The Structure of the Bible
THESE NOTES ARE WRITTEN SO THAT
THE VIEWER WILL BE EQUIPPED
TO MORE DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE
FULL MEANING OF THE SCRIPTURES
The structure of the Bible is based upon
the 7 literal days of Creation. The prin-
ciples revealed in that record should be
clearly understood in all scriptural study.
It is our intention to further define these principles
within a study on Proverbs, if it is the Lord's will,
where we see the "seven pillars" of "wisdom".
See below for link to the relevant page on this site.
Note numbers 1 - 7 are explained below.
The Old Testament
1st section 1 Exodus
2nd section 1 Joshua
3rd section 1 Ruth
2 1st Samuel
3 2nd Samuel
4th section 1 1st Kings
2 2nd Kings
3 1st Chronicles
4 2nd Chronicles
5th section 1 Job
6th section 1 Proverbs
3 Song of Solomon
7th section 1 Ezekiel1
The New Testament
1st section 1 Matthew
2nd section 1 Acts
3rd section 1 1st Corinthians
2 2nd Corinthians
4th section 1 Ephesians1
4 1st Thessalonians4
5 2nd Thessalonians5
6 1st Timothy6
7 2nd Timothy
5th section 1 Hebrews
6th section 1 1st Peter
2 2nd Peter
3 1st John
4 2nd John
5 3rd John
7th section 1 Revelation
66 Books-6 is the number of man; the Bible
offers us salvation- link to 'signs'- the 6th
and also consider explanatory notes below
Numbers have a vital meaning throughout the
Bible, and are built upon the days of Creation.
If it is the Lord's will, we hope to go into this in more
detail, but for now, below we give the meaning of the num-
bers from two points of view,both being very significant.
1 from God's viewpoint- the invitation
from our viewpoint- the hearing
2 from God's viewpoint- the promise
from our viewpoint- the belief
3 from God's viewpoint- the call to obey
from our viewpoint- the obedience
4 from God's viewpoint- the feeding
from our viewpoint- the growing
5 from God's viewpoint- the mercy
from our viewpoint- the trusting
6 from God's viewpoint- the enlightening
from our viewpoint- the separating
7 from God's viewpoint- the acceptance
from our viewpoint- the unifying
The descriptions above are not meant to be arbitrary - countless
other words consistent with the above meanings could have been
used. They are simply meant to open up the vista of this vast &
vital subject to the viewer's gaze. If you follow this subject into
every corner of the Bible, you may be amply rewarded, both now
and in the Age to come... let us now make several other points..
You will notice the similarities between Old and New Testa-
ments relative to the sections set out above. For instance, both
the Old and the New Testaments have the same number of
books in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th sections. When we look
at the 4th sections we see that there are 7 books in the Old, &
9 in the New - however, in the New, 3 books form the 6th sub-
section - so there are actually only 7 sub-sections, the same as
in the Old. Now looking at the 7th sections of Old and New, we
see that there are 14 books in the Old, and only 1 in the New.
These 14 books in the Old Testament are really the seed-plot
of the Apocalypse in the New,and therefore are the equivalent
of the New, inasmuch as they have a special message concern-
ing the apocalypse of Jesus Christ. Not only so, but you will
notice that we have notated these 14 books in two sets of 7.
This is because the first set concentrates on doctrine, and the
second set deals more with practice. This distinction is comm-
on in the Bible - for instance, the first 3 chapters of Ephesians
relate to doctrine, and the last 3 chapters to practice. The
change of emphasis is easily seen in Eph.4v1 - "I therefore
beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye
are called". The "unity of the spirit" in v3 is defined in v4 -
6 by the same 7 principles we have outlined above, with diff-
erent words, but they have the same essential meanings.
Proverbs 4v2,4 has the same transition - doctrine to practice:
"For I give you good doctrine, forsake not my law ...Let thine
heart retain my words: keep my commandments and live".
Consider the parallels - 1- 'the invitation' TO the 'one body'..
2- 'the promise' OF the 'one spirit' (i.e. the one Truth, pro-
ducing the one attitude of mind, link to 'spirit' - but false
teachings will produce different results)..3- 'the call to obey'
i.e. the 'one hope' - this was a key principle which led to John
Thomas realizing his need for re-immersion (& true baptism,
link to 'baptism') for Romans 8v24 literally reads - 'we were
saved by the hope'- & he had not known the hope previously.
He later wrote'Elpis Israel'(The Hope of Israel) which is an in-
tegral part of the Gospel - link to 'promises'-p.3,cpActs 28v20.
Ephesians 5v26 defines baptism as 'the washing of water by
the word', and it is ineffectual unless the understanding of the
word and its humbling effect on our minds is first present...
4- 'the feeding' by the 'One Lord' - the number 4 sig. authority
..5- 'the mercy'- God's care for those showing the 'one faith',
here signifying action, i.e. faith in the terms of James, after
acceptance of the Truth - Paul in Romans is treating of faith
as a matter of belief - this is before acceptance of the Truth..
Romans therefore appears in the 2nd New Testament section,
whereas James' epistle is in the 5th section re working faith.
6- 'the enlightening' which results in 'one baptism'- again, this
is treating in this context not of water baptism, which by now has
already taken place - but of what baptism really means, the cruci-
fixion of sinful human nature.. it is the 'baptism' of which Jesus
spoke when He said (well after His baptism in water) - 'But I
have a baptism to be baptized with;and how am I straitened (mg.
'pained') till it be accomplished'. This of course was His sacrifi-
cial death. We do not know if in this day we must witness to the
death; however, we are called upon to witness - and without this
witness to the Truth, which inevitably involves separating from
evil, whatever and wherever it is, we have no hope of life eternal-
link to 'apocalypse' where the aspect of 'witness' is discussed...
Whereas the 3rd section (baptism in water) has to do with sep-
aration from the world, the 6th section deals with separation
from all evil, whether in one's own self,or that which may have
permeated the nominal assembly of God. This becomes the ful-
filment of the number 6 in us - victory over sin by God's grace.
On the 6th day man was created and given 'dominion' over
God's creation..by gaining 'dominion' over the flesh by the
grace of God,we shall attain to that 'rest' of which the 7th day
Note the connection with Psalm 8 & Hebrews 2, and the work
of Jesus Christ in the destruction of sin ('the devil').
This is indeed a most painful and sad experience, but is one
which must be faced with faith and trust in God. For more de-
As shown above, all the following are related to the number 6
and consequently contain sound advice for this situation - the
epistles of Paul to Timothy and Titus, and the epistles of Peter,
John and Jude...this is something which is awe-inspiring..
7- 'the acceptance'- which is the ultimate aim of 'the invitation'
(cp 1 Timothy 6v12) and all the other necessary steps, over
which we may stumble, but must 'rise up again'- Prov. 24v16
.. we are accepted by the 'One God and Father of all, who is
(i.e. by this time of the 7th stage of our life in the Truth) above
all, and through all, and in (us) all'. We seal our salvation by
peace(7)built on purity(6) - cp James 3v17,18; Matthew 5v8,9.
This does not give us immunity to persecution- v10,11- but note
v12. Further re these incremental stages in our lives, link to
'signs'. There is great value in building on basic principles, &
if we do so, we shall attain to wisdom - Prov. 1v5; Matt. 13v12.
The number 8 signifies perfection, & this is the ultimate aim of
It is not our aim, and nor could we, fully prove the above in
the course of this short discussion, but we make the promise
born of over 45 years' study of this subject, that if you pursue
it diligently with a mind that desires to learn, in prayer, you
can make it your own, to the glory of God and also your own
eternal benefit. One of the main reasons this page is offered
now is so that you will have some important background facts
to assist you in the study which now features on this site -
This is a vast subject, which is most important to understand,
for the Book of Proverbs not only has many great and abiding
lessons to teach us concerning doctrine and practice, but it
also has a vital prophetical import concerning these last days
in which we live, just prior to the coming of Jesus Christ.
Please check periodically re the progress of this study.