Children’s Study – Noah, Part 7
Noah – Part 7
“Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came”
by Victor Torres
Last time we learned that the words of our Lord are spiritual. We learned that the numbers in the Bible have spiritual meaning. We also learned that these numbers have a positive and a negative meaning.
The number one means unity. It is either our unity with the Lord, having the same mind as Him, or our unity with the beast, the flesh.
The number two means witness. It is either the true witness that comes from the Lord, or the false witness that comes from the devil.
Let’s look at the number three.
The number three means the process of spiritual completion.
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Here’s the definition of a process:
noun: a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.
So a process is a series of steps taken to achieve a particular end or outcome. We know that we are all born sinful, out of the dust of the earth. We also know that we will all be like Christ in the end.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive.
The number 3 in the Bible talks about this series of steps our Lord takes to change us from this sinful old person to a holy new person.
Where did we see the number 3 in the story of Noah?
Gen 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
These 3 levels in the ark are talking about the steps God takes to change us into the new person. Again God has hidden this wisdom from the rest of the world. If you ask any minister outside the body of Christ why the Lord commanded Noah to make 3 levels within the ark, they will say the reason is to fit all the animals that they need to take. Of course this is true physically, but the body of Christ is blessed to see the spiritual meaning of that verse.
What is the negative meaning of the number 3?
It is the series of steps that God takes to blind us and make us commit errors from the way He taught us. This rebellion against God is symbolized by the three men in this verse:
Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying [or contradiction, rebellion] of Core.
All of you probably remember Cain who killed his brother Abel. But do you remember why he killed Abel? It is because he was jealous of him. Remember these two brothers made an offering to the Lord. Abel’s offering was accepted, but Cain’s wasn’t. So Cain, out of jealousy, killed his brother. But that is not the first sin that Cain committed. The first sin he committed was not to offer his offering properly as Abel did. The Lord said to Cain: “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” So obviously, Cain and Abel were both taught by the Lord on how to make an offering. Abel followed the Lord’s teachings and his offering was accepted, but Cain did not, so his offering was rejected.
This should be a big lesson to you today. Your parents teach you what to do to please God. If you obey them, they will be happy with you. If you don’t, they will be angry with you and will discipline you if they are godly parents. Only ungodly parents don’t discipline their kids. Don’t be jealous with your siblings when they get rewarded for obeying and you get punished for disobeying. Both of you will get rewarded if you both do the right thing, and both of you will get punished if you both do the wrong thing. Godly parents should not play favorites because God also treats all people alike:
Act 10:34 Peter then said: Now I am certain that God treats all people alike.
Act 10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
Some of you probably don’t know who Balaam or Core is. We don’t have time to go over their stories right now, so I want you to read their stories on your own. The story of Balaam can be found in Numbers 22, and the story of Core or Korah is found in Numbers 16.
Let’s now look at the number 4.
Four = the whole
When you see the number four in the Bible, you should think of the whole of what is being talked about, not literally 4 objects or 4 people being discussed.
Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
This verse contains both the positive and negative meaning of the number 4. The positive meaning is hidden in the phrase “four angels”. These four angels is not talking about literal four angels or literal four people as much as the two witnesses in Rev 11:3 is not talking about literal two people. The negative meaning is hidden in the phrase “four corners of the earth”. We know that the earth is the symbol of our flesh, the flesh of all mankind.
This verse is saying that the whole of God’s elect is prepared to receive the “four winds” or the whole of God’s words. Unlike the “four corners of the earth” or the whole world which is not prepared to receive the whole of God’s word, so when God’s elect judges them in the lake of fire, the whole world will be hurt by God’s words.
During the time of Noah, it was only his family who believed in his preaching. The same thing has happened in every generation; only a very few people are given the faith that will include them in the first resurrection.
Mat 24:34 Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.
Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not the angels of Heaven, but only My Father.
Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall be the coming of the Son of Man.
Mat 24:38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark.
Mat 24:39 And they did not know until the flood came and took them all away. So also will be the coming of the Son of Man.
“But my words shall not pass away”. That means what happened back in the days of Noah will happen in every generation. In every generation, there is a group of very few people chosen by God to understand and preach His words. So that’s how it is today. The elect of God continues to be very few in number, and our message has never been popular, as in the days of Noah. As you grow up, you will learn about the other denominations of this world. If they have more than a million members, ask yourself, “what teachings of this church are so attractive that more than a million people believe it?” The people of this world will continue to believe the lies of the devil until Christ comes back to rule the world with the elect.
Five = Grace through faith
We are told that Noah had faith which caused him to move with fear, and he prepared an ark to the saving of his house.
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, having been warned by God of things not yet seen, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Noah is a symbol of our Lord who will give His faith to those He is saving now.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We see the measurements of the cherubims which are symbols of God’s elect as multiple of fives:
1Ki 6:23 And inside the Holy of Holies he made two cherubs [the two witnesses] of olive wood, ten cubits high.
1Ki 6:24 And one wing of the cherub was five cubits, and the other wing of the cherub was five cubits; ten cubits from the ends of its wings even to the ends of its wings.
This faith will be given to all mankind in due time, as symbolized by the measurements of the temple which are nearly all in multiples of five.
Exo 26:37 And you shall make five pillars of acacia-wood for the screen, and overlay them with gold; their hooks shall be of gold. And you shall cast five sockets of bronze for them.
We find the negative meaning of the number five in a teaching from another teacher in the body, Larry Groenewald:
“The tribe of Dan wanted more land and their eyes were looking over the fence, so to speak:
Jdg 18:2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah [the birthplace of Samson], and from Eshtaol [Samson was buried here], to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.
We know the number five spiritually indicates grace through faith in our lives, and here we see five men being sent out by this tribe to spy – pointing to their time of unbelief which is the negative spiritual application of the number five (Eph 2:8-10). In this time of insecurity and unbelief about our own spiritual gifts and ministry in the body of Christ, we are ‘spying’ on other’s gifts and ministries, being busybodies and not satisfied with our own “bread” God have given us, as the apostle Paul also found in the church at Thessalonica:
2Th 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
2Th 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” [End Quote]
To know what ‘busybodies’ mean, let’s look at those two verses above from the Good News Bible:
2Th 3:11 We say this because we hear that there are some people among you who live lazy lives and who do nothing except meddle in other people’s business [busybodies].
2Th 3:12 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we command these people and warn them to lead orderly lives and work to earn their own living.
Six = Mankind
Six is the number of the beast or mankind.
The study of the number 6 was given by another teacher in the body of Christ, Tony Cullen.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The verse above is from the King James Version. This is not a good translation because the article ‘a’ was added by the translators, making it seem that the number 6, 6, 6 is the number of ‘a’ man, a certain man.
Here are some better translations:
Rev 13:18 (CLV) Here is wisdom. Let him who has a mind calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of mankind, and its number is six hundred sixty-six.”
Rev 13:18 (JUB) Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for the number of man; and its number is six hundred sixty-six.
This is the negative application of the number 6 – mankind, flesh and blood which cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
If you remember, both the land animals and man are made on the sixth day.
Gen 1:24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.
Gen 1:25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Gen 1:29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
So let’s review what we have learned today.
The number 3 = process (series of steps taken to achieve a result)
Positive meaning: process of our spiritual completion. The steps taken by our Lord to mold us into His image.
Negative meaning: process of our spiritual blindness.
The number 4 = the whole
Positive meaning: the whole of God’s elect being prepared to receive the whole of God’s word.
Negative meaning: the whole earth rejecting the whole, or the sum of God’s word.
The number 5 = grace through faith
Positive meaning: the grace given to God’s elect which will also be given to the whole world.
Negative meaning: our immature faith (2Ti 3:8) when we are jealous of the gifts given to other parts of the body of Christ.
The number 6 = mankind
Positive meaning: ?
Negative meaning: mankind which is made out of the dust of the ground, sinful
To see the positive meaning of the number 6, let us now look at one of your questions:
Why did God pick the six hundredth year of Noah’s life (Gen 7:11), in the second month, in the seventeenth day of the month, to flood the earth?
Like what we have learned from previous studies, Noah was just like us, sinful in nature. If not for the Lord giving him the faith, he would have not been saved in the ark.
It is like that with God’s elect. Every single one of us are chief of sinners, and if not for our Lord, we would continue to live in sin. We know that we were chosen out of His love, not out of our good works which we cannot do anyway without Him.
Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The flood is a symbol of our baptism, our being converted into the new person:
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
1Pe 3:19 in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water [the flood]);
1Pe 3:21 which figure [symbol] now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
Everyone will be converted in God’s own time. Noah was six hundred years old when the flood came, which is again a symbol of Christ’s elect being sinful when Christ came into their life.
Gen 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
We don’t know when our Lord will come, but for those whom He has chosen, He will judge them now so that they can be converted.
The day of your conversion is already written in your book even before you were born. This day is symbolized by the specific day in Noah’s life when the flood came:
Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
In that day, the fountains of the great deep will be broken up (you will rule over your sinful body), and the windows of heaven will be opened (your understanding of God’s word will greatly increase).
Homework: Read the story of Balaam in the book of Numbers chapter 22 with your parents and do the same for the story of Korah in Numbers chapter 16.
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- What Faith Is and What Faith Is Not? (October 5, 2005)
- The Book of Nahum – Part 3 (February 4, 2016)
- Revelation 12:14-17 (July 16, 2010)
- Foundational Themes in Genesis – Study 49 (June 5, 2014)
- Foundational Themes in Genesis – Study 44 (May 1, 2014)
- Foundational Themes in Genesis – Study 43 (April 24, 2014)
- Foundational Themes in Genesis – Study 40 (April 3, 2014)
- Children's Study - Noah, Part 9 (October 26, 2015)
- Children's Study - Noah, Part 7 (September 28, 2015)
- Children's Study - Noah, Part 10 (November 2, 2015)
- Children's Study - Noah, Part 1 (July 27, 2015)
- Awesome Hands - part 40: "God meant it for good" (August 28, 2013)
- Awesome Hands - part 04: "The raven and the Dove" (May 5, 2012)