THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON
has the number twelve as the predominating factor, in contrast with the Tabernacle, which had the number five. This agrees with the grace which shines in the Tabernacle, and with the glory of the kingdom which is displayed in the Temple.
When we come to the New Testament we find the same great principle pervading the Apostolic government as we see in the Patriarchal and National, for we have:
- The twelve Apostles.
- The twelve foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem.
- The twelve gates.
- The twelve pearls.
- The twelve angels.
THE MEASUREMENT OF THE NEW JERUSALEM
will be 12,000 furlongs square, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits, Revelation 21:16,17.
The number of the sealed in Revelation 7:4 will be 144,000, and all that has to do with the Twelve Tribes is necessarily pervaded by this number, such as the stones in the High Priest’s breastplate, the stones taken out of the Jordan, the number of the spies, etc. etc., and therefore we have not referred to all such reference in these pages.
TWELVE PERSONS WERE ANOINTED
for government of various kinds. Of course, all kings, priests, prophets, and healed lepers were anointed; but the circumstances of the anointing of twelve individuals is specially recorded. Of these, five were priests (Aaron and his four sons, Exodus 6:23) and seven were kings:
- Aaron, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
- Nadab, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
- Abihu, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
- Eleazar, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
- Ithamar, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
- Saul, 1 Samuel 10:1.
- David, * 1 Samuel 16:13.
- Absalom, 2 Samuel 19:10.
- Solomon, 1 Kings 1:39.
- Jehu, 2 Kings 9:6.
- Joash, 2 Kings 11:12.
- Jehoahaz, 2 Kings 23:30.
* David was anointed three times, viz: by Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:13; by the men of Judah, 2 Samuel 2:4; by the elders of Israel, 2 Samuel 5:3.
It will be observed from the above list that Saul, the man of man’s choice, is thus stamped with the number 6. David, the man of God’s choice is stamped with the number seven. For Saul and David are the sixth and seventh respectively in order. The words, “a man after God’s own heart,” mean simply a man of God’s choice, and not, as infidels are never tired of asserting, that God approved of all the sins which David fell into.
of age was Jesus when He first appears in public (Luke 2:42) and utters His first-recorded words (see comment for the number 1).
of angels mark the perfection of angelic powers (Matthew 26:53).
THE HALF OF TWELVE
sometimes denotes interruption or defect in human government, while
THE NUMBER OF OCCURRENCES
of words agrees with its signification, e.g., aulh, aulee, “palace,” occurs twelve times.