Religion is filled with descriptions involving threes. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are the trinity that make up God in the Christian Faith. Peter did forsake Jesus three times. After three days Chris rose from the dead. To the right is Christ at age 33.
First Miracle: Saint Nicholas restored a burned child to health and became the patron saint of children. (2)
The Dowry: Saint Nicholas gave three bags of gold to a merchant so he would not sell his daughters into slavery. Legends say these bags were deposited through the chimney. Stockings filled with gifts celebrate the day. The three golden balls seen in pawnshops also represent the three bags of gold. (1, 2)
The Condemned Men: Saint Nicholas saved six falsely accused men from death. He became the patron saint of lawyers, the persecuted, and the imprisoned after he crumbled prison walls in answer to the prayers of the persecuted. (1, 2, 4)
The Famine: Saint Nicholas multiplied a shipment of grain to avert famine. He became the patron saint of the poor and chemists. (1, 4)
The Vision: St. Nicholas was able to regain his clothing while imprisoned through a vision of the Trinity and the Virgin Mary. (1)
The Students: Legend has it that he raised three murdered theology students from the dead. From the Middle Ages. (1, 2)
“The Celts believed in a single Goddess split into three aspects, which the Christians stole as their trinity.”
The triple moon is a Goddess symbol that represents the Maiden, Mother, and Crone as the waxing, full, and waning moon. It is also associated with feminine energy, mystery and psychic abilities. You often see this symbol on crowns or other head-pieces, particularly worn by High Priestesses.
Trimurti (Sanskrit, “of three forms”) is the Hindu recognition oh the threefold required for creation and dissolution, hence especially the three interrelated divine manifestations; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Brahma embodies the rajas, the passion that creates; Vishnu embodies the sattva, the goodness which maintains balance; Shiva, the tamas, the fire which destroys. Another analysis is Vishnu creates while Brahma maintains equilibrium or order. As the importance of Brahma diminished, the “social” necessity of being (for this Trinity) required that Vishnu or especially Shiva being represented in the threefold activity. A.G.H.
Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 990
Trinity is the term by which is expressed the Christian belief that there are three persons in one God. Christian doctrine holds that a) there is only one God, one divine nature and being. b) This one divine being is tripersonal, that is, three persons in one God, designated as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. c) These three persons are joint partakers of the identical nature and majesty of God. While this doctrine is a preeminent mystery of revelation, the believed revealed nature of God, transcending human or finite comprehension, it is considered essential to the understanding of the scriptures.
Even though the Trinity doctrine is implicit rather than explicit in the Old Testament, it is believe that with the accompanying knowledge of the New Testament, evidence of the Trinity can be found in the Old Testament (e. g., Numbers 6:24-26; Isaiah 6:3; 63:9, 10 the sanctity of the symbolical number three-the plural form of Elohim, also places in which the deity is spoken of as conversing with himself). This is thought to be in accordance with the gradual development of revealed truths in other particulars. However, the Hebrew religion of the Old Testament is emphatically monotheistic; a principle reason for this is thought to have been that such religious rigidity was that it provided a safeguard against polytheism.
The earliest Christians were converted pagans. One of the arguments the early Church used to convert pagans to Christianity was that Jesus Christ had more solar attributes than any other god. His face was even reputed to shine like the sun (Matt 17:2). Examining the metaphorical logic of equating Jesus with Helios the Sun, one has to ask … is there any kind of logical reason or secret knowledge that the early Gnostic Christians were aware of to make these kind of comparisons? Is there some kind of a link between the raised Jesus (8880) and the Magic Square of the Sun whose number is 666?
The “magic square of the sun,” was one of the most important symbols used to represent the sun in antiquity because of all the symbolism it possessed involving the perfect number “6.” There are six sides to a cube, the numbers 1, 2, an 3, when added or multiplied together are equal to “6,” and the sum of all the numbers from 1 to 36 arranged in a 6×6 magic square are equal to the number “666.” The square is “magic” because the sum of any row, column, or diagonal is equal to the number “111.” After the Church became the state religion of the Roman empire, possessing the diagram below could get you burned at the stake!
The ancients claimed that God works by mathematics. Their religion was a conglomeration of religion, astrology, alchemy, physical and mental science, and mathematics. Ancient astrology divided the starry heavens into 36 constellations. These were represented by different amulets called “Sigilla Solis,” or the sun seal. These amulets were worn by the pagan priests, and they contained all the numbers from 1 to 36. By these figures they claimed to be able to foretell future events. These amulets were usually made of gold, yellow being the sun color. While being carried, these amulets were wrapped in yellow silk, as it was thought that the bearer would thus receive the beneficial powers believed to emanate from the jewel.
These drawings from photographs taken in 1910, show actual amulets then in the Berlin Museum. They reveal the veneration the ancients had for the sun-god. On the front side of No.1 we see the god of the sun standing on the lion. This indicated the sun’s position in the constellation of Leo during the hot days of August. On the back is inscribed “Nachyel,” meaning “intelligence of the sun,” and in 36 squares are arranged the numerals 1 to 36 (see table 1) in such a way that adding the numbers of any column either horizontally or vertically, and also the two diagonals crossing the square, the total is the same- 111. The sum of the six columns, computed either horizontally or vertically, is 6 x 111, or 666.
The solar seal was worn by the pagan occultic priests to honor the Basilisco KING – 666.
Atonement is clearly the action of God and not of man throughout the Bible. The symbolic import of the sacrifices is so detailed that three different actions were necessary to display everything that God apparently intended us to understand about the way he was to deal with sin.
The sacrificial death of the first goat showed clearly that the offense of sin requires the punishment of death ( Eze 18:4 ).
The sending of the second goat into the wilderness with the sins laid on the top of its head emphasizes that sin will be removed from the person and the community "as far as the east is from the west" ( Psalm 103:12 ).
The burning of the sacrifice so that it is consumed shows the power of God over sin, completely destroying it so that it can bother the supplicant no more.
The Three Temptations of Christ consisted of Satan confronting Jesus at His weakest moment (after He had been fasting for 40 days) and trying to break His faith and adherence to God. Jesus passed these temptations as a man, whereupon He embarked upon His ministry and miraculous deeds.
The First Temptation was for Jesus to act in a self-serving manner by turning stones into bread. Jesus refused.
The Second Temptation was for Jesus to put God to the test by descending from the highest point of the temple. Jesus declined.
The Third Temptation was for Jesus to accept power over the world in exchange for bowing down to Satan. Jesus passed again, saying one should worship God alone.
On the 3rd day following his circumcision at age 99 (see "Today in Jewish History" for Nissan 13) three angels visited Abraham: Rephael healed him, and Michael informed Abraham and Sarah that, in exactly one year, a son will be born to them. (The third angel, Gabriel, proceeded to Sodom to destroy the wicked city).
The Star of David is an ancient symbol. It is composed of two triangles on top of each other, one with a point up, the other with the point down. This symbolizes the higher Trinity and the lower Trinity coming together to create wholeness, balance and protection.
The Archetypal Mandala of the Star of David
by Margaret Starbird
The mandala of the hexagram, also known as the “Star of David” is much older than Judaism, older even than history! As an archetypal symbol for the sacred union of the opposite energies, it is the “yin-yang” of western civilization. Formed by the intertwining of the “fire” and “water” triangles (the male “blade” and the female “chalice”) this symbiol represents the masculine and feminine principles in perfect union, the “sacred marriage” or “hieros gamous” of the ancient world.