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Numbers and The Revelation of God

Numbers and The Revelation of God
by Charles Capps


   It is interesting how God uses numbers and names associated with events in the Bible to amplify and confirm the revelation of the written Word.

   Have you ever wondered why the disciples caught exactly 153 fish? Every detail in the Bible is significant, rather than being there by chance.  God’s Word was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and these details magnify the revelation of God’s Word. God is turning the light up for us today to the point where we can understand and see the meaning of some details that have been hidden in the Scriptures.

   It wasn’t a coincidence that the disciples caught exactly 153 fish. Tradition tells us that it was a common belief that there were only 153 different species of fish in that lake. The implication seems to be that they caught every kind of fish that could be caught.

   In Mark 1:16-17, Jesus saw Simon Peter and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea, “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”  The number 153 is also the numerical value for “sons of God.” This gives prophetic insight to the number of fish that they caught.

   The implications are that they caught every kind of fish that could ever be caught in that net.  The net seems to represent the same “net” that Jesus referred to in Matthew 13:47-50: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

   The prophetic implication of these verses and the 153 fish caught in the net represent the sons of God who will be drawn into the Kingdom through the “Gospel net.” (John 21:11) (The last great drag of this net will be worldwide. This could be indicative of the Internet, which is worldwide in scope, drawing all kinds both good and evil.) God has always given mankind a choice, but a day is coming in which the good will be separated from the evil.

   Then at the end of the seventh and last millennium, the wicked will be forever severed from the just and cast into their final abode: a furnace of fire. That will not be a pretty scene, but it will be just recompense.

   Let’s take a look at the Greek and Hebrew gematrias, which are simply the numerical values of letters of these alphabets. The letters used to spell words in certain verses confirm numerical revelation of the word that is written.

   The gematria of the phrase “sons of God” enhances our understanding of the written Word and reveals God’s plan to give all people a chance to become sons of God.

   It seems that God also uses certain numbers in relation to certain phrases and events to amplify the revelation of His Word. Once you understand this method, it makes the Bible an even more exciting book and easier to understand.

   There are six letters in the Greek alphabet that spell Jesus:


10   8   200   70   400   200   =   888*

   As you can see, those six letters make up a numerical value of 888. It is significant that the gematria for the phrase “the salvation of God” in certain verses is also 888, confirming that Jesus is “the salvation of God.”

   In Luke 2:29-30, when Jesus was brought into the temple eight days after His birth to be circumcised, Simeon said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,” meaning “the salvation of God.”

   Have you ever wondered why the angel told Mary that Jesus’ name would be Jesus? Why couldn’t His name have been Philip? Because the numerical value of His name confirmed the revelation of the written Word, revealing that He was the salvation of God.

   It seems that God always lays out things mathematically in Scripture to give more emphasis to the revelation.

   The number 8 seems to be associated throughout Scripture with what is called a dominical number. In other words, it is a number associated with “dominion.” Why 888? This would seem to refer to Jesus being Lord, and it also implies dominion through the trinity.

   In II Peter 3, Peter refers to “the day of the Lord” which would be the seventh millennium.  Then after “the day of the Lord” comes “the day of God.” Obviously, that would be the eighth day which represents eternity. The numerical value of the name JESUS is a trinity of the number eight.  The numbers 888 in a triangle reveals God, the Father; Jesus, the Son; and the Holy Spirit as a trinity working together to restore righteous dominion for eternity. (See II Peter 3:9-13 and Revelation 21:1-7)

   One of the most interesting gematrias is found in the phrase “the salvation of Israel” which is 1776.* There are two revelations involved in this number. First, America declared its independence from Britain on July 4, 1776, and The United States sponsored Israel when they became a nation again in 1948. However, the second, most significant revelation in this number is the fact that 888 + 888 = 1776. It seems that this is God’s way of confirming the fact that Jesus will be the salvation of Israel when He returns to Earth the second time as revealed by the prophet Zechariah:

   “In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:8-10) (See Zechariah 14:1-5 and Revelation 19:11-21)

   The Jews will receive Jesus as their Messiah (the salvation of God) when He returns to Earth the second time to set up His Kingdom on Earth. That will be at the end of the Tribulation Period. (Matthew 24:29-30) Jesus will come to Earth just in time to deliver the remnant of Israel from certain destruction from the armies of the antichrist.

   Some rabbis believed that Jesus was the suffering Messiah, but they were looking for the reigning Messiah. They wouldn’t receive Jesus as the reigning Messiah, because they thought He would surely be born in a royal palace to become their king. But He was born in a manger.

   They believed there would be two Messiahs: one was the suffering Messiah, and the other was to be a reigning Messiah. They didn’t realize that Jesus was the suffering Messiah when He first came to Earth, and He will also be the reigning Messiah when He returns the second time.

   It is also interesting how God uses names to confirm revelation of the Word as well as numbers. In Genesis 5, we have a list of Adam’s descendants. There are two separate lists: the lineage of Seth and the lineage of Cain. They are listed as follows: Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. These are the direct descendants of Adam through Seth. You will find in the Scriptures that names are very meaningful. Most of the time we have no idea what a name means. However, in Bible days they always knew what a name meant.  When Abraham said, “My name is Abraham,” they knew he said, “I am father of nations.”

   If you take the meaning of the genealogies in the Seth line, this is what is revealed when you read from top to bottom on right side:

Name                     Meaning

Adam..................... Man

Seth....................... Appointed

Enos...................... Mortal

Cainan................... Sorrow

Mahalaleel.............. The Blessed God

Jared...................... Shall come down

Enoch.................... Teaching

Methuselah............. His death shall bring

Lamech.................. The Despairing

Noah...................... Rest

   When you study Hebrew words, you find that they sometimes have several meanings. But if you study the root word, you come up with a better understanding of the real meaning of the word.

   Here is what is revealed when you put the meaning of these names into a sentence: Man appointed mortal sorrow, the Blessed God shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing rest. This is a clear message and confirmation of the written Word.

   This is God’s way of speaking the end from the beginning. He revealed His plan of redemption through the genealogies of Adam, through the lineage of Seth.

   Daniel and the three Hebrew children also have an interesting total gematria. These are their original Hebrew names:

Daniel  =  95
Hananiah  =  120
Mishael  =  381
Azariah  =  292
Total  =  888  (same value as Jesus)

   The revelation from the numerical value of these four names also reveals their deliverance was “the salvation of God.”  Daniel was delivered from the lion’s den.  The three Hebrew children were delivered from the furnace of fire. (See Daniel 6:22 and Daniel 3) The numerical value of their names indicates it was Jesus who delivered them.




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