|The Third of a Series in the Patriarch's Lives|
The 3rd prime is a master prime that God has used throughout the
Biblical Examples of Numbering Important Events in the lives of People
God has numbered man number of ways in the Bible. For example, God has numbered the life span of man.
God has a special set of prime numbers for numbering events in lives of people in the Bible. In such events God uses the prime numbers 3 and 7.
In Genesis 29:18-20, the Bible notes that Jacob served 7 year periods for the daughters of Laban.
7 Years for Leah
"18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her."
Jacob is Deceived
In Genesis 29:21-26, the Bible states:
"21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn."
Now Jacob served another 7 years to keep both of Laban's daughters
In Genesis 29:27-29, the Bible says:
"27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid."
7 years for Cattle
The Bible notes that Jacob would spend a third 7 years with Laban dealing with cattle. During this third 7 year period, Jacob and Laban had a disagreement and Jacob left Laban. Lahan did not want Jacob to leave and pursued him and his family but God had warned Laban not to harm Jacob and his family. In time Laban caught up with Jacob, Jacob had already served 20 years when He decided to flee from Laban.
In Genesis 31:41, Jacob told Laban:
"1 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times."
Laban and Jacob resolved there differences and Jacob proceeded to go into the
Therefore, It was in 7th year of the third 7 year period that God spoke to Jacob and instructed him to to return to the Promised Land, the land that He gave to Abraham and his descendants.
in Genesis 31:11-13, the Bible states:
"11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred."
God also sequenced the three 7 year periods subject wise. In two of the 7 year periods, Jacob served for his wives. In the third 7 year period, he served for cattle and other animals.
Again, these major events took place in the third 7 year period. Esau and Jacob reunited in the third 7 year period and in the 7th year of this period
“1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.”
God also sequenced major events in the life of Joseph in the Bible. When Joseph was 17 years of age, His brothers sold him into slavery
“1 And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
“26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our
brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.”
Once in Egypt, Joseph worked for a prosperous Egyptian until he ran into trouble with his bosses wife. She falsely accused Joseph of having his way with her resulting in his imprisonment. While in prison, Joseph became friends with Pharaoh's chief butler and his chief baker who were also locked up for displeasing Pharaoh. The chief butler and the chief baker both had dreams that involved the number 3. Joseph interpreted the dreams and the dreams came true as Joseph predicted. The Bible notes that some three days later, the chief butler was restored to His position just like Joseph had told him. Joseph told the chief butler to mention him to Pharaoh once he got out He forgot about Joseph. However, events would transpire that would cause the chief butler to remember Joseph.
In Genesis 41:1-7, the Bible states:
“1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
(The end of two full years is the third year, therefore, this dream was given to Pharaoh by Yahweh during the third year. This is the third year after the butler was freed from prison.)
2 they fed in a meadow.
3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.
4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.”
Pharaoh called for the wise men ot Egypt to interpret the dream but they could not. Then the chief butler remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him. Pharaoh then called for Joseph to be brought before hin to interpret his dream. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream about the 7 year famine that Egpt would experience. Pharaoh then rewarded Joseph for giving him the true interpretation of his dream.
Pharaoh Rewards Joseph
In Genesis 41:39-46, the Bible states:
“39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-pa'aneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.”
Joseph was 17 when He was sold into slavery by His brothers. He was thirty years old when He stood before Pharaoh. Thirty minus 17 equals 13 years. Therefore, it is in Joseph’s 14th year(7+7=14) that He was made a ruler in Egypt. It is in the 14th year of his ordeal He began to prepare Egypt for the third-seven year period by storing food for the seven year famine that God had shown to Pharaoh.
At the beginning of his third-seven years period in Egypt. He was promoted to become the second ruler in the land of Egypt behind Pharaoh. It is during this third - seven year period, that Joseph would set aside food that would save the land of Egypt as well as Jacob and all of his brethren.
At the age of 17 Joseph began his ordeal in Egypt
1. 7 years- serving in bondage
2. 7 years- serving in bondage
3. 7 Years - Begins to rule over Egypt
Yahweh numbered this three series of seven by sequencing them using His 2+1
How God Numbered Jacob and His Sons to Egypt for the Seven Year Famine
In Genesis 45:1-6, Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery.
“1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest".
When Joseph revealed himself unto his brothers, the famine had been in the land of Egypt for two years already. Therefore, it is in the third year of the famine that Joseph revealed himself to his brethren (2+1). In the following scripture, Joseph explained God’s plan to His brothers.
In Genesis 45:7-8
"7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to
save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”
In the the third year of the seven year famine God revealed His plan to Israel.
In the third year Joseph being a ruler in Egypt gave Israel the land of Goshen in Egypt.
God has also numbered the genealogy of man in the Bible. He has also numbered the ancient nations of the Bible, their leaders and their wars. God has numbered the nations for thousands of years. This includes modern nations, their leaders and their wars, like World Wars I and II. All of this is detailed in the book "Yahweh Numbers the Nations" Here the numbering techniques that God used to number the nations are revealed.
God numbered major events in Moses life in 3 parts
Age of Moses when He Fled the House of Pharaoh
"20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished
up in his father's house three months:
21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.
22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:"
Moses was about 40 years old when He fled Egypt and went into the land of
Age of Moses when He spoke to Pharaoh
"6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh."
Fourscore = 80 years
Moses spent about 40 years in Midian before God called him to lead Israel out of Egypt.
40 years old when He fled the House of Pharaoh to Midian
40 - 80 Years old when God called him to lead Israel out of Egypt
40 - Moses spent forty years leading Israel - during this third 40 year period of his life
40 - Moses would spend the third 40 year period of his life interacting with God and leading
Israel to the Promised Land. It is during this 3rd period that all
of the great miracles of the Bible took place.
At the end of the third 40 year period - God called Moses home. In Deuteronomy 34:5-7, the Bible notes that Moses was 120 years old when He died.
"5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab,
according to the word of the LORD.
6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
7 And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."
God used the prime numbers 3 and 7 to divide the major stages of Jacob life when He fled Esua and came into Syria.
God used the number 3 and sequenced it as 2+1 when He visited Abraham in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible notes that Abraham looked and saw 3 angels coming towards him. He then instructed Sarah to prepare meals for them. The 3 let Abraham know that they came to destroy the cities of the plains. However, in Genesis 18:22, the Bible notes that one of the 3 was different from the other two in person and in action.
“22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.”
As verse 22 notes, two angels left Abraham and headed for Sodom. However, The LORD remained behind and continued to talk to Abraham. Again, we have 3 visitors sequenced as 2+1 in person and in action, (2 are angels and 1 is the LORD). The LORD is the +1 of the 2+1 = 3 sequence. The 2 angels went on to the city of Sodom where they met Lot.
In Gideon's day, Israel faced military challenges from the nations in their region. God chose Gideon to lead Israel and give them the victory over their enemies.
In Judges 6:14, the Bible states:
"14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?"
Gideon assembled an army from the tribes of Israel to fight against the nations. God did not like the number of the men that were gathered for His reasons. In In Judges7:2, God told Gideon:
"2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me."
God gave Gideon instructions on how to reduce the number of men using the 2+1 sequence.
First number 32,000
Second number 10,00 - ,22,000 returned home - God wanted an even lower number
Third number 300 - God chose the third number, three hundred. God gave Gideon instructions on how to the three hundred men were to fight for Israel.
In Judges 7:16, the Bible notes:
"16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers."
The Bible notes that the three huncred men were divided into three groups
Company one - one hundred men
Company two - one hundred men
Company three - one hundred men
Gideon led one of the companies and his company was the prime company. The other companies had to watch Gideon and His company and do as they did (2+1).
The three hundred men had three items in their possession:
In Judges7:20-22, the Bible states:
"20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath."
God used His 2+1 sequence as a framework for this great miracle.
God used the number 3 to work many of the great miracles in the Bible. One of these miracles involved the prophet Elijah when he raised a widow’s son, who had died. After Elijah arrived at the widow’s house in I Kings 17:17-21, He proceeded to pray for the child. The Bible notes that Elijah prayed for the child three times.
1. The first time that Elijah prayed he stretched himself upon the boy, the child remained dead.
2. The second time that he prayed and stretched himself upon the boy, the child remained dead.
3. The 3rd time that Elijah prayed and stretched himself upon the child and cried unto the Lord. God heard his prayer and restored the boy's life."
God sequenced the 3 times that Elijah prayed as 2 + 1 = 3. Two of the times Elijah stretched himself upon the child, the child remained dead. However, the 3rd time that He prayed God heard him and performed a great miracle.
God also designed events by 3 in the life of Elijah after he slew the prophets of Baal (I Kings Chapter 19). After Jezebel threatened his life, Elijah fled to Horeb, the Mountain of God. God asked Elijah what he was doing in the mountain. Elijah explained that the people had forsaken God and he was about the only one left in Israel. God instructed Elijah to anoint 3 people.
1. Hazael -- was to be anointed King of Syria
2. Jehu -- was to be anointed King of Israel
3. Elisha -- was to be anointed Prophet
Of the 3, two were anointed kings but the 3rd was anointed to be a prophet before Yahweh in Israel. (2+1=3).
In 1Kings 19:18, God informed Elijah that he had left himself, 7000 (7 is a prime number) in Israel who had not bowed unto Baal. God's use of the numbers 7 and 3 in this example are self-evident.
In II Kings 2:1, God had decided to take Elijah to Heaven. As God prepared to do this, he sent Elijah 3 places.
3. Jordan River - After Elijah and Elisha crossed over the Jordan River, their 3rd destination, God took Elijah to Heaven (2+1=3)
II Ki 1:9-15
“9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.
10 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
11 Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly.
12 And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.
13 And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.
14 Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.
15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
In this example, the third captain with His troops were spared. The third time God permitted Elijah to go to the King (2+1).
The Lord also used the 3rd time to work a miracle when the prophet Elisha, raised the dead son of the Shunammite woman (II Kings 4:12-37).
1. First Elisha sent his servant ahead with his staff, which was placed upon the boy, but the child remained dead.
2. When Elisha arrived he laid upon the child, mouth to mouth eye-to-eye and his hands upon the child hands. The flesh of the child began to get warm. Elisha left and walked around the house for a while.
3. Elisha returned and stretched himself upon the child again.
This time, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. Hence, the 3 times are sequenced as 2+1. Thus, the 3rd time that Elisha prayed God performed a great miracle. God also used the +1 of the 6+1 Creation Sequence in this great miracle. For example, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes, therefore, resting from his dead state (6+1=7).
God also used the number 3 to highlight the 3rd day in the days of King Hezekiah. God told the prophet Isaiah to tell King Hezekiah to set his house in order because he was going to die. Upon hearing this news, Hezekiah prayed to God to extend his life. God heard his prayer and told the prophet Isaiah to return and tell him the following.
Kings II 20:5
“Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.”
Yahweh chose to highlight the 3rd day to heal Hezekiah (2+1).
Yahweh used the prime number 3 in prophecies and sequenced them using His 2+1 sequence.
A good example of this is found in Zechariah 13:8-9. The Bible states:
“8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two
parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. “
God evaluated the moral condition of the whole nation and He decided to save a 3rd of the people. Again, Yahweh used his 2+1 sequence as two thirds would die and one 3rd would be saved. He decided to save the 3rd-3rd, which is the +1 part of the 2+1 sequence (2/3rds + 1/3rd).
Yahweh did this again when He decided to number the people because of their sins in the book of Ezekiel.
In Ezekiel 5:11-12, the Bible states:
“11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.”
God used His 2+1 sequence to number the destinies of the 3rds. Two thirds would die in the land as verse 12 notes. However, one 3rd or the 3rd-3rd He would scatter to the wind. Some of the 3rd-3rd would live and might have a chance for redemption.
Hosea’s Prophecy about the Third Day
In Hosea 6:1-2, the Bible contains a prophecy about 3 days sequenced as 2+1.
“1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
After two days is the 3rd day. This prophecy reveals that the 3 days are arranged activity wise to reveal the 2+1 sequence. There are two days of waiting and on the 3rd day Yahweh will deliver His people.
In Luke 13:31-52, Jesus also divided His ministry into 3 stages. The 3 stages were sequenced as 2+1.
“31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
“32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.”
Once again, Jesus divided His ministry into 3 parts. The first two parts of His ministry He cast out devils and healed the people. The 3rd part of His ministry was His death and resurrection.
God used the 2+1 sequence as a framework for the great event of the birth and arrival of His Messiah. God designed the event so that three men in the Bible were directly involved in this great event from a prophetical view point. The first person in this great event was a priest name Zacharias. He was a Levite of the original third tribe of Israel. On a particular day, he drew the third lot among the priests The priest that drew the third lot was to burn incense before God in the Holy Place in the Temple. On that day, while performing the duties of the third lot Zacharias was intercepted by the angel Gabriel.
In Luke 1:8-11, the Bible states:
"8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense."
Again, the lot to burn incense upon the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place was the third lot. Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth had prayed to God for a child. On this day in the temple, the angel proceeded to tell Zacharias about a son that he would have:
"12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
In Luke 1:19, the angel that spoke to Zacharias identified himself.
"19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel,
that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak
unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings."
The angel Gabriel was speaking to him about the birth of his son known in the Bible as "John the Baptist who was the forerunner of "Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah".
When John the Baptist came onto the scene He proceeded to prophecy about the "Messiah".
In Matthew 3:1-3, the Bible notes:
"1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."
In Matthew 3:11-12, John the Baptist a Levite of the original third tribe continued to preach about the coming Messiah.
"11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he
that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:
he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
When Jesus began His Ministry, He went unto John to be baptized by him.
In Matthew 3:13-17, the Bible recorded this event:
"13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Again, God designed the arrival of Christ using three.
1. Zacharias of the original third tribe fulfilling his duties of the third lot
2. John the Baptist, son of Zacharias a Levite of the orignial third tribe
3. Jesus Christ of the Tribe of Judah, the new Third tribe.
God designed the tribes of the three to reflect His 2+1 sequence. Two of the prophets were of the original third tribe, the Levites. Later, God told Moses not to number the Levite tribe among the tribes of Israel. Judah, originally the 4th tribe now became the new third tribe. Therefore, Jesus of Judah is the third of this group and a member of the new third tribe (2+1).
God highlighted the third of this group as His Messiah to take away the sins of the world.
This is certainly the most famous prophecy involving the number 3. Jesus repeatedly told His disciples about his death and resurrection on the 3rd day. For example, in Matthew 16:21-23, the Bible states:
“21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.”
And in Matthew 20:18-19
“18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,
19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again."
The 3-day ordeal of Jesus was sequenced as 2+1. While He was in the grave for two full days and nights, He rose the morning of the 3rd day.
Prophecies of Revelation
Yahweh has designed future events using the number 3, the 3rd prime. This is quite apparent in the prophecies found in the Book of Revelation 8:7-13. In this Scripture, the 7 trumpets are beginning to sound pronouncing future prophecies.
“7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!”
The last 3 events peaked with the 3rd woe. In all of the examples above where a 3rd of an item is destroyed, Yahweh has highlighted the number 3. He designed the whole by sequencing 3 as 2+1. When a 3rd of a whole is destroyed, then two thirds is left manifesting the 2+1 or 1+2 sequence.
God also used the number 3 to number the beast in Revelation, chapter 13:16-18:
“16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 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.”
Yahweh designed 3 ways for a person to possess the symbol of the beast using His 2+1 sequence.
3. Number of His Name (666)
Furthermore, the 3 ways are sequenced as 2+1. There are 2 ways to possess the name and 1 way to receive the mark.
God has numerically designed the name and number of this wicked person. Moreover, He did not assign a prime value for the number of his name, 666 is not a prime number value.
In Matthew 28:18-19, Jesus instructed His disciples to baptize in the name of 3.
“18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
The 3 reflects the 2+1 sequence. The Father sent the Son and the Holy Spirit. In another scripture, John notes that there were 3 spiritual signs that accompanied the ministry of Jesus. For example, I John 5:6, states:
“This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
Yahweh also designed this 3 using His 1 + 2 sequence. It is the One Spirit plus the two signs that bear witness. Yahweh has designed 3 spirits to bear witness of Mans deeds in the earth.
God used the number 3 to design spiritual matters. In 1 Corinthians 13:12-13, the apostle Paul wrote about the 3 great virtues of salvation:
“12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Here, the 3rd of the 3 is also the greatest.
In the Book of Numbers Yahweh gave Moses and Aaron a special Scripture to bless His people. The King James Bible substitutes the name of Yahweh” for the title “LORD’. In the scripture below I replaced the title “Lord” with Yahweh’s name.
“22 And the YAHWEH spake unto Moses, saying,
23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
24 YAHWEH bless thee, and keep thee:
25 YAHWEH make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 YAHWEH lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.”
In this Scripture Yahweh gave Moses and Aaron instructions for blessing the people. Yahweh had His name and His blessings pronounced 3 times. As verse 27 notes, this is the method of putting His name upon the people and He would bless them. Yahweh designed these 3 blessings using His 2+1 sequence. In two of the blessings He puts His presence upon the people.
In verse 27, He makes His face to shine upon the people and mentions a blessing.
In verse 28, He lifts up His countenance upon the people and mentions a blessing.
Verse 24 is different from the previous two, in this instance, He simply blesses the people “YAHWEH bless thee, and keep thee.”
These are just a few Biblical examples where God used the number 3. In these examples, He sequenced the number 3 as 2+1 which highlights the number 1.
The 2+1 sequence serves as a model that determines the action of an event or item in the Bible where the number 3 is involved. This sequence is also important because it is the summation of the first 3 prime numbers in our numbering system. For example, it is a model for solving all math problems. In the final analysis, two numbers are calculated to produce a 3rd, the answer (2+1).