*Is the cube a math puzzle?*

### I was astonished to find a cube in the *Book of Revelation* in the *New Testament*. (This after proposing a cube in my Sower’s Puzzle.)

### You might miss the cube the first time you read through *Revelation* as I did. Take a look at the dimensions of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. The city measures 12,000 stadia or according to a footnote in the *TNIV*, it is approximately 1,400 miles long. It is as wide and high as it is long (*Revelation* 21:16 (*TNIV)*). Who ever heard of a city that is 1,400 miles high? Unheard of now and certainly, unheard of when *Revelation* was written. (See also *Revelation* 21:2 and 10-27 and 22:1-5 (*TNIV*))

### A city that is as wide and high as it is long is shaped like a cube. Aside from mystical interpretations, can this cube be understood at some level as a math puzzle?

### I got the notion that *Revelation’s* Cube might have features like a Rubik’s cube. Of course any cube has six faces. A typical Rubik’s cube has three columns and three rows, that is, nine cells on each face. I don’t know the history of the Rubik’s cube, but I suppose it is possible it has roots in antiquity.

### Why three columns and three rows for *Revelation’s* Cube? The biblical text has “three gates” on each side of the city, north, south, east, and west, (total 12 gates), and twelve foundations. But are these “foundations” like basements? The Catholic *CE* says, “*the wall of the city has twelve foundation stones*” (21:14); so either there are 12 basements under the wall OR the wall is composed of 12 stone slabs which are the foundations for the decorations of precious stones. I believe the “foundations” are 12 facades that are decorated. These 12 facades may correspond to 12 columns on the cube. It makes more sense to say the cube has 12 facades, rather than the cube has 12 basement supports – who would put decorations on a basement? So the author means that the facades served as foundations for decorations.

### Anyway, I figured that if there are three columns on each side, there might also be three rows, and therefore, the cube might have spaces for 54 numbers on its faces (9 x 6 = 54). Rows could be indicated by the layers of “gates with angels, names of tribes, names of apostles” (21:12, 14).

### This part of *Revelation* has a “measuring rod” (21:15) and so maybe is linked to another chapter with measuring (*Revelation* 11:1-4) which says, “*Go and measure the **temple** of **God** and the ***altar**, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it. . .” (*TNIV*) How to do these measurements? Well, the verses right before that are reminiscent of *Ezekiel*, written six centuries before *Revelation*, and the *TNIV* footnote references *Ezekiel* 3:3. So I decided to look at *Ezekiel* for some measurements.

*temple*

**altar**, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it

### Wasn’t I intrigued to find out that when I examined *Ezekiel* in the Catholic *CE* that there were headings of “*temple*” and “*altar*,” and there were numerous measures of cubits, perhaps even the right amount for three cubes of 27 cells each (see chapters 40-43). Here I have not included measures of reeds and believe “half” is not a number. Certainly there are scads of numbers in *Ezekiel* and who knows really which ones to pick or even if *Ezekiel* is the place to look for numbers? I am mindful that I need to “avoid the outer court” as instructed (*Revelation* 11:1-4) when gathering numbers.

*temple*

*altar*

Revelation continued at:

REVELATION’S TRIBES YIELD SOWER’S SEVENS

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/revelations-tribes-yield-sowers-sevens/