THE NUMBERS OF GOD #4
Numbers 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27,
by Don Kistler (1976)
Bondage or Binding "EIGHTEEN"
Eighteen is the number for bondage or binding. In Luke
13:16, Jesus said, "And ought not this woman, being a daughter of
Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be
loosed from this bond of the sabbath day?" The woman was loosed
on the Sabbath, or seventh day. When seven is added to 18, they
total 25, which represents forgiveness of sins. After we're
loosed from Satan's bondage our sins are forgiven us forever.
Seven stands for completeness; when Jesus heals, He completely
heals. When God forgives our sins, they are completely forgiven.
"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your
flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you
all trespasses." (Colossians 2:13)
In Luke 13, where the woman was healed after being bound for
18 years, we also read about 18 sinners. "the tower of Siloam
fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all
men that dwelt in Jerusalem?" (Luke 13:4) Jesus said, "Whosoever
committeth sin is the servant of sin." (John 8:34)
In Judges 3:13-14, it is found that Israel was smote by the
children of Ammon and Amalek, "and possessed the city of Palm
trees. So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab
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Jesus, the one Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the power of the
Holy Ghost, the one God, the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who
is the Father and stands in judgment over all mankind. This is
God's Word, these are God's numbers and they're put together in
In Judges 10:7-8, the children of Israel are found again in
bondage for 18 years, "And the anger of the Lord was hot against
Israel, and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and
in the hands of the children of Ammon. And that year they vexed
and oppressed the children of Israel eighteen years, all the
children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land
of the Amorites, which is in Giland."
There are 18 references to Israel's Egyptian bondage in the
Old Testament. They are Genesis 15:13-14; Exodus 1:14; twice in
Exodus 2:23; Exodus 6:5; Exodus 6:9; Exodus 13:3; Exodus 13:14;
Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:6; Deuteronomy 6:12, 8:14, 13:5, 13:10
and 26:6; Joshua 24:17; and Judges 6:8.
The tenth time Israel's Egyptian bondage is mentioned is in
the verse before the beginning of the Ten Commandments. The law
is called "the yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1) The first word
of the Ten Commandments follows the word "bondage," "I am the
Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before
me." (Exodus 20:2-3) How did it happen that the last word in the
ten references to Israel's bondage came just before the first
word of the Ten Commandments? This happened because God wanted it
to! This shows His exactness; His perfection of the word which He
In Revelation 20:2 there are 18 Greek words, "And he laid
hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and
Satan, and bound him a thousand years," In Acts 21:13 Paul said,
"for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at
Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." Again 18 Greek words.
In the 11th verse, the prophet Agabus had taken Paul's Girdle and
bound his "hands" and "feet" to picture the binding of Paul at
Jerusalem at the hands and feet. In verse 11 there are 18 Greek
The Bible has hundreds of pages, yet the number system fits
perfectly from beginning to end. Let's proceed to 19.
Faith - "NINETEEN"
Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace are ye saved through
faith;" Faith is number 19. Five is the number for grace and 14
is the number for salvation. Faith puts us into grace, "By whom
also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,"
(Romans 5:2) At the same time that faith gives us access into
grace, it also brings salvation. So when five, for grace, is
added to 14, for salvation, the sum is 19, or faith.
There are 38 Greek letters in the statement, "For by grace
are ye saved through faith." Add five, for grace, 14, for
salvation, 19, for faith, and they total 38, the number of Greek
letters found in this statement. We'll look into this statement
in another number.
In Paul's discussion of justification by faith in Romans
3:21-5:2, the word "faith" is used 19 times. They are Romans
3:22, 3:25, 3:27, 3:28, 3:30, twice in 3:31, 4:5, 4:9, 4:11,
4:12, 4:13, 4:14, twice in 4:16, 4:19, 4:20, 5:1 and 5:2. Add all
the numbers from one to 19 and the total is 190. In the 11th
chapter of Hebrews there are 19 references to salvation through
In Hebrews 11:11 we are told that through faith Sara
received strength to conceive and was delivered of a child when
she had passed age. The numbers one through 19 equal 190. In an
earlier part of this book the combined ages of Sarah and Abraham
at the birth of Isaac was 190. (Genesis 17:1-24, 21:5) The
difference between the circumcision of Ishmael and Isaac was 13
minus eight, or five, which is the number for grace. There were
14 years difference in the birth of Ishmael and Isaac, which is
the number for salvation. The sum of five and 14 is 19, which
stands for faith. These three numbers, five, 14 and 19 add up to
38. When 190, the combined ages of Abraham and Sarah at Isaac's
birth, is divided by five, for grace, we again get 38. The
numbers five, for grace, eight, for the new birth (conversion -
Keith Hunt) 14, for salvation, and 19, for faith, are all
connected with Isaac. So are 33 and 100, which stand for promise
and election, which we'll study later.
Ishmael was born 11 years after Abraham came into Canaan.
(Genesis 12:4; 16:16) Eleven is the number for judgment, and
flesh is under judgment. Nineteen, faith, connected with the
birth of Isaac, a child of promise, and a believer shall not come
into judgment. (John 5:24)
This statement in Galatians 3:25-26 has 19 Greek words: "But
after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
The words, "For with the heart man believeth" in Romans 10:10
have 19 Greek letters. The words, "and so ye believed." (I
Corinthians 15:11) also have 19 Greek letters. These are only a
few of the many examples that show 19 to stand for faith. Using
19 and 36, which stands for enemy, David went out to meet
Goliath, the giant who was the enemy of Israel. He went out with
faith. He said to Saul, "The Lord that delivered me out of the
paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver
me out of the hand of this Philistine." (I Samuel 17:37) David
went out to overcome, or win the victory through faith in God.
When 19, faith, is subtracted from 36, enemy, the remainder is
17, or victory. "this is the victory that overcometh the world,
even our faith." (I John 5:4) We have already seen that five, for
the stones David took up, and 12, for divine authority in which
he went out to meet the giant, add up to 17, or victory. Two
different combinations shown through the Bible numbers makes the
number 17 to be the number for David's victory.
Twenty is the Bible number for redemption. They made the
children of Israel ransom redemption money at the age of 20
years, "When thou taketh the sum of the children of Israel after
their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his
soul unto the Lord, when thou numberest them; that there be no
plague among them, when thou numberest them. This they shall
give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a
shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty
gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the Lord. Every
one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years
old and above, shall give an offering unto the Lord." (Exodus
Number 20 was used two times in reference to the redemption
money. It was also used twice in reference to the boards of the
tabernacle which were set in the sockets made out of silver money
paid in redemption for those who were 20 years or older. What
they did with the redemption is in Exodus 38:25-28, "And the
silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an
hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and
fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary: A bekah for
every man, that is, half a shekel of the sanctuary, for every one
that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for
six hundred thousand and three thousand and five thousand and
fifty men. And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the
sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred
sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket. And of the
thousand seven hundred seventy five shekels he made hooks for the
pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them."
The long side of the tabernacle had 20 boards each, "And
thou shalt make the boards for the tabernacle, twenty boards on
the south side southward. And thou shalt make forty sockets of
silver under the twenty boards: two sockets under one board for
his two tenons, and two sockets under another board for his two
tenons. And for the second side of the tabernacle on the north
side there shall be twenty boards:" (Exodus 26:18-20) The tenons
of these boards were set in sockets of silver. The sockets were
made of the redemption money. The 20 boards will be considered
with number 30.
The 20th time the name of Abram occurs, it is connected with
silver, "And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in
gold." (Genesis 13:2) In this place Abram's name is found the
20th time, and it is connected with three things. Three is the
number for resurrection, and 20 for redemption. The redemption of
our bodies will take place in the resurrection. In this place
silver, the metal used in redemption, is also found.
In Ruth 4:1-10, Boaz redeemed the property of Elimeclech,
Chilion and Mahlon, purchased Ruth, the widow of Mahlon, to be
his wife. The name of Boaz is found 20 times in the book of Ruth.
They are 2:1, 2:3, 2:4, 2:5, 2:8, 2:11, 2:15, 2:19, 2:23, 3:2,
3:7, twice in 4:1, 4:5, 4:8, 4:9, 10, 4:13, and twice in 4:21.
Ruth 4:10 is the place the name of Boaz occurs the 17th time.
Jesus was crucified on the 14th day of the month and arose
from the dead on the 17th day. The raising of the name of the
dead is referenced with the name of Boaz the 17th time, "And Boaz
said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses
this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all
that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. Moreover
Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my
wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance."
Boaz was the redeemer of that which belonged to the three dead
men, Elimelech, Chilion and Mahlon. Now add three, resurrection,
and the number 17 and they equal 20, redemption, the number of
times the name Boaz appears in the whole book of Ruth. Boaz was
also the 20th generation from Shem. The generations are (1) Shem
- Genesis 10:10, (2) Arphaxad - Genesis 10:10, (3) Solah -
Genesis 10:12, (4) Eber - Genesis 10:14, (5) Peleg - Genesis
10:16, (6) Reu - Genesis 10:18, (7) Serug - Genesis 10:20, (8)
Nahor - Genesis 10:22, (9) Terah - Genesis 10:24, (10) Abram -
Genesis 10:27, (11) Isaac - Genesis 21:5, (12) Jacob - Genesis
25:24-26, (13) Judah - Genesis 29:35, (14) Phares - Ruth 4:12,
(15) Hezron - Ruth 4:18, (16) Ram - Ruth 4:19, (17) Amminadad -
Ruth 4:19, (18) Nahshon - Ruth 4:20, (19) Salmon - Ruth 4:21,
(20) Boaz - Ruth 4:21.
There are 20 names associated with the house of Israel in
the book of Ruth: (1) Elimelech, (2) Naomi, (3) Chilion, (4)
Mahlon, (5) Ruth, (6) Boaz, (7) Rachel, (8) Leah, (9) Israel,
(10) Judah, (11) Tamar, (12) Tharez, (13) Hezron, (14) Ram, (15)
Amminadad, (16) Nahshon, (17) Salmon, (18) Obed, (19) Jesse, (20)
The south and north sides of the court of the tabernacle
have 20 pillars with 20 silver hooks and each pillar filleted
with silver of the redemption money, as in Exodus 27:9-11. The
words "we have redemption" in Colossians 1:14 have 20 Greek
The redemption of the believers' bodies will take place as
stated, "And not only they, but (1) ourselves also, which have
the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we (2) ourselves groan within
(3) ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption
of our body." (Romans 8:23)
The words "This is the first resurrection" have 20 Greek
letters. The statement "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in
the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power"
has 20 Greek words. (Revelation 20:5-6)
Exeeeding Sinfulness of Sin "TWENTY-ONE"
Twenty-one is the number that signifies exceeding sinfulness
of sin. The 21 sins that are recorded against Israel from Egypt
to Jordan are listed and discussed in number 13. Thirteen,
associated with sin and rebellion, divided into 273 (Numbers
3:46-48) equals 21, the number of the sins recorded against
Israel from Egypt to Jordan. Number 13 indicates the sinful
nature as well as the act itself. The outward acts of
disobedience were expressions of sinful nature. The sinful nature
of man which leads to sin makes redemption necessary through
grace. This is why 273 were redeemed with five shekels, and 13
divides into 273 is 21 times.
After studying the original Greek expression, "exceeding
sinful." in Romans 7:13, I found exactly 21 Greek letters. Paul
lists 21 things in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 about the wickedness of the
last days, "This know ye also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come. For (1) men shall be lovers of their own
selves, (2) coveteous, (3) boasters, (4) proud, (5) blasphemers,
(6) disobedient to parents, (7) unthankful, (8) unholy, (9)
Without natural affection, (10) trucebreakers, (11) false
accusers, (12) incontinent, (13) fierce, (14) despisers of those
that do good, (15) Traitors, (16) heady, (17) highminded, (18)
lovers of pleasure (19) more than lovers of God; (20) Having a
form of godliness, but (21) denying the power thereof: from such
Lght/Making Manifest "TWENTY-TWO"
Twenty-two is the number for light or making manifest.
Ephesians 5:13 states, "whatsoever doth make manifest is light."
Jesus said, "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may
be made manifest that they are wrought in God." (John 3:20-21)
There were 22 bowls to hold oil for the seven lamps or
candlesticks in the tabernacle. There were three branches on each
side of the shaft, with three bowls to the branch. This would be
six branches, with three bowls to the branch, making 18 on the
branches. With 18 bowls in the candlestick itself and the shaft
having four bowls, that makes 22 bowls in all. "And thou shalt
make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the
candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his
knops, and his flowers, shall be the same. And six branches shall
come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick
out of one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the
other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a
flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the
other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches
that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlestick shall be
four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their
flowers." (Exodus 25:31-34) This would be three times six or 18
bowls in the six branches. "And in the candlestick shall be four
bowls made like unto almonds," This would make 18 bowls in the
branches and four in the candlestick or 22 total. The 22 bowls
held the oil for the lights.
"Ye are the children of light," (I Thessalonians 5:5) When
14, salvation, is added to eight, new birth (conversion - Keith
Hunt) they total 22, for the children of light.
In Acts 22:4-11, Paul was relating what had happened on
the road to Damascus. He said that suddenly a great light shown
round about him and he heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul,
why persecutest thou me? Saul's name occurs the 21st and the 22nd
times in the book of Acts. We find Paul speaking of the great
light, and here it is that Saul became a child of the light.
"that his deeds may be manifest," (John 3:21) This statement has
22 Greek letters and connects the word "manifest" with 22. The
Word of God states, "whatsoever doth make manifest is light."
Priesthood "TWENTY- FOUR"
Twenty-four is the number connected with the priesthood. In
I Chronicles 24:1-9, the 24 divisions of the priesthood are
found. Each group had a chief man as its head. There were 16
chief men of the house of Eleazar, and eight of the house of
Ithamar. (verses 1-4) Eight represents the new birth (conversion
- Keith Hunt) and 16 represents love. A believer priest had to be
born again (converted as under the Old Covenant - Keith Hunt)
with love in his heart if he truly interceded for others. There
are 24 hours in a day; sinful man is interceded for every hour of
the day and night. Aaron wore the breastplate upon his heart, the
seat of love or affection. (Exodus 28:29) The number 23 stands
for death. In I John 5:16, John said, "If any man see his brother
sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall
give him life for them that sin not unto death." Intercession,
death and life are all related.
In Revelation 4:4, John saw 24 elders sitting on 24 seats.
In Revelation 5:8-10 he heard them singing that Christ had
redeemed them (people of the earth - Keith Hunt) by His blood and
had made them kings and priests unto God and Christ Jesus.
Forgiveness of Sins "TWENTY- FIVE
Twenty-five stands for the forgiveness of sins. Jehoiachin,
king of Judah, was pardoned from prison on the 25th day of
the month, "And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year
of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth
month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil
Merodach, king of Babylon in the first year of his reign lifted
up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth
out of prison, And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne
above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, And
changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread
before him all the days of his life." (Jeremiah 52:31-33) King
Jehoiachin was a pardoned sinner. When God forgives a man of his
sins, He deals kindly with him. He takes away his garments of
unrighteousness and clothes him in the righteousness which God
Himself provides. God provides for us all the days of our life.
King Jehoiachin was pardoned on the 25th day of the 12th month.
Here we see number 12, divine authority and power by which man
must be forgiven of his sins, and 25, which stands for
forgiveness of sins. Please notice how the numbers work together.
This took place in the 37th year of Jehoiachin's capacity, the
12th month, on the 25th day. Numbers 12 and 25 add up to 37, the
first number found in the statement. Notice how all this connects
with Mark 2:7, "who can forgive sins but God only?" In the words
"who can forgive sins" there are 25 Greek letters, and in "but
God only" there are 12 Greek letters. We find the number 25,
forgiveness of sins, and number 12, divine authority, by which
sins are forgiven. Altogether there are 37 letters. Here are the
numbers which were found in Jeremiah 52:31-33, in connection with
Jehoiachin's pardon: 37, 12 and 25. Number 25 is the number five,
for grace, plus 20, for redemption, which is 13, for sin, plus
12, for divine authority, by which man's sins are forgiven.
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I
delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how
that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And
that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:1-4) The gospel
is the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In addition
to the good news of His death for our sins, it takes both the
death and resurrection of Jesus to accomplish the good news. When
three, for the resurrection, is added to 23, for death, then the
sum is 26, for the gospel.
Dorcas, or Tabitha, died just after Peter's name occurred in
Acts 9:34-37. Then Peter's name occurs three more times: verses
38, 39, and 40; and he raised Dorcas back to life again. So the
death of Dorcas took place following the 23rd mention of Peter;
then she was raised up again when Peter's name was mentioned the
26th time. This was good news to the disciples.
Proclamation of the Gospel and Prophecy "TWENTY-SEVEN"
Twenty-seven is a number that is somewhat difficult to
determine. What Jesus did give connects this number with the
proclaiming of the gospel and also with prophecy. There is an
element of prophecy in the preaching of the gospel. Prophecy
foretells the future resurrection and the glorification of the
saints of God. As Jesus arose from the dead, so shall the
saints of God arise.
The 27th time Peter's name occurs in the book of Acts is
where he presented Dorcas alive to the disciples, "But Peter put
them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to
the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when
she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted
her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented
her alive." (Acts 9:40-41) Peter's name occurs the 26th time when
he prayed and told Tabitha to arise. She then opens her eyes, and
his name occurs the 27th time when he presents her alive to the
After Jesus was crucified for our sins He arose again, then
the message of the same was proclaimed in Romans 1:15 and 16,
"So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you
that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth." This has 27 Greek words. Paul said to the elders
of the church in Ephesians (Acts 20:28), "Take heed therefore
unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which
he hath purchased with his own blood." This passage also has 27
In Galatians 2:1-2, Paul said, "Then fourteen years after I
went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me
also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them
that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles," There are 27
Greek words in this statement.
In Revelation 13:1, John prophesied of the beast that was to
come having seven heads, ten horns and ten crowns, "and upon his
heads the name of blasphemy." These numbers, 7, 10 and 10, add up
From this it seems that number 27 is connected with the
preaching of the gospel and prophecy. Perhaps God will reveal
more at a later date.
Now is not God THE great arithmetic teacher!!!?
To be continued