The Gates of Hell The Gates of Hell This subject came up recently. Matthew 16:18 (KJV) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. What comes to mind when you hear this phrase? What and where are the gates of hell? Is it simply allegorical? What does this mean in practical everyday terms that we can relate to? .