|Revelation 21, Page 12|
Bible, KJV Translation:
21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
21:12 Protected by elevated structured guidance, with twelve entrances, each with its own instruction and firmly established for one of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 21:12 (19 July 2008): “Had a wall great and high.” Proverbs 25:28 provides a profound insight as to the meaning of wall: “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” By contrast, then, people who have a structured regulation of their own lives have walls. Yehuveh’s “commandments, . . . statutes, and . . . judgments,” give us this defined structure. This is an elevated, great, very high wall, indicating how exalted Yehuveh’s instructions have become to His restored people. Wall . . . high is from teichos [G5038, from primary word tiko, “to bring forth, produce, bear”], meaning “the wall around a city; a town wall,” and is used only six times in Revelation 21 [12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19]. Deuteronomy 5:31.
Expanding on Yehuveh’s illustration of walls, consider these comments:
(1) Walls are our salvation: having firmly established and clearly defined boundaries delivers us from
destructive choices and lifestyle confusion, and brings harmony and peace to all. “Violence
shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but
thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” “Salvation will Elohim
appoint for walls and bulwarks.” Our walls are our deliverance from destructive life
habits, which is provided in the structured statutes and judgments which Yehuveh
has given us! Isaiah 60:18; 26:1.
(2) Wall-lessness, absence of firmly established and clearly defined boundaries, is destroying. “Therefore
is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold
obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind,
and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in
desolate places as dead men.” Having rejected or willingly remained ignorant of Yehuveh’s
instruction, we grope for any reasonable structure for our lives. Isaiah 59:10.
(3) Walls of lies “daubed with untempered mortar,” with shifting, vague boundaries, destroy us. “They
have seduced My people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall,
and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter,” describing the “fantastic” religious
structure of false religions. Having rejected Yehuveh’s direction, false religions create
guidelines for structuring life, but these are untested, unsound regulations which Yehuveh
will “break down . . . and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall
be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall
know that I am Yehuveh.” Ezekiel 13:10, 14.
“Had twelve gates,” is twelve entrances or portals of righteous praise. “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise Yehuveh: This gate of Yehuveh, into which the righteous shall enter.” “Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.” “Thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” Gate is from pulon [G4440], meaning “a large gate, of a palace; the front part of a house, into which one enters through the gate, porch.” Pulon is used ten times in Revelation 21 [12 (twice); 13 (four times); 15; 21 (twice); 25] and once in Revelation 22:14. Pulon is from pule [G4439, apparently a primary word], meaning “a gate of the larger sort in the wall of either a city, a palace, a town, the temple, a prison; the gates of hell (likened to a vast prison); the access or entrance into any state.” In Hebrew gate is from sha`ar [H8179, from primary root H9176, sha`ar, “to split or open”] “an opening, door or gate.” Psalms 118:19-20; Isaiah 26:2; 60:18.
“At the gates twelve angels,” twelve messages or messengers, as noted by Revelation 1:1.
“Names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:” which are explained in detailed notes on Revelation 21:13 and presented on the Chart of Twelves. Name is discussed by Revelation 2:17; 8:11; written, by Revelation 1:11; twelve tribes of Israel, by Revelation 7:4-9.
Originally Written: 19 July 2008
Latest Update: 19 July 2008
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