Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To God be the Glory!

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Friday, May 08, 2015

The Completeness of Three

The Completeness of Three
By Brother Bob D

The number 3 in the Bible has a consistent meaning from Genesis to Revelation of completeness. It also is the number that stands for resurrection.

It is one of the more mysterious numbers in Scripture because of the history surrounding this principle.

It is the first of 4 perfect numbers. The numbers 3,7,10 and 12 are the 4 perfect numbers in the Bible. 3x7x10x12=2520. This is the exact number of days that will transpire in the future 7 year tribulation period if you believe like me that each year will be counted in 360 day segments rather than 365.

It would have to be beyond obvious that we are very close to the rapture of the church which means the world is right on the brink of the 7 year tribulation period.

From an evil perspective the devil copies this number because this is his one chance from his perspective to usurp the throne of God. You and I know that according to the Bible this will never happen; however, Satan in all of his vigor will try again and "Three" primary players will attempt this in their future exercise of futility.

The Bible says, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,against powers,against the rulers of the darkness of this world,against spiritual wickedness in high places." Eph. 6:12. Three is really the first number that appears on the scene in the Bible where spiritual warfare is actually visible.

Think about the intelligence of the numbering system of God so far. One speaks of perfect unity. Two speaks of division because it represents rebellion against God. The number three shows us through examples not only the completeness of God but also the demonic harassment we endure in this life.


The resurrection power of Jesus Christ ( a principle tied into the biblical meaning of the number 3) will show us that God through His Son Jesus Christ is so much more powerful than the feeble attempts of the devil to deceive people.

God allows most of His children to go through these tests to sift our spirit and show us that the finished work of His Son on the cross is complete in us. The third person of the Trinity (The Holy Spirit) shows us this truth. Romans 8:16.

In eternity past Lucifer had first hand knowledge of (1) God The Father (2) His Son Jesus Christ and (3) The Holy Spirit. He started a rebellion in heaven to overthrow the throne of God and was cast down on planet earth with the angels he deceived through his deception.

A question starts to form in my mind and I just want you to be open about what I am about to ask. How do I know for sure that God has not blinded Satan about his future?

The Bible says in Revelation 12:12, "Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he has but a short time."

A short time to do what? This is a matter of interpretation. I cannot prove this but I believe "In the mind of the devil" he believes he has a short time to overthrow the throne of God. Ministers speak too quickly when they say, "The devil knows his future." He might be blinded to his destiny.

Why would the devil be working so hard to set up a utopia on earth with the purpose of usurping the throne of God? It is my opinion that he still believes he can accomplish this,otherwise the devil would have given up a long time ago.

As a child of God I don't even know what is in store for me. "But as it is written,Eye hath not seen,nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." 1st Cor. 2:9. I want nothing to do with the devil.

There are so many examples of verses I can go over relative to this subject but I am limited to only a few due to time and space. I just want to write about the good and holy for the rest of this article because the Holy Spirit has shown me some insights that will encourage us and uplift our spirit.

According to Isaiah chapter 6 the Seraphims are worshipping God in heaven and they are crying ... "Holy,Holy,Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory." These praises are uttered in stanzas of three.

True to consistency the Bible in Revelation 4:8-9 says ..."And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy,Holy,Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was,and is, and is to come. (9) And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne,who liveth for ever and ever."


Three is indeed the number of divine completion. We can certainly be comforted to understand that as Believers in Jesus Christ the Triune Godhead is working our lives out for good as (1) God The Father (2) Jesus Christ His Son and (3) The Holy Spirit exercises their function inside of us. No wonder the Bible says..."If God be for us, who can be against us." Romans 8:31.



Anything that is complete is stamped with this particular number in Scripture. Past,present, future or thought,word,deed or our makeup which would be body,soul and spirit.

No wonder the devil desires to copy and complete his mission in a series of three. He wants to usurp the throne of God. I will give you an example of something that Jesus said about Himself. Jesus saith unto him," I am the way,the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6. (1) Way (2) Truth (3) Life.

I believe the devil understands that three is especially stamped with completeness. We need to understand the authentic so we will be able to discern the counterfeit.

Peter faced his greatest temptation that he ever went through right before the crucifixion.It was in a trilogy of three. Peter denied Jesus Christ three times. Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane.

There is a principle here. When God has completed something and we desire the will of our Father in heaven, there will be spiritual warfare from the devil. If we are living right and desire to do the will of God then all kinds of problems will erupt in our life. This is what the Bible teaches.

To end on a more personal note I would like you to look at the very warm example of John chapter 21. Peter denied Jesus Christ three times and then Peter realized his sin.

Do you know that according to this chapter Jesus asked Peter three questions to reconcile the whole problem? All three questions were about the relationship of Peter to Jesus focusing upon the subject of love.

God used something bad in the life of Peter and turned it into something good. This is why Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."

After the third question Peter was convicted and grieved. This is a picture of agreement.The matter was "Completed." Three questions to "Complete" closure in the life of Peter so he could get right with God.

Hopefully we will realize this perfection living on the inside of us and respond accordingly. Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord is a God of divine completion.I am so joyful as I contemplate this truth.

When God completes a purpose there is something about our understanding as He imparts this precious truth to us.

We serve a perfect God who always focuses upon a loving relationship with Him because we are His children. How much better could it get? He has our best interests in mind and is always working everything out for good in our lives as His children.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

CLOSE
The Division of Two 

There are two schools of thought regarding this particular number among people that understand biblical numerics.

The first would be that the primary meaning would be division or opposition with a sub theme of union or two becoming one. The latter opinion would be reversed in that the main theme would be union and the secondary would be that of division. I would say the first opinion would be correct but I would like to explain why I side with the former rather than the latter.

God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ had a perfect relationship. They still presently and always will have union as one.

The only time God the Father's relationship with His Son was broken was when (past tense) Jesus Christ was dying on the cross at the ninth hour and shouted ... "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" This had to be because Jesus Christ was paying for the sins of mankind at that point in time. He became the perfect sacrificial atonement for our sins. Mark 15:34.

The reason why the first opinion is believed by people who understand this subject is because we live in a sin fallen world. An example of this biblical number "Two" goes all the way back to Genesis 1:2. This verse speaks of division as its' primary theme. Remember this was before the fall (sin).

The Bible says in Genesis 1:1-2 (1) "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Verse two speaks of division. Did you notice the word "Darkness?"

The Bible says in John 9:5 that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world. Revelation 21:23 refers to Jesus Christ as the Lamb who is the Light. Prior to Creation this darkness was present. The real question is how did it get there?

I heard a few good theologians talk about this subject which caused me to search out the matter with interest. In eternity past when Lucifer and the fallen angels were cast out of heaven, Satan (his latter name after the fall) ruined Earth.

Job 38:9 says, "When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it." Isaiah 24:1 tells us that the Lord had to make the earth empty. From creation after Genesis 1:1 forward the earth has never been empty and never will be (future). I'm assuming it was a flood because Genesis 1:2 says ..."And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."

Jeremiah is speaking of pre Genesis 1:1 when he says in Jeremiah 4:27-28 (27)" For thus hath the Lord said, the whole world shall be desolate; yet I will not make a full end (28) For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black, because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it." "The black" would account for the darkness in Genesis 1:2. Remember Jeremiah also used the word "Desolate."

Even when God sets up a new heaven and a new earth after His millennial reign, the earth will not be desolate or empty because Revelation 21:3 says ... "The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God."

The question we really have to ask ourselves as we read Genesis 1:2 is how did darkness and water get there or even exist in the first place? My point is those previous verses I quoted had to be referring to pre Genesis 1:1 conditions.

Perhaps there are more verses that would give reference to this; however, my point is that from the very beginning God associates the number 2 with division.

True union and witness only come in relation to this biblical number (two) when a child of God has true authentic obedience to God out of the ashes of division. The biblical meaning of number 2 is associated with division in this world.

If we have true faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ we can have union or witness with a partner that is a true Believer. We are born in division; therefore, the good (union or witness) only comes after the bad (division).

I prefer to look at this in the most positive light. "I can do all things through Jesus Christ which strengthened me." Phil: 4.13. God desires to bring us from the evil (division) into the good (union with Jesus Christ and other Believers).

Adam, the first man placed humanity under a curse. Jesus Christ the Second man became the curse for us. If we accept Him into our heart, this is referred to as the "Second birth." "Marvel not that I say unto thee, ye must be born again." John:3:7.

When an individual makes this decision, he or she is saved from the "Second death." They will go to heaven rather than a place called hell. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23.

I just want to point out a few more truths regarding this number. The second act by God in His creation was the "Dividing" of light from darkness. On the second day God "Divided" the waters. The second division in the book of Genesis describes the fall and the "Second" being (the devil). The "Second" book of the Bible (Exodus) opens with oppression and division.

I am going to give some examples but isn't it interesting that it did not take God long to set up a number that represents division because created creatures are fast to disobey God. The proof is in the numbering system of God (one; unity and two; division).

God sets forth this principle over and over again. In Psalm 2:1-3,"Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (2) The Kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying (3) Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." These verses speak of man's enmity toward God. This sad truth is in Psalm" 2." Man is seen here dividing themselves from God in "Division."

If you know anything about the "Second" books of the New Testament they all have a main theme of "Division." 2nd Cor. (Power of Satan) 2nd Thes. (the future Antichrist) 2nd Timothy (the church in division) 2nd Peter (Future Apostasy) and 2nd John ( the general principle of Antichrist).

Jesus Christ Himself taught contrast teaching all the time which involved "Two." This always had its' main theme in the (1) good example and the (2) bad example. The two foundations; Matthew 7,the two gates; the straight gate and the wide gate also found in Matthew 7. One is good and the other is bad (division).

There are just too many examples to go over in Scripture but of course I desire to end on a positive note. Jesus Christ sent His disciples two by two. They agreed and this added strength to their witness.

We are Christians. We can choose to be obedient toward God and have union with His Son Jesus Christ and fellow Believers.(31) "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall be one flesh (32) This is a Great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Eph.5:31-32.

There have been ministries that could not get along and as a result they lost their "Witness" (the principle of two becoming one in Christ). We have the privilege and responsibility of understanding and applying this ..."Great mystery." According to the Bible the Church will have strength when we understand that we are joined to Jesus Christ and live out this principle with fellow Believers. This will be a great witness to the world about the good news of the gospel.