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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3.16

The Bible is full of statements describing the nature of God. It speaks of Godís Love, Godís Will, and Godís Wisdom. The words used in these descriptions were all weighed, measured, and meted out in accordance with the full intelligence of Almighty God. To properly understand and appreciate the grandeur of His great work we must be careful to heed each and every detail of the structure that he established. Rest assured, this labor of love need not be burdensome.

Greek is a strongly inflected language, which means that the words change form (spelling) depending on how they are used in a sentence. For example, consider two fundamental Greek words, (Theos, God) and pic (Sophia, Wisdom). These appear in English as the roots of 'theology' and 'philosophy'. As written here, these words are in their nominative form, which is how they appear when they are the subject of a sentence or listed in a dictionary. If, on the other hand, we wished to speak of Godís wisdom, we would inflect the word God to convey the idea that the wisdom comes from or belongs to God.

In English, this meaning can be conveyed either by using the phrase of God or by appending an apostrophe and an 's' to form the word God's. The latter process parallels how this relation is indicated in Greek, where the form changes from (Theos) to (Theou). Therefore, to speak of Godís wisdom we write

(Theou sophia)

This is how we would refer to Godís wisdom if it were the subject of a sentence. The word order is insignificant; Theou sophia and sophia Theou are equivalent and can be rendered either as God's Wisdom or The Wisdom of God. The use of articles is discussed below.

To speak of Godís wisdom as the object of a verb, as when Paul wrote, ďwe speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory,Ē the noun sofia is inflected by appending the letter (Nu) as follows:

(Theou sophian)

It is extremely important to keep an eye on details such as these lest the study of the numerical structure of Scripture fall into the same meaningless muddled morass that would engulf us if we were to ignore grammar and syntax when attempting to translate the text into English. The simple fact is that a change in spelling reflects a change in meaning, which is further reflected in a change of the numerical value. Just as it would be folly to confuse the meaning of with that of , so we must never confuse the numerical weight of with that of . As it is written, "A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight."

The fundamental numerical patterns that govern the overall structure of Godís Word are derived from the nominative form of nouns and short phrases built from them. A proper study of the subtle variations in meaning and number that arise from the inflections would require a large number of pages and a full introduction to the Greek language. Thankfully, a study of such magnitude is not necessary to appreciate the simple beauty of Godís Word, which he designed to be easily understood, as the Word himself declares:

Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

Beyond a basic understanding of inflections, the only other point of immediate interest is the Greek use of the definite article. Like many other languages, Greek words have a gender; masculine, feminine, and neuter. Each gender has its own article, ho, hay, and to, respectively. For example, we have

Masculine The Word (, ho logos)
Feminine The Wisdom (, hay sophia)
Neuter The Spirit (, to pneuma)

Nouns appear in Scripture with or without an article, and the translator uses a great deal of personal discretion in determining if a missing article should added or a present article should be ignored. For example, most references to the true God appear with the definite article as , but this is translated as ďthe GodĒ only if there is a dependant clause like "of your fathers." It would be a poor translation indeed that said "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which [the] God gave unto him." It is simply not good English, regardless of the fact that the Greek contains in this verse. Likewise, many expressions require the use of the English article even when no article appears in the Greek text. For example, we are commanded to take up "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." The actual text says "o (which) (is) (word) (of God)" No matter how you cut it, "which is word of God" is not an adequate translation, and the translator is certainly justified in adding the English ďthe.Ē

With this basic understanding, we can now begin to explore some of the incredibly beautiful identities that emerge from the intrinsic alphanumeric structure of the integrated Greek and Hebrew languages. The simplest way to denote an attribute of God is to forego the use of articles and to simply juxtapose the word (of God, or Godís) with the attribute in question. I begin with this simplest case and calculate the value of:

God's Love

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Agape Theou

= 577

The Number 577 is prime, meaning it can not be divided by any number other than 1 and itself without leaving a remainder. As will become clear as this study progresses, the prime numbers form the foundation of the numerical structure of Scripture just as they form the foundation of the mathematical topic known as Number Theory.

The extent of Godís love is revealed in one of the best known verses in all the Bible. When the Lord Jesus explained his mission in life to a rather dumbfounded Nicodemas, he said,

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

This returns us again to Golgotha, where Christ was lifted up, and reminds us again of the price he paid to redeem our souls. But in the midst of this dark and terrible awareness, that he bore the full consequence of our sin and died, there arises a light that shines with the radiance of Godís absolute love, sealed with the Cross. This is the essence of the everlasting Gospel, which is denoted throughout Scripture by the word:

Gospel

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Evangelion

= 577

This word, pronounced evangelion, comes to us in English via such words as evangelize and evangelical. It is from the roots eu-good and angelion-message. The Good News. The latter root is familiar through the word angel, which can be used to signify any messenger, but is usually used in Scripture to refer to the messengers of God.

To appreciate this result, we must remember that these are the fundamental terms used throughout the New Testament to describe Godís Love and the Gospel, and that the numerical values have been established for over two thousand years. The implications are staggering: the Gospel of Godís Love was, is, and always will be embedded in the intrinsic alphanumeric structure of the Greek language.

Glory to God in the highest! Just as he designed the Hebrew alphabet to form the foundation of His creation, so he designed the Greek to fill His creation with echoing praises of the glorious Gospel of His Son throughout all eternity. This is the Word of Almighty God, "that is able to save your souls." God is love! And this is the Gospel Truth, spelt with a capital Tav, pointing us everback to the Cross where the Lord suffered the capital punishment we deserved. With a God like this, who could fail to obey Paulís admonition to ďRejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you?Ē And this leads us to the next fundamental identity that reveals the nature of Godís Will. The exact words written in the verse just quoted are:

God's Will

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Thelema Theou

= 577

We have, therefore, the following threefold set based on the prime Number 577:

The Number 577 God's Love -
God's Will -
Gospel -

Two of these identities depend upon the relation of Love and Will, which are inextricably linked through the identity:

Love

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Agape

= 93 =

Will

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Thelema

This reflects the age-old Christian understanding that true love is an act of the will. It is not a mere feeling, as taught by the Master himself when he said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Mere mortals, such as the late psychologist Rollo May, have also recognized the deep significance of this relation. In the introduction to his book Love and Will, May wrote "I have long felt that Love and Will were interrelated and belonged together." The relations God encoded in the Greek and Hebrew languages reveal not only the structure of the Wheel, the nature of God, and all the fundamental doctrines of the Bible; they embody all knowledge, including Psychology, Philosophy, Physics and Mathematics, and all this with an elegance and simplicity that could come only from God himself.

Just as the Wheel is composed of Wheels within wheels within wheels, so these fundamental identities are built upon identities that reveal the nature of the components that were united. This property, which mimics the nearly infinite self-reflectivity of holographs, characterizes all of Godís Works. The closer one looks at any human work, the more imperfections one finds, whereas with God it is just the opposite. The closer one looks at his Works, the greater is the mystery of God. Consider the lilies of the field! Glance at them, and yes, they are beautiful. Get a microscope and they are nothing short of miraculous! The closer one looks the greater the marvel of Godís works! And so it is with the holographic structure of the Holy Scripture.

To understand the full significance of the actual numbers that appear in these identities, and why God chose them and not some others, we will have to establish a reasonably large ďnumerical vocabulary.Ē This involves the detailed study of the Ten digits and the Twenty-two letters, as revealed in various parts of Scripture such as the Ten Commandments, the Seven Days of Creation, the Seven Seals of the Apocalypse, and of course, the structure of the Wheel. Obviously, this will take some time. Even Shakespeare had to learn his ABCs. At this point, our purpose is to gain an overview of the general patterns that have been discovered. As the vocabulary increases, the relations amongst the individual numbers and their related concepts will become self-evident.







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