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Complete Seven

A Red Dice with Black NumbersNumbers had symbolic meaning in the Biblical text both for Jewish and Christian readers. For example, the number "seven" indicated "completeness or fullness" as in the "seven days of Creation" and the "seven Golden Lampstands" in Revelation. Seven meant that this process, number or act, whatever it was, had been completed.✞

Three Half

Eagle in Flight"Three half" was similar except that it characterized a time of "imperfection or incompleteness," an event yet to be fulfilled. For example, the famine in Elijah's day lasted three half years according to James 5.17 which explained, "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 indicated that the judgement even after three half years 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" was another way of saying three half and may also be found elsewhere as "forty-two months" or even "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 was instead based upon the rotation of the earth on its axis equal to one day, the revolution of the moon about the earth was equal to one month and the revolution of the earth about the sun was 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" was 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" simply indicated "incomplete" just as the number "seven" signified "complete."

Three, Ten and Twelve

Number Twelve"Ten" was the symbolic number for "eternity." "Twelve" indicated the "Kingdom of God" with "three", the signature of God, multiplied by "four", the signature of human beings. The number "twelve" was used by the Gregorian calendar for units of time and even some currencies, for example the old British "pounds, shillings and pence." Watch for these Revelation symbolic numbers as you read, understand their intended interpretation and view them in their context accordingly. This will add depth of understanding to your reading!✞

"Revelation Numbers"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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