Numbers Series #1 – Sermon Summary
- What’s with the numbers?
Daniel 8:13-14 (NKJV)
13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and anotherholy one said to that certain onewho was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerningthe daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”
14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
A question regarding “How Long” an angel is asking another about how long will this last? The name of that certain “holy one” is given in the Hebrew, Palimoni meaning “the numberer of secrets or the wonderful numberer”!
Numbers hold an important place in the words as well as the works of God. Is this by design or is this by chance?
It isthe glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
We should be searching out the meaning of what God is saying!
There is no power in numbers, numbers have no authority over you. You can live on the 13thfloor on 13thstreet in apartment 13 and still be a lover of Jesus. Numbers cannot dictate whether you are blessed or cursed. Numbers aren’t gods, they are simply a unit of measure, we don’t worship a number nor do we revere them.
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18… All Power is given unto me in heaven an in earth!
While there is no power in numbers, there is absolute power in the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12)
God is a God of perfect order! I believe there is some deep meaning in understanding how God communicates.
For instance Matthew penned in the 13thverse of the 13thchapter of his book…
13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
God speaks through parables, types, and symbols. This is done to conceal what He is saying, so that you must seek out through relationship the meaning. By not understanding how God communicates, we may just miss what He is saying altogether.
God uses numerical patterns over and over again. As I have studied this out, it has reaffirmed my belief and faith that God is simply an amazing God.
Example #1 –
There is a study called gematria or the numeric value of words!
Greeks and Hebrews used the letters in their alphabets as numbers.
In Greek alpha represents 1 and beta 2 up to iota which is 10! Kappa is 20, lambda 30 all the up to Omega which is 800! In reading a sentence in the Greek you are actually reading a mathematical formula as well.
Take the letters of any word or name and add them up for a total value of the word, that value is called the gematria of that word.
The Name, Jesus,in the Greek is Ἰησοῦς’ it is a perfect name and by mathematical design it adds up to 888 (8 X 111)
- Complete Flesh
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.
This is the mark of the beast. An animal or a beast has no concept of God. Spiritual or moral values mean nothing to an animal.
The number six represents a man without God.
666 = man, man, man, or flesh, flesh, flesh
The world system during the tribulation will be completely man-centered, man-dominated, man-controlled. Everything will be based on the thoughts, plans, actions, and desires of man in his worst form.
There is no room for God! Flesh and sinfulness is in total control, that’s why everyone will wear the mark!
- New Beginnings
The number eight is the number that God uses to illustrate Resurrection! It’s the number that speaks to New Birth, New Life, and New Creation. When God is being redemptive, when He makes things new again, brings them alive again, He likes to use the number eight.
We all love a new beginning, but nobody loves a new beginning more than God.
In order to understand why a new beginning is so important, you have to see how messed up things had gotten.
The first four words of Genesis… “In the Beginning God”
The Last four words of Genesis… “a coffin in Egypt”
How could we go from so great to so bad? Man and Lucifer entered.
The last words of the Old Testament… “I will smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6)
The last words of the New Testament… “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:21)
Who entered into the picture to go from a curse at the end of the old to a blessing at the end of the New? Jesus did!
Jesus = Ihsouv = 10+8+200+70+400+200 = 888
Jesus said in John 5:39
39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me
Yes they most certainly do, the scriptures testify of Him!
Examples: Other Phrases that equal “888”
|I am the Lord, I change not||Malachi 3:6|
|The Salvation of our God||Psalms 98:3|
|The Mercy of the Most High||Psalm 21:8|
|My Beloved||Song of Solomon 7:13|
|The heavens declare the Glory of God||Psalm 19:2|
|The third day||John 2:1|
|They shall be comforted||Matthew 5:3|
|The House of God||1 Timothy 3:15|
|Immanuel (God with us)||Isaiah 7:14|
Closing: For a New Beginning you need to dial 888