John Tng (18 Nov 2004)
"Part 9: The Three Themes: Temple, Light & Water (1)"

Part 1: One of His Patterns
Part 2: The Number PI
Part 3: The Triune God
Part 4: Eight Intriguing Patterns (1)
Part 5: Eight Intriguing Patterns (2)
Part 6: Eight Intriguing Patterns (3)
Part 7: The Triangle, the Circle & the Square
Part 8: Symmetries on the Bible Wheel

I shall take another detour to write briefly on the three themes the three primary colors represent. This seems queer since the three colors are the foundation of the design and should have been discussed first. Why do I even speak of them as detour? Two reasons. First, this is a vast topic that covers 66 books of the Bible. Second, I was trying to establish the supernatural origin of the PI patterns with geometry rather than getting bogged down with interpreting the three themes which is more subjective. I confess at one point I was rather uncertain about my discovery. Despite having read through the Bible and accumulated a huge amount of scriptural evidence, I was still looking for more confirmations. That is when I turned my attention to geometry and what followed was one amazing discovery after another. To me, the proofs furnished by geometry are elegant and persuasive. However, the scriptural evidence is undoubtedly there for diligent students of the Word.

Let me trace the genesis of my discovery of the PI or Shaddai patterns. It all started when I was reading through Ps 119 looking for pearls. I was already a believer in the Bible Wheel and suspected clues to the wheel phenomenon must be hidden in Ps 119 -- the longest chapter in the Bible. On hindsight this initial hunch is proven true beyond my expectation. Ps 119 is an acrostic Psalm. It is composed of 176 verses divided into 22 groups of 8 verses wherein the verses in each group begin with the corresponding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In light of the PI discovery, the number 8 is now particularly significant since PI is 3.14 and the number 8 is the sum of the three digits of PI: 8=3+1+4.

From my earlier study on the Trinity, I came across three symbols in Rev chapters 21 & 22: Temple, Light and Water (see http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/apr2004/tng421.htm). Armed with these three concepts I read Ps 119, eight verses at a time. I jotted down the themes as I went along. What came out of that exercise is the supernatural pattern I have been writing about in the last several posts. Bear in mind at the time I jotted down the themes, I was completely ignorant of all the patterns which I would discover later. I could not possibly have cooked up such a supernatural pattern, nor could I have reverse-engineered, working backwards to achieve the PI designs.

This is the order of my discovery: 1) Initial postulation of the 3 themes from Rev chapters 21 & 22. 2) Pattern derived from Ps 119 based on these 3 themes. 3) Verification of these 3 themes from the 66 books of the Bible. 4) Lastly, confirmation from geometry.

A word of clarification before I proceed. The three themes are PRIMARY themes. There is room for SECONDARY themes. Each color, i.e. theme, is represented SEVEN times in each cycle of the Bible Wheel. I am postulating three rainbows within a cycle. The subject of secondary themes will not be covered in this series.

To give you an idea how the three themes are determined in Ps 119, let us take a look at a few stanzas. First, examine the first stanza of Ps 119.

Ps 119:1-8
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

The Light theme is hidden in the 1st stanza. The 14th stanza, which has a Light theme too, begins with this verse, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Ps 119:105) The central idea is GUIDANCE, DIRECTION, PATH, WALKING IN THE LIGHT. To walk in the Light is to walk in the TRUTH and to be UPRIGHT. This comports well with the 18th Hebrew letter, Tzaddi, in which RIGHTEOUSNESS is the key idea. The 18th books (Job, Matthew, 1 John) are Light books. The phrase WALK IN THE LIGHT appears four times in Scripture: Isa 2:5, Isa 50:11, 1 John 1:7, Rev 21:24. The three highlighted scriptures are from two Light books -- Isaiah and 1 John. The phrase WALK IN TRUTH is found only in 3 John 4 -- another Light book. Only in Ephesians, yet another Light book, do we read this phrase, WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT (Eph 5:8).

The 5th stanza further illumines the Light theme:

Ps 119:33-40
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

A new notion is discernible in the 5th stanza. The old RIGHTEOUS PATHWAY idea is still present in verses 35, 37 and 40. However, a new notion is introduced in this stanza in verses 33, 34 and 38. The new idea is ZEAL, DEVOTION, TOTAL SURRENDER, OBEDIENCE, KEEPING OF COVENANT, GOOD DEEDS. The ideas contained in the 1st and 5th stanzas are compatible with the properties of Light. Just as Light is separated from darkness, a RIGHTEOUS person who WALKS IN THE LIGHT has "no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness" (Ephesians 5:11).

The ZEAL OF THE LORD conjures up an image of FIRE and LIGHT. Three times when the phrase "the zeal of the Lord" appears in Scripture we read "the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall DO this." (2 Kings 19:31, Isa 9:7, Isa 37:32 ; Isaiah is a Light book) One major idea of the Light theme is the mighty CREATIVE ACTS of God by HIS HAND.

By the FEAR OF THE LORD believers depart from evil and WALK IN RIGHTEOUSNESS (Pr 16:6). The FEAR OF THE LORD comes with the realization that our God is a CONSUMING FIRE. God is described as a CONSUMING FIRE three times in Scripture -- Deu 4:24, Deu 9:3, Heb 12:29. (both Deu & Heb are Light books!)

The notion of OBEDIENCE is tied to TOTAL SURRENDER, FAITH-WORKS, GOOD DEEDS, DO-ACTS. How is it related to Light and Fire? The key link is WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS in the Person of the Lord Jesus as the Passover Lamb. Jesus did not hold back anything and "poured out his soul unto death" (Isa 53:12) in TOTAL OBEDIENCE to the Father. We see the Lamb of God in the promised son Isaac in Genesis 22, slain prophetically by God the Father. Abraham testified in Gen 22:8, "My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:"

Genesis is the first book of the Bible and according to the Trinity Triangle (66 books arranged as a triangle), it has a Light theme. Barely three verses into Genesis we read "Let there be light"! The Creation began with a Big Bang in a brilliant light at the utterance of these words of the Creator. God began recording His story in this first book without which the rest of the Bible would not make sense. It is a tale of DISOBEDIENCE and OBEDIENCE. At the start of the story Adam and Eve disobeyed. The LORD God said unto the woman in Gen 3:13, "What is this that thou HAST DONE?"

In the following chapter, the account of the first murder is recorded in Gen 4:8. God spoke to Cain in verse 10, "What hast thou DONE? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground." Cain was rebuked by God before he committed the murderous ACT, "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door." (Gen 4:7)

Next we read, "Enoch WALKED with God" (Gen 5:22) Enoch, the seventh from Adam, is a worthy child of Light who WALKED IN TRUTH AND LIGHT. In Chapter 6 verse 9 we find "Noah was a JUST man and perfect in his generations, and Noah WALKED with God." Noah was an ACTION man according to the Word of God in Gen 6:22, "Thus DID Noah; according to all that God commanded him, SO DID HE." Few more verses later we read yet again in Gen 7:5, "And Noah DID according unto all that the LORD commanded him." A remarkably OBEDIENT ACTION man.

In Genesis chapter 11 we read how God confused the language of man to stop man from building the Tower of Babel, a DISOBEDIENT ACT. In the next chapter the Father of Faith appeared on the scene. Immediately Abraham was described as a man of OBEDIENCE in Gen 12:4, "So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him." It did not take long before Abraham stumbled on the journey of faith. He was rebuked by Pharaoh concerning his wife Sarah in Gen 12:18, "What is this that thou HAST DONE UNTO ME? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?" Abraham did not always DO RIGHT.

Abraham is very much an ACTION/WORKS man. The secret of his RIGHTEOUS life lies in his FAITH. Scripture has this to say about him, "And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." (Gen 15:6)

What does God require of us? God told Abraham in Gen 17:1, "WALK before me, and be thou perfect." Again, God said to Abraham in Gen 17:9, "Thou shalt KEEP my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations." Abraham's OBEDIENCE is prompt and unquestioning. Concerning God's command on circumcision, he "circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him." (Gen 17:23)

It is instructive to listen to the Lord's assessment of Abraham in Gen 18:19, "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall KEEP THE WAY OF THE LORD, TO DO JUSTICE (TO DO RIGHT) and judgment;"

The account of Abraham's plea with the Lord for Sodom and Gomorrah is most revealing, "And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth DO RIGHT?" (Gen 18:25) This scripture is saturated with Light notion.

In a deja vu incident involving Sarah, King Abimelech said to God in Gen 20:4-5, "Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the INTEGRITY OF MY HEART (CONSCIENCE) and INNOCENCY OF MY HANDS have I DONE this." (Compare with a scripture from another Light book, 1 John 3:21, "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.")

King Abimelech called Abraham and rebuked him in these extremely revealing words in Gen 20:9,10, "What hast thou DONE UNTO US? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou HAST DONE DEEDS UNTO ME THAT OUGHT NOT TO BE DONE. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou HAST DONE THIS THING?"

Gen 20:9 bears striking resemblance to Rom 7:15,16: "For that which I DO I allow not: for what I would, that DO I not; but what I hate, that DO I. If then I DO that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good." Genesis and Romans lie on the same spoke in the Bible Wheel! Both are Light books!

Moving on, need I say more about Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac in TOTAL OBEDIENCE as recorded in Genesis chapter 22?

When Abraham sent his servant to look for a wife for Isaac, he told the servant these words, "The LORD, BEFORE WHOM I WALK, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:" (Gen 24:40)

Here is another testimony from God regarding Abraham when God spoke with Isaac, "Abraham OBEYED my voice, and KEPT my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws." (Gen 26:5) What a testimony! In this encounter, God told Isaac not to go to Egypt. Isaac OBEYED and dwelt in Gerar (Gen 26:6).

In yet another deja vu incident, this time involving Isaac's wife, King Abimelech (a different king) said to Isaac in Gen 26:10, "What is this thou HAST DONE UNTO US? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us." Over the well incident, King Abimelech spoke to Isaac, "That thou wilt DO US NO HURT, as we have not touched thee, and as we have DONE UNTO THEE NOTHING BUT GOOD, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD." (Gen 26:29)

When Isaac wanted to bless Esau, this is what Rebekah told Jacob in Gen 27:8, "Now therefore, my son, OBEY MY VOICE according to that which I command thee." Again in Gen 27:13, Rebekah said to Jacob, "Upon me be thy curse, my son: ONLY OBEY MY VOICE, and go fetch me them." Jacob tricked his father Isaac when he said, "I am Esau thy firstborn; I have DONE according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me." (Gen 27:19)

A third time Rebekah instructed Jacob to OBEY her, "Now therefore, my son, OBEY MY VOICE; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;" (Gen 27:43) "until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which THOU HAST DONE TO HIM:" (Gen 27:45) Jacob "OBEYED his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram." (Gen 28:7)

Jacob said to Laban after he found out he was deceived by Laban, "WHAT IS THIS THOU HAST DONE UNTO ME? did not I SERVE with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?" (Gen 29:25) Listen to Jacob's words to Laban, "Give me my wives and my children, for whom I HAVE SERVED THEE, and let me go: for thou knowest MY SERVICE which I HAVE DONE THEE." (Gen 30:26), "Thou knowest HOW I HAVE SERVED THEE" (Gen 30:29), "So shall MY RIGHTEOUSNESS answer for me in time to come" (Gen 30:33).

SERVICE and DEVOTION is integral to the Light theme for that is the essence of WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS, burnt out wholly for God, "presenting our bodies a living SACRIFICE, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable SERVICE." (Romans 12:1)

The Psalmist says in the 5th stanza of Ps 119 in verse 34, "I shall observe it with my whole heart." Jacob DID exactly that for Laban as can been in his own words to Rachel, "And ye know that WITH ALL MY POWER I HAVE SERVED your father." (Gen 31:6)

The Lord Jesus, whose symbol is the Light, is the supreme example of TOTAL OBEDIENCE, SERVICE, DEVOTION and SACRIFICE. He is ever ready and joyous to PERFORM the Father's will. Listen to the Lord's own words in Heb 10:7-9, "Then said I, LO, I COME (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) TO DO THY WILL, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, LO, I COME TO DO THY WILL, O God."

That is Jesus' way of saying HERE I AM -- a phrase which appears 4 times in Scripture, exclusively in the Light books -- Gen 22:1, 1 Sam 12:3, 1 Sam 22:12, Isa 58:9. Any lingering doubt is evaporated when we learn that the phrase HERE AM I appears 16 times in Scripture -- all except one are recorded in the Light books -- Gen 22:7, Gen 22:11, Gen 27:1, Gen 27:18, Gen 31:11, Gen 37:13, Gen 46:2, Ex 3:4, 1 Sam 3:4, 1 Sam 3:5, 1 Sam 3:6, 1 Sam 3:8, 1 Sam 3:16, 2 Sam 1:7, 2 Sam 15:26, Isa 6:8)

After Jacob told Leah and Rachel of his plan to leave Laban, both his wives replied, "For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, DO." (Gen 31:16) Laban was on hot pursuit after Jacob and family and finally caught up to them. Laban confronted Jacob with these words in Gen 31:26, "WHAT HAST THOU DONE, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?" Again Laban said, "THOU HAST NOW DONE FOOLISHLY IN SO DOING." (Gen 31:28)

Jacob WORKED 20 years for Laban and can be considered the most industrious character in Genesis. The 10th stanza of Ps 119 begins this way in verse 73, "THY HANDS HAVE MADE ME and FASHIONED me". WORKING WITH THE HANDS is a Light notion. Jesus said, "I must WORK THE WORKS of him that sent me, while it is DAY: the night cometh, when no man can WORK." (John 9:4) WORK is associated with DAY and LIGHT. Do we now see the creative ACTS of God are considered a Light theme? The Earth was teeming with life and ACTIVITY after the 4th day when the light was turned on so to speak.

Jacob responded to Laban's rebuke in Gen 31:42, "Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and THE FEAR of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and THE LABOUR OF MY HANDS, and rebuked thee yesternight."

As CHILDREN OF LIGHT, "Let YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE before men, that they may see your GOOD WORKS, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) Concerning Joseph's 10 brothers, "Joseph brought unto his father THEIR EVIL REPORT." (Gen 37:2) If we WALK IN THE LIGHT, we "must have a GOOD REPORT of them which are without;" (1 Timothy 3:7) The phrase GOOD REPORT appears 10 times in Scripture. Except for 2 scriptures, all appear in the Light books -- 1 Sam 2:24, Prov 15:30, ACTS 10:22, ACTS 22:12, 2 Cor 6:8, Phil 4:8, 1 Tim 3:7, Heb 11:2, Heb 11:39, 3 John 12. The Book of ACTS is the 22nd book of Cycle 2 of the Bible Wheel. It is indeed a book of ACTION and DEEDS. The three 22nd books are unique. Although all three themes are present in these books, the Light theme is more pronounced in the Book of ACTS. (The Temple and Water themes are more pronounced in the Song of Songs and the Book of Revelation respectively.)

The phrase GREAT LIGHT appears three times in Scripture in three Light books -- Isa 9:2, Matt 4:16 & ACTS 22:6. The phrase A LIGHT FROM HEAVEN appears no where else in Scripture except ACTS 9:3, ACTS 26:13. The Apostle Paul recounted THREE TIMES the Damascus incident when the Lord Jesus appeared to him in a GREAT LIGHT FROM HEAVEN. This is very strong evidence that the Book of ACTS is predominantly a Light book since THREE is associated with the Triangle and Light is the symbol of the Lord Jesus.

In Jacob's blessing of Joseph we read, "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac DID WALK" (Gen 48:15), "But his bow abode in strength, and THE ARMS OF HIS HANDS WERE MADE STRONG BY THE HANDS OF THE MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB; (Gen 49:24)

As we come to the close of Genesis, we read of the OBEDIENCE of the sons of Joseph, "And his sons DID UNTO HIM according as he commanded them:" (Gen 50:12)

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Thus, in Genesis we witnessed over and over recurring notions on the Light theme. The following characteristic phrases capture the essence of Genesis:

 God spoke to Eve "What is this that thou HAST DONE?" (Gen 3:13) God spoke to Cain "What hast thou DONE?" (Gen 4:10) Pharaoh spoke to Abraham "What is this that thou HAST DONE UNTO ME?" (Gen 12:18) King Abimelech spoke to Abraham "What hast thou DONE UNTO US?" (Gen 20:9) "thou HAST DONE DEEDS UNTO ME THAT OUGHT NOT TO BE DONE." (Gen 20:9) King Abimelech (another king) spoke to Isaac "What is this thou HAST DONE UNTO US?" (Gen 26:10) Jacob spoke to Laban "WHAT IS THIS THOU HAST DONE UNTO ME? (Gen 30:33) Laban spoke to Jacob "WHAT HAST THOU DONE,......?" (Gen 31:26) Laban spoke to Jacob "THOU HAST NOW DONE FOOLISHLY IN SO DOING." (Gen 31:28)

As CHILDREN OF LIGHT, we are to WALK IN THE LIGHT and DO RIGHT. Just as the Lord Jesus -- the Passover Lamb, was sacrificed for our sake, we should BURN WHOLY as a LIVING SACRIFICE, which is our acceptable SERVICE to God.

It is fascinating the three symbols of the Trinity -- Light, Water and Temple, stare us in the face when we enter into the Tabernacle of God erected by Moses. (see http://www.templebuilders.com/enlargement_tabernacle2.php) Upon entering the court through the gate, the first furniture that meets the eye is the BURNT-OFFERING ALTAR. This is the Lord Jesus -- the Passover Lamb, the Light of the World! Next we meet the Laver which points to the Holy Spirit -- the Living Water! (John 7:38,39) Finally we come face to face with the Tabernacle proper -- the Temple of God! What marvel!

There is much more that can be said about this fascinating subject. But for now, be amazed at these associations. The Laver is CIRCULAR which is a perfect symbol of the CIRCLE -- the geometric shape of the Holy Spirit! The Temple is essentially 4-sided, hence pointing to the SQUARE/RECTANGLE -- the geometric shape of the Father! The Lord Jesus is represented by the LIGHT at the burnt-offering altar, whose flame is TRIANGULAR in appearance -- pointing to the geometric shape of the Son -- the Triangle!

To Him be the glory!

John Tng