The topic Bible Numerics is both fascinating and complex.
It is so immense a subject that we can only share the principles involved. I urge you to conduct your own investigations in my usual manner and ask first that you pray for understanding before continuing.
The bible is much more than a simple textbook or history book and the like. It is God’s word that has been given to us by revelation or inspiration as we see in 2 Timothy 3:16 or God breathed. For such reasons, it cannot be altered in any way. The problem we face however is that in an attempt to make the bible available to as many people as possible and producing a wide range of versions or translations, the original language can altered.
To make the bible more readable, many translations use more modern words to avoid terminologies that might not be in common use in our society. In the process, errors have been introduced and we now have denominationally biassed versions that each concentrate on their own doctrinal beliefs, customs and practices.
Modern bibles are divided into chapters and verses, but there was no such segregation in the original. We can easily think that different stories are being told, whereas a simple word like “and” or “but’ can be a totally different matter.
By simply changing one letter, the whole meaning can be different to the original.
This is our dilemma. To hear correctly from God, several factors must be considered. God speaks to three different groups of peoples. The first is the Jew, with whom God has a covenant that remains in force to this day. There are many covenants and one is called The Everlasting Covenant. The second group is the Church with whom God has a different covenant and the last group is the heathen who have no covenant with Him all.
The confusion comes in when we think that God is talking to the Church when He is actually speaking to Israel and vice-versa.
In the original languages, there are times when certain letters might also mean a number.
When we know what those word/number relationships mean, we can see a distinct pattern that indicates a divine author to the scriptures.
For example, the letter a could sometimes be read as the number one and the letter b might mean two.
Close examination reveals that even in nature, definite patterns emerge, also indicating a master plan or a supernatural design. We see often this in scripture and the following are a few examples.
…God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location.
For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
When God fixed the weight of the wind and limited the water by measure, when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning, He considered wisdom and evaluated it; He established it and examined it. Job 28:23-27
He determines how many stars there are and calls them all by name. Psalm 147:4
Who has measured the oceans in the palm of his hand? Who has used his hand to measure the sky? Who has used a bowl to measure all the dust of the earth and scales to weigh the mountains and hills? Isaiah 40:12
Look up toward the sky. Who created everything you see? The Lord causes the stars to come out at night one by one. He gives each one of them a name. His power and strength are great. Isaiah 40:26
Whilst we are on the matter of creation and numerical patterns, look at the universe where we can see a definite and remarkable numerical pattern in which the number 12 occurs often.
There are 12 months in a year and 12 signs of the Zodiac in the universe as we know it that has 3 constellations (making 36 in all). Add this to the original and the same is 48. There are 360 degrees in a circle and in the total points of a compass. We can see a pattern like this in part of the creation account
And God said, Let there be lights in the arch of heaven, for a division between the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for marking the changes of the year, and for days and for years: And let them be for lights in the arch of heaven to give light on the earth: and it was so.
And God made the two great lights: the greater light to be the ruler of the day, and the smaller light to be the ruler of the night: and he made the stars.
And God put them in the arch of heaven, to give light on the earth; To have rule over the day and the night, and for a division between the light and the dark: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:14-18
The number twelve therefore carries enormous significance.
It is a perfect number and signifies governmental perfection and things that are associated with ruling.
The sun "rules" the day, and the moon and stars "govern" the night.
The number 12 speaks about organisation.
In the Old Testament, we see 12 Patriarchs, 12 tribes in Israel, 12 Judges and 12 elements in Solomon’s Temple. There were 12 spies sent into the land and 12 stones in the Priest’s breastplate.
In the New Testament, Jesus was 12 years of age when He first appeared in public. He chose 12 disciples who He called Apostles who were the original foundation members of His Church.
12 legions of angels mentioned
The number 12 figures often in Revelation.
There are twelve foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem, twelve gates, twelve pearls and twelve angels.
The dimensions of the New Jerusalem will be 12,000 furlongs square. Its wall will be 144 cubits (12 x 12).
There are 12 thousand from the 12 Tribes of Israel mentioned, making 144,000 in all.
There are other points that could be made concerning the number 12, but this illustrates that god has indeed been working to a plan and a pattern that is seen in scripture. This tells me that we cannot alter or change any of he words in scripture for any reason and that we must retain the original text as much as possible.
What follows on this page is a summary of the key points that we hope will be a blessing and an inspiration.