Update: 20th February 2008

GEMATRIA
BY
FREDERICK BLIGH BOND, F.R.I.B.A
AND
THOMAS SIMCOX LEA, D.D.

ANNOTATED AND TRANSCRIBED BY
PETER WAKEFIELD SAULT

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IV.

CEPHAS
The Name given by Our Lord to Peter


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Cephas
THE NAME GIVEN BY OUR LORD TO PETER.

K = 20
H = 8
F = 500
A = 1
S = 200
729

= 9 9 9 or the CUBE of NINE

The PERFECT STONE (petroV) upon which CHRIST builds His Church (ekklhsia). This is the ROCK (petra) of 243 squared stones (see diagram), the Figure of the Temple of the Church (ieron ekklhsiaV) and the Perfected Work (euergesia); also the diakonoi ekklhsiaV.

The Schema, or visible figure of CEPHAS, shews 3 9 9 or 243 facets out of a total of 486 on the whole surface. The 486 is PETRA (80 + 5 + 300 + 100 + 1), so that PETRA, the Rock, is the the Surface of the cube whose solidity is CEPHAS. And PETRA smg', or the Rock of 243 stones = 729 = KHFAS.

But it will be observed that the 243 facets visible belong to 217 separate cubes of which the central one shews Three facets and three rows of Eight cubes each


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(all marked in the Schema) shew each Two facets. The central Cube represents the Chief of the Seven cornerstones and the triple Divine Potency, whilst the Three Ogdoads of 8, 8, 8, all having a Duality of aspect, stand for the 888 of IHSOUS Jesus, Who unites in His nature God and Man. Each arm of the Ogdoads encloses 8 8 stones = 3 times 64 ALHQEIA a triple Truth, and the whole is 192 = MARIAM, the name of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, here symbolic of His Church. On the further side of of the cube, invisible, are 169 more of the lesser cubes, and this is the number of the name of Christ. O AMHN the Amen meaning Truth or Verity, and these 169 cubes, shew again 3 64 faces or a triple Aletheia which is Mariam.

These 217 + 169 cubes, completely surround and enclose the Cube of 7 7 7, whose surface has facets 7 7 6 = 294 = EKKLHSIA the Church. Hence the Sevenfold Symbolism of the Ecclesia, otherwise evident in the Seven Corners of the Cube, and the Seven Stars (see text). The cubes of 7 7 7 and of 9 9 9 stones are thus indissolubly connected, and that which lies between is the cube of Eight 8 8 8 again the three Ogdoads of IHSOUS, this time in multiplication. For if from the cube Cephas there be taken its visible surface cubes (217 in number) there remain the 512 which are 8 8 8, and whose visible surface cubes are the 169 of the AMHN and their facets 192. And if there be further removed these 169 cubes, there remains the Cube of Seven, whose whole surface facets are are the 294 of the ECCLESIA, which is the Trust committed to Timothy H KALH PARAQHKH (II. Tim. i. 14).

If all Six Facets of the 217 visible cubes of Cephas are counted, the number is 6 217 = 1302 which = The Living Church Ekklhsia zwma, or the Church of the Lord h ekklhsia Kuriou. If all Six facets of the 169 invisible are counted the number is 1014, which is that of the SFRAGIS the Seal of the Church or of Apostleship I. Cor. ix. 2.


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