Biblically, God has ‘labelled’ or ‘marked’ certain individuals or 'groupings' with a number. For example:
· The Completed Body of Christ is marked with the number ‘153’.
· Insufficient (Unbelieving) Israel is marked with the number ‘200’.
· Believing Israel Post Rapture (Tribulation) is marked with the number ‘276’.
· Eve, the ‘mother of all the living’ (Genesis 3:20) is marked with the number ‘19’.
· All believers in the 6000 bible years before the Millennium are marked with ‘190’.
· The Wonderful Number of (Daniel 8:13) is marked with the number ‘84’.
· Enoch who was the first man to be raptured (Genesis 5:24) is also marked with the number ‘84’.
· Anna (Luke 2:36) who came 'in an instant' is also marked with the number ‘84’, being 84 years without husband.
Please read the book ‘Unlocking the Biblical Watch' for a full explanation from scripture, as to why these specific numbers 'label' or 'mark' these people groups.
In mathematics, certain numbers have characteristics. For example, some numbers are 'odd' and some numbers are 'even'. Several of the numbers (which the Lord has used in this biblical ‘labelling’ or ‘marking’) have characteristics which are figurative. In other words, the number may be formed into a simple geometrical shape. As an example of a figurative number, the number three may be formed into a triangle. Not all numbers are 'triangular'. Try making the shape of a triangle with two or four billiard balls (or any suitable object) as it cannot be done. With three, however a triangle may be readily formed.
Below is a triangle constructed from 15 billiard balls. This perfectly formed triangle of 15 balls teaches that the number '15' is a triangular number. Because there are 5 rows, it is the fifth triangular number in mathematics. Note that as numbers count upwards, triangular number become more rare.
Biblically, the geometrical shape of a triangle (with three equal sides) has a unique place in this ‘labelling’ scheme because our ‘triune’ God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is associated with the number ‘three’. Importantly, all believers are commanded to calculate these numbers and understand their significance in scripture because profound spiritual wisdom is present:
Revelation 13:18 (NKJV) Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Consider the mathematical fact that the number ‘666’ is a triangular number – indeed the 36th triangular number. The calculation of the number ‘666’ yields that it is a triangular number. As such, this calculation reveals the presence of biblical wisdom and understanding regarding triangular numbers in scripture. Part of this ‘understanding’ or ‘wisdom’ is that the Lord has labelled significant ‘groupings’ of people with triangular numbers.
The following three people groups (listed below) fit this category and are of special interest because together, they exclusively encompass all believers who are included in the first resurrection:
· The Completed Body of Christ labelled with ‘153’ (the 17th triangular number)
· All believers in the 6000 bible years labelled with ‘190’ (the 19th triangular number)
· Believing Israel Post Rapture (Tribulation) labelled with ‘276’ (the 23rd triangular number)
A beautifully elegant symmetry appears here because the numbers ‘17’, ‘19’ and ‘23’ are all ‘prime’ numbers – numbers which are foundational and cannot be divided further (except by one and themselves). In fact, they are the 7th, 8th and 9th prime numbers. The following diagram illustrates this symmetry:
As can be seen in the above diagram, the prime numbers have a simple symmetry around the eighth prime number, which is thematically relevant because the number ‘eight’ is the biblical number of ‘resurrection’. This symmetry gracefully captures the biblical truth that all believers in the 6000 years of creation will be in the first resurrection. All believers who find faith in God (during the first six days of creation – when the Lord works) are metaphorically spiritual children of Eve, the ‘mother of all the living’. Jesus referred to these believers when He corrected the Sadducees regarding resurrection:
Matthew 22:31-32 (NKJV) “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
Both the triangular numbers for the Completed Body of Christ (‘153’) and Believing Israel Post Rapture (‘276’) are found on the surface of scripture. The number ‘153’ is found in John 21:11 and the number ‘276’ is found in Acts 27:37. Moreover, the typological context of these verses relates well with the meaning of these numbers. Until recently, the 19th triangular number, ‘190’, has proven more difficult to locate on the surface of scripture and in a contextually relevant passage. Remember that ‘190’ represents all believers throughout all 6000 bible years of history who have been (or will be) ‘born again’ and will partake in the first resurrection. Note that Jesus mildly rebuked Nicodemus (in John 3:10) for not knowing this spiritual truth before the church age began. How appropriate therefore that the number ‘190’ appears in the parable of the sower, who sows the seed (the word of God) into different types of ground (the heart of a man). The seed sown on good ground represents the heart of a man, woman or child who receives the word of God in their heart and is ‘born again’.
Matthew 13:8 (NKJV) But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
It is here that the number ‘190’ manifests on the surface of scripture and in this contextually relevant passage. Add up the numbers ‘100’ and ‘60’ and ‘30’ to yield ‘190’.
Triangular numbers mark the dispensationally significant people groups of the Bible and in contextually relevant passages. Why would God do this? The reason is profound because prophetic scripture reveals that it is God’s intention to intervene with each of these people groups. The Completed Body of Christ is raptured, Believing Israel Post Rapture are saved at the end of the Tribulation at the second coming of Christ and finally All believers over 6000 bible years partake in the first resurrection (which includes the Rapture).
What if these divine intervention events are also marked with biblical numbers found on the surface of scripture in contextually relevant passages? These numbers do exist but not as ‘flat’ triangular numbers but as ‘three dimensional’ pyramid numbers which sit perfectly on their relevant triangular base of the 'grouping' in question.
For a fully detailed account of these numbers and their relationship to end time dispensational events together with the ‘tools of the watch’ please read ‘Unlocking the Biblical Watch of Messiah’s Return’.