And so I say to you, 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. "...and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." . What does this mean? How can a gate prevail? Wouldn't it be demons that would prevail, but that isn't want our Lord said, He said 'gates'. A gate is something to keep something in, or to keep something out. It can also be used as a passageway. From the scripture we know there is more than one gate. (' gates' plural). There are supposedly 12 gates into heaven the same as the number of apostles, the demon loves to mock God, so their must be more than one gate into hell, but how many? To Find out How Many.. Click HERE!!