January 23, 2019 at 4:20 am #11891adminKeymaster
In the New Jerusalem the gates are said to always remain open so as to allow the kings of the earth to bring their glory into the city (Rev 21:24-27). Then in Parable of the Ten Virgins the doors are said to be shut during the wedding banquet barring the five foolish virgins from entering the kingdom of God (Mt 25:1-13). Is this a contradiction? Are people barred from entering the New Jerusalem (i.e. the kingdom of God) after A.D. 70?
The notion of continued salvation after A.D. 70 appears to be suggested in Rev 21:24-27 in which the gates of the New Jerusalem remain forever open so as to presumably allow the continuous influx of the “kings of the earth.” But if that is true, what about the fact that the doors were shut on the five virgins during the wedding banquet (Mt 25:1-13)? It does not appear that the shutting of the doors at the wedding banquet was intended to bar the continued entry of saints post A.D. 70 instead it appears to symbolize the fact that the wicked were to be prevented from entering the New Jerusalem during and presumably after A.D. 70. The image of the doors shutting on the wicked symbolizes the barring of the wicked from entering the kingdom of God as explicitly stated in Luke 13:23-28:
Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.
Were all people after A.D. 70 “evildoers”? And are these people all to weep and gnash their teeth because they happened to exist after A.D. 70? In Luke 13:23-28 we see that the barring of people outside the kingdom of God/New Jerusalem is meant to prevent entry of the wicked, not prevent entry of people after A.D. 70. The barring of the wicked outside is also stated in Rev 22:14-15: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” This notion of a barring and thus separation of the wicked from the righteous is found in several places in the Bible (Mt 25:32, Lk 16:26-27).
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