Ted Porter (8 Nov 2011)
"Re:  Judson T. Pewther (28 June 2011)  "Heaven is for Real""

Judson Pewther had an amazing post on June 28, 2011. 

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/june2011/judsonp628.htm

In it he brought up Colton Burpo, a young boy who had been declared clinically dead and then came back to life.  After he came back to life, Colton retold visions he had in another dimension where he met Jesus and relatives who had died.  He also saw the future involving his parents fighting against the evil to come.  He brought back information regarding his dead relatives that his parents testified he could not have possibly known except as a witness that the visions he had seen were from God.  From Colton’s experience, his father wrote a book called, “Heaven is for Real”.  Although a lot of the book is not about Colton’s descriptions of his experience when he was clinically dead, that may be disappointing to some.  Still, there are nuggets of truth, told from a child’s simplistic perspective and not filtered through an adult’s experiences and perspective.  I especially liked Jesus telling Colton that in the future the dead in Christ would be getting bodies but the dead outside of Christ would not.  This also gives us a perspective into this spirit dimension Colton found himself in.  That omnipresent Jesus well could be sitting physically at the right hand of the Father and at the same time be ministering one on one with Colton on His lap and his “dead” relatives around him in paradise.   

Now this isn’t the first book written about someone who has been certified dead and then come back to life.  Many of these are dismissed as being fanciful imaginations and many contradict each other.  But Judson Pewther brings up a second witness to the possible truth of what Colton Burpo relates by noting the number of Colton Burpo’s name in English is the same as Jesus Christ!

First note that “Jesus Christ” when using the standard Hebrew and Greek numbering of letters in their alphabet applied to English and counting first by 1’s, then 10’s, then 100’s so a=1 and z=800, adds up to 925.

What can be said of 925?  Well, it is divisible by 37, the number the book “The Arithmetic of God” identifies with “exaltation”.  Of course, “exaltation” applies to Jesus Christ who was exalted first upon the Cross of Calvary to pay for the sins of the world, and then exalted to sit at the right hand of God the Father.  

Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.  Psalms 57:5

And it is commonly known that “Cross” in Greek, has a numerical value of 777 while the name “Jesus” in Greek has a numerical value of 888.  Both these numbers are also divisible by 37, (777 = 37 x 7+7+7 while 888 = 37 x 8+8+8).

On the other hand, “exaltation” is the sin satan committed when he as lucifer he led 1/3rd of the angels, those who followed him, in revolt so he could seat himself above God the Father.

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  Isaiah 14:12-13

Or the sin of the man of sin:

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  II Thessalonians 2:4

As 666 is 37 x 6+6+6.

But back to Colton Burpo whose name also equals 925.  

We are finding out that it is well to first translate names into English before applying the English standard A=1, Z=800 numbering to those names.  Let’s take the name “Colton”.  It literally means “Coal Town” but when translating now using the meaning of the original words it translates to “Dark Town”.

Okay, “Dark Town”.  Interesting.  Guess what!  The name “Dark Town” also equals 925.

Got your attention?

Let’s try this now with “Jesus Christ”.  Now the word “Christ” in Greek which is “Messiah” in Hebrew unquestionably translates into the English word, “Anointed”.  One finds the Greek word “Christ” in Strong’s as number 5547 with the definition of “anointed”.  One finds the Hebrew word “Messiah” in Strong’s as number 4899 also unsurprisingly with the definition of “anointed”.

“Jesus” is a little harder.  Looking at Strong’s, the word “Jesus” is number 2424 and is defined as Hebrew for the name of our Lord.  We have the definition defining itself instead of telling us what the word means.  Fortunately we have Matthew and Isaiah which let us know that his name in Hebrew is equal to Emmanuel / Immanuel means “God with us”.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Matthew 1:23

Now the number of “God with us” is 1188.  It is interesting how Jesus in Greek has a numerical value of 888 and 8 stands for “New Birth”.  Here we have two 8’s and two 1’s with 1 standing for “Unity”.  So we have “New Birth Unity”, twice.  Interesting.

But some may object because we have embedded another word for our Lord which is the word “God” in our definition or translation for another name for God.  But what is another word used to define God besides God?  He is indeed King of Kings and Lord of Lords but more than that, He is Sovereign!  The word “Sovereign” is even above King of Kings or Lord of Lords.  The interesting thing is that the number of “Sovereign with us” combined with “Anointed” is 2222.  Any repeating numbers should really get our attention.  And here we have four.  Now the number 2, which means division or separation, may point to the dual nature of “Jesus Christ”.  God and man were separated from each other when Adam sinned in the garden.  Jesus Christ is the first time God became man.  Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, referred to Himself over and over again as the “son of man”.  Duality, yet separation.  We had been separated from God through our sins, but through Jesus Christ we can repent and accept His free gift of eternal life and be with God, forever and ever.

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  Hebrews 7:26

 

To God be the Glory!

Shalom.