Numerology

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Many play with their spiritual calculators and try to figure out all the numbers in Revelation and Daniel.

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Numerology

  1. 1. Numerology There is a lot of confusion about the use of numbers in the book of Revelation. Do numbers have some special meaning?
  2. 2. Letter / Number Relationships ● We use numbers / letters / words or symbols ● Early childhood books ● A = apple; B = ball; C = cat ● The 4th letter = D = dog ● In early alphabets letters were used for numbers. The first 9 letters (1-9) The next letters (10-90); then (100-900)
  3. 3. Letter / Number Relationships ● ● In early cultures they did not have numerals. They used their alphabet. Here is the Greek alphabet and numbers
  4. 4. Letter / Number Relationships ● Try this in English ● A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 ● J=10 K=20 L=30 M=40 N=50 O=60 P=70 ● Q=80 R=90 S=100 T=200 U=300 V=400 ● W=500 X=600 Y=700 Z=800
  5. 5. Letter / Number Relationships ● We are more familiar with the system of Roman numerals where letters stood for numbers.
  6. 6. Addition of letter equivalents ● The second step in the process was to add up the letter values. ● CAT = 3 + 1 + 200 = 204 ● MANLY = 821 ● JESUS = 10 + 5 + 100 + 300 + 100 = 515 ● ● When under persecution one might have said, “We met at 515 and had a good discussion.” Translation: “The church met and learned about Jesus.”
  7. 7. Addition of letter equivalents ● ● ● Here there has been a lot of spiritual calculations trying to create a theory Take a Latin name – give each letter its value in Hebrew alphabet – and come up with an American name. The most famous is the number – 666 in Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
  8. 8. Number Symbolism ● Numbers also came to represent concepts and ideas. ● 1 = unity, independence, alone ● 2 = strength, energy, courage ● 3 = God (trinity), triangle, divine power ● ● 4 = world (4 directions, 4 corners) this world and where we work, live and die 5 = Completeness, well-rounded, all members intact (5 fingers, 5 toes)
  9. 9. Number Symbolism ● 7 = is thought to be a perfect number, perfection, completeness, the total of combining 3 (man) and 4 (God) ● Multiply – Next came the multiples of numbers ● 10, 70 = multiples to emphasize the single digit ● Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
  10. 10. Number Symbolism ● Numbers and the calendar ● The early calendars had equal 30 day months ● ● In Revelation – 3 ½ years = 42 months = 1260 days – all refer to the same length of time Some numbers seem to be important.
  11. 11. Conclusions ● ● Don't play with your spiritual calculator Some numbers seem to have some importance and connection – – ● Think about the number 40 in OT and NT Think about the number 7 in Revelation Think about how we use numbers to represent ideas – He did a 180 in the road. The 4 corners of the earth. I told you a million times.
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