43. The Israelite Church – 12

127  Having established the ultimate in the celestial husband (13), and the ultimate in the celestial wife (14), this is conveyed further with the lineage of Jacob's children and his four wives. For although he intended to marry Rachel, his first and only true love (14), he was given Leah first (13), and Rachel shortly thereafter:

128  "And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.

129  And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also. And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid. And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years." Genesis 29:25-30

Four Degrees of Femininity

130  Of course now there were four wives, including Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, and Zilpah, Leah's handmaid. And, in the order each woman gives birth—Leah (1), Bilhah (2), Zilpah (3), and Rachel (4)—portray the four degrees of femininity which, coincide with the first four elements of marriage in chapter 3 (n1-5). Whereby Leah in conjunction with Bilhah, portrays the man himself (12) or Jacob, which is the bridegroom (5), and Rachel in conjunction with Zilpah, portrays the woman herself (43) or Rachel, which is the bride (6). Also note the polarities, where they approach each other from opposite ends of the scale or, spectrum (n3:3,7).

131  So once again we have the numbers 12 and 43, which portray the advent of the New Church (n50,n149; n3:9). The number range is also defined by the numbers 14 and 41, which are Leah looking towards Rachel (14) and Rachel looking towards Leah (41). Thus when multiplied, 14 x 41, you come up with the number 574, which I've described as The Five Earls of Roy, The Seven Principles of David, and Four Wives of Dennis (n6; n6:62-66). And, since Israel had 12 sons or tribes, and four wives, here we are back to the same idea. Also note that of the four degrees of femininity, Rachel is the only one truly feminine—in accord with Sybil or, the woman's mother (4).

An account of each woman giving birth is detailed below:

(1) Leah Bares Four Sons

132  "And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

133  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon. And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing." Genesis 29:31-35

134  So in terms of Jacob's first four sons, Leah becomes his first wife (1). While it follows Rachel should be his second wife (2), and yet, she is barren:

(2) Bilhah Bares Two Sons

135  "And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

136  And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her. And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.

137  And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son. And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali." Genesis 30:1-8 

138  Therefore Jacob's fifth and sixth sons were born by proxy of Rachel's maid, Bilhah, and Bilhah becomes his second wife (2). Whereby Rachel, his first and true love (14), lowers herself to appease him: from Rachel (4) to Zilpah (3) to Bilhah or, "432" (n155). As portrayed by his fifth and sixth sons, which signify the bridegroom (5), and the bride (6) in accord with Rachel (56) (n124). Yet Rachel is still barren:

(3) Zilpah Bares Two Sons

139  "When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son. And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad. And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son. And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher." Genesis 30:9-13 

140  And so Jacob's seventh and eighth sons were born by proxy of Leah's maid, Zilpah, and Zilpah becomes his third wife (3). Whereby Leah the hated and persecuted one (n130), ascends to meet him at his level: from Leah (1) to Bilhah (2) to Zilpah (3) or, "123" (n155). Thus portrayed by his seventh and eighth sons, which signify the marriage (7), and the honeymoon (8) (n3:6).

Leah Bears More Children

141  Yet Rachel is still barren, giving Leah the opportunity to bare Jacob a ninth son, Issachar, a tenth son, Zebulun, and finally his first and only daughter, Dinah. Genesis 30:14-21  While it's funny how the idea of the bridegroom (5), the bride (6), the marriage (7) and the honeymoon (8), all occur during the period Leah is not actively bearing children, between the births of Judah (4) and Issachar (9). And so corresponds to the number 49 and, the name Dennis (n76; n8:23).

142  And, where leah signifies the completion of the woman in the man or, the man himself (Jacob), it follows Leah should give rise to Jacob's ninth and tenth sons, which portray the true relationship (9) (n88) and, the height of man as man (10) (n95). And goes on to be completed by that which is feminine and reciprocative (11) (n105). Hence Dinah is Jacob's first daughter (01) and, being the eleventh child, signifies the joining of these two minds (10 + 01 = 11). Dinah is also Leah's seventh child, signifying the marriage itself (n72), reiterating the marriage of both minds specifically.

(4) Rachel Bears Two Sons

143  "And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son." Genesis 30:22-24

144  Finally Rachel conceives and bares Jacob's eleventh son, Joseph, and becomes his fourth wife in succession. And, while it may seem unfair, for she truly was the chosen one, it coincides with the idea that the man's intellect or father (1), falls in love with the woman's will or mother (4) which, is what Rachel represents (14) (n124). And here, as portrayed above (n130), the four wives are the four degrees of femininity, of which Rachel is the only one truly feminine. While she later bares Jacob's twelfth son, Benjamin, before dying in the wilderness:

145  "And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day." Genesis 35:16-20

146  Sound similar to the birth of Jesus? Luke 2:1-14  Indeed. And what of the woman who gives birth in Revelation 12?:

(12) A Woman Clothed with the Sun

147  "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Revelation 12:1-5

Jacob Adopts Ephraim and Manasseh

148  Yet Benjamin was only the 12th son, and to further the idea of the base fourteen system (n2), it seems fitting that Jacob adopt Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim (n10:1), hence the 13th and 14th sons. And here, Jacob stipulates his choice of Ephraim the younger (14), over Manasseh the older (13), reiterating his choice of Rachel over Leah. Genesis 48:5-20  Whereby the masculine (1) is completed with the feminine (4), through Rachel (14), and the cycle begins anew, giving rise to the 15th aspect: the proper understanding of the feminine via the masculine. Meaning, the feminine becomes animated through the masculine; which also signifies the Queen of Athens (n5; n1:20). And, much in the way Eve was born of Adam (n27), and in effect became his daughter, Dinah, the only begotten daughter of Jacob and, 15th child in relation to his sons, represents something similar—the next generation.

Rachel is the Woman Herself – 43

149  And in this way the numbers 1, 15 and 29 all correspond to Daphne (1), as does the number 43 which, is the woman herself (n3:7): the woman's mother (4) in relation to with the woman's father (3). And, much in the way Daphne was the beloved of Apollo, who was withheld from Apollo's embrace, Rachel was the beloved of Jacob, and withheld from Jacob's embrace, initially at least. Whereby Rachel is also the woman herself (43), although her actual numbers in terms of Gerarai, are 14, 28, 42, etc.

The 43rd Generation

150  So is it any wonder there were 42 generations between Abraham and the birth of Christ? Matthew 1:1-17  Meaning, we are all born of the 43rd generation or, the generation following Christ. Although I should preface this and say if you go back and count the number of generations in Matthew, there are only 41, including Christ. However, since it doesn't specifically say 42, but rather three successive groups of fourteen, where the first two include King David, you have to wonder if it wasn't done deliberately. If so, and this was the writer's intent, it means the generation following Christ is the 42nd.

151  Does that completely nullify the idea then? No, in fact it only strengthens it if you understand what happened. Which brings up what I say in Sybil (4) (n50) about the New Church in Revelation 12: that appears in the 43rd month, following the 42 months of prophecy by the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11. And so represents Christ's second coming, to which both numbers 12 and 43 apply. While according to Swedenborg, this occurred in the year 1757, at the time of the Last Judgment (n1:10), roughly in accord with the Age of Enlightenment. He also says the number 42 signifies the end of an era or age and, oddly enough, blasphemy, in accord with Revelation 13 and 17.

152  Thus where the book of Revelation refers to The Reformation as the great red dragon, and the Roman Catholic religion as Babylon the great whore, as Swedenborg explains, it makes perfect sense. For neither were the True Church. And so coincides with the notion that this was the 42nd generation and, that all blasphemies (in Revelation) were committed by them. In which case anything that came afterwards becomes the 43rd generation. Again, in accord with the Swedenborg Church (n1:27), and roughly the Age of Enlightenment. Also, as I mention in chapter 17 (n25), I instinctively began the fourteen Gerarai starting with Daphne and, the number 43. And, worked exclusively with the numbers 43 through 56, before I drew the correlation to the base fourteen system and, the New Church—of Today (n1:16). Which it clearly alludes to!

Jacob is the Man Himself – 12

153  And what of Jacob, who was born of the Father (Abraham), through The Son (Isaac), and the Holy Ghost? i.e., after he changed his name to Israel. And, where Rachel becomes the woman herself (43), Jacob becomes the man himself (12): the man's father (1) in accord with the man's mother (2) (n3:7). Indeed, as both correspond to the New Church, it's quite the marvel! (n50). Thus it's curious how the Christian Church (4), in accord with the Israelite Church (3) (n3:15-17), correspond to the woman herself (43) and, to the bride to be (34) (n66). See the connection to the Virgin Mary? Similarly, the Church of Adam (1) and the Church of Noah (2) (n3:13-14) correspond to the man himself (12) and, to the marriage (21) (n3:6; n6:72), as the man develops his weaker side (n66).

154  Then there's the relationship between Judah the 4th son and Levi the 3rd son, which signify the Jewish Church (43) after its release from Babylon (n2:12). Which has since been called the Jewish State (4) and ruled over by the high priest or descendents of Levi (3). Prior to that there was a similar relationship between the kingdoms of Israel (3) and Judah (4), which coexisted together (34). And, much as Jerusalem was built by and is called the City of David, it portrays the Israelite Church (3) looking towards the Christian Church (4), hence the bride to be (34) (n66). It's therefore fitting that Christ be called the Root of David, which is the Christian Church (4) looking back at the Israelite Church (3), hence the woman herself (43) (n49) or, the Virgin Mary.

The numbers 123 and 432

155  Having established the order of the four wives, and four degrees of femininity (n142), it prompts the numbers 123 and 432. As I said, Leah (1), the hated one, ascends to meet her husband at his level, through her maid Zilpah (3) or, the number 123: from Leah (1) to Bilhah (2) to Zilpah (3). Similarly, Rachel (4), Jacob's beloved (n127), lowers herself through her maid Bilhah (2) or, the number 432: from Rachel (4) to Zilpah (3) to Bilhah (2).

156  Whereby Jacob (12), by proxy of Zilpah (3), ascends to assume the woman's father (3) (n40), and Rachel (43), by proxy of Bilhah (2), descends to assume the man's mother (2) (n33), to which the numbers 32 and 23 apply: where Jacob looks towards Rachel (32), and Rachel looks towards Jacob (23). And, as portrayed in Sybil (4) and Jennifer (2) (n33,51), it signifies the celestial marriage (32). Thus when adding its two reciprocals, 32 (+) 23, you get 343—which, is 7 x 7 x 7 and signifies the marriage itself (n80; n6:84).

Roy Masters and Joseph Campbell – 123 / 432

157  The numbers 123 and 432 also portray the Two Witnesses outlined in chapter 6: Roy Masters and Joseph Campbell (n105-108). As I said, these were the two most influential spiritual leaders of the 20th century. And here, the acronym ROY portrays the first three colors of the sun, red (1), orange (2) and yellow (3) or, the number 123 (n6:55). While the number 432, a popular theme of Joseph Campbell, of which he's renowned, describes the rhythm of the universe (n17:49). While it's curious how Roy Masters' first name was Reuben before he changed it, which was the first son of Leah (10). And, as Joseph was the first son of Rachel (01), together they portray this joining of two minds (10 + 01 = 11), hence the Two Witnesses (n8:13). Need I say more?

Numbers 12-3 / 43-2

158  Okay, here is a symbol that reiterates the idea. It shows the ascent of Reuben (12-3), the firstborn of Leah, aka, Roy Masters, versus the descent of Joseph (43-2), the firstborn of Rachel (01), aka, Joseph Campbell: i.e., 10 + 01 = 11. And, at the same time, in accord with the four wives, it portrays the numbers 123 (Roy) and 432 (Joseph), as well as the numbers 32 and 23: where 32 portrays the apex of the triangle with respect to the base, and 23 portrays the base of the triangle with respect to the apex. It also portrays the husband (32) and wife (23) in the celestial marriage: i.e., 32 (+) 23 = 343.

159  Thus where the fourth dimension—i.e., time?—is defined by the area within the triangle , it seems fitting that it also be portrayed by the apex (3) over the base (2) or, the number 32: i.e., 14 x 2 + 4 = 32. This is why I placed the number 3/2 in the center, which is further illustrated below:

Time / Fourth Dimension

160  Indeed, if you count backwards, from the inside of the triangle (4), to the apex (3) and the base (2), in accord with the number 432—and Joseph—it does in fact say the fourth dimension corresponds to the number 32. Okay, so how does it correlate with the Rhythm of the Universe? My response may not even be close to Joseph Campbell’s, something about successive periods of 432,000 years? but it is more direct and to the point. Albeit if there’s any merit to what he says, it only stands to reason that there be another way to express it.

161  Thus if you take the numbers 32 and 23, which are the two reciprocals of the heavenly marriage—343 and, opposite in potential—you might begin to see how it works. While in base fourteen terms, these numbers are broken down as follows: 32 = 4, 343 = 7 and 23 = 9. While according to the color diagram in chapter 6 (n54-55), the numbers 4 and 9 correspond to the colors white and black which, again demonstrates their opposite in potential. The number 479 also portrays the high priest, as detailed in chapters 6, 8 and 14 (n6:80-86; n8:1; n14:37).

Rhythm of the Universe

162  And so you have the Yin and Yang symbol portrayed in the diagram above which, in accord with the colors white and black and, the numbers 32 and 23, portrays this dynamic relationship or, rhythm between two Universal potentials. And yes, rhythm is correct here, for the Yin and Yang appears like a sine wave—or, a snake?—suggesting a Universal vibration or frequency; and, in fact Universal rhythm. All of which transpires via the fourth dimension or, period of time: 4-32! Hopefully that makes it a little more clear—Pegasus!

The Advent of the New Church

163  Having fully elaborated on the woman's will (n2), and drawn the correlation to The Church (n1:7), it's time to expand things further. And although the fourteen Gerarai weren't developed until after the experience related in the next chapter (n5:1), it seems fitting that it begin with the Gerarai in mind. And, after the 42 months of prophecy of the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11, the Advent of the New Church (43) begins in Revelation 12: The Age of Aquarius 11? (n5:9).