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God's Numbers #1

The Eternal is a Mathematician



                 WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY

                        Keith Hunt






     How the Eternal God uses NUMBERS in Scripture is both
fascinating  and  edifying.  It was many years ago that I was in
a small store in some small town in the USA, I do not even
remember where now. In this store they had a swivel rack of
"inspirational" books. I was turning it around and looking to see
if there was any book that would catch my eye, and yes there was.
It was called THE ARITHMETIC OF GOD. As I perused its contents I
knew I had found a little bit of gold. I may not turn to it in my
library today as much as many other reference books I have. It is
not a hard back book. It is not large and thick like many
reference books I have on the Bible, but wow does it contain some
stunning pages on the INSPIRATION of the Bible, and one proof
that there is a GOD in heaven above. 
     How God uses NUMBERS in Scripture is MIND-NUMBING !!  

     I do not know if this book is still in print. Here is the
address inside the book for those who may like to try to obtain
it. It was Copyrighted in 1976. It is in my estimation far
superior to Bullinger's Numbers in Scripture, that some may have.

     The Arithmetic of God, P.O.Box 573, Kings Mountain, North
Carolina 28086


Quote from pages 74-76


                   Salvation or Deliverance
                         "FOURTEEN"

     Fourteen is the number for salvation or
deliverance...Thirteen represents sin, and the next number is 14,
representing salvation or deliverance from sin. In Colossians
1:13, the Greek words which are translated "Who hath delivered
us"......there are 14 Greek letters.......Then the words, "from
the power of darkness," have 23 letters, and 23 is the number for
death, as we shall explain later..........Israel was saved or
delivered from Egyptian bondage on the 14th day of the
month........"In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is
the Lord's Passover" (Lev.23:5). This shows that 14 is connected
with deliverance, or the saving of the house of Israel.

     In Jeremiah 33:1, the Lord came to the prophet Jeremiah the
second time while he was shut up in prison.  From the opening of
this chapter to the 15th verse, the Lord uses "Praise God" and
the personal pronoun "I" concerning Himself 14 times.  Then said
He, "In those days shall Judah be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell
safely."  Jeremiah 33:15-16 reads, "In those days, and at that
time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto
David; and He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the
land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall
dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called,
'The Lord Our Righteousness.' "
     The word "Saved" follows right after the Lord used the word
"I" the 14th time!!  Please count for yourself and see if it is
right!........

     By reading Acts 27:33-44, you will see that Paul and all the
ship with him were saved from the storm and the sea on the 14th
say of the storm. This didn't just happen; God brought it to
pass, because 14 stands for salvation.........

     There was a difference of 14 years between Ishmael, who Paul
said was born after the flesh, and Isaac, whom Paul said was a
child of promise (Gal.4:23; 4:28; Gen.16:16; 21:5). The number 14
stands for salvation, and salvation makes the difference between
those in the flesh and the children of God who are the children
of promise.

     Romans 10:13 states, "For whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved."  Take number 14, salvation, then add
one through 14 and the total is 105.  In Genesis 4:26, it is
stated that when Enoch was born "then began men to call upon the
name of the Lord."  In Genesis 5:6 is seen that number 105 is
connected with the birth of Enoch........ 

     There is a passage of scripture that all children of God
delight in quoting as evidence of their salvation. That passage
is, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren" (1 John 3:14).  This passage has 14 Greek
words. The statement, "Who shall tell thee words whereby thou and
thou house shall be saved" (Acts 11:14) has 14 Greek words. 
These are not isolated passages, but many other examples could be
shown.

     In Galatians 1:13-14, Paul speaks of his former bondage to
the law.  In Galatians 1:15-16 he tells us about salvation.
Following this is the opening of the next chapter and he speaks
about going to Jerusalem. Paul said, "Then fourteen years after I
went 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."  You see 14 years
and Acts 15:1-10 show that his trip was made to confer with the
Apostles and Elders concerning the question of circumcision being
essential to salvation........

     If you'll read Luke 22:4; 23:46; and then read 1 Cor.11:23,
you'll see Christ observed the Passover in the evening, of the
morning of the same day as He was crucified.......The Passover
was in the evening of the 14th day. Christ kept the Passover
in the evening of the 14th day and was crucified the morning of
the same day, and before the day ended He had died.......

End of Quote

     Ah yes, even in the numbers God uses in His Scriptures we
have proof that the people of Israel were SAVED under the BLOOD
OF THE LAMB from DEATH the night of the 14TH NOT THE NIGHT OF THE
15TH, as the death angel PASSED OVER the houses to slay all the
first born in Egypt.  This took place on the night of the 14th,
not the 15th. Salvation is represented by the number 14 !!  

     Now let's move on to the number 15.

Quote from pages 77- 79

                           Rest
                         "FIFTEEN"

     Fifteen is the number for the rest of the believer. When we
obtain salvation from sin we rest in Christ.........The feast of
the unleavened bread began on the 15th day and ran for seven
days. On the first of these days, which was on the 15th day, they
rested from work..........

     Galatians 1:13-14, Paul tells of his former bondage to the
law, and in the next three verses he tells of his salvation and
his trip to Arabia and back to Damascus. In the next verse, he
said, "Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see
Peter, and abode with him fifteen days."  In Gal.1:18 the number
THREE is found, and the number 15 occurs three times.  There are
exactly 15 Greek words in this statement. There are 15 days, and
in the words "fifteen days" there are exactly 15 Greek
letters........First, there are 15 days; second, there are 15
words in the sentence; and, third, there are 15 letters in the
words "fifteen days."..........
     Grace brings the rest which is in Jesus.  Five has been
shown to be the number for grace.  Add the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
and the sum is 15, the number for rest.
     Our resurrection will usher the saints into our eternal
rest.  Multiply five, grace, by three, resurrection, and the
product will be 15, representing rest........

     The name Noami is mentioned the 15th time in the book of
Ruth (Ruth 3:1). And the 15th time it is connected with rest. 
"Then Noami her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I
not seek rest for thee, that it may be well will thee?"  This
rest came to Ruth through the kinsman, Boaz.  The word "kinsman"
is found 15 times in the book of Ruth...........The book of Ruth
is rich in Bible numbers as well as other things........

End of quote 

     The number 50 has great meaning and is used by the Lord in
His word to represent SPIRIT and FREEDOM!
     Let's go back once more to our book THE ARITHMETIC OF GOD
and learn about the number 50.

Quote from pages 128-131

     The next number is a precious one to me, it is
50........Fifty is the number connected with the Spirit, Holy
Spirit and a Jubilee. The Spirit was poured out at the first
Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus.
     The word "Pentecost" means 50. "And ye shall count unto you
from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought
the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number
FIFTY days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the
Lord."  That's Lev.23:15,16.
     ............The sheaf of the firstfruits on the morrow after
the Sabbath, of the first day of the week as in Lev.23:10-11,
represents....Jesus.  "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and
become the firstfruits of them that slept."  That's 1 Cor.15:20..
     .......the firstfruits were waved before the Lord on the
first of the week or on the morrow after the Sabbath. That's of
course, in Lev.23:10,11.
     
     Now let's go to the Court of the Tabernacle.  The court of
the Tabernacle was 50 cubits wide.  "The length of the Court
shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth FIFTY every where,
and the height five cubits of fine twined linen." That is Exodus
27:18.  Here is seen the number five, for Grace, 50, for the
Spirit, Who is called the "Spirit of Grace" in Hebrews 10:29 ?
     It will be seen that 100 stands for the children of Promise
or the Elect...........

     Let's take JUBILEE now.  Israel had what is called the year
of Jubilee every 50 years.........Lev.25:8-10.  This year of
JUBILEE, in which every man returned unto his own possession, is
a picture of the reign of Jesus and His saints, when all Israel
shall return to its possessions and the ransomed of the Lord
shall return and come to Zion with songs of everlasting joy. I'd
say that meant JUBILEE.......That's Isaiah 35:10.
     Here is the word "ransomed" so that meant "redeemed" and it
is connected with Israel's return of JUBILEE. Then when 20, the
number for redemption, is multiplied by 50, the number of years
connected with the year of JUBILEE, the product is 1000, the
number of years in the Millennium reign as in Revelation 20:4-6.
The blowing of the trumpet was connected with the year of JUBILEE
and the returning of the people to their possessions.  
     "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall
beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt,
and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. And
it shall come to pass in that day, that the GREAT TRUMPET shall
be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the
land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall
worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem."  That's Isaiah
27:12, 13.  
     " Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which
caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I
have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of
them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from
them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel,
saith the Lord God."  That's Ezekiel 39:28,29.

     From this it is to be seen that there is to be an outpouring
of the Spirit on Israel bringing great joy.  We find that in 1
Peter 1:1 and in 1 Thes.1:6.  This is why the number 50 is
connected both with the Holy Spirit and the year of Jubilee.  In
the year of Jubilee they were to proclaim liberty throughout all
the land.  In 2 Cor.3:17 we read, "where the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is liberty."

     The word of God tells us that creation shall be delivered
from the Bondage into the glorious liberty of the children of
God.  See Rom.8:21.  Israel shall also have rest from her bondage
in the glorious year of Jubilee, or the 1000 year reign.  See
Isa. 14:1-3........

End of quote


     That is just a sample of how God uses numbers in His word.
There is  MUCH much more, but that will have to wait for another
article at another time.

                       ..............

Written May 1997


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