The bible tells us that all government authorities are established by God, and that we the people are to submit to them as to God (Rom. 13:1; 1 Pt. 2:13-16). Likewise, it is the responsibility of our God-appointed leaders to keep us safe so that we may enjoy a peaceful and quiet life (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
There are two ways that God in His wisdom has designed to keep all people safe.
First of all, God in His wisdom has planned to keep all people safe by dividing them into nations with boundaries (Globalism was never His plan!). And He has set the example through His own people Israel. Look at the following scriptures to see how he has established the safety mechanism of nations through Israel.
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live (bold for emphasis).
“I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing (bold for emphasis).
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations (bold for emphasis).
Another way God has planned for us to be safe is by building walls. He has given us three biblical examples.
The Old Testament Walls around the Temple and The City of Jerusalem
In the following scriptures you will see that the strong and sturdy walls around the temple as well as the city provided protection, security, and were a great deterrent against any enemy forces.
1 Kings 7:9-12
All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and trimmed with a saw on their inner and outer faces. 10 The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubits and some eight. 11 Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams. 12 The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the Lord with its portico (bold for emphasis).
Though we are slaves, our God has not deserted us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem (bold for emphasis).
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace” (bold for emphasis).
15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God (bold for emphasis).
7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you” (bold for emphasis).
The Walls around the Future Millennial Temple and City of Jerusalem
There will be thick and high walls around the temple and city walls in the millennial kingdom (Ezek. 40:5-16; 48:30-35).
Our Heavenly City, The New Jerusalem
In the following passage the description of the walls of the city gives us only a few clues to its appearance and purpose. No doubt there is much symbolism and meaning that may be hidden to us. However, there are a few observations that we can make which we may also see an application for regarding how God has designed to keep us safe through walls (figuratively and literally).
As we read, the walls are great and high and with twelve gates. This tells me that the purpose of a wall is so that thieves and robbers will not be able to climb over or break through. Hence a wall is for security—to keep the people inside safe. But there are also several gates. This tells us that if anyone builds a wall he ought to build it with gates so that good people (who are proven to be good) may enter. Hence the good purpose for building a wall is not to restrict the flow of people to come and go, but to keep bad people out.
The walls of this heavenly city are of Jasper (which is like a clear diamond), very beautiful and transparent. It will shine with the light of God’s glory. Hence a wall ought to be with a very good and godly purpose. God ought to be glorified in it.
Just as the future walls of the New Jerusalem will be to keep out all who are evil, dishonest, sorcerers, immoral, murderers, idol worshiper and liars; likewise, any wall that a nation or city builds ought also to keep out such people.
All who enter any nation must come legally through the gates. And they must be proven to be good and worthy of our trust.
Revelation 21:9-25; 22:12-15
9 And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 And the material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it. 25 And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed; 26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. (bold for emphasis)