Appointing the Twelve - Morning Devotion on Jan. 5, 2024
He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'
First Jesus had to gather three disciples, representing Adam's family, Noah's family, and Abraham's family. Centered on those three he could gather 12 disciples representing Jacob's 12 sons and also the 12 generations from Noah to Abraham. Without fulfilling those numbers he could not form a foundation to work with the diverse races of the world. After gathering the 72 apostles Jesus had to begin his substantial work, just as Jacob needed 72 before he could accomplish his condition. Then he would have connected that foundation to the religion of Judaism, the Jewish people, nation, and eventually the world. He tried desperately to do this in three years but he could not make his apostles unite in harmony
Victory of Home Church
January 1, 1982
If you have 12 children, you will experience different types of love from all 12. The Bible refers to 12 pearly gates to the heavenly city God is the center of all humanity including your children. If you have raised your children properly, in front of God, that is your ticket of love. Even though there are 12 different gates, even though you have to go around several times, you will still be able to pass with this love ticket. Without raising many different children you may end up one dimensional, and you will be limited in heaven.
Because Jesus was unable to teach his 12 disciples to go through these 12 different gates, he was sold out by Judas and crucified. By the same token, if we want to be truly welcomed in the spiritual world and pass all 12 gates, we should be able to go and work in 12 different nations from the bottom to the top and restore them. Only by having that kind of experience will we truly be able to pass through all the different gates. This covers the entire kingdom. Are you interested?
The True Foundation Day of the Unified World
October 3, 1995
Are the 12 gates of pearl kept open or are they kept closed? They are open in such a manner that you can go in through any gate and go out through any gate. There is no set rule that you have to come in this way and go out that way. However, in order to travel through you have to reach the hub or center where the 12 gates connect. If you don't reach that, the only way you can exit is the same way you came in. As long as you reach the center, you are free to leave from any exit. That means that once you reach God's palace you are very free to travel anywhere in Heaven.
The key question of history is how to effectively take down the walls of every type. Who is anxious to take the walls down and who is anxious to keep them up? Satan doesn't want the walls to come down. He wants to build them higher and make them more sophisticated. We know why God and the people on his side should be the ones who are anxious to take the walls down. We also know why in order for all the walls to come down, somebody has to pay the price, which is indemnity. The conclusion is, all the high-level religious people should pay indemnity because their life's goal is to take the walls down. The Bible mentions this many times: "Blessed are the peacemakers."
Why did Jesus have 12 disciples? It is simple. So he could make 12 disciples into one. With Jesus sitting in the center, any person could go through one of the 12 disciples and reach into his realm and then travel out through any gate. They could then come in any gate again and go back out any gate, over and over.
Historical Debt and the Liberation of Ourselves
December 29. 1991