"…mathematics is the loom upon which God weaves the fabric of the universe."
While reviewing the question of the nature of reality from a mathematical viewpoint G.H. Hardy stated:
"A man who could give a convincing account of mathematical reality would have solved very many of the most difficult problems of metaPhysics. If he could include physical reality in his account, he would have solved them all. I should not wish to argue any of these questions here even if I were competent to do so, but I will state my own position dogmatically in order to avoid minor misapprehensions. I believe that mathematical reality lies outside us, that our function is to discover or observe it, and that the theorems which we prove, and which we describe grandiloquently as our "creations," are simply our notes of our observations. This view has been held, in one form or another, from Plato onwards…"
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. 21 Because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds and fourfooted beasts and creeping things...
Romans 1:19-20 Amplified Bible
19 For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner conciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So men are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification].1 [Ps. 19:1-4]
This section of the Try-God web-site focuses on some examples of the principles, tools and patterns God utilized in ordering His Creation. The Creator is The God of Order, and as some leading modern thinkers have stated above, the absolute nature of mathematical truth is a major area where we can see the Hand of God at work in His Creation. Following the theme expressed by these world-renown scientists, mathematicians and the apostle Paul above, we can identify and investigate the inherent Symmetry, which constitutes a notable element of the Creator's Intelligent Design, as a witness and expression of His Almighty Hand. As He is perfect, so is the divine order inherent in His Word and His Works. Any honest study of these mathematical laws and principles must begin with man's recognition of his true place under the ultimate sovereignty of the Creator, and the Omnipotent power that He wielded in His Acts of Creation. Those who take the view that these laws originate with man, or by "chance" will never pierce the veil of their own self-aggrandizing theories, or plumb the depths of truth that the Heavenly Father has ordered in Nature. Science alone has already revealed in the laws of Causality and Einstien's Relativity Theory that the answers to the First Cause are not found in doctrines of Materialism, but must be Supernatural in origin. Obviously, if intelligent human scientists cannot come close to replicating the human brain, why should we believe that unintelligent evolutionary laws could do so??
Our challenge is: if we identify and apprehend key elements of the perfect symmetrical design that God employed in His divine blueprint in major Kingdoms of Nature, then we can expect to see these principles of Symmetry at work in other aspects of His Natural Order also. As we focus on the key numerical patterns which we find throughout His Natural Order, this can give us a broader panoramic view of the "mathematical exactness and scientific precision" inherent in other aspects of God's Works. As we search for these corresponding perfect patterns, in related aspects of the Four Kingdoms of Life [Ps. 8:3-9], (Plant, Animal, Human, Spiritual) then we will gain Biblical insights into each of these kingdoms, under the Kingdom of God, which bear the fingerprints of the Creator's Perfect Hand, just as His Word "engraved in the heavens" does. The Kingdom of God expressed in the various elements, categories and kingdoms of life in His creation, exhibit His eternal and omnipotent power, the visible revealing the invisible as a perfectly ordered manifestation of His divine wisdom.
The focus of this study emphasizes the Plant and Human kingdoms of Life, as they are revealed in God's Word, while briefly touching on the Animal and Spiritual Kingdoms. These topics will be fully developed in forthcoming published works, available in the near future. To begin to get a perspective on some important elements of the order of Creation from a mathematical viewpoint, we need to define some terms. At the outset, a distinction must be made in two categories of numerical order. The first is Cardinal Numbers and the second is Ordinal Numbers. To get a clearer idea of this distinction from a Biblical viewpoint let’s look at a discourse God had with Abraham. The record we will scrutinize is Genesis 15, [cp. Gen. 13:16, 22:17, 32:12]
Genesis 15:1-6 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, Lord God what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me Thou hast given no seed: and lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness.
When God told Abraham to "tell the stars, if thou be able to number them," do you think He wanted him to get out his abacus and parchment and start counting the stars one by one? Or perhaps God was referring to the promise of the innumerable abundance of Abraham’s posterity, since he was to be the father of believers? Another possibility is God might have been referring to the inherent celestial order that He first revealed to Adam, who taught it to the rest of the Biblical Patriarchs that followed him. Or maybe God wanted Abram to pay attention to the timekeeping aspects of the stars as he numbered them. There is certainly much more to this record than what tradition holds, as we consider it thoughtfully, from its various aspects. The main key to unlocking the truth in this record lies in avoiding private interpretation and allowing God's Word to speak for itself. In this process of allowing God to speak through His revealed Word in this record, we should take note of the figure of speech polysyndetyn, or many (12) ands, which emphasizes each aspect of the verses above, separated by the connective "and."2 Sometimes it helps to get our bearings in the study of Scripture by asking questions, as we have above, related to the usual list of: What, Where, Why, When, How and Who? In the final analysis, when we allow God's Word to have preeminence, it will reveal its meaning in the details. We have outlined in a general sense, the principles of Biblical Interpretation in the "Reseach Principles" of the Reference Section of the Try-God website. Let's take a closer look at some of the words divinely utilized in this section of God's Word.
The word for "tell" in verse 5, is the Bible’s first usage of the Hebrew word caphar [H5608], meaning to "inscribe, celebrate, narrate, tell, make known, or praise." It also carries the meaning of "a scribe, or writer, when used in reference to a person."3 This word is used in Psalm 19:1; rendered "declare" in the KJV; as The Heavens declare the glory of God… [Psalm 97:6]. God was telling Abram to look up at the heavens and recount, declare, or narrate the truth revealed in the celestial gospel, if he could. Abram not only did this accurately and well enough to please God, but he also realized that despite the physical impossibility of child-bearing at Abram and Sarah's advanced ages, he saw that the promised seed, prophesied in the stars would come forth out of his own loins. For Abram's acts of believing, God counted [H2803] it to him as he was righteous. This is the foundation for salvation by faith in the N.T. [Rom. 4:17-22], because God not only mercifully witholds the wrathful judgement we deserve due to sin, but He also freely shares the Grace of His righteousness with us, which we do not deserve.
The Word for "counted" in verse 6 above is chashab in Hebrew meaning to reckon or esteem, meditate, combine or devise.4 It is also an accounting term used in the context of the 7th Sabbath of years and the sacred 50-year Jubilee system of timekeeping in ancient Israel [Lev. 25:27, 50-52, 27:18, 23]. The Levitical Law shows us both cardinal and ordinal applications of "counting," in this record, but it does not portray them as interchangable terms. As we will see from its Biblical usage in this record, the ordinal meaning of a number includes much more than just the numerical sequence where a particlar number occurs in a series. We will find numerous examples of this especially where God utilizes the phi ratio in His organization of Creation.
God’s statement to Abram builds on an earlier promise in Genesis 13:16, where God would make his "seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered." This earlier promise from God to Abram established a relationship between Abram's seed, or offspring, in the earth, while this later promise in Gen. 15:5 connects Abram's seed with the stars.
The Hebrew word for "number"-(ed), "manah" [*H4487], means to "divide into parts, or arrange, allot or assign, appoint, or order."5 Here we can begin to see the difference between what mathematics categorizes as the function of Ordinal Numbers, that specify the order and succession in the elements or hierarchy of a group, as opposed to Cardinal Numbers, that refer simply to counting individual parts. In our recognition of both mathematical categories here, related to the Bible’s first usage of the Hebrew words "caphar" and "manah," we find on one level, that regarding the innumerable posterity of his seed, God was showing Abram, simple counting of parts with Cardinal Numbers, compared with the organization of Abram’s seed in groups related to the celestial order, as found in Ordinal Numbers. As we consider the context of both promises to Abram in Genesis 13 and 15, we find God showing Abram, the Sexegesimal numerical order he applied numbering the stars, would also be applied to ordering his seed! This is the basis of the relation between the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 signs of the zodiac, recorded later in Genesis 49, [Num. 2], regarding the 12 sons of his grandson Jacob. This order is founded on the basis of the figurative Tree of Life, both in the Garden of Eden, in Original Paradise, in Genesis and in Final Paradise in the Book of Revelation [Rev. 22:2]. The celestial order reflected in the Tree of Life is only one level of truth reflected in the Human Kingdom of Life, whose number pattern reflecting God's celestial order in Abraham's seed, is also mirrored in the breastplate of the High Priest, as we have documented in our article on the Celestial Symbolism of Israel’s Temple and Tabernacle. The order in which the twelve tribes camped around the Tabernacle during the 40 years that Moses lead Israel through the wilderness, mirrors the same pattern found in the arrangement of the jewels on the breastplate of the High Priest. As the high priest after the order of Melchisedek [Gen. 14:18], Jesus inherited his double square breastplate of 12 precious stones, structured according to the phi ratio , symbolizing the authority of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah as Priest-King over Israel’s twelve (4 x 3) tribes [Ex. 28:15-30].
Since we are discussing the Creator's ordained structural categories in the Philosophy of Knowledge, as they are laid out in God's Covenants with Man through Abraham, it would be remiss if we did not recognize the significance of the phi ratio as it relates to this highly significant and instructive subject matter. In the context of this conversation, the phi ratio would be classified as a specific type of ordinal group - an infinite mathematical series. By their very nature, infinite mathematical series are abstract and theoretical because we do not find them progressing to infinity in the physical and concrete world of our five senses "reality." This is not to say that the phi ratio does not occur in Nature. We have seen how God has chosen to pattern the growth of all Four Kingdoms of Life in His Creation, after the numerical dictates of this series. This is a profound lesson in itself, because it is God telling us that: The Only Infinite God is the Source of All Life, ordered by this infinite mathematical series, [John. 1:3-4, Jas. 1:17-18]. This also sets up the "physical reality" as opposed to the "mathematical reality," referred to in G.H. Hardy's quote at the opening of this study. The Almighty is certainly "competent" to discuss the parameters of these matters, where Hardy, in his humilty did not feel himself up to the task. As we have found, the growth patterns of the Plant, Animal and Human Kingdoms of Life progressing through their stages of life, according the mathematical dictates of the phi ratio , we have seen the Creator's Intelligent design in application. There are also examples in God's Word where Spiritual growth follows this phi pattern.
When we are born into this world, our physical body grows as it passes through its ordained finite life stages. But with our Spiritual New Birth, we are set on an everlasting path of an infinite living and loving relationship with our Heavenly Father, through His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Here we find a life that begins as a representation of a finite series, but never ends like its physical counterpart. Our physical body becomes a Holy Temple that houses our sacred everlasting spirit, until we inherit our new bodies at the Lord's Return. Thus, as we follow the path of light into way of holiness that God sets before us, we embody the infinite series that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ still lives, as an example for us to follow. His perfect example shows us how his authority not only includes the original power of the fallen Morning Star, who presided over ten categories of precious stones, or angels, in the First Heavens and Earth [Ezek. 28:13], but also that of the Risen Morning Star, presiding over 12 categories of precious stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 signs of the zodiac, and later also the 12 apostles at the foundations of the Grace Administration.
In keeping with the celestial symbolism theme, the High Priest's breastplate, was divinely designed with a compartment which held the Urim and Thummim, or lights and perfections; representing the two great lights, the Sun and Moon. As oracles of the High Priest, these two stones revealed the wisdom and glory of the Creator by lot, even as the heavens declare the glory of God in their numerical order [Ps. 19:1], whose glory is revealed in the cyles of the Sun, Moon and Stars of the zodiac. This was a primary means whereby the High Priest could get revelation from God by using the precious stones of his "ephod," relating to the cycles of the Sun and Moon. Any question posed by the man of God, would be answered either in the affirmative or negative by one of these two stones. Another way involved the use of the 12 precious stones, corresponding to the Stars, which were interpreted and understood Biblically, according to the 12 signs of the zodiac. As the Priest "cast lots" utilizing one of these methods, the Wisdom and Will of the Heavenly Father was revealed. A detailed study of the principles governing the rule of these two great lights, over the day and night [Gen. 1:14-17], preserved in the luni-solar Calendar of Israel, is found in The Calendar of the Biblical Patriarchs article of our website. As Israel's calendar shows the perfect correlation of the sacred Sabbatical and Jubilee cycles, symphonized with the secular heavenly cycles that govern the Rhythms of a myriad terrestrial and cosmic cycles, we find more evidence of both the cardinal and ordinal use of number in Scripture, regarding the calendrical practices of the Biblical Patriarchs. In these practices we see the dominion of God’s light reflected in the heavens and ruling over all the kingdoms of terrestrial life [Gen. 1:14-17]. These fundamental life cycles reflected in the celestial order, depict the divine Canon of Creation and the Science of the Creator, which was symbolized in the architecture of the Temple and Tabernacle of Israel, and the Great Pyramid. This dual standard of sacred and secular order is unified in Jesus Christ as the High Priest-King of Israel. We find more references to the 12 stones and their variants in the "living stones" of I Pet. 2:4-7, and the 12 foundations of the New Jerusalem; [Rev. 21:19-20]. Here we find a unified witness of the 12 tribes of Israel bringing forth the promised seed unto the New Jerusalem, in unity with the "heavens declaring the glory of God," the witness of the 12 signs of the zodiac. We will see more aspects of this Tree of Life as our study progresses.
The Cardinal's Order of Science
It is important to note here, regarding both the function of Ordinal Numbers, that specify the basic elements or hierarchy of a group, opposed to Cardinal Numbers, referring to simple counting, that these are critical factors required in any orderly scientific study. Historians of Mathematics and Science like Marshall Clagett, have observed the interaction of cardinal and ordinal numbers in history, where a basic and gradual categorization of terms precedes any scientific inquiry of the field in question.6 Clagett, who studied and has taught on Ancient Egyptian Lists at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, reflected this truth by dividing his study into "knowledge," (Egyptian: rekh) the works of scribes who measured, counted and recorded, and "order," the concept of cosmic rightness or order (Egyptian: maat). Clagett's study of Science in ancient Egypt, concluded that these elements were essential in the development of Egyptian science,7 as they are to any good science. Many modern scientists are very quick to dismiss any Biblical evidence that pertains to "true scientific inquiry," because the Bible is a so-called "religious book," and they hold that it has nothing intelligent to say, nor is it qualified to speak on scientific issues. Yet we have just shown plain evidence that the Bible recognizes the same exact aspects neccessary for the scientific study of Biblical Astronomy by Abraham, as God directed Him over 4000 years ago, long before man's modern science fully comprehended or recognized these fundamentals. The Biblical Patriarchs recognized that in God's Wisdom, is found the origin of all true science, and these ancient scientists, were not so quick to dismiss the Creator from their observations of Nature as their modern counterparts, perhaps because modern western science has been raised in a world more and more influenced by secular evolutionary Materialism, and the misapplication of the "separation of Church and State," to the omission of anything pertaining to God in the classroom. Today this cultural trend approaches the criminalization of Christianity in western society. Obviously, this was not the original intent of the religious freedom envisioned by the Founding Fathers of our Great American Republic, when they formed the Union of our Nation, but these freedoms continue to gradually be eroded under the modern guises of political correctness and creeping socialism. Since many scribes in the ancient world were priest-astronomers, like the Magi, the current split between science and religion did not exist in ancient times, as it does today. In the Zoroastrianism of the Magi, God the Creator, was recognized as the One Intelligent Designer of Creation, the Source of all perfect Knowledge and Order behind the Works of His Hands. The Magi could actually teach people in their society, this Wisdom of God which accorded them seats in the Courts of Kings, without fear of being stripped of those seats by the agents of political correctness.
In ancient Egypt, the wisdom of God was personified in Thoth, their inventor of Astronomy, mathematics, geometry and Astrology. Maat, was also considered a diety, and is found linked with Thoth [wisdom and truth] in the Pyramid Texts of ancient Egypt, some of the oldest religious writings in history. Maat could easliy be compared to the Christian concept of "righteousness," and it plays a central role in the ancient Egyptian idea of cosmic balance or equilibrium, which was required for the soul of each person to be judged as the individual's heart was weighed in the "balances of Justice," to see if they would pass the test of immortality. We can see the obvious parallels with modern Christianity, which find their common roots in the Biblical Astronomy themes, told in the same star pictures that also foretold of the coming redeemer-Jesus Christ. This was the original unfolding of these truths, corrupted in the mythology and star religion of ancient Egypt, while still retaining many of the original themes, veered into an idolatry of reincarnation and the immortal soul. The persistent corruption of these original truths has stayed its course along these lines for millenia, remaining a deceptive force into modern times. Truth however, whether in a scientific context or any other, always stands par excellence above the passing paradigms or theoretical fads of a generation. Like an anvil that wears out the many hammers history has forged in its vain attempt to discredit the rock solid foundations of Truth... Truth is ultimately unassailable!
Thus, any true science will never contradict God's Word, because the Creator knows better than anyone what True Science is, and He inspired the first true scientists according to His principles and precepts, which no man knows better than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There is another aspect of this truth, found in numerical order, as a foundation of the science of Biblical Astronomy linked with Abraham's seed, besides Ordinal and Cardinal numbers, contained in the phrase "So shall thy seed be," in Genesis 15:5. The word for "seed" here is (zera),8 which has an interesting history of usage in both sacred and profane writings. The great seed prophetically is Jesus Christ, the promised redeemer of mankind, who eventually came out of Abraham's genetic line in Jacob, referred to in Numbers 24:17;
Num 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
Abraham was called by God to come out of the city of Ur, in the land of the Chaldees, the ancient people of Babylon, historically recognized as one of the earliest civilizations with a developed system of arithmetic, geometry, Astronomy and Astrology no doubt, all rooted in their star religion, for which they are famous. Sir William Drummond proclaimed "The traditions of the Chaldean Astronomy seem the fragments of a mighty system fallen into ruin." We have documented how the original principles of Biblical Astronomy were corrupted in the record of the "Tower or Babel," as the Chaldeans chose to use these principles to their own ends, instead of what God had intended. The Hebrew word for "seed" (zera) is related to the mathematical idea of "zero," whose history is interesting in this light, because it was transmitted to the Arabs, from whom we have taken it, through India. Zero had the significance of a circle among the Chaldeans, as the name of a number in the form of a circle. The word "zero" comes from (zer) in the Chaldee; with the meaning "to encompass."9 We define zero as the "absence of quantity, the point where a continuous function changes its sign from positive to negative," (or from the physical to spiritual). From a spiritual viewpoint, this transition between the physical and spiritual realms is embodied in Jesus Christ, the Crown of all Creation, the Word of the invisible God made flesh [Jn. 1:14], seated at God's own right hand, at the utmost peak of creation, providing man his only true access and point of intercession with the Creator. This defines the promised seed (zera), Christ as the Mediator between God and Man, even as Zero mediates between positive and negative numbers. God Who is Light, required a mediator to reach out to humanity lost in the darkness of this world, to bring them back to His Light. This, only Christ accomplished being sent by the Heavenly Father as the only way of redemption from the slavery of the god of this world. Thus it seems evident that even the roots of the Babylonian's knowledge of Zero are founded upon the ancient celestial science of Biblical Astronomy. Most have never considered what God's Word can tell us regarding these truths related to the realm of mathematics, yet they have always been there for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. One characteristic of these Biblical truths is that they are universal in nature and application.
The Genesis 15 record tells us that Abram was fully aware of these implications of God’s revelation to him, as he affirmed the story of the promised seed written in the heavens, along with God’s promise to him regarding his seed, with believing. God thus credited him with righteousness. Abram was successful because he didn’t try to invent his own celestial order, by counting all the innumerable stars of the heavens, or alter the 12-fold order of the zodiac God revealed to him, on the contrary, he faithfully received the celestial order set up by God, and looked for the wisdom and blessings contained therein, that God graciously pointed out to him. This powerful truth is what set Abram apart from his Sumerian neighbors back in his home town of Ur of the Chaldees, whose fame still persists for their idolatrous practices in Astrology. God found a faithful man in Abram, who trusted and gave the Almighty the proper praise for His Omniscient Wisdom, that He established in the Order of Creation. As a result, God rewarded him with a new name; "Abraham" and made him the "Father of Many Nations." As he honored the Creator, Abraham accepted the divine mathematical order contained in God’s promises to him, not as his own idea, but he acknowledged that the basis of God’s Wisdom is found beyond the category of human wisdom, and its roots reside with the Almighty. This is the absolute nature of mathematical truth Roger Penrose and G.H. Hardy made reference to in the quotes referenced at the start of this article. As God revealed the tenets of this wisdom to Abraham by comparing the Natural Order of his human family, with the Celestial Order, even so, God has a myriad more examples from His Creation that depict His Omnipotence at the foundations of the design of the physical world.
This section of our web-site will focus on some examples pertaining to the phi ratio, in the terrestrial kingdoms of life. Unlike Abraham, the father of many nations, there are always those who do not respond to the wisdom of the Almighty with believing. They persist in the ancient idolatrous traditions of the Chaldeans and Babylonians, claiming that the principles of mathematics, Astronomy, or any other aspect of God’s Creation originate with human wisdom. The modern application of this trend is to define the "purity" of science based on its empirical method, and knowledge that comes exclusively from man's 5 natural senses. These are doomed to continue chasing their theoretical tails in the "intellectual circles" that they frequent. As we allow the wisdom of the Scripture to have its say, we can begin to see the true purity of God's Wisdom on the type of numerical order that He ordained, which apply across all other categories.
As we have seen above in God's promise to Abram regarding his seed, the Hebrew word "manah," denotes the Ordinal function of numbers. "Manah" is the root for a related Latin word used in the context of a unit of currency, or "money," and was also "unit of weight called a 'mina;' or pound that was divided into 60 shekels."10 The ancient talent was indeed divided into 50 minas of 60 shekels. There is another related Hebrew root of this word, which carries nuances for divisions of time, seen in the division of the Israel’s calendar into the sacred and civil. This example is also detailed in our website article "The Calendar of the Biblical Patriarchs," showing how this divine mathematical standard was adopted in the classical world and handed down to us today. A key to the temporal order is found in the celestial timekeepers, whose orbits, rule over the organization of all terrestrial cycles of time. In this way the stars shed the physical light of their mathematical order upon the Earth, in the universal temporal order of our planet. There is more Biblical evidence of the standard division of currency reflected above in the book of Ezekiel, where the Hebrew currency: "maneh" was measured according to a 60 shekel Sexegesimal standard, as a subdivision of the shekel of the sanctuary. God's divine system is always right "on the money."
Ezekiel 45:12 And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh. (15+ 20+ 25 =60)
This verse in Ezekiel depicts a pattern of regular counting (3,4,5) of Cardinal Numbers whose totals (multiplied by 5), yield the base 60 Ordinal Number system, which is found consistent throughout multiple levels of Creation and was a dominant Ordinal standard in ancient cultures, from Babylon, to India and Greece, even ancient Mexico. The mathematical organization of this ordinal system is found in the idea that the shekel, as a building block of a Sexegesimal order, was subdivided itself according to a pattern of 20 gerahs. We have already seen this numerical pattern reflected in the celestial order, in the cycle of Jupiter-Saturn Conjunctions every 20 years, forming a larger cycle of 60-year unions, in the temporal order of our solar system. This celestial order relating to Jupiter and Saturn is one reason they were deemed the rulers of the temporal world (cronocraters) in many an ancient cosmology. Ultimately, this planetary Conjunction cycle opens a window unto the master base 60 cycle ruling the firmament, the precession of the equinoxes, providing us a clear example of how God marked the Intelligent Design of His creation with His mathematical Symmetry. God illustrates this principle by His use of the phi ratio, or the mathematics of the golden section, on successively larger scales in Creation, from the micro to the macro [Eph. 2:18-22]. For a detailed treatment of the phi ratio in the Creator's Intelligent Design of the solar system and many other aspects of Creation please refer to (www.spirasolaris.ca/sbb4c.html). These design principles are also evident in the anthropic principle of certain constants in Nature that make life possible in our universe. Even as God made the universe for man, so He also designed it according to the symmetrical pattern of the human body. This perfect Symmetry pattern, exemplified in Christ, the Head of the Church, his spiritual body [Eph. 1:22-23], is the divine standard for each member of his body to follow after, by mimicking his lifestyle of believing [Eph. 4:15-16]. We will see examples of this evidence as our study progresses.
The double-square rectangle, seen in Fig. i below, is the basic ground-plan for the O.T. Tabernacle incorporating the phi proportion, or golden section, also containing the 3-4-5 triangle, as a basic geometric symbol of the Creator’s life-giving power. The phi ratio is a ruling principle of growth, in all God’s kingdoms of terrestrial life. Phi governs growth-life, dictating the standard of the rate of change, as life-forms transition from one stage of growth to the next in time. God is too big for us to grasp in the unity of His totality, so he made it easier for His created beings to relate to Him by the way He ordered His creation. We can get a real sense of Who He is by studying the manifestation of His microcosm on Earth. The perfect proportion of the golden section gives us an ideal perspective to understand the nature and beauty of the Creator's Light, through the life of Christ, the Light of the World. As Phi is the governing principle, (auxano) of both the microcosm, ruling over the growth of terrestrial life, so it also rules over the macrocosm, providing the basis, for example, of the musical harmony of the celestial order of the planets of our solar system, evident in its germinal form in Bodes Law, and Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion. The same phi ratio that rules the organization of the heavens is also evident in spiral form of galaxies and other aspects of the celestial order [Romans 8:19-23].
Figure i. The 3-4-5 Triangle in the Double Square Rectangle
In addition to unifying the structure of the human body, the musical scale, planetary orbits and the Hebrew Calendar, this phi proportion proves to be the key element in the correlation of the eclipse cycle with the solar year. The basis of the Hebrew Jubilee, a type of Sabbatical years, also finds its geometrical roots in the aforementioned 3-4-5 triangle, since the sum of 3+4 equals the number of days in the Genesis Week of Creation, the first recorded seven-day week in history. The sum of 3+4+5 gives us the 12 months in the year, while the sum of their squares equals the 50 years of the Hebrew Jubilee. When we multiply 3 x 4 x 5 we get the base 60 numerical standard that underlies all Space-Time in creation. A primary goal in our study of the "Divine Proportion" is to allow the testimony of Natural Law to witness with the truth of the Celestial and Written Gospels, as they speak on their own behalf. No man can speak the truth more eloquently than the witness of God’s Word, in His Works, as they speak on their own authority, in concert with the symmetrical order inherent in Nature. As a guiding principle in this search for truth, the golden section will help us uncover the original roots of the Science of God. Human science has seen great advances, and remains both useful and profitable, as far as it goes. However, it has its limits, which all too often, man ignores. The Word of God contains the wisdom of the ages concerning "all things that pertain unto life and godliness," [II Pet. 1:3] and that covers sacred ground that human science alone, will never attain.
At its best, human science believes perhaps that its greatest and highest purpose is to search for Nature's patterns of order--the deep mathematical regularities that can be found in natural forms. It is evident that Nature has a symmetrical code deeply imprinted at its core, but to understand it more fully, along with the Creator, we must look to God's Word first, from which Natural Law itself emerged. If we are to more fully recognize the key patterns of symmetrical beauty and the arithmetical perfection of God's created Works, we must rely on God's Word first and foremost, as the exemplary pattern of created perfection. These patterns give us a blueprint to compare God’s Words with His Works, providing the greatest witness of His Omniscient power. In support of this view, Archbishop Trent profoundly states in his work, Notes on The Parables:
"Analogies from the natural world…are arguments, and may be called as witnesses, the world of Nature being throughout a witness of the world of spirit, proceeding from the same Hand, growing from the same root, and being constituted for the same end. All lovers of truth readily acknowledge these mysterious harmonies, and the force of arguments derived from them. To them the things on Earth are copies of the things in Heaven."11
As we investigate the realms of life in the Natural World, we find that they divide generally into four major kingdoms of terrestrial life: Plant, Animal and Human, with the Spiritual dimension as the basis of them all. Archbishop Trent's reference above points out that biological life forms reflect the principles governing the Kingdoms of Life, which find their origin in the realm of the Spirit. This is a key to revealing God's Intelligent Design of the Works of His Hands. This key is seen further applied in how both the golden section and Fibonacci Series govern the growth of life forms from the micro to the macro, an indication of Symmetry and beauty in God's Creation [Rom. 1:19-20]. Too often the focus of the study of beauty in history, relative to the phi ratio has been from the human perception of beauty in Nature, art or whatever aspect of the phi ratio is being viewed at the time. Many ancient philosophers equated their perception of beauty in Nature with what they deemed "good," and what they saw as unsightly was "bad." The problem with this theory is that its based on the subjective "natural" perception of the five senses. There is no standard for truth here, only human preference which can vary with each person's opinion. Our focus is different, because the Creator is the true Source of Beauty, and all good things descend from the Father of Lights [Js. 1:17]. Thus, beauty in the Natural order is also evidence not only of the Creator's Intelligent Design principles in action, but also of His eternal and divine power.
The Creator's use of Symmetrical Spirals on both small & Larger Scales
What is common to all four kingdoms of life is that their growth and maturation process is based on Light. This light is threefold in nature, meaning that it gives life in the natural order of the Plant, Animal, Human and Spiritual kingdoms, with a unique function and operation in each realm. The lessons here begin with the truth that all forms of life depend on the Creator as the ultimate Source of Light, for their sustenance [Js. 1:17]. As a result, the concept of Intelligent Design that is promoted here at the Try-God website is not the politically correct version commonly berated in the media, that is afraid to declare God as the Creator and only true Source of the wisdom and omnipotent power required to speak all Creation into being. On the contrary, we openly declare that the true God is the only One Who is able to pulling this off. Secondly, in the Natural order, the life forms created by God, are self-propagating entities, [Gen. 1:11-12, 20-31], whose seed is in itself. This means that they are completely equipped with everything they needed to physically reproduce, assuming that they are sustained with light, water and food. We will also note that in each realm of life a transformation occurs to convert the essence of light, or its life-giving energy, into a form that is utilized best by the various life forms for sustenance in each kingdom.
We know that the basic essence of the Creator is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. Since He is the Source of light and life, it stands to reason that His order in Creation will exemplify the traits of light in all growth-life [John 1:1-5]. God has revealed His omnipotent and eternal power and divinity in the order of His creation. He has also based this order on the pinnacle of His creation, the human body. As the Grand Architect of Creation, the Creator designed the Temple that He desired men to worship Him in, according to the pattern of the perfect man, Jesus Christ [I Cor 3:11-17]. As the spirit of Christ lives in each born again believer [Col. 1:27] in the Church of the Body of Christ, so the divine standard is set by which each member of the Body is set in relation to the other [I Cor. 12:18-27, Eph. 4:3-7]. This is the unity that God has devised for men to fellowship with Him vertically, and each other horizontally. By studying the basis of this unity in the natural realm, we can gain a fuller understanding of it in spiritual realms. This is a basic premise of the science based on Natural Law, which is a departure from human science. Let’s begin with a look at the Plant Kingdom, which provides a foundation of our study of growth-life in all the kingdoms of life on Earth.
1. The Amplified Bible. Zondervan, Romans 1:19-20.
2. Figures of Speech used in the Bible, E.W. Bullinger
3. Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon. note on #H5608.
4. IBID note on #H2803.
5. IBID note on #H4487.
6. Ancient Egyptian Science; A Source Book. Marshall Clagett.
8. Strong's Concordance. note on "seed," James Strong.
9. The Two Babylons. Hislop.
10. The Heritage of the Past, from the Earliest Times to 1500. p.93. Stewart C. Easton.
11. Notes on Parables. Archbishop Trent