The High Priest wore EIGHT garments while officiating in the Temple service throughout the year. This is TWICE the number of garments worn by the ordinary priests on duty. Amazingly, the High Priest's EIGHT sacred garments are patterned on the Shaddai Number, 314!
The four garments of the ordinary priests are: hat, tunic, pants and belt (Ex 28:40-42). Besides these four garments, the High Priest put on additional four golden garments for glory and for beauty. The four golden garments are: ephod, breastplate, robe and crown. Gold is present in these four garments. (see http://www.templeinstitute.org/priestly_garments.htm)
The EIGHT sacred garments are thus divided into four 'ordinary' garments and four golden garments. This two-fold division is the key to finding the Shaddai Number, 314. The FOUR golden garments distinguish the High Priest from the ordinary priests. Without these golden garments, the High Priest would appear like an ordinary priest, except that the High Priest's turban is slightly different from the priest's hat. The FOUR golden garments literally embellish the otherwise plain 'ordinary' garments. They are truly for glory and for beauty. The FOUR golden garments point to the digit FOUR of the Shaddai Number, 314.
It is relatively easy to categorize the four 'ordinary' garments of the High Priest -- turban, belt, tunic, pants. The THREE garments on the body -- belt, tunic and pants, point to the digit THREE of the Shaddai Number, 314. The digit ONE of the Shaddai Number is represented by the ONE garment on the head -- the turban.
High Priest's EIGHT Garments Attribute Shaddai Number Belt, tunic & pants Body garments 3 Turban Head garment 1 Four Golden Garments Golden garments 4
SIX different materials were used to create the EIGHT sacred garments of the High Priest:
- Precious stones
- Twisted linen
- Sky-blue wool
- Dark-red wool
- Crimson wool
An EXTREMELY intricate Shaddai code is hidden in these SIX materials! To appreciate this complex code, one needs to realize the universal scope of redemption through the priesthood. The Apostle Paul says in Rom 8:19-21 (NIV), "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God."
The entire CREATION is waiting for the sons of God to be revealed! The Jews today are well aware that the redemption of the world depends on the reinstitution of the Temple service in Jerusalem. They have known this all along for the last few thousand years. They are to bring light to the nations.
Nature can be broadly classified into four kingdoms -- mineral, vegetable, animal and human. Intriguingly, the SIX materials that are used to make the EIGHT sacred garments come from the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms! The humans are active agents of world redemption, the High Priest being the most important figure in this noble task, aided by the priests and people. Thus all FOUR kingdoms are represented by the officiating High Priest donned in his sacred garments as he seeks to mediate between God and the Creation! In the New Testament language, Paul says of the Lord Jesus, our Eternal High Priest, "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself." (Col 1:20)
A glimpse into Israel's distant past confirms the universal scope of world redemption through the priesthood. Offerings may be broadly divided into bloody and unbloody. The bloody offerings represent the animal kingdom while the unbloody offerings (grain) represent the vegetable kingdom. As all sacrifices must be accompanied by salt, the mineral kingdom is also represented. Each time the High Priest puts on the eight sacred garments, he represents the whole creation to serve before God!
While it is true the human kingdom is represented by the High Priest, however, he is NOT part of the sacred garments. Intriguingly, the human representation can also be found on the garments in the form of names and words. The names of the 12 tribes of Israel are inscribed on the twelve breastplate stones and the two sardonyx stones (part of the ephod) on the shoulders. The golden crown is inscribed with these words -- HOLINESS TO THE LORD. Names and words indicate language -- the unique ability of humans or intelligent beings. The names of the 12 tribes also point to people -- the humans of the human kingdom. Indeed, the word language also refers to a nation or people in Scripture (Dan 7:14).
Hence, ALL FOUR KINGDOMS are represented by the EIGHT sacred garments. Furthermore, there are EIGHT components discernible -- TWO abstract notions (names & words) and SIX materials! Not only that, the Shaddai Number, 314, shines forth brilliantly in all its intricate beauty with these EIGHT components. (see table below)
EIGHT Garments Human Human Mineral Mineral Vegetable Animal Animal Animal turban linen pants linen tunic linen belt linen sky-blue dark-red crimson crown Words gold sky-blue robe gold sky-blue dark-red crimson ephod Names Stones gold linen sky-blue dark-red crimson breastplate Names Stones gold linen sky-blue dark-red crimson
Table 1: The Four Kingdoms in the Eight Sacred Garments
Before we delve into the intricacies of the Shaddai design, some explanations of Table 1 are necessary. The EIGHT garments are listed in this order: four 'ordinary' garments followed by four golden garments. The first three garments -- turban, pants, tunic, are made from linen alone. The materials for the belt are linen, sky-blue, dark-red and crimson dyed wools.
Ex 39:27-29 (NIV)
For Aaron and his sons, they made tunics of fine linen--the work of a weaver and the turban of fine linen, the linen headbands and the undergarments [pants] of finely twisted linen. The sash [belt] was of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn [sky-blue, dark-red and crimson dyed wools] --the work of an embroiderer--as the LORD commanded Moses.
The holy crown is a plate made of pure gold. It is tied to the turban by a blue cord.
Ex 39:30-31 (NIV)
They made the plate, the sacred diadem [crown], out of pure gold and engraved on it, like an inscription on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD [words]. Then they fastened a blue cord [sky-blue dyed wool] to it to attach it to the turban, as the LORD commanded Moses.
The entire robe is made of sky-blue dyed wool. Golden bells and decorative "pomegranates" made of sky-blue, dark-red, crimson dyed wools and finely twisted linen are attached to the lower hem of the robe, alternately.
Ex 39:22-25 (NIV)
22 They made the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth [sky-blue dyed wool] --the work of a weaver-- .... 24 They made pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn [sky-blue, dark-red and crimson dyed wools] and finely twisted linen around the hem of the robe. 25 And they made bells of pure gold and attached them around the hem between the pomegranates.
Both the ephod and breastplate are made of gold, sky-blue, dark-red, crimson dyed wools and finely twisted linen. Precious stones are found on both the ephod and breastplate.
Ex 39:2-3 (NIV)
They made the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn [sky-blue, dark-red and crimson dyed wools], and of finely twisted linen.
Ex 39:8 (NIV)
They fashioned the breastpiece--the work of a skilled craftsman. They made it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn [sky-blue, dark-red and crimson dyed wools], and of finely twisted linen.
The SHADDAI Patterns
The EIGHT components of the FOUR kingdoms in Table 1 are patterned on the Shaddai Number, 314!
Attribute Shaddai Number Animal, Animal, Animal Plain 3 Vegetable Plain 1 Human, Human, Mineral, Mineral Adorned 4
Even the kingdom category is also patterned on the Shaddai Number! (see Table 2)
8 Garments Kingdom Category Number of
turban V 1 pants V 1 tunic V 1 belt VA 2 crown HMA 3 robe MA 2 ephod HMVA 4 breastplate HMVA 4
Table 2: Categories according to the Four Kingdoms
From the classification of Table 2, the formation of a Shaddai pattern is obtained with minimum effort.
by Kingdom categories
Attribute Shaddai Number V, V, V Singles 3 HMA Triplet 1 VA, MA, HMVA, HMVA Pairs 4
There are 28 items in the cells of Table 1. Amazingly two Shaddai codes are hidden in these 28 items!
EIGHT Garments Human Human Mineral Mineral Vegetable Animal Animal Animal No. of
turban linen 1 pants linen 1 tunic linen 1 belt linen sky-blue dark-red crimson 4 crown Words gold sky-blue 3 robe gold sky-blue dark-red crimson 4 ephod Names Stones gold linen sky-blue dark-red crimson 7 breastplate Names Stones gold linen sky-blue dark-red crimson 7 No. of Cells 1 2 2 4 6 5 4 4
Table 3: Horizontal & Vertical Tallys of the 28 Cells
The vertical tally of Table 3 resembles the numbers of Table 2. The digit THREE of the Shaddai Number is represented by the three 1's. The lone number 3 points to the digit ONE while the remaining two pairs of number point to the digit FOUR.
Vertical Tally of the 28 Cells
Attribute Shaddai Number 1, 1, 1 Triplet 3 3 Single 1 4, 4, 7, 7 Pairs 4
The horizontal tally presents more difficulty. The triplet (4, 4, 4) points to the digit THREE of the Shaddai Number. The remaining five numbers (6, 2, 2, 1, 5) may be classified as prime and non-prime.
Horizontal Tally of the 28 Cells
Attribute Shaddai Number 4, 4, 4 Triplet (Non-prime) 3 6 Single (Non-prime) 1 2, 2 (identical pair)
1, 5 (non-identical pair)
Pairs (Prime) 4
Qodesh La YAHWEH (Holiness to the Lord)
The Hebrew words inscribed on the golden crown worn by the High Priest on the turban are Qodesh La Yahweh, which mean HOLINESS TO THE LORD. These Hebrew words prove beyond a shadow of doubt the Shaddai phenomenon!
The words Qodesh La Yahweh are composed of EIGHT Hebrew letters! There are THREE letters to the first word 'qodesh' (which means holy) -- quph, dalet, shin. This THREE-letter word points to the digit THREE of the Shaddai Number 314. The fourth letter, lamed, corresponds to the English prepositional word 'to'. This single Hebrew letter points to the digit ONE of the Shaddai Number.
The digit FOUR of the Shaddai Number is represented by the awesome Tetragrammaton (yod, heh, vav, heh) -- the quadriliteral name of God, YHWH!
Qodesh La Yahweh
Number of Letters Shaddai Number Qodesh 3 3 La 1 1 YHWH 4 4
The 12 Tribes of Israel
The names of the 12 tribes of Israel are inscribed on the twelve breastplate stones and the two sardonyx stones (part of the ephod) on the shoulders. While the number EIGHT is the sum of the digits of the Shaddai Number, 314, the number TWELVE is the product -- 3x1x4.
An ingenious Shaddai code is hidden in the 12 sons of Jacob. The mothers of these 12 patriarchs are Leah, Rachel, Zilpah and Bilhah. Examine the distribution of the 12 patriarchs in Table 4 below.
The 12 Patriarchs
Mothers Number of
Bilhah (Rachel's maid) 2 Gad
Zilpah (Leah's maid) 2 Joseph
Rachel 2 Reuben
Amazingly there is a Shaddai pattern to the 12 Tribes of Israel! THREE mothers gave birth to two children each -- Bilhah, Zilpah and Rachel. This points to the digit THREE of the Shaddai Number, 314. The ONLY mother who gave birth to six children points to the digit ONE. The digit FOUR of the Shaddai Number is represented by the FOUR mothers.
12 Patriarchs & 4 Mothers
Attribute Shaddai Number Two children of Bilhah
Two children of Zilpah
Two children of Rachel
Children 3 Six children of Leah Children 1 Leah, Rachel, Zilpah & Bilhah Mothers 4
The Octet of Octets
The table below summarizes the EIGHT octets described above. The Octet of octets also obeys the Shaddai rule!
Attribute Shaddai Number Qodesh La Yahweh Octet
12 Patriarchs Octet
12 Patriarchs Octet
3 8 Sacred Garments Octet Single
1 TWO 4-Kingdom Octets
TWO Numeric Octets
To Him be the glory!