The Word

What is the natural shape of the Word of God?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-2

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. Hebrews 11:3

[God] walketh in the circuit of heaven. Job 22:14

[It is God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth. Isaiah 40:22

Both heaven and earth are circular in form. By faith we know that these were “framed” by the Word of God. This is one reason to suspect that the Word of God is circular in nature. There are other reasons.

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To see the second reason we must first understand several facts:

1)  The Holy Spirit inspired the entire Bible/Word, and the Spirit shares the title “Word of God” with Christ. Jesus can be thought of as the Word of the Father/God, whereas the Holy Spirit can be thought of as the Word of Christ/God.

Proof:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19-21.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Ephesians 6:17.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart [it is the Spirit who “searches all things” (1 Corinthians 2:10)]. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his [the “word of God” in this passage is a “he” which is likened to a sword] sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes [the “eye(s) of the Lord” is the Holy Spirit…see next point] of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31.

And the remnant were slain with the sword [the Word of Christ, the Spirit] of him [the Word the Father, the Son] that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:21.

2)  “Hand of the Lord” is a Biblical term used to refer to the Holy Spirit.

Proof:

So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit, but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. Ezekiel 3:14.

And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me… Ezekiel 11:5.

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me. Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber. And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem… Ezekiel 8:1-3.

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD… Ezekiel 37:1.

3)  “Eye(s) of the Lord” is a Biblical term referring to the Holy Spirit.

Proof:

It was the “hand of the Lord” which punished the rebellious generation of Israelites who died in the wilderness. “The hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them.” Deuteronomy 2:14-15. But speaking of the Israelites as a whole, God later told Ezekiel, “Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.” A few verses later we read, “I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that [my name] should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.” Ezekiel 20:17, 21.

John the Apostle wrote that he saw “a Lamb as it had been slain, having…seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (Revelation 6:5).

The fact that God’s Eye is the Holy Spirit explains what the Psalmist expressed when he wrote, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” (Psalms 33:18). It also explains what God means when He says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalms 32:8).

4)  Every created spirit is “lit” by the Holy Spirit, the “seven lamps of fire” (Revelation 4:5). The Holy Ghost is the source-fire, so to speak, of every intelligent mentality.

Proof:

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Job 33:4.

All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; Job 27:3.

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8.

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.  Proverbs 20:27.

If [the Almighty] set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust. Job 34:14-15.

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Having taken note of these four important Biblical facts, we are finally prepared to see the second reason that the Word of God is naturally circular.

The Bible, the Word of God, was inspired by the Holy Spirit who is also titled “the word of God.” Does the Holy Spirit have a form closely associated with It? The Bible does not directly tell us, but it does give us a clue in the book of Ezekiel. There we find the four created beings most closely associated with the immediate presence of God (Ezekiel 1, 10 & Revelation 4). They have their spirits contained in wheels within wheels (Ezekiel 1:20-21). These wheels are “full of eyes round about” (Ezekiel 1:18; 10:12). In creation, an eye represents God’s Eye – the Holy Spirit, and any spirit derives its intelligence from the Holy Spirit; thus, the form of a wheel within a wheel which, 1) contains the spirit of an exalted creature, and 2) is full of eyes, can only be a precise, living symbol of the Holy Spirit. The form of a wheel within a wheel must be the form of the “word of God.”

Wisdom

The “finger of God” wrote the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone (Deuteronomy 9:10). “The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for [the children of Israel]” (Deuteronomy 33:2). We can now see that what is being symbolically expressed in the above verses is that the Holy Spirit wrote the two testaments of God’s character at Sinai for the children of Israel. Similarly, the Holy Spirit wrote, by “holy men of old,” the two testaments of God’s character which are known as the Old and the New Testaments. Such literary accomplishments could be executed only by infinite wisdom, and it is a Biblical fact that…

The Holy Spirit is Wisdom!

Proof:

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; Isaiah 11:1-2.

There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers… I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee. Daniel 5:11, 14.

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD commanded Moses. Deuteronomy 34:9.

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:6.

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, [=] filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:40.

And they were not able to resist the [W]isdom and the [S]pirit by which he spake. Acts 6:10.

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [Not man’s wisdom, but the Spirit (God’s Wisdom)]… Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:4-7, 13.

Knowing that the Holy Spirit is Wisdom Itself, we can recognize It’s personal letter to humanity in Proverbs 8 and 9 for what it is.

Doth not [W]isdom cry?… Unto you, O men, I call… my mouth shall speak truth [“when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth” {John 16:13}] and wickedness is an abomination to my lips [“the Comforter… I {Jesus} will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin…]. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them […and of righteousness…]. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge […and of judgment” {John 16:7-8}]… I have strength [“But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD…” {Micah 3:8}]… My fruit is better than gold [“the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” Ephesians 5:9]… The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way [{The Son} who being the brightness of {the Father’s} glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power {that is, the Spirit}, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand {the Spirit} of the Majesty on high {Hebrews 1:3}]… I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him [the Spirit is clearly a person, an individual, a mentality in Its own right]… Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. Proverbs 8:1, 4, 7-9, 14, 19, 22, 30, 32-36.

How true it is, then, that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). Man cannot live by physical nourishment alone, but must be sustained  by (in one sense) both the Words of God – by both the Son and the Holy Spirit!

How exactly did the Holy Spirit order the Bible? Naturally, after Itself – the Word of God. The question then stands: How is the Holy Spirit “ordered”? Do we know anything about Its “movements” or Its “order” outside of creation? Not surprisingly, we are given very little inspired information concerning this. As far as I can tell, the Bible gives no more direct information than is found in the following passage:

The LORD possessed me [Wisdom] in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth. Proverbs 8:22-25.

From this passage we understand that the Spirit was possessed as the Lord’s Hand, Eye, Sword, Breath, etc. “in the beginning,” but that It existed beyond creation, in “everlasting,” as did the other Members of the Godhead. In light of the questions we are seeking to answer, the most revealing phrase of the above passage is “I was brought forth.” The Hebrew word (H2342) translated “brought forth” is defined by Strong’s as “to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner).” Thus we see a subtle hint that the Word’s most natural shape is a whirling circle.

Wheel within Wheel

The order of the books of the Bible, when arraigned as a scroll rolled into a circle within the 22 letters (see Psalms 119) of the Hebrew alphabet (letters which compose the foundation of Biblical expression even in the New Testament which is fully based on the Old), presents a beauty which cannot be accepted as anything less than the miraculous power of God. [click to enlarge images]

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It is not surprising, in light of the makeup of the Godhead (see Matthew 28:19 & 1 John 5:7), that the Bible Wheel has three axes of symmetry. It is seen that each points to the divide between two Hebrew letters.

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The central axis points to the first and the last letters (aleph and tau). Clearly this axis represents the Son.

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The axis on the right points to tzaddi and pey. Unlike English letters, Hebrew letters all have meaning in their own right. Tzaddi means “righteous,” and pey means “mouth.” Since words come from a mouth, and since Christ is the Word of God and “came forth from the Father,” it is obvious that the “righteous mouth” axis represents the Father.

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The axis on the left of the Bible Wheel points to the letters hey and vav.  Hey is pronounced as a mere exhalation of breath and means “lo, behold,” and vav stands for connection, or the ability to connect. The Lord’s Breath, His Eye, and the Connection between mankind and Christ is the Holy Spirit. Clearly the symmetry axis pointing to hey and vav represents the Holy Spirit.

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In light of the Bible Wheel, it can be seen why the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, has 22 chapters. The book’s 22 chapters may encircle the center of the Bible Wheel, chapter for book-column, as a kind of seal on the Word of God’s natural, whirling structure, wheel within wheel.

Ellen G. White called Jesus the “center and seal of the promises” (The Desire of Ages, 687.1). In the Bible Wheel, we can vividly see the truth of this description. The Bible axis representing Jesus is the central axis, and the Revelation of Jesus Christ naturally wraps around the wheel’s center as its seal.

 

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