Rising sun: signifies opening into the kingdom
II Samuel 23:3b-4a
When one rules justly over many, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light…
II Peter 1:19b
…until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Open gates: door into the Kingdom of Christ
Jesus to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Key to open our hearts
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Open bible with cross and candle
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations…
Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.