[135] The 3 Maledictions of Balaam

'If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank'. - Woody Allen

3 Times Balaam asked God to curse his people, in 3 different places, and 3 times the result was that:

And Jehovah your God did not want to listen to Balaam, but Jehovah your God changed the malediction into a blessing, because Jehovah your God loved you (Deuteronomy 23:5).

As regards the three wonderful attempts to get the true God to curse his own people, we read:

And it came about in the morning that Balak went taking Balaam and bringing him to Bamoth-baal, that he might see from there the whole of the people. Then Balaam said to Balak: Build for me on this spot 7 altars and make ready for me on this spot 7 bulls and 7 rams (Numbers 22:41, 23:1).

So he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and proceeded to build 7 altars and to offer up a bull and a ram on each altar (Numbers 23:14).

With that Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which looks toward Jeshimon. Then Balaam said to Balak: Build for me on this spot 7 altars and make ready for me on this spot 7 bulls and 7 rams (Numbers 23:28,29).

These 7 altars in the three differing places represent the 7 times of the Exedenic, Alienation and Gentile times, three maledictions lasting 7 times each, not occurring in three different physical places but rather at three different times. For the bible very often uses the spatial to depict the temporal. 2520 = 3 X 7 X 10 X 12.

In 1874 Charles Taze Russell had one witness to the fact that the Gentile times would end in 1914 BCE (Daniel 4). He did not even have any signs of the times! In fact all of the evidence around him belied the proximity of the Lords day.

But that was enough for him!!

He founded the Watchtower, being the 3rd hidden son of Ornan (1 Chronicles 21 - [40]), being the 3rd antitypical Elijah, being the first one of the second baptism of the new covenant saints, on this basis. But we now have many many witnesses to three 2520 year periods. Namely the Exedenic times, the Alienation times and the Gentile times.

Is this enough for us??