Numbers In Scripture

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Hi L____,

Thank you for your uplifting and encouraging words.
Like all the other words of scripture, numbers have a meaning which has nothing in common with their primary, outward meaning.
For example the number seven in the verses you quote, means complete, and the number eight means the new man, or new beginnings. So the “seven shepherds” denotes the completed Christ within us, and the “eight principle men” denote the new man within us. They have nothing at all to do with seven literal shepherds or eight literal “principle men.” The message supersedes the words used to convey the message. God’s Word is a parable which means what it means, not what it says. If this is not true, then Christ would be a literal lamb, and His entire church would be a literal woman.
The seven kings of Rev 17 are the principalities and powers within us who are subdued by the eighth man, Christ, within us. The “five are fallen” is the point in our walk at which grace and faith, the spiritual meaning of the number five begins to do its work on that seven- headed beast that we are. Christ comes out of that beast who is also called “the first Adam.” So Christ is that “eighth man who is of the seven and goes into perdition”. That is right. It is only after Christ enters into our flesh that He begins to destroy our flesh. Our salvation is in our perdition of this flesh. That is why we are told this of Christ:

2Co 5:16  Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Your brother in Christ,
Mike

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