The numbers of the Bible bring order into the texts and structure the scriptures.
Let numbers speak, for numbers do not lie, especially not in the Bible. When we deal with the numbers of the Holy Scriptures, we find that God uses the tens system and calculates with the basic arithmetical operations. Already in the first book of the Bible, in the first chapter, we find a very simple addition calculation, which many of our preschool children can already do.
- Day one, day one;
- Day two, day two;
- Day three, third day, etc., until the seventh day.
With this simple addition we come to the number seven. And how many days does a week have? Of course, seven, of course. The number seven is one of the most important numbers in the Bible. Already in the account of creation it is associated with perfection. Seven days God takes time to create NEW and to lead to perfection.
Why seven days? Not an easy question. Genesis 1 is the great design in God's plan. It is represented by the number 7, which is constantly repeated in the Bible. It is a pattern that hums the same melody in various keys and alludes to future times and carries its sound into eternity. So the plan of complete creation is represented by the number 7. The numbers 1 to 6 form the individual building blocks to realize the great plan. In chronological order the patterns, which are the days one to six, are now described. The goal of divine creation is a new and perfect creation.
Do not be surprised, because in this section the pattern is particularly evident. Aren't the numbers themselves also a pattern, abstracted names of concrete things? And so in the Bible the patterns run in the piggyback of numbers.
The first day of the Creation Report lasted one day. How long was such a day? The period is specified by the refrain: and it was evening and it was morning (first day). This describes a 24-hour day, from sunset to sunset. A day can also describe other time periods. In 1 Peter 3:8 the apostle gives us an expanded definition: "But this one be not hidden from you, beloved, that a day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day. Here a thousand years represent a day or a day stands for 1000 years. In Psalm 90:4 the definition is rotated and slightly changed: For a thousand years are in your eyes like yesterday, when it passed away, and like a watch in the night.
First Pattern - Day One -
Just as in the beginning the earth was desolate and empty, so also our life without God is desolate and empty; so God sees us. From our mole perspective, of course, it looks completely different: the earth is beautiful and colorful and worth preserving. In order for the mole to become seeing, actually impossible by nature, and to be able to see things from God's point of view, it needs seeing eyes and light. The little one lacks that; he digs blindly in the dark all his life; even in daylight he does not see. And so are we. From birth without light, living in darkness ...
God intervenes, he calls: Let there be light! There are no lamps, like the sun, moon and stars, but, it shines divine light that illuminates a person in his inner being, like a ray of sunlight that breaks through the gap of an otherwise black cloud cover. A question: Is such an enlightened man born again or saved because a ray of the sun of God has touched his heart? He did enjoy the warmth and see more clearly through the light, but nothing has been decided yet. When God enlightens our hearts, it does not establish faith.
The creation of light is the first pattern of the Bible. Now we are searching for a narrative that corresponds to the first pattern.
A few chapters later we read about a man. At that time he lived in Ur in Chaldea. One day, all of a sudden, God's ray of light penetrates his heart; at the same time he receives the order to leave the city and the country and to come to him. To him? Yes, because God lives in Canaan, Stephen explains: God said to Abraham: "Go out of your country and your relatives, and come into the country that I will show you". (What does Canaan stand for if God dwells there?)
Where do we find the pattern now? Well, without the Hebrew text we don't recognize it. Let's take a closer look at the place where we live. Abraham lived in Ur, in the land of the Chaldeans. The city of Ur is written in Hebrew like this: אור (H217 and H218) and means first flame and second, in the extended sense (in the plural), the east (as a region of light). The root of the word means to be luminous or to make luminous. Now we come to the land where the city of Ur was located. The land of the Chaldeans; it is written in Hebrew like this: כשדי or plural כשדימה (pronounced Kashdi´ or plural Kashdi´mah; the apostrophe indicates the stressed syllable). The country was situated on the lower course of the Euphrates, all the way to the Gulf. The meaning of Chaldean is: lump of earth sea surf. What a strange name. But we can also translate the word Chaldean with earth lump breaker and then get to the bottom of the mystery of the city.
Here's another question: What material was Adam made of? The Hebrew word is Adamah () and means earth. If we understand man as a lump of earth, then we also understand what the surf of the sea does with such a lump of earth. The lump crumbles into the finest pieces and is pulled into the depths by the sea. Man helplessly sinks into even deeper mud. This is the land of the Chaldeans.
God intervenes and enlightens Abraham. The father of all believers listens to God and emigrates and moves with his family to Haran, a stopover. After Tarah, the father of Abraham, died, God moved him to Canaan. But it has not happened yet. The move to Canaan does not take place until the third day.
But we can see now: And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day. This is the first day of creation in the life of Abraham. Is he now a new creation?
Second pattern - Day Two -
Let's go to the second day: What does the earth look like now? Has its exterior changed? No, the state is the same as on the first day. Genesis 1:2 says: And the earth was desolate and empty ... Also on the second day the earth is still a desert in the sense of desolation. Desolation is the second pattern. Let us go back to the history of Abraham. What did Abraham do when he was ordered to leave the land of his birth? Abraham went out. He was obedient. With all his family they moved to Haran.
Note: The word Charan is not to be confused with Abraham's brother Haran (הרן H2039). Both in German and in English, the different Hebrew words are translated with Haran, which can lead to irritations. Charan writes with Chet - ח - and Haran with Hey - ה -.
What is the second pattern now? Well, without the Hebrew text we don't recognize it. Let's take a closer look at the place. The Hebrew word is written like this: חרן (and is pronounced as follows: Cha-ran´ H2771). His father dies there and Abraham remains behind. The word means withered, withered, withered. The land is a desert. And with the desert we have the parallel to Genesis 1:2. And the earth was desolate and empty.
God has shined into the heart of Abraham and after his Father is no longer there, the place remains desolate. This points to the earthly Israel after the Rapture. As it were, the waters are separated. The upper waters are now above the expanse and the lower waters below the expanse. God does not leave the man Abraham alone, but lays his hands on him. He moves him to Canaan on the third day. What has changed in Haran for Abraham? Haran, which is written with Hey, pointed to the heavenly. The remnant of the Jews only inherits the earthly part, which is prophetically foretold by the man Abraham. (Abraham serves a pattern here. Among other things, he forms the remnant here.) Finally he sets out and moves to the land that God wants to show him.
The water above the expanse is explained briefly. In Revelation 1 John hears a voice. He turns around and first sees seven golden candlesticks and then the Son of Man. Then in verse 15 it says: and his voice like the sound of many waters. Who or what are the many waters?
Before answering the question, let us look at the parallel text in Daniel 10. Daniel's vision can only be recognized as a parallel text if one juxtaposes the visions. If one works out the differences, then the visions can be brought into a temporal sequence. At this point I would just like to pick out the voice that speaks in Daniel 10. It says in verse 6: and the voice of his words was the voice of a crowd.
The upper waters are the saints who are in heaven. They are the many waters that speak with the voice of a multitude. Jesus says, "He who believes in me, as Scripture has said, out of whose body shall flow rivers of living water. Water is the image of the Holy Spirit pouring out of the believers. These are great streams and not trickles or droplets.
Sometimes a diffuse fear creeps up on me. Many Christians preferred to stay here on earth, like Abram. That was his first name and means: "Exalted Father," and points to a distanced relationship with God. God the Father dwells in heaven and those dwell on earth.
And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. What effect did the second day have on Abram? An arduous journey awaited him. The patriarch must set out, for he is not yet at his destination. He starts in Haran. If we use the Akkadian root of the name Haran, it points to a special journey. Haran, from the Akkadian, means road or path. This is the prophetic reference to the Acts of the Apostles. In sections 9:2, 9:7, 19:23, and 24:22, there is talk of people who are "the way. It is on this way that Abram travels to Canaan. And this leads us to the third day, or also to the third pattern.
Third pattern - Day Three -
Now there is visible movement in the matter. God collects the water below the expansion to a place and the dryness becomes visible. The sentence is ingeniously formulated. On the one hand, the land mass that lies under the water now becomes visible in the Creation Report, because God separates the earth from the water. On the other hand, the water, that is the witnesses of Jesus after the Rapture, is collected. The dry becomes visible. The dry means "dry ground" and distinguishes the land mass from the sea. And again we see a desert land. Nevertheless, God can replant on this dry ground. First the grass, then the herb and finally the fruit trees.
If we look at the root of the word "dry", Hebrew יבש (jawesh H3001), then we get an idea of what the dry soil is suggesting. Jawesh means to be ashamed, confused or confused or disappointed.
Many Jews and Christians will be ashamed because they did not believe the prophetic word. They will twist their heads. You can see the confusion in their minds: If we have not waited for the Lord, then we have not believed His words. The disappointment will shake everyone to the core.
What went wrong? Her faith was only head-controlled and did not reach her heart. They thought they had a good relationship with Jesus, but far from it. It is like a German song:
If faith is nothing more than a point of view,that we once forever referred toand is not lived and experienced,we're dead and we're cheated ourselves.
Text by Hartmut Birkelbach
What do the details suggest when we all relate them to the history of Abraham? Let's read Genesis 12:5: And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions which they had acquired, and the souls which they had gained in Haran, and they went out to go into the land of Canaan; and they came into the land of Canaan.
If the waters above the expanse point to the heavenly people, the waters below the expanse can only be the earthly Israel. God brings his people into the land. The exodus from Haran is thus certain. Abram takes his wife and his nephew, and all his possessions and all his souls, which he had won in Haran, and collects them. He must collect them, because the place where they live is desolate (Haran - desert). Only in Canaan will they find food for the sheep - grass - and food for the goats - herbs - and food for the soul - fruit trees -. Only in Canaan did God collect the water.
Only when the travel party has arrived in Shechem will the LORD speak to Abram again. They pass through the land until they come to a special tree, the Terebinthe Mores, which stands by Shechem. And there was evening, and there was morning: the third day.
Fourth pattern - day four -
Still nothing has happened in the life of Abram of which we could say, yes, now here he has taken his Lord and God into his heart. He was enlightened, then moved to Haran and lived there, then emigrated after his father died, and he embarks on a long journey. Having arrived in Canaan, he travels through the land until he comes to Shechem. What does this place stand for and, above all, what does Terebinthe Mores stand for?
Now you could actually complete the days five to seven on your own. After you've examined the fifth and sixth days, then, I'll tell you a secret, bring the seven days together with the festive cycle of Leviticus 23.
Now we look at one of the functions of numbers
Simson's prehistory begins in Judge 13. The actual events are described in chapter 14. The number 14 represents a period that corresponds to the 14 letters of the apostle Paul. When the period described by the 14 letters comes to an end, then the age of the firstborn, represented by Ephraim, ends, because he was the 14th son of Jacob. He became so through his grandfather Jacob by adoption and subsequent institution into the role of the firstborn. Thus Ephraim and his biological father Joseph are in the same legal position, both are firstborn.
When Samson goes down to Timnath for the first time, then the Rapture has already taken place, because Samson returns to the father's house and after he has talked to father and mother, he goes to Timnath a second time and this is told to us in 14,4. If we look at the number of the chapter and the verse, then we should notice something or not? Doesn't the number remind us of the 144,000? Let us look at the second part of the verse.
For he sought an opportunity in the Philistines.
And at that time the Philistines ruled over Israel. פ
If before the Christian testimony "reigned", but now no longer. The Roman Church is again in power, for it says: "At that time the Philistines reigned over Israel". The Philistines stand for the descendants of the Greeks, and those in turn for Rome. Samson does not go to Timnath alone, but with (God) Father and the Holy Spirit (maternal aspect of God). The young lion who roars towards him in the vineyards are the opponents. These are Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet. All three are torn apart. But what does torn mean?
The Hebrew word is שסע (sha-ssah') Strong No. H3426 and can be translated with:
- split, separate, tear apart;
- (figuratively) reprimand, blame, reproach.
The word torn indicates separation. And because the word also describes the split hooves, such as in sheep and cattle, the Messiah declares the faithful left behind sincere and just, for from now on it becomes visible to all. And because the Messiah makes the difference between the righteous and the godless, it can be seen by all men.
separates the faithful and seals them, Malachi 3:18; with that the unity religion is gone;
rebukes and blames Satan: "The Lord rebukes you." Zechariah 3:2;
At the same time it is expressed that Satan can no longer enter heaven, this becomes clear in Genesis 1:17, for there the tearing down of the wings is expressed with the word shassah. Now the unclean bird can no longer fly into heaven.
With the temporal meaning of the number 14, the two times seven stations that had to be completed on the post-route of Asia Minor will then lie behind us. (See: Structure of the Bible)
With the temporal meaning of the number 14 the third temple will then also be completed, that is the hut itself, the holy and the holy of holies. This becomes clear through the materials from Genesis 23, which we have assigned to the 14 letters of Paul. The last stone was then inserted by the Lord. What has yet to be completed is the forecourt. This is represented by the faithful who are left behind. The nations will crush the forecourt, but the Lord will restore it in the resurrection.
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