Monday, July 06, 2009

Evidence for inspired chapter/verse numbers: The 144,000

There's tons of evidence in the Bible that demonstrates God has actually inspired chapter and verse numbers assigned to scripture--a claim we would imagine impossible since history says these were arbitrarily assigned back in the 14-1500s as an aid for us to reference the text. Little were we aware that even though men thought they were doing this, God was silently working to make sure everything in the Bible was being prepared exactly as he intended.

This is just one evidence of 1000s so I'm only presenting it as such and not expecting anyone to believe inspiration of verse references because of this example. But I am presenting it to hopefully get your interest through fun examples.

Note that Revelation 14:3 mentions the 144,000 as the only ones who could learn the song being taught. This sets up the next verse to describe the 144,000 and is the best description of them in the Bible. Note the verse reference:

Rev 14:3 one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. Rev 14:4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.

Did you see the verse reference that is evidence for God inspired chapter and verse reference numbers? Do you think it coincidence the reference is 14:4 (144)? Of course, it could be, but the preponderance of so many evidences like this overwhelm our ability to dismiss this miracle as happenstance.

God is Good. Look at the following additional examples and note how the numbers in the text just happen to line up perfectly with chapter and verse references. Note that in Hebrew numbers, the order of the digits was not important when calculating the number meanings of things--thus 24 is the same as 42 and 26 the same as 62.

Gen 7:2 "You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female;

2Kin 2:24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number.

Dan 9:26 "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

The Bible is precise and God inspired for all of it's 31,102 verses and 1189 chapters. Nothing out of order, nothing missing, nothing added and all references have direct symbolic relationship with the text.

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