Rev. 21:12 – The city had a massive high wall, with 12 gates. Twelve angels were at the gates; the names of the 12 tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates. 13 There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 The city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles were on the foundations. (HCSB)
The number 12
The number 12 is repeated many times in this passage:
- The city walls have 12 gates.
- Twelve angels are at the gates.
- The names of the 12 tribes of Israel’s sons are inscribed on the gates.
- The city wall has 12 foundations.
- The 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles are on the foundations.
- The city measures 12,000 stadia.
- The wall’s thickness is 144 cubits (12 x 12).
- The 12 gates are 12 pearls.
What is the significance of the number 12 in this passage, and throughout scripture?