February 12, 2021
We’ve been dealing with some pretty weighty topics over the last months. Let’s take a break for the next few weeks and take a look at some unusual mathematical features that appear repetitiously in the Word. I’ve always been a math hound and numbers played a great part in my early education (hence, a substantial part of my business career being based in math).
The Number Eight
In Isaiah 7:14, it is written: "Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Implicit in the name "Immanuel" is that Jesus is God incarnate. This word came from the Hebrew word "emanoo" which means "with us" and "el" which means "God." In other words it is saying about Jesus is that He is "God with us"!
Jesus in Hebrew is "Yeshua". When this word is reversed it spells the Hebrew for "My Maker." This confirms the fact that Jesus is co-eternal with the Father in creation. Colossians 1: 16 "...all things were created by Him and for Him."
There is such a thing called Biblical Numerics. It differs from numerology which is an occult practice. Biblical Numerics are based on the numbering system God used in the Bible.
"Eight" is the number of divine perfection. In the Bible, it belongs to Jesus. Throughout the Word God's people are characterized by 8's, multiples of 8, and powers of 8.
In Greek the numerical value for Jesus = 888
In English "Jesus" is 10+5+19+21+10 =74 x12 = 888
In English "Messiah" is 13+5+19+19+9+ 1+8 = 74 x12= 888
Here is an interesting phenomenon:
Jesus = 74 x 12 = 888
Messiah = 74 x 12 = 888
This proves that Jesus indeed is the Messiah.
IN HEBREW THE LETTERS FOR GOD ARE:
Yowd=10 + Hay=5 + Vav=6 + Hay=5 = 26 and 2+6 =8
IN ENGLISH THE LETTERS FOR GOD ARE:
G=7; O=15; D=4 the total is 26 and 2+6= 8
Immanuel also has 8 letters.
The book of Revelation has 888 Greek words. It was given to the Apostle John by the Master of the Universe Himself, Jesus Christ.
The Number Seven
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are given a task of setting forth your own genealogy and backing up as far as you can in the generations of your family to draw the picture of your genetic lineage. We’re going to complicate this a bit.
The number of words in your genealogy must be divisible by 7 evenly. The number of letters in your genealogy must be divisible by 7 evenly.
There’s more. The number of vowels used in your genealogy must be divisible by 7 evenly, as also the number of consonants. They must likewise be divisible by 7 evenly.
We’re going to continue even further. The number of words that begin with a vowel must be divisible by 7, AND the number of words that begin with a consonant must be divisible by 7.
But wait. We’re not done! The number of words that occur more than once must also be divisible by 7. The number of words that occur in more than one form must be divisible by 7. The number of words that occur in only one form must be divisible by 7. The number of nouns must be divisible by 7.
By now you’ve given up. What I’m describing to you is so impossible that the odds are literally beyond calculation.
And yet there is still more. Only 7 words shall not be nouns. There can be only 7 other kinds of nouns. The number of male names in this genealogy must be divisible by 7. And, finally, the number of generations in this genealogy must be divisible by 7.
Not possible is it? Not by any natural means, anyway! But we’re not talking “natural.” We’re talking about the Divine Supernatural. We’re talking about the Lord Jesus Christ.
And what we’ve just described to you mathematically is the genealogy of Jesus Christ as described in the Greek text of Matthew 1:1-16. It is a picture of the Divine Plan established so accurately and so precisely that no rational person could ever imagine as random.
The Number Twelve
Twelve is a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection. It is found as a multiple in all that has to do with rule. The sun which "rules" the day, and the moon and stars which "govern" the night, do so by their passage through the twelve signs of the Zodiac which completes the great circle of the heavens of 360 (12 x 30) degrees or divisions, and thus govern the year.
Twelve is the product of 3 (the perfectly Divine and heavenly number) and 4 (the earthly, the number of what is material and organic).
While seven is composed of 3
added to 4, the number twelve is 3 multiplied by 4, and hence denotes that
which can scarcely be explained in words, but which the spiritual perception
can at once appreciate, viz., organization, the products denoting production
and multiplication and increase of all that is contained in the two numbers
separately. The 4 is generally prominently seen in the twelve.
The Twelve Patriarchs
There were twelve patriarchs
from (and including) Shem (the son of Noah) to Jacob:
The Sons of Israel
The twelve sons of Israel, though actually thirteen in number, are never listed with 13 names in a single list.
There are about 18 enumerations
altogether, but in each list one or the other sons / tribes is omitted.
Generally it is Levi, but not always. In Revelation 7 both Dan and Ephraim are
omitted (see number 8), but the enumeration is still twelve, Levi and Joseph
being introduced for this special sealing of the remnant which shall go
unscathed through the great tribulation.
How is the number twelve represented in Solomon's Temple?
The temple of Solomon has twelve as the predominating factor, in contrast with the Tabernacle, which had the number five. This agrees with the grace which shines in the Tabernacle, and with the glory of the kingdom which is displayed in the Temple.
When we come to the New
Testament we find the same great principle pervading the Apostolic government
as we see in the Patriarchal and National, for we have the following groups of
•The foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem.
How is the number 12 in the New Jerusalem?
The measurement of the new Jerusalem will be 12,000 furlongs square, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits, Revelation 21:16,17.
The number of the sealed in Revelation 7:4 will be 144,000, and all that has to do with the Twelve Tribes is necessarily pervaded by this number, such as the stones in the High Priest's breastplate, the stones taken out of the Jordan, the number of the spies, etc. etc., and therefore we have not referred to all such reference in these pages.
Who were the 12 people specially ANOINTED to serve in government?
Twelve persons were anointed for government of various kinds. Of course, all kings, priests, prophets, and healed lepers were anointed; but the circumstances of the anointing of twelve individuals is specially recorded. Of these, five were priests (Aaron and his four sons, Exodus 6:23) and seven were kings:
1. Aaron, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
2. Nadab, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
3. Abihu, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
4. Eleazar, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
5. Ithamar, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
6. Saul, 1Samuel 10:1.
7. David, * 1Samuel 16:13.
8. Absalom, 2Samuel 19:10.
9. Solomon, 1Kings 1:39.
10. Jehu, 2Kings 9:6.
11. Joash, 2Kings 11:12.
12. Jehoahaz, 2Kings 23:30.
* David was anointed three times, viz: by Samuel, 1 Samuel 16:13; by the men of Judah, 2Samuel 2:4; by the elders of Israel, 2Samuel 5:3.
It will be observed from the
above list that Saul, the man of MAN'S choice, is thus stamped with the number
6. David, the man of God's choice, is stamped with the number seven. For Saul
and David are the sixth and seventh respectively in order. The words, "a
man after God's own heart," means simply a man of God's choice, and not,
as infidels are never tired of asserting, that God approved of all the sins
which David fell into.
At what age did Jesus first appear in public?
Twelve years of age was Jesus when He first appears in public (Luke 2:42) and utters His first recorded words (see number 1).
Legions of Angels
Twelve legions of angels mark the perfection of angelic powers (Matthew 26:53).
Additional commentary on the Biblical Meaning of 12
The number twelve is found 187 times total in the Bible, 22 of which are in the book of Revelation.
The significance of the number 12 is that it represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness. 12 is also used as a signature of Israel. Truth is symbolized by 144, or 12 x 12.
There are 12 divisions of heaven called the Mazzaroth, which God uses for signs and seasons. The testimony of the stars is numerically in harmony with the Bible: "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1).
There were 12 sons of Jacob, whose families formed the 12 tribes of Israel with 12 princes; there were also 12 princes of Ishmael.
The high priest’s breastplate, used for judgment, had 12 stones representing the 12 tribes. The showbread consisted of 12 loaves. During the period of the judges, 12 judges judged Israel. Solomon appointed 12 officers over Israel.
At age 12, Jesus appeared at the temple. Jesus ordained 12 apostles, who were sent with authority to preach the Gospel and to be witnesses of His resurrection. After His resurrection, Jesus told the apostles that He had been given all authority in heaven and earth — the divine authority of God.
During the great tribulation, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel are saved, totaling 144,000 (Revelation 7). A second 144,000 are gathered from the earth to serve the Lamb and follow Him (Revelation 14:1-5). The bride of Christ is pictured with a crown of 12 stars (Revelation 12:1).
The New Jerusalem has 12 gates of pearls, 12 angels at the gates and the names of the 12 tribes of Israel over the gates. The wall of the city has 12 foundations of precious stones; in them are the names of the 12 apostles. The wall is 144 cubits high (12 x 12). The city is 12,000 furlongs (1,500 miles) square.
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