“It [The New Jerusalem that descended out of heaven] had a massive and high wall with twelve [large] gates, and at the gates [there were stationed] twelve angels, and [on the gates] the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were written: On the east side three gates, on the north side three gates, on the south side three gates, and on the west side three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation [stones], and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:12-14 ->me: There is something about these verses that ties together so much theology for me. The entrance to God’s City is gated by names of His chosen people and fortified by the Christian church. How cool is that?? We are graphed into the vine and as believers in His Son have become His chosen people…right along with the biological tribesmen of Israel. Our Christian life has been outlined by the apostles through their books and letters and we now live by those teachings…the foundation of our faith. I would imagine that the gates are named and angels stationed because not just anyone can enter God’s city.