**What's in a Name?**

It has
been claimed that *three* is a numerical symbol for all
that is *substantial* or *complete*. The argument
usually begins with an appeal to classical geometry where a
minimum of *three* straight lines is seen to be required
to form a plane figure; and *three* dimensions of length,
breadth and height, are necessary to define a solid - the
simplest example being the *cube*. It is further pointed
out that there are three great divisions completing time viz, *past*,
*present* and *future*; three persons in grammar
express and include all the relationships of mankind; *thought*,
*word* and *deed*, complete the sum of human
capability; God's prime attributes are three viz, *omniscience*,
*omnipresence* and *omnipotence*; and so on.

Again, as
readers of the Bible will know, *three* is frequently
found associated with matters of spiritual substance. Consider,
for example, the *Three* Persons of the Trinity to each of
whom in turn the Seraphim direct their cry, "Holy, Holy,
Holy"; the Lord - represented by the same *three*
persons - appeared to Abraham 'in the plains of Mamre'; and Jesus
rose on the* third* day (having been crucified at the *third*
hour) and it was for *three *hours (from the 6th to the
9th) that darkness shrouded him; and so on. Clearly, therefore,
there exists a convincing catalogue of instances which support
the proposition that, in the appropriate context, *three *represents
*absolute solidity* and *perfection*.

The
purpose of this paper is to bring forward further powerful
evidences confirming the significance of *three* to those
dwelling in *'the courts of heaven'*. In line with
previous submissions, the procedures will focus particularly on
the reading of the information provided in the numbers that are a
fair alternative reading of Hebrew and Greek words and phrases,
and their representation as related symmetrical structures of
geometry.

The Hebrew word 'Elohim'
(pronounced 'Eloheem' and traditionally translated 'God' - though
it is actually the plural form of 'Eloah'!) is first encountered
as the *third* word of Genesis 1:1 (reading from right to
left in the traditional manner):

Note that 'Elohim' has five letters whose values as numerals ( their 'characteristic values' or CVs) are 1, 30, 5, 10 and 40, respectively.

[Those unfamiliar with the Hebrew scheme of numbering kindly click here]

This name for God occurs 228
times in the Torah (or Pentateuch). The researcher, Ian Mallett,
has recently drawn attention to the interesting fact that if its
letters are read as *three* groups of *three* -
that is, 1st/2nd/3rd, 2nd/3rd/4th and 3rd/4th/5th - the
corresponding CVs (obtained by summing the constituent numerals)
are 36, 45 and 55, ie a rising and consecutive sequence of *tri*angular
numbers (the 8th, 9th and 10th). These facts are detailed in the
following panel:

Observe that the sum of these three triangles is 136 - which is also triangular - and the sum of their order numbers, 27 (or 3^3). Note too that when 16 (the order number of 136) is added to the latter sum, the total becomes 43 - largest prime factor of 'Elohim'.

Clearly, *three*
- the first triangular number proper - is a persistent feature of
these proceedings, for consider:

- Genesis 1:1 - the
Bible's opening verse (in which 'elohim' first appears as
*third*word) - has the form of an equilateral triangle precisely inset with a second equilateral triangle representing the two final words - translated "and the earth."

The factors of Genesis 1:1 viz, 37 and 73, are revealed as hexagon and hexagram, respectively, when the

*third*of the elohim triangles, 55 (incidentally, symbolizing a pair of human hands!) is symmetrically united with an inverted copy of itself, thus:

its plural form lends support to the Christian doctrine of the

*Trinity*having 5 letters, there are just

*three*successive groups of*three*adjacent letterseach group of 3 yields a

*tri*anglethese triangles are in rising ordered sequence

the sum of these 3 triangles yields another - 136

this sum - as a denary (or base 10) number - has

*three*digits which reveal the first three triangular numbers (1, 3 and 6)again, the digit sums are interesting: 1+3+6 = 10 (triangular); (3+6)+(4+5)+(5+5) = 28 (triangular); 2+8 = 10, and 1+0 = 1 (first, and degenerate, member of the triangular series)

other radix-dependent features of interest include: (a) with 'Elohim', the first word of Genesis 1:1 forms 999 and, (b) with the other two nouns 'heaven' and 'earth', it forms 777; these

*three*-digit eye-catchers are multiples of 111, or 3 x 37finally, as already noted,

*three*is itself triangular!

Can such a remarkable confluence - involving the name of the Creator himself - be fairly considered fortuitous? Is it not more reasonable rather to regard the phenomenon as a notable example of supernatural design? However, to draw such a conclusion at this juncture would be somewhat premature - there being further evidences to weigh.

The proper name of the
God of Israel, the mystical four-letter *tetragrammaton - *vocalized
as YaHWeH or JeHoVaH, and invariably rendered 'The Lord' by the
translators of the AV - is first encountered in association with
'Elohim' in Genesis 2:4. Its letters reveal a different pattern
of three consecutive triangular numbers, thus:

**4
- The 'Yahweh Elohim' phenomenon**

In combination with
'Elohim' (the pair translated "The Lord God") a further
pattern of *three* ascending triangles is revealed in the
sums of the straight groups of three letters, thus:

Notice that the order
numbers of these triangles form a Pythagorean *triple *-
twice the simplest primitive (3, 4 ,5).

**5
- A view from the New Testament**

The first chapter of John's
Gospel makes it clear that the 'Elohim' of Genesis 1:1 is none
other than The Lord Jesus Christ. We are therefore led to expect
some evidence of numerical design involving* three* in
respect of this Name. In the original Greek, nominative case, it
appears as follows:

Identical forms of both name and title are to be found in the Septuagint - a Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament dating from c300 BC - though not in combination. The numerical implications are as follows:

[Those unfamiliar with the Greek scheme of numbering kindly click here]

These remarkable facts invite close examination and comment:

- both components are multiples of 37; they are thus bound numerically to Genesis 1:1 which, in both whole and part, is saturated with this factor

- both components are multiples of 296, or 8 x 37 - 7th word of Genesis 1:1, translated "the earth"; this further link with the Bible's first verse is enhanced by the realization that the subject under discussion is God Incarnate.

- the ratio Jesus : Christ is seen to be 3 : 5, ie precisely that between the sides of the 'mercy seat' or 'propitiatory' (Ex.25:17); remarkably, both Paul and John refer to Jesus as 'a propitiation' (Ro.3:25, 1Jn.2:2).

- the
*cube*has now become a significant feature of the proceedings, thus (a) the repeated eights representing 'Jesus' - 8 being the cube of 2, and (b) sixty-four (the cube of 4) appearing as factor of 'Jesus Christ'; this latter fact is the more remarkable when it is perceived that in a typical view of a cubical stack of 64 unit cubes, one or more faces of precisely 37 (the other factor) are visible.

It
should not pass unnoticed that the cube represents a biblical
symbol of *holiness - *as evidenced by 1Kings 6:20 and
Rev.21:16. This is also implied in Exodus 25 re the 'Holy of
Holies' - central feature of Tabernacle worship.

This wooden chest with its golden lid - the 'mercy seat' - occupied the inner sanctum of the Tabernacle; it was there that the High Priest met with God annually on the Day of Atonement to plead forgiveness for the sins of the people. The details of its construction were conveyed to Moses by God - these backed up by the solemn words "... look that thou make (it) after the pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount."

The required dimensions of the
ark were "two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof,
and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a
half the height thereof." (Ex.25:10). And for the mercy
seat: "two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof,
and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof." (Ex.25:17);
clearly, the perimeter was to be 8 (the *cube* of 2)
cubits

Our concern is with the stated numbers of cubits rather than with precise dimensions. Let us therefore begin by removing the fractions - simply achieved by taking as our new unit of length the 'half cubit'. The ark is then seen to be a cuboid of dimensions 5 x 3 x 3, and the mercy seat, a 5 x 3 rectangle. The following diagram portrays the complete structure:

There are a several attributes of interest:

the mercy seat has an area of 15 units; 15 is 5th triangular number

the superficial area of the ark is 4 x 15 + 2 x 9, or 78 units; 78 is 12th triangular number; also, 78 = 3 x 26 = 3 x 'Yahweh'

the volume of the ark is 45 units; 45 is 9th triangular number

the number of unit cubes involved in the frame of the ark is 4 x 5 + 2 x 4, or 28; 28 is 7th triangular number

Careful study reveals that, in respect of this high concentration of triangularity in its numerical characteristics, this particular cuboid surpasses all two million others when length, width and height are each taken over the range 2 - 127 units.

**7
- The 'out-of-the-sea' phenomena**

The page *666 - and
All That* draws particular attention to *three *dimensionless
triangular numbers that occur as 'surface features' of the New
Testament; they are 153 (Jn.21:11), 276 (Acts 27:37) and 666
(Rev.13:18) - 17th, 23rd and 36th triangular numbers,
respectively. All are observed to have supernatural connections.
The last has the form of 888, 777 and 999, and is therefore a
multiple of 3 and 37. But, as a triangular number, 666 is unique
in that, (a) all its numerical attributes are triangular numbers
and, (b) it participates as a triplet in a geometrical rendering
of Genesis 1:1.

It is further demonstrated that all three triangles - taken in association with the unique triangular sequence 6, 6x6 and 66 (3rd, 8th and 11th, respectively) - point inevitably, and directly, to the Bible's first verse.

A series of tests involving computer searches and simulations have established the following additional facts:

- The Torah (or Pentateuch) comprises 79,976 Hebrew words (ignoring hyphens). Of these, 15,058 have 5 letters and involve 4109 distinct words. While 9 possess certain of the features listed in Section 2 above, only one has all the observed triangular riches. In this respect, therefore, 'elohim' is unique.

- When the 5,153,632 arrangements of 5 Hebrew letters were generated and examined for the same triangular characteristics, again, only 'Elohim' was equal to the challenge.

- Concerning the sum of a running sequence of 3 triangular numbers being itself triangular: there are just 6 instances of the phenomenon in the first 10 million natural numbers.

The following inferences may be made from a consideration of all these data:

- 3, undoubtedly, is a number that possesses a substantial spiritual dimension

- along with 10 and 37, 3 is revealed to be a key component of the 'validating principle' that our Creator foresaw would be needed in our day to fulfil his promise: "...the wisdom of their wise men shall perish..."(Is.29:1)

- his plan involves numerical geometry - in particular, the triangle and its simple derivatives

- the Hebrew of the OT, and the Greek of the NT are seen to be speaking 'with one voice: Jesus is undoubtedly 'Elohim', Redeemer and Lord.

It is appropriate that we consider one final point of interest re the Bible's opening verse:

'Aleph' (shown in blue) - the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and of 'Elohim' - occurs 6 times, in positions 3, 9, 10, 15, 23 and 26. These figures total 86, or 'Elohim'.

Poetry and parable
aside, it was ever intended that we read and understand the Bible
literally - notwithstanding the problems raised by unbelieving
scientists and intellectuals (whose assumptions, concerning
reality are, anyway, always suspect - and rarely declared). It is
inevitable that the 'wisdom of the wordly wise' will, one day, be
destroyed. May these numerical facts - immune to all
manipulation, and now seen to be endorsed by the Lord's *signature*
- bring that day closer.

Vernon Jenkins MSc

email: vernon.jenkins@virgin.net

26 Nov,'00/modified 11 Apr '01