10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and [a]an high mountain, and he showed me [b]that great city, that holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11 Having the glory of God, and her shining was like unto a stone most precious, as a jasper stone clear as crystal,

12 [c]And had a great wall and high, and had [d]twelve gates, and at the gates [e]twelve Angels, and the names written which are the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.

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  1. Revelation 21:10 He meaneth the place and stately seat of the Church, shadowed out in a mountain.
  2. Revelation 21:10 A type of that Church which is one, ample, or Catholic, holy celestial, built of God, in this verse: and glorious in the verse following. This type propounded generally, is after particularly declared, verse 12, etc.
  3. Revelation 21:12 A particular description (as I noted, verse 2) of the celestial Church. First, by the essential parts of the same, under the similitude of a city to verse 12. Secondly, from foreign accidents, unto the end of the chapter. Thirdly, by the effects, in the beginning of the next chapter, the essential parts are noted the matter and the form in the whole work: of these the superficies and foundation of the wall are entire parts (as they use to be called) which parts are first described in figure, unto verse 14 and afterward more exactly.
  4. Revelation 21:12 According to the number of the tribes, of which chap. 7. For here the outward part is attributed unto the old Testament, and the foundation of the new Testament.
  5. Revelation 21:12 He meaneth the Prophets, who are the messengers of God, and watchmen of the Church.