One of the best ways to begin to understand God’s number/theme associations is to look at verses where the number you are researching is found multiple times associated with the text (both in the text and in verse numbering). I believe that all the numbers associated with a verse are somehow a clue to its overall interpretation, so when you find multiple like numbers associated with a single verse, the verse text will more obviously give clues to themes for that number. That is, a verse with both chapter and verse number 18 (18:18) will more likely reflect the theme related to #18 in the text than a verse with only chapter or verse of 18 (I.E. 7:18). For this reason, one of my favorite ways to research the theme association with numbers is to look at verses with the same chapter and verse number. In this blog post I’ll use this method to help demonstrate that the number eighteen is very often found associated with things or events about “sin”.
To be fair, I already have deeply studied this #18 theme association, so use the examples I show here to understand the concept of learning about number themes -- don’t assume it is my only basis for associating #18 with sin. For example, here’s my best example of a #18 related sin verse – it is found in Revelation 13:18…
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Using number 666 to see the theme for related #18
The number most often associated with great sin in the Bible is the number of the beast which is “666”. No matter if you think of this number as 666 or 6-6-6 (which some are particular about), how you look at it seems to have no impact to its associated numeric theme. Wherever you find three sixes in the Bible, you will most often find them associated with sin (and sometimes its opposite for every number has both positive and negative associations). #666 is related to #18…
So how am I associating #18 with the number 666? There are hundreds of evidences in Bible numbers, but my favorite to show is this 18th verse of Revelation 13. Not only is the verse number 18 but this also happens to be the Bible’s 1180th chapter which also associates another number eighteen with every verse of the chapter
many different numbers beyond those we are familiar with are associated with every Bible verse so understanding number/verse theme relationships can be complex, but fortunately, the patterns are pretty obvious to understand once you learn how they work.
So this well-known verse at Revelation 13:18 is related to the number of the beast and the number 18 associated with it suggests it might also be associated with number 18?
Once you begin to see the patterns in Biblical numbers, look for relationships of related numbers because closely related numbers have similar themes. In Revelation 13:18 the number 666 can also be seen as 6+6+6 which adds to 18 so this observed relationship could be a clue that their theme relationships are also similar. This related number pattern is so prevalent in scripture that I always examine numbers associated with verses to see how their themes compare. Of course number relationships are just a clue, but these sorts of clues are the kind you want to follow when determining number themes. Let’s look at another number related to both #18 and sin.
One of the best number examples connecting #18 to sin is #36. Thirty-six is related to #18 in that it can be a product of 2x18 or 6x6 (powers or factors of numbers have related themes). There are hundreds of Biblical examples of sin that are found with #36. Some chapter 36 examples related to sin are; Ezekiel chapter 36 – v 31 Israel’s sin…..you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves; Jeremiah chapter 36—v3 "Perhaps the house of Judah will hear all the calamity which I plan to bring on them, in order that every man will turn from his evil way; and Psalm 36 - v1 Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes". There are only nine #36 chapters in the Bible and you will find they all in one form or another relate to sin.
Note that number 36 can also be seen as three sixes -- 6+6+6 (Other examples are 37 being related to 777 and 38 related to 888). I know these at first seem to be contrived number to number relationships, but Bible patterns demonstrate them over and over again.
There’s a lot to absorb in this article, so don’t worry about trusting all these assumptions now, you can verify them for yourself at a later time.
Some of the best clues to observing number 36 is often found related to sin can be seen in Bible verses where the chapter and verse numbers are somehow associated with the numbers three and six. Not only chapter or verse 36 but also to be considered are verses whose chapter and verse are “3:6”. I know this continues to sound more impossible with every paragraph – It may help to remember, I opened this article saying that all the numbers related to a verse help you understand the theme in the text -- so it’s not necessarily how numbers appear as read, but that they exist related to the text (this is a very important consideration when studying Biblical numbers as some Bible translations take the liberty of translating measures such as cubits to feet and yards which corrupts what specific numbers are truly found in the original text).
#36 and original sin in the Bible…Gen 3:6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Genesis 3:6 is the most compelling verse related to sin. It is the verse of original sin that occurred when Eve (and Adam) ate the forbidden fruit. This 3:6 referenced verse helps show the relationship of number 36 (666) to the theme of sin…
…some Bible translations take the liberty of translating measures such as cubits to feet and yards which corrupts what specific numbers are truly found in the original text
Examining the text of 18:18 referenced verses to see their association to sin…
So above, I have associated #18 with the numbers 666 and 36. The remainder of this article shows a selection of 14 of the Bible’s 22 verses that have both chapter and verse number of 18 (18:18). If you desire to view other examples, they are found in the books (Gen, Deu, Exo, Lev, Num, Josh, Judg, 1Sam, 2Sam, 1Kin, 2Kin, 2Chr, Job, Psa, Prov, Jer, Eze, Matt, Luke, John, Act, Rev.).
Before beginning to look over the examples - note that if this is the first time you have seen examples of similar themes in like referenced verses, your first reaction will likely be that the relationship of these verses to “sin” is probably just coincidence. Be discerning, but also use these examples as evidence for a theory instead of them being presented as proof of the Bible’s supernatural numbering. It took me years of observing the preponderance of these patterns before I finally had to conclude they must be real. The only way for anyone to know the truth for themselves is to open your mind to this impossible thing God might have done and examine other evidences of like referenced verses for yourself. The evidence is not difficult to observe for a sincere seeker and might forever change how one thinks of God and Jesus Christ.
Examine these 18:18 verses and observe their "sin" theme...
1Kin 18:18 He said, "…you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and you have followed the Baals.
Judg 18:18 When these went into Micah's house and took the graven image, the ephod and household idols and the molten image…
Rev 18:18 …were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like the great city?'
Eze 18:18 "As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was not good among his people, behold, he will die for his iniquity.
John 18:18 (Peter turned away from Jesus, standing with the officers) Now the slaves and the officers were standing having made a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.
2Sam 18:18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself a pillar which is in the King's Valley, for he said, "I have no son to preserve my name." So he named the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day.
Lev 18:18 (great sin) 'You shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.
Exo 18:18 "You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.
Job 18:18 "He is driven from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world.
Psa 18:18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my stay.
Prov 18:18 The cast lot puts an end to strife And decides between the mighty ones.
Jer 18:18 Then they said, "Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest…Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words."
Matt 18:18 "Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven…
Luke 18:18 (he thought he had no sin) A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
As for the examples not shown here, remember at the beginning of this article I explained the text of each verse is associated with all the numbers related with the verse, so even though I believe the theme for #18 is in every 18:18 verse, the theme may be a bit more difficult to observe in some verses. Don’t expect to comprehend every example.
Only God truly knows his number/theme relationships so you can’t take what I write here as anymore than ideas you can ponder for yourself. Now that you have seen examples of themes in like referenced verses there are thousands of evidences you can use to check this idea out for yourself. Just pick any verse you like and go look at its counterparts. Happy hunting!