New Jerusalem is a Mingling of God and Man

Revelation 21:10-13 says, “And he [the angel] carried me [John] away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal. It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel: on the east three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates.

An important feature of New Jerusalem is the number twelve. In Revelation chapters 21-22 we find twelve gates (21:12), twelve foundations (21:14), a length of twelve thousand stadia (21:16), twelve types of precious stones (21:19-20), the twelve gates are twelve pearls (21:21), the tree of life producing twelve fruits (22:2), and the wall one hundred and forty-four (twelve times twelve) cubits high (21:17).

Among these “twelves” the gates are unique because they are in four groups, with three on each of the four sides of the city. Three in the Bible signifies both the Triune God and resurrection (verses here). Four signifies the creation, especially man who is the top creature. Twelve, which is three times four, signifies the Triune God mingled with man, with this mingling being in resurrection. This mingling begins with our regeneration, continues with our lifelong transformation, and will reach its peak with our glorification. The eternal result is New Jerusalem, a city in resurrection, a mingling of God and man in its structure, its size, and its supply from the tree of life.

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