daily number thingies that are easy to digest
Professor Ian Mallett
I believe the Lord has laid it on my heart to share some of the wonders of His mathematics in small soundbites, or rather numberbites, to enable more believers to understand God's use of numbers and to encourage them to seek His hidden treasures. I am not a 'professor' in the accepted sense of the word but my dictionary says a professor is one who openly declares belief in certain doctrines. It is my heart's desire to teach God's children some of these hidden wonders and I hope that you Doves will find blessings and inspiration through these daily offerings.
NUMBERBITE #0005 2006-10-10
In 1551, Robert Estienne was the first to assign verse numbers to the New Testament and these divisions have been used since then by nearly all English Bibles, including the Authorised King James. The numbering of the verses in the Old Testament appears to shrouded in mystery, as can be seen in this link which also has some interesting and correct facts about the Bible: http://www.answers.com/topic/chapters-and-verses-of-the-bible. I find it difficult to comprehend why many think that there can't be any wonders and treasures to be found in the verse numbers simply because they are not from the original texts and they scoff at the very idea. Did God cease to inspire His servants after the first century? I don't think so! So here I offer a little gem.
The name Immanuel occurs just three times in Scripture, twice in the Old Testament and once in the New with the alternative spelling Emmanuel. The name means 'God with us' and is a name of Christ. The Scripture references are Isaiah 7:14, 8:8 and Matthew 1:23. By removing the colons, three numbers are revealed: 714, 88 and 123. The sum of these three figures is 714 + 88 + 123 that equals 925 and this is the English gematria of JESUS CHRIST! Coincidence? If these very same numbers are alternately added and subtracted, a common process in God's mathematics, we have 714 - 88 + 123 and that equals 749. This figure is the Hebrew gematria of YESHUA HA-MASHIACH, Jesus Christ!!
The first verse number reference 714 is a numerical anagram of 471. This is the English gematria value of the last reference EMMANUEL (5 + 40 + 40 + 1 + 50 + 300 + 5 + 30).
The Hebrew word for Immanuel has 6 letters that conceal an amazing 'zipped' file of incredible data. This information can be accessed at http://www.fivedoves.com/revdrnatch/filling_of_immanuel.htm
Praise the LORD, the Wonderful Numberer, JESUS CHRIST!
English gematria values based on the Hebrew and Greek systems.
All Scripture quoted as it is written in the Authorised King James Version of the Holy Bible
Isaiah chapter 7
14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah chapter 8
8: And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
Matthew chapter 1
23: 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.