“In blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your Seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand upon the seashore and your Seed shall possess the Gate of His enemies” (Genesis 22:17).
Possess (Def): (Heb): Yarash: To occupy by replacement, to inherit, seize, expel
There is always a fulfillment of the promises of God and the promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled in Christ Jesus, the Son, as the Apostle states in his Epistle to Galatia:
“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of One, ‘and to your Seed’ which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).
It is Christ to Whom “all authority is given. . .in heaven and earth” (Matthew 28:18b). Therefore, it is Christ, the Seed of Abraham Who shall “possess the Gate of His enemies”. Jesus, Himself acknowledged this in His proclamation to the Apostle Peter:
“I say also unto you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Indeed, “Occupy till I come”. (Luke 19:13).
Christ, through His Body, the Church, to Whom all authority has been given will possess the Gates of His enemies and administer justice and righteousness throughout His Kingdom both in heaven and on earth.
The Gates. It was at the Gates of the City where the administration of almost all important matters were made: (1) the Administration of the Courts of Justice and the reading of the Law; (2) the administration of public business, and the announcement of legal transactions; (3) Conferences and meetings of the Elders; (4) the place of public concourse and discourse; (5) the Gates were guarded for peace and safety; (6) the Gates were closed at night against attacks.
Possessing the Gates: The promise that the Seed would “possess the Gates” was a promise that it was Christ and His Kingdom that would have authority and reign over all the affairs and administrations of the people. This is how it is in the Kingdom. There is one King, one Throne, one Authority, one Power and one Dominion over all.
Jesus said to His disciples, “I will give unto you the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 16:19a). The keys were given to bind and loose, to open and shut, to regulate all the affairs of the people.
The Psalmist declared: “Open to me the Gates of Righteousness, I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord. The Gate of the Lord into which the Righteous shall enter” (Psalm 118:19-20).
The Prophet Isaiah declared concerning the Gates of the Kingdom:
“Thy Gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night that men may bring unto You the forces of the Gentiles, and that their Kings may be led in” (Isaiah 60:11).
Oh, what a possession we have been given. Indeed, as John the Apostle has written:
“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the Gates into the City of God” (Revelation 22:14).
Enter in, possess the Gates, reign with Christ in the City of God. As the Psalmist has declared:
“The Lord shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule in the midst of your enemies” (Psalm 110:2).
This is the heritage of the saints, the children of our Father Abraham, to possess the Gates by his Seed forever.
“Lift up your heads, O Gates, be lifted up you everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in” (Psalm 24:7).