Many writers, from the earliest times, have called attention to the importance of the great subject of Number in Scripture. It has been dealt with, for the most part, in a fragmentary way. One has dealt with some particular number, such as "seven"; another has been content with a view of the primary numbers, and even when defining their significance, has given only one or two examples by way of illustration; another has confined himself to "symbolical numbers," such as 10, 40, 666, etc.; another has taken up such symbolical numbers in their relation to chronology or to prophecy; another has collected examples, but has dealt little with their meaning.
There seemed, therefore, to be room, and indeed a call, for a work which would be more complete, embrace a larger area, and at the same time be free from the many fancies which all, more or less, indulge in when the mind is occupied too much with one subject. Anyone who values the importance of a particular principle will be tempted to see it where it does not exist, and if it be not there will force it in, in spite sometimes of the original text. Especially is this the case when chronology is dealt with, the greater uncertainty of dates lending itself more readily to the author's fancy.
The greatest work on this subject, both chronological and numerical, is not free from these defects. But its value is nevertheless very great. It is by the late Dr. Milo Mahan, of New York. His work Palmoni*, which was republished among his collected works, has long been out of print. It greatly increased my interest in this subject, and led me to further study, besides furnishing a number of valuable illustrations.
* Not the anonymous Palmoni by an English author, published in London.
It is too much to hope that the present work should be free from these defects, which are inseparable from human infirmity. From one point of view it is a subject which must prove disappointing, at any rate to the author, for illustrations are continually being discovered; and yet, from another point of view, it would be blasphemy to suppose that such a work could be complete; for it would assume that the wonders of this mine could be exhausted, and that its treasures could be all explored!
I must, therefore, be content with the setting forth of general principles, and with giving a few examples from God's Word which illustrate them, leaving others to extend the application of these principles and search out illustrations of them for themselves.
May the result of this contribution to a great subject be to stimulate the labours of Bible students; to strengthen believers in their most holy faith; and to convince doubters of the Divine perfection and inspiration of the Book of Books, to the praise and glory of God.
Is there anyone out there that hasn't heard that numbers are considered the Language of the Universe? I remember number Messages being sent with space probes because the scientists were sure they could communicate with any possible extra-terrestrials by using numbers.
There's' one thing that numbers have over words, they CAN'T be misinterpreted. A person may describe three dogs in Greek. A dog in Greek might turn out to be a whole different animal by the time it's translated into another language. The listener might get confused as to the type of animal, but he will know there are three of them. A three is always going to be a three.
God is pretty Smart. He knew that we'd have a multitude of languages to confuse ourselves with. He also knew that there would be certain folks who would deliberately try to distort what He says. I guess that's why He talks in words and numbers at the same time. And I might mention here that even with words that are names He sends the same message.
God "talks" in numbers in ALL facets of His Creation. His numbers are behind, words, worlds, the Great Pyramid, the Zodiac, Stonehenge and even the specifics of nature, like the total atomic weight of the first 12 elements.
But God isn't satisfied with just using numbers in parallel with His words. He's made up elaborate schemes of number patterns, as can be seen on my God Counts page. The features of the number seven that occur in Genesis 1:1 are sixteen! ! ! Seven means completion. In the beginning, the Creation was complete.
Ivan Panin worked forty years with just the number designs found in the Bible. He didn't focus on the symbolism as much as the details of the text; how many words, how many vowels, how many names, how many verbs, first, middle and last words, and on and on.
But God still isn't satisfied to stop there. He's also gone to great lengths to give us His message in Gematria. The voluminous and mysterious Cabala is a direct outgrowth of gematria. The numbers that come out of the words through gematria are of a wholly different kind. With each letter having a number value, words also have a number value. After finding out the value of a word or phrase, one can find relationships to God and His Creation.
The phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ" in Greek has a value of 3168. You may remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was the One who actually did the speaking for God when the universe was created. His number, 3168, should be found all over the Creation. It is. The diameter of the solar system is 3168, with lots of zeroes behind it. Put the moon on top of the earth and draw a circle around the two and the same 3168 comes up, 31680 miles. If you've got the right map, you'll find Bethlehem lying on latitude 31.68 degrees north. You can find some more by going to my Gematria page.
Don Kistler is the author, he says, "Penned by", of "The Arithmetic of God", printed in 1976.
Don Kistler is up just a level above Ivan Panin. Mr. Kistler uses the numbers that appear in the text in relation with other known numbers. After the number table below, I've included the last study found in "The Arithmetic of God." Just by using the numbers connected to the circumcision of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael, many connections are made with Abraham's immediate family.
Although this number study looks like the other number table on this site, it carries the symbolic numbers to a different place. In most cases the meanings of the numbers will be the same or similar to those on my other Number Table. But there is an added dimension to this study.
The numbers found in the Bible always have symbolic meaning. If you don't know what the meaning is of a particular number, you can go to scripture, find the number, and see how it relates to the plain text. It might be related to war, or division, or departure. The context will tell you.
But please note that numbers are often related to more than one concept. The number Seventeen is said to stand for Victory. The number Three is related to Resurrection. Now, certainly, Jesus' resurrection on the 17th day of the month was a Victory, but the number seventeen can surely be connected to the idea of resurrection, just like the number three.
Just to give you a feel for finding the meaning of a number, let's look up war. Exodus 14:7 has Pharaoh's army coming after the Israelites. "600 chariots." Judges 18:7-11 tells about an armed force from the tribe of Dan going to conquer Laish. "600 soldiers." How many Benjamite soldiers escaped death in Judges 20:46-47? "600." How heavy was Goliath's spear head in shekels of iron? "600." What number symbolizes war?, 600. Did I remember correctly that it was the 600 Light Brigadiers that charged into the valley of death? And that's not eveninthe Bible! BACK
When using Don Kistler's study, we also have to bring in a few other aspects, besides a number's symbolic meaning. We have to consider how many letters are in any certain word or passage. We have to consider how many words are contained in a passage. We can also look at how many times a word is used in a passage OR in a book OR from Genesis 1:1 to the place we're reading.
Regarding the numbers themselves, we can use many different processes on them. We can use addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, of course, but we can also add up from one to our number and get a total. For instance, all the numbers from one to 13 (sin) add up to 91 (casting out). The same can be done with multiplication. The total in that case would be 6,227,020,800. I don't know if any of these Biblical numbers and combinations go as far as square roots or logarithms. I'm plenty satisfied with simple addition.
While preparing this material for my radio show, I changed my mind. I had decided not to include the whole text of Rev. 17:9-14, but just to give it good mention. When I realized had I'd decided it would be better if you heard the reference, I stopped timing my reading. I made the appropriate notes at the proper spots on the paper, got open my Bible to Rev 17, and got the page number to put on the paper (so I'd have easy reference later). Now I drew a divider after "Rev 17:9-14" out to the margin. I wanted a place to note the time the insertion started and ended. The stopwatch said 17 minutes, 9 seconds, and 23 hundredths.
I dutifully went to the divider in the margin and noted on top 17:09. I then decided to double-check the spot in the chapter to start reading. In glancing from the 9 to the chapter heading, 17, I was reminded of the symbolic meaning of 17. Victory. I thought it would be OK to take a minute out of my prep to check the text to see if it related to "Victory." Sure enough, verse 14 ends with the victory of the Lamb over the Anti-Christ. That was neat. Small, but neat.
I took another moment to put the 9 and the 14 together. If you look on the number table, you'll see that 23 is the number of death. And that works easily two ways. 17victory, over 23death (at Jesus coming) or 17victory, results in 23death of the AC. This was all very interesting and provocative to further study, but I had to get back to the timing. So with 17, 9-14 and 23 fresh in my mind, I went to the stopwatch to continue. AND GOT STOPPED COLD! ! ! There it was again.
I just looked at the watch again, for the 8th time. It still says, 17:0923.
One last detail. As a result of our 17, we'll get 9-fruit of the Spirit AND 14-salvation/deliverance. But there's more confirmation in adding these two numbers consecutively. Adding all the numbers from one to nine equals 45-inheritance. That's another thing that comes out of this 17victory. Adding 14 consecutively totals 105-calling on the name of the Lord, which is how we get 14salvation.
Let me remind you of 600war. Even though 6 and 600 are buried in the passage, they don't cross the line and show up in the figuring we just did. This is not random. The message here is not the details about the AC's ascendancy or actions. It's a message of deliverance, salvation, victory over evil and death, when we call on God. He gives us an inheritance. It's not about war, or idol worship in Egypt or how big to make the ark.
How many coincidences make a fact? How did it happen that not only did all the symbolism of the chapter and verse numbers confirm and enhance the plain text, and even more enhancement was found by adding the numbers more than one way, but that these exact same numbers showed up on my stopwatch; which deals in 100ths of a second! ! !??? It didn't say 17:0915, or 17:0925, or 17:0938. It said, and still does, (I just looked again. That's 12 times now) 17:0923.
Don't try to figure the odds of my stopwatch not stopping even a second and a half earlier or later. That would have been easy to put down to coincidence. "Oh look. The 17's match." The neat confirmation of the text would still be valid, but they show me God in the Bible. They don't show me God in MY life. Paul saw a lot of God in his study of the Torah. Then God gave him something a little more personal. I can't imagine Paul putting his vision, blindness and healing down to coincidence. Neither will I count my stopwatch freezing those numbers on the screen as a coincidence. It was God. It IS God. If you liked that story, there' are two more at Jack Edward And The Night Visitor, and A Jesus Christ New Year.
Now let's see if I can get back on track with Rev 17:9-14
This study is a bit more convoluted. It will help a lot if we find and read Rev 17:9-14 first. As we go through the passage, be aware of the numbers that go by and that one, for the woman, one for the other, and 600, for "war", are two numbers that are implied.
17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven head are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
17:10 And there are seven kings; five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
17:13 These have I mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen and faithful.
Mr. Kistler comments, "Now let's find out about the numbers; seven heads, seven mountains, one woman, seven kings and five that are fallen, one is and one is not yet come, and eight the beast that was and is not and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. Ten horns, ten kings, one hour, and hath one mind and give their power to the beast, 600, (substituted for the word) "war" with the Lamb. That totals 666, the number of the BEAST.
7,7,1,7,5,1,1,8,7,10, 10,1,1,600. These numbers add to 666!
"Notice the numbers five, eight and ten. These numbers correspond in the order in which they are found in the list. There are 14 numbers in the list which I just gave you and they all add up to 666. The fifth one is five, the eighth one is eight, and the tenth one is ten. These three numbers -- five, eight and ten -- add up to 23, which has been found to be the number for DEATH.
"The 14th time the BEAST is mentioned, in Rev 13:15, corresponds with the numbers in the list which add up to 666. The numbers that correspond with themselves -- five, eight, and ten -- add up to 23, the number for death, the penalty in verse 15 for not worshipping the image of the beast."
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Fourteen mention of "beast", fourteen numbers in Rev 17 list, "23death" connected to both passages. Now we can move on to the table. In the References section, many of the references in Kistler's book had to be left out. I wanted to give you more than one reference when possible, and some of the references take a few lines to get all the way through. This is because the numbers relate to many different verses at the same time. You'll see that kind of thing in the end study of Abraham's family. So please know that the references that don't quite satisfy are only the best ones for fit, and that there are lists of verses and passages that could have been mentioned.
I also need to remind you that some of the connections are made by how many letters, words, or times a word or name is used. I hope it won't be confusing for you.