[quote=catholic2] Would you explain that geometric template in Revelation you’re talking about? Perhaps it might be good to start another thread in this forum…
With all due respect I am content to keep the information nestled in this thread.
The Book Of Revelation’s mathematical facet is a highly developed and intricate form of the same structure found in the Genesis chronology from Adam to the Flood.Among the many things these magnificent mathematical facets serve is to put a ‘symbolic’ brake on the narrative, in other words the over-emphasis on what is literal and what is not can destroy the Divine works we inherited from remote antiquity and the flesh and blood messages they contain in terms of Christ and Christianity.
The Johannine author of Revelation demands much of his readers,not so much that they are required to ‘solve’ or hack out a meaning to the numbers or images but that the impulse to impose a meaning cannot overshadow the intents and purposes the Work is meant to serve - the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
I assure anyone who makes an effort to understand the fairly straightforward structure of Genesis will prepare themselves for the more intricate and rewarding work of Revelation.It will not make anyone a better or worse Christian for only Love can do that however an emerging appreceation of this mathematically dormant Judaeo-Christian heritage puts a person in a position to judge other works where figures are involved,even contemporary topical ones.
For example,I used the template of 1260 days/42 months in Revelation to calculate the days in a month in Genesis.The Genesis author is very specific as to the day of the flood which follows chronologically from the birth of Adam through the 10 patriarchs.
Genesis 5 Genealogy.
Age of father at birth of son.
Adam 130 years
Noah 600 (age at time of flood Gen 7)
Total years from creation to flood = 1656 years
1656 AT 52.17 per year = 86,393.52 weeks
Gen 7 " in the second month,on the 17th day of the month" where Noah s 600 yrs old at time of flood is anywhere within the 45th day 5.36/7 day week =6.48 weeks).
86,393.52 + 6.48 = 86,400 weeks from creation to destruction. Gen 7 on the precise day named".
If these things do not appeal to you do not be puzzled or feel that you are required to understand them to be a better Christian .On the other hand many influences have emerged to upset Christians by pretending to supply answers which can substitute for faith or the really stupid notion that a secret body of 'knowledge ’ exists known only to a few people. Many contemporary scientists and pseudochristians practice this nonsense on people who cannot defend themselves and have even fooled good Christians in influencial positions to accept doctrines which normally they would reject as exotic nonsense.
I assure you that I love my Catholic community and detest the pretension which has reduced the numbers going to mass and receiving the sacrements because absolutely nobody questions the integrity of the foundations for some of the principles which uphold untenable concepts and particularly in regard to natural phenomena.It is impossible to appreceate the Book Of Revelation in an enviroment where basics things such as geometry and astronomy have been perverted for the most spurious purposes for it really does require ‘wisdom’ to appreceate Revelation but only in Christ.
Again,perhaps a person will someday be courteous enough to ask me what the format for Revelation is.