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Jerusalem's Twelve Gates (Revelation 21.12-14)

"Jerusalem had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Revelation 21.12-14)✞

Great High Wall

The Saints Among UsSaint Paul said of the Christians at Philippi, "You shine as lights in the world." The holy city of New Jerusalem is inhabited by thousands and thousands of the saints of God, and it may well be that it was "the light" of these saintly lives which gives it this glittering glow. Christ himself may also be the light of the New Jerusalem. In the wall are "Jerusalem's twelve gates," and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. The word for "gate" is interesting. It is not the normal word "pule," which is used, it is "pulon." The "pulon" could be a large house built round an open courtyard opening on to the street by a great gate in the outer wall, leading into a spacious vestibule. That could be the picture here. "Pulon" can also mean the gate-tower in a great city, like the gate leading into the battlements of a castle.✞

"Jerusalem's Twelve Gates"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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