12/12/12 The Last Triple Date of the Century!

By | December 12, 2012

Tee shirts advertising the 12-12-12 date sit on display at A Little White Wedding Chapel, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Today is just another day, but for some it is more than that. Once a year for the past 11 years we have had a triplicate date, and I actually wrote about one of those days here, but have not tackled any of them since. In many ways 12 and 7 are similar. However, seven is often considered the number of spiritual perfection, but twelve is considered the number of governmental perfection (of course considering this looming fiscal climate we are further form that then we have ever been today). Seven is 3+4 whereas Twelve is 3×4; thus they are both complete in a different way. Three is considered a divine perfection number, such as in the Trinity, and four is considered an earth number as in the 4 cardinal directions of the compass and four seasons. Twelve multiples the two out, but seven adds them up.

Since this is the last triplicate date of this century I figured I would take a look at its significance, or perceived significance I should say because this set of numbers is in fact only another day on the calender. Accordingly, any significance or important association thought to be connected with these numbers is going to be highly subjective and open to multiple interpretations.

We will never have a complete understanding of the reasons behind why every number is used as it is and in most instances it will be hard to draw anything more than a simple correlation between numbers. For this reason, it is impractical to look at numbers as agents of change, or predictors. Numbers are really only good for looking back on time, chronicling or for organization. They are not in and of themselves prophetic, and are not for looking forward, except in the aggregate (i.e. we can know general time spans or generally what something should look like). It is not for us to know the specific future dates and times when things will happen.

That being said, twelve is a very interesting number. It seems to be a number of completion or perfection, and so that is why a lot of people have associated the end of the world with this number. Moreover, us normal people are not completely uninfluenced by these thoughts either. Why do we buy our eggs by the dozen, follow a 12 month calender, measure a foot by 12 inches, or eat lunch at 12 noon. Why do our juries and other official bodies have 12 members. Twevle is a number of significance in our society. There are 12 hours in each part of the day, there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 disciples of Jesus, 12 knights of the round table, 12 Federal Reserve Districts, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 stations of the Moon and the Sun.

Nonetheless, it is important not to make too much of the number, it is a number a symbol, it holds no intrinsic important and is only used to point towards things of significant. Yet our math is a something of a universal language imbedded in our universe by God and certain numbers are used for things not because of random chance, but because they make a lot of sense and hold a degree of symmetry and divisibility that is useful. Some people will get married today, others will prepared for the end of the world, and others will just treat it as a normal day and go about normal business. There is no right or wrong way to approach this date, except to realize that it is a number that has a lot of uses and can at times in different context mean something important. However, in this context it does not mean anything more than a date on the calendar, unless you make it mean more. One example of people making it mean more is a group musicians putting on a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: you can read more about that here, and some about the weddings and such here.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


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