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From whence did the controversy of Creationism v. Darwinism originate? The Spirit has scattered clues around in the Scripture with regard to time scale applied. Some events occur in heaven and some are historical and some are set in a narrative mode peculiar to the Bible. So there would be shifts in viewpoints as evident in the Book of Job or in the Book of the Revelation. Satan appearing before God in the former, for instance is far removed from earth time. We read of another scale for example “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day(2 Pe.3:8-NIV)”.

The Holy Spirit gives an account of the creation calendar and in the chapter 2 he recaps it thus: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens(2:4)”, He balances the generations of heavens and the earth with the day. It is clear that the day of the Lord is not single day of 24 hours (as we know it) but a period corresponding to the scale we found in the quote from St Peter.  The theology cobbled by scholarship of literary minds is far off the mark as would if one were to look for geographical landmarks of the earth while pictures are thermal imaging of the same. The Holy Spirit has set down the narrative where significance is on instruction in righteousness. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work(2 Ti.3:16-17-NIV).

The Bible is God document. The Spirit has organized the will of the Father and how the Son shall fulfill it. The Word was with God meaning that the word of God is eternal word the everlasting covenant to which the laws of Moses, are subservient. In short the way to understand is to compare the spiritual things with spiritual. God is Spirit. God being omnipresent does not require space and time as such. The Spirit for our benefit has set down the narrative on a time which is God’s Time. So those who try to predict dooms day are bound to fail.

Consider the sovereignty of God built upon the eternal word. It is the constitution of God. When God touched the mouth of young Jeremiah it had removed all his doubts concerning his age. He was equipped to be his prophet. Here is the relevant passage. “Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth ( Je.1:9).”  Similarly God has fashioned from the ground body of man that only goes for our physical bodies. His breath into the nostrils of Adam as the Spirit puts it has set the impulse, the spirit of understanding. A living body and a living soul are two variable speeds set on single center and it is what inner man signifies. The word sweeter than honey and it is within our very being. It is what truth written in our hearts means. It connects in some fundamental ways God’s kingdom with our being. So faith is not what we bring from elsewhere. Psalm139 is a testimony of the Power and Wisdom of God. In vv.11-18 the Psalmist pours out his wonder which goes right into the center of creative faith of God. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (He.11:3)”.When we speak of mind which is neither here nor there in terms of physiology our thoughts finding home must be attributed to God.

Faith is the nail that drives man so the eternal word of God works from within without the aid of our sensory inputs. Our faith is not a matter dependent on direct experience or physical contours of a world that we live in. Death reveals vanity of molding faith accordingly.   “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”.Truth written in our inward parts for instance challenges us to decipher either in terms of time element or life element our lives separate from what has been determined by God. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s(1 Co.6:20).” When God the Son shed His blood on the cross our salvation came from faith and from God. What does it mean? Your life has been rolled back to the eternal word as well as moved forward to eternity. You are deemed a new creation.”He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end (Ec.3:11)”.

Benny

 

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The Bible as God document has primary purpose to reveal the Name of God and his holiness. In practical terms a term as ‘God-breathed’ when applied to Scripture places the eternal word as the revealed word. So the narration includes the angels announcing events for example the angel who appeared to Mary; persons Melchizedek, Moses and Jesus for instance embody the weight of the word by appropriate actions while Adam, King Saul delineate consequences disobeying the word are for the benefit of any one who approaches the Bible for their lesson; significance of the word covers the entire spectrum of human experience and beyond so perfection that God desires has a range more than physical world demands from man. The word being forever settled in heaven(Ps.119:89),  fellowship of God with man is with view to equip him for eternity. So whatever man may know of God can only known on the revealed word. It is what the Holy Spirit has set down in human speech in the Bible. Hebrew, Greek or Malayalam are all alike and Holiness of the Holy Bible is inviolable for the simple reason that it is God document. The Spirit states God is Holy.

Secondary purpose the Spirit has set before us is to treat the revealed Word as inerrant and for our instruction in righteousness.  St Peter inspired by God tells us, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy./17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:(1 Pe.1:15-17)”. It is God who has called us out. One may receive it in literal sense as we take words of advise from our contemporaries. Since it is Holy God who has called us it is rather a commentary on our level of understanding if we respond to it with reverence. God is a Spirit so by going behind the literal sense  and find its spiritual significance shows a spiritual person. The Jewish nation observed the laws without being enlightened about the Holiness of God. ”Be ye holy in all manner of conversation’  is not simply words of advise but it is imperative to grow in maturity by living therein. Therefore the Psalmist says, “Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them(v.129)”.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Benny

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Continuing from the previous post the Bible as God document gives us a clear idea of our standing with the creator God. It is not in manner anyone may say as distinct as a physical reality. God is a Spirit and we are flesh and blood having a form each different from another. So what is the connection?

What is the reality of a cup but its hollow? The form is only a means but its essence is in its confines. Similarly each of us carries an unseen world, reality of which is infinite Our thoughts and dreams do tell something more than physical reality that envelops us. The Bible being God breathed the words written by holy men of old, is God’s will and his ways set in human speech. It leaves however a certain hint of the Being which as the Creator of the heaven and earth yields to our power of abstract thinking. God is Love and he is Righteous  are many such aspects that we can relate to.

Darwin did not arrive at the theory of evolution singly. Simultaneously Arthur Wallace Russel also was busy formulating a theory very similar in another part of the world. They observed and arrived at their conclusions on the shoulders of wise men and their own conclusions. Apart from intellectually plausible, nevertheless ideas they had proof supporting their suppositions. So hard evidence also make their ideas hold up. By the same token God also has revealed himself as ideas and from hard evidence. Whatever one may know of God has to have a sound basis and it must be truth. Faith is one such area that man can accept it as the truth. Thus love of God the Father we speak having understood the nature of love from our human parent. Love of God we relate from our own earthly measure but we lifted ourselves beyond our comfort zone in order to please God is living an idea and believe in it. Turning the other cheek is not normal human response but when take an example from the manner Jesus Christ we put faith in our working clothes. By the same token when we have injured others by our words and actions we respond in a manner we have not thought before. We relate to God on the basis  of his Son. Jesus Christ coming to the world as Son of man is a benchmark to live up to. So faith is the lingua franca between realities of heaven and the earth. Faith without works cannot please God.

The book of life for the above reason explains the nature of God from the life of Jesus Christ who in fulfillment of many prophecies came to live among men. From many witnesses we may be sure it was indeed so. From the beginning till the last book what we find in the Bible is about him as the Prince of life. Science allows man from careful study of evidence of fossils, climate conditions through passage of time, to present a sound case for evolutionary theory. Whereas the Bible being God document is not about ethnography or sciences that man can satisfy his rational inquiry into his origin. The Spirit on the other hand presents a  case for reconciling heaven and the earth from God’s standpoint for his instruction. So Adam and Eve are to be understood in terms of making God’s Will and considering the nature of flesh has provided whatever necessary remedies that shall establish a single standard man can meet the righteousness of God.

The Spirit in organizing the will of the Invisible God and Jesus Christ as only begotten Son’ sent to the world and he has fulfilled them takes much of the Book. Thus when the Spirit states God created the earth and the heaven, it refers to the mind of  God. The Spirit refers to the time ‘In the beginning’ marking Time according to God’s calendar.  Parallel to it is how God the Son set out to fulfill it. According to the promise of God who shall receive all those who lived and kept their faith shall be part of the earth and heaven thereby ushering the Salvation  Plan of God has been fulfilled. The Spirit marks it as ‘the end times.’ In the beginning and end times are tags used by the Spirit and it is a clue for the reader not to approach it from earth time. For example here is a verse, “ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law(Gal.4:4).” This fulness of time was determined by God and we can say that it was at the time to which the Gospels refer.

The Spirit creates parallelism from actions of God. God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and it made him a living soul. We see Jesus before his ascension breathed on the disciples. “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:(John 20:22)

(To be continued)

Benny

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The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in July 1925. A substitute high school teacher, John T Scopes, was accused of violating the states Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. The trial was deliberately staged in order to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held. Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.

Scopes was found guilty and fined $100 (equivalent to $1,400 in 2018), but the verdict was overturned on a technicality. The trial served its purpose of drawing intense national publicity. When a bill is passed on matters of faith no one is certain and worse still do not live up to, one thing is certain:  nothing good can come out of it. Still law makers have a job and do they still. I introduced this trial from wikipedia for another reason. Evolution is a theory and it is what man’s search for truth would mean in the best sense of the word. They need data and build a foolproof argument. How life stated is half baked if why it must be so cannot be stated. Man has his conscious and unconscious halves doesn’t he? Merely an array of facts do not add up anymore than faith without works make man a believer.

Besides one does not compare apples with pears. So on what grounds a theory is valid stand on untested premises.  The Bible is God document to which no man can assume to know better than God who has revealed through human agency.

Therefore whosoever teaches the Bible would accept its inerrancy as self-evident. I have read the Bible from the time I could make sense of words as a toddler; and I was taught and later took to it as naturally as any secular book I could lay hands on. Some seven decades later I have not ceased to cherish it as my greatest possession for the reason it is the book of life. Since leaving behind the Illustrated Book of Omar Khayyam in 2014, I decided not to pursue after human wisdom as consistently as I had earlier set as a quest of some talisman that would give meaning to my life. I found it in my well thumbed Bible and with years I can now write with certain confidence why it has become most misunderstood and have caused mischief historically as well as among other belief-systems. Man literally interprets thereby missing the guidelines of God. The purpose of the Book is for our instruction in righteousness(2 Ti.3:16).

John Scopes Trial was a mischief where the state would enforce an argument for the wrong reasons. Faith is as personal as man’s iris scan, finger prints or as soul. It can only be administered by individual. By not living by it is as kissing the Holy Bible before the public and kicking it privately. It is what faith without works mean. Walk the talk, man. When such humbug aggrandize today using the name of Jesus and build themselves mega churches and preach prosperity scattering to wind the very core value of Jesus we see the evil; by such misuse their conscience is seared so their Jesus talk is a parody of the real. Pastors speak of suffering as unscriptural forgetting the cross and suffering. Naturally his atonement is falsified or diluted.  When truth can be alternate truth from highest office there are those who accept without murmur. It shows that the very ministers of God would rather leave the Bible misunderstood, a cover for their pursuits of fame and fortune. Have we have had sound bytes from televangelists stoking the controversies,-Creationism, Moral majority, pro-life and the list is endless.

The Bible begins with the sentence, a categorical statement: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. It is in perfect past tense meaning all that therein angels, men, beasts are found therein.

This leads us to the next question. What is time element then? God is omnipresent omnipotent so space and time is zero. The Spirit in order to instruct us has however given it Time (in capitals because it is God’s time) and our earth time is linked to it.

In the last book of the Bible we find names new earth and new heaven. “Behold I make all things new (Re.21:5)” which is said by Jesus Christ. Where God had in one place made a statement we hear it another sense spoken by Jesus. What is this newness one may wonder? Here is God the Son assuring us what his Father had seen in divine Will has been fulfilled by him.

God is one. Invisible God who lives in unapproachable light. Jesus came to the world with a clear mandate (John 3:16). He manifested God and was the image of the Invisible God. He came as Son of man and his death and resurrection opened a way for man to have fellowship with God. So the monotheistic God is seen in Father Son relationship and such a reading is on account of salvation of man. Trinity is as natural as body spirit and soul of man. God though triune is as one in the same manner man though a tripartite being walks as one.

If God willing I shall take up the rest in the next post.

Benny

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With Moses came the law to which the Jews agree wholeheartedly. “For the law was given by Moses…. (John1:17a)” St John’s gospel does not contradict the claim.  We all know how God visited Moses by the burning bush while he was tending the flock of his father-in-law by the Mount Horeb.(Ex.4:1). God had seen the misery of the Israelites and was concerned.

God has always shown his concern for people at their wits’ end.  Hagar the bondswoman of Sarai endured harsh treatment and she could not take any more. She fled from her face not knowing where to.  But God knew and found her by a fountain on the way to Shur. He was concerned with her advanced pregnancy and He promised to bless Abraham’s seed in her womb. So Ishmael is a sign of God’s sovereignty. His Sovereign Grace or Mercy runs consistently throughout His domain. Ishmael is a heir to God’s promise as Isaac is.”He shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” So in the eyes of God the nation of Israel having law merely speaks of circumstance, but it does not mean the law has made the nation exclude others. God has a way to deal with the Jews from what has been revealed to them. Let us grant Power and Wisdom to Him.

So the eternal God has infinite ways to execute justice and preserve His creation. He is just and impartial so heaven and earth reflect his Goodness as intended.The God is a Spirit so the Christians have as much claim for God’s Mercy as the Jews Ishmaelite, or any other. Let us not intrude upon the office of the Lord God.

Here we shall consider only the Jews and the Christians in order to differentiate what law does and what means by ‘being led by the Spirit’.  When Jesus came to Nazareth on the Sabbath day as his custom was he went into the synagogue.The book of the prophet Esaias was delivered to him. We shall compare this with how God sent Moses. He said,”Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say,,,(Ex.4:12). God is a Spirit. Moses was yet unwilling to take such a burden considering merely his physical shortcomings. “I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue (Ex.4:10). In short he had no ‘gift of the gab’ and consequently Aaron was pressed into service and with it eventually Levitical priesthood also would come into the original Association of God and Moses.  Here we shall consider Moses as representative of law.

Moses as forerunner of Jesus Christ was determined by God the Spirit. But his overtly sense of inadequacy brought his brother Aaron along. Holy Spirit while organizing the Father Son relationship indicates thereby two Orders one of Levitical Priesthood and the other after the order of Melchizedek,(He.7.11).  One is of the flesh and the law while the latter is the Spirit. So when Jesus read the passage given to him to read ‘ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;’ was no coincidence but the fulfillment of the divine Law. Just as God chose Moses to deliver the Israelites from under the bondage in Egypt we find the Son of man presenting his credentials to the world. He ushered in the Acceptable year of the Lord. One year is according to Time determined by God the Spirit and not by flesh. Compare this with “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years…(2 Pe.3:8)”

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

We have been fighting for our beliefs and  it is illustrative of our flesh. We want to prove our religion than establish God’s Nature. Holy is his Name but do we appreciate Him to see Him as He is from the Word? John’s Gospel also writes in the same verse quoted above, ” ….But grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John1:17b)”

Law of the flesh is to be bound by fulfilling all its provisions. The history of the nation of Israel has hitherto shown its failure. Destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 is a proof, Loss of identity associated with tribalism of old. Without relying entirely on what His Nature has revealed religion itself become less than what was clear and God-given. God is a Spirit and Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Having a common ground to know where our blessings come from. It s what the Word becoming flesh would mean. God sent his only begotten Son and freedom of the Spirit does not imply freedom to do whatsoever you may. Instead to live in the example showed by Jesus Christ. Moses represents the flesh and Jesus the Spirt. So when he quoted the passage from Isaiah he presented the arrival of the Savior of the World and not any particular nation.

Benny

 

 

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(For long traditional Bible teachers have, while interpreting the Bible taken a lopsided view either for Israel or for a church in the mold of modern evangelicalism. It is not Jerusalem but New Jerusalem where there is no Jew or Gentile, bond or free. It is the throne of God and of the Lamb . The holy City of God in eternity is what we have as our Promised Land. Moses leading Israel to the land of Canaan was merely stand-in for Jesus Christ the king of kings and the Lord of Lords leading his Church in which a remnant of Israel as well as the Gentiles shall be included. The Covenant is eternal and it is what we discuss now-b)

“…I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;(v.8)”

In a theological context a covenant is dictated by the intention and observance of what has been stipulated. In the Bible we shall see three entities are called upon in the process.  The term “covenant” is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning a coming together. It presupposes two or more parties as stated before; in this case man and God,-they agree on the Word which is the eternal word of God (Ps.119:89) and is understood as the constitution. So the covenant is very legal.  Here we consider third entity Word as the testimony of God who expressed his Will. ‘That I may dwell among them (man).” So it is a bilateral arrangement into which God is a party. How can any covenant work by its merits where God and man are unequal unless there is a common basis? On what basis a covenant could be said to be workable considering it confers alike on both parties same privileges, and responsibilities? Between men in olden times an oath was sufficient. Between Abimelech, the King of Gerar and Isaac a covenant was established by an oath binding both parties to peace (Ge.26:26-31)

Having introduced the significance of covenant,- it is a covenant by blood which is the basis and gives a logical explanation of the Logos concept. The Word was made flesh (John1:1) and “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (He.9:22)” present before us two ideas which are conflated. Efficacy of the Word and blood satisfy the basic provision of covenant being between bilateral parties. The law and atonement by the Son of man on the cross agree in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. So there is nothing new but in the manner the will of the Father and the Son fulfilling the provisions thereof. The slain lamb before the worlds began (Re.13:8) is therefore God’s testimony. The lapse in time between intention and fulfillment is on account of human limitations with regards to time- because the Holy Spirit is presenting the Scripture in God’s Time.

In the rest of this chapter what the Prophet offers is the Suffering Servant and as Mediator and as the ensign unto his people. In the v.5 the clause ‘Though Israel be not gathered’ predicts the New Jerusalem in which only a remnant of the House of Israel shall have part. “Behold I and the children which God hath given me(He.2:13) and as sign and wonders (Is.8:17). This agrees with Isaiah and his two sons who were set apart as signs  and it also serves as a kangaroo word for Jesus Christ and the Church. This throws light on the v.6,”….and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth” God did not create the earth in vain but it is to inhabited, desolate places ravage by problem of sin shall still flourish when the glory of the Throne of the Lamb and of God manifest in eternity. The same covenant shall hold true. .

And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength (v.5).

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Reprinted from Guide To His Word posted on May 2,2019)

Benny

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“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Re.13:18).”

In order to understand the number that marks the beast we have to follow one hint given in the verse. ‘It is the mark of a man’. This man is only distinct from us by the fact given in v.4 “And they (world) worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:…”Th dragon or Satan owns him.
As an introduction let us follow a few hints the Spirit has left for us.
In the Book of Revelation wherever the vision concerns the events on the earth the Spirit uses a tag that denotes the earthly ministry of our Lord Savior. Forty two months (Re.11:2) or a thousand two hundred and three score days(Re.11:3; Re.12:6). This works out to three and half years. This number is encrypted as it were, and tells about Jesus and his role as the redeemer of the world. Another tag which the Spirit uses is a time, and times, and half a time (Re.12:14). If we write this in numerals it is 1+2+1/2. This is another way of saying Three and half. This is the earth number.
The Spirit assigns a number for heaven.
What does seven signify? It is the number of days God worked and He rested on the seventh day. Here we have 4+3=7
The creation account as given in the Book of Genesis we can see God made in four days the next 2 he took for man his world. On the seventh day he rested from his labors(Ge.2:2).
Mathematics is human invention and the Spirit uses it in terms of man. As such we are to look for counting fingers as adequate.
So seven indicates perfection because He made heaven and the earth and its spiritual significance is fellowship with man.
Let us consider the Godhead. The Lord God is one. So the numeral is 1.
How do we explain trinity?
God the Father and God the Son is another way of referring the Lord Almighty. The numeral is Two where the Father-Son relationship represents the Will of God and its Fulfillment.
God the Father God the Son and the Holy Spirit is Three.
The same three is established as self-standing because the core value of heaven and the earth is built about fellowship of God with man. This eternal truth is represented by Body Spirit and Soul. Man is a tripartite being as Trinity.
When God has created the Seventh Day as holy whosoever stops short of hallowing it rebels against God. In short the Spirit indicates 6 as contrary to God.
When the man bears the name of blasphemy it is 666.
Consider the rationale of ‘time, times and half a time’? can it not be expressed as 6 6 6?
Benny

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