The Bible is a collection of tales distilled from many sources, edited at various times, translated into many languages, and often passed out as the last word in religion.   The first five books of the Old Testament are called the books of Moses, The Torah, and the basis of Hebrew law.   They have been compiled and edited from older sources and were written in both Aramaic and Hebrew.   The New Testament was written partly in Aramaic, the spoken language of the Judeans, and partly in ancient Greek.

Since the first editing and writing of this collection, many translations from the original text as well as many translations from other translations have been printed.   Much editing and many errors have been built in with each new translation so that, today, most English translations are largely incorrect and incomplete due to either errors in the text from which the translation was taken or prejudices on the part of the translator or editor.   However, the Old Testament is still available in Hebrew which has been preserved intact since it was written, and the New Testament is still available in ancient Greek which is the original Greek and supposedly very close to the original Aramaic text.

Old Hebrew is an artificial language in the sense that it comes from the minds of scholars and is deliberately preserved in its original form.   English, on the other hand, is a language established by usage.   In other words, with English a new fad can alter the meaning of a word so that it is not the same from one generation to the next.   But when a new word was needed in Old Hebrew, the scholars sat down and discussed what the word should be and how it should be spelled.   Of course, this probably happened long before the Judeans were the sole keeper of Hebrew   This care was necessary to be sure that the word was placed in the proper numerical spectrum because each Hebrew word is also a number and each number denotes a particular spectrum.

For instance, the love/hate spectrum must have words in it whose numerical total is either thirteen or may be "reduced" to thirteen.   This includes such words as "union", "bundle", etc. which have a "together" meaning.   As each letter in Hebrew is also a number, this is the basis for modern numerology and a part of what is known as cabalistic study.   And much of cabalistic study includes the decoding of astrological information from Hebrew.

In decoding, one must know a few terms such as "reducing" which is the summing of the digits in a number or word, or "extending" which is the summing of all the numbers from one to the number being extended.   For instance, to reduce 731 would be to add seven, three, and one to obtain eleven (7+3+1=11).   Or to find the extension of six, one would add six, five, four, three, two, and one to obtain twenty-one (6+5+4+3+2+1=21).

The book called Numbers in the Bible is an odd and often repetitive bit of writing that describes a time when the Children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness.   Very likely, this wilderness was not the barren area that exists today, but a land of trees and other types of vegetation.   The word that is the title for the book we call Numbers is "Bamidbahr", meaning in or through the wilderness.   Perhaps this meaning is at least partly allegorical because life in the earth plane is much like being in a wilderness.

Bamidbahr has thirty-six chapters, the number of decanates in the zodiac.   Thirty-six is six times six, and six is the number of directions in the earth plane (up, down, east, west, north, and south are the six directions of the ancient students of the secrets).   And perhaps this is why there were six days of creation in the book of Genesis.   Thirty-six is also the product of one, four, and nine (1x4x9=36).   One, four, and nine are the squares of the first three primes (1x1=1, 2x2=4, and 3x3=9) which can refer to the three physical dimensions of the earth plane.   The earth plane was represented by a cube in times of old and the cube was represented numerically as the number eight because a cube has eight corners.   The extension of eight is thirty-six (1+2+3...+8=36).   And, of course, thirty-six is also a shortcut way to refer to the 360 degrees of a circle or cycle of the the zodiac.

Bamidbahr is spelled with Hebrew letters/numbers that total 248 which reduces to 5 (2+4+8=14 and 1+4=5), the number of man or humankind.   It is composed of a preposition with a numerical value of two and a word with a value of 246.   When 246 is reduced , we have the number twelve which is the number of notes in a musical scale, months in a year, and signs in the zodiac to name but a few.

What follows Bamidbahr as a title is a certain number of tribes given with the names of the tribal chiefs and their fathers.   This is followed by a similar (though not the same) order of the tribes with their total number of fighting men.   And this is followed, in turn, by a similar (thought not the same) order of the tribes with the position of each, the chiefs and their fathers, and the numbers of fighting men.   Why must we have all this vain repetition when one time through would have been enough?   The answer is the repetition is for a purpose - and we should begin to pay more attention to the possible reasons behind the repetitions.

As we compare these three tribal orders, we first notice that a tribe is chosen as a central unit and is followed by two other tribes, one on each side of the central unit, before going back to the central unit.   Each tribe that is a central unit is a tribe representing one of the zodiac's fixed signs.   We have Judah first, the lion (same as Leo).   Second, we have Reuben, the bull (same as Taurus).   Third, we have Ephraim, the man (same as Aquarius).   And fourth, we have Dan, the adder on the path (same as Scorpio - represented often as an eagle by the Hebrews).

In other parts of the Bible we see references to these same fixed signs as they are often the poetic representation for the zodiac and what it does.   In chapter one of Ezekiel, we see the four as man, lion, ox, and eagle.   In Revelation, chapter four, paragraph seven, we see them described.   And there are other places as well.

As we further examine the three tribal orders, we note that the first one has one tribe not found in the same place as we see it in the second and third orders.   This is the tribe of Gad, which is very obviously out of place as it is not even found within its own subgroup next to Reuben as it should be.

Thus, in the first tribal order we see:

1.   Reuben         3.   Judah         6.   Ephraim         9.   Dan

2.   Simeon         4.   Issachar         7.   Manasseh         10.   Asher

5.   Zebulun         8.   Benjamin         11.   Gad         12.   Naphtali        

In the second tribal order, we see:

1.   Reuben         4.   Judah         7.   Ephraim         10.   Dan

2.   Simeon         5.   Issachar         8.   Manasseh         11.   Asher        

3.   Gad         6.   Zebulun         9.   Benjamin         12.   Naphtali        

In the third tribal order, we see:

1.   Judah         4.   Reuben         7.   Ephraim         10.   Dan

2.   Issachar         5.   Simeon         8.   Manasseh         11.   Asher

3.   Zebulun         6.   Gad         9.   Benjamin         12.   Naphtali

I believe Gad is out of place in the first order given to point out that Gad is where the zodiac (order of signs & months in the ancient calendars) begins.   This can be further confirmed by looking at the meaning of Gad.   Because Gad means "army" and it was said of Gad in Genesis 49, "Gad, a warlike throng will press upon him, and he shall press upon their heel" (Berry Interlinear Hebrew translation) or "Gad, a troop shall overcome him, but he shall overcome at last" (King James translation).

So Gad is the martial sign of Aries, the beginning of the signs or monthly sequence since ancient times.

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