The pearly gates is an informal name for the gateway to Heaven according to some Christian denominations. It is inspired by the description of the New Jerusalem in Book of Revelation 21:21. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate being made from a single pearl.
The image of the gates in popular culture is a set of large, white or wrought-iron gates in the clouds, guarded by Saint Peter (the keeper of the "keys to the kingdom"). Those not fit to enter heaven are denied entrance at the gates, and descend into Hell.
- Lang, J. Stephen (2003). "59: Imagine the Size of Those Oysters". What the Good Book Didn't Say: Popular Myths and Misconceptions about the Bible. Citadel Press. p. 185. ISBN 080652460X.
- Ferguson, Everett (1996). The Church of Christ: a Biblical Ecclesiology for Today. Wm. B. Eerdmans. p. 53. ISBN 0-8028-4189-9.
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