The number 12 in the Bible stands for governmental perfection from the book of Genesis all the way through the book of Revelation. It is the last of the four perfect numbers in the Bible and rightfully so because it is the most meticulous in form. Most people get intimidated as they study this number in the Bible (including myself) because God is so much bigger than man.
As the corruption of mankind reaches an all time high the divine governmental perfection (12) of Jesus Christ intervenes and goes to battle against evil with a vengeance.
What I am going to do is give a little background on the meaning of this number from a biblical point of view.
I had to take a step back as I studied the meaning of this number in definition and context. The reason why I did this is because in the middle of all the detail in "12" it is easy to forget that God is love and His governmental system is perfect.
I would prefer to write this article more in the form of encouragement rather than knowledge because I see many wounded discouraged Christians that just want to be with the Lord. We are going in the rapture very soon. I just don't exactly know when this event will take place.
It is comforting to know that we are going home to be with Jesus Christ who is love and always has our best interest in mind. In a world that is the antithesis of what I just described the "Good News" that I am going to explain will be encouragement and exhortation for you in your heart.
This number is so perfect that there are 22 chapters in the book of Revelation each corresponding to the 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. The number 12 is mentioned 22 times in the book of Revelation.The Bible is showing us that the government of God is perfect and will be a reality because our Lord and Savior is Complete in His administration. He always carries out perfection regardless as to how much evil is in this world.
The number 12 is the signature of Israel. God will end His program with this country. Jesus Christ chose 12 Apostles. He said,"Verily, I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory,ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Matthew 19:28. This will only happen because of a divine appointment from God (12).
Most of the articles I read on Christian end time prophecy websites are about corrupt government but according to the Bible God is going to keep all of His promises. We will be His followers in the divine government of Jesus Christ (12) with perfect love and no disobedience.Can you imagine how this wonderful truth about heaven and our future will play out in a sinless reality surrounded by the presence of Jesus Christ?
We live in a world when sometimes we cannot even look at our leaders because they are so corrupt but we will be serving Jesus Christ who always says,does and executes perfect administration "All" of the time. In our present era our leaders cannot even agree on anything yet this world is striving toward utopia in a one world government without God.That is pretty ironic when we think about what I just said.
The Holy Spirit is so clear regarding the meaning of this number 12. The book of Revelation says "And had a wall great and high, and had TWELVE gates, and at the gates TWELVE tribes of the children of Israel." Revelation 21:12.
Verse 13 talks about these gates on the east,north,south and the west. 3x4=12. If you stop to think about this,3 (the number of divine completion) x 4 (the number of the world) =12 (divine perfection). According to Revelation chapter 21 God is going to bring heaven down to earth and make it perfect.God is going to divinely complete (3) the world (4) into His divine government (12). These numbers are from God. No human being could have designed this system.
The math is perfect because God designed a flawless biblical numeric system as a witness of His divine authority and government. If one were to read further down in this particular passage the Bible says, "And the wall of the city had TWELVE foundations, and in them the names of TWELVE apostles of the Lamb."Revelation 21:14.
The rest of the passage gets very detailed with the number 12. Even the foundations of the wall of the city will be garnished with all names of heavenly precious stones. Then the Bible mentions the 12 foundations.
If that were not enough the book of Revelation says,"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." Revelation 21:21. The Bible is very clear that God is going to transform this corrupt world into divine perfection (12).
As I read all the way down to the end of the chapter I understand some of the mathematical significance as to why the Holy Spirit talks about the sun and the moon.
A circle of 12 x 30 = 360 governs a COMPLETE year of 12 months. Here we see that God put His signature of His divine government in the sky.
Both the sun and moon have to travel through the TWELVE signs of the Zodiac which completes a circle in the heavens. This happens because the oldest book in the Bible says,"Can you direct the signs of the Zodiac?" Job 38:32.This is the Creation of God.
Presently the sun has to go through the 12 signs of the Zodiac. According to Revelation chapter 21 God is going to COMPLETE His perfect divine government through His Son Jesus Christ. There will be no need for the sun or moon. "(22) And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (23) And the city had no need of the sun,neither of the moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (24) And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light if it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it." Revelation 21:22-24.The glory of Jesus Christ will not be clouded in any way shape or form.
The temple of Solomon had more twelve's in it than any other number. This represented perfect administration. You may be able to feel the heart of God because holiness rather than corruption is the divine government (12) of heaven. God is clearly trying to make a statement about His perfection which comes straight from His attribute of Holiness. This is mentioned more times than the love of God in the Bible; however, because of these two attributes we will be drawn to Jesus Christ in a very strong way for all eternity.
One of the biggest truths for me is Jesus Christ made His first public appearance when He was twelve. I would often ponder if this represents the general age of accountability for a child being responsible before God. Jesus separated from his parents and went to the temple. This is just something to think about in this passage. He was 12 years old and the story speaks of divine administration or seeking the authority of His Father (12). On issues like this all we can do is pray and think about it because a fact is something that is dogmatic.
Of course there have been a couple of articles written depicting that there are 12 stones in the breastplate of the High Priest. Jesus Christ is our High Priest. He is our perfect divine government.
The United States still has 12 people on a jury when a legal case is presented to them. Somehow our country recognized that TWELVE is associated with governmental perfection. Did the inventors of this legal system get this from the Bible?
When Israel was delivered from Egypt the Bible says,"And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water" which tells me that the timing of God was not only perfect but full of mercy. As children of the Most High we must always understand this and cry out to God for compassion.
As I look back on my life God allowed me to linger in my pain. It was so He could refine me. Suffering is a gift from God that nobody wants. This involves the Triune divine government of God and we just have to trust our Savior with all our heart. Comfort comes from God through His supernatural peace and love.
When Elijah built an alter of TWELVE stones he was involved in a standoff of what government was true and real. Of course the story goes on to prevail that there is only one true God who is the Creator of the universe.
When Pilate seized Jesus Christ with human authority our Savior told him ..."That he could have no power, or authority against Him except it were given to him from above." John 19:11. If one were to go to the Greek version, Jesus spoke TWELVE words to Pilate showing that true power and authority come from God. This tells me that heaven is above every corrupt decision on earth. That would have to be good news for anybody reading this article.
Even something as small as writing could be applicable to the point I am trying to make. On the one hand when I write about a particular subject there is left brain logic. On the other hand there is no left brain logic (reason). Often times when I start to write God will not allow me to continue. The will (divine government) of God is mysterious and perfect.