Wednesday, December 15, 2010

#6, #66 and #666 - numbers of sin, repentance, evil, and wickedness

#666 - a number of great sin and repentance

The Bible’s number 6 is found related to sin and repentance from sin. One good evidence for this theme can be found in Joshua, the 6th book of the Bible, that shows Israel finally prepared to accept God’s ways and enter the promised land -- repenting. I often refer to #6 as the “crossing over” number as there are many references to crossing over in text related to number six. In Joshua, Israel crossed over the Jordan and in Genesis 6 God was finished with man and sin and began preparing Noah and his family for crossing over (the flood) to save them from sin. Crossing over water is symbolic of redemption. #666 can be seen as a super six number and is often found related to evil. For some evidences of the theme of #6, consider the following few examples of the Bible's 42 verses with chapter and verse number of 6:6. I contend it is no coincidence these verses and their text are associated to #6 and #66...

Gen 6:6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

Exo 6:6 "… 'I am the LORD…I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
Num 6:6 'All the days of his separation to the LORD he shall not go near to a dead person.
Judg 6:6 So Israel was brought very low because of Midian, and the sons of Israel cried to the LORD.
Neh 6:6 …"It is reported among the nations...that you and the Jews are planning to rebel...
Est 6:6 …And Haman said to himself, "Whom would the king desire to honor more than me?"
Psa 6:6 I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim....
Jer 6:6 …"...cast up a siege against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished
Eze 6:6 "all your dwellings, cities will become waste and the high places will be desolate...
Mrk 6:6 And He wondered at their unbelief..
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him… that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
Heb 6:6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance

If you can imagine the above verses and how they might be related to sin and repentance, now consider the more intense number for the same themes - #666.

The 666th verses of Bible books show the theme of 666 to evil and repentance

Of course, we know 666 is a number for evil and sin as seen in the verse - Revelation 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. But there is much more evidence  to be found for the theme of #666. With the above verses of the Bible showing a relationship of number six to sin and repentance, consider the following examples where #666 is related to even more intense sin and repentance – often evil and wickedness.

There are 22 verses in the Bible that have a cross book verse number of #666, and like so many other number patterns in the Bible, this set of related verses reveals a consistent theme of the number six to which they are associated. These are the 666th verses of their respective books. I’ve only shown a few of the best examples, but if you investigate further you will find the pattern continues in one form or another throughout all 22 of these very interesting verses.

Deu 25:11 "If …a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one…puts out her hand and seizes his genitals

1Sam 25:17 …for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man…
1Kin 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink…he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees (scared to death)
Job 29:3 His light I walked through darkness;
Jer 27:16 …they are prophesying a lie...
Matt 20:18 "…the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death,
Mrk 16:8 They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them
Act 19:4 Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

These above evidence verses are not designed to convince, but rather peak your curiosity to consider the possibility of the miracle of God’s divine numbering in the Bible – and in the world. You can’t experience this in a deep way without doing your own exploring in scripture. The easiest way to begin to investigate the theme for #6 and #666 is to ponder the overall theme of chapter sixes in the Bible and see how they relate to the concepts of sin and redemption.

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