(1) Ten: Ten and Law or Commandment
There is an association between the use of the bible number ten and the subject of law, or commandment, or authority. This association began in the first chapter of Genesis when the phrase, "God said," appears in ten verses and is associated with God's commandments in natural creation.
This association is manifest in the fact that God gave ten commandments in establishing His covenant with the children of Israel. He sent ten plagues upon the land of Egypt because Pharaoh disobeyed his commandment to let Israel go ten times. The word, "law," appears in the book of Genesis ten times. The term "wrath of God" appears ten
times in the scriptures and is used to show God's great displeasure at the disobedience toward his commandments. Moses is commanded to use the rod to manifest the authority of God ten times.
The book of Psalms tells us to sing praises upon an instrument of ten strings, which we will see is symbolic of the commandments written in the heart and mind of God's born again people.
Abraham married the Egyptian handmaid Hagar after he had been in the land of Canaan ten years. Hagar as we will see is a representative of the law covenant.
The false authority of Satan is manifest to us in the book of Revelation as he is pictured to us as a dragon with seven heads and ten horns. The dragon causes to rise up out of the sea a beast with seven heads and ten horns. We are told the dragon gives the beast his power and great authority.
The two cherubims in the temple were each ten cubits in height and each had a wing spread of ten cubits from end to end. The molten sea was ten cubits in diameter. The temple had ten candlesticks and was built upon a foundation of stones of ten cubits in size. As we will see in later essays these had a connection with the laws and commandments of
(2) Blue Blue and Law Association
In the scriptures, there are associations between different bible colors and particular bible subjects. For instance, the color blue is closely associated with the subject of "law" or "commandment."
Fifty times in the scriptures the word, "blue," appears. The vast majority of times it is used as a color on some garment or fabric. Most of the time it appears with other colors in the garment or fabric. Those times will be addressed when we study color mixtures.
The association between the color blue and the subject of law or commandment is defined for us in Num. 15:37-40: "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God."
The purpose of the blue ribband as a fringe on the border of the garments of the children of Israel was to call to their memory, when they looked upon the ribband of blue, the commandments of the Lord, that they may remember and do those commandments. Thus, the color blue would be associated in the minds of all the people with the commandments
of the Lord.
The fact that the word, blue, appears in the scriptures exactly fifty times, is no coincidence. The number 50 is the number of new beginnings. It is thru the keeping of the commandments of the law that Christ presented himself as a perfect sacrifice for the elect children of God and thus procured for them a new beginning in righteousness before God.
The ten linen curtains of the tabernacle were connected together by loops and taches. The loops were of blue color: Ex. 26:5 "Fifty loops shalt thou make in the one curtain, and fifty loops shalt thou make in the edge of the curtain that is in the coupling of the second; that the loops may take hold one of another. 6 And thou shalt make fifty taches of gold, and couple the
curtains together with the taches: and it shall be one tabernacle." The tabernacle was one tabernacle made up of ten curtains couples by loops and taches. Ten is the number associated with the law. The color blue is associated with the law. The color of linen is associated with righteousness. The color gold is associated with kings and kingdoms. All of this brought together speaks to us that
Christ is the king (gold) who through his keeping of the commandments of God (blue) couples the keeping of the commandments of God (blue) with his imputed righteousness to the children of God.
Next, we notice that the robe of the ephod of the High Priest was all of blue: Ex. 28:31 "And thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue. 32 And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent." There was to be no rent in this
robe of the High Priest and it was to be all of blue. Christ is our High Priest and there was no rent in his righteousness. Christ told us in Matt. 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
(3) Purple Purple-Royalty
There is a very strong correlation between the subject of royalty and the color purple in the scriptures. The word, royal, means that which belongs or pertains to a king. The children of a king are said to be his royal seed. The clothing of a king are his royal apparel. The cities of the king are referred to as royal cities. Thus, all the possessions of a king are royal
Purple is a mixture of blue and red. Blue is associated with law or commandment and red is associated with war, blood, and judgment. Our King, Jesus Christ, kept the law (blue) to a jot and a tittle and then conquered sin, Satan, death, hell, and the grave through shedding his blood upon the cross of Calvary and satisfying the judgment of God upon the imputed sins of his elect
people. The inscription above the head of Jesus on the cross read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." He was and is indeed the King of the Kingdom of heaven.
The color, purple, is found in many things pertaining to the tabernacle and temple. Often it is used in combination with other colors such as blue, red, gold, and white. The following items in the tabernacle and the clothing of the high priest contain such combinations including purple: curtain of the tabernacle, veil of the tabernacle, hanging for the door of the tent,
hanging for the gate of the court, the ephod of the high priest, the curious girdle of the high priest, the breastplate of the high priest, the hem of the priests robe. The color, purple is also the color of the covering of the brazen altar. The combination colors will be dealt with in another section of this study on colors.
The soldiers who crucified Jesus dressed him in raiment of purple before his crucifixion and mocked him:
1. Mark 15:16 "And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. 17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, 18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! 19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees
worshipped him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him."
2. John 19:2 "And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, 3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands. 4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing
the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!"
While the soldiers mocked Jesus as the King of the Jews, yet Jesus was and is indeed the King of kings and Lord of lords:
1. 1 Tim. 6:15 "Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;"
2. Rev. 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
3. Rev. 19:16 "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
The virtuous woman in Proverbs chapter 31 is said to be clothed with clothing of purple and silk: Prov. 31:22 "She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." The virtuous woman is first a type of the Lord's bride, His church. The church is clothed with righteousness (white=silk):
1. 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
2. Rev. 19:8 "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
3. Rev. 19:14 "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
The church is also clothed in royal apparel (puple) of King Jesus:
1. Rev. 1:5 "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
2. 1 Pet. 2:9 "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
The loved in Song of Solomon is a type of the Lord's bride also and is described as follows: Song 7:3 "Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. 4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus. 5 Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of
thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries. 6 How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!" According to 1 Cor. 11:15 a woman's hair is given to her for a covering: "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." Thus, the Lord's bride has as her head, the Lord Jesus Christ. She is His royal bride.
Also, in the Song of Solomon, King Solomon made a chariot to carry "the daughters of Jerusalem." The daughters of Jerusalem are a type of the Lord's covenant people. Song 3:9 "King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. 10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for
the daughters of Jerusalem." This chariot is the King's chariot and was covered with purple. The Lord, himself, is our chariot and he carries us ultimately into the glory world:
1. John 6:37 "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."
2. Rom. 8:29, 30 "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."
Satan is an imitator. He tries to imitate Christ, but in a wicked way. We see in the scriptures where his false or idol gods are clothed in purple: Jer. 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. 9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue
and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men."
Moreover, Satan's worldly rulers are covered in purple: Ezek. 27:3 "And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty. 4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty. 5 They have made all thy ship boards
of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee. 6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim. 7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee."
Satan's wretched bride is also covered in purple: Rev. 17:4 "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE
MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
The great difference between those of the Lord's who are covered in purple and those of Satan that are covered in purple is that the Lord clothed his own with purple, but the bride, kings, and people of Satan covered themselves with purple.
(4) Scarlet Red and its Association with War, Blood and Judgment
There is a very strong correlation in the scriptures between the color red and the subject of war, blood, and judgment. Specifically the ultimate lesson is that red shows forth the war against sin, the blood atonement of Jesus Christ, and the ultimate judgment of sin.
There are different shades of red. The scriptures show forth this principle in that red, scarlet, and crimson are all used to depict the association between the color red and the subject of war, blood, and judgment.
Specifically we shall consider in future essays the following specific topics:
1. the Red Sea and the battle against the enemies.
2. red wine and the blood of Christ.
3. the rams skin dyed red and the blood covering of Christ.
4. the scarlet thread or line and God's covenant people.
5. the scarlet colored beast and great red dragon and Satan's war against the Lord's disciples.
6. the red heifer and the atonement of sin.
7. the red horse.
(5) Eight Eight, Fifty – New Beginnings
There are at least eight new beginnings in the scriptures that are associated with the bible numbers eight or fifty. The number fifty is used in such a way that it is the either the first day of the eight week or the first year of the eight week of years. Thus, the number fifty is used the same way as the number eight.
The eight new beginnings taught in the scriptures are:
1. New beginning in the flesh
2. New birth
3. New judicial standing before God
4. New covenant of worship
5. New kingdom
6. New Testament
7. New manner of worship
8. New nature of the flesh.
(6) Twenty Twenty Outline
The number twenty is associated with the subject of service in the scriptures. In addressing this association, we list the following topics:
1. Service under the law ends with a curse.
2. The price of service
3. Requirements of service
4. Serving the Lord is better than serving men or mammon
5. Jacob served Laban for twenty years
6. Joseph was sold into Egyptian bondage for twenty pieces of silver
7. Army service began at twenty years of age
8. One of the purposes of the Lord's house is for service.
(7) Gold Gold Associated with Kings and Kingdoms
In the scriptures often there is a very strong correlation between bible colors and bible subjects. Gold is both a color and a metal and as both color and metal it is associated with Kings, things pertaining to kings, and kingdoms. This correlation will be presented in both the color section of this work and in the metal section of this work.
The first time the word, gold appears in the scriptures is found in Genesis 2:11, 12: "The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone." According to the law of first occurrence, gold is said to be good. Gold is both precious (rare) and valuable. Often
throughout history it has been the basis of money exchange. Also, gold is not easily corruptible. Gold is a standard by which other things worth is judged.
Often, gold points us to King Jesus and to his bride, the church. According to Rev. 1:5, 6 Christ has made his children both kings and priests: "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God
and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
The things that we learn studying the color gold and its corresponding subject of kings and kingdoms often point us to characteristics, qualities, and works of King Jesus and to characteristics, qualities, and works that we should possess as kings and priests unto God.
The serious inquirer may want to study the following in relationship to the correlation between the color gold and the subject of kings and kingdoms:
1. Abraham's gift to Rebecca.
2. Pharaoh's promotion of Joseph.
3. King's tabernacle.
4. Table of the King.
5. Incense Altar of theKing.
6. King's Crown.
8. King's temple.
9. King's Mercy Seat.
10. Garments of the High Priest
11. King's Targets
12. King's Shields.
13. King's Throne.
14. King's Footstool.
15. King's Drinking Vessels.
16. King's Sceptre.
17. Queen and King's Daughters.
18. King's Witnesses.
19. King's Gifts.
20. King's Girdle.
21. King's Golden Vials.
22. King's Golden Reed.
23. King's City
(8) Five Five – Death
In the scriptures, the number five is often associated with the subject of death. For instance, in the fifth chapter of Genesis (sometimes known as the obituary column of the bible) in the fifth verse after Adam's name was mentioned five times we are told that he died. All but five individuals in chapter five have their names mentioned exactly
five times followed by the statement "and he died." Enoch was mentioned six times but he was translated that he should not see death. The lives of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth extended beyond the flood and their deaths are not recorded until later in the scriptures.
In addition, in 2nd Samuel several individuals were pierced under the fifth rib and subsequently died. Furthermore, in the book of Revelation, John recorded that when the fifth seal was loosed he saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and the testimony they held.
There are five deaths mentioned in the scriptures: death of the body; second or eternal death; death in trespasses and sins; death to fellowship; and dead to sin.
The one who has the power of death, Satan, has his name, Satan mentioned fifty five times in the scriptures. The desires of Satan are set forth for us as five "I wills" in Isaiah, chapter 14.
The pride of the flesh that is dead in trespasses and sins is illustrated in the five "I's" of the Pharisee. The excuses of the flesh nature is set forth in the five "I's" of Adam.
Next, there is a five-part covenant, sometimes called the covenant of redemption or covenant of grace, which shows forth God's remedy for death thru the death of his Son.
Jesus, whom God made to be sin for us, suffered five puncture wounds through his body as he suffered and died for the elect.
The persecutions of those dead in trespasses and sins against the gospel ministry are manifest against Paul as five times he received forty stripes save one for preaching the gospel.