The Headwaters of the Jordan River and the “Gates of Hades”

In Matthew 16, it’s recorded that Jesus took his disciples and journeyed to Caesarea Phillipi where they came to this place called the “Gates of Hades.” From this massive hole in the rock came a major spring of water. A couple centuries before Jesus some people built a temple to the god Pan. They called this opening the “Gates of Hades” because they believed that it was the entrance to Hell. They would offer sacrifices to Pan by killing children and throwing them into that hole. This place was the epicenter for pagan worship and darkness. So Jesus bring his disciples here and ask them, “who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “you are the Christ and the son of the living God.” Jesus said, “upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” This was the first time he ever used the word church and it was used there on a rock in front of the “Gates of Hades!” It was as if he was saying, “my church is going to storm the gates of Hell with love, light, and the power of God and overcome this darkness and evil! And you know what, he was right. I can testify that yesterday that temple to the god Pan sat in ruins, no more child sacrifices, no more worship to fake gods…and the Church is alive and well all over Planet Earth! “Upon this rock, I will build my Church, and the Gates of Hades will not prevail against it!”
Awesome and powerful day!

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One thought on “The Headwaters of the Jordan River and the “Gates of Hades”

  1. Seeing this picture makes me understand that scripture differently. It is very powerful to read that section of scripture now! It’s so sad that those people were lead drastically astray from the Truth.
    The second picture makes me think of how such darkness can lie right in the middle of something so beautiful.

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