The war is at the gates, the war is at the ancient doors. This is where the war is always fought, at the gates, at the ancient doors. God is coming as the King of Glory, the Lord of Hosts, because He knows there is a war at the gates, at the ancient doors. But He has never lost a battle, let alone a war. Isaiah 6 tells us the train of His robe fills the temple, the train is a list of all His victories, He does not lose and He will not lose. He is coming through the gates, He is coming through the ancient doors.
Jesus said to Peter and the apostles in Matthew 16, I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The battle is always at the gates, always at the ancient doors. Remember, the thief in John 10, did not want to come in through the door, but tried to enter another way. The thief did not want to wage war at the ancient door, for he knew he would lose, because Jesus said, I am the door of the sheep. The battle has always been at the gates, always been at the ancient doors.
King David said in Psalm 24 as he thought about the temple in Jerusalem, “Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.” Selah.
Thanksgiving kicks off the “holiday season” and with that comes battles at the gates of people’s hearts who refuse to open their ancient doors. This is why Jesus said in Revelation 3, behold I stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and lets me in, I will come and dine with him. His voice is still declaring at the ancient doors I am the King of Glory, let me come in and change your story. The battle is at the gates, the battle is at the ancient doors. He is the King of glory and He knows how to win their hearts, just like He won ours. Let the Lord fight the battle, you just respond to the King of glory and sing, how great is our God.