Monday, March 28, 2011

Bible's Amazing #22/#14 patterns in the text about Jesus servant and King

#14 and #22 together reveal verses that reference God/The LORD twice…
There are several of the Bible’s numbers that appear to be directly symbolic of Jesus Christ, but the ones that I find most obvious are numbers fourteen and twenty-two. This post is about how these numbers both are symbolic of two aspects of Jesus and how, when they are found together in chapter and verse references , there is most always a double reference in the verse text to God, Kings, or other Jesus types in the Bible. For example Genesis 22:14 refers to the LORD twice in the text; one associated with the symbolism for #22 and the other associated with symbolism for #14. “Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.". Another example is 2Samuel 22:14 where we see two different references to Jesus - “Again, "The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice”. There are many examples like these found in the Bible’s 22:14 verses.  Before showing this 14/22 symbolic relationship, we must first get an idea of the symbolism of the numbers by themselves.

Number fourteen (14) – Jesus the King
Number fourteen appears about Jesus the King as it is so often found with scriptures about Jesus the ruler and maker of all. Revelation 14:1 gives us a clue to this aspect of Jesus – “Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads”.In another set of examples,  Melchizedek is considered a Jesus type in the Bible, if not a direct reference to Jesus, and we find Melchizedek, King of Salem, associated with fourteen in many different verses where is name is found – Genesis chapter 14 refers to him - v18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. Hebrews chapter 7 refers to Melchizedek in five separate verses (more than any other chapter) and this appears (not coincidentally) in the 1140th (14 related) chapter of the Bible. Psalm 110:4 (14) also mentions Melchizedek - "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek".  Another evidence for #14 is the fourteen generations mentioned three times in Matthew chapter 1 as proof for Jesus being the Messiah. Of course, fourteen is the number for Passover which refers to the messiah passing over those that call on his name - Lev 23:5 'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover. A last compelling set of examples are found in the Bible’s 14:14 verses of which many contain double references to the LORD - 1Kings 14:14 "Moreover, the LORD will raise up for Himself a king over Israel…”. Watch anything related to #14 in the Bible and you are likely to see some type of symbolism to Jesus the King or other types of Kings or things claiming to be king.
Number twenty-two (22) – Jesus the servant
Twenty-two seems most often symbolic of Jesus the servant, who came down to earth as a man to deliver his people from bondage.The number twenty-two is found 10 times in the Bible and is most often in reference about the reign of Kings;  the years reigned; the age when one became a king; or other 22 numbers associated with a Kingdom - 1Kin 14:20 The time that Jeroboam reigned was twenty-two years… Other than these textual references to twenty-two, the overwhelming evidence relating twenty-two with Jesus and Christ types in the Bible are found in the association of book, chapter, verse and other biblical number references. I understand if you are skeptical of such possibly contrived associations, but if you examine the preponderance of evidence, the association is very difficult to dismiss. One of the best set of verses that are more obviously not contrived examples are the Bible’s 22:22 verses (18 total) – here are some of them; Num 22:22 the angel of the LORD took his stand in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him; Joshua  22:22 "The Mighty One, God, the LORD, the Mighty One, God, the LORD!; Isaiah 22:22 "Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder; Ezekiel 22:22 …you will know that I, the LORD, have poured out My wrath on you.' "; Luke 22:22 the Son of Man is going as it has been determined;  Psalm 22:22 I will tell of Your name to my brethren;  and Acts 22:22 they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he should not be allowed to live!". Other of the best examples of number twenty-two in reference to Jesus or Jesus types are; Genesis chapter 22 where Abraham took his only son Isaac up the mountain as a sacrifice; Lamentations which is the 22nd full book of the Bible (IE 1-2 Kings count as a single book)  about the lamenting of the Lord – it has 5 chapters with verse counts of 22,22,66,22,22; and Revelation chapter 22 which is the last chapter of the Bible very specifically about Jesus, -  Rev 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Watch chapter and verses throughout scripture for the number 22 and I think you will observe the association.
When 22 and 14 are found together we see evidence of both aspects of Jesus in a single verse
The Bible’s 22:14 verses (21 total) are good evidence for both the symbolism of #22 and #14, as well as for the DNA like structure that demonstrates chapter and verse number have direct relationship to the context of the text associated with them. The below list shows all 21 of these verses. In them you will overwhelmingly find evidences of double references to Jesus, God or kings of one kind or another. What makes these verses such good examples are their repeated double references to God. These double references are apparently there to satisfy the symbolism for both chapter and verse that are numbers for God. The first example is very clear – The text for Genesis 22:14 has references to “the LORD will provide” and to “the mount of the LORD”. You can see where the LORD providing is more of a reference to Jesus the servant and the mount of the LORD more of a reference to Jesus the King. Both the symbolism for 22 and 14 are found in the text.
The Bible’s text reveals this pattern well, so I’ll let the verse text speak for itself - examine the list of verses below  Note: Even though some verses are not obvious examples of the double reference, I’ve included every 22:14 verse so you can observe the preponderance of the number of times the double references are found. As I often mention – these are not provided as proofs of the Bible’s DNA like divine numbering, but hopefully are evidences that will make you wonder enough to consider the miracle God has done in his Amazing Word.
The Bible’s 22:14 verses
Gen 22:14 Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided."
Exo 22:14 "If a man borrows anything from his neighbor, and it is injured or dies while its owner is not with it, he shall make full restitution.
Lev 22:14 'But if a man eats a holy gift unintentionally, then he shall add to it a fifth of it and shall give the holy gift to the priest.
Num 22:14 The leaders of Moab arose and went to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us."
Deu 22:14 and charges her with shameful deeds and publicly defames her, and says, 'I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,'
Josh 22:14 and with him ten chiefs, one chief for each father's household from each of the tribes of Israel; and each one of them was the head of his father's household among the thousands of Israel.
1Sam 22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king and said, "And who among all your servants is as faithful as David, even the king's son-in-law, who is captain over your guard, and is honored in your house?
2Sam 22:14 "The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice.
1Kin 22:14 But Micaiah said, "As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I shall speak."
2Kin 22:14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe
1Chr 22:14 "Now behold, with great pains I have prepared for the house of the LORD 100,000 talents of gold and… I have prepared, and you may add to them.
Job 22:14 'Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot see; And He walks on the vault of heaven.'
Psa 22:14 I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.
Prov 22:14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it.
Isa 22:14 But the LORD of hosts revealed Himself to me, "Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you Until you die," says the Lord GOD of hosts.
Jer 22:14 Who says, 'I will build myself a roomy house With spacious upper rooms…'
Eze 22:14 "Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken and will act.
Matt 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
Luke 22:14 When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.
Act 22:14 "And he said, 'The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Amazing patterns from God's Word--#66 Book Verses and sin/evil

There's no one example that is totally convincing the Bible is divinely numbered and structured, but this example of the 66th verse of Bible books comes pretty close - don't take my examples as proofs, but rather as evidence to ponder of what I refer to as "The Bible's Numeric Map"...

The DNA like structure of the Bible seems perfect in every way. Every number has a consistent symbolism, and the symbolism of numbers associated with every verse is related to meaning in the text. The symbolism for #6 is related to sin and our need to repent from it, and #66 (two sixes) very often relates to text to extreme sin. (note, every number has both positive and negative textual symbolism and in these examples I'm showing the negative examples of #66 verses).

There are 52 books of the Bible that have a 66th verse - that is, the 66th verse from the first verse of the Book which gives us just 52 verses in the Bible that have a cross book verse number of 66. The patterns found related to these book verses often reveal examples very strong sin. These examples seem very obvious but we are not aware of them because book verse numbers are not printed in our Bible's today....maybe someday they will be.

To keep this example fairly straight-forward, consider that #66 is has a symbolism related to strong sin, and then examine the following 26 verse examples of 66th verses of books of the Bible to see if you agree there seems to be a pattern of relationship between the book verse number and the text. The 26 other #66 verses also show relationship to this theme, but I've chosen to show the most obvious examples to make a more clear point.

If you imagine these are contrived examples, consider that I can't contrive what verses happen to be the 66th ones of every book, and it's terribly unlikely such strong examples of sin in the Bible just happen to so often line up on this sin related verse number. Also consider that many of these verses are very well known - it seems God has intentionally highlighted special verses in scripture with numbers that confirm and reveal the meaning in the text. Read the below highlighted list over a couple of times to observe the pattern I am proposing exists, and then consider if God might have done this intentionally? I think the evidence will make you wonder! God is truly Amazing!

Judg 3:7 The sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals…
Mic 5:12 "I will cut off sorceries from your hand, And you will have fortune-tellers no more.
Zech 5:8 Then he said, "This is Wickedness!"
Matt 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
John 2:15 ...He made a scourge of cords, and drove them out of the temple, …
Act 2:40 …"Be saved from this perverse generation!"
Rom 3:5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God
1Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. …
Gal 3:21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be!
Philp 3:6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church;
1The 5:5 … We are not of night nor of darkness;
Heb 4:15 …but One who has been tempted in all things as we are…
1Pet 3:16 … those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
1Joh 4:3 …every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the antichrist, of which you have heard is coming, and now is in the world
Rev 3:17 …you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
Gen 3:10 …I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."
Exo 3:19 "But I know that the king of Egypt will not permit you to go
2Sam 3:7 …"Why have you gone in to my father's concubine?"
2Kin 3:23 ……they have slain one another. Now therefore, Moab, to the spoil!"
Job 4:5 "…you are impatient; It touches you, and you are dismayed.
Prov 3:11 …do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near
Jer 3:10 "Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me
Neh 4:3 …"...what they are building--if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!"
Amo 5:7 …those who turn justice into wormwood And cast righteousness down to the earth."
Mrk 2:21 "No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; otherwise the patch pulls away…

You might be wondering - does every book verse pattern relate to the meaning in the text? Every one I've looked at does, and it it wouldn't be like God to have anything but perfection found in his word. I always look at Bible book verse number patterns when trying to understand the symbolism for a number. I don't always understand the patterns of numbers and text, but they occur so frequently they cannot be dismissed as coincidence. Watch the patterns as you study your own Bible and you might be surprised. Begin by picking a low number such as #22 and watch verse number 22s as you read them in your own study - see if you don't see some pretty strong symbolism that seems often to refer to Jesus, the suffering servant who came to teach us and redeem us - the symbolism for #22.

Friday, March 18, 2011

3/18/2011 - Investigating the pattern of 3:18 verses

As I have mentioned in other posts, like referenced verses have similar themes running through them, but they are not always fully obvious to observe. Thinking of today's date "3/18/2011" I thought I would check out the Bible's 3:18 verses (43 in all) to try and observe the pattern. I believe I see a pattern emerging but not so sure I can yet explain it. Since it was about today's date, rather than save further study for another day, I thought I would put it up as a post in case others might want to look for themselves. This is a work in progress.

Remember that every number and pattern has at least two sides to it - a positive and a negative side. I have divided examples of these groupings below.

Pattern of the positive side: appears to be the salvation of Israel. The pattern of number 318 shows itself in this and other places to be likely related to #39 (3 & 1+8) which is a number I believe is related to Israel who has yet to complete their 40 years of wandering before they enter the promised land (40-1=39). The verses seem to speak of how the Lord has finished the task of saving his people - it was done by his work on the cross as was promised long before it happened.

Pattern of the negative side: Appears to be about the judgment to those who have ignored and who do not obey the Lord. The ones who have turned their back on him. Seems to represent Israel and others who rejected Jesus, the Son of God who gave his life as a sacrifice for our sin. In an type of opposite to the positive side, this negative side seems like a final decision/judgment to those who turn away.

As I mention, the study of the pattern of 3:18 verses remains a work in progress. I invite you to examine the verses for yourself to see if you observe a pattern.  I have not looked at them yet, but you should find similar pattern's in any 318 type number - look at 31:8, 18:3, and other combinations of the number.

Making things Complete—Finishing a purchase

Ruth 3:18 Then she said, "Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today."

1Pet 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, {the} just for {the} unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

Exo 3:18 "They will pay heed to what you say; and you with the elders of Israel will come to the king of Egypt and you will say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. So now, please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.'

Act 3:18 "But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.

Judg 3:18 It came about when he had finished presenting the tribute, that he sent away the people who had carried the tribute.

Deu 3:18 "Then I commanded you at that time, saying, 'The LORD your God has given you this land to possess it; all you valiant men shall cross over armed before your brothers, the sons of Israel.

Jer 3:18 "In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together from the land of the north to the land that I gave your fathers as an inheritance.

Zep 3:18 "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, {O Zion;} {The} reproach {of exile} is a burden on them.

Dan 3:18 "But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."

1Sam 3:18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, "It is the LORD; let Him do what seems good to Him."

2Sam 3:18 "Now then, do it! For the LORD has spoken of David, saying, 'By the hand of My servant David I will save My people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.' "

Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.

Rev 3:18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.

Hab 3:18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

2Kin 3:18 'This is but a slight thing in the sight of the LORD; He will also give the Moabites into your hand.

Joel 3:18 And in that day The mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from the house of the LORD To water the valley of Shittim.

Prov 3:18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

2Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

2Pet 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Eph 3:18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

Jam 3:18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

2The 3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


Job 3:18 "The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.

Heb 3:18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient?

Mal 3:18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Eze 3:18 "When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.

Philp 3:18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, {that they are} enemies of the cross of Christ,

1Cor 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.

Gen 3:18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field;

Nahm 3:18 Your shepherds are sleeping, O king of Assyria; Your nobles are lying down. Your people are scattered on the mountains And there is no one to regather them.

Ecc 3:18 I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts."

Isa 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments,

Lam 3:18 So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the LORD."

Let me know if you see a pattern that I don't or even if you don't think there is a pattern here at all!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

#17 Bible pattern related to; cleansing--judgment--flood--blood--water--rain--cutting off--raising up

Just because it is the occasion of the 17th of the month, I thought I would offer some evidences of the many verses and numbers of the Bible that show the relationship of #17 to judgment; such as the Ark of Noah that both was risen and came to rest on the 17th of the month - often found in #17 numbered verses. Throughout the Bible we find #17 related to these themes such as it related to "the life of the flesh is in the blood".

Below is a table that shows #17 related verses and numbers associated with them; the cross-Bible verse number (BV); the cross-Bible chapter number (BC); the cross-book verse numbers(BKV) and the book, chapter and verse numbers.Observe the text along with the numbers and see if you don't wonder if there is a pattern to be seen in the Bible's numbers related to seventeen.

Note that the Bible's gematria of numbers will relate numbers such as 107, 71, 117 and others as #17 related.

BV BC BKV BCV Verse Text
7 1 7 Gen 1:7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
17 1 17 Gen 1:17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
171 7 171 Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened.
177 7 177 Gen 7:17 Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.
188 8 188 Gen 8:4 In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.
1707 57 174 Exo 7:21 The fish that {were} in the Nile died, and the Nile became foul, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. And the blood was through all the land of Egypt.
3247 107 501 Lev 17:11 'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'
4322 137 717 Num 20:10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the rock. And he said to them, "Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?"
15111 555 1171 Psa 77:17 The clouds poured out water; The skies gave forth a sound; Your arrows flashed here and there.
17117 653 716 Prov 25:3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
17171 655 770 Prov 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
17174 655 773 Prov 27:4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?
22549 890 17 Jnah 1:17 And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bible's verses point to historic event of Israel approved to become a nation

On November 29, 1947 (11/29/47), in an historic event, the UN voted to create the nation of Israel. On this date, Israel was approved to become a nation – an event that was prophesied by God, more than 2000 years before, to one day occur. The people of Israel would not actually declare their independence until the next year on May 14, 1948 and did not finally take over Jerusalem until June 7, 1967 at the end of the 6 day war – 6 days they fought and the 7th day they rested (67) – occurred on 6/7/1967 (written about in other blog posts).

The number 29 in the Bible is very consistently related to the symbolism of the return of the Lord when he comes to free his people. As impossible as it sounds, the Bible’s DNA like perfection in numbering reveals that chapter and verse numbers of the Bible can be taken together to have a direct correspondence to messages contained in the text. I often look for common patterns in like referenced verses to understand a number’s symbolism. Since I have found many historic dates that seem to have numbers that associate to those same numbers in Biblical symbolism, I recently decided to look at the Bible’s nineteen verses that have chapter and verse 11:29 to see if their theme somehow relates to the 11/29/1947 date when Israel took their first step to become a nation. The evidence of these verses being symbolically related to this historic event seems compelling and this article will hopefully demonstrate this possibility. On November 29th, it appears God was clearing the way for Israel to become a nation, and in the Bible’s 11:29 verses we see many instances where the Lord seems to be, in various ways, calling and delivering his people.

Although the pattern is not obvious in every 11:29 verse, there is a preponderance of evidence in the text that speaks specifically of the Lord calling out and leading his people to the Promised Land. The Bible’s DNA like pattern is so precise that it seems clear these verses are not just about people being delivered, but about the process of delivering them – a pattern that is pretty difficult to dismiss as coincidental.

Below is  a list of the most compelling examples of these 19 verses having a reference of chapter 11, verse 29. Using the examples, you can confirm the pattern for yourself or evaluate them to discern if you see any sort of a pattern in them. Of course, most people’s first reaction is that such supposed similarities are likely a result of coincidence - that might be a good explanation except that you can examine like referenced verses throughout  the Bible, and for any verse chapter/verse combination, observe a common theme running in them. One such similar pattern that has been noticed and mentioned by many scholars (yet dismissed as coincidence) is the “God so loved the world” like message found in many of the Bible’s 3:16 verses (John 3:16, 2 Cor 3:16, 1John 3:16, Exodus 3:16, Ruth 3:16, 1Samuel 3:16, Joel 3:16…). This is a wondrous pattern you can examine for yourself in your own Bible. 

While you are looking at the following list of 11:29 verses (or others you can find in your own Bible), be aware that numbers have both a positive and negative/opposite symbolism, so you will find some 11:29 related text that seems to refer to themes that represent the opposite meaning of being delivered. You might need to read through the list multiple times before the pattern starts to become clear to you. Be discerning, yet open-mined to the mysteries of God, as you examine the evidence.

Jer 32:27 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?"

Examples of the Bible’s 11:29 verses showing a pattern of God in the process of delivering his people:

Deu 11:29 "It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it… (The Lord leading the people out of save them)

Judg 11:29 Now the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah, so that he passed through Gilead and Manasseh…(very similar in nature to the Deu 11:29 passage)

Dan 11:29 "At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, … (the appointed deliverer will come for you)

Matt 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. (The Lord calling his people)

Mrk 11:29 Jesus said.."I will ask you one question…then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. (Jesus has came into Jerusalem, cleared the temple, condemned religious leaders and more – demonstrating how he was delivering his people).

Luke 11:29 …"This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign…no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonahd. (the sign to be given is that he will restore life as he did with Jonah)

John 11:29 when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him. (Jesus had returned and was calling for Mary – later in this 1008th Bible chapter about being restored (18=9+9 or 2x9), Lazarus was restored to life.)

Act 11:29 in the proportion that any of them had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren… (a restoring contribution was “determined”, not yet sent)

Rom 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (again, about God calling those he is, or will, restore)

Heb 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land… (The Lord delivering his people - again, like the Deu 11:29 example)

Above are the most compelling ten of a total of the 19 Bible verses with chapter and verse of 11:29. Others not shown here reveal a similar pattern.  These examples are not intended as proof of the common theme running through 11:29 verses, but are intended to get you wondering if God could have designed such mysteries into his word? No one set of examples will convince you, but the more examples you observe, the more you will be convinced the patterns cannot be the result of anything but the design of a supernatural and divine and loving God.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan - 9.0 magnitude quake on 3-11-2011

Written on 3/11/2011 (#311), the day of the great 9.0 Japan earthquake 

I would not call myself a Bible expert and certainly would not claim to know much about prophecy, but I seem to be able to observe patterns in the Bible's numbers and text and the evidence seems to confirm God has left much evidence about him in both the numbering and text. I'm leaving here some of what I observe about earthquake, and earthquake related numbers in scripture. This is evidence for you to judge for yourself - see if God has something he wants to tell you from his word.
  • The word earthquake occurs 19 times in the Bible. Different translations report different number of occurrences, but I find the KJV seems more consistent in number/word patterns, so I trust #19 is probably alikely association with the word earthquake.
  • #19 seems about our sin and that we are to abstain from it - To be as consistent as I can in interpreting number meanings, one of the first places I look in the Bible when I study number meanings is the nn000th and nn000th+1 verses (I've written elsewhere about the 1000 verse sections of the Bible). In this case, the 19000th-19001th verse. The 19,001th verse is the first verse in this 1000 verse section of the Bible and it fits what I've seen elsewhere for the symbolism of #19. Here's the verse: 19,001st Bible verse - Jer 2:35 Yet you said, 'I am innocent; Surely His anger is turned away from me.' Behold, I will enter into judgment with you Because you say, 'I have not sinned.'

    Another example of a #19 related verse (check out several 19:19 verses and you will see the pattern) - Deu 19:19 then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
  • #19 seems often about warnings for us to turn from sin. It is no accident #911 is closely related to #19. Here's the 11,911th Bible verse - 2Chr 33:2 He did evil in the sight of the LORD according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons of Israel. Look at other 9:11 verses to see this pattern - one of the most well known is Daniel 9:11.
  • #911 seems about judgments for nations or countries turning from God and is not as often seen about individual sin.
  • #19 and earthquake - The first occurrence of the word "earthquake" in the Bible is found at 1Kings 19:11 - interesting we find #911 in this reference. The first references to things in the Bible are important because they often guide us in understanding them, so this would seem to be a good verse to examine to understanding earthquakes in the Bible - 1Kin 19:11 So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.
  • #19 warning and instruction from God - in 1Kings chapter 19 the Lord comes to Elijah and gives him warning and tells him what to do - go read it and then consider the entire chapter a sort of guide to understanding #19, earthquakes and God.
These, along with many other examples, tell me that God uses earthquakes to warn us and to tell us only the Lord is God. Following are a full list of the Bible's verses containing the word "earthquake". Examine the 19 occurrences of this word in the 16 verses and see what God's Word tells you about this subject.
NOTE: Don't try to make the pattern fit everywhere - like all studies we do of scripture, we never sort it all out. Instead, look for a general pattern across all the verses.
1Kin 19:11 So He said, "Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

1Kin 19:12 After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.

Isa 29:6 From the LORD of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise, With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.

Amo 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa, which he envisioned in visions concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

Zech 14:5 You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

Matt 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.

Matt 27:54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

Matt 28:2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.

Mrk 13:8 "For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Luke 21:11 (#311 as in 3/11/2011?) and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Act 16:26 and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened.

Rev 6:12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;

Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Rev 11:13 (#311/#113 as in 3/11/2011?) And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Rev 11:19 (911)And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Rev 16:18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.

My website offers more evidence for the perfection in the Bible's numbers that I refer to as God's DNA like Numeric Map.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Not Four Spiritual Laws, but Ten Steps of Redemption in the Bible

n 1956 Bill Bright, of Campus Crusade for Christ, developed the “Four Spiritual Laws” as a way to communicate the concise message of Christianity to the unchurched world. These four precepts were communicated as a brief story that laid out God’s basic message for the world.

Campus Crusade’s Four Spiritual Laws
1.         Law One: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
2.         Law Two: Man is sinful and separated from God, thus cannot know and experience God’s plan for his life.
3.         Law Three: Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
4.         Law Four: We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.

            If you ask a Christian about God’s plan for the world he likely will recite some version of these laws. These four steps are a great way to begin to explain God’s most basic plan of salvation, but they fall short of being a full picture of the plan God has for us. If we attend a typical new members’ class at just about any church we will get a more extensive version of these laws, but in the absence of knowing God’s specific plan, there are as many ways to explain this, as there are those who teach it. Like this four step plan, it appears God has left his own plan of salvation written in the pattern and structure of every aspect of the Bible; every list; every chapter, every verse; every number and likely every letter of his Word. The symbolism of the numbers 1-10 correspond to the text associated with them. Not only is the plan present in the Bible, it is confirmed and pointed out by the numerics of God's Word.

God Has Written His Own Ten-step Plan of Salvation
After so many years of reading Scripture and trying to discern in our own way what God’s plan is for our lives, now we possibly find that God has actually written out his ten-step plan of redemption and spread it throughout His Word as a set of instructions to explain our path with him. Like Campus Crusade’s Four Spiritual Laws, these ten redemption pattern themes explain in more detail the steps we should understand and follow if we are to become one of his faithful servants.
            I refer to the ten steps as God’s Redemption Pattern, and it could be thought of as God’s “Ten Spiritual Laws.”  The Redemption Pattern is an amazing structural organization underlying all text in the Bible. The following list is my basic way of communicating the concepts of the Redemption Pattern. These are very high level concepts which are found in different symbolic ways throughout scripture. This list represents the positive symbolism associated with each step - there is also an opposite or negative side to each one of them as well. The basic symbolism of the ten steps are:
  1. God/Creation - We learn we are separated apart from God due to sin - each to its kind
  2. Jesus - That God has appointed and sent a deliverer/redeemer who did come for us
  3. Holy Spirit - He is holy and righteous - We learn about God's spirit in our midst
  4. Fallen Creation - We seen men are lost in the wilderness without God (40 and 40 years, 40 days)
  5. Covenant Statutes and Ordinances - Instructions we must know before entering the promised land
  6. Sin/Redemption - Crossing over - Each person has to have courage and take steps to cross over with God going before us. Admitting our sin and turning from it.
  7. Becoming complete - The Good shepherd tends his sheep with rod and staff. Accepting Jesus is just the first step, then he leads, guides, and disciplines us in our growth.
  8. A new beginning/The Godly remnant - blessed/saved by God - 8 saved in the ark; baptism; circumcision. We reach a point where we are dedicated servants, prepared to serve Jesus.
  9. The Future - Things to happen; waiting and serving faithfully until Jesus return. Once we are servants, we have a responsibility to serve and persevere until we are one day with Jesus. #9 is also related to rapture or events such as being taken up.
  10. Last Things - The Day of the Lord; Judgment and wrath await unbelievers, while believers will enjoy the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. #10 also seems associated with the Jews coming to know Jesus and being saved.

God Wrote the Bible to Mirror the Ten Steps
As God has inspired the text of the Bible, he has also caused every number and list and all other parts of scriptures to be written in a structure that reflects the ten steps in his plan for man. God repeats his plan over and over again in his word. As well as being a constant reminder of the walk, it also gives us a rich set of tools that help us understand where we are on the growth path and what the objectives are at each step along the way.

Each of the ten points in God’s pattern is associated with the numbers one to ten. Although the pattern is not about numbers, God associates numbers with each point in the pattern. Every number in the Bible can be broken down into its separate numeric digits, and the association of these digits to God’s plan.In a mysterious way I find hard to explain, any combination of numbers seems to relate directly to equivalent themes found in associated text. The Bible's numbers act as a way to validate the perfection of God's Word; guide us in our understanding what is says; give us deep insights into the meaning of the text; and I suspect (once we understand them), are likely a key to understanding Bible prophecy. I don't think we will ever fully understand the numbers, but I believe one day God will show us how his entire plan was precisely coded right before our eyes in the scriptures.

A Great Guide and Evidence for the Pattern - the 1st Ten Full Bible Books
We discover the perfection of the Bible and validate the Redemption Pattern by seeing it throughout the scriptures; in the books of the Bible; in lists such as the ten commandments; in sections of important passages such as the ten parts of the Lord's Prayer; in symbolism of the Bible's numbers found in the text, and many other places. The pattern is everywhere - so to confirm it, we simply observe it in a consistent way in every part of scripture.

When I first looked to see if the pattern could be seen in the messages of the books of the Bible, I was puzzled because the symbolism did not seem to fit after the 9th book - 1Samuel. After much struggling about how the pattern could be imperfect here, it came to me (I suspect God's spirit guided me) that maybe the pattern of the text would fit the pattern of Bible book numbering if I would count the books differently than we traditionally do. I later learned that if Icounted all the split books (like 1st and 2nd Samuel) as a single book,  the pattern fell perfectly into place in the numbers of all books of the Bible.

I can only speculate as to the reason, but it seems the Bible is structured intentionally by God with two sets of book numbers; the normal 66 book count we know today; and another hidden count of 57 books that counts split books as a single book. Using this 57 book count, we then have one of the best evidences for God's perfect ten part redemption pattern found in the Bible. The text and messages of  1st ten books fit the pattern and symbolism I presented above. The following list shows the number, the basic concept associated with the number, and how the text of the book seems to validate and itself be confirmed by the number association.

  1. God - Genesis - creation and how men are continually separated from God and keep getting separated into groups that either follow God's ways or do not. Consider the 1st Bible chapter where everything is separated by their own kind. One is about being counted - as an individual member of some overall category or kind.
  2. Redeemer Sent - Exodus - Moses is sent by God to free his people and begin them on their journey to the promised land. Number two seems about relationship/love and being joined.
  3. Holiness of God/Holy Spirit - Leviticus - where we learn of the holiness and perfection of God and how we can have God living in our midst. We must understand our sin and God's holiness.
  4. Wilderness Wandering - Numbers - Israel wandered in the desert for almost 40 years (4) suffering in trials and being cleansed in the process - finally ready to enter the promised land. An example of our wandering without God that hopefully will result in our seeking him.
  5. Statutes and Covenants - Deuteronomy - Why were the ten commandments repeated in Deuteronomy? I suspect because before the people can enter the promised land, they must know the requirements for entering, and understand the consequences of not doing things God's way. It is the same for us - before we can enter the special places of our inheritance, we must understand what is required of us (I'm not necessarily speaking of basic salvation here, but something deeper).
  6. Sin and Redemption/Crossing over - Joshua - once we understand what we are commanded to do, we are to cross over the water (Moses in the Basket/The Jordan/The Flood/Sea of Galilee...) knowing God goes before us. We must have the courage to take the steps. We are recognizing our sin, turning from it (at least that's our intention) and in the process, are being redeemed.
  7. Becoming Complete - Judges - Although the people tried to rid of the strongholds of sin in the promised land (Joshua) - they failed to completely do so. They have more work to do to become complete. This represents a repeated process we go through in our lives of trying to do things God's way, failing and the Lord continuing to be faithful to redeem over and over again - until one day we are ready to become fully his. We see this trying and failing pattern repeated many times in the book of Judges, until at some point that God decides, we become a faithful godly servants - we see this in the next book - Ruth..
  8. Godly/faithful servants - Ruth - Upon becoming complete (at least complete enough), we become like Naomi and Ruth who have returned from Moab back to the promised land and become a blessing to others. Boaz (Jesus) redeems us with a price and we become his.
  9. (The Future) Faithful servants persevering until Jesus return - Samuel - Once we become a faithful servant we are to be serving the Lord while we await his future return. Every step of the Redemption Pattern has it's positive and negative side, and in the books of 1/2 Samuel we find examples of both - successful and unsuccessful servants of God - Saul and David. These are our examples of how to serve God well, and what not serving him well looks like.
  10. Last/Final Things/Salvation vs Judgment - 1st/2nd Kings - In the 9000th verse of the Bible the temple was completed; God entered it; and we then find the Lord standing before his people (1Kings 8:14). A pattern that seems to show what Jesus return will look like. Following Jesus standing before the people, the remaining chapters of 1/2 Kings tell us of the history of events leading to the final judgments and exiles of Israel. This tenth book representing the tenth step of the redemption pattern seems to show the judgment that will one day we will all participate in.
 The first ten books of the Bible are maybe the best explanation and guide to the redemption pattern I know of - but this is just the beginning of an endless list of examples. Another great evidence can be observed in the first ten chapters of the first book of the Bible. In Genesis chapters 1-10 we find the same number/text pattern we find in the first ten books of the Bible. They are: Creation/separation by kind (chapter 1); Adam/man sent (2); sin and separation from God (3); wilderness wandering begins/Cain (4); summary of blessings/curses of generations (5); God fed up with man's sin and instructions to build the ark (6); the cleansing flood (7); the remnant of 8 saved (8); The covenant with Noah and future generations/the rainbow (9); and the judgment/separations of nations at Babel (10).

I'm really not a Bible expert and don't claim to totally understand all about God's Redemption Pattern, but I think I'm in the ballpark (pretty close). If you disagree with my explanation that's fine, more importantly, recognize the pattern exists and is there to guide us in our understanding of God and his instructions for our salvation. In past and future blog entries I try to explain more about God's pattern and related number symbolism.