The Gate

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My current video project, The Soul Shepherd, has had me filming Bedouin shepherds and their flocks over the last two years. Today I begin sharing some of that footage with you in this video short, The Gate.

As you watch, ponder the metaphor of our human souls as sheep needing the care of a shepherd. Let the visuals and scriptures help you see more clearly your relationship with “our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep”. (Hebrews 13:20)







  1. Joel Johnson on August 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Dear Joel,

    The presentation was amazing as you are and my prayers for you that Gos will bless many through your work and opens their eyes to see the bible more clearly in context.

    But I was watching another video and the presenter was telling most of the shepherd in bedoiuin community are girls and I am not sure if in Biblical times it was the same. And if you can have the scapegoat and psalms 23 explained in your video that will be Amazing grace to us.

    May God bless the Gate that it will lead people to the gates of heaven. Amen.

    Shalom and Many blessings to you and your family in Yeshua.
    Joel Johnson

  2. DEBRA WATKINS on August 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM


  3. Carol on August 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Can’t wait for this to come out. Love your new site. Hadn’t seen it before as I’m signed up under my own e-mail. I should change that. BLESSINGS on your work.

  4. Holly on August 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Thank you! That clip was WONDERFUL!

  5. Jeff Fadness on August 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Awesome Joel! Blessings to you, my brother – love what the Lord has you dong for His Name, kingdom, and glory!!

  6. Luke on August 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Not only is this video simple, informative, and well done (all the things a video must be to live well on the web today) – it’s beautiful. Somehow, nearly breathtakingly so.

    What you’ve captured so well is the exact way that Yeshua taught His disciples, and all others that would care to listen. Obviously, you well understand that He often spoke very simply, and used symbols that were everyday, but still visually impactful; sheep, gates, water, salt, bread, light. Like He did, you’ve given us the simple visual example to consider, and infused it with a profound truth – simply stated. No small feat, but one you made look effortless. Well done.

    What if others followed your example?

    Yasher koach, Joel.
    All blessings to you in Yeshua!
    ~ Luke

  7. Jean Fritz on August 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Simple , and pure knowledge in just a couple minutes. Thank you for sharing this and the wisdom of what the gospel is all about. Pure LOVE from and by Christ for each who will follow.

  8. Luke Martin on August 29, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Looks good Joel. I am exciting to see more of your work, as I have seen all the past videos and shared them with my family, most of which are not living for Jesus. Deeply sending you encouragement in your work and for all your family and team. Keep it up!!

    God bless,

  9. Charlie Campbell on August 29, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    I love what you’re doing Joel. Great short. Keep up the good work! Blessings!

  10. Vijaya on August 29, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Nice video, wish we had this on the projector during your sermon. It make us realize how much Jesus cares for us and protect us when we go to him.

  11. Richard Cathers on August 29, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Well done Joel!!! I love everything you do!!! Looking forward to the finished film and showing it to our church!!

  12. Richard Revolinsky on August 29, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    It brings greater understanding when one can see what Jesus was referring to and what the disciples would have envisioned when he taught. I am finding myself able to think much deeper on this verse now. I visited Israel in 1994 and experienced lessons based on customs and geography which helped me to bring the Bible to life so much more in my mind and in my life. This video makes that possible for those who will never be able to go and allows those who have gone to continue to expand their understanding of scripture in a most wonderful way. Thanks so much for your good work! I look forward to continue my support.

  13. bill on August 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    A simple yet true message.
    no words needed, thank you.

  14. Laura Sielatycki on August 31, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Joel we are very excited to see where the Lord has taken you on this journey. Thanks for sharing just a bit of it for now. Your brief film is beautiful and makes me long for Israel 🙂

    Please let Jamie and I know if we can help in any way.

    Keep up the good work and the rest of us will join with you in prayer.

    Your siblings in Him,
    Jamie and Laura

  15. Laurie Fesmire on September 1, 2012 at 2:47 AM

    I always look foward to your next videos! The visuals are so remarkable that anyone can understand scripture through these videos. God Bless your work!

  16. G.M. Grena on September 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    1:48 – 1:57 Narrow is the way! Great image!

  17. Mary McHarris on September 1, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    This was a sweet surprise. Thanks for sharing. It has been a blessing to study sheep as they relate to us but I had never seen this revelation of THE GATE as Jesus was and is.
    mary 🙂

  18. Summer Hellewell on September 4, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Wow Joel you made me cry.
    I love you guys. That was a short but VERY powerful message. Keep up the good work!

  19. steve and barbara corry on July 9, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Dear Joel, it is after dinner here in Woodbury, Tennessee, and my wife had just heard of your work today, and has made me aware of it. I am a former Southern Baptist minister of 25 years and a seminary graduate(New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) 1985. We are excited about what you are doing and want to take full advantage of it. I have desired to go to the Holy Land for a long time, but I will probably never be able to, so I will visit there through your videos. Thank you for what you are doing. Blessings on you.

  20. Erik and Gina Widholm on October 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Absolutely HELPFUL to cast a greater understanding on this portion of Scripture. I never understood fully what those illustrations meant. When I saw this, I was greatly encouraged in my faith.

    Grace and Peace to You and Your Family

    We will share this with others.

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