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The Number 3

Biblical Meaning of the Number 3

The Number 3

The number 3, which represents completeness or completion, is also an immutable element to the nature of YAHWEH. 

The Bible mentions 3 immutable things about God: He is spirit, He is invisible, He is immortal. 

The 3 attributes of the Lord: Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent. The Father is the inaccessible and omnipresent light, He is the thought behind the Creation. The Son is the word made flesh, and the Holy Spirit is the act that makes it real. 

  • 1 Timothy 6:16 "who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen."

  • 1 John 5:7-8 "For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are in agreement."

  • Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

The 3 is also an unchanging number in many aspects of YAHWEH's creation 

► The three acts of existence: birth, life, death 

► The essence of the human being: Body, soul, and spirit 

► The water that comes from the Father can only take three forms: liquid, solid, or gas. 

► The only suitable places for the habitation of all that has been created: The sky above, the earth, the sea below 

► All solid matter is made up of atoms built entirely from 3 particles: proton, neutron, and electron. These particles can only carry 3 types of charges: positive charges like protons, negative charges like electrons and neutral charges like neutrons. 

The number 3 is also strongly present in the Bible: 

Noah had 3 sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. It is through them that humanity continued to perpetuate itself after the great flood. 

  • Genesis 6:10 "And Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth."

  • Genesis 7:13 "On that very day Noah entered the ark, along with his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and his wife, and the three wives of his sons"

YAHWEH asked Abram to present as a sacrifice: a heifer of 3 years, a goat of 3 years, a ram of 3 years. 

  • Genesis 15:9 "And the LORD said to him, 'Bring Me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, along with a turtledove and a young pigeon.”

There was heavy darkness in Egypt for 3 days.

  • Exodus 10:22 "So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and total darkness covered all the land of Egypt for three days."

The New Jerusalem has a total of 12 gates: 3 gates to the east, 3 gates to the west, 3 gates to the north and 3 gates to the south. 

  • Revelation 21:13 "There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south, and three on the west."

Notice that YESHUA's life was also constantly influenced by the number 3 which as YAHWEH the Father expresses His perfection.

The baby Jesus was presented with 3 offerings. 

  • Matthew 2:11 "On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh."

He disappeared at the age of 12 for 3 days. 

  • Luke 2:42-43 "And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the Feast. When those days were over and they were returning home, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but His parents were unaware He had stayed."  

He began his ministry at the age of 30 and it lasted 3 years. In the Gospel of John, the three years of Jesus' ministry are determined by the number of Passovers in his ministry; 3 Passovers are counted. He died at the age of 33. 

  • Luke 3:23 "Jesus Himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry. He was regarded as the son of Joseph, the son of Heli." 

He was tempted by Satan 3 times. 

  • Matthew 4:1-11

When the Pharisees came and told Him that Herod was going to put Him to death, Jesus answered He would continue to perform miracles for 3 days. 

  • Luke 13:32 "And He said to them, 'Having gone, say to that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and I complete cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I am perfected." 

He blinded Saul of Tarsus (the persecutor) for 3 days. 

  • Acts 9:9 "For three days he was without sight, and he did not eat or drink anything." 

He was renounced by Peter 3 times. 

  • Mark 14:72 "And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken to him: 'Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And he broke down and wept."

He prayed to God the Father 3 times in the garden of Gethsemane. 

  • Mark 14:41 "When Jesus returned the third time, He said, 'Are you still sleeping and resting? That is enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Judas betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver. 

  • Matthew 27:9 "Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on Him by the people of Israel." 

Including Jesus, 3 in total were crucified on Mount Golgotha. 

  • Mark 15:27 "Along with Jesus, they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His left."

He was crucified at the 3rd Biblical hour or 9:00 a.m., and died at the 9th Biblical hour or 3:00 p.m. 

  • Mark 15:25 "It was the third hour when they crucified Him." 

At his crucifixion, the heavens were darkened for a period of 3 hours, from the 6th biblical hour or noon, until the 9th biblical hour or 3 pm.

  • Mark 15:33 "From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land."

  • Matthew 27:45-46 "And from the sixth hour, darkness was over all the land, until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

He went down to Sheol - Abode of the Dead, and rose again 3 days later. 

  • Matthew 12:40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

  • Matthew 27:63-64 “Sir, they said, we remember that while He was alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again. So give the order that the tomb be secured until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal Him away and tell the people He has risen from the dead. And this last deception would be worse than the first"

After His resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to Cephas (Peter), then three times to the disciples and then to more than 500 people at a time, as a testimony of the resurrection of the dead. 

  • John 21:14 "This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead."

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-13 

Jesus said I am: 1. the Way, 2. the Truth, 3. the Life

May the Holy Spirit guide you in understanding this message.

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