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Twelve Gates
(Revelation 21.12-14)
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"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

Saints Among UsSaint Paul said of the Christians at Philippi in Philippians 2.15, "a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." The holy city of New Jerusalem will be 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 will give it this glittering glow. Christ himself may also be the light of the New Jerusalem.

Twelve Tribes

In the walls of the New Jerusalem are "Jerusalem's twelve gates," and on the foundations of the twelve 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, instead 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.

"Twelve Gates"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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