Why camel’s? Well, camels bear the weight of passage for a traveller through arid land, just as Jesus bears the weight of a believer’s journey before heaven.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
This ‘functional’ parallel may seem disrespectful to Messiah, however these 10 camels (only mentioned in Genesis 24) appear in a vitally important and typologically rich passage of scripture. These camels are embedded in the beautiful story of how Abraham’s servant was sent with gifts to search out a bride for Abraham’s only (son). This episode of Abraham’s faithfulness, in being prepared to sacrifice Isaac and the subsequent search for a bride for Isaac, magnificently depicts how God the Father sacrificed His only son Jesus and how the Holy Spirit (also with gifts) was subsequently sent out to seek a bride for God’s Son, Jesus. It is on this journey (there and back) of Abraham’s unnamed servant to discover Rebekah, Isaac’s wife to be, that the camels are found. Clearly Rebekah is a wonderful type of the Bride of Christ and pictures the church’s life-journey before meeting Messiah, her Bridegroom, at the Rapture. Rebekah, on her journey to meet Isaac, is carried by the camels of Genesis 24.
These ten camels (see Genesis 24:10) which carried the betrothed Rebekah to her bridegroom Isaac are mentioned exactly 17 times in Genesis 24. The following table details each occurrence of the Hebrew word ‘camels’ (without the vowel markings) in Genesis 24 together with the numerical values (gematrias). As you can see, there is quite a variation of Hebrew letters because Hebrew grammar may add a prefix or a suffix to a word. As such the same Hebrew word may have a different numerical value because of these extra letters.
These 17 mentions of the camels are important because the biblical meaning of the number ‘17’ is the flesh of Jesus (as explained in audio study 004) and this agrees with what has already been shown, that the camels speak of the ‘easy yoke’ of Messiah who bears the burden of the Bride of Christ on her journey towards meeting the Bridegroom at the Rapture.
Back in the time of Abraham, the camels carried Rebekah who pictured the Bride of Christ. The number associated with Rebekah is ‘153’ as she is only mentioned once in the New Testament where the Greek rendering of her name has a numerical value of 153. See Romans 9:10 where the letters of the Greek word ‘Rebecca’ (Ρεβεκκα), Rho (100) + Epsilon (5) + Beta (2) + Epsilon (5) + Kappa (20) + Kappa (20) + Alpha (1) add up to 153. The number ‘153’ is also found in the typological ‘Rapture’ passage of John’s Gospel chapter 21 where 153 fish (verse 11) are raised up out of the Gentile sea. Peter was a ‘fisher’ of men (Matthew 4:19) and these 153 fish represent the completed church (the Bride of Christ) at the Rapture which meet with Messiah.
What we have in Genesis 24, therefore, is a correlation of biblical numbers with the surface text. The numbers ‘17’ (‘flesh of Jesus’ or Messiah) and ‘153’ (the Bride of Christ) align typologically with the journey of the Bride of Christ (Rebekah) towards Messiah or God’s Son (Isaac). This symbolism is so important because these two numbers ('17' and '153') also perfectly fit with the first two stages of the prime-fulfilment pattern for the church which is shown elsewhere in scripture to mathematically map the dispensational progression of the church to fulfilment at the Rapture. (The prime-fulfilment pattern is explained in detail in audio studies 002, 003 and 004)
As the Body (Bride) of Christ is just about to meet Messiah at the upcoming Rapture, every believer in Jesus should take careful note. Indeed, the last occurrence of the word ‘camel’ in Genesis 24 is in verse 64 is when Rebekah dismounts the ‘camel’ having seen Isaac, which represents the Rapture!
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Mathematically, the number ‘17’ (which has the biblical meaning of the ‘flesh of Jesus’) is the seventh prime and the seventh prime (not surprisingly given its biblical meaning) is key in discovering how the Lord has marked or labelled dispensational groups for their end-time fulfilment. The seventh prime (‘17’) begins the prime-fulfilment pattern for the church which concludes with the Rapture. As a ‘heads-up’ on this pattern and to spark your interest, Enoch, the first man to be raptured (in Genesis 5:24) was the seventh from Adam (as stated in Jude 14) and Adam was the prime of humanity. Therefore Enoch, as the seventh from Adam, is conceptually associated with the seventh prime.
So, the appearance of the number ‘17’ and ‘153’ in this typologically rich passage of scripture which describes the journey of Rebekah to meet with Isaac – a meeting which is highly symbolic of events pre-Rapture and the Rapture itself – is teaching a message. The Word is inviting attention from those who are watching for the return of Messiah (at the Rapture) because these biblical prime-fulfilment patterns contain aspects of God’s timing.
What really seals this biblical truth is that the eighth mention of ‘camels’ in Genesis 24 has a numerical value of 153. The number ‘eight’ has the biblical meaning of ‘resurrection’ because there are eight historical personal resurrections recorded in scripture (excluding the resurrection of Jesus). The number ‘eight’, therefore, is numerically associated in this passage with the resurrection of the completed church (153). Moreover, the context of this eighth occurrence of ‘camels’ is a ‘prepared place’:
Genesis 24:31 And he said, “Come in, O blessed of the LORD! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels.”
Remember the Father’s house, described by Jesus, in which there are many mansions? Jesus says in John 14:2-3, that He goes to ‘prepare a place’ and that He will come again to receive His bride to this prepared place – a strong reference to the Rapture!
John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Next, we notice that the number ‘153’ occurs twice – it is the gematria of both the eighth and the 10th occurrence of the Hebrew word ‘camels’. The number 'eight' represents ‘resurrection’ and the number ‘10’ speaks of ‘numerical completeness’, in other words the ‘completed resurrection’ (for the church at the Rapture). Also, ‘eight’ times ‘10’ is ‘80’ (8 x 10 = 80) which is the numerical value of the Hebrew letter ‘Pey’ (‘פ’ – Standard Gematria) which is the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and links back to the 17 occurrences of ‘camels’ and the flesh of Jesus.
Finally, there is symmetry with the eighth and 10th occurrence of the number ‘153’ in the 17 occurrences of ‘camels’ in Genesis 24. There are seven occurrences of the Hebrew word ‘camels’ before the eighth occurrence and seven occurrences of the Hebrew word ‘camels’ after the 10th occurrence. This emphasises the number ‘seven’ as related to the number ‘17’ and points the reader to prime numbers because the seventh prime is the number ‘17’. Messiah was and is a prime of ‘life’ or first fruits of the harvest or resurrection. The number 'seven' is also the theme number for the prime-fulfilment pattern for the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
So, Genesis 24 is all about Messiah and His meeting with His Bride, the Body of Christ at the Rapture. How wonderful that this biblical truth is mathematically embedded with the seventh prime (the number ‘17’), the flesh of Jesus, the first fruits of the resurrection and the Bridegroom of the Bride of Christ. This encourages all believers to anticipate the resurrection at the Rapture when we shall see Him as He is.
Genesis 24:64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel.
Furthermore, the 10 camels of Genesis 24 endorse the truth that Messiah encourages the biblical watch because the prime-fulfilment pattern for the church – which is themed on the number ‘seven’, primed with the number ‘17’, staged with the number ‘153’ and concludes with the Rapture – is a pattern which speaks of timing. Maranatha!