The Twelve Tribes Of Israel Will Be Part Of Jesus’ Eternal Union With The Church

The following passage describes the New Jerusalem, that is, the new creation where Jesus will dwell with the saints for eternity. This is where the “wife of the lamb” will live. Notice the the symbolism behind the twelve gates that will exist in this city:

 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:12-14)

The twelve gates of this eternal city will represent the twelve tribes of Israel. To me this is a reminder that God’s relationship with Israel was not temporary. He never intended to consign Israel to the trash bin of history, and build the eternal church solely out of Gentiles. Yes, the gospel has come to the Gentiles, but Israel is still part of God’s eternal plan. There will be members of all the nations in this eternal city, (Revelation 21:24, 22:2) which will include Jewish believers. The destiny of the faithful Jews of the Old Testament, and the believing Jews of the New Testament has always been the same as the destiny for Gentile  Christians. Those Jews who had true faith in Yahweh before Jesus was revealed, will be united with the many Gentiles who believed in the Jewish Messiah after He came to Earth. The Jewish roots of the Church are an integral part of the Church’s identity which God intends to remind us of forever.

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