The City has 12 Gates, 12 Angels, 12 Names

In Revelation 21:12 we read that New Jerusalem “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.”

Through the gates, representing the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we enter into New Jerusalem. Angels are at these gates. Angels are “ministering spirits, sent forth for service for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). Ultimately, our inheritance is New Jerusalem and the angels, the ministering spirits, watch over the gates.

New JerusalemThe gates also have the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. This indicates that Israelites will have a share in New Jerusalem. Indeed, all the Old Testament people who turned their heart to the Lord will share in New Jerusalem.

in Acts 7:53, Stephen links Israel, the law, and angels together. Our entry into New Jerusalem satisfies the requirements of the law in the eyes of the angels at the gates.

This is confirmed by Romans 8:3-4, “God, sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.” Today we have trouble with the flesh but it will be gone by the time of Revelation 21. Everything of New Jerusalem will be “according to the spirit.”

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  1. Brenda

     /  April 24, 2019

    And so we will be with the Lord forever, therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:17:18

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