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Sevenfold Symmetric Perfection

(Chapter 3 of the Bible Wheel Book)

The Symmetry of the Canon Wheel

For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniq-uity of that land in one day.

Zechariah 3:9

Icon of Christ Pantocrator
Christ Pantocrator with
Tri-Radiant Cruciform Halo
(Hagia Sofia Church, 1260 AD)

The first thing to bear in mind about the Canon Wheel is the simplicity of its origin. It spontaneously emerges from the "single and surprisingly simple act" of rolling up the Bible like a scroll on a spindle wheel of Twenty-Two Spokes (pg 16), followed by the even simpler act of merely coloring and labeling the seven divisions listed at the bottom of the opposite page. That is all there is to it. Nothing has been added to the Bible, and nothing has been taken away.

As mentioned on page 24, the increase from a one- to a two-dimensional representation of the Bible reveals "a host of unanticipated correlations." Chief amongst these is the three-rayed cross-like symmetry that arises from the alignment of the first six canonical divisions on only three sets of Spokes. The Torah aligns with the Major Prophets on the first five Spokes, the Old Testament History aligns with the Minor Prophets on the next twelve Spokes, and the Wisdom Books align with the New Testament History on the last five Spokes. The Epistles stand alone as a perfect circle spanning all twenty-two Spokes on Cycle 3. The Canon Wheel exhibits three kinds of symmetry:

  • Rotational Symmetry: The infinite symmetry of the simple Circle defines the basic form of the Wheel. This symmetry applies in particular to Cycle 3 which is an undivided circle of Epistles.
  • Bilateral Symmetry: The left looks like the right. The cross-like (cruciform) pattern looks the same when reflected in a mirror. This symmetry is characteristic of most living creatures such as reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • Periodic Radial Symmetry: The six divisions on the first two Cycles follow the periodic pattern of 5–12–5 so that the six dividing lines are paired on only three radii. This symmetry also governs the design of the Menorah and the Seven Days of Creation (pg 48).
Symbol of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit

The perfect symmetry of the Canon Wheel is by itself an overwhelming witness to the Divine Unity of the living creature known as the Holy Bible, but even more profound are the implications ringing from its symbolic overtones. The basic pattern of the Canon Wheel is not new to Christianity. It echoes the ancient tri-radiant cruciform halo (three-rayed cross nimbus) that originated in the early Church with the union of the Circle, the Cross, and the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Christian iconography has used it as a Sign of Deity since at least the sixth century. It almost always has three rays and is never used for any person except a member of the Holy Trinity. It is a standard element in the iconic form called Christ Pantocrator (Greek for Almighty) exemplified above in the mosaic from the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sofia) made around 1260 AD. It appears in paintings and stained glass windows in churches of every denomination found all over the planet. Thomas Stafford explained its use in representations of the Holy Spirit in his book Christian Symbolism in Evangelical Churches:

The most used and most authentic symbol of the Holy Spirit is the descending dove with the tri-radiant nimbus. It is based on the account of the baptism of our Lord. This is one of the earliest forms used to represent the Holy Spirit and is the most beautiful of all the symbols used in Christian art. It is the preferred symbol for baptismal fonts.

Outline of the Canon Wheel
Outline of the
Canon Wheel

The symbolic overtones of the tri-radiant halo carry over directly onto the Canon Wheel, which now appears to be nothing less than a Divine Icon of the very Faith taught in the pages of the Book it faithfully represents. But there is much more to it than this. The tri-radiant halo is a lot simpler than the Canon Wheel. Its geometric pattern is based on the union of only the Circle and the Cross, whereas the Canon Wheel incorporates two additional symbols – the Alphabet and the Number Seven – in its design. It is from the unified convergence of all four of these independent symbols that the glorious light of God's incomparable Wisdom blazes forth.

A Compound Symbol of Unity, Perfection, and Completeness

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5

With the advent of the Canon Wheel, we now have an overwhelming convergence of distinct, independent, universal, and Biblical symbols representing different aspects of the unity, perfection, and completeness of the Holy Bible. The symbols include the Circle, the Cross, the Alphabet, and the Number Seven. God united all four of these elements in a single compound symbol when He designed the Canon Wheel. They synergistically interact with each other to amplify the symbolic meaning each holds individually so that the significance of the whole is immeasurably greater than the sum of its individual parts. Here is an overview of the results covered in this chapter:

  • The Eternal Circle: Unchanging, without beginning or end, infinitely symmetric, and perfect in form, the Circle is uniquely qualified as a symbol of unity, wholeness, things divine, and things eternal. It is the optimal form for the Book revealing God's eternal Word.
  • Sealed with the Sign of the Cross: The Sign of the Cross seals the geometric structure of the Bible in two fundamental ways. The name of the last Hebrew Letter, Tav (t), literally denotes a mark, sign, or cross. Both Jewish and Christian traditions have long recognized it as a Biblical symbol of God's Covenant. It consummates and seals the entire Biblical revelation on Spoke 22, the Last Spoke. The Sign of the Cross also seals the large-scale structure of the whole Bible with the sevenfold symmetry that forms an image of the traditional tri-radiant cruciform halo, the Sign of Deity in ancient Christian iconography. The seals of many denominational churches echo this pattern (pg 56).
  • Aleph (א) and Tav (ת), First and Last: Scripture reveals the Lord Jesus Christ both as the Word of God and as the Alpha Omega (ΑΩ), using the names of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. These ideas naturally cohere because any word can be written with letters, so the first and last Letters of any alphabet, as representative of all that lie between them, innately form a symbol of everything that can be named, implying completeness and totality. God merged the Hebrew Alphabet, the Circle, and all Scrip-ture when He designed the Bible Wheel to form a compound symbol of the all-encompassing, everlasting, sealed perfection of His written Word, from Aleph to Tav.
  • Sevenfold Symmetric Perfection: From the Seven Days of Creation to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Scripture presents the Number Seven as the numerical symbol of fullness, completion, and perfection. God incorporated this number in the canonical divisions to form the sevenfold symmetry that looks like the tri-radiant cruciform halo. The pattern combines with the Alphabetic Circle so that the vertical line of bilateral symmetry divides between the Aleph (א) and Tav (ת). The Bible Wheel unites all four independent symbols – the Circle, the Cross, the Alphabet, and the Number Seven – to form a compound symbol representing the complete perfection of God's Holy Word from begin-ning to end. Its structure is optimal in too many ways to mention. It is perfection set upon perfection!

The next few sections will explore how the Lord fully integrated these four independent symbols to form a single multifaceted compound symbol declaring nothing less than the eternal perfection of the entire revealed Word of God. It is important to remember that these are just a few of the top-level signs and symbols proclaiming the Divine Perfection of God's Book. The detailed structure revealed in the thematic integration of the three Books on each Spoke with each other and the corresponding Hebrew Letter is no less miraculous. This is explored in great detail in Part II, The Synopsis of the Twenty-Two Spokes.

The Eternal Circle

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

James 1:17f

God the Geometer
God the Geometer
(13th Century Manuscript)

Throughout history and across all cultures, artists and religious iconographers have recognized the Circle as the ideal symbol of completion, perfection, things Divine, and things eternal. No other figure expresses these ideas with such simple elegance. It is a universal symbol; an archetype from the Mind of God. We see it in the glorious rainbow roundabout God's throne (Ezek 1:28, Rev 4:1), in the halos above the heads of His saints, and even as a symbol of the very act of creation when God "placed a compass upon the face of the depth" (Prov 8:27). This last verse inspired the image below, which also portrays Christ with the tri-radiant cruciform halo. Note that His foot is stepping out of the frame. The artist understood well that God cannot be "put in a box."

The Circle is uniquely qualified as the geometric form of God's eternal Word. It possesses significant properties found in no other two-dimensional figure. It is the most compact, meaning that the ratio of the perimeter to the area is less than any other figure. The Wheel, therefore, is the most compact two-dimensional representation possible by which the Bible may be geometrically integrated with the Hebrew alphabet. This follows the same minimization principle that characterizes many physical laws, which also can be used in the derivation of the sevenfold symmetry of the Canon Wheel from first principles, as explained on my website.

The Infinite Symmetry of a Perfect Circle

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

The singular beauty of the simple Circle arises from the fact that amongst all two-dimensional objects it and it alone is infinitely symmetric. Any two-dimensional figure has a degree of symmetry measured by its behavior under rotation. An equilateral triangle, when rotated about its center, returns to its original orientation only when the angle is a multiple of 120 degrees, or one third of the Circle. It has, therefore, symmetry of order three. Likewise, a square returns to its original orientation only when the angle is a multiple of 90 degrees, or one fourth of the Circle. It has symmetry of order four. In general, a regular polygon with "n" sides will have symmetry of order "n." The symmetry order of a non-regular polygon, such as a rectangle, will always be less than "n." Here are three simple figures that exemplify these ideas; a rectangle, a square, and a circle:

Symmetry groups

Most objects are not symmetric at all, and of all that are symmetric, the degree of symmetry is always finite, except in the unique case of the Circle which can be rotated through any angle with no variation in form. It is, therefore, a natural analog of the relation between God, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17), and everything else in His creation. It is He, and He alone that is infinite and unchanging, as it is written, "For I am the LORD, I change not" (Mal 3:6), and again, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb 13:8). The spiritual significance of the Circle as the most excellent symbol of things Divine and things eternal is impossible to miss and to behold the Word of God to be supernaturally structured on this eternal pattern strikes the mind that has faith to see as nothing less than an immutable miracle, endlessly ablaze.

Sealed with the Sign of the Cross

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

I Corinthians 2:1f

God designed the symbolic meaning of the twenty-two Hebrew letters to proclaim the message of the everlasting Gospel. The meaning of each letter derives from its name, position in the alphabet, grammatical function and associated KeyWords. The meaning of the last letter is very plain; Jews and Christians have agreed about it from the beginning. As noted on page 21, its name תו (Tav) is a common Hebrew word that denotes a mark, sign, or cross. In the ancient Hebrew script, it was written alternately as X or cross, the latter being identical to the traditional form of the Cross of Christ. It is the origin of the corresponding Greek Tau and Latin T. The famed Hebrew scholar Gesenius noted that it was "a sign in the form of a cross branded on the thigh or neck of horses and camels." It is the elemental sign of ownership used by God to identity His faithful Remnant in a vision He gave to the Prophet Ezekiel:

And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark (tav) upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Ezekiel 9:4

Keystone of the Bible
God the Geometer
cross    Spoke 22 – Tav    cross

The actual Hebrew word translated as mark in this verse is tav, the name of the twenty-second letter. Everyone marked with the Tav Cross was protected when God poured out his wrath on the apostates corrupting His Temple. Similar imagery appears in Revelation 7 when God sealed 144,000 of His servants in their foreheads against the coming judgment. All of this conspires to reveal Tav as the Covenant Letter which is the meaning recognized by both Christians and Jews since antiquity. Rabbinic tradition calls it the Seal of Creation and the Seal of Truth. As discussed in the next section, Church Fathers from the earliest times preached on its relation to the eternal covenant Christ sealed by His death on the Cross. The correlation between the pattern of the Hebrew alphabet and the Gospel is as plain as it is precise. Jesus Christ Himself declared "It is finished" when He sealed the New Covenant with His blood on the Cross! The Cross therefore seals the Bible in two fundamental ways; once on Spoke 22 and again in the tri-radiant cruciform symmetry generated by the seven canonical divisions.

The Fulfillment of the Entire Revealed Word of God

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

John 19:28ff

Of the many Christian teachers who have expounded on the relation between Tav and the Cross of Christ, one of the earliest on record is Origen (died 254 AD). He drew his insight from the Tav used in Ezekiel's vision, as he explained in his commentary on that prophet:

This [the letter Tav] bears a resemblance to the figure of the cross; and this prophecy (Ezek. ix. 4) is said to regard the sign made by Christians on the forehead, which all believers make whatsoever work they begin upon, and especially at the beginning of prayers, or of holy readings.

Likewise, Saint Francis of Assisi (died 1226 AD), following the ancient tradition, took up the Tav as his own mark. A modern member of his Order explained its meaning and linked it to Ezekiel's vision in an article called The Tau Cross in Franciscan Tradition:

For our purposes, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet represented the fulfillment of the entire revealed Word of God. This Letter was called the Tau (pronounced "Tav" in Hebrew). When the Prophet Ezekiel (9:4) uses the imagery of the last letter of the alphabet he is commending Israel to remain faithful to God until the last, to be recognized as symbolically "sealed" with the mark of the Tau on their foreheads as God's chosen people until the end of their lives. Those who remained faithful were called the remnant of Israel, often the poor and simple people who trusted in God even without understanding the present struggle in their lives.

Seal of the A.R. Presbyterian Church
Seal of the A.R.
Presbyterian Church

This is the overwhelming wonder of the Bible Wheel. The last letter Tav, the divine symbol of both the Cross of Christ and the Seal of the Covenant, simultaneously consummates, completes, and finishes both the thematic and the geometric structures of Scripture. It is not merely a metaphoric "fulfillment of the entire revealed Word of God." The Tav Cross literally fulfills and seals the entire Biblical revelation on Spoke 22, the Last Spoke of the Wheel (see pg 69). God engraved the essential sign of the Gospel in the structure of His Word. Yet this is only one of two great wonders. The pattern of the Cross appears again in the tri-radiant cruciform structure that simply falls together when we roll up the Bible and color the seven canonical divisions so now the primary message of the text – the Gospel of our Salvation – is seen to be engraved in two independent ways and we recognize again that the Holy Bible itself is a multifaceted Divine Icon of the Faith taught within its pages. All these ideas come together in countless denominational church seals such as that of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church which incorporates the Circle, Cross, Alpha Omega (ΑΩ), Dove, and Bible. Page 56 shows more examples. This amplifies the symbolic overtones of the Canon Wheel yet again, suggesting it to be a Divine Seal of the universal Christian Church, designed by God Himself as a template for the very Book that defines it.

Aleph and Tav, First and Last

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:8

Scripture reveals the Lord Jesus Christ as both the Word of God and the Alpha Omega (ΑΩ), using the names of the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. These ideas naturally cohere because any word can be written by some combination of characters taken from a small alphabetic set, such as the twenty-six Latin, twenty-four Greek, or twenty-two Hebrew Letters. The infinite set of all possible Letter combinations therefore lists everything that could ever be named, so that the totality of any alphabet, represented by its first and last letters, inherently forms a symbol of wholeness and completeness. In English we say "from A to Z," and in Hebrew, "from Aleph to Tav." Note that the Greek word translated as "Almighty" in Revelation 1:8 above is Παντοκρατωρ (Pantocrator), whence the name of the icon of Christ shown below and at the head of this chapter (pg 33).

Christ Pantocrator
Christ Pantocrator
(modern woodcarving)

The connections between the Word, the Alphabet, and Everything are inherent in the symbol of Alpha Omega (and the corresponding Hebrew Aleph Tav), and are easy to understand without reference to the Biblical witness. But when viewed in light of the revelation of Jesus Christ as Alpha Omega, we immediately recognize that this symbol, by its very nature, expresses the fundamental Christian doctrine that He is the Living Word of God by whom "all things were made" (John 1:3). This is why the symbol is so powerful, and one of the reasons the Creator chose it to identify Himself. These ideas inevitably carry over onto the Bible, which is the written analog (a kind of incarnation) of the Second Person of the Godhead whose "name is called the Word of God" (Rev 19:13). Christian art typically represents these ideas with the compound symbol of a Book (The Word) marked with Alpha Omega as seen in the seal of the A. R. Presbyterian Church (pg 38) and again in the modern wood carving modeled on the ancient icon of Christ Pantocrator shown above. It is a traditional Christian emblem simultaneously proclaiming the Divine Authorship of the Bible and its status as the Complete Word of God, from beginning to end, from first to last.

In the Old Testament, God never explicitly identified Himself with Aleph (א) and Tav (ת) as He did with Alpha (Α) and Omega (Ω) in the New, but He did use the same style of language three times in Isaiah, referring to Himself as the first and the last:

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Isaiah 44:6

This parallels the words He used in the first chapter of the Last Book (Rev 1:8 quoted above), as well as the words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ in the last chapter of the Last Book (Rev 22:13), which therefore identifies Him as the Almighty God:

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Revelation 22:13

First and Last SpokesAlpha and Omega, Beginning and End, First and Last, Aleph and Tav. These symbols are one. There is nothing surprising about God's use of them in His Self-Revelation; on the contrary, it would be odd if the Eternal Lord neglected them. But the true glory of God's Infinite Wisdom goes well beyond the simple use of these symbols in the text of His Word. The real miracle is where He placed them. God used the words "first" and "last" in His Self-Revelation as the Eternal Lord in two and only two Books of the Bible; in Isaiah on Spoke 1 (Aleph) and in Revelation on Spoke 22 (Tav). That's it. This means that out of all the Books of the Bible, God presents Himself as the "first and last" only on the First and Last Spokes! The structure of Scripture exemplifies the plain message of its text and bears, in its own body, the self-descriptive Signature of its Divine Author! This reveals the Bible as the ultimate "illuminated manuscript" (pg 75) with both its origin from the Eternal Lord and its primary message of the Cross simultaneously engraved by God Himself in both its content and its form.

This is yet another example of the top-level super-obvious "host of unanticipated correlations" (pg 24) that spontaneously burst forth from the "single and surprisingly simple act" of rolling up the Bible like a scroll on the spindle wheel of twenty-two Spokes (pg 16). The simplicity of its origin is of utmost significance. The Alphabetic Key that unlocks the Divine design of the Bible is given in the Bible, eternally established by God Himself in the Alphabetic Verses (pg 17). At no point do we need to go outside Scripture. The Bible Wheel stands solely on the immovable Rock of God's Eternal Word. Everything about it is derived, established, and validated from Scripture and Scripture alone.

From Eternity to Eternity: The Revelation of All History

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 46:9f

God amplified the symbolic meaning of Alpha and Omega to include All History – past, pre-sent, and future – when He followed it with the declaration that He is the Almighty God "which is, and which was, and which is to come" (Rev 1:8). This threefold formulation, called the "formula of eternity," also appears in John's opening salutation (Rev 1:4). The exalted Lord Jesus used a variation of it when He gave John his prophetic commission (Rev 1:17ff):

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write [1] the things which thou hast seen, and [2] the things which are, and [3] the things which shall be hereafter;

Like the Circle, the first and last letters of either the Greek or Hebrew Alphabets form a general symbol of Wholeness, Totality, Perfection, and when applied to time, Eternity. This brings us to the union of these two independent symbols – the Circle and the Alphabet – that God united in the Divine design of His Holy Bible. Each has its own distinct set of overtones that qualifies it for symbolic use:

  • The Circle for its all-encompassing form, unchanging simplicity, and infinite symmetry.
  • The Alphabet for the all-encompassing variety expressed by simple combinations of its characters.

The union of these two symbols forms an Alphabetic Circle that intensifies the symbolic power of each by representing different aspects of Totality in a single figure that jointly displays in the simple unity of the Circle and infinite variety of the Alphabet. Together, they form a natural analog of God's Eternal Word through whom "all things were made" (John 1:3). This exemplifies the reiterative miracle of the Bible Wheel. The symbols continue to build coherently, one atop the other. God based the geometric structure of His Word on the Alphabetic Circle, which is itself an innate symbol of the all-encompassing nature of the Everlasting Word by which all was created. This is perfection set upon perfection!

We now have a complete convergence of the symbolic power of the Alphabet and the Circle with both the form and the content of the entire Biblical revelation. Everything begins and ends in God. This is true at all levels of enquiry. We see it in the grand scheme of creation which opens with "In the beginning God" and culminates in the revelation of God as the "all in all" (1 Cor 15:28) when "the tabernacle of God [will be] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them" (Rev 21:3). We see it in the personal salvation of each soul believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, "the Author (Α/א) and Finisher (Ω/ת) of our faith" (Heb 12:2, pg 284) in whom "dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9). The geometric form of the Bible Wheel bears the watermark of the Eternal God who calls Himself the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

Numerous biblical commentators have noted the fundamentally circular nature of the overall thematic design of God's Word. One of my favorite examples is from Daniel Fuller's excellent book, The Unity of the Bible, where he cites James Orr's unified vision of the Bible as a whole (emphasis added):

From Genesis to Revelation we feel that this book is in a real sense a unity. It is not a collection of fragments, but has, as we say, an organic character. It has one connected story to tell from beginning to end; we see something growing before our eyes; there is plan, purpose, progress; the end folds back on the beginning [like a circle], and, when the whole is finished, we feel that here again, as in the primal creation, God has finished all his works, and behold, they are very good.

Orr recognized the intimate, symmetrical relation between the First and Last Books of the Bible. The Book of Revelation completes the circle of the Biblical Story by restoring, on an immensely elevated level, everything lost with the Fall in the Garden of Eden in Genesis. The advent of the Bible Wheel amplifies these ideas beyond all measure. We now can see Orr's metaphorical description of the Bible as a kind of circle whose "end folds back on the beginning" as also a literal description of its geometric structure. An equally profound observation comes from the literary critic Gabriel Josipovici, who easily sees things that are just a little too obvious for most professional Biblical critics. Here is his description of the structure of the Christian Bible, in which he quotes another famous literary critic, Northrop Frye:

It's a magnificent conception, spread over thousands of pages and encompassing the entire history of the universe. There is both perfect correspondence between the Old and New Testaments and a continuous forward drive from Creation to the end of time: "It begins where time begins, with the creation of the world; it ends where time ends, with the Apocalypse, and it surveys human history in between, or the aspect of history it is interested in, under the symbolic names of Adam and Israel." Earlier ages had no difficulty in grasping the design, though our own, more bookish age, obsessed with both history and immediacy, has tended to lose sight of it. Neither theologians nor biblical scholars have stood back enough to see it as a whole. Yet it is a whole and quite unlike any other book.

Perhaps no student of Scripture has expressed the Biblical revelation of all history with the clarity, completeness, and compactness of Erich Sauer's From Eternity to Eternity (1954). Like Baxter (pg 25), his work shines with a rare brilliance, being thoroughly enlightened by his full appreciation of the Divine design of the Holy Bible. Here is how Sauer expressed his understanding of God's Word:

We believe in an organic, self-unfolding, full inspiration because of the historical unity of the revelation testified by the Bible. This is the most wonderful thing about the Bible: in spite of its most astonishing variety it is a united organism, a harmonious system, full of life and animated by one spirit.

Like Orr above and Scroggie on page 26, Sauer likened the Bible to a living organic creature. And like all living creatures, it has a highly detailed, coherent structure which he represented in a chart displaying the great Circle of History proceeding from and returning to God, the Alpha and Omega. His whole book is an exposition on the structure represented by the chart, of which a digital photograph is reproduced on the next page. The original chart unfolds, as seen in the creases, to be about fifteen inches square. Though it is difficult to read in the small reproduction, the bottom half of the circle displays the history of the world from the original Creation recorded in Genesis to the New Creation proclaimed in Revelation, patterned on the Seven Days of Creation. Here is Sauer's explanation of its circular form:

Inasmuch as everything comes from God, and, according to His ideal appointment, is for Him, and tends back toward Him, the whole revelation and course of history is like a mighty circular movement. This is the reason why we have not chosen to represent matters on our Chart as a horizontal level, but in the form of a circle, so that the whole is to be read as the dial of a universal clock, just as we, by the use of watches and clocks, are accustomed to read the sequence of time (hours and minutes) not in a horizontal line but in a circle.

Sauer went on to explain the Alpha and Omega at the top of the chart:

World creation, world redemption, world consummation – this is the threefold yet harmonious content of the Divine revelation. Everything comes from God (world creation); everything is wrought by God (world preservation, world redemption); everything tends back toward God (ideal appointment for world-consummation). Thus God is beginning and end, origin and goal of the whole universal process. Therefore the Alpha and Omega, the A and the O, at the summit of the whole circle of the Chart.

From Eternity to Eternity
Chart of the Biblical Revelation of All History Past, Present, and Future presented in
Erich Sauer's From Eternity to Eternity (1954). Note the interlocking Alpha Omega at
the top and the Cross at the center of both the Circle and the Timeline.

Finally, Sauer explained the Cross at the center of both the Circle and the Timeline:

In this mighty movement from God to God the Cross of Christ is the center of all history. Not indeed as to time, but spiritually and really, and therefore as to the history of salvation, it is the center of all world events. The Cross is the one, incomparable, central event in universal history, surpassing all else in significance. Therefore in the Chart it stands not only as the middle point of the long extended section which represents the course of history, but in size and height it surpasses in the drawing all other representations of events in the whole plan of salvation.

The only nuance I would add to his description of the Cross is that though he is correct to say it is not the literal center of time in the sense of the actual years on either side of it, it is the center of time in our common measurement since our calendar is divided into Before Christ (BC) and after Christ, Anno Domini (AD, the Year of our Lord). In this sense, the Cross of Christ, in perfect harmony with its essential form as one line dividing another, literally divides all history. Note that Sauer's chart embodies all four symbols – the Circle, the Cross, the Alphabet, and the Number Seven – that are united in God's design of the Canon Wheel. The value of his work was acknowledged by one of the greatest worldwide evangelists of the twentieth century, Billy Graham (from the back cover of Sauer's book):

Dr. Sauer's books should be in the hands of every Christian. They show the work of a scholar who seems to put his finger on the very heart of the Gospel on every page. They have been a great personal blessing to me, and a constant source of material for my messages. I have given scores to friends.

Endless volumes could be written on the all-encompassing theme of this one subsection, but we need to return to the topic of this chapter and complete the review of the full divine integration of the entire body of Scripture with the four independent symbols of the Circle, the Cross, the Hebrew Alphabet, and finally, the Number Seven.

Sevenfold Symmetric Perfection

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 12:6

From the Seven Days of Genesis to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Scripture is saturated with the Number Seven. Essentially all Biblical scholars, regardless of their stance regarding the meaning of numbers in Scripture, have recognized its special symbolic significance. Simply stated, it is impossible to miss. God laid the foundation of its meaning when He introduced this number in the context of His finished Work of Creation:

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Genesis 2:2f

God introduced the Number Seven as a symbol of the completion of His initial creative act. But the work that He ended on the Seventh Day in the first book was really just the beginning of the Biblical revelation of all history that He consummated in the last book. And it is here that we see the divine consistency of the Number Seven as a Biblical symbol; God used it with exactly the same meaning when He revealed the end of time, described as the completion of the "mystery of God," in Revelation:

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Revelation 10:5ff

The word translated as finished is the Greek τελεω (teleo), which generally means to bring to a close, to complete, to end, to fulfill. This word appears again in Revelation 15:1 which explicitly states the reason for seven angels with seven plagues:

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; because in them is filled up (teleo) the wrath of God.

This verse displays a double emphasis on temporal consummation; the word translated as last is εσχατοϛ (eschatos), whence eschatology, the study of the end times. God reiterated its connection with the Number Seven a third time in Revelation 16:17:

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

This is characteristic of the Bible; most symbols are clearly defined in the text and used quite consistently from Genesis to Revelation. The Number Seven, the numerical symbol of Fullness, Completion, and Perfection, is a prime example of this consistency, as illustrated by this entry from the Tyndale Bible Dictionary:

In Scripture, seven symbolizes completeness or perfection. On the seventh day God rested from his labors and creation is finished (Gn 2:2). Pharaoh in his dream saw seven cattle coming from the Nile (41:2). Samson's sacred Nazirite locks were braided in seven plaits (Jgs 16:13). Seven devils left Mary of Magdala, signifying the totality of her previous possession by Satan (Lk 8:2); "seven other devils" will enter the purified but vacant life of a person (Mt 12:45). However, on the positive side, there were the seven spirits of God (Rv 3:1). In the seventh year the Hebrew slave was to be freed (Ex 21:2), having completed his time of captivity and service. Every seventh year was a sabbatical year (Lv 25:4). Seven times seven reiterates the sense of completeness. In the Year of Jubilee (at the completion of 7 x 7 years = the 50th year), all land is freed and returns to the original owners (Lv 25:10). Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, is seven times seven days after Passover. "Seventy," which is literally "sevens" in Hebrew, strengthens the concept of perfection. There are 70 elders (Ex 24:1) in Israel. Israel was exiled to Babylon for 70 years (Jer 25:12) to complete its punish-ment. "Seventy times seven" (Mt 18:22) reiterates this still further. The Lord was not giving Peter a mathematical number of times that he should forgive another person, but rather was insisting on limitless forgiveness for a brother's sin.

With this understanding, we can now see the Number Seven as a fourth independent symbol declaring of the completion and perfection of the whole Bible displayed in the sevenfold symmetry of the Canon Wheel. After clearly defining the meaning of the Number Seven throughout the text of Scripture, God then plainly applied it to the design of its large-scale structure. Thus we see that God took four independent yet harmonious symbols and forged them in the furnace of His Infinite Wisdom into a single multifaceted compound symbol declaring with one voice the Divine Perfection of His Holy Word! This is the overwhelming wonder of it all; the symbols God embedded in the design of His Word continue to build one upon the other, endlessly and effortlessly amplifying their mutually coherent implications. Each independent thread in this Divine Tapestry strengthens every other thread until they unite to form an absolutely unbreakable cord.

This complex simplicity and unity in diversity is the hallmark of Divine Wisdom. The Bible Wheel – the Seal of God's Word – is an exceedingly dense compound of four heterogeneous elements that burns like the nuclear furnace of the sun. And just as the four symbols are mutually integrated, so also each symbol carries multiple symbolic overtones within itself. We saw this with the Alpha Omega which bears the ideas of the beginning and end, eternity, everything created, the Word of God, and God Himself. The Number Seven carries a corresponding depth of composite meaning within itself, as we shall presently see.

A Compound Symbol of Completion and Sanctification

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed [sanctified] it.

Exodus 20:8ff

When God introduced the Number Seven as a symbol of the completion of His Work of Creation, He also associated it with sanctification (holiness), declaring that He "blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." Thus God laid the foundation for its application throughout the rest of Scripture. It is a double symbol signifying both completion and sanctification. These ideas natural cohere because sanctification denotes the setting apart or separating of a person or thing as wholly devoted or completely given over to God, as when He separated the Levitical Priests saying "they are wholly given unto me" (Num 8:16), or again when Paul prayed that "the very God of peace sanctify you wholly" (1 Thes 5:23). This is the essence of the Fourth Commandment which mandates the complete cessation of all mundane work and the complete devotion to the things of God. The Christian fulfills this through faith in the finished work of Christ, our eternal Sabbath (Hebrews 4:10).

Seven Feasts of the LordThe Fourth Commandment permanently embedded the threefold association of completion, sanctification, and the Number Seven into the fundamental rhythm – the very heartbeat – of Jewish life. Just as God ceased His Work on the Seventh Day, so the Jews rest from their work on the Seventh Day and sanctify it unto God. This set the basis of God's sacred pattern of time that completely dominates the Old Testament calendar. It is the origin of the seven-day week now common to the entire world. Obviously, it is very important to God that we recognize and understand the meaning of this number. He used it reiteratively on multiple scales (days, months, years) throughout His ceremonial laws and in His design of the Jewish religious calendar. The Lord ordained seven days for the sanctification of the altar (Exo 29:37), seven days for the sanctification of the Priests (Lev 8:33), and a series of weeks for the cleansing of leprosy (13:1). Likewise, the sanctifying blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled seven times (8:11, 14:7), and following the pattern of the weekly Sabbath on a higher scale, He ordained every seventh year as a sabbatical year when the land was to lay fallow (25:2).

The Seven Feasts of the Lord exemplify God's reiterative application of this number in the structure of His ceremonial circle of time. It begins with the Feast of Passover on the fourteenth day (2 x 7) of the first month followed immediately by seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Feast of Pentecost then comes fifty days (7 x 7 + 1) after the first sabbath following Passover, a pattern God repeated on a higher scale with the Year of Jubilee set for every fifty years (7 x 7 + 1). The whole cycle of Seven Feasts culminates with three connected "holy convocations" of the seventh month, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets followed by the great Day of Atonement which God integrated with the Year of Jubilee and the numerical pattern of "seven times seven":

And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

Leviticus 25:8f

God designed the Seven Feasts to accomplish a variety of purposes. They exemplify the symbolic meaning of the Number Seven and indelibly imprint it on the mind of all who read the Bible. They also reveal a prophetic calendar that now stands as an eternal memorial of the great Work of Christ. Three of the primary events of the New Testament – the death of Christ on Passover (1 Cor 5:7), His resurrection on Firstfruits (1 Cor 15:20), and sealing of the newborn Church by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost – were anticipated by them (pg 83).

The Sevenfold Light of God's Word

And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: ... And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light ... And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

Exodus 25:31ff

Bible Wheel and MenorahThe symbolic meaning of the Number Seven reaches its apex in the Menorah, the seven-branched candlestick designed by God Himself to be a perpetual light in His Tabernacle. The Lord emphasized its Divine origin when He twice instructed Moses to be sure to follow the pattern that He Himself revealed when they met for forty days on Mount Sinai (Exo 25:9, 40). Like the Seven Feasts, God designed the whole structure of the Tabernacle and its instruments as a prophetic picture of His Son, the Word of God who "became flesh, and dwelt (literally tabernacled) amongst us" (John 1:14). God instructed that two symbols of His Word – Manna and the Ten Commandments – be put in the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of holies in the heart of the Tabernacle. Thus the "Word became flesh" in this symbol in anticipation of the incarnation of the Living Word, Jesus Christ, the True Tabernacle (John 2:21).

The Menorah stood before the vail covering the entrance to the Holy of Holies. It is a divine symbol that unites the whole panoply of meanings of the Number Seven – fullness, completion, perfection, and holiness – with the idea of the Light of God's Word. The perfect union of these ideas is astounding to behold. As with the Sabbath and the Number Seven itself, it begins in Genesis. The Menorah stands as an eternal memorial of the Seven Days when God created everything by the power of His Word and spoke His first command, "Let there be light." And just as the Menorah is called the Lamp of God (1 Sam 3:3), so also is God's Word twice referred to as a Lamp:

  • Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. - Psalm 119:105
  • The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light. - Proverbs 6:23

These descriptions are more than mere metaphors, and the Menorah is more than a suggestive symbol of the Light of God's Word; it actually displays the sevenfold symmetric perfection of the Canon Wheel. The image shows the seven canonical divisions numbered on the Canon Wheel and listed at the bottom in accordance with the Three Cycles. The Menorah displays the periodic radial symmetry of the Canon Wheel (pg 33). Divisions that align on the same set of Spokes – 1/4, 2/5, 3/6 – are shown on paired branches, with the sequences listed in order towards the central lamp representing the New Testament Epistles (7th division). Like the Sign of Deity in Christian iconography (tri-radiant halo), this symbol of Divine Light revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai now appears as nothing less than another prophetic image of the Holy Word. The unity of these two symbols is as simple as it is obvious, as beautiful as it is profound.

Yet this is but the beginning of wonders. God used exactly the same sevenfold symmetry when He designed the Seven Days of Creation! The first Three Days correspond to the second Three Days; the First with the Fourth (1/4), the Second with the Fifth (2/5), and the Third with the Sixth (3/6). This pattern has been noted by numerous scholars, such as Scrog-gie, who also sees a hint of its structure in the phrase "formless and void" from Genesis 1:2. The first three days were Days of Formation that were empty and void until God filled them on the three days that followed. As shown in the table below, this is identical to the form of the Seven Divisions of the Canon Wheel. Both follow a 3+1 pattern with the same three pairs of numbered elements – 1/4, 2/5, 3/6 – and the Seventh Day/Division set apart by itself. This means that God prophetically set the pattern of the entire Bible, revealed now thousands of years later, in the creation account of Genesis 1! The numerical structures of the Word of Creation and of the Holy Bible are ONE. Both were designed symmetrically upon the Number Seven, and both exemplify the full set ideas associated with it. What prophecy! What Wisdom! How mighty are the Lord's Works! This is the Wisdom by which God "founded the earth" (Prov 3:19) fulfilling Proverbs 9:1: "Wisdom hath builded her House [Word/Cosmos], she hath hewn out her seven pillars."

Symmetry of the Days of Creation

Yet there is still more. There is a strong correlation between the thematic flow of the Seven Days with that of the Seven Divisions of the Bible. While a detailed analysis is beyond the scope of this section, a few highlights should make the correlation clear. The First Division is called the Torah (Law). This is not a human convention; the Bible itself frequently uses this name for the first Five Books as when Christ referred to the "law of Moses" (Luke 24:44) or when He said He came to fulfill, not to destroy "the law, or the prophets" (Mat 5:17). As noted above, the Bible declares that "the law (torah) is light" (Prov 6:23) and this corresponds exactly with the primary event of the First Day when God said "Let there be light." Likewise, the Second Day is characterized by the division of the waters, and this marks the primary event initiating the Second Division, the Twelve OT History Books, when the waters of the Jordan river were "cut off" (divided like the Red Sea in the second book) and the children of Israel "passed over on dry ground" into the Promised Land (Joshua 3:17). The pattern continues with the Third Division, the Five Wisdom Books, corresponding to the Third Day when God created trees bearing fruit, for indeed Wisdom is a "tree of life" (Prov 3:18) and her fruit is "better than gold" (Prov 8:12).

The correlation becomes profoundly theological in the Sixth Division, the Five NT History Books, which record the primary event of the Incarnation when God became Man in Jesus Christ (Mat 1:23, John 1:14). This corresponds precisely with the Sixth Day when God created Man in His image! The parallel is both perfect and precise, and it recurs in many different aspects of the word (see the Synopsis of Spoke 6, pg 206). Finally, the full flowering of the spiritual meaning of the Seventh Day unfolds in the Seventh Division of the Bible. The twenty-two Epistles are unique in that they alone contain the full and explicit revelation of the fundamental doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, and not by works. This characterizes the New Testament Epistles. The most famous is probably this verse from Ephesians:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8f

This is the clarion call of the Gospel taught in the Seventh Division; NO WORKS! We must rest in the finished Work of Christ! The correlation with the Seventh Day Sabbath could be no clearer. Thus we have a full integration of 1) the Days of Creation, 2) the Menorah, 3) the symbolic meaning of the Number Seven, 4) the geometric structure of the Holy Word, and 5) the fundamental Christian Doctrines of the Incarnation of God (with its implication of the Deity of Christ) and Salvation through Faith Alone!

Yet again we see the content of the text imprinted in its form! God engraved all these fundamental Christian doctrines, and countless others, in the very structure of the Holy Bible! Has ever such a wonder been seen in the history of the world? Yet for all this we have only just begun, for truly there are no limits to the glory of God's Word!

The Bible Sealed with Seven Seals

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 1:12ff

This brief review of the meaning of the Number Seven now brings us to the Capstone Book of the Holy Bible, sealed by God with the Seal of Seven. In perfect harmony with its plain and obvious symbolic meaning taught throughout His Word, God completed the Bible with a climaxing flourish of sevens seen nowhere else in all Scripture. Indeed, the Last Book is sometimes called the "Book of Sevens" because of its unique emphasis upon that number. The table shows many of its surface level appearances, but there also are subtle patterns of seven running throughout its text, such as the seven blessings given to the saints and sevenfold praise of the Lamb that was slain:

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive 1) power, and 2) riches, and 3) wisdom, and 4) strength, and 5) honour, and 6) glory, and 7) blessing.

Revelation 5:11ff

Sevens in RevelationThe Book of Revelation seals the Bible on multiple levels; indeed, the word seal itself appears more in Revelation than any other Book with whole chapters devoted to the opening of the book sealed with seven seals and the revelation of the "seal of the living God" that sealed 144,000 of His servants. It is here in the Last Book that God simultaneously applied the Number Seven as the seal of the whole Bible even as He explicitly united its symbolic meaning – completion and perfection – with the idea of a seal in the image of His Word as a book sealed with seven seals (Rev 5:1). These ideas are, of course, naturally coherent and once again we witness Divine Wisdom in action; God compounding and compacting multiple symbols into a single blazing Sign of the Divine Perfection of His Holy Word, all the while teaching everything to us with simple examples any child could understand.

In precise analogy with the Cross, the Number Seven is actually a double seal upon the Bible. In the section called Sealed with the Sign of the Cross (pg 37) it was noted that the Cross seals the Bible in two fundamental ways; once in the tri-radiant cruciform symmetry of the whole and again on Spoke 22 corresponding to the Last Letter Tav (Cross). Exactly the same duality appears in God's application of the Number Seven. The tri-radiant cruciform symmetry is formed by the seven canonical divisions, and the last book on the last Spoke is itself sealed throughout with the Number Seven. This means that the Cross and the Number Seven unite to form a double double sealing of the whole Bible! This is a hint of what I mean when I say there is no end to the Glory of God's Word. It is truly infinite! If only I had ten thousand tongues to declare the true depth of wonder of His Holy Revelation! I stand in awe with our Christian brother, the Apostle Paul:

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Romans 11:33

The Pure Light of God from Beginning to End

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:26

The sevenfold light prophesied in the Book of Isaiah reiterates the connection between the Number Seven and Light that God established in His design of the Menorah. It is a symbol of the Divine Light that will shine in the New Jerusalem at the end of time when all the words of God are fulfilled, as declared in the last book of the Holy Bible:

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Revelation 21:23,

And again in the last chapter of the last book:

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face [which shines as the sun, Rev 1:16]; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:3ff

Isaiah's revelation of the Sevenfold Light of God also hearkens back to the original Seven Days of Creation when God created everything by the Word of His Power (Heb 1:3) which is itself the essence and source of all Light, as it is written:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1ff

We have a perfect and complete union of the ideas of Creation, God's Word, Light, and Life. The Bible begins with God's first command, "Let there be light" (Gen 1:3) and ends with God Himself revealed as the Eternal Light of Heaven (Rev 22:5). As Orr noted above (pg 41), "the end folds back on the beginning, and, when the whole is finished, we feel that here again, as in the primal creation, God has finished all his works, and behold, they are very good." Yes, the Bible begins and ends with the Light of God, and yes indeed, it is very good! Amen.

Divine Synergy of the Four Symbols

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

Ephesians 4:11ff

Four SymbolsWe are now able to see how God united the four elements into a single compound symbol declaring the absolute perfection of His Holy Word. The Circle encompasses the whole, the Cross seals it once on Spoke 22 and again in the tri-radiant cruciform symmetry, the Alphabet represents the Word itself and its completeness from Aleph to Tav, and the Number Seven, like the Cross, seals and completes the whole Bible once in the sevenfold tri-radiant cruciform symmetry and again on Spoke 22 in the Last Book, the "Book of Sevens."

The implications of this revelation know no limit. Never in the history of the world has anyone beheld such a profoundly compact and reiterative compound symbol in the structure of any book, let alone a book that proclaims itself Divine, that defines and exemplifies the symbols in its own text, that was composed in three languages over a period of fifteen hundred years by multiple individuals from all walks of life, that transformed the world with its message, and that kept its secret hidden for centuries after its completion only to be revealed when it was simply "rolled up like a scroll" on the alphabetic pattern established within its own pages! Obviously, we are beholding a blazing immutable miracle straight from the Mind of Almighty God.

Next: Chapter 4 of the Bible Wheel book

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