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CHAPTER FIVE

THREE

  

 

The 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

Three 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 5:7)(Mt 28:19)  


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 that witnesses,

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

Time is divided into the Past, Present, and Future.
Space is divided into Length, Breadth and Height.
Matter is divided into Solid, Liquids and Gases.

Human capabilities are divided into -- thoughts, words, and deeds.

There are three degrees of comparison -- smaller than, same as, and greater than.

There are three "kingdoms" in nature -- animal, vegetable, and mineral.

 

 

"In 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."

FOUR PERFECTIONS

As Bullinger points out, "three" is the first of four perfect numbers in Scripture.

3   "Three" denotes divine perfection.
7   "Seven" (as in seven days in the week) denotes spiritual perfection.
10  "Ten" denotes ordinal perfection (Ten Commandments, the tithe is a "tenth", Noah was
          the "tenth" generation from Adam).
12  And "twelve" (as in twelve sons of Jacob, twelve apostles) denotes governmental
         perfection.

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 Jacob");
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!).

 

 

Three Days
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 3:18; 8:27).
The fleeing
Hebrews went three days without finding water in 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, “
Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here 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 14:14)
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 1:17)(Mt 12:40).
When God released Him,
he spent 3 days walking across Nineveh warning the people to repent (Jon 3:3).

In 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 9:9),

Left over meat from a vow or voluntary sacrifice had to be destroyed (burned with fire) on the third day (Lev 7:16-17)(Lev 19:5-7).

Three Months

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).

Three 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).

Asa’s 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)  

Lord revealed through Amos, “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away” (Amos 4:7).

In the New Testament record Jesus’ mother Mary visited Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, and stayed for three months (Luke 1:56).

Paul 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).

Still 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).

Three years

“When 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).

After 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).

Every 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). \

The 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 22:1-5).

Still 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).

“For 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).
 

It figures in Jesus’ parable of the unproductive fig tree (Luke 13:7).

The 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).

 

The Three
Three sons of Adam are mentioned by name: Abel, Cain, Seth (Gen 4:1-2,25).
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: 

The Feast Of Unleavened Bread (Passover),

The Feast Of Weeks (Harvest) (Penecost),

The Feast Of Ingathering (Tabernacles) (Ex 23:14-16)(Ex 34:18-23)(Deut 16:16).

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).

 

 

 

 

Three items were contained in the Ark Of The Covenant: 

A pot of manna,

Aaron's rod that had
budded, and

The two tablets contained the 10 Commandments (Heb 9:4)(Ex 16:32-34)(Ex 25:16)(Num 17:4-10).

 

 

 

                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both the Tabernacle and Temple were divided into 3 sections:

The Outer Court,

the Holy Place, and

the Holy Of Holies (Ex 26:33)(Ex 27:9).

Three times is the blessing given in Numbers 6:24--26 

· "The LORD bless thee and keep thee;

· The LORD make His face shine upon thee; and be gracious unto thee;

· The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace".

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,

1.  Adam,

2.  Seth,

3.  Enoch.

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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).
 

God told Isaiah to walk naked for 3 years as a sign against Egypt and Ethiopia (Isa 20:1-4).

Three 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).

Paul 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.)

Moses was hidden by his mother for 3 months (Ex 2:1,3)(Acts 7:20)(Heb 11:23).

Three men appeared to Abraham (2 angels and what is believed to be a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus) (Gen Ch. 18).

The New Jerusalem will be surrounded by a great wall with 3 gates on each of 4 sides (Rev 21:13).

God brought a famine for 3 years while David was king (2 Sam 21:1).

God showed Peter in a vision 3 times that Gentiles would now be accepted (Acts 10:9-16).

Upon entering the Promised Land, if a fruit tree was planted, it's fruit was considered unclean for 3 years (Lev 19:23).

There are three archangels mentioned in the Bible by name as Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 in the Life of Jesus  

The 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).

Jesus 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 4:1-11)(Lk 4:1-13).

The 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 23:37)(Mk 14:33).

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 of Gethsemane.
Peter denied Jesus three times. Consquently in John 21 when Jesus reinstates Peter, he asks him 3 times if Peter loves him.
IMark 15:25. It was the third hour of the day when Jesus was crucified.

There 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.

There were three witnesses of the Transfiguration of Jesus: Peter, John and James. Those are the same apostles who were witnesses to his agony.

Three 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).

By three times in Gospels the Father gives a testimony to his Son:
    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).

Three times in the Gospels Jesus announces his passion.

Jesus fell three times when carrying his cross.

The sign over His head on the cross was written in 3 languages:
      Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (Lk 23:38)(Jn 19:20).

He was resurrected on the third day
      (Mt 16:21)(Mk 8:31)(Lk 9:22)(Mt 17:22-23)(Lk 13:32)(Jn 2:19)(Mk 10:33-34)
      (Mt 27:63)(Lk 24:6-7)(1 Cor 15:3-4).

He was crucified at the third hour (Roman time) (Mk 15:25).

He 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 14:66-72)(Lk 22:54-62).
Later, Jesus restored Peter by asking him if he loved Him 3 times (Jn 21:15-17).

He raised 3 people from the dead (Lk 7:11-15)(Lk 8:41-42,49-56)(Jn 11:1-44).

He prayed to the Father 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt 26:36-46)(Mk 14:32-42).

Jesus is: 1. The Way, 2. The Truth, 3. The Life (Jn 14:6).

By 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)

The three hours of darkness on all the earth, from midday to three o'clock, when Jesus was nailed on the cross. (Mt 27,45)

By three times the apostle Peter renounces Jesus and by three times also he affirms his love for Him. (Lk 22,56-65; Jn 21,15-19)

The 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 John 5:7

Three multitudes miraculously fed:—(1) 2 Kings 4:42, 43; (2) Matt 15:34, 38; (3) Mark 6:38, 44.

Three times Abraham called the "Friend of God":—(1) 2 Chron 20:7; (2) Isa 41:8; (3) James 2:23.

Three times the word "Christian" is found in the New Testament:—(1) Acts 11:26; (2) Acts 25:28; (3) 1 Peter 4:6. number07.htm

 

Where 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.

 

1/3: In the Book of Revelation  is used sixteen times in reference to a divine curse or punishment.

· and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. (Rev 8:7)

· and the third part of the sea became blood (Rev 8:8)

· And 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, is also a conspicuous number in Revelation:

Wearing out the Saints for 3 ½ years.(Daniel 7:25)
 

Jesus 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 9:27)

God’s holy people (the saints) shall be scattered because they will be killed by the world power after a 3 ½ year period.(Daniel 12:7)
 

The 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 12:11-13)

The 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). (Revelation 11:1-3)

The woman going into the wilderness (all symbolic) receives information for 3 ½ years. (Revelation 12:6,14)

The 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 prophesying.(Revelation 13:5)