What is in a number anyway? Are they just random digits that reflect the amount of money you have or owe? Are they merely a way of determining if you qualify for "geezer" discounts (which I do)? Do numbers really mean anything besides how many times a guy gets a hit in baseball or hits the ball in golf? Numbers are either very important or simply a necessary evil.
Scripturally, numbers play a huge role in understanding the Bible. Without a basic grasp of the significance of what various numbers mean, various very important things will escape detection and comprehension. Numbers are very important to God and He uses them with a scientific precision and mathematical exactness in His Word.
Back in the 1800’s, a brilliant scholar lived in England who loved God’s Word with a passion. Dr. E. W. Bullinger is perhaps best known for his "Companion Bible" and his masterpiece on Figures of Speech in the Bible; but perhaps two of his greatest accomplishments have received little recognition.
His work on "The Witness of the Stars" has no equal as far as documenting the reason for the various constellations and how they tell the story of our redemption. The other book Dr. Bullinger wrote that should be a classic is "Numbers in Scripture". In that book he laid out the significance of numbers in such a way that a child could understand.
In light of today’s discussion on the number 666, it is very important to read what is written in Revelation 13:18:
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six."
If one were to look at many other translations, they would end this verse with "and his number is 666". Is there a difference between six hundred threescore and six vs. 666? No in that they both designate the same number but Yes, in relation to the use of numbers in scripture. In reality, the number mentioned here is arrived at by adding 600 + 60 + 6 to arrive at 666. It is NOT simply repeating 6 three times.
I could attempt to explain what all this means, but it would take me days and I wouldn’t get it right. Here is a link to a section in Dr. Bullinger’s Book "Numbers in Scripture" dealing with his discussion of 666:
I would highly recommend anyone who seriously wants to know the REAL truth about this number to read the above mentioned study. I think it is worth the time for no other reason than some of the incredible charts he used especially regarding the Roman way of numerating.
666 is not a number to be afraid of nor is it a superstitious number (like 13). There is a very real and spiritual meaning to this number and it needs to be studied and understood just like the rest of God's Word. To receive a paycheck for $666.66 does not mean anything nor does living with a street address of 666 Elm street. Books and movies have turned this number into nothing more than another Friday the 13th type of thing. Please, I urge you to study this number instead of avoiding it or living in fear of it.
I leave you with one profound sentence from Dr. Bullinger’s work that I think sums up this discussion of "666" better than anything I could think of saying:
"It will be seen from this that the number 666 is very far-reaching, and is filled with a meaning deeper, perhaps, than anything we have yet discovered. One thing, however, is certain, and that is, that the triple 6 marks the culmination of man's opposition to God in the person of the coming Antichrist."
Now that this discussion is done, I look forward already to the next exciting number which will be 777. Until then I will just keep blogging away as the Lord leads.
Clever approach B2Y! just enough to whet the appetite. Thanks.
The Psalmist says "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." Psalm 34:8 - I will leave the numbers and trust the Lord for I have tasted He is good and we are more than digits.
I'm still thinking about that infamous number "13". Did you know that Hammurabi's Code (circa 1780 B.C.) does not have a 13th law? It jumps right from 12 to 14. Yes, even as far back as 3,789 years ago, the number 13 had a bad reputation. I'm just inserting a little piece of trivia here since you are on the topic of numbers.