By Oke Chinye
Read: Revelation 21:9-21
“And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles” (Luke 6:13)
his is the 12th month of the year. The number ‘12’ is a number of significance appearing in several places in the bible. It signifies perfection. When He was about to begin His ministry, Jesus Christ our saviour called and chose twelve men as apostles to bear witness to His ministry and spread the gospel to the entire world. These were the foundational members of His ministry. Jacob had twelve sons, each of which represented the twelve tribes of God’s chosen nation, Israel (Genesis 49:28). The apostle John describes the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God as having a great and high wall with twelve gates and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Revelation 21:10-14). The city was perfect in her beauty.
The number 12 also signifies the blessings of overflow and abundance. After Jesus blessed the five loaves of bread and two fishes, five thousand people were fed. And the disciples gathered and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the meal which were left over by those who had eaten (John 6:13).
The number 12 signifies the blessings of restoration and wholeness especially from difficult and long overdue cases. The woman with the issue of blood had carried the flow of blood for twelve years when she came from behind and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. And Jesus said to her “be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. (Mathew 9:20-22).
Lastly, the number 12 signifies completion. Psalm 65:11 says, “You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance”. Ecclesiastes 7:8 says, “the end of a thing is better than its beginning”. In this 12th month of the year, may you experience the blessings of perfection, abundance, wholeness, and restoration in every area of your life. Amen.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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