The mystery of twelve
Mark 3: 14 -
And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
Numbers play a very important part in the Bible and in studying it. They are not that some are good numbers and others bad i.e. we cannot say number 7 is good because it is associated with Christ and number 6 is bad because it is associated with Satan.
All numbers are good and they are for man to understand the hidden secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. There are many, many great and awesome things which the Lord revealed to me by the understanding of numbers. One of them is about Satan, who He (they) were and are. Mind it, Satan is not what most think him (them) to be, he is an in-habitual liar and called the father of lies, he (they) deceive to kill man.
One of the greatest revelations I received through numbers is from the number 12. From today's scripture we read Jesus was very clear about selecting only twelve to carry fourth His work. Even though He knew Judas would betray and die yet He kept the numbers as 12.
After Judas died and the disciples whom Jesus selected started with their work of building the Church they made sure they were 12 and thus added 1 to their 11. They could have continued with 11 for there were no ministerial berths to divide between them, nor did they add another 4 more - more the better. Mind you there was no law or commandment of God about being 12.
This they did after being baptized in the Holy Spirit, when the Spirit of Truth revealed to them the understanding of 12.
When God chose the Israelites to be His people the sons of Israel were 12. They were divided into 12 tribes. Even when the Levites were separated from the 12, the Lord split the tribe of Joseph into 2 to make sure 12 tribes existed.
On the dress of the High Priest Aaron were 12 stones which represented the 12 tribes of Israel. What will amaze you (which I was some 3 years back) is the 12 precious stones match up with the 12 precious stones of which Heaven is made.
Heaven is not an earthly creation to be made of stones. Heaven is a spirit world (having no physical limitation). After I dug deeper in studying the stones I started to understand they were related to the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
What kept me busy for 2years was the fact that in Galatians Paul spoke of 9 fruits but the Tree of Life in the book of Revelation spoke of 12 fruits. It was after meditating on this for 2years (just about a month back) the Lord revealed the understanding to me.
If one consolidates the fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit given by Paul and with those give by Peter you will get total 12 different in a list.
Then comes the question did Paul not know about the 3? Why was there confusion between their understandings?
The answer is Paul knew and had listed the remaining 3 in Ephesians 5:9.
Then the second question came why did Paul break the list into 2 sets of 9 and of 3?
Now that is the revelation which I will not share here on SavedByFaith.info, not that I am becoming proud, or want to see you disturbed or suffering. What I want you to realize is there are many, many, many awesome things in the Word of God which God has yet not revealed to man and is waiting to do to those who thirst for Him and His Kingdom.
More than us, He wants to share these precious things of life with us. But since they are precious (for by them we also get to grow in authority) He wants to make sure us are build in understanding and character.
As we dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ and pass through the paths of molding by the Spirit of God, God adds unto us great and precious things which give life and power.
While being thirsty and persistent with the Lord, also be patient and we will never be disappointed.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, since ages You wanted to reveal great and wonderful things of your Kingdom to man so that they walk in light and not in darkness. But for long man has been rejecting You, it was only when your Word came to man and started working in man that You started revealing Yourself and your Kingdom more and more. Satan's game plan to keep the Word far from man has been overcome and now that we are receiving more and more of You, work in us Lord so that your glory fill the earth...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering /slow to anger, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
2 Peter 1:5
5 Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge;
6 and in your knowledge self-control; and in your self-control patience; and in your patience godliness;
7 and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love.
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness [not the same as goodness] and righteousness and truth;)
17 And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.
18 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
20 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.
21 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
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.
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
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