The symbolism of the numbers in the Bible (Part 1)
In the Bible, the numbers, when they are not to be taken in the literal sense, have a symbolic value which is often a literary expression of what is unique, complete, incomplete, completed, in abundance… For each explanation regarding the number a biblical text will be quoted with the key phrases or a key word (John 17:17 “your word is truth”, the Bible).
This Bible study has nothing to do with numerology, a form of spiritism forbidden in the Bible and it has nothing to do either, to a secret “code”, that is also contrary to the biblical context (The numerology is a form a spiritism: “Now the works of the flesh are plainly seen, and they are sexual immorality, uncleanness, brazen conduct, idolatry, spiritism” (Galatians 5:19–21). Esotericism does not conform to the biblical context: “But there is nothing carefully concealed that will not be revealed, and nothing secret that will not become known” (Luke 12:2)) (READ THE BIBLE DAILY; BIBLICAL TEACHING).
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The Administration of the Kingdom of God on Earth
Jesus Christ prophesied the end of this system of things (Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10). Why will Jehovah God put end to the human domination? Because He has set a time for nations to exercise their sovereignty (without God) and it comes to end (Tishri (Ethanim) 10th).
This Bible study will be paired with the exam of the book of Apocalypse or Revelation that echoes the prophecy of Ezekiel. To write things in a simple way, Ezekiel’s prophecy makes an earthly description of the administration of the Kingdom of God by giving precise details about the functioning of this earthly governance (The Prince; The Priest; The Levite).
According to the context of Psalm 45, as the result of the spiritual marriage between King Jesus Christ (The Lamb) and his Royal Bride, the New Jerusalem, it will be born the earthly sons of the kingdom: the princes of the Kingdom of God.
According to Revelation 5:10, the 144,000, the New Jerusalem, with the King Jesus Christ, will have both function of heavenly kings and priests for the inhabitants of the earth. This will not be the case with earthly princes (Psalms 45:16, Isaiah 32: 1,2, Ezekiel 44: 3). If the princes will be earthly representatives of Heavenly Kingship, they will not be priests. The earthly representatives of the heavenly priesthood of the 144,000 will be the “Sons of ZadoK”.
In the prophecy of Ezekiel 40–48 there is the description of the future existence of a priestly class, the sons of Zadok, served by the future sons of Levi. Who will be the future sons of Levi? It is the book of Revelation that clearly answers this question by the vision of the great crowd that will come out the great tribulation.
Israel’s three annual festivals coincided with the harvests of the agricultural seasons. We will note, with the Bible, through the resurrection of Christ and the birth of the Christian Congregation or Christian Church, that these “harvests” of spring and autumn, are the prefiguration of the different resurrections
Jesus Christ taught the heavenly resurrection several times, and especially on the evening of the last Passover he celebrated with his Apostles.
There is no doubt that the Bible teaches that most of the dead humans will be resurrected in the earthly paradise.
Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul, under inspiration, taught that the Righteous will not be judged in their resurrection, they will directly inherit everlasting life on Earth: “Most truly I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes the One who sent me has everlasting life, and he does not come into judgment but has passed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
And in the event that they have a sinless body, how will it be compatible with the fact that during the thousand years many Unrighteous Resurrected People will commit errors or unintentional sins without dying?
Understanding the prophecy of Ezekiel 40–48 allows us to understand how the earthly resurrection will be administered.
The Bible does not directly give information where the earthly resurrections will take place. However, in examining the prophecy of Ezekiel 40–48, we understand that these earthly resurrections will not be done disorderly. Jehovah, with his Son Jesus Christ, is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33). It seems that the prophecy of Ezekiel 40–48 enigmatically informs us of where the earthly resurrections will take place. It is therefore necessary to examine Ezekiel chapter 47, especially verses 9 and 10.
In the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 47:13–48: 35, Jehovah God gives an outline of the method of allocating territorial “lots”.
The prophetic significance of the sacrifices under the Law.
The four-faced creature and the four faces of the four creatures.