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And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28.18f

A stained glass version of the Trinity Shield from the Lehigh Valley Presbyterian Church

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deuteronomy 6.4f

The Shield of the Blessed Trinity

The Shield of the Blessed Trinity is another perfect example of the divine integration of Art, Prophecy, and Scripture. The discovery of the formal identity between the geometric structure of the Canon Wheel and ancient icons of Christ Pantocrator awoke my soul to the prophetic nature of sanctified Christian Art produced by God's Saints during the last twenty centuries. I immediately recognized the representation of the Bible in the form of the Menorah - designed by God Himself in Exodus 25 - to be another example of this divinely inspired Art, given for glory and for beauty. Likewise, I now recognize the Shield of the Blessed Trinity as a representation of the prime structure of the Shema as revealed in the Unity Holograph:

The common shape is but a slight variation of the Tri-radiant Nimbus God used in the design of the Canon Wheel. This is an example of God's continuous variation on the theme of the Trinity that we find throughout His Artwork.

The Shield is a graphic representation of the Doctrine of the Trinity. I believe it is inspired of God. It is the most compact, complete, and perfect representation of this essential Doctrine that I could imagine. The three letters in the circles represent Father (P. = Pater), Son (F. = Filius), and Holy Spirit (S.S. = Spiritus Sanctus). Each radius to the central circle representing God (Deus) contains the word est (is) so the diagram states that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Each connection is bi-directional, so it can be read outwards to declare that God is the Father, God is the Son, and God is the Spirit.

The eternal distinction between the three Divine Persons is taught by reading around the outer circle: The Father is not (non est) the Son, the Son is not (non est) the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not (non est) the Father. This too is bi-directional and can be read in reverse to declare the Father is not the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is not the Son, and the Son is not the Father.

The equality of each Divine Person is expressed in the perfect threefold symmetry of the diagram. The complete unity and eternal unchanging nature of God is communicated by the circular design (cf. The Eternal Circle). This then integrates with the structure of the Canon Wheel and the ancient icons of Christ Pantocrator when we note that the Shield is but a slight variation of the pattern of the tri-radiant halo used to represent Deity. The compact perfection, geometric clarity, and rich variation on the theme of Three in One is not merely impossible to miss, it is glorious to behold!

I have been unable to determine the exact date or place of origin of the Shield, but I do know that it is at least five hundred years old, because it appears in a fifteenth century stained glass window of St. Mary's Church This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window in Henham, England shown below. Any additional insight the reader might have on this question would be appreciated.

15th Century window from St. Mary's
Church in Henham, Enlgand
Closeup of the Trinity Shield

The Trefoil and Symbols of the Trinity

13th Century symbol of the Doctrine of the TrinityOne of the most common symbols of the Trinity is the Trefoil, generated from three interlocking Circles. It is generally believed that this symbol was created by St. Patrick when he illustrated the Trinity by pointing to a shamrock and remarking that it the three separate leaves form yet one shamrock. Hence the name Trefoil, i.e. three-leaved. The image at right is a variation on the Shield of the Holy Trinity, and is essentially identical to a diagram found in a thirteenth century manuscript in the Municipal Library at Chartres. The rings are also called Borromean Rings This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window, named after the Italian Renaissance family that used them on their Coat of Arms. It is mathematically equivalent to a Venn Diagram This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window which is how it will be applied below in the analysis of the prime structure of the Shema. The Trefoil became a very popular motif for Gothic architecture especial windows. Not that the echoes this structure, in that it is built upon three concentric rings (cf. Three Cycles).

Stained glass window from the Lois Perkins Chapel, Southwestern UniversityThe intersection of the three circles in the Trefoil gives rise to the Triquetra such as this one from a stained glass window of Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window

Triquetra from a stained glass window at Edward's Congregational Church of Christ

All of these geometric forms - the Trinity Shield, the Trefoil, and the Triquetra - are found enshrined in a stained glass windows of Christian churches from all over the planet, though variations on the three interlocking circles is by far the most common. Schematic examples of the great variety of forms can be viewed here This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window. A good explanation of the Triquetra and related symbols is given by Trinity Assembly of God This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window Church which uses it as its logo.

The Triquetra is seen at the top of this stained glass window integrated with the Triangle, an ancient symbol of the Trinity (cf. The Great Seal of the United States). Note also the Shield of the Blessed Trinity near the bottom. Both of these geometric forms, which are traditional Christian symbols of the Trinity, will be seen to naturally represent the prime structure of the Shema which is the greatest statement of the Unity of God to be found in Scripture. I trust the significance of this will not lost on the reader.

Integration with the Unity Holograph

This image represents the mathematical structure of the Shema, as explained in depth in the Unity Holograph article. The point of interest now is its prime structure represented by the 7 numbers uniting the 3 fundamental Divine Names in the large circle centered on the Number 1118.

The two circular representations below are mathematically equivalent ways to represent the prime structure of the Shema. Any set of 3 distinct prime numbers will generate another set of 7 numbers by multiplication. In the diagram on the left, we have three overlapping circles with each circle representing one of the primes from the Unity Holograph generating set (2, 13, 43). The overlap represents multiplication; e.g. 13 x 43 = 559. The number in the center is the sum of the entire Shema, which also is the product of the three primes in the generating set: 1118 = 2 x 13 x 43:

In both diagrams, the 7 numbers are arranged in accordance with the number of primes in the product. The outer light blue areas represent the 3 individual primes. The 3 darker blue sections represent the 3 numbers generated by multiplying pairs of primes, and the central circle (royal blue) contains the number generated by multiplying together all three primes. This is the prime structure of the Unity Holograph. Here is a table of the 7 numbers generated from the 3 primes, and their associated meanings which are established with extreme exactitude in the hyperlinked articles and the discussion to follow below:

Prime Factors Value Meaning Person
13 - - 13 One, Love, My Father Father
- 2 - 2 Image, Number of the Son Son
- - 43 43 His Greatness, Exceeding Joy Holy Spirit
13 - 43 559 The Father (Ho Pater) Father
13 2 - 26 The Lord (YHVH) Son
- 2 43 86 God (Elohim) Holy Spirit
13 2 43 1118 Sum of Shema = One x God GODHEAD

This table is exhaustive. It lists all possible combinations (without repetition) of 3 distinct primes. The interplay of 3 rings dividing 7 sections echoes the structure of the Canon Wheel with its 3 radii dividing the whole Bible into 7 canonical divisions. The interplay of 3 and 7 is found on all levels of the Biblical revelation. It is found in the doctrinal symbols of the Trinity, in the large-scale structure of the Canon Wheel, and on the other extreme, it is saturates the extremely complex "microscopic" structures like the Logos Holograph built upon the numbers 73 (Wisdom) and 373 (Logos) and the Creation Holograph built on the Hex/Star pair 37/73.

I will now derive a fuller set of associations between each Number and its meaning.

Number 13: One, Love, My Father

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. [Deuteronomy 6.4]

The entire structure of the Shema is built upon the mathematical identity linking the Hebrew words for One and Love with the Number 13:

One

pic

Echad

= 13 =

Love

pic

Ahavah

The depth of integration is complete and perfect, with even the digits of the prime Number 13 - 1 and 3 - reiterating yet again the Trinitarian nature of Unity which is both the origin and nature of Love. We were created by the Ever Blessed Trinity - this is the source of all Love, and the Nature of God, as it is written (I John 4.13):

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Note the explicit Trinitarian reference to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three Divine Persons united in Perfect Love.

Of extreme interest is the tri-literal verbal root pic   (Ohav, To Love) of the noun Ahavah. It is simply the word pic (Av, Father) with the letter Heh - the letter of revelation - inserted in the heart. On page 14 of his excellent Hebrew Word Pictures, Dr. Seekins interprets this fact:

By placing the letter 'hey' in the middle of the word for father, this word picture tells us that love is the father's heart revealed.

In fact, the verb Ohav is an anagram of The Father (HaAv) declaring that the Father is Love! This is reiterated yet again with perfect clarity in the Hebrew phrase for "My Father" which is formed my suffixing a Yod to indicate person possession. We have the identity:

My Father

pic

Avi

= 13 =

Love

pic

Ahavah

Av is also the first word of the Hebrew language and it integrates with the alphanumeric structure of the First Word of the Bible - endless glory!

Here is a list of the primary associations between the Number 13 and God the Father:

  • 13 = Echad = Ahavah = Avi
  • Echad is the Hebrew name of the Number 1, the Number of the Father in the Trinity.
  • Echad, Ahavah, and Avi are all Aleph KeyWords that sum to 13
  • The verb Ohav is the revelation of the Heart of the Father

Number 2: Image, Number of the Son

[Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. [Colossians 1.15f]

The Number 2 is the Number of the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. It is also the value of the Second Letter Beyt, which is the initial of the Beyt KeyWord pic (Ben) meaning Son. In general, the Number 2 defines the Numerical Category subsuming concepts such as Duality, Reflection, Image, and Division (cf. The Dividing Line and the Second Commandment). It is deeply related to the Word (the linguistic image of an object) which is maximized on Spoke 2 and the idea of the Sword (Second Seal) - specifically the two-edged sword (cf. Logos Holograph). The Sword is the instrument of Division, causing duality, which integrates with the Division of the Waters on the Second Day and again in the Second Book. The cascading confluence of ideas relating to the Number 2 and God the Son is perhaps the most obvious in all Scripture.

Number 43: His Greatness, Exceeding Joy, and the Holy Spirit

And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. [Acts 13.52]

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine [The Son's]: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. [John 16.13]

And ye said, Behold, the LORD our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth. [Deuteronomy 5.24]

The Son came to glorify the Father. The Holy Spirit comes to glorify the Father and the Son. He is the expression of the power and love of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. In the Spirit also is the fulness of Joy. Thus we read in Psalm 43:

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy [Geel]: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God [Elohim Elohi].

These verses are intimately related to God the Holy Spirit. We have the identities:

His Greatness [Deut. 5.24]

pic

Gadlo

= 43 =

Exceeding Joy [Ps 43.4]

pic

Geel

Note that both these words are Gimel KeyWords. We have a strong confluence of ideas relating to the Holy Spirit, the Number 43, and the letter Gimel (cf. The Abundant Giver).

The idea of sending forth "light and truth" in Psalm 43 is intimately linked to the character and role of the Holy Spirit, and relates strongly to the Letter Shin - the letter of Fire - governing Spoke 21. All of this is part of the divine integration of the order of Psalms with that of the Canon, with the words (Light, Truth) [Verify] forming a KeyLink between Psalm 43 and John (Book 43).

Psalm 43 relates to Holiness, Joy, and the Divine Name Elohim, which has the value of 86 = 2 x 43, generated by multiplying two primes from the Unity Holograph generating set, as discussed below.

The Shema as Trefoil

Using the associations between the three primes and the members of the Holy Trinity allows us to represent the prime structure of the Shema in exactly the same form as the thirteenth century trefoil shown above:

Note that the center is derived from the exceedingly profound relation based on the sum total of the Shema:

Sum of Shema = 1118 = 13 (Echad, One) x 86 (Elohim, God)

This will be discussed in detail below. I will now derive the association between the composite numbers This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window generated from pairs of primes and the members of the Trinity.

Number 559 = 13 x 43: The Father

The three primes examined above are each associated with a specific Person of the Holy Trinity. The same phenomenon is seen on the second level where we consider binary products of the three primes, only now it is even more obvious with the appearance of the value of the primary New Testament Divine Title of "The Father:"

Prime Factors Value Meaning Person
13 - 43 559 The Father (Ho Pater) Father
13 2 - 26 The Lord (YHVH) Son
- 2 43 86 God (Elohim) Holy Spirit
13 2 43 1118 Sum of Shema = One x God GODHEAD

It is extremely important to understand that there is no Hebrew title of God in the Bible that sums to 559. This means that the names encoded in the Shema are incomplete without the New Testament revelation. It can not be completed with the Hebrew alone. It is equally important to note that all three of the Divine Names in the table above are specifically the three primary Names of God used in the Bible. The structure is absolutely complete and perfect. But above all it is of the greatest importance to recognize that these three Divine Names can be represented as a Triquetra with the value of One x God at the center:

The Shema unifies the three primary names of God. A sense of connection with the members of the Trinity immediately leaps out, even without the detailed analysis of the meanings associated with them. This is all the more tantalizing in light of the Trinity Shield and the central statement of the Shema "The Lord is One" which contains in itself an alphanumeric reflection of the Trinity:

The Lord is one

pic

YHVH Echad

= 39 = 3 x 13 (One / Love)

The statement of the Oneness of God mathematically states that the nature of this Unity is Three x One! Evidence of the Trinity saturates the Shema - the greatest statement of the Unity of God.

Number 26 = 2 x 13: YHVH and the Son

Having determined the main associations with the primes 2 and 13 above, it is now a simple matter to discern the meaning associated with their product. Scripture declares Jesus Christ is the Image (2) of the Father (13). This is encoded in the value of the Tetragrammaton:

YHVH (The Lord) = 26 = 2 (Image) x 13 (The Father)

This number is then reflected again in the title of the Second Person:

The Son

pic

Ben

= 52 = 2 x 26

It is important to understand that while the Tetragrammaton reveals the character of the Son, the name itself may be used in reference to any member of the Trinity, or to the Trinity as a whole. The same is true of the name Elohim, which, while revealing the character of the Holy Spirit with particular clarity, may reference any or all of the members of the Trinity.

Number 86 = 2 x 43: Elohim and The Holy Spirit

They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea. [Jeremiah 24.14]

The Holy Spirit glorifies the Father and the Son. His presence is known as the Shekinah Glory - indeed, He is the glory of God. This is encoded in this pair of identities:

Elohim

pic

 

= 86 =

The Majesty of the Lord

pic

Gaon YHVH

Note that Gaon is a Gimel KeyWord, just like Gadol, Gadlo, and Geel examined above with regards to the Number 43.

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is also to lead us all in praise of the Father and the Son. Also, the Spirit is God's Power, spoken of in Jeremiah 27.5:

I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

Both of these ideas are subsumed in the category defined by the Number 86

Praise the Lord

pic

Hallelu Yah

= 86 =

My Great Power

pic

Koachi HaGadol

Note that the Gimel KeyWord Gadol is used in the description of God's great power. The thematic light shining through the window of Gimel continues to reveal the nature of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

As a final example, we have this identity relating the value of the Greek for the Spirit with the Hebrew Divine Name Elohim:

The Spirit

pic

To Pnuema

= 946 = 11 (Where?) x 86 (Elohim)

"The Spirit" answers the question "Where is Elohim". Note also that the Number 946 is the 43rd Triangular Number - so we have a double reference via the Joy and Majesty of the Number 43 and the form of the Triangle which naturally integrates with the Number 3, the Number of the Holy Spirit.

The prime factors of the Key Number 22 = 2 x 11 modulate the Son and the Spirit with the composite numbers 26 and 86 from the Shema:

  • 52 (Son) = 2 x 26 (YHVH)
  • 946 (The Spirit) = 11 x 86 (Elohim)

Number 1118 = 2 x 13 x 43: ONE GOD

And now we are able to see the full glory of the standing miracle that is the Shema. The sum of the Shema reiterates its central message with absolute mathematical perfection.

Sum of Shema = 1118 = 13 (ONE) x 86 (GOD)

This equation echoes, rings, and resonates with the vibrant ever-living glory of the Eternal Godhead. The triple reiteration of the Number 1 draws the mind back to Aleph = 111 and the great name of God "I AM THAT I AM" (cf. GR 543) which forms the triple acronym pic. It requires nothing more than the insertion of St. Andrews Cross (an x) to arrive at the wondrous name of Jesus:

1118 ==> 111 x 8 = 888 (Jesus)

The truth declared in the Number 1118 is found in the first words of I John:

That which was from the beginning

pic

Ho en ap arches

= 1118

This is the Number the Eternal God, the Alpha Omega = 801 = The Creator designed for the proclamation of His Glory.

We can now represent the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity by replacing the 7 numbers derived from the prime structure of the Shema in the Trefoil, using mnemonics for the three primes to express more of the character of the associated Divine Person:

Mnemonic Value Person
Love 13 Father
Word 2 Son
Joy 43 Holy Spirit
Father 559 Father
Son 26 Son
Holy Spirit 86 Holy Spirit
ONE GOD 1118 GODHEAD

Mapping these onto the Trefoil allows us to simultaneously represent the full structure of the sacred Shema and the divine Doctrine of the glorious Ever Blessed Thrice Holy Trinity:

Oh! How does mere clay thank a Creator of such glory as this? Praise His Holy Name! Praise Him all who breath! Praise the Lord who is our life!

Holy, Holy, Holy!

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

This verse from Revelation 4 contains the eternal praise of the Blessed Trinity. It is itself profoundly Trinitarian, being built on three sets of three:

  1. Holy
  2. Holy
  3. Holy
  1. Lord
  2. God
  3. Almighty
  1. which was
  2. and is
  3. and is to come

Note that the description of God as He who was, is, and will be encodes the essence of His Divine Name YHVH, which contains the three forms of "to be" in Hebrew (cf. GR 543). Here is a representation threefold threefold praise in both the original Greek and the English of the KJV:

To understand the depth of this praise, we recall the fundamental identity relating God and Holiness:

God

pic

Theos

= 284 =

Holy

pic

Hagios

Thus, "Holy, Holy, Holy" is numerically equivalent to "God, God, God." Yet there is more. The fundamental Hebrew word meaning "three, threefold, triple" is pic (Shalash, S# H8027). When combined with the fundamental Beyt KeyWord pic (Barak, Blessing, cf. GR 222) we arrive at the phrase Barak Shalish, which could mean either "Threefold Blessing" of "Blessing of the Trinity." We have therefore this pair of identities:

Holy, Holy, Holy

pic

Hagios, Hagios, Hagios

= 852 =

Threefold Blessing

pic

Barak Shalash






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