The Pearly gates make their appearance in a vision to the disciple, John, who by now is an old man on the Greek island of Patmos. The vibe of the dream is that John is being given a guided tour of Heaven by an angel. Heaven is a city that stretches for 1400 miles and, according to measurements taken by John during his vision, is as wide and high as it is long. The walls of the city are 200 feet thick and made of the precious stone, jasper, and the buildings and streets are made of gold. The foundations of the city are successive layers of precious stones – jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald, onyx, ruby, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, turquoise, jacinth and amethyst. The city has twelve gates, each fashioned from a single gigantic pearl, and it is these that give Heaven its much-loved nickname. Tradition (though not the Bible) tells us that these are manned by Peter who, when we are dead, looks up our names on a celestial database and makes a snap decision on the spot as to whether we are allowed in or not. Those who don’t make the grade are sent packing to spend eternity to be prodded by demons with pointy sticks and everyone else is allowed in to make themselves comfortable in the city that they will call home for eternity.
General vibe of the Pearly Gates: Heavenly turnstile
Factvibe: The image of Peter as a heavenly porter originates in medieval Germany.