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Three and a Half (Introduction 3)

A Complete Seven

A Red Dice with Black NumbersNumbers have symbolic meaning in the Biblical text both for the Jewish reader and for ourselves as Christians. For example, the number "seven" indicates "completeness or fullness" as in the "seven days of Creation" and the "seven Golden Lampstands" in Revelation. Seven means that this process, number or act, whatever it is, has been completed.✞

Three and a Half Years

Eagle in Flight"Three and a half" is similar except that it characterizes a time of "imperfection or incompleteness" yet to be fulfilled. For example, the famine in Elijah's day lasted three and a half years according to James 5.17 which says, "Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years." This indicates that the judgement was not yet complete. In a similar way, the woman in Revelation 12.14 was "given the the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach." The phrase "time, times and half a time" is another way of saying three and a half and may also be found elsewhere as "forty-two months" or "1,260 days." The early Jewish calendar was not the same length as the solar calendar used by most of the Western World today but is instead based upon the rotation of the earth on its axis equal to one day, the revolution of the moon about the earth is equal to one month and the revolution of the earth about the sun is equal to one year. In Revelation 12.6 where "the woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days" is the Jewish equivalent of the modern western calendar's three and a half years and would equal "1,277.5 days" to be mathematically accurate. However, to the Early Church "three and a half" indicated "incomplete" and the number "seven" meant "complete."

Three, Ten and Twelve

The Number Twelve"Ten" is the symbolic number for "eternity." "Twelve" indicates the "Kingdom of God" with three, the signature of God, multiplied by four, the signature of the world. The number "twelve" is used by the Gregorian calendar for units of time and even some currencies, for example the old "pounds, shillings and pence." in the United Kingdom. Watch for these Revelation symbolic numbers as you read, understand their intended interpretation and view them in their context accordingly.

"Revelation Symbolic Numbers"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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