THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NUMBER THREE IN SCRIPTURE
The Triune God of Holy Scripture
by Roy Francois
“THE OFFICIAL STAMP AND SEAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY”
Ever stop to consider how many important events in the bible are connected to the number three? In this article we are going to look at some of the most important scripture and their reference to the number three. Then we’ll investigate what it is that make this number three so important. Anything that is constantly repeated in scripture is worth taking time to scrutinize. If God did strategically place these numbers three’s in the bible, would it not be worth putting all prejudices aside and look into the matter? If it was that important for God to put them there, it would be in our best interest to try to find out why. Where do we start? Let’s start with the most important event to benefit mankind. The death and resurrection of Jesus;
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. [Mat 12:40].
Why did it require The Lord to have to remain three days and nights in the heart of the earth, why was that number chosen? Do you actually believe the Lord just pick that number three out of thin air? There must be a reason for Him to choose that number, everything the Lord did had a divine purpose behind it. After they had beaten Jesus beyond recognition, they forced Him to carry His cross to the place of execution. The place called The Skull! Jesus fell three times. When Jesus when to the Garden of Gethsemane He prayed three times to His Father to remove this cup if at all possible, after the third time Jesus collected Himself and said not My will, but Thou will be done.
When Jesus was crucified how many do we see being executed? Jesus and one on each side of him, bringing the total to three. When Jesus parents left Him behind, how many days did they have to search before they found Him? Three days.When Jesus was driven into the wildness to be tempted of Satan, how many times did Satan tempt Him? Three times was Jesus temped by the devil. Jesus was crucified the third hour [Mark 15:25]. Jesus raised three people from the dead.
The only son of a widow from Nain [Luke:11-4]. The daughter of the religious leader Jairus [5:22-43]. Lazarus [John 11:1-44]. At Jesus’ trial, how many times did Peter deny his Lord? He deny Him three times. Each denial was for one in the Trinity. After His resurrection, how many times was Peter asked to confirm his love? Three times one for his denial of the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit. How long did Jesus ministry last? Three years.
Jesus lived 33 years on earth. Anyone that can witness all of these triune events and walk away and say, Oh’ it’s just all a coincidence, I think should take deep look inside themselves and ask, do I have a love of the truth, am I really seeking the truth, or I am I just trying to defend a doctrine? Only those who do not have a love of the truth will be deceived in the great deception.
OTHER EXAMPLES OF THE IMPROTANCE OF THE NUMBER THREE
It was a three day journey” into the wilderness to complete the separate God’s people from Egypt. “And they said, the God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go we pray thee, “three days” journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. [Exo 5:3]. Why would they need to go “three” day’s journey into the desert, why not two or five? It had to be “three.”
The Lord’s guarantee to Abraham to fulfill his promise.
“And the Lord said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, take Me a heifer of three years old and a she goat of three years old and a ram of “three years old” and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. [Gen 15:7-9].
Do you see why you can’t remove the Holy Trinity from the word just by twisting a few scriptures or trying to remove them? The only way you can remove the Trinity from scripture is to rewrite the whole bible, the Jehovah’s Witness finally figured this out back in the 1960’s. So if you intend to remove the Trinity from the Word of God, you will have to do like the Jehovah’s Witness and write you own version of the bible!
In Genesis 18:2 “three” persons appeared to Abraham.
“And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; and he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him; and when he saw them he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground. [Gen 18:1-2].
Three months after the Israelites left Egypt they met the Lord. Three days after that Moses went into the mountain to receive The Ten commandments. God instituted three holy feast. They was to build a tabernacle three cubits high. There is a three day waiting period before one is made clean after touching a dead body.
Three denotes divine perfection that’s why the number three is associated with the Godhead, three persons in one God. That’s why the Seraphim cry Holy, Holy, Holy one for Holy Father, one for Holy Son and for Holy Spirit. Anything less than three Holies would have been short of the triune Holiness of The triune God. These angels stand in the presence of God; they know that He is a triune being. Even their wings are in three sets.
The spies brought back fruit from the promise land to show how good it was. How many types of fruit did they bring back? They brought back three type of fruit: Grapes, figs, pomegranates. [Num 13:23]. As witness to the divine perfection of land that was given by the hand of The Perfect Triune God.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, against the “third day” for the “third day” the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. [Exo 19:11].
The Triune Temple
The Trinity is imbedded in the temple. In the Holy of Holies there was a cube each. The temple had cube of twenty cubes. Each of these twenty had three parts to it.These parts are: The Court, the Holy Place and the Sanctuary. There were three chambers around the temple. The Brazen Sea had three thousand baths with a line of thirty cubits with three hundred knops. [1 Kings 7:24]. Its foundation were twelve oxen (3x4); three looking north, three looking west, three looking south, and three looking east.
Not only in the word of God stamp with the Trinity, but the whole of creation have the Mark of The Trinity? When I first enter the field electronic one of things I thought was amazing was the fact that only three dots striking the screen was responsible for the beautiful color picture on the screen. And on top of that it take only “three” basic colors [red, blue and green] to produce all the different hues. Yes we have a whole universe designed around the important number three the number of perfection, the number of God! The number of the resurrection! The number of the Godhead!
If God is truly triune then we expect to see it in man, who is in His image, not only in man, but in His whole creation. The creation should reflect its creator! If God is triune and He wanted His people to know it, wouldn’t He at least put it right there in the open for all to see, for those who really cared to look. And knowing that Satan would one day deceive the whole inhabited earth (except for the very elect) with his imitation of the real Holy Heavenly Trinity of God? Would God leave us to grope in the dark in such an important matter? No! God would mark it on every sign post possible. Surely a loving Father would that for His children. But the children have the freedom to either read the signs or ignore them for whatever reason.
Take the time to read signs that are posted for your safe arriver to heavenly home or you will get lost on the highway of life. God showed me that I was not to get caught up in the denominational thing. Each denomination is dug into their doctrinal trenches. Even when shown the truth, they will fight tooth and nail to defend the error of their false doctrine. One must be free man made creeds; it is these creeds that sometimes keep people from looking for the truth for themselves. The only true Church is the Church Jesus Christ. Of this church I am a member! I’ nondenominational!
The trinity of God is the image of God in man! But well come back to this later.
Let’s first take a look at the testimony of the physical universe that is man’s home.
Scientific discoveries continually testified to the triune universe
The universe is a beautiful piece of mathematical genius, even in its fallen state. It screams of a loving and caring intelligent designer. A designer that took care to put laws into place so that the children could even co-create with Him to furnish their home to their taste. “How wonderful are the works of thy hands [Ps.40:5]
The known universe includes untold billions of suns and probably orbiting planets, in other word billions of worlds. The science I’m speaking of is the study of the laws and mechanism of these worlds, including our own. Science has some very important things to tell us about marvelous home. The overall result of their study [and they are in agreement] is that the universe is triune! They state that matter [the building blocks of the universe] exist as:
1. Matter= substance that constituting the universe: the material substance of the universe has mass, occupies space, and is convertible to energy.
2. Ether= electromagnetic medium: a medium believe to fill the atmosphere and outer space and carry electromagnetic waves.
3. Energy= the capacity to do work.
Of all millions of different forms, all the trees, people, animals, houses, clouds in the sky, our computers we love so much, the cars we love to drive, everything we can imagine all made of these three things!
Even the water that sustain life on earth exist in three states; solid, liquid, and gas. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Sign post baby!
The newlyweds feel so complete in each other’s arms exchanging love between the two of them. But as time goes on they begin to feel that something is missing. The trinity is incomplete. Then they realize that they need another to share this wonderful experience of love. They realize they need a baby to make it complete. They have a baby, now there is three a way exchange of love, the trinity is complete! Father, mother and child! Another coincidence? God is a family that is why the family is the most important institution on earth. All is triune!
You see, God knew that Satan would one day take the holy trinity of God and defile it, and bring reproach on it. He knew that Satan try to replace the holy trinity of God with the unholy trinity of man’666’ which is one of the identifying marks of the beast. So He stamped the trinity on the created order as His signature so that those who would their eyes to see would see. But Satan is doing everything he can to keep you blind.
When I first looking into the 666 mark of the beast, I was amazed at the wild formulas people use for calculating the 666 mark. People come up with all kinds of formulas. My first was that one needs to be a genius to figure how to avoid the mark of the beast. And since most of us not geniuses we are doomed! Would God be so cruel as to make it so hard for His children to identify this 666 mark? Surely not! Again man will lead you all over the place looking for answers, when the answer is right there staring us in the face.
God made it simple as one would expect of a loving father. Satan and man have completed it to keep you from seeing the truth. Separating the true and holy trinity from Satan’s counterfeit unholy trinity 666 mark of the beast does not take genius, but it does take wisdom. Let’s see what God have to say about it:
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of man: and his number is six hundred threescore and six.” Rev. [13:18]
God had given the answer with the first number six. Six is the number of man incomplete without God. Seven is the number of God, the number of completion, the number of perfection! As is the sevenfold spirits before the throne of God. The seven lampstands that Christ walk among in heaven, represents the seven church ages, this seventh we are living in the final, there will be no eight its completed at seven.
So the number 666 is man in place of the triune God claiming to be God! Satan knows that is triune, he stood in the presence of God. Satan is a clever strategist, a general of generals. Man is no match without Christ. I spent my last year in the marines in an infantry unit, the one thing the corps stressed about is strategy, wars won or lost in strategy. Satan knew that main job was to defile the holy trinity of God, while he setup own unholy trinity of man, remember Satan wanted to be worshiped as God. So if God is worshiped as a triune being, then to imitate and counterfeit God he would need be triune. 666!
\If God is triune even if didn’t see it stamped on the whole of creation [which we do] one would expect to see it man who is in his image. Or how else would he be in the image of his creator? God is a triune being and man who is in His image is also a triune being. There is not much that Pagan and Christian world agree on, but the one thing that both agree on is that man is a triune being.People who refuse to believe God is a triune being readily admit that His image on earth is.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray and I pray your whole spirit soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ.” [1Th 5”:23]
This verse of scripture shows the complete man in God’s image is a triune being. Even as his spirit and body separates at death, his spirit looks with faith to uniting itself with his newly resurrected body to complete him again. The bible says Jesus grew as any other child, so He a triune being like the rest of his brothers and sisters. If Jesus was God as most Christians believe that God on earth was triune. The bible says Christ change not. If He was a triune being then, he still is today.
“There are also celestial bodies and bodies’ terrestrial: but the glory the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.” [Corin 15:40]
This part of our being is of the physical earth. To function in a physical world, to open and close doors, pick up a fork to eat with, to do physical things in a physical world. But if man were only physical, he would only be able to communicate in the physical. He wouldn’t have the ability to communicate with God in the spirit world; he would be limited to the physical. But God had a remedy for that!
So the physical man would be incomplete, he must have a way of communicating with his creator who is spirit. He must also be spirit! God put a spirit in man so there could be two way communications. Without that spirit, God could still hear from man but man could not hear from God. The spirit is the innermost being of the person. It is the most sacred place. It is the place where the Holy Spirit stes up His throne in the believer.
“know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God, that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? [Corin 3:16]
This is the holy place where God and man meet. Now, at this point man is two beings in one. But there is a third being he needs to complete him.
The soul is what really integrates the spirit and the body, and becomes the personality. And the man becomes a living soul, in the image of his creator. It is the soul that keeps the spirit and body in balance, or allows it to get out of balance. It is in the soul where battle of the carnal flesh body [earthly body] and the spirit [heavenly body] is fought. It is the seat of human emotions and his reasoning mind. If the soul is fed on the spiritual food of heaven, and denied the lust of the flash, then the spirit grows strong in the Lord. But, if the soul feeds on lustful things of the physical carnal world [sex, money, fame etc…] then the fleshly body takes over, then the whole trinity of that man is led to destruction.
Everything I’ve presented to you is scriptural and easy to understand, the way God intended it to be. I didn’t twist scripture or take it out of its context. Anytime it gets too complicated, too hard to understand stop and ask yourself, is this how God intended it to be , so hard to understand? Remember Jesus didn’t go to the educated scribes, priest, and philosophers. No, He took His message to uneducated fishermen, tentmakers, and carpenters.
It is the weak where God shows His strength, it is in the uneducated where He takes the foolish things of this world to confuse the wise. The weak and uneducated is sometimes less proud than the powerful and the educated. When I was in my alcoholic years I use to attend AA meetings, there was one thing they kept stressing [I didn’t understand it then but as time went on I would see the wisdom in it.] It’s called the AA KISS it’s an acronym for ‘keep it simple stupid’ so let’s keep is simple and easy for all to under stand.
The number three rule the vegetation kingdom. There three types of vegetation: grass, herbs and trees [Gen 1:11].
There three kind of light of lights in the sky: the sun, the moon and the stars [Gen I:16].
There are three kind of animals: fist, foul and land animals.
\There are three states of matter [solid, liquid and gas].
Our world is the third planet form the sun.
These are only some of thing in the universe and the bible, God use to direct the searching soul to the truth. If the Trinity was of pagan origin would God mark His whole creation with the mark of the beast? You know the answer. How could He be any clearer? Those with a love of the truth can’t miss it. Those who continue to defend a tradition will miss it. The only way we can find the truth is to come to the word of God looking for the truth, and not “my” but “God’s” truth.
Everything is simple and strait forward and easy to understand. You don’t need to know Greek or take a class in Hebrew to understand it. Three is three in every language. There are many more examples I can bring out from the bible and the physical creation but if this is not enough I don’t know what it will take open blind eyes.
GOD MADE IT SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS THREE AND THE “THREE” IS ONE! MAN COMPLICATED WHAT GOD INTENED TO BE SIMPLE!