The Twelve Gates are Twelve Pearls

Revelation 21:12 says that the holy city, New Jerusalem has twelve gates. Revelation 21:21a says, “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was, respectively, of one pearl.” The pearl gates are a spiritual sign. They portray the death and resurrection of Christ as our entrance into New Jerusalem. Why were pearls chosen for this spiritual sign? The first paragraph of note 1 on Revelation 21:21* says,

Pearls are produced by oysters in the waters of death. When an oyster is wounded by a grain of sand, it secretes its life-juice around the grain of sand and makes it into a precious pearl. This depicts Christ as the living One coming into the death waters, being wounded by us, and secreting His life over us to make us into precious pearls for the building of God’s eternal expression. That the twelve gates of the holy city are twelve pearls signifies that regeneration through the death-overcoming and life-secreting Christ is the entrance into the city. This meets the requirement of the law, which is represented by Israel and is under the observing of the guarding angels (v. 12).

First Peter speaks about Christ being “wounded” to take care of us. Christ “suffered on our behalf” (2:21), by His “bruise we were healed” (2:24), and “Christ also has suffered once for sins, the Righteous on behalf of the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God” (3:18). First Peter also speaks of Christ “secreting His life” saying, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1:3). How much we thank Him for His death and resurrection and for all it has done for us and with us. Thank Him for this rich entrance into New Jerusalem.

* in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM

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