Jesus Heals a Girl Age 12 and a Woman Sick 12 Years

After crossing the Sea of Galilee by boat Jesus heals a woman sick 12 years and a girl age 12. The two stories are pointing into history 12 times from Noah’s flood when two women are healed. This is the period in history of the Assyrian deportation. Several parables follow explaining that period in history.

Bible Story

21When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet 23and pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." 24So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." 29Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"

31"You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, `Who touched me?'"

32But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"

36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."

37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, "Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep." 40But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child's father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!"). 42Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. Mark 5:21-42 NIV

21And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. 22And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. 25And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. 29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes???Tag 19 empty duplicate 31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me???Tag 15 empty duplicate tag 32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. 34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. 35While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. 37And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. 39And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 40And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. 41And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. 42And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. Mark 5:21-42 KJV


Mark again references Noah’s flood when he records Jesus crossing the Sea of Galilee again by boat. This marks the start of another parable that measures time from Noah’s flood.

In this particular parable an official from the Synagogue comes to Jesus and begs him to heal his sick daughter. Jesus heads off with the man to see his daughter and along the way has a second encounter with a woman. This woman has been bleeding and knows that if she can touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she will be healed. She does so, reaching out from the crowd.

Jesus makes a show of finding the woman and when he finally finds here explains that her faith has made her well.

Once this side project is finished, Jesus continues to the home of the Synagogue ruler. Once there a crowd surrounds the girl who has now died. Jesus dismisses the crowd and gets alone with the girl. He proceeds to raise the girl from the dead and give her back to her family.

About the only linkage between these two stories, besides the insertion of the woman’s story inside the girls, is the number of years: 12. In the case of the woman, she has had her condition for 12 years. In the case of the girl, she is 12 years old.

Running The Math

In parables, all counts of things are references to time. In this case the time reference opens up the meaning of this parable. 12 years is not a time measurement that can be used directly. It must be broken down into the raw number of days. The formula for converting years into days is 360 * years + 30 for every Sabbath. In this case 360 * 12 + 30 = 4350.

When prophecies are given over people, the units are actual 24 hour days. This is of course what was happening with these two women. 4350 days.

As explained in an article on prophetic ratios, time for nations is not the same as time for people. In the case of nations, the prophetic unit is years, not days, so the prophetic interval is years.

Of course the story began with Jesus crossing the lake by boat, so the prophetic interval starts at Noah’s flood. Noah’s flood began in 6020 AA so the target date is 6020 AA + 4350 = 10370 AA.

What Happened?

We can inspect the chronology of the Judean Kings and find 10369 AA as the first year of Jeremiah's prophetic ministry.

10370 AA is thus the 2nd year in Jeremiah’s era, the time when he is announcing to the city of Jerusalem the impending destruction of the Babylonians. The first year of rule of Babylonia over Jerusalem would be about 20 years later, or 10390 AA.

This time in history is after the Assyrian invasion and deportation and start of the period in history when the tribes were "lost."

A careful read of the Assyrian invasion indicates that only the city of Jerusalem survived the Assyrian invasion. This means that the total number of people who lived in ancient Israel after about 10284 AA was limited to the number of people who could safely remain inside the walls of David’s ancient city. Estimates for this remnant are in the low tens of thousands, a far cry from the several million that inhabited ancient Israel at David’s time.

After the civil war at the death of Solomon, David’s ancient kingdom was divided into two parts. These two parts form the basis for the "two women" prophecies in the Old Testament. Jesus is referencing these prophecies by referring to the two halves of the kingdom through the use of two women in this story.

One of the women, the 12 year old girl, is the daughter of a synagogue ruler. She likely represents Jerusalem, the city where the temple was located. She also represents the religious system based there. That system ridiculed Jesus when he was carrying out his public ministry which is why the crowd at the girl’s house also ridicules Jesus when he arrives to heal the girl.

The other woman, the one with the issue of blood, represents the other kingdom, the northern kingdom. She receives power from Jesus because the northern kingdom represents political power. This woman touches the hem of Jesus’ garment, likely following David’s cutting off of Saul’s hem in the cave.

In the case of the woman with blood, Jesus makes a spectacle of finding the woman in the crowd. His actions are quite specifically directed at the lost nature of the lost tribes of ancient Israel. That kingdom cannot be found except by searching for the ones who have received power from Jesus. This includes political power, like David gained when he cut Saul’s hem, but also Spiritual power.

A Jesus based measure of 12 years

When Jesus was 12 years old, he too was involved in a prophetic, parable, story. In that case he went up to Jerusalem at a feast and then remained behind in Jerusalem while his family returned home. Jesus’ life is itself following the original chronology of the Bible and this "age 12 ascension" is seen in the historical chronology as Enoch’s ascension. This happened in year 4270 AA, and it can be used as an alternative measure of the number of days in 12 years.

In the case of the girl and the woman their sicknesses are in their 12th year. Recorded simply as age 12, or 12 years. These allow for a shorter rendering as we learn from Jesus’ age 12 visit to Jerusalem.

Noah’s flood, in 6020 AA + 4270 = 10290 AA. Again we can inspect the chronology of the Judean Kings and see this is landing in Hezekiah's reign.

A more careful read of Hezekiah's reign shows this is 6 years after the sun went back during the reign of Judean king Hezekiah. This is essentially at the time of the Assyrian invasion.

All of the events of the Assyrian invasion of the ancient Israelite kingdoms happened within 20 years of this date, consistent with the likely 20 years of preparation for Noah’s flood from the millennium break at 6001 AA and the actual start of the flood in early 6020 AA.

Jesus Goes Home to Nazareth

1Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! 3Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.

4Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." 5He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. Mark 6:1-5 NIV

1And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. Mark 6:1-5 KJV

Without getting into a boat, Jesus proceeds from healing the 12 year old girl to his home town. He makes the important point that in his home town, he is both without honor and unable to do miracles, except for heal a few sick people. Without a trip in a boat, this parable sits timed as a natural part of the last parable. In other words he is explaining more about what happened back in ancient Israel and Judah.

Ancient Israel and Judah were no longer living in their home towns even in Jesus day. Jerusalem and the remnant that lived there make up the "home town" of ancient Israel. They were scattered across the globe because of the Assyrian invasion. He is explaining that he will do miracles in many places, but not in his home town.

When the crown exclaims that this is Jesus, the carpenter’s son, along with the rest of his family, they are remembering him as he was. As he was in his "development years" before the power of God was moving mightily in his life. The natural parallel to this is the home town religious system that has always been devoid of supernatural power. Returning to the old ways, the way of the Mosaic Law, leaves all people unable to experience the power of Jesus’ miracles in their lives.

Jesus sends out the 12

7Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.

8These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff -- no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. 10Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them."

12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

14King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." Mark 6:7-14 NIV

7And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; 8And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 9But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. 10And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. 12And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. 14And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Mark 6:7-14 KJV

Without crossing by boat, Jesus proceeds to send out the 12 disciples. They are told not to take anything with them, no extra clothing or money. Jesus warns that those who do not receive the disciples will face judgment. They go, and are able themselves to anoint with oil, cast out demons and heal the sick.

Because this does not transition back to a boat story, it too is based on the early dating. The story is the time after the Assyrian captivity when the 12 tribes have been sent out into the world. The remnant of a few thousand who remained in Jerusalem after the Assyrian invasion do not themselves constitute even 1 tribe. Though the northerners are referred to as the Ten, the entire set is referred to as the 12.

The 12 disciples are linked in a 1 to 1 fashion back to the original 12 tribes of ancient Israel. They will eventually judge the 12 tribes, likely with 1 disciple seated as judge over 1 tribe. The gates of the New Jerusalem, where everyone is headed eventually are also named with the names of the 12 disciples. This suggests everyone, even modern believers must eventually pass under the inspection of one of the disciples.

Jesus sends out the 12 disciples at this point in the story because he is prophetically referring to the departure of the 12 tribes under the Assyrian deportation. Once away from the home town, the subject of his previous parable, the disciples will be able to perform miracles. This is essentially why the ancient 12 tribes were deported. God wanted them saved and performing miracles, and could not do that under the old system.

Beheading John the Baptist

14King Herod heard about this, for Jesus' name had become well known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him."

15Others said, "He is Elijah."

And still others claimed, "He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago."

16But when Herod heard this, he said, "John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!"

17For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married. 18For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." 19So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

21Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

The king said to the girl, "Ask me for anything you want, and I'll give it to you." 23And he promised her with an oath, "Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom."

24She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?"

"The head of John the Baptist," she answered.

25At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: "I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter."

26The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29On hearing of this, John's disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb. Mark 6:14-29 NIV

14And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. 15Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. 16But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. 17For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. 18For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. 19Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 20For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. 21And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; 22And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 23And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. 24And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 25And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. 26And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. Mark 6:14-29 KJV

The final story in this series of events that point at the end of David’s empire is the beheading of John the Baptist. Like the other stories in this series, nothing separates this story from the previous story, implying that the story is chronologically related to the woman and young girl, Jesus’ home town and the sending out of the twelve. In this case it is the last of the stories dealing with the ancient southern kingdom, the Babylonian invasion and destruction of Jerusalem.

When the Assyrians invaded ancient Israel and ancient Judah they left behind a remnant in the city of Jerusalem. This invasion destroyed the government that made up the northern Kingdom seated at Samaria. The invasion also lead to the deportation of the tribes of ancient Israel to various lands, most notably the lands of the Medes who would rule Babylon.

King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon was shown in a dream that he was the first in a series of kingdoms that would eventually rule the world. The message of the dream was delivered through an image of a statue of a man, with the Babylonian king being the head. Through various scenes the future progression of the Babylonian empire was shown growing into the Greek and Roman empires. The statue’s legs became what we know of now as the split in the Roman empire with the eastern and western branches. The last scene in the dream dealing with the statue is a view of the 10 toes. That number, 10, always refers to the northern kingdom, confirming that Babylon was the heir to the northern kingdom’s promises.

At the time of Jesus this progression of kingdoms is now known as the Roman Empire. That empire is still several hundred years from division into east and west. That empire rules most of the known world, including Palestine. The proof of that rule is seen in various New Testament stories when the Roman power makes itself known. One of those seats of power is Herod’s governorship.

In the story of the beheading of John the Baptist, the primary agent is Herod. Herod is the embodiment of the ruling Roman power in Palestine. He is also the heir to Nebuchadnezzar’s rule over 600 years before. Herod is prophetically playing the role of Nebuchadnezzar.

The Assyrian invasion left a remnant within the city of Jerusalem. This was the ancient capital of the southern kingdom of Judah. The crown of that government, the head, the king, was spared by the Assyrians because it was not God’s time for the remnant to be deported.

The end of their time began when the Babylonians invaded ancient Palestine and made the king at Jerusalem his vassal. The king at Jerusalem in effect was put into Nebuchadnezzar’s prison, a prophetic match to John the Baptist’s imprisonment.

After 19 years of being a vassal to Nebuchadnezzar, the king at Jerusalem attempted to revolt by getting Egypt to come and free the city from Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. This lead to a siege and eventually invasion by Nebuchadnezzar’s army. The walls of Jerusalem were broke through and the city burned. The king from Jerusalem blinded and taken to Babylon as a prisoner. After many years the king was eventually released from the dungeon and allowed to eat in the royal court.

John’s beheading is a prophetic match to the destruction of the city. The head itself was taken back to Herod’s court, just as the king in ancient times. John’s head was presented in the royal court just as the Jehoiakim was eventually presented in the royal court in Babylon.