Pennies From Heaven?
Concurrent with a $15/Hr. minimum wage hike, one notices more and more people being disposed to chuck their change from the checkout counter right onto the street; readily interpreted as a gesture of disdain for inflation. It is the case lately that one may spot, not only individual coins tossed to the ground, but small handfuls of change.
This latest, apparently, fashionable, trend calls to mind Revelation 21:21:
"And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."
In contrast with the streets of heaven, the streets running through my town are paved with copper alloy, the primary constituent of all U.S. coins, with the ironic exception of the penny.*
If it, then, may be said the streets commonly driven down by modern denizens are paved with a kind of counterfeit gold, what might it mean for the streets of heaven to be paved with genuine gold? Money "paves the way," it greases the skids. In light of which analogy--money as pavement--the verse may allude to a gold based economic system.†
What of the verse's fantastic statement regarding pearls large enough for a man to walk through? Is God a childish daydreamer? Certainly, it does not belong to man to decree what God should be, however, with the conditioning I have in His Word, I am more inclined to adduce a symbolism, more concrete. Not that some unmoored clowns have been deterred from extending themselves some ways out on a limb to envision pearls of preposterous physical proportions, see, for example, Adam Clarke.
The rule should be to use the Bible to interpret the Bible. Matthew 13:45&46 references a pearl:
"Upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it."
The vast majority of translations have chosen the same rendering, Viz., "one" pearl, rather than "a" pearl. There is an emphasis on singularity, corollary to minuteness. The scripture also contrasts the single pearl with the relative vastness of the man's entire wealth. The pearl is a tiny thing, such, ringing in harmony with the tenor of the verse, entire.
Pearls large enough to serve as gates paints a picture designed to contrast with the antithetical parsimony of the Jewish mind; although, implications of our "pearl" clause are amply comprehensive enough to indict Adam Clarke's--myopic of viewpoint/unable to see the forest for the trees--cartoonish visions of giant pearls. The kingdom is not primarily in refining and polishing the trappings of the temple, i.e., any Baal stumbling block, church building, nor, such as may constitute the minutiae of its doctrine. YHVH's eyes are set on taking over the entire universe.
Bearing in mind allusion to the universe, it might not be forbidden to suggest that the pearls in view could be intended to evoke entire planets. It may be averred with all but finality that the distinguishing thing about pearls in the context is--granted, they are precious--that they are spherical.‡
Pertinent to the general principle that all popular wisdom is bunk: directly at odds with the intent of the scripture, it is said that one leaves Earth and arrives at the Pearly Gates; vis-à-vis, truth as it happens, Earth is the pearl gate.
The point is to be emphasized, and ever reaffirmed in this age of the Ekklesia's dilapidation, that there is no room for misapprehension as regards the fact that Christ is in the process of assuming dominion within every sphere, including, here on Earth--the scope of the entire globe--and beyond. The imperative of Christians congregating together, a la Hebrews 15:25, is of geo-political import and has precious little to do with your run of the mill, Sunday-morning Larping.
Keep praying for a White World!
*"Copper" derives from the name of the location, Cyprus. "Cyprus" was the land "Chittim" in the Old Testament. Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary says "Cyprus" denotes "fairness." Cyprus has been a land exceedingly rich in mineral wealth and natural resources. One may study more here if the Cyprus tangent intrigues them: https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/dictionary/viewTopic.cfm?topic=ET0000951,HT0000614,IT0002480,NT0001308,BT0001102
†Dictionaries seem intent to avoid recognition of any etymological connection, "pay," with "pave."
‡An interpretation, to wit, the Kingdom of Heaven, itself, is not physical, yet, may be, finally, entered into only by way of the physical world, might not be forbidden.