Amazing geometrical symmetry of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 (cont’d)

Now, where’d I got to a fortnight ago today…my drafting this suddenly interrupted upon spotting that what I was doing had gone public!

That Thursday, I’d kept seeing a weird status displayed across all open tabs of the two browsers I keep open. It took ages to update screens when visiting any site as cursors constantly rotated like spinning tops, instead of letting the tabs stop at a normal, stable display.

Also, I’d been getting unusual delays in saving work, even at 35M/s broadband. Maybe cross-talk between proxy servers had changed a status setting as I was saving and the draft got into the public domain. Maybe it arose from heightened cyber-security agencies’ activity against Russian interference/denial of service attacks in response to recriminations on their role in chemical attacks in England and Syria. Only once during many years blogging has a draft been accidentally published – and this time it was just as annoying!

Fortunately, I’d got to the end of saying how Hebrew and Greek alphabets can be used numerically. Now let’s continue:

LETTERS = NUMBERS : SENTENCES = SUMS & TOTALS = SHAPES & PATTERNS.

Previously, we learned about the astonishing inclusion of mathematical constants of ‘pi’ and the exponential form ‘e‘ – ratios of circles’ circumference/diameter ratio; the base of natural logarithms and rate of growth shared by all growing processes – each within the first verse of Genesis and John respectively, as revealed when applying the same mathematical operation of multiplication and division to their letters and words, NO MATTER IN WHICH ALPHABET; that is, using this ‘conversion’ ratio:

[(All letter values multiplied together) x (Number of letters)] / [Numerical values of all words multiplied together) x (Number of words)]; or as Dr Paul Bluer in Bible Maths:

Jonathan R Hill writes on page 39 of Unlocking The Sign Miracles of John,

‘Apply this ratio to Genesis 1:1 and ‘pi’ is revealed accurate to four decimal places. Apply the same ratio to John 1:21 and ‘e‘ is revealed, again accurate to four decimal places. Remember that Genesis and John were penned by two different authors in two different languages, hundreds of years apart (if not over a thousand: RB) These fundamental scientific and mathematical constants are markedly embedded within the two creation verses of scripture. Not only are they powerful witness to the creation of the heavens and of the earth but also to the One who created. In this way, the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible are authenticated as the authoritative media of God’s Word – as God Himself could have placed these mathematical constants there. No other explanation is possible.’ (Emphasis mine)

Verses:
  • ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’ (Genesis 1:1)
  • ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ (John 1:1)
GEOMETRICAL SYMMETRY

In addition to the above, an exciting geometrical and, therefore, optical relationship exists between those two verses when all their letters have been changed to numbers and added up!

Then, using the principle of number triangles outlined in Post-Resurrection miraculous catch of 153 fish, the totals calculated for Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 can be regarded as snooker balls, or small squares, and positioned into geometrical shapes. The sum for the value of Greek letters of John 1:1 forms a perfect plinth, or trapezium, which exactly fits the triangular number that can be formed by the sum of the value of Hebrew letters in Genesis 1:1, viz:

The sum of Greek letter values is precisely 3,627 and the sum of Hebrew letter values is 2,701, which forms a perfect equilateral triangle (as erected by the construction of a Vesica Piscis, shown in that post). Each of its sides consists of 73 small squares that represent one unit in the ‘conversion’ value of alphabetical letters. It’s noteworthy that 73 is also the numerical value of the Hebrew word for ‘wisdom’! Furthermore, there are scriptures that assert the world was created upon wisdom, for example:

    • Book of Proverbs – ‘The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens’ (3:19).
    • Prophet Jeremiah – ‘He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom. (10:12).

John 1:1 reveals that Jesus was with God in the beginning and thus He was before all creation, and Paul similarly writes at Colossians 1:17. Given that precedence, then it’s logical that John 1:1 is seen to support Genesis 1:1 in this mathematically visual way!

SUMMARY

So far, we’ve learned the Bible has proven and demonstrable mathematical meanings buried within its text when letters are converted into numerical values. Moreover, many forms of mathematical operations and principles may be discovered, eg.

    • standard arithmetical operations
    • non-complex geometrical shapes
    • Venn diagrams
    • square root
    • factorials.

And that’s only when taking ordinary three-dimensional space into account. Also hidden within Genesis is a descriptive name of God and a direct link to the nature of Time! But that’s for another time…meanwhile, click to read what ‘coincidentally’ appeared today!!

Further Reading:

Dr Peter Bluer – A Challenge to Atheists (tap for link)

Amazing geometrical symmetry of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1

Introduction

Eighteen months ago I introduced readers to an astonishing mathematical revelation buried within the very first verse of the holy Bible and that of the Gospel according to John. Without the burden of numerical details I showed extracts from Jonathan R Hill’s Unlocking the Sign Miracles of Johnsummarising how the well-known mathematical constants of ‘pi’ and exponential ‘e’ are found. Also, I told of a most surprising ‘coincidence’ when reading that author’s explanation of those constants as featuring not only in the Bible but also in a well-known equation known as the Euler identity or formula, and receiving a mathematician’s blog on the equation’s pure, breathtaking mathematical beauty!

Recap
  • Hill’s book refers to the ‘Consummation of the Age’ (and on its ‘mathematical foundation’), typologies, numerical aspects of Hebrew and Greek alphabets and calculations of time periods, ‘end-time’ prophetical significance of the miracles.
  • He uses the ancient practice of substituting letters of ancient alphabets with their  standard designated and ordinal (sequential) values ( as shown below )
  • Typology & Numerology subhead (p 18) ‘…fundamental doctrine is never to be derived from types or numbers; they should only be used to illustrate and illuminate existing meaning of the surface text. No new teaching should be asserted based on numbers or types alone. (emphasis mine)
  • (p 20) ‘God does not stop with types, as each letter of the two original languages of the Bible, Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament, encapsulates a numerical value. Words and collections of sequential words have a mathematical identity which, therefore, extends the surface narrative. Any agreement between this underlying numerical pattern and the surface meaning or doctrine, affixes considerable authenticity to the textOnly a personal, supernatural God could inject such intrinsic connectivity within a book written in two languages with different alphabets, by multiple authors and across two millennia‘ (emphases mine).
  • ‘The existence of a relationship between the surface meaning of the text, the type and the underlying mathematical value has long been known in Jewish Rabbinic tradition’ – page 160 Wiki Pardes (Jewish Exegesis).

Hebrew Alphabet per J R Hill (drag to enlarge)

Greek Alphabet per J R Hill (drag to enlarge)

Dr Peter Bluer – A Challenge to Atheists (tap for link)

CONTINUED HERE (somehow the ‘publish’ button got hit whilst editing! I apologise.)

A post-Resurrection miracle as a ‘mystery’ now revealed – part 2

His disciples came to Jesus and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” and He replied, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him (and her) more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand…” (Matthew 13:10-13 NKJV)

Definition: ‘Mystery’, Greek musterion (moos-tay-ree-on; Strongs #3466). From mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries”, hence a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. In the NT the word denotes something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God. The secret thoughts, plans and dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. In non-biblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed or silenced. In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col 1:26). NT musterion focuses upon Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection and dynamic ascension.’ [New Spirit-Filled Study Bible]

Prophecy: “2018: I will impart to My Prophets the ability to see clearly My Numbers…” (delivered by Leisa Ebere, read in full here).

The above, ancient meaning of ‘mystery’ is rarely understood and appreciated, even by those solidly grounded in scripture. As told in my testimony, my pre-Christian life got immersed in that esoteric knowledge, and so I’m experienced in this matter and can attest that the difference between that discipline and holy revelations from the Almighty is like the contrast between His Light and the devil’s darkness.

MATHEMATICIANS’ MYSTERIES

Roger Penrose, “The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe”, Knopf (2005)

Therefore, the modern definition of ‘mystery’ as an unsolved puzzle, or something difficult or impossible to explain is comparatively trite!

Even the eminent mathematician-physicist Sir Roger Penrose tends toward a circumscribed perception of reality when using this term, as quoted and discussed in RTU’s Three Worlds, Three Mysteries.

According to its author Joseph, Penrose posits the existence of three “realms” existing around us and “which brings three mysteries” that raise interesting questions on how the world should be viewed. These realms are the physical, mental and Platonic mathematical worlds:

Of course, such hypothetical mysteries cannot equal the much deeper ‘mystery’ of revelatory scripture! Yet in positing that mathematical entities don’t belong in space or time and are eternal and unchanging, Penrose is approaching our understanding of the mathematical aspects of the Bible. His recent thoughts upon consciousness originating at a quantum level may approach ideas I’ve broached in the convergence of science and scripture.

JESUS POINTS TO MATHS

Continuing from Part 1 on Apostle John’s account of the miraculous provision of 153 large fish and the re-blog of New Zealander Joanne Rolston’s posts on it, we learn that she asked Jesus direct on why such specific details are noted. Let me quote some pertinent parts of her highly personal account:

I asked the Lord about the meaning of the 153 fish in John 21:10, and I was given a maths answer. Amazingly I grasped the explanation. Having to learn statistics in order to get my Diploma of Business helped. I had to overcome a lot to learn the math behind statistics…(including) my loathing for maths. Fortunately, I have a very patient husband who helped me with the mechanics of maths in statistics.

“But I kept complaining to God. “Why do I have to learn this?” I protested, “We’re never going to use it in our business!”

“Make friends with maths” the Lord told me. Not reconcile myself to maths, not become acquainted with maths; He wanted me to believe I could learn maths and take an interest in it! It was a big ask. In a Father’s instruction, He says;

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)

So we read that Joanne progressed and mentions Factorial numbers and Venn diagrams as being the first things she learned in statistics. These were the basis of all the wonderful things she was later shown about that ‘action replay’ fishing trip by seven of Jesus’ disciples.

She succinctly explains the unusual significance of the 153 fish by maths of factorials and square root of the third prime number (3), as well as geometrical constructions and proofs in diagrammatic forms, PLUS their relevance to the triune relationship of God, Christ and mankind.

Now examine these facts more closely and delve deeper into the ‘mysteries of the kingdom’:

That historic catch’s mathematical meaning is a surprising shock to we moderns but, in the immense sweep of history, such intellectual knowledge was a relatively ‘recent’ development to those living in the inter-Testamental times of the Graeco-Roman world. The principal propositions, or theories and proofs, of geometry had been compiled by Euclid of Alexandria about 300 years before Jesus’ life. To give us some perspective, this is the same period since the accession of George I (1714) and the appearance of John and Charles Wesley to lead a major evangelical revival, from which was born the fourth largest church denomination in England, Methodism (in Oxford, 1729).

Fascinating Fact: the first proposition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry is to construct an equilateral (three sides of equal length) triangle by describing a Vesica Piscis (known as ‘Vessel of Fish’!) with a pair of compasses. It’s done by drawing one circle and then a second one exactly the same size, but with its centre on the circumference of the first.

The common, overlapping area looks like a canoe and the ratio of its length to width is 265:153, which closely approximates the square root of 3 as calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse.

All three symbols, triangle and circles with intersecting segment, feature in the ‘mystery’ of the 153 fish – note the use of equilateral triangle as this will be considered another time:

It’s noteworthy that John closes his Gospel account of Jesus’ main post-Resurrection appearances with this most tantalising morsel:

‘And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.’ (John 20:30)

That statement lodged indelibly within my soul when a teenager and I determined to set on a quest to discover the fullness of Jesus’ work. A lifetime later, I learn that ‘seal’ sets the scene for the last chapter’s account of the amazing fishing expedition. That is, it is a clear signpost of the next and final miracle’s deep significance to the early Church.

UNLOCKING THE SIGN MIRACLES OF JOHN – SIGN 8: 153 FISH

Jonathan R Hill, whose above-titled book explains how ‘pi’, the mathematical ratio of circumference and diameter of every circle is found in Genesis 1:1, and that of ‘e‘ (base of natural logarithmic and base rate of growth in all growing processes), are found in John 1:1, devotes a full chapter to ‘Sign 8’, the miraculous catch of 153 fish.

Consider this summary of his main points on Sign 8:

  • It is the 8th ‘sign’ miracle recorded by John and found in his book only. First and only post-Resurrection sign-miracle and last of the eight, thus reflecting the divinity of Jesus as ‘first and last’ and the ‘alpha and omega’! (I now recall hearing Him tell me during a ministry-team prayer, “I Am Alpha and Omega” – see below).
  • Time and death represented in this succession by number 7 is followed by 8, the number of resurrection (a new beginning, as blogged in January), underscored by 8 resurrections in scripture other than that of Jesus.
  • Jesus’ command to cast nets from the other side of the boat, the right, symbolises and prefigures God visiting the Gentiles and taking a people for His name.
  • The Greek word ‘ekklesia’ translated as ‘church’ means nothing more than ‘called out of’. Thus, the fish being caught out of the sea reflect the characteristic of the Gentile church as those who are ‘called out of’ the world.
  • 153 is of considerable mathematical and typological significance and represents the fullness of the Gentiles.
  • Key composites of 153 are 7 (spiritual perfection), 10 (numerical completeness) and 9 (finality) because (7+10) x 9 = 153 (= 9 x 17).

Jonathan makes many more deep connections between scriptures and Sign 8 and their importance to the Church and the Consummation of the Age. Building upon the 17-rowed triangle of the number 153 displayed in Jo-Blog’s Go Fish, this is how Jonathan describes this mathematical principle (drag to enlarge, noting number 153 forms an equilateral triangle of sides 17 x 17 x 17):

Triangular Numbers, courtesy Jonathan R Hill

ALEPH-TAV (ALPHA-OMEGA) HIDDEN WITHIN GENESIS 1:1

In Appendix I on the meaning of number 37 and its palindromic partner 73, Jonathan says both form the numerical value for the fundamental Hebrew word ‘wisdom’. He tells how this pair play a role in a multiplication, the result being the precise number of the Hebrew for the creation verse of Genesis 1:1. He goes on to relate this to 666 and a diagrammatic representation, which he interprets as meaning:

‘This transformation represents the dispensational truth that at the second coming of Christ, the dominant spiritual hierarchy of the world changes from 666, the number of the ‘beast’, to 12 – the governmental number of Israel. All this information including this powerful intervention of God is elegantly and visually encoded in the first verse of the Bible.’

That’s on page 202 and page 203 divulges this absolutely astounding mystery:

CONCLUSION

From this brief overview of well-researched data we can confidently conclude that the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven include mathematical principles as an important part of its transcendental wisdom. Selah!

If you liked that, you’ll like this: Amazing Geometrical Symmetry of Gen 1:1 & John 1:1

Further Reading:

Jesus’ Crucifixion described within the Holy Name of God

First published on this blog in April 2017 and now continuing yesterday’s Maundy Thursday musing:

According to Steve Maltz, author of God’s Signature, the only time the sacred, personal Name of God was spoken by the ancient Israelites was during worship in the Temple in Jerusalem, and especially on the Day of Atonement when the High Priest pronounced it ten times.

The Talmud has many warnings about using the most holy Name – it is also regarded as having special powers of healing.  Apparently knowledge of its pronunciation was lost after the fall of the Temple in AD70 prophesied by Jesus Christ.

The knock-on effect of that event, together with the Roman Church’s withdrawal in the third Century of financial support for churches in the Holy Land founded by Jesus’ own ‘kith and kin’ (‘desponyni’), was the great loss of a full understanding of the Church’s Hebraic roots. Hence the confusion and doctrinal disagreements over Jesus’ claim, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:10).

Digging deeper we encounter an astonishing revelation of that double-identity!

From translations of Hebrew, the post-Shakespeare English-speaking world referred to God’s Name as ‘Jehovah’ or ‘LORD’ (letter ‘J’ was then starting to replace ‘i’). However, Jews preferred well-known descriptive titles such as ‘Elohim’ – God, in all the fullness of His attributes; ‘El Shaddai’ – Almighty; ‘El Sabaoth’ – Lord of heavenly hosts; or Adonai’ – Lord, and more often than not the reverent term ‘Ha Shem’ (The Name) sufficed.

Scribes, or sopher, needed to take special care in praying before writing the holy name, which must be done without interruption. Were a mistake made, it must not be corrected but the whole page discarded and the page restarted. Numbering had to be carefully handled too because Hebrew characters represented both letters and numbers. So the logical way of writing 15 is to add a yod (ie 10) to a hey (ie 5) and likewise for 16 (a yod to a vav). But this never happened because, as part of the sacred name, they could accidentally be read as this name. The Holy Name is shown below, but read from right to left:

Ha Shem

“Yod-Hey-Vav-Hay” first appears in Genesis 2:4 statement that ‘The Book of Beginnings’ is the account of, “When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens”.

This Name was first revealed when Moses encountered God in the burning bush after he’d asked Him whom should he tell the Israelites had sent him to get them out of their slavery in Egypt.

God replied, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’. ” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV)
Steve writes, “Interestingly and contrary to popular belief, the Hebrew word used in this passage…is not YHVY (he shows Hebrew characters). So, what’s going on here? Is it His name or isn’t it? In this Exodus passage, the word used for His name is “Aleph-Hey-Yod-Hey”.

“This takes the meaning of “I will be”…(which) shares a similar three-consonant root with YHVY in Hey-Vav-Hey and Hey-Yod-Hey…and as they’re related are both ways of describing God”.  Hence my liking of describing God as “Always” and “Now”, the latter being used by Charlie Shamp too.

HOLY FATHER-SON UNION REVEALED & THE CRUCIFIXION FORETOLD

As in those preceding links, literary Hebrew developed out of pictographic forms that represent gestures and their meanings. We logically surmise both original visual and later written forms were known to and, therefore, used by the Lord in communicating with Abraham and his descendants through Issac and Jacob, and used by Moses and his scribes in compiling the first five books of the Bible.

Comparing the literary and pictorial forms of the name Moses heard and recorded as being from the Lord, we have this graphic (credit Heart To Heart):

Hebrew is read right to left, ie ‘hand-look-nail-look’, but if we read as normal left to right we find not only the Name of God describing who He is, the fullness of His character and abilities, but also its exceptional prophetic nature in it foretelling the pivotal point of His action plan for humanity: the crucifixion of His Son Jesus Christ!

BEHOLD – A NAIL – BEHOLD – A HAND 

AND THIS ‘WORD’ SHOWS TWO PERSONS!

Could this indicate that Christ was hidden in the Father when Moses encountered them at the burning bush but manifested as ‘The Angel of the Lord’ or pre-incarnate Christ ? It’s worth reading Exodus 3 carefully again and note Who is speaking to Moses…

Moreover, the pictogams graphically portray God as ‘hands up’ in connection with a nail – and putting all together into one picture we get a typical image of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary…

More:

 

On the significance of Monday’s total solar eclipse across USA

Path of 2017 and 2024 total eclipses; credit NationalEclipse.com (tap for link)

A couple of sources of information on Monday’s total solar eclipse across the USA, of which the second greatly expands upon the first: eg. insights from Hebrew meaning of the ‘heavenly X’ across the States: Continue reading

Astonishing mathematics within Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 – the conjunction of Creation, Gospel and science?

In mid-September a mathematician was writing about his favourite formula whilst I was reading about the very same thing buried deep in holy writ!

A multitude of times I’ve noticed crazy coincidences cropping up to give confirmation and more instruction upon certain topics, as though the Lord’s got His hammer and hitting me between the eyes to get my attention!  This ‘God-incident‘ is the most extraordinary so far coming almost ‘simultaneously’ from both a secular, scientific standpoint and two fundamental scriptures.

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An anniversary-cum-birthday holiday brought me opportunity to read a book at long last after a non-stop busy Summer.  So I grabbed a couple from my pile, one of which, Unlocking the Sign Miracles of John by Jonathan R Hill, seemed on the lines of what I’d heard John Kilpatrick saying about the ‘sign miracles’ in the Gospel of John.

Flicking through it I noticed many references to the ‘Consummation of the Age’ (including chapter on its ‘mathematical foundation’), the ‘end-time’ prophetical significance of those miracles, as well as typologies, numerical aspects of Hebrew and Greek alphabets and calculations of time periods. Now, I take the last with a pinch of salt as they need careful checking, but am willing to consider and weigh new, even radical, concepts that don’t contradict scripture.

jr-hill-unlocking_39-2The book is based upon the work of Arthur Ware in The Restored Vision and quotes from Dr Grattan Guinness’ Light For The Last Days (an author used in The Invisible Hand, so influential upon me, as in my “Welcome”). I’m aware of the ancient practice of substituting letters of original Hebrew and Greek alphabets with their ordinal (sequential) value and standard designated values known as gematria, which Hill uses. His book is annotated with cross-references throughout.

Without further ado, here are some introductory points and copies of a few specific pages to read carefully (enlarge for ease of reading):

But God does not stop with types, as each letter of the two original languages of the Bible, Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament, encapsulates a numerical value. Words and collections of sequential words have a mathematical identity which,  therefore, extends the surface narrative. Any agreement between this underlying numerical pattern and the surface meaning or doctrine, affixes considerable authenticity to the text…Only a personable supernatural God could inject such intrinsic connectivity within a book written in two languages with different alphabets, by multiple authors and across two millennia(emphasis mine).

‘The only reference in the (NT) to individual letters is actually in John’s Gospel – ‘And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this man know letters, having never studied?” John 7:15 NKJV (page 20).

‘The existence of a relationship between the surface meaning of the text, the type and the underlying mathematical value has long been known in Jewish Rabbinic tradition’ – see Wiki Pardes (Jewish Exegesis) (page 160).

Page 38: ‘…Before returning to the details of the progression of seven days, one more scientific digression is to be considered. A simple ratio of letters to words in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 yields the following fundamental mathematical constants seen in figure 4’ – continues below (NB: especially note first footnote):

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Mathematician Joseph’s Jaw-dropping Email

Upon returning home on the closing days of September and opening the accumulation of email, I soon read a notification of new post sent the preceding weekend from Joseph at Rationalising the Universe, the early part of which reads:

‘Today I write a short post about something close to my own heart; and to so many others in the field of mathematics which is the notion of mathematical beauty. That is, deriving aesthetic satisfaction from mathematical work (which in my opinion is on a level far above any painting, sculpture or photograph can ever achieve). There is no one defined notion of mathematical beauty; as with the more regular notion of of human beauty there often is a general consensus but it is down to personal taste. Here I summarise some areas in which mathematics in my eyes is at its most beautiful.

‘In this area I take a commonly cited example of Euler’s formula, which was showered with praise by the late great Richard Feynman, who used to refer to the formula as “our jewel”. Let me first present the general version of the formula…’

(He explains formula linking trigonometrical with the exponential form and when ‘x’ takes the value of ‘pi’ it becomes the Euler’s identity, as in Hill’s book above):

‘That is incredibly powerful mathematics summarised in a short, elegant looking formula which revels so much. To me this is incredibly beautiful…’

I was left utterly ‘God-smacked’!  My next post reveals what I found when opening the full post from Joseph.

More of this book has yet to be checked but I offer this account for your information and to the credit of Jonathan Hill and his sources for their immense labour, for which I am indeed grateful.

Notes:
  1. The theorem uses the five most important constants of mathematics: zero (0), unity (1), ‘e’, the exponential number describing growth and decay ‘e’, ‘pi’ the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference, ‘i’ the basic imaginary number which, if it did exist, equals the square root of -1.
  2. Euler’s identity won a reader’s contest in Mathematical Intelligencer magazine in 2004 by a considerable margin for “the most beautiful theorem in mathematics”.
  3. Items 1 & 2: Mathematics – an Illustrated History of Numbers, ed Tom Jackson.
  4. For more about this special formula see Wikipedia Euler’s Identity.

A deep insight from Hebrew: ‘God’s Signature’

This extract from my post of 18 June 2014 Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’ sets the scene for where science and scripture may meet in mathematics, which we shall cover next.:

God's Signature - coverThis year I’m dipping into an easy-to-read primer on Hebrew by Steve Maltz, God’s Signature, and any reference by me simply cannot do it justice. Steve’s explanations of the language’s essential contribution to the creation and meaning of scripture are just like being with a tour guide who drops gems of insights as we meander around famous sights. Starting from the premise that the Bible is God’s word to us, Steve promises to answer questions of who wrote it, how manuscript evidence can be traced, how errors are detected and who decided what material to put in the Bible, but first explains the important difference between the Hebrew and Greek mindsets.

That difference arises from the origins of the Hebrew language lying in pictographic symbols of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, of which each symbol conveyed a defined visual meaning. From this developed the Phoenician-Old Hebrew form of geometrical shapes for those symbols, which eventually led to Biblical Hebrew letters.

To illustrate this concept Steve shows those alphabets’ characters for ‘shepherd’. Next he asks, why did God use Hebrew? In answering he shows those stages for the Hebrew for “word”, davar, which is composed of three consonants only – dvr – as shown below. Note the inclusion and use of dalet:

God's Signature - page 9Interesting? Surely an understatement!

The symbolical characters give such an obvious yet revelatory insight when we recall the Gospel according to John opens by describing Jesus as “The Word of God”, then tells of His coming into the world and the unique privilege He brought to those who would receive Him – the right to become children of God (verse 12).

Therefore, Jesus is the pathway, or entrance, into God’s mind, exactly as He states in John 14:6 above. (See original post for more on this concept.)

Of particular interest for our purposes is Steve’s examination of dalet itself:

God's Signature - page 32

The author goes on to state the root verb as dlh, or dala, meaning that which hangs down, or the idea of letting down or drawing up, as with a bucket in a well. Thus, for this comes the word for bucket, dly or daliy.  It seems so mundane but the beauty of Hebrew is it can have a spiritual application, for which Steve quotes Psalm 30:1 and Proverbs 20:5 use of dalah, viz:

I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths.

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Also, Psalm 141:3 has a vivid way of using dalet to describe a mouth as “door of my lips” – Set a guard over my mouth O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

daletAnd in Jeremiah 36:23, dalet is used for ‘columns’ in “four columns of the scroll”. In other words, as columns hang off a central spine or side of a manuscript, Steve points out that “the word dalet has been used for the simple reason we have something (the “columns”) hanging”.

Hence, the clear sense that there is a doorway of opportunity for us to go through this year. Have you sensed, or even seen it?

It’s time for serious disciples of the Lord, to approach the threshold and enter and break through into what He has for us.

Advice/Cautionary Note

Let’s reconsider some special points Jesus gave His disciples as ‘one who teaches with authority’, unlike religious leaders, from his extensive instruction known as ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5 to 7):

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened…

…seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and all these things shall be added to you…

“I did not come to destroy (what’s written in the Law or the Prophets) but to fulfill…For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven…

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction…Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” shall enter the Kingdom, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven…

“Therefore, whoever hears and does these sayings of Mine is like a wise man who built his house on the rock: and when the rains, floods and winds came upon it, it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock…”

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23 NKJV emphases added)

 Amen

Further reading:

[Images from God’s Signature courtesy Terra Nova Publications International Ltd. Steve’s book is available from his website sppublishing.com as well as from Amazon. Be blessed]

Dr Sharon Stone: New Year 5777 (2016-2017) – the Sword of the Lord will arise

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Chuck Pierce Glory of Zion

 “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come”. (Jer 33.3 NLT)

At an international gathering of prophets in Windsor, Berkshire, on 3rd September Rev Dr Stone gave attendees a heads-up on this new Hebraic Year 5777, ie. a month before it began on Rosh Hashanah at sundown last Sunday (2nd October 2016).

PART 1: Words & Numbers 

Rev Dr Sharon Stone, courtesy CIESharon’s purpose in providing an early analysis and report is to enable us to understand this new season, thereby aligning and positioning ourselves to receive the great blessing of what’s coming. Knowing what’s in our future gives us momentum to bring it into the present.

Her opening instruction stresses the importance of getting a ‘NOW’ word from the Lord;

“For those who don’t understand why we need a ‘now‘ word; as soon as I know what the Spirit of God is doing I align myself with that. I put my eyes where His are, I put my heart where His is, I put my hand where His is, I put my feet where I see He’s focused and I’m in a place of such great blessing, opportunity and advancement because I’ve not had to struggle to do that. It’s being in the right place at the right time – and that’s my prayer for each one of you.”

The pictorial characters of the Hebrew alphabet are not only of linguistic use and meaning but, like ancient Greek, also have a numerical value by virtue of their place in the alphabet, and some represent larger numbers in multiple of ten and of hundred. Thus, rich layers of meaning may be found within these letters and correspondingly within holy scripture.

Hebrew letter ayin

Ayin

She explains 5700 means ‘may this be the year of…’ and we’re in the decade of the 70, which is represented by letter ‘ayin’ or a pair of eyes (pictographically).

“So in every year of this decade we come to a new place of enlightenment for the church in different arenas – but it also means personally that your eyes are being opened up! Your (spiritual) vision is becoming more clear (and your getting) details of a strategy rather than an overview.

“By the end of this decade you need to expect that the prophetic has been increased in the midst of you…and you can go from one level to the next level in a greater way and a faster way than you could at any time before…At this time the Spirit of God is giving me two scriptures for this season we’re in.”

Sharon then speaks in-depth on Jeremiah 33.3, as quoted above about this remarkable season where the Lord’s putting a hunger in us for knowing about things to come. Next she expounds upon Isaiah 42:16 as another key pertinent to our prophetic eyesight:

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known. Along paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them and I will make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do and I will not forsake them”.

Meaning of 777

It seems God’s favorite number is 7, especially in the Book of Revelation, and this year’s number has 3!  Number 7 means perfect, complete, and when something’s mentioned three times in scripture it’s for emphasis.

777 is ‘divine – divine – divine’ or completion of perfection. Therefore, Sharon is hearing the the Lord say to her that over-longstanding issues and delayed promises are about to be finished and completed, and Holy Spirit will enable us to become overcomers.

So in this season of bringing to completion, or perfection, God’s giving us opportunities to learn and overcome and gain victories by which we can testify as overcomers.

During this time of perfected completion many will see a finished manifestation, especially for incomplete personal deliverance and for lengthy healing processes, these will come to completion and finish so that we can move on.

PART 2: Dream of Weapons

Sharon recounts a dream of a week or so earlier of being in a museum and seeing many Medieval weapons. Just before the end, her attention is drawn to “a very strong sword; a broad two-edged sword but it’s hilt had a crown that covered the hand”.

Upon telling husband Greg about the dream and about 5777 he told her to see what he’d emailed her about Chuck Pierce’s Head of the Year 5777 gathering that, “has on the front of it a picture of a sword with a crown on top – isn’t that incredible!”

Chuck Pierce Glory of Zion

Sharon explains its direct relevance to the 7th letter Hebrew ‘zayin’ which is written like a sword with a crown on top (footnote’s link refers).  As a sword means ‘war’ and being in a ‘zayin’ season we have to prepare for war and battle.

THE SWORD OF THE LORD WILL ARISE

Sharon continues by delivering an important prophetic word: “The Spirit of the Lord says,

“Surely I am in this season putting out a call to arms. My sword – the Sword of the Lord – will arise”, but the Lord says, “Also, the sword of the enemy will arise at this time.” 

But the Lord says, “Nations will behold not only My wisdom but, My sons and daughters, the nations will behold My severity also.” 

And the Lord says, “You will come to be one that no longer runs from spiritual warfare but you will realise that you are in a season” He says, “where I am unveiling new strategies.”

And the Lord says, “But just like in Gideon’s day there was a winnowing down of the troops until I had a people that I could operate through”, and the Spirit of the Lord says, “in this nation and in many other nations of the earth there has been a shifting in the prayer movement, there has been a shifting in the prophetic, there has been a dispersing and a going back home, and there has been a remnant that has arisen”, says the Lord.

And the Lord says that, “I declare even over the UK – (and globally in the nations, offers Sharon) – now there is going to be a Gideon army coming together” and the Lord says that, “The reason for My Gideon army is not because I despise revival and harvest – I don’t want the many saved? No, the reason I’m going to raise a Gideon army is I’m going to cause you to know My Power” says the Lord, “So it’s not going to be by your strength, by your power”, says the Lord, “but it’s going to be by My strength and My power and my Spirit.”

And the Lord says that, “You will see Me as the Lord Sabaoth – the One leading His troops forward”,  but the Spirit of the Lord says, “Where many expect Me to lift up My standard that you might follow” the Spirit of God says, “YOU are going to be My standard in the earth”, says God and the Lord says, “I will cause others to see your great exploits.”

And the Lord says, “You have all been in Kingdom conflict” but the Lord says, “This is different from yesterday for now you are in armed conflict”, for the Lord says, “I am giving you, furnishing you even with new weapons, weapons for a battle for victory” says God, “I will fight not simply because you are a warrior but because of your love for Me, your love for others and your love for the land that will motivate you.”

And the Lord says that, “You will wage war (look at this play on words), you will wage war and I will release back to you your stolen wages and it will be a financial season of  the power in you as well.”

And the Lord says, “The armed robber needed an armed guard to deal with him, but I’m releasing you even as an armed guard in the earth!” says your Father.

Sharon then mentions a sister had told her about a similar vision in the previous week that made her understood new weaponry would be released at the gathering.

Footnote: Hebrew for Christians website is most illuminating about Letter Zayin, especially in connection with time, viz: “since Zayin represents both the number 7 and a sword it is not surprising that it is used to divide or “cut up” time into units of sevens” (!!)

Lana Vawser: Rosh Hashana 5777 – I saw Jesus coming with a sword in His hand

LanaVawser‘As I spent time with Jesus today as Rosh Hashanah is upon us. I had a vision where I saw Jesus coming into the lives of believers and He was dressed as a warrior and had a HUGE SWORD in His hand.

“The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name” (Exodus 15:3)

‘He moved towards God’s people with such intentionality and victory. Each one of His steps was like the most skilled of warriors. His eyes FULL OF FIRE!!! As He moved towards God’s people He was wielding His sword back and forth. Every move SO precise. Every move made with perfect intention. The sense surrounded me that the Lord has been working deeply in the hearts and souls of His people in the last month, digging at roots and areas of demonic assault, all preparation for what He was about to do…’ continue reading on Lana’s blog

‘How the Church lost The Way…’ – book review

The following information received today is very useful preparatory reading for my follow-up to The Four Faces of God and Unity. It appears courtesy of PROPHECY TodayUK (click for original).

Paul Luckraft reviews Steve Maltz’s ‘How the Church Lost The Way…And How it Can Find it Again’:

How the Church Lost the WayIn this engaging and entertaining book, the author is very clear about his agenda: “to restore the understanding of the Hebraic roots of Christianity that has been lost, since the early days of the Church” (p 43). Equally clear is that in this book he has succeeded in making a considerable contribution towards what is an immense but vital task.

Maltz’s style is chatty, but not trite. He pulls no punches – he admits he may not just be upsetting the occasional sacred cow but disturbing the whole herd – but his aim is analysis, rather than attack. Certainly at every point he makes you think, and feel, and search for a proper response.

His title is apt in two ways, suggesting a straying from a correct path, but also reminding us that the early Christians were originally called The Way (Acts 9:2, 24:14), rather than the Church. Maltz points out that there has been a process of stripping out every trace of Jewishness from the established Church, starting early in its history and developing over time. The Body of Christ was meant to be One New Man (Eph 2:15) with both Jewish and Gentile elements in balance, and without this it is greatly diminished and largely unfulfilled.

How We Wandered

In Part One, the author tells ‘a tale of two summits’, taking us to two important councils: Jerusalem in AD 49 and Nicaea in AD 325. In an entertaining fly-on-the-wall (or rather peering-round-the-pillar) account, Maltz contrasts these two occasions, the former advocating the inclusion of Gentiles into the Church, the other the exclusion of Jews.

The most telling quote is from Constantine’s letter circulated to churches throughout the Christian world concerning the timing of Easter: “Let us then have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews” (p48).

In chapter 2, Maltz provides a fascinating potted history of the main Greek thinkers: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, highlighting their ‘big ideas’ and the equally big consequences of those ideas on Church history. He demonstrates how the early Church fathers reconstructed Christianity in Platonic terms, mixing the Bible with Platonic thinking.

As we are shown the long slide away from our Jewish roots into Greek dualism we are given excellent summaries – neither too long nor too short – of Philo (and allegory), Origen, Augustine, and Aquinas. In each case there is just enough detail to convince us that “the great doctrines of Christianity had become a philosopher’s playground” (p42).

This may only be an introduction to a very large topic, but the main point comes across clearly. The Church is “far more Greek in its outlook than people could ever imagine and this is not a side issue, but very much a key battleground for the truth” (p60).

Reclaiming Our Heritage

Part Two is largely comprised of a series of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the Hebraic worldview that we need to reclaim.

Maltz starts by looking at the Bible itself and how it should be interpreted from a Hebraic perspective, and then goes on to examine the Hebrew language, family life and marriage, the Sabbath and especially the Jewish festivals and calendar. This latter section is the longest and most informative. The Jewish biblical festivals are “so instructional, so rich in meaning, so bursting in Jesus, that it can do us nothing but good to be aware of them” (p106).

Part Three revisits the idea, mentioned earlier in the book, that the body of Christ is meant to be One New Man. Here is a fascinating discussion on what this should entail, namely a balance between the two distinctive elements of Jew and Gentile. Not a blurring into one but a partnership, and a preparation for heaven!

No Apology Needed

At one point towards the end the author seems to apologise that he has meandered all over the place (though he adds hopefully, not randomly). In fact, there is no sense of meandering as you read through this book. It can be taken as a whole, or in parts. Although there is no index, there is an appendix of recommended further reading, helpfully arranged to coincide with the chapters of this book.

It covers its main themes well, and also ends with a plea for each Christian believer to take personal responsibility to examine the Bible through the eyes and experiences of the early Jewish believers, rather than the contact lens of Greek philosophy. (Amen: emphasis RB)

If we all individually re-evaluate our image of God and attitude to worship and fellowship then, as the subtitle suggests, the Church can find The Way again.

God's Signature - cover‘How the Church Lost The Way’ (190 pp, paperback, £10) is the first of Steve Maltz’s three books on the state of the Western church which are available from Saffron Planet Publishing. His website is Saltshakers. (Update: see Comments re availability on Kindle.)

Steve’s work will be featured in Prophecy TodayUK over the next few weeks. For more about Steve on this blog see my introductory remarks about ‘God’s Signature’ in Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’ (reading from sub-heading ‘A Deep Insight From Hebrew’).

Although I haven’t yet read this book on the Church I’m sure it’s as easy, enjoyable reading as ‘God’s Signature’.

PS: see also Jeff Benner’s brief intro’ on errors in Bible translations, About the Ancient Hebrew Research Centre (thank you Nelson Walters at The Gospel in the End-Times).

The Year 5775: The Year of Advance

Thank you Melissa for another excellent explanation, and to Victoria Heard for a prompt to visit her site – and Ephesians 1 once again turns up! This is well timed for what I was about to blog but got delayed!

Defining Words

ayinhey[For returning readers, the first part of this post is a rehearsal of prior research.]

Sundown on Wednesday, September 24 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. For the Jewish community, this is a time of reflection, purification and hopeful contemplation of the future. Not unlike our Western New Year’s celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of recapping or regrouping in order to strategically move forward.

For the past month, I’ve heard the following declaration in my spirit. “God is on the advance.” Knowing this was somehow relative to the word for the year 5775, I could not wait to delve into the research you are about to read. While synthesizing the information, crystal clarity came on just how He will move in the days ahead. Prepare yourself for what will be a year of reorientation and permutation.

Shall we begin?

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