Revelation 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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And had a wall great and high, and had twelue gates, and at the gates twelue Angels, & names written thereon, which are the names of the twelue tribes of the children of Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names {were} written on them, which are {the names} of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having a wall great and high; having 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:
- American Standard Version (1901)

She had a wall great and high, with twelve doors, and at the doors twelve angels; and names on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
- Basic English Bible

having a great and high wall; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are those of the twelve tribes of [the] sons of Israel.
- Darby Bible

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
- Webster's Bible

It has a wall, massive and high, with twelve large gates, and in charge of the gates were twelve angels. And overhead, above the gates, names were inscribed which are those of the twelve tribes of the descendants of Israel.
- Weymouth Bible

having a great and high wall; having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.
- World English Bible

And it hadde a walle greet and hiy, hauynge twelue yatis, and in the yatis of it twelue aungels, and names writun in, that ben the names of twelue lynagis of the sones of Israel; fro the east thre yatis,
- Wycliffe Bible

having also a wall great and high, having twelve gates, and at the gates twelve messengers, and names written thereon, which are [those] of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 21:12


21:12 Twelve angels - Still waiting upon the heirs of salvation.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 21:12


Re 21:12 Twelve gates. As many as there were tribes and apostles. Twelve angels. As gate-keepers to prevent the unclean from entrance. Names written thereon. The names of the twelve tribes of Israel. These were typical of the true Israel, the saints, and shows that all who belong to the true Israel will enter.

Discussion for Revelation 21

  • Bible Reader JP
    LaVonne. Firstly, may peace be with you. Secondly, I haven't referred to any specialist literature on this, but couldn't it be that the 'day of the Lord' referred to in 2nd Peter 3, which is what you are referring to, could be taken and understood as a day so bad that it seemingly went on as if almost forever? Again, I'm trying to stress the use of apocalyptic language here. May God bless you.
  • Irene123
    People need to quit worrying about when the dead will rise and before or after this 'n that - and look to their own salvation.
  • LaVonne
    Bible Reader, What is must shortly come to pass? 2 Peter 3:8 One day is as a thousand years,
    a thousand years as one day with the LORD. How can any of these events have happened yet?
    When Christ comes the 2nd time every eye will see him. Rev 1-7 All of Rev is not apocalyptic
    It is not all doom
  • Bible Reader
    Hi LaVonne Re: Pat, I can understand why you might have reason to think these things described have not 'really' happened yet, but what about at the very start of the book where we are told they must shortly come to pass? Also, I don't think you are considering the sort of literature this is, it's apocalyptic. The book is often referred to as the Apocalypse of St. John.
  • LaVonne
    Hi Pat, All believers-saved mankind will be in the first resurrection. The rest of the dead will be
    raised after the 1,000 years are finished. Saved mankind from the first resurrection will reign
    with Christ for that 1,000 years. Rev 20:5,6. I take this scripture literally. Nothing like this has
    happened yet, the 1,000 years are yet to come, after the Tribulation and The Day of the LORD.
  • LaVonne
    Hi Pat, Rev 20 The believers-saved will be in the first resurrection. That is why they are
    blessed

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