F.M. Riley (18 Mar 2018)
"Numbers in the Bible Are  Important!"

Numbers in the Bible
Are  Important!
                                                                                       By Pastor F. M. Riley
                                                                                       March 16, 2018
     "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
     That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,"  2 Timothy 3:16-17.  
     "We have also a more sure Word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts;
     Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
     For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."  
                                                                                            2 Peter 1:19-21
     Yes, I do use the numbers found in the Bible, when writing out my Bible Studies.  Why should I not?  Because some Bible reader will not put forth the effort to seriously study the numbers which occur in the Bible?
      I think much more of what God's Word actually and literally  says, than what some of my critics have to say.  Since "all Scripture" is inspired of God, and there are numbers which do occur in the Scriptures, then those numbers are a part of the inspired Word.  Since the numbers are in the Bible, they  had to have been placed there by the Holy Spirit of the living God.  So the numbers in the Bible do convey spiritual truth, just like the words do.  
     And now I will give to my readers Scriptural proof of what I have just said.......
The Regathering of the Jewish People
     Both the dispersion and regathering of the Jewish people are prophesied in many different places in the inspired Word.  The "time element" predicted for their regathering is "the last days."  Read Psalm 106:47, Isaiah 11:12, 43:5-6, 54:7-8, Jeremiah 23:3, and 29:14.   
     Therefore "the last days" literally began in 1897 when Theodor Herzl convened the First Jewish Congress at Basle, Switzerland, for the specific purpose of finding a national homeland again for his "wandering Jewish people."  There is no question that this was the first serious effort to regather the Jewish people back to a national homeland for them all, so we can depend on this date as the beginning of  their regathering.  Glory to God!  
     I do not know if the literal number, 1897, is found anywhere in the Bible.  If so, I have never run across it in my studies.  However, I do know that the numbers derived from studying this "date" in history, are mentioned over and over again in the Scriptures.  What do I mean?
     Well, it was exactly 21 years after 1897, that the First World War ended in 1918.  That war freed the holy land from the Ottoman Turks, who been in possession of it for 400 years.  The driving out of the Ottoman Turks by the allied forces in the First World War, would make it possible for the Jewish people to ultimately re-establish their nation back in their own ancient homeland some thirty years later, in 1948.  How good and gracious is our God!   
      "21" is the number in the Bible which signifies, "A covering of or for sin; the 21 judgments of the Tribulation."  It will be during the coming seven year Tribulation period, that 21 judgments will be poured out upon humanity on the earth.  Those 21 judgments will purge both  Israel, and the Gentile nations, left beind on the earth at the rapture, of their unbelief in rejecting Christ as their Messiah and Savior.  Glory to God!
     "30" is the number in the Bible which signifies, "blood; covenant of blood."  The First World War ended in 1918, freeing the holy land from the Ottoman Turks.  Then thirty years later in 1948 the Jewish people re-established their own nation again in the holy land, and the time of blood began.  Modern Israel is surrounded by Muslim nations [the descendants of Esau], who literally hate the Jews and want to see Israel and the Jewish people destroyed.  Due to this situation Israel has had to fight several wars with their neighbors since becoming a nation again.  Israel has been in an almost constant state of war since being established as a nation again in 1948.  
     "50" is the number in the Bible which signifies, "Jubilee; the coming of the Holy Spirit."  The Jubilee was a "holy year," which the Jewish people were to observe every fifty years as recorded in Leviticus 25.  This chapter should be studied carefully by our readers.  In the year of Jubilee all land was to be returned to it's rightful owners.  Now let's add 50 uears to 1897, and it brings us to 1947.  It was in August of 1897 that Theodor Herzl convened the First Jewish Congress to search for a homeland for his wandering Jewish people.  And it was in August of 1947 that the United Nations voted to end the British Mandate over the holy land and allow the Jews to re-establish their own nation on their  ancient homeland.  Again, just "coincidence," or the moving of the mighty hand of God?   The following year on May 14, 1948 the modern nation of Israel was established.  
     "70" is the number in the Bible which signifies, "Restoration; the restoration of Israel."  On May 14, 1948 the modern nation of Israel was established in the holy land.  This "just happened" [tongue in cheek] to be exactly 70 years before this present year of 2018.  Do our readers suppose the Lord might be telling us something here?  
     However, this "70" can also be applied another way.  It was exactly 70 years from 1897 to the Six Day War in Israel in 1967.     In 1967 the modern nation of Israel suffered a vicious surprise attack from the Muslim nations surrounding them, in what is now referred to as  "the Six Day War.   This war came upon Israel exactly 70 years after Theodor Herzl began the regathering of the Jewish people in 1897.  Even though Israel was surprised by this vicious attack, the armies of little Israel struck back, and in just six days defeated the combined armies of all the Muslim nations which had come against them.  After that, the Muslim nations surrounding Israel have been very cautious about attacking God's chosen people.  In fact, two of those Muslim nations, Egypt and Jordan, have both made a "Peace Treaty" with Israel.     
      Now having shown our readers the numerical significance of these various numbers, lets see if we can use them in determining the fulfillment of future prophetic events.  
     Whoa!  Can this possibly be correct?  The next year of real prophetic importance in Israel's restoration to God and Christ Jesus is the year 2018.   But the Scriptures are quite plain that the Lord God will not, and does not, turn back to the nation and people of Israel until after the resurrection and rapture of His Gentile Church and people.  So since it is exactly 70 years from the Six Day war in 1967 to 2018, is the Lord God indeed trying to tell us living today, that He is coming for us in 2018?  Let's think about this for a minute or two.....
    "100" is the number in the Bible which signifies, "To call, choose, or elect."  The "voice" of the Lord Jesus, calling all of His New Covenant believers to come "home" to Him, is what all true believers are listening for, 1 Thessalonians 4:16.  Job, when speaking of the resurrection of the believer, said many centuries ago, "If a man die, shall he live again?  all the days of my apointed time will I wait, till my change come.   Thou shalt call, and I will answer Thee: Thou wilt have a desire to the work of Thine hands," Job 14:14-15.
     Now going back to the number, "21," which we began this study with; it was exactly 21 years from 1897 to 1918, when the First World War was brought to an end.  At that time, it was highly proclaimed to be "the war" that would end all wars!  But it didn't!   But now let's move forward from 1918 exactly 100 years, and, lo and behold, the year is 2018.  Remember that "100" is the number in the Bible signifying, "to call, choose, or elect."  Is this one of the Lord's ways of telling His people, that He is coming to resurrect and rapture us to glory in 2018?   
     I've said enough!  YOU decide!  
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