A full explanation of the chart below is given in the book ‘Unlocking the Sign Miracles of John in the Consummation of the Age’ (USMOJ).
The chart depicts the 23rd triangular number of ‘276’ which reveals a pattern of chronological biblical ‘end time’ events when the 17th triangular number of ‘153’ is overlaid on top.
Importantly, both these numbers (‘153’ and ‘276’) are the intermediary numbers of the prime-fulfilment pattern for the ‘Body of Christ’ and ‘believing Israel in the Tribulation’, respectively. These numbers denote the progression towards God’s intervention (or ‘fulfilment’) for these two major bodies of believers. The ‘Body of Christ’ will be raptured and ‘believing Israel in the Tribulation’ will be rescued by Messiah at the end of the Tribulation. As I’m sure you will see, the symmetry of these triangles, when overlaid on one another, is intriguing because the overlay pattern fits perfectly with this chronological outworking of biblical prophecy.
Beginning at the 80th Jubilee (since creation), the typological timeline is revealed, starting at the top with the death and resurrection of Messiah and finishing (at the bottom) with the second coming of Messiah at the end of the Tribulation. The larger triangle of ‘276’ subdivides into logical sections which typologically represent a subdivision of the age, namely Christendom and the consummation of the age for the church and Israel.
Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls to the Ground and Dies
First, we begin with a single grain of wheat typologically represented by the first dot at the top of the chart. This is Jesus – the single grain of wheat who falls to the ground and dies.
John 12:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
This single grain of wheat (when it dies) produces much grain, as can be seen pictorially as the triangle spreads downwards. It is important to remember that the first resurrection is staged and spread out over the age. Jesus is the first fruits and then each in their own order.
1 Corinthians 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
The Dead in Christ
Working down from the top, the first definitive triangle is that of ‘120’.
On the Day of Pentecost (the birth of the spiritual Body of Christ) there were 120 disciples in the house in Jerusalem (Acts 1:15). The number ‘120’ was important because it represented the end of the ‘strength of death’ (for believers) at the 120th Jubilee, when the Body of Christ would be physically raised to their resurrection body at the Rapture. The tongues of fire of the Holy Spirit which rested upon those disciples and mightily blessed them, confirmed this representation of the number ‘120’ as it was a future sign of resurrection power of the Holy Spirit coming upon the dead in Christ at the Rapture. Romans 8:11 says the following:
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Essentially, these 120 disciples numerically represented all believers (in the Body of Christ) who would physically die (the ‘dead in Christ’) in the Christian age and then be physically raised at the Rapture stage of the first resurrection at the 120th Jubilee.
At the end of the 120 triangle is the 120th Jubilee since creation when 6000 bible years have passed since creation, including the 2000 bible years (or 40 Jubilees) of Christendom. At this chronological moment the transitional period of the consummation of the (Christian) age begins. The statement of Jesus to His disciples, “four months and then the harvest”, is a veiled reference to this demarcation of the Christian Dispensation of Christendom followed by the consummation of the age for the church:
John 4:35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
Using a Hebrew month length of 30 days, four months yields the number 120 of Christendom (4 x 30 = 120), followed by the harvest period, which represents the consummation of the age (for the church).
Consummation of the Age for the Church
The following two rows of 33 dots represent this transitional period between the end of 2000 bible years of Christendom and the Rapture. The witness of the church during this consummation of the age (for the church) is of vital spiritual importance. As discussed in USMOJ, the number ‘33’ has the biblical meaning of ‘witness’ or ‘testimony’. This is the witness of believers who have understanding of the full, pure and pristine apostolic truth, as separate from the leavened mixture of the traditions of men. This witness is the distinctive feature of the consummation of the age (for the church) and is numerically marked by the number ‘33’.
Just as the human spine of 33 vertebrae protects the messages from the head to the body, so those believers who maintain the true witness (33) of the Gospel, retain (in numerical metaphor) this intimacy and communion with their spiritual Head, Jesus. This is the time of harvest when the mixture within the Kingdom of God needs a separation; a separation of that which is false and worthless from that which is from God. The resulting intimacy and communion from this diligent separation by the Body of Christ reflects the following new commandment from Jesus (given 2000 bible years ago):
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
The transition period begins with the anti-type of the first sign miracle detailed in John’s Gospel, namely ‘water changed to quality wine’ at the end of the wedding. This new wine represents the miraculous provision of the quality word of God at the end of Christendom. At this same time, the second sign miracle of the Nobleman’s son revival, is also anti-typed. The Nobleman’s son, who is a type of the church, was near death but was revived.
John 4:46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
The Greek word for ‘son’ has a numerical value of 680, which is the pyramid number off the triangular number ‘120’. In other words, at the end of Christendom, the triangular number ‘120’ transforms to a pyramid (or tetrahedron) of ‘680’, at the beginning of the consummation of the age for the church. As discussed in USMOJ, this numerical transformation of figurative numbers from triangle to pyramid, represents the intervention of God in a matter.
Of course, near the beginning of the consummation of the age for the church, Israel was raised as a nation in 1948, albeit in unbelief. The third sign miracle of the ‘infirm man raised’ beside the pool of Bethesda, also in unbelief, signified this historical event. Remarkably, the Greek word for ‘pool’ also has a numerical value of 680, which again represents the direct intervention of God in this matter.
John 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
The Typology of John
If the number ‘120’ is associated with the ‘dead in Christ’ and the number ‘153’ represents the completed church, it follows that the number ‘33’, which is the difference between these numbers, represents those who are alive in Christ.
120 (Dead in Christ) + 33 (Alive in Christ) = 153 (Completed Church)
The apostle John typifies those believers who will be physically alive at the point of Rapture. So, not only do the 33 dots between the triangles of ‘120’ and ‘153’ represent the consummation of the age for the church, but also believers who are physically alive at the point of Rapture. The words of Jesus to Peter at the end of John’s Gospel affirm this type of John:
John 21:22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remains till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
As already mentioned, the living witness of these believers ‘who remain’ is of paramount importance. This witness must point heavenwards with integrity so that full communion with the Head is maintained.
The Rapture at ‘153’
The consummation of the age for the church concludes with the Rapture, an event which occurs at the completion of the church. The number of the completed church is ‘153’ and so the triangle of ‘153’ represents the entire Christian Dispensation, concluding with the Rapture.
The 153 fish caught out of the gentile named ‘Sea of Tiberias’, at the eighth sign miracle, represent the rapture of the church. None were lost.
John 21:11 Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.
The Tribulation – Six Rows
The six rows at the bottom of the ‘276’ triangle typify the Tribulation for believing Israel. There is one row of dots for each hour that Jesus hung on the cross before giving up His life. Jesus was crucified between 09:00 and 15:00 hours Roman time, a total of six hours (Mark 15:25); six being the number of ‘man’.
The last three rows represent the last three hours of Jesus on the cross. There was complete darkness during these final three hours, and this prefigures the second half of the seven years of the Tribulation for Israel, also known as the Great Tribulation.
Mark 15:33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
In these last three rows, there are 66 dots which are typical of the anti-Christ, or the rule of man. Attention is focused back to the 66 nations at the World Economic Conference who ignored God. Also, the 66 years, to the day, which separated the deaths of Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden; both of whom were types of anti-Christ as they were both anti-Semitic and anti-capitalist (an enemy of Babylon).
The first mention of Absalom (who is a strong Old Testament type of the upcoming antichrist), in 2 Samuel 3:3, has a Hebrew numerical value of 66 (using the Ordinal method) and unsurprisingly this verse (2 Samuel 3:3) has a numerical value of 666 (again using the Ordinal method). The number ‘666’ is a poignant reference to the control of anti-Christ in the Tribulation, when those who will not take the ‘mark of the beast’ will be unable to buy and sell – importantly, essential items like food and medicine (see Revelation 13:17-18).
Three Hours for the Church and Three Hours for Israel
There is another way of understanding the last six rows of the ‘276’ triangle. The first three rows of the bottom six contain 57 dots and the last three rows contain 66 dots. These six rows may be viewed as representing the split between the benefactors of the blood of Jesus, as He hung on the cross for six hours. All believers – past present and future – are the benefactors of the cross and may be broadly split between the church and Israel. The number of dots in these two sets of three rows pictures this consideration.
The first three rows represent the church because the number ‘57’ is the number of hours that the body of Jesus was in the tomb. The number ‘57’ is also the number associated with the complete Christian Dispensation which ends at the Rapture, when the Body of Christ, like Jesus, will be finished with death.
The last three rows represent Israel and their national allegiance to the one who comes in his own name, the anti-Christ, as characterised by the number 66:
John 5:43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
This future acceptance and allegiance made by unbelieving Israel at the beginning of the Tribulation is responsible for this terrible judgement upon Israel in the second half (of the Tribulation). All will go relatively well for Israel until the covenant is broken in the middle of the week (‘seven’ or Tribulation) when the time of Jacob’s trouble or the Great Tribulation begins.
Daniel 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.
Daniel 12:1 At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation....
The Second Coming of Messiah at ‘276’
The consummation of the age for Israel concludes with the second coming of Messiah at the end of the Tribulation when Messiah will defeat the enemies of ‘believing Israel in the Tribulation’ and will judge the nations. The number of ‘believing Israel in the Tribulation’ is ‘276’ and so the completion of the ‘276’ triangle represents this moment.
The 276 souls saved from the storm and shipwreck with the Apostle Paul at Malta represent believing Israel saved out of the Tribulation. None were lost.
Acts 27:37 And in all we were two hundred and seventy-six persons on the ship.