liberate the people of the earth from these occult forces so that the veil can be lifted from their eyes and they can come to repentance which will allow us to disciple the nations into the Kingdom of God.  We are talking here of Isaiah 14:7. "The whole earth is at rest and is quiet, they bring forth in singing..." Why? read the chapter...because Lucifer has been cast down from his power perch, him and his fallen angels and the earth is liberated from his chaos. (Which is why he is also called "Pan" causing "pan-ic" and "pan-demonium".)

And who is to destroy his gateways into this world, the gates of hell? The Church! How? It starts with the revelation that Jesus is Lord, the Messiah, the real Son of God. That is what Jesus did on that mountain...the mountain that these fallen angels come down on... He went up that same mountain and declared His Godhead to His disciples, John declared "we beheld His glory". They needed to know who is Lord. Just like Ezekiel seeing the power of the wheels of heaven, but over and above those powers is the Lord God Yahweh, Jesus Christ who rules over all. Not the occult powers that the Babylonians were worshipping.

But while Jesus was up the mountain, something happened below with the other 9 disciples. A demon possessed child was brought to them who they could not cast the demon out (Luke 9:37). Jesus came down the mountain and delivered the child.  That is why Jesus said "I will build my Church"...we need to be built up in faith and power for the liberation work ahead of us.  The Lord will not let us tackle the great powers of the earth until we are mature in His Spirit and can understand our authority so we can exercise His power.

And that is also why I fight Dispensationalism so much in my writings.  It denies that Jesus is Lord now...only one day in the "Millennium" will He rule; it denies the victory of the Church over satan...the Church must be taken out of the world so that satan can take over the world!  The entire declaration of Christ "and I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against them" is made totally meaningless by this wrong theology because they actually teach that the gates of hell will prevail on the earth, the devil will rule the world and the Church will be entirely out of here unable to break the gates of hell.

So an important part of our maturing process is to understand what the enemy is doing and how he operates. That is why I am going to be covering in my blogs ahead some of these "gateways" to the spirit world; how they were constructed, where they are and how they operate.  And you are going to be surprised where they are, how they are constructed and how they operate...and a word of caution: "Have respect unto the covenant, for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty." (Ps.74:20).

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