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CHAPTER FOUR

TWO

 2's symbolism is the union of and peace between different entities. It seeks to end separateness and unite all

Number 2 is represented in Hebrew by the second letter Bet

“Beit is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it symbolizes blessing, creation and duality, therefore, it stands for number 2. In creating, God imbued creatures with his blessings. I am a bundle of (2's) -- 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, 2 hands, 2 feet, right and left brain, etc.

When the male and female harmonize, new life comes into being and God's blessing is realized. The upper left corner of the symbol points upward indicating that God the creator is the author of blessed harmony.” http://www.brogilbert.org/hebrew_sacred/7hebrew_beit.htm

Since the first letter alef has no sound, the Bible starts with the second letter Bet.  Incidentally the last letter of Torah is the last letter Tau of Hebrew, thus the Torah is the beginning and end of humanity.  Jesus claims himself to be the first and the last, alpha and tau not just bet and tau which implies his claim be part of the Godhead in his essence.

The second letter of the Hebrew alef-bet,  bet - ב, mirrors the symbolism of the number two. It is called Bet. It is from this letter that we get our word, both. This letter is the first letter of the Torah and of the book of Genesis. As a prefix, the letter bet may function as a preposition meaning "in", "at", or "with". Bet is the first letter of the Torah. As Bet is the number 2 in gematria, this is said to symbolize that there are two parts to Torah: the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.


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The creation of the Cosmos was the building up of a House for God himself to dwell.  The house symbolizes the ultimate purpose of all reality: to become a dwelling place below for the manifestation of God's presence.  He is the Father, the head of the household.  Holy Spirit Ruach is a female gender and like Eve from Adam procedes from the Father and is he Mother of All.  It is the Spirit that Gives life. Thus once again we see 2 as organic unity of God the Father and Holy Spirit the Mother and also of the whole creation as unity while the creation is given the freedom and form a duality without which, the creaion would have been just a machine and would not for a family.  Ultimately God will make his dwelling among his sons and daughters and will form the family as he has planned.  The whole theme therefore runs from Genesis through the Temples and the creation of the Church till the final reunion of the total family.

 

As a prefix, the letter bet may function as a preposition meaning "in", "at", or "with". Bet is the first letter of the Torah. As Bet is the number 2 in gematria, this is said to symbolize that there are two parts to Torah: the Written Torah and the Oral Torah

During Creation week God made two great lights, one to rule the day (sun) and a lesser one to rule the night (moon - Genesis 1:16).

"I am in the Father and the Father is in me." (John 14:10 NRSV)
Thus the
second is a support.  We see that this is implied in the assertion of truth which is corroborated only by the agreement of two.  This can of course be more than two, but the minimum is two.  One witness could not establish the truth.


The agreement of two releases creative power.

THE PRINCIPLE OF RESONANCE

In Physics a phenomena known as resonance have been known for centuries where in two simultaneous impulses will sustain vibrations to give extremely high amplitudes of vibration if they have the same frequency.

Mechanical and acoustic resonance, Electrical resonance, Optical resonance, Orbital resonance of celestial orbits,Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) are very well known to the Physicists today.  In the spiritual level this phenomena exists which more or less explain the power of prayer of experiment.  


    
Two symbolizes Testimony

"Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree 
on earth as touching anything that they shall ask,
It shall be done for them
of My Father which is in heaven.

 

The two witnesses spoken about in the book of Revelation chapter eleven. They are the Lord's faithful witnesses who bear testimony to the truth!

 John 8:17  "It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.."

When Jesus sent out his Evangelists he sent them out two by two so that the testimony is confirmed by two witnesses following the OT rule.

Luke 10:1  "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them Two and Two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come."

 Mark 6:7  "And He called unto Him the twelve, and began to send them forth two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits."

At the time of the ascension we have two angels affirming the return of Jesus.  Acts 1:10

Duality

 

While two witnesses spports the truth, it can also mean two witnesses opposing each other.  
Thus
2 also indicate rupture or seperation to the extent of duality of God and Satan..  
The assertion of morality implies within it the assertion of immorality.  This dual concept is not proposed in the Old Testament as such but is clearly pronounced only in Zorastrianism

In theology, dualism may refer to duotheism, bitheism, or ditheism. Although ditheism/bitheism imply moral dualism, they are not equivalent: ditheism/bitheism implies (at least) two gods, while moral dualism does not imply any -theism (theos = god) whatsoever. Old Testament asserts moral dualism without duotheism or two god assumption.  It is similiar to light and darkness.  Darkness has no essence and do not exists as in Light.  Darkness is absence of light.  Immorality is actually absence of morality.  In the same way, Satan is not in anyway equivalent to the God.  Satan is the result of God allowing freedom of will in his creatures. God defines what is good and right.  

Both bitheism and ditheism imply a belief in two equally powerful gods with complementary or antonymous properties; however, while bitheism implies harmony, ditheism implies rivalry and opposition, such as between good and evil, or bright and dark, or summer and winter. For example, a ditheistic system would be one in which one god is creative, the other is destructive (cf. theodicy). In the original conception of Zoroastrianism, for example, Ahura Mazda was the spirit of ultimate good, while Ahriman (Angra Mainyu) was the spirit of ultimate evil.

 ultimate evil.

                     
yin and Yang dualism of Taoism    Good and Evil powers in Zorastrianism

Dualism can also refer to the relationship between God and creation. A dualism of God and creation exists in some traditions of Christianity, like Paulicianism, Catharism, and Gnosticism. The Paulicians, was a Byzantine Christian sect, who believed that the universe was created by an evil God, who exists separately from a moral heavenly God.  Catharist faith was agin a Dualism, where the Good God created the invisible and spiritual universe, while Evil God created the material world.  Some believed that they both were of equal power while others considered the evil god as a creature of the Good God.  As we can see these are parallel to the Zoroastrianism.

Thus we see the same dichotomy of unity and harmony in one and antagonism and duality struggle in the other.   In mathematics, two is the foundation of all division. Likewise with humankind, the number two signifies man's fall and the opposition that can infiltrate his being throughout life. 

God created the Light on the second day, which divided the world into dark and light. This clearly shows the divisive nature of the number two in the Bible. When God created Adam, Adam was both male and female, an organic unity of duality.  It was later that Eve the female part was seperated creating male and female.  The concept is clearly that the duality of consonance and disonance, harmony and discord was inherent in the creatures providing choices and hence freedom by design of God.  While the first sentence in the Bible seems to shows the perfection and order, the second sentence, "And the earth was without form and void," shows the dissonance.   

Two is the Number of the God-Son (the Verb) within Trinity, in the Christian symbolism. If 1 is the essence, 2 is the existence. If one is the Nirguna Brahman (unknowable God) 2 is Immanuel, God with us the Saguna Brahman living in the family with us.

2 evidently is the symbol of sexuality since 2 represents also the division of the unit in male and female. It also symbolises the proceding of the Ruach (The Mother) from the Father.  We see the Spirit hovering over the waters which created the world.  It is the through the interaction of the waters of womb and the life giving spirit we have the life in cosmos.

 

Thus we have a list of two:

The two great divisions of the Bible: the Old and the New Testament.

The two sons of Rebekah. (Gn 25,23-24)

The two marriages of Jacob. (Gn 29,15-30)

The two cherubs of the ark. (Ex 25,18)

The two stone tables on which were registered the Ten Commandments of God given to Moses on the Mount Sinai. (Ex 31,18)

The two silver trumpets that God asked Moses to forge. (Nb 10,1)

The two expiatory goats.

The two columns in front of the Hall of the Temple of Solomon: Jachin and Boaz. (1 K 7, 15-22)

The two kingdoms of Juda and Israel. (1 K 12,19)

The two golden calves of Rehoboam. (1 K 12,28)

The two olive-trees situated on both side of the golden lamp, in the vision of Zechariah. (Zc 4,3)

By group of two Jesus-Christ sent his apostles to preach the Gospel. (Mk 6,7)

The two turtledoves and the two doves of the purification. (Lk 2,24)

The two witnesses of the Revelation. (Rv 11,3-4)

The two fishes of the multiplication of breads. (Mt 14,19)

The two swords of Peter. (Lk 22,38)

The two thiefs. (Mt 27,38)

The two kinds of baptism: water and spirit. (Jn 3,5)

The two angels of the tomb. (Jn 20,12)

The two angels of the Ascension. (Act 1,10)

The two sons of Abraham. (Ga 4,22)

The two coins of money given by the widow. (Mk 12,42)

The two coins of money that the hotel keeper receives. (Lk 10,35)

The key of any duality consists in the antithesis. Growth comes with thesis, antithesis and synthesis. This is associated with Hegel and is known ad Dialetics. This is the basis of all sciences and logic.  If creation itself was conclusively perfect allowing no variations then there is no margin or uncertainity for change.  If Physical and Spiriual world were created obeying the uncompromising laws, then the world will be perfect machine and beings will have no choice.  After the initial creation by God, change is always from order to a higher order depending on varitions introduced due to new creations or new order.  This will explain the need for the antithesis.


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YETZER HARA AND YETZER TOV

According to Rabbinic tradition man is given two inclination.  
Yetser Hara is the inclinations based on the individual self.  Self confidence, ability of push through actions, eat good food, drink have home ans good choice of sexual partners etc are basic to Hara,  

Yetse Hatov is the inclinations for doing good, caring for others and the environment etc.

Yetser Hara is usually translated as “evil inclinations” and Yetser Hatov as “good inclinations” though it gives a wrong interpretation to poor Hara.  A proper balance between individuls and society brings a good society.  An organ which functions efffectively without becoming cancer provides a good body.

 

The ancient Sages decided that they were going to capture and imprison the Yetzer HaRa. So they ordered a complete fast of three day….whereupon he [the Yetzer] was surrendered to them. He came forth from the Holy of Holies like a fiery lion…. He [the Yetzer] said to them, “Realize that if you kill me, the world is finished.” They held him for three days, then they looked in the whole land of Israel and not an egg could be found. So they asked, “What shall we do now?”…So they put out his eyes and let him go; (Yoma 69b).

It is this concept that later developed into Satan. In the book of Job we see Satan as one of the sons of God and sitting in the Council of Elohim.  He was an official of the Government of God as an Prosecutor so that the world may be correctly run and not go into disorder.

Freedom of will, thinking, progress, maturity etc are involved in the presence of Satan concept in the Bible.  This was inherenttly built into both the material and spirtual realm.