number three in Hebrew is represented by the third letter in
the alphabet Gimel which actually means a Camel. . The
meaning of the letter is thus interpreted as “to lift up”
Greek Letter is called Gama
lines are the minimum required to isolate a space in two
dimension - The triangle.
Progress is achived in the three pronged process in
dialectics . Every thesis has an anti-thesis which
eventually provides a synthesis as a change. Logic, society
and growth follow this system. Three is thus the basis of
growth and perfection.
There is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Jn
3 represents divine perfection and perfect witness.
1 John 5:6-9 This is He that came by water and blood, Jesus
Christ; not with the water only,
but with the water and with the blood, and it is the Spirit
because the Spirit is the truth. Because the witnessing
ones are three:
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three
agree in one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is
greater: because the witness of God is this that He
witnessed concerning His Son
Qualities of God are three:
God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.
The Hebrew Bible is divided into three parts:
the Torah ("teaching" or "law"), the Nevi'im ("prophets"),
and the Ketuvim ("writings").
The opening verse of the Bible describes the creation of the
Space- Matter - Time continum.
“In the beginning (TIME), God created the Heavens (Space)
and the Earth (Matter)” Gen 1:1
is divided into the Past, Present, and Future.
divided into Length, Breadth and Height.
divided into Solid, Liquids and Gases.
Human capabilities are
divided into -- thoughts, words, and deeds.
three degrees of comparison --
smaller than, same as, and greater than.
three "kingdoms" in nature --
animal, vegetable, and mineral.
this number we have quite a new set of phenomena.
"Three therefore stands for that which is solid, real,
substantial, complete, and entire" "Three" therefore is the
number of "completion," "finality," entirety."
Bullinger points out, "three" is the first of four perfect
numbers in Scripture.
"Three" denotes divine perfection.
"Seven" (as in seven days in the week) denotes spiritual
denotes ordinal perfection (Ten Commandments, the tithe is a
"tenth", Noah was
the "tenth" generation from Adam).
"twelve" (as in twelve sons of Jacob, twelve apostles)
Hence, the number three points to
that which is real, substantial, perfect, complete,
essential, and Divine.
There were three Patriarchs -- Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
"Birkat abot". ("the God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and
Abraham is a type of YEHOVAH God the Father.
Isaac, who was willingly offered to be sacrificed, was a
type of Yeshua, the Messiah.
And Jacob, whose name was changed to "Israel," is a type of
the Church of YEHOVAH God, for as the apostle Paul wrote,
the Church is "the Israel of God" (Galatians 6:16).
Thus YEHOVAH's Plan involves three "stages" -- the Father,
the Son, and the Bride (being formed now!).
occur throughout the Bible indicating the perfect period
Moses and Aaron petitioned Pharaoh,
“Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to
offer sacrifices to the LORD our God” (Exod 5:3; cf. Exod
Hebrews went three days without finding water
the Desert of Shur (Exod 15:22).
When the Hebrews had
traveled from Mount Sinai for three days,
the people began to complain (Num 10:33-11:1).
When the Hebrews neared the Jordan River they were informed,
days from now you will cross the Jordan
to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God
is giving you for your own” (Josh 1:11; cf. 3:1-4).
The men of Timnah were stumped by
Samson’s riddle for three days (Judg
King Rehoboam gave Jeroboam and the delegation of Israelites a
three day waiting period as
he considered their petition for less stringent royal
demands (1 Kgs 12:5; cf. 12:12).
Jonah spent 3 days in the belly of the "great fish" (Jon
When God released Him,
he spent 3 days walking across Nineveh
warning the people to repent (Jon 3:3).
the New Testament
Jesus told the Jewish populace at the Temple, “Destroy this
temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John
2:16), a fact that his disciples later recalled (v. 22).
Paul was blinded for 3 days by Jesus (Acts
over meat from a vow or voluntary
sacrifice had to be destroyed (burned with fire) on the
third day (Lev
Moses’ mother was able to conceal her baby for three months
(Exod 2:3; cf. Acts 7:20; Heb 11:23)
The ark remained at the house of Obed-Edom for three months
(1 Chron 13:14).
months after Judah visited the supposed shrine prostitute,
he learned that she was really his daughter-in-law Tamar who
was pregnant with his child (Gen 38:24).
reforms were celebrated in Jerusalem in the third month of
his fifteenth year of reign (2 Chron 15:10).
Support for the priests of Hezekiah’s day was gained by
means of a tithe which began “in the third month and
finished in the seventh month” (2 Chron 31:7).
Ezekiel received a message from the Lord concerning the fate
of Egypt in the third month of the eleventh year of his
exile (Ezek 31:1)
revealed through Amos, “I also withheld rain from you when
the harvest was still three months away” (Amos 4:7).
the New Testament record Jesus’ mother Mary visited
Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, and stayed for three months
stayed in Ephesus for three months and “spoke boldly” in the
synagogue there (Acts 19:8), and subsequently stayed three
months in Greece (Acts 20:3).
later after the ship that was carrying him to Rome to stand
trial was wrecked in a storm, he and his captives stayed on
the island of Malta for three months (Acts 28:11).
you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regards
its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider
it forbidden; it must not be eaten” (Lev 19:23).
Hebrews were forbidden to sow or reap, to plant, reap or
harvest in the fiftieth year for it was to be a holy year
for them. In compensation the Lord promises “I will send you
such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield
enough for three years” (Lev 25:21).
the slaying of his brother, “Absalom fled and went to
Geshur, he stayed there three years” (2 Sam 13:38).
During David’s reign a three-year famine caused the king to
seek “the face of the LORD” (2 Sam 21:1).
David’s adversary Shimei (2 Sam 16:5-14) was spared by
Solomon on condition that he was permanently confined to the
city of Jerusalem (1 Kgs 2:36-38).
Shimei obeyed this restriction for three years, but when two
of his slaves fled from him, he left the city to retrieve
them, an action that was to cost him his life (vv. 39-46).
three years King Solomon’s trading fleet returned “carrying
gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons” (1 Kgs 10:22).
Appropriately, the third year is also singled out for
special mention. The third year was special in that it was
the “year of the tithe” (Deut 14:28; cf. Amos 4:4), which
was to be collected for the needs of the Levites and the
underprivileged members of society such as the alien, the
widow, and the poor (Deut 26:12).
During the reign of King Jehoshaphat of Judah because “his
heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD,” in his third
year of reign he sent officials to “teach in the towns of
Judah” (2 Chron 17:6-7). \
third year was also the year that Jehoshaphat went to meet
King Ahab of Israel with regard to their joining forces in
an effort to regain Ramoth Gilead from the Arameans (1 Kgs
later, during the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem God gave to
Hezekiah a sign of deliverance and renewed activity (2 Kgs
19:29; cf. Isa 37:30).
the third year … there was a direct divine command: ‘Sow and
reap, plant vineyards and eat fruit.’ Here was direct
assurance that the people might resume normal agricultural
activities with full expectation of eating the fruits of
their labor. When in the harvest of the third year the
people ate in abundance, they would know assuredly that God
had been in the entire crisis.”
Isaiah prophesied that “within three years … Moab’s splendor
and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors
will be very few and feeble” (Isa 16:14).
Isaiah himself went “stripped and barefoot for three years,
as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush” (Isa 20:3).
Daniel and his three friends were schooled for three years
with regard to the language and literature of the
Babylonians (Dan 1:3-5).
figures in Jesus’ parable of the unproductive fig tree (Luke
Apostle Paul spent three years in Arabia apparently to
commune with the Lord and receive instruction from him
before going to acquaint himself with Peter (Gal 1:18).
sons of Adam are mentioned by name: Abel, Cain, Seth (Gen
All men are descended from the 3 sons of Noah: Shem, Ham,
Japheth (Gen 9:18-19).
There were 3 patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel.
Three major feasts were to be celebrated:
Feast Of Unleavened Bread (Passover),
Feast Of Weeks (Harvest) (Penecost),
Feast Of Ingathering (Tabernacles) (Ex 23:14-16)(Ex
Israelite men were required to appear before the Lord three
times in a year: “Three times a year all your men must
appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose:
at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the
Feast of Tabernacles” (Deut 16:16).
items were contained in the Ark Of The Covenant:
pot of manna,
rod that had
l The two
tablets contained the 10 Commandments (Heb 9:4)(Ex
16:32-34)(Ex 25:16)(Num 17:4-10).
the Tabernacle and Temple were divided into 3 sections:
Holy Place, and
Holy Of Holies (Ex 26:33)(Ex 27:9).
Three times is the blessing given in Numbers 6:24--26
LORD bless thee and keep thee;
LORD make His face shine upon thee; and be gracious unto
LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee
Three things Moses asked of God
1. That the Schechinah might rest on Israel.
2. That it might rest on none but Israel.
3. That God's ways might be known to him. (Beracheth, fol.
7, col. 1).
Three precious gifts were given to Israel
1. The Law.
2. The Land.
3. The World to come (i.e., the Heavenly Calling).
Three men handed down the ancient wisdom and Divine secrets,
Solomon’s Palace of the Forest of Lebanon was designed with
windows “placed high in sets of three facing each other. All
the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front
part in sets of three, facing each other” (1 Kgs 7:4-5).
told Isaiah to walk naked for 3 years as a sign against
Egypt and Ethiopia (Isa 20:1-4).
men were in the fiery furnace when a 4th man showed up, who
most believe was a pre-incarnate Jesus (Dan 3:23-25).
Daniel prayed 3 times a day (Dan 6:10.13).
was blinded for 3 days by Jesus (Acts 9:9), prayed 3 times
for his "thorn in the flesh" to be removed (2 Cor 12:7-9).
Paul was stranded on the island of Malta after his shipwreck
for 3 months (Acts 28:11).
Elijah stretched out his body over the widow's dead son 3
times, and he returned to life (1 Kin 17:21-22.)
was hidden by his mother for 3 months (Ex 2:1,3)(Acts
men appeared to Abraham (2 angels and what is believed to be
a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus) (Gen Ch. 18).
New Jerusalem will be surrounded by a great wall with 3
gates on each of 4 sides (Rev 21:13).
brought a famine for 3 years while David was king (2 Sam
showed Peter in a vision 3 times that Gentiles would now be
accepted (Acts 10:9-16).
entering the Promised Land, if a fruit tree was planted,
it's fruit was considered unclean for 3 years (Lev 19:23).
are three archangels mentioned in the Bible by name as
Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
3 in the Life of Jesus
Magi that visited Jesus Child, offering the three presents:
the gold, the frankincense and the myrrh. (Mt 2,11)
Jesus went missing from His parents for 3 days when He was
12 years old (Lk 2:41-50).
was 30 years old when he started his public ministry.
Jesus was 33 years old when he died on the cross.
Jesus was tempted 3 times in the wilderness by Satan (Mt
public ministry of Jesus-Christ lasted 3 years.
Jesus had an inner circle of 3 disciples: Peter, James, and
John (Mt 17:1)(Mk 9:2)(Lk 9:28)(Mk 5:37)(Lk 8:51)(Mt
Peter, James, and John were the three disciples with Jesus
in the Garden of Gethsemane. These were those whof formed
the inner circle.
The disciples failed to stay awake three times in the Garden
Peter denied Jesus three times. Consquently in John 21 when
Jesus reinstates Peter, he asks him 3 times if Peter loves
IMark 15:25. It was the third hour of the day when Jesus was
were three crosses on the mount of Golgotha.
The Holy Spirit’s anointing at Pentecost according to Acts
2:15 happened at the third hour of the day.
Jesus rose from dead on the third day.
were three witnesses of the Transfiguration of Jesus: Peter,
John and James. Those are the same apostles who were
witnesses to his agony.
times in the Gospels Jesus resuscitates a dead boby:
Jairus’ daughter (Lk 8,54); the son of the widow of
Nain (Lk 7,14); and Lazarus (Jn 11,43).
three times in Gospels the Father gives a testimony to his
during his Baptism on the edge of the Jordan (Mt 3,17);
on the Thabor during the Transfiguration (Mt 17,5); and
to the Temple during the last Passover,
In presence of the
Gentiles acknowledging Jesus (Jn 12,28).
times in the Gospels Jesus announces his passion.
fell three times when carrying his cross.
sign over His head on the cross was written in 3 languages:
Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (Lk 23:38)(Jn 19:20).
was resurrected on the third day
(Mt 16:21)(Mk 8:31)(Lk 9:22)(Mt 17:22-23)(Lk 13:32)(Jn
(Mt 27:63)(Lk 24:6-7)(1 Cor 15:3-4).
was crucified at the third hour (Roman time) (Mk 15:25).
predicted Peter would deny Him 3 times (Mt 26:34)(Mk
14:30)(Lk 22:34)(Jn 13:38).
Peter then denied Jesus 3 times (Mt 26:69-75)(Mk
Later, Jesus restored Peter by asking him if he loved Him 3
times (Jn 21:15-17).
raised 3 people from the dead (Lk 7:11-15)(Lk
prayed to the Father 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt
is: 1. The Way, 2. The Truth, 3. The Life (Jn 14:6).
three times in his last speech to the apostles Jesus prays
in order that they become One like Him and the Father are
One. (Jn 17,11-23)
three hours of darkness on all the earth, from midday to
three o'clock, when Jesus was nailed on the cross. (Mt
three times the apostle Peter renounces Jesus and by three
times also he affirms his love for Him. (Lk 22,56-65; Jn
triple visions of Peter. (Act 10,16)
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father,
the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one". 1st
miraculously fed:—(1) 2 Kings 4:42, 43; (2) Matt 15:34, 38;
(3) Mark 6:38, 44.
Abraham called the "Friend of God":—(1) 2 Chron 20:7; (2)
Isa 41:8; (3) James 2:23.
the word "Christian" is found in the New Testament:—(1) Acts
11:26; (2) Acts 25:28; (3) 1 Peter 4:6. number07.htm
two or three are gathered in Christ's name, there is the
truth and the will of God being done, and Christ in their
midst. That's the two or three witnesses of God. That's the
Church with Christ in the midst (remember
the two witnesses of revelation chapter 11?)
There is the "definition" of the Church! Two or three
witnesses gathered together in the name of Christ! The two
is illustrating established truth, and the three
illustrating the purpose and will of God.
In the Book of Revelation is used sixteen times in
reference to a divine curse or punishment.
the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass
was burnt up. (Rev 8:7)
the third part of the sea became blood (Rev 8:8)
the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and
had life, died; and the third part of the ships were
destroyed. (Rev 8:9)
One half of seven, 3½,
also a conspicuous number in Revelation:
Wearing out the Saints for 3 ½ years.(Daniel
Christ is killed in the middle of a week. The week
represents 7 years. The first 3 ½ years were fulfilled at
Jesus Christ's first coming. The remainder of the week shall
be fulfilled at Jesus Christ's second coming.(Daniel
holy people (the saints) shall be scattered because they
will be killed by the world power after a 3 ½ year period.(Daniel
daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination of
desolation set up shall be 1290 days. There is a 30 day
extension to the 1260 days. Create a timeline using Daniels
prophecy of days. After the 1290th day, there are 45 days of
Jehovah's wrath, or the vials. The result? Blessed is he
that comes to 1335th day. The 1335th day begins the thousand
years period. See study on the 1,000 years period.(Daniel
Holy City shall be tread on, or beaten down, by the Gentiles
42 months (1260 days). And the two witnesses prophecy during
the same time, 1260 days. This could correspond with Jesus
Christ fulfilling the second half of the covenant (remember
he was caught off or killed after preaching for 3 ½ years).
woman going into the wilderness (all symbolic) receives
information for 3 ½ years. (Revelation
beast, or one world government power will speak blasphemous
things against Jehovah and His son, Jesus Christ. The beast
will have power for only 42 months, about the same amount of
time that the two witnesses (from Revelation 11:1-3) are