|Introduction to the
Dozenal Counting System
“There was the tree of life,
which bare twelve manner of fruits,
and yielded her fruit every month.”
|dozen eggs, twelve hours on the clock, a dozen donuts, a twelve-inch ruler, a dozen roses, twelve months in every year--in spite of efforts to foundation our lives on a base-ten numbering system, remnants of an earlier system persist. For practical reasons, it is often easier to count or package|
|items in twelves than in tens, such as twelve water bottles or twelve pair of sock in a package. It is often easier to count out items by three, fours, or sixes, than by fives and tens. Convienience only, or is there a much deeper reason for our native affinity to twelves and the number system built on twelves?
From ancient times Yehuveh has counted, divided, multiplied, and administered His affairs using a base-twelve or dozenal numerical system. It is for this reason twelve plays so prominent a part in all aspects of His communication and interaction with humanity. These are our roots and heritage. Though human governments have sought to remove even the memory of this past, we inately know and naturally long to return.
A good concordance provides a revealing richness in the use of twelve in Scriptures. You will find twelve months in every year; twelve wells, twelve fountains, and twelve palm trees in the wilderness; Moses built twelve pillars in the wilderness; twelve foundational commandments in Yehuveh’s law (Revelation 21:14; and presented in Exodus 20:3-20; Deuteronomy 5:7-21) represented by the twelve stone foundations of His restored city (Revelation 21:19-20), each supported by twelve statutes (Revelation 21:17); Ishmael had twelve sons termed twelve princes; Jacob had twelve sons which gave rise to the twelve tribes in the nation of Israel, which naturally giving rise to twelve tribal leaders, twelve spies sent to explore the promised land, twelve rods used to reveal Yehuveh’s chosen leadership, and national offerings in multiples of twelve; the high priest’s breastplate was adorned with twelve stones with the names of the twelve tribes; twelve loaves of bread were placed on the Table of Shewbread; altars were built with twelve unhewn stones; twelve oxen supported the water basins (seas, lavers) in Solomon’s temple courtyard, twelve oxen and were used by Elisha for plowing; David’s appointed musicians and temple servants were all chosen in groups of twelve; twelve lions flanked the approach to Solomon’s throne; Yehuveh used a garment torn into twelve pieces to describe the split of David’s kingdom; Yehuveh promises to seal twelve thousand of each of twelve of Israel’s tribes (Revelation 7:5-8); the heavenly woman sign of Revelation 12:1 has a “crown of twelve stars”; the New Jerusalem has twelve gates of twelve pearls attended by “twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel” permitting our entrance; the Lamb-king has twelve ambassadors (apostles); twelve qualities or strengths (or words, as in Exodus 34:28 and Deuteronomy 4:13; 10:4 but translated commandments) in Scriptural Qabbalah (the twelve fruit of the tree of life); and twelve signs or constellations in the Zadok Circle (associated with the twelve tribes of Israel)! [Click here for complete Scriptural support of every Twelve listed here.] In all, there are 135 uses of twelve or twelfth in Torah and another 23 uses in Revelation 7:5, 6, 7, 8; 12:1; 21:12, 14, 16, 20, 21; 22:2.
Study Ten Horns with Crowns (humanity’s rebellious forceful legislation of their decimal substitute for Yehuveh’s natural dozenal number system) of the great red dragon to understand the two number systems.
Originally Written: 22 September 2009
Latest Update: 22 September 2009
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