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Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Nine Divine Utterances

Alice C. Linsley

In Genesis 1 the words “And God said” appear nine times, reflecting the base nine counting system of Abraham and his Kushite ancestors. The rabbis divert attention from this by insisting that there are ten divine utterances, as is taught in Mishna Avot 5:2. The Mishna is the first major work of Rabbinic Judaism, dating to 200 AD.  It addresses matters of religious ceremony after the destruction of the Temple and is anti-Christian in tone. It also reveals a departure from the Horite expectation of the Divine Son and the creation of a new ethnic narrative.

According to rabbinic oral tradition God created the world with ten utterances. The Mishnah states that if God had created the world by a single utterance, men would distain the world and would not uphold God's order. (Mishnah Avot 5:1)

Following this teaching, at least ten verses of Torah should be read in the synagogue. These represent the ten divine utterances. The objection that the words "And God said" appear only nine times in Genesis 1, is dismissed in the Gemara which insists that the words “In the beginning” count as a divine utterance. This idea is also found in the Babylonian Talmud (Megillah 21).

The base nine counting system of the Horites explains much of the number symbolism of the Bible. The genealogical segments have a depth of ten. One theory is that this facilitates the tribal story teller's remembrance of the segment. However, it is more likely that the segment is remembered to a depth of nine and that the tenth ruler represents the beginning of a new segment.  Keeping this structure in mind, we discover some interesting patterns.

Ruth and Boaz, both descendants of Terah, begin a new segment which traces the Son of God through David. This is significant since David’s city was Bethlehem and I Chronicles 4:4 lists Hur (Hor) as the "father of Bethlehem". The author of I Chronicles knew that Bethlehem was originally a Horite settlement. The Horites were ruler-priests whose lines intermarried exclusively in expection that a woman of their people would bring forth "the Seed" of Genesis 3:15.

The Seed has the power of generation. John 1:1-4 explains that He is the generative Word who was with God in the beginning, and who was God. "Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men."

Jesus' Ascent is Patterned by Horite Marriage and Ascendency Custom

The pattern for understanding Christ's rule is evident in Scripture, in the marriage and ascendency pattern of his Horite ancestors.  The Horite ruler and his two wives comprised one territory, one kingdom. Likewise, Christ has brides according to that pattern.  The first is represented by those of the Old Covenant who were faithful in their expectation of the Divine Son's appearing.  These were Jesus' kin, His sister bride, so to speak.  The second wife is represented by those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God according to the Scriptures. To express this another way: the Good Shepherd has two flocks grazing in different pastures, but both belong to Him. As He has said, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one Shepherd." (John 10:16)

The Church is one flock and the other flock are those who died in expectation of Messiah's appearing. The last of that generation were Simeon, Anna and John the Baptist. They are the three witnesses to the Kingdom's appearing. The ruler-priest Simeon represents the Blood, the prophetess Anna represents the Spirit, and John the Forerunner represents the Water. These are the three witnesses to which John alludes when he tells us, "This is He who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and these three agree as one." (1 John 5:6-8)

The sister Bride is always the second wife, and it is after this that the heir-apparent begins to rule.  So the age of the Church is predicted in the Old Testament.

The Horites were the earliest caste of priests from whom the Aaronic, Levitical and Zadokite priesthoods emerged later in Israel’s history. Tzadok צדוק, meaning "righteous" was a descendant of Aaron.  He was the first High Priest to serve in the New Temple built by Solomon. Ezekiel extols the sons of Zadok as staunch opponents of paganism and indicates their right to unique duties and privileges in the future Third Temple (Ezekiel 42:13, 43:19). This is one of numerous references to the number nine and its factor of three in the Bible.  Ezekiel is called “son of man” (literally ben’adam) 93 times, and Ezekiel 4:5 speaks of how the prophet is to endure punishment for 390 days.

The older mystical number system was base nine and spoke of the coming of the Seed. The number one represents God and one begets two in a binary system.  The ancient numerology points to the incarnation of the Logos of God (2) who by the Spirit (3) became incarnate and was born of the Virgin Mary (5), lived as a man and died (6), rose from the dead, showing great mercy to all the world (4) and ascended as the Son of God (7) and the Royal Bridegroom (8) who enters the bridal chamber to consummate the marriage to his pure and spotless Bride (9) with whom He will rule over an eternal kingdom delivered to the Son by the Father (10). Note that the consummation is represented by the number 9 and 10 symbolizes the beginning of a new heaven and earth.

In Genesis 1 there are nine divine utterances concerning this world, but this world is passing away and the new is coming.

Related reading:  The Afro-Arabian Number System; Forty Days and Forty Nights; Yes, Georgia, There is a Kingdom; The Kingdom of God in Genesis

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