The dating of the new testament

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I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

Succinctly put, the ratio is 3/12 for the two Jewish Age millennia, 9/12 for the two Church Age millennia, and 12/12 for the Millennium (although these later believers are "the friends of the Bride" who equal the Bride in number, not the Bride per se).

That is to say, Israel consists of three of the twelfths of the Bride; the rest of the "Church" consists of nine of her twelfths (the number of believers who came into the Body during the two millennia before Abraham is so small as not to warrant a multiplier).

As one interpreter remarked "If the Evangelist has some symbolism in mind connected with the number 153, he has hidden it well" (D. So I will try my hand at throwing yet another fish on the pile here.

John's particular way of expressing himself is unique in many respects, so it really should come as no surprise that while Paul might have simply said "you are doing well", John expands his praise in this uncommon way.

Now if we take 9 as representing the share of believers or "fish" who are "caught" after Pentecost and divide it into 153 we get the number 17.

This number may be significant as representing the gentiles of whom Church Age believers are largely composed.

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