FRIDAY MORNING MANNA
September 12, 2014
Biblical Numerology-Part I
God Creator, reverently addressed as Jehovah in the Old Testament, and Jesus Christ, God incarnate, in the New Testament is also introduced to in at least 224 other names and titles (See Strong’s Comprehensive Concordance, Universal Subject Guide to the Bible, under “Christ, the Anointed One,Other Names,”). It should have included Michael, the Archangel or “Commander-in-Chief of the angelic hosts.” (Daniel 10: 13, 21; 12: 1; Jude 9; Rev. 12: 7). He is also identified in the prophetic book of Daniel as “Palmoni, the Numberer of secrets or Wonderful Numberer.”
“In Daniel 8, Verse 13 the word ‘saint’ is supplied. ‘Certain’ is a combination of two Hebrew words. The first is either pali or pala. The second is mena. Each are applied in the Scriptures to the Lord. The margin says, “Heb. Palmoni; the numbered of secrets, or Wonderful Numberer. This is undoubtedly a referral to Jesus, and Jesus is the one who gives the answer in Daniel 8: 14. [pali, “secret,” Judges 13: 18; pala, “wonderful,” Isa. 9:6 + mena, “numbers,” Daniel 5:26].” http:www.patmospapers.com/daniel/Daniel 8. htm:
“In the Authorized Version (K.J.V.) Bible with margin notes, there is a marker against ‘that certain saint.’ The margin note reads: Palmoni, or, the numbered of secrets, or wonderful numbered. The word ‘Palmoni’ is the transliteration of a mysterious Hebrew word that cannot be translated. This word is a strange amalgamation of two other Hebrew words meaning ‘wonderful’ and ‘to number or count.’ JESUS CHRIST is that certain PALMONI, the WONDERFUL Numberer.” http://www.fivedoves.com/nuberbite/NUMBERB17F%20OOO6.HTM.
The above are quoted on the website nabiy4America.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/the-wonderful-numberer-of-secrets—palmomi-certain-saint/. While I disagree with certain interpretations on this website such as, “the United States is Babylon the Great,” I concur with the interpretation that Jesus is “that certain saint, Palmoni,” as did many of the Protestant commentators and Pioneer SDA theologians and Bible commentators.
It was no less than Christ who instructed Gabriel to explain the amazing 2300-day prophecy of Daniel 8: 14 to the beloved prophet. (Dan. 9: 23; 10: 11, 19). John, who wrote the book of Revelation for the last days, is also called “the beloved.” (John 21: 20).
Biblical principle of Two: contrasts and opposites, types and antitype, literal and spiritual. –We start these series on the significance of numbers in the Bible. It is in the broadest sense of the specific numbers we will be citing that the Bible identifies two classes or kinds of (alphabetically listed): animals, armies, brothers, characters, churches, deaths, doctrines, families, followers, generals, gods, laws, leaders, Sabbaths, paths, servants, sexes, sides, worshippers, etc. Thus, there are only two final rewards—eternal life or eternal death.
The correct interpretation of the prophecies (and parables) clearly exposes Preterism and Futurism as counterfeit hyperliteralistic interpretations of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation. These were introduced during the latter part of the Reformation by two Spanish Jesuit priests, Alcasar and Ribera, respectively, to counteract the work of the Protestant Reformation,—which is already dead.
See update in a Boston Globe article by Austen Ivereigh/Globe Correspondent, Aug. 07, 2014, titled “Pope’s Protestant friend dies, but push for unity lives.” This man was Anthony Joseph “Tony” Palmer, British-born South African bishop with the Communion of Evangelical Communion Churches.
There have ever been two classes and two choices as far as “the truth as it is in Jesus” is concerned. In between these is the freewill and voluntary choice based on the conviction of one’s conscience. Man was created in the image of God as a free moral agent. Yet we know that most have, and will choose to believe what they want to believe against overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, Choose for yourselves this day, whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River [flood, K.J.V.] or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24: 14, 15. (See also Rom. 6: 1-23).
“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long will you falter [halt, K.J.V] between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him. But the people answered him not a word.” 1 Kings 18: 21.
“There are only two classes. Each party is distinctly stamped, either with the seal of the living God, or with the mark of the beast, or his image. Each son or daughter of Adam chooses Christ or Satan as hisgeneral. All who place themselves on the side of the disloyal are under Satan’s black banner and stand charged with rejecting and despitefully using Jesus Christ. They are charged with deliberately crucifying the Lord of life and glory.” – E. G. White, Manuscript 40, 1897. See also Vol. 3 Selected Messages, pp. 415-8, “The Last Great Struggle.”
Starting with Adam and Eve’s first two sons, Cain and Abel, there have ever been two major classes and lines down to the close of earth’s history—the righteous and the wicked. After the Fall, righteousness, loyalty, and faithfulness to God and His immutable law have ever been in the minority. Prophecy says thus it will be to the end. So choose we must, intellectually and spiritually, not on inclination or popularity as our fallen natures bear the propensities to disobedience and sin. Only by God’s grace in Christ through the Holy Spirit can we fully overcome as Jesus did in His human nature.
Through Moses, God says to His chosen people–both of the Old and New Testaments— ancient Israel under the Jewish or Mosaic dispensation, transitioning to the Christian church in the Christian dispensation, respectively,–that their high calling, special privileges, and standing before Him as a “chosen people” has, and always will be conditional: Notice:
“See, I have set before you today life and good and death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; that you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; thereforechoose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deut. 30: 15-19. The heavens above and the earth beneath it, which remain even today, are the two witnesses to this covenant terms.
Jesus repeated the same warnings raised by His prophets to His people in the Old Testament, contrasting the broad way with the narrow way: “Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matt. 7: 13, 14.
“Then one said to Him, Lord are there few who are saved? And He said to them, Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Luke 13: 23, 24. The Ten Commandments, God’s covenant (Deut. 4: 13) which were written in the minds and hearts of Adam and Eve, which they transgressed, He repeated verbally and wrote with His own finger on two tables of stone and gave to Moses. Exo. 19, 20. In the New Covenant, it was ratified by His own blood, written no longer on stone but in the hearts and minds of all who are truly born-again. John 3: 1-21; Heb. 8: 10-13; 10: 16, 17.
God’s Faithful Servants versus Multitudes; Lonely Voices of Warnings against Prevailing and Fashionable Errors and Sins of the Times. – In every age, God has called His servants to lift up their voices against the prevailing errors and sins of the multitudes. Read the message, works and fate of all the prophets, major and minor, in the Old Testament. There are about 42 of them listed, beginning with Enoch in Gen. 5: 21, 24 to Malachi (1: 1), the last of the 39 books of the Old Testament, a prophetic book. The last of the 27 books of the New Testament is also a prophetic book—the one in which the 66 books of the Bible meet and end for it is the final “Revelation of Jesus Christ.” So says its introduction.
Christ said, “Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.” Luke 7: 27, 28. Paul was a prophet, 2 Cor. 12: 1-4. All of them were raised and empowered by God to counsel, comfort, reprove, and solemnly warn God’s people against apostatizing from the truth, worshipping other gods, both animate and inanimate, and rebelling against His law of love and life, replacing it with man-made laws, traditions, and state-church edicts.
Satan also has his false christs, prophets, pastors, “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” and counterfeit revivals and reformations. Jer. 2: 8;10:21; 12:10; 23: 1, 2; Matt. 24: 24; Mark 13: 22; Matt. 7: 15; 10: 16, etc. This is the true nature of the war of wars between Christ and Satan and their respective agencies on earth, which is nearing its stupendous climax. Are we preparing for it by fortifying our minds with present truth? (Continued next week).