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Misc Study: Number Patterns in Scripture
Submitted by: Susan Kanen (skanen144@yahoo.com)
Date: May 29, 1999
URL: http://philologos.org/bpr/files/Misc_Studies/ms028.htm

 

Number Patterns in Scripture
by Susan Kanen

Have you noticed how often certain numbers appear together in Scripture passages? Information that is not hidden in Hebrew or Greek letter values or in letters found after repeated spacings, but right on the surface as words in the text. A number code available to anyone who can read. The numbers 7, 12, 40, and 50 occur frequently within the same Bible passage. God as the master mathematician talks in number patterns. To begin a discussion on number patterns in Scriptures, first we need to see the pattern, then ask what does it mean?

The numbers 7, 12, 40, and 50 are used right on the surface of the text in Bible stories (7 days of creation, 7 candles, 12 shewbread, 12 disciples, 40 days and nights of rain, 40 years of wandering, 50 days of Pentecost etc.). Often studies on Bible numbers proceed by ascribing certain attributes to each number; listing each number in turn with a brief paragraph. But let us limit our search to the numbers 7, 12, 40, and 50.

Halley in his Bible Commentary, writing of the 12 disciples: (p. 465 1965 edition):

"Why Jesus chose Twelve we do not know. Of these, three were an inner group. Besides the 12, he sent out 70 on a special errand. 3, 12, and 70 figure largely in Scripture symbolism. 12 tribes of Israel were the foundation of the Hebrew nation. 12 Apostles laid the foundation of the Church. Moses had 70 elders. Sanhedrin had 70 members. These numbers may have some mystic meaning unknown to us."

Mr. Halley how right! More 7's listed by Halley's are: every 7th day a Sabbath, every 7th year a Sabbatic year, every 7th Sabbatic year was followed by Jubilee year, every 7th month was especially holy-having 3 feasts, there were 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost, Passover Feast lasted 7 days, Tabernacles Feast lasted 7 days, at Passover 14 lambs were offered daily, at Tabernacles 14 lambs daily and 70 bullocks, at Pentecost 7 lambs were offered.

Ivan Panin earlier this century, has written marvelous accounts of the numeric symmetry of the Scriptures particularly regarding the number seven. The mathematical probabilities of this all happening by chance are so remote that he believed his writings constituted scientific proof of God. E. W. Bullinger author of Number in Scripture, writes that "we have but touched the fringe of this great and important subject."

Even outside the Bible, you can see this pattern (7, 12, 40, and 50) in the organization of time (7 days a week, 12 months a year, 40 years per generation, 50 year jubilee), 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 seas and continents, 12 divisions to the sky, an octave of piano notes has 7 white keys and 12 notes total, and gestational periods in multiples of 7 (man's is 7x40, sheep 21x7, dog 9x7, cat 8x7, hen 3x7, lion 7x7x3).

Why did God bother with a number pattern at all? God has not used numbers haphazardly -every word is there intentionally. Why should Bible number patterns be studied and interpreted at all? Perhaps the strongest answer is because the pattern is there and if God chose to speak to us this way, we should choose to listen. In the book of Revelation, seven times God said let him that has ears to hear, hear what the spirit says to the churches. To communicate, we need to recognize language patterns: sounds, letters, words, phrases, etc. Words have meaning according to how they are used in relationship to each other.

We have not recognized numbers as symbols, their use as letters to form "words" and as a language to communicate. Authors of this subject usually give one meaning to each number, but we don't use letters that way. The question should be: why have we not studied this number pattern before? Otherwise what difference could it make for the story? Who cares how many brothers, sisters, or days, or years, times to sprinkle the ark, numbers of candles, stars, stalks of wheat. God is marking His message with numbers in the hope we will ask why does God bother to number how many sneezes. There is a pattern for redemption; we just haven't seen it but it is there. It is not hidden at all, just sealed until we seek to find it.

Perhaps God uses number patterns because they translate into any language without perversion over time. God speaks of things such as DNA, chromosomes, conception, egg, sperm, and the passage of time in a number language. These things were alluded to before man had words or knowledge to describe wonders yet undiscovered. God is indeed a "Wonderful Numberer" as spoken of by Daniel.

There is great interest today in hidden Bible Codes where messages are concealed in evenly spaced letters found by computer searches. To prove this to be true requires careful statistical analysis beyond the reach of most Bible students. This study doesn't deal with formulas that need the help of sophisticated computer software but deals with the surface text of the Bible.

These four numbers, 7, 12, 40, 50 are like a simple "alphabet" of God's number language. Some passages have some of these numbers and some have three: 7, 12, 40. The analysis of probability is simple. The chances of choosing a number at random is 1 out of the total. For example the chances of getting a 6 with one throw of the dice is 1 out of 6. To get two sixes out of two throws the chances are 1 out of 6X6 or 1 out of 36. If the numbers in Bible stories are random and without God's direction the probability of getting a 7, then 12, then 40 in a given story is 1 out of 7X12X40 or one out of 3360. Twelve of the main persons and events of the Bible have all three numbers of the pattern. The probability of the Bible's main twelve stories having all three numbers is less than 1 out of 40,000 (7X12X40X12).

Within the main twelve events surrounding Jesus, Elijah, Moses, Elisha, Ezekiel, David, Solomon, Jacob, Joshua, Paul, the return from exile, and Jonah; there is imprinted three numbers (7, 12, 40). Only the Tabernacle/Temple, Moses, Elijah/Elisha, and the Miracle Feeding with Loaves and Fishes have all four. Maybe God is trying to tell us something here. The challenge is to see the pattern and then ask what does it mean. Jesus makes this challenge as He discusses the miracles of the loaves and fishes:

Mark 8:19-21
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand (50X100), how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. [20] And when the seven among four thousand (40X100), how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. [21] And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

God is speaking in a number language. In Mark, Jesus is disappointed that the disciples have not understood yet. By the time God speaks in Revelation, He doesn't hold back using numbers to communicate. Sevens and twelves adorn the whole book. The pattern multiplies like a fractal throughout the Bible: twelve women have seven associated with their lives, twelve men are mentioned in groups of twelve, twelve time periods are mentioned for 40 days (not counting unrighteous mocking by Goliath) and 12 periods of 40 years.

This discussion should generate the question, "What does the number pattern 7, 12, 40, 50 symbolize?" How God uses numbers can help us to hear what is closest to His heart. We do not hear because we really are not listening to what He is saying. Much of what is really on the surface of His Word regarding the use of numbers goes unnoticed. Noting God's use of numbers may open a door to the mysteries of God and His Holiness. For instance, we need to concentrate more on the first part of this oft quoted verse on the number 666:

REV 13:18
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number ....

Actually the original question of this study is: What does it mean to be born spiritually? The author believes God answered by pointing out a number pattern throughout Scripture. This pattern does not change from Genesis to Revelation. This fact adds to a conviction that the Scriptures are divinely inspired. Since no men had control over all the persons and events that are recorded, numbers could not be controlled by man. Since they are not randomly distributed, God must have placed them intentionally to speak to us. As Christians, we know we are to be the Bride of Christ, we need to learn His language. Throughout Scriptures, God has apparently chosen to mark His message with numbers. This is spiritually speaking, a kindergarten lesson that as it is mastered can open up understanding throughout the Bible. Once the pattern is understood many Bible stories with numbers in them can be comprehended more fully.

These numbers are imprinted in our physical bodies in human reproductive cycles: 12 monthly cycles/year and conception occurring on the 14th (2x7) day of the female's cycle, and a gestational period of 280 (40x7). Zola Levitt has a video and a book on the Feast Cycle mirroring the development of the child in the womb. Right to Life describes the womb as a sanctuary. Perhaps an interpretation of the symbolism surrounding the Tabernacle and its function and this number pattern in Scriptures is that they symbolize and parallel reproduction as we know it in the physical world.

Inside the curtains of the Holiest Place atop the Mercy Seat is the shadow of the pattern showing the beginning of life in the spiritual sense - a conception. We know a lot more about the facts of physical conception than ever before. We can use this to understand the symbols in the Tabernacle and ultimately our own redemption (conception) in the Spirit as we are born again in Christ. This author has been seeking the Lord on this question about the analogy of spiritual and physical birth since April 1991. If we are spiritually "born," who is father, mother, where is the womb, how long till we are "born" after conceived etc.?

Another key to interpretation is the parable of the sower. The seed (sperma in Greek) or the Word of God is the male element. Tabernacle, Temple, Upper Room were types of the female element even to the point that the floor plans resembled female anatomy. The Feast Cycles based on the moon were feminine as well. Reproduction and the use of a number pattern become a type of Rosetta Stone (the stone dictionary with several languages used to translate hieroglyphics) to understand the meaning of spiritual birth. Physical reproduction could be used to understand spiritual redemption. The number pattern 7, 12, 40, 50, describes throughout all of Scripture how spiritual birth is like physical birth--Jesus said, "marvel not, you must be born again."

Realizing that the Tabernacle represents the location of conception; what is the meaning of 7 candlesticks and 12 shewbread? If this is the type for the place of conception, which side is male which is female? Psalm 119:105 says thy Word (sperma) is a lamp (the special lampstand or the menorah of seven candles). That is it! Seven is symbolic of the male type! Twelve of the female. Forty times seven days for human gestation. Don't let this bother you that 12 disciples were physically male--spiritually they are the female type of the Bride of Christ. Washings and purifications were repeatedly stated to be done 7x--a male type in the same way an egg is bathed in seed at conception. Jesus said to pray "our Father" and God as Father established the seven day week of creation setting the pattern for the beginning of life with the number seven as maleness. For life to occur there is the union of two elements- one male and one female. In the beginning, there was a separation-heaven (God's domain- male) from earth (female). To bring life and redemption, God spoke over 7 days and His Testimony (same root word as testosterone) brought life to the earth (female). Here what is seem from space (earth) and what is seen under the microscope (egg) appear to be a similar form. Jesus' genealogy is full of sevens (see Panin's work) as we are told of the Savior's birth. Interestingly, the Heavens are divided into 12 signs of the Zodiac and the earth is divided into 7 continents.

In kindergarten classrooms, children sing of the 12 months of the year and 7 days of the week. How is it that God's pattern is so clear to children? He puts it in their hands. The numbers in the miracle feedings with loaves and fishes follow the same pattern and in their simplicity are actually the most profound in meaning.

The Mercy Seat is flanked with cherubims described as having two wings up and two wings down. I see the cherubims to be types of chromosomes with the same physical description. With the help of Strong's book on the Tabernacle of Israel: embroidered on the curtains are 23 cherubims/chromosomes (7 on 3 sides +2 on the dividing curtain torn at the crucifixion). Man has 23 pairs of chromosomes. How well our Creator knows us and reveals information today that he has kept hidden for centuries.

When the pattern of 7 and 12 became apparent, I thought how it was everywhere in the Bible and supposed that opening to any page I could find it. A random selection found 2 Chronicles 7 on Solomon's dedication of the Temple. Solomon offered a hundred and twenty thousand (12 x 10,000) sheep over a seven day feast. I then looked up the numbers used specifically in the main Bible events: birth of Christ, the Last Supper, Resurrection, Ascension and found the same phenomena.

This came in handy when I was asked to lead the devotion at a Ladies' Christmas Cookie Exchange a few years ago. The Lord was just showing me all about this number pattern. My friend said that she would really rather have a Christmas message and I told her I had not looked there yet for evidence of the pattern, but that I would and report back. In faith, I searched in Luke. No 7 angels, 12 shepherds--nothing until the last few paragraphs where it mentioned Anna. She lived with her husband 7 years, without him 77 years and was now 84 (12X7). I told my friend she would get a Christmas devotion on number patterns. I sent out invitations to meet at 7:12 pm, bring 7 dozen cookies, to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas and hear of the twelve testimonies of the birth of Christ (shepherds, Angels, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Wisemen etc.) A few asked why 7:12pm? I think seven women showed up. I am not sure they were counting.

To get back to the subject, I Chronicles 23, 24, 25, 27 are loaded with 12's and 24's to mark the Temple with the number 12. God sure wasted a lot of print in those chapters if He wasn't trying to make a point. There is more ink and paper here than on the whole Christmas story . We really are hard of hearing. Hear again what Jesus said as He tried to explain the number pattern of the Loaves and Fishes:

Mark 8:17-21
... perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? [18] Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? [19] When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. [20] And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. [21] And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

1 Peter 1:23
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The parable of the sower tells us that the Word of God is the seed (sperma in Greek). Psalm 119 tells us that His Word is a Lamp (the special lamp or menorah of 7 candlesticks). Our Father created heaven and earth by the Spoken Word in 7 days. God is using numbers like adjectives to mark things with similar attributes. Seven is identified with maleness. In Revelation, we see Jesus, our Bridegroom, with 7 spirits before His throne, with 7 golden candlesticks speaking to 7 churches, holding 7 stars and a Book of 7 seals, with 7 angels and 7 trumpets, and 7 thunderings preparing 7 plagues and 7 vials, 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 heads, 7 mountains, 7 kings, 7,000 men. You know, if the numbers are meaningless, there is a lot of wasted text here. Seven appears about 50 times. It seems to me that there has got to be something to explain what God is trying to say here.

We also see the Bride adorned with 12 stars, the New Jerusalem with 12 gates, 12 angels, 12 tribes, 12,000 of each tribe, 12 foundations, 12 apostles, 12 pearls, 12 stones, 12,000 furlongs on 3 dimensions (this is lost in some translations and found in KJV), 12 fruits of the tree of life, 144 cubits the measure of the wall--12 things in all marking again the female, the Bride. No restraint of a number pattern here--by now we should understand God's number language. In Revelation, it is written 7 times to the 7 churches, "Let him that has ears to hear." There is no mixing of the use of 7 or 12. In other words all things associated with the Bride, the New Jerusalem, are by 12's--she's all girl. The Bridegroom likewise is surrounded with 7's--all boy. Our couple is in full maturity. This is a wedding! At times when I see in Scriptures an abundance of 7, 12, or 40's I see creation, procreation, renewal, redemption and life. God has adorned His message with a sprinkling of numbers.

The Blood of Christ, we are told fell to the ground (female)--a type of conception. Christ on the cross spoke giving us his Word (His Testimony and His Blood) in seven phrases from the cross listed by Bullinger p181 of Number in Scriptures (of 300 pages, 41 devoted to the number 7):
See http://triumph.simplenet.com/stonejes.htm for a discussion on the blood of Christ falling to the ground as a result of stoning fulfilling the shadow of the red heifer. Christ faced west towards His Bride-type of the temple and the door of the temple faces to the east to the Bridegroom. This is much the same as the Temple built facing east to receive the sunrise like the Bridegroom of Psalm 19.

Seven phrases from the cross:
1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34
2. Thou shalt be with Me in Paradise. Luke 23:43
3. My God, why have you forsaken Me? Matt 27:46
4. Woman behold the son..Behold the mother. John19:28
5. I thirst. John 19:28
6. Father, into Thy hand I commend My Spirit. Luke 23:46
7. It is finished. John 19:30

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave each disciple a piece of his body (12) pieces of bread and then they received the wine (His Blood) into their bodies and the two elements brought life, a type of conception. Look at Judas, he dipped the bread in wine outside his body--a test tube try at conception that did not come to life, it was outside his body, and it died not attaching to a body to grow. Within their bodies the disciples received bread (female element) and the wine (male element). God's Spirit, His Testimony or His Word or His Blood, His New Covenant (Testimony) symbolized by the wine to us effectively function as we know sperm to function to give us life. The number pattern helps to say this also. I Peter 1:23 does too.

Follow the actions and number pattern surrounding the Ark of the Covenant at the battle of Jericho. The Captain of the Host tells Joshua to have 7 priests with 7 trumpets, on 7 days after the 7th time around the city to blow the trumpets. I think the people were told not to talk so they wouldn't compare notes and conclude--now this is silly! We have here a picture of a type of conception of sperm (God's Word) penetrating egg (the walled city). Man had no knowledge of cells and cell walls and the miracle of conception then. We can see that now especially if we understand God's number pattern. We can hear that 7 is really emphasized in this story and look for the male element--God's Word, which is characteristically male as in:

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Perhaps God is showing us He knows of cell structure and function, after all, He created it. The Tabernacle pattern in itself is like a cell with an outer cell wall or curtains and inner wall defining a nucleus or the Holiest of Holies. The Ark containing the Commandments represents the Word of God; our pattern for Spiritual life is like the nucleus containing DNA--the words in a four letter chemical language specifying the pattern for our physical life. The High Priest was instructed to sprinkle blood seven times (as a male) upon the Ark on the Day of Atonement--the renewal of life for the year. Christ did this once and for all with His own Blood.

Jews celebrate Hanukkah, but note the number of candles in the modern menorah--nine. I know this is in memory of the days the candles burned without oil, but I see this number as a departure from the original design that God set within the Tabernacle for the candlestick. God told Moses to carefully follow the pattern that was presented. The Jews are not doing this now, neither have they received the true Word that "Tabernacles" among us--The Word made flesh in Jesus.

Panin wrote a lot about the number seven, especially in relationship to the genealogy of Christ. I've read from Creation ExNihilo Technical Journal, vol. 7(2), 1993, pp184-196, an article: The Ultimate Assertion: Evidence of Supernatural Design the Divine Prologue by Vernon Jenkins, a mathematical analysis of the first seven words of Genesis--that demonstrates with mathematics and geometric patterns the connection that God's Word has to the number seven and other patterns in general including musical scales.

For those with wisdom count....(Rev. 13:18) ...not just the number of the beast but the numbers of our God. How many times is the "voice of the Lord" mentioned in Psalm 29? Do you know before you count? (God's Word is seed, male, marked by the number seven)

Psalm 29:1-11
A Psalm of David.
Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. [2] Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. [3] The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. [4] The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. [5] The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. [6] He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. [7] The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. [8] The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. [9] The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. [10] The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever. [11] The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

The basic assumption underlying this study on number patterns in Scripture is that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God..." 2 Tim. 3:16. That every word is meant by God to be there. We have neglected the many times that numbers appear throughout the Bible stories. We have failed to see the Word as one story--His story with a common thread of a number pattern throughout. We have failed to ask what is God saying with the reoccurring numbers. The book of Revelation was discussed as a type of a wedding because the overwhelming presence of 7 (maleness) and 12 (femaleness). The last chapter of the Bible is the invitation by the Spirit (7) and the Bride (12) to come and take freely of the gift of the water of life. We know of the Jewish tradition that the Bridegroom must go and prepare a place for his bride that meets with the father's approval before he can steal his bride away as a thief in the night.

John 14:2-3
[3] And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

This is what our Bridegroom is doing in the book of Revelation--judging the earth and preparing it for our thousand year reign together and then preparing a new heaven and a new earth for us to live together forever.

Rev. 21:1-2
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

On the board in a third grade classroom, the teacher wrote four things that were similar for the students to notice a pattern:

1. hours from 12 noon to 12 midnight
2. months of the year
3. a carton of eggs
4. inches in a foot

Of course these things contain twelve each. What a strange number imprinted on time, space, and quantities of eggs. Again the pattern given to children. Perhaps the British system of measurement relates to the Biblical pattern. British scientists had the King James Bible and were to some extent established in the Christian faith. Why else would such an unnatural system be in place-12" to a foot. Twelve was the pattern for earthly measurements when based in a sacred system of measurement not a secular. Isn't the decimal system based on 10 a much better way for man?

God doesn't treat the number ten very kindly. Ten Commandments tell us that we are sinners deserving of death. Ten lepers except one didn't thank the Lord for healing. Ten spies came back with a bad report. If we work for our salvation, it is our ten fingers that try to improve on God's grace. Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham after ten years, in Lev. 26:26 10 women baking cannot satisfy hunger, Numbers 14:22 the people didn't hear God 10X, Naomi was 10 years in Moab, 10 men of Joab killed Absalom, 10 of David's concubines profaned by Absalom were shut up and died in widowhood, 10 is an important number in Solomon's temple (worldly influence?), Jeroboam's son died after his wife offered 10 loaves to a prophet.

Often forty is seen representing a period of trial or punishment. God uses 40 to show us redemption and this parallels the process of birth. Forty is the number of weeks of a human pregnancy and where this involves a time of probation and trial and tribulation, the pain is secondary to the joy of new life--ask any mother. The 40 lashes are not meant to just be punishment but perhaps the means to cause a change to a better way of life for a guilty man. In other words not a criminal way of life. Any more lashes would presumably bring death. Therefore maybe fewer than 40 lashes is meant to provide life. The 40 days and nights of rain were a time of isolation for Noah's family not unlike a womb or sanctuary experience. The volume of the Ark is 5x5x5x5x5x12x12 from the Biblical dimensions. I've been speculating the feminine nature of the number 12. Noah's family was sealed within the walls of the Ark to "gestate" for a season. The 40 years of wilderness was a punishment but also a probation which resulted in the still birth of that generation. They did not receive God's Word--male seed (they wanted Moses to hear for them). Joshua's generation was alive and they brought God's Word into Jericho (lots of sevens). They inherited the land (female) divided up for the twelve tribes. Jesus' fast was not a punishment as much as a trial and He was "born" out of it into His life of miracles and ministry. This discussion doesn't have the right to any private interpretation. But here is a value to searching out the number pattern in Scripture.

In the way that 40 tells of the time necessary to bring forth physical birth (subject to death), 50 tells us of a second birth--redeemed and life anew immune from death. In the feeding with loaves and fishes, 40 is associated with 7 and 50 with 12. Creation sprang to life at God's speaking in 7 days and was tested with only the righteous surviving through 40 days and nights of Noah's Flood. Abraham looked for 50 righteous men to be saved from judgment. A trial of 40 didn't bring eternal life to Noah or Moses. We must wait another 10 days after the Ascension (40 +10=50), till Pentecost (50th Day after Passover) for another birth or process of redemption (conception). We must be born again. The Spirit of God rushed into the Upper Room to unite with the 120 believers (a type of Bride-female) to give us conception in the Spirit. We are called to 10 days of awe and repentance before the Feast of the Tabernacles to repent of our sinfulness before the Day of Atonement. We are given Ten Commandments that tells us of our sinfulness. We are redeemed from a enslaved and sinful life as the humbled woman is freed with the price of 50 shekels. The Tabernacle was held together by parts in groups of 50:

Exodus 36:12-13
Fifty loops made he in one curtain, and fifty loops made he in the edge of the curtain which was in the coupling of the second: the loops held one curtain to another. [13] And he made fifty taches of gold, and coupled the curtains one unto another with the taches: so it became one tabernacle.

Exodus 36:17-18
And he made fifty loops upon the uttermost edge of the curtain in the coupling, and fifty loops made he upon the edge of the curtain which coupleth the second. [18] And he made fifty taches of brass to couple the tent together, that it might be one.

The number fifty is used to communicated a uniting and gathering together to be one. We see the crowds gathered together by groups of 50 and 100 at the miracle feeding of loaves and fishes. At Pentecost, the body was gathered together. Redemption not just to an individual, but an incorporated body.

It is not by coincidence that there are 50 states in the United States of America. The author believes that God had his hand on the formation and redemption of this part of the earth; that the founding fathers entreated the Creator at its conception to direct and bring it to life; that God's Word was the foundation to our system of laws. Our system of justice is based on 12 jurors. Nowhere on earth has liberty been given free reign to express its gifts of prosperity and tolerance. Many realize that in recent decades, we have departed for our foundations. We are now at the 40th anniversary of our 49th State (Alaska) and our 50th State (Hawaii). In 2009, we may be called to a jubilee and if so, will we be judged as Israel for not celebrating the Jubilee Sabbatical for the land? These things cannot be stated dogmatically, since it is not expressed specifically in the Scriptures, but God's number pattern seems to finds itself expressed wherever we see God's handiwork in Creation and our Redemption.

This list is part of the study Number Patterns in Scripture. Note the many uses the numbers 7,12,40, 50. They are grouped beside the headings:

LIVING THING CONCEIVED--
7 the MALE TYPE --
12 the FEMALE TYPE--
40 or 50 the GESTATION --
Comments --

OUTLINE OF THE NUMBER PATTERN IN THE LOAVES AND FISHES:

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- miracle leftovers
7 the MALE TYPE --7 baskets at 4000
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12 baskets at 5000
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 4000, 5000 people
Comments-- Mark 8, Jesus asked, "Do you not understand?"

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Miracle feeding of the crowds
7 the MALE TYPE -- fish--2 for feeding 5000 and several for the 4000. (If the several were 5 then total fish could be 7.) The feeding of the 4000 is a Gentile audience and is the male element (like the 7 churches) and the baskets leftover were 7.
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 loaves (5 for feeding 5000 plus 7 for feeding 4000). The feeding of 5000 is to a Jewish audience and is the female element since the leftover pieces mixed together were 12 baskets (like the Tribes).
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 4000 and 5000 people fed. Also note the many 50s in the Temple. The people sat in groups of 50 and 100.

EXAMPLES OF THE NUMBER PATTERN:

LIVING THING CONCEIVED---human
7 the MALE TYPE -- human sperm on the 14th (7x2) day of a woman's cycle
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- egg released monthly, every 1/12TH of a year
40 or 50 the GESTATION ---40 weeks

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Creation
7 the MALE TYPE -- God speaks in 7 days
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- earth
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 3X40X50= 6000 years (120 jubilees) Genesis 6:3 man's days set at 120 yrs

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- time
7 the MALE TYPE --7 days in a week
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 months in the year, 12 hours in the daytime, 12 hours in the night
40 or 50 the GESTATION --40 years per generation, 50 year jubilee

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- time cycles (adapted from Grant Jeffrey's book, Appointment with Destiny, 1997)
7 the MALE TYPE --7s or weeks of Daniel's 70 weeks, 70 years of Babylonian captivity and restoration, 490 (7X70) years from the birth of Abraham to Exodus, the time between dedication of the First Temple and the Second Temple
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12 each of periods of 40 days: rain at the Flood, Israel mourns Jacob, 2X Moses on Sinai, 2X Moses intercedes for Israel, 12 spies search Canaan, Jonah, Elijah's fasting journey, Ezekiel lies on his right side, Jesus' fast, for Jesus to ascend after the Resurrection (the unrighteous Goliath challenges Israel would make 13 is not counted with the others). 12 each periods of 40 years: Moses' life divided into 3x40, Isaac and Esau forty years when wed, Israel in the wilderness, under Othniel, Barak, Gideon, Eli, King Saul, King David, King Solomon and King Joash, enslaved by Philistines
40 or 50 the GESTATION --40 years per generation, 50 year jubilee.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- creation of man, Adam, a living soul
7 the MALE TYPE -- breath of life from God, God's Word often associated with the number 7
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- dust of the ground, the human body has 12 pairs of ribs to receive `breath' or air Genesis 2:7, God knows we are but dust. Genesis 3:19 "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." 12 subatomic building blocks form the material world.
40 or 50 the GESTATION--40 years per generation, 50 year jubilee, measured time. Comments -- Dust is perhaps like the stone that Satan tempts Jesus to turn to bread in Matt 4:3 after Jesus' 40 day fast. See bread often under the 12 heading.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- man in the days of Noah
7 the MALE TYPE -- flood in judgment after 7 days appears 3X, pitch
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- ark volume 300X50X30 = 5X5X5X5X5X12X12, 7 clean animals for blood sacrifice, Noah had 120 years to preach-the days of man set at 120 years
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- rained 40 days and nights on earth, ark volume 50X40X225
Comments -- The years of Noah's life demonstrate a type a conception/redemption as is years before the flood were 600 (12X50) and 350 after the flood (7X50).

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Abraham
7 the MALE TYPE --7 ewe lambs to Abimelech oath for a well
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Nabor, Abraham's brother, has 12 sons
40 or 50 the GESTATION --40 righteous left to save

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- the King over Joseph in Prison
7 the MALE TYPE -- butler- the wine taster
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- baker of bread

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jacob embalmed
7 the MALE TYPE -- 70 days mourning
12 the FEMALE TYPE -- one of 12 sons
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- after 40 days buried
Comments -- Genesis 50:3

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jacob's family
7 the MALE TYPE -- labored 7 years for Leah and Rachel
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- one of 12 brothers

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- the names "Abraham, Isaac, Jacob" recorded in Scripture
7 the MALE TYPE -- 7x in Exodus before Red Sea, 7x in Deut., 7x in Gospels
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12x in New Testament

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Joseph's dreams
7 the MALE TYPE-- 7 kine, 7 stalks
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 sheaves, 11 stars bow to Joseph's star? = 12 stars

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Egypt saved from starving
7 the MALE TYPE -- in Joseph's dreams; 7 cows, 7 corn stalks, 7 years, 70 Jews saved all of Jacob's children in Exodus 1:5
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 brothers the sons of Jacob and the future tribes of Israel

LIVING THING CONCEIVED--Two signs in the sky,
7 the MALE TYPE -- sun (light), Isaiah 30:26 light 7x
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- moon (dust) has a 4x7 day cycle
Comments -- Two lights to rule the sky Gen. 1:16

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Tabernacle, Temple
7 the MALE TYPE -- 7 candles in candlestick, from Strong's Hebrew #5216 also in Psalm 119:105 Thy Word is a lamp (a candlestick)
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 shewbread
Comments -- The candlestick is like three concentric 12 hour clocks divided horizontally leaving 7 divisions around a semicircle. With 2 menorahs one right side up and the other upside down, put together, it is a circle divided by 12 like a clock.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Tabernacle, Temple
7 the MALE TYPE --7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months, 7 steps, 7x washings, 7 each sacrifices Num. 7:84 at the altar
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12each: chargers, bowls, spoons, bullocks, rams lambs, goats, oxen at the base of molten sea
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 sockets of silver, 40 cubits long, 50 loops and taches in curtain, breadth of court is 50 cubits, 50 years the maximum age for a priest, 1/50 the portion for Levites' service in the price of the Temple land was 50, Length of the porch, gate, windows, rooms, doors, and weight of nails, price of a humbled woman

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Temple servants
7 the MALE TYPE -- God's Word, the Menorah of 7 lights, Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
12 the FEMALE TYPE--288=12x12x2;24 verses of I Chron. 23 repeats 12, 24 times, I Chron. 24 - the Priesthood in 24 families, 24 elders around the throne in Revelations, Kings servants: 24,000/month, in I Chron. 27 repeats 24,000, 12x. These three chapters like Rev 7 very emphatic in repetitions of 12.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Dedication of the Temple
7 the MALE TYPE --7 day feast of Solomon
12 the FEMALE TYPE--120,000 sheep sacrifice
Comments -- I King 8:63-65

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- nation of Israel w/Moses
7 the MALE TYPE -- water Red Sea crossed on dry land, drank water from rock, 7 days of Feast of Unleavened Bread, the 7th month becomes the 1st and the calendar is rotated 180 degrees
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- people of Israel dead from Egypt, ate manna, 12 tribes
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40 years wilderness
Comments -- The Red Sea did not wet or baptize the people. On day 50 (Pentecost) after Passover people refused to hear the law and died. Neither did they hear at Pentecost. The water and the Word act to give life as the sperm to the egg at conception. Ephes. 5:26 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," 1 Peter 1:23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Moses' life
7 the MALE TYPE -- married one of 7 sisters
12 the FEMALE TYPE--120 years total
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 3X40 yr. periods Exodus 2

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Life at Elim, after Red Sea
7 the MALE TYPE --70 palm trees
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 wells
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- after 40 yrs in wilderness Promised Land Exodus 15:27

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Hope of Promised Land
7 the MALE TYPE --7 nations there at time of conquest Acts13:19
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 Spies, Joshua fighting 12 cities -
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40 days spies in Promised Land
Comments -- 10 returned with a bad report

LIVING THING CONCEIVED--10 Commandments to Godīs people
7 the MALE TYPE -- God's Word given to Moses after 7 days
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- on a mountain, on stone, altar of 12 pillars
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40 days on the mountain Exodus 24
Comments -- Following the Ten Commandments cannot bring eternal life.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Ten Commandments changed to 12
7 the MALE TYPE -- The Bible contains over 7000 promises (see notes in Kirban Bible)
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- New Commandments Jesus added 2 now total of 12
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- God's Spirit given at Pentecost (50th day after the Passover). This conception leads to eternal life.
Comments -- God promises a new way in Ezekiel 11:19. "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony (perhaps as in the tablets of the 10 Commandments) heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:"

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Feast of the Tabernacles, 2nd Advent, Marriage of the Lamb
7 the MALE TYPE -- the Spirit (the 7 Spirits of God)
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- the Bride- see the 12's of the New Jerusalem
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- eternal life starting w/1000 years earth in Revelations they stand together

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Life every year by Feasting with seven appointed feasts
7 the MALE TYPE -- Passover or Spring Feasts is the Groom's Feast, 7 days duration on the 14th day of the month. Passover, Unleaven Bread, Firstfruits are the life demonstrated by Christ's Resurrection
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Pentecost The Bride's Feast, after 50 days
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- Feast of Tabernacles, Fall Feasts, the Marriage Feast, Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah Day of Atonement after 10 days, the final ingathering and consummation in the Seventh month

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Passover fulfilled by Christ
7 the MALE TYPE -- Wine, the Blood of Christ
12 the FEMALE TYPE -- Bread broken to 12 disciples was Christ's body
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- Upper room

LIVING THING CONCEIVED--Spirit filled life at Pentecost
7 the MALE TYPE -- God's Spirit a rushing wind
12 the FEMALE TYPE--120 believers, 12 disciples
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- Pentecost, the church waited after 40 days after Crucified Christ + 10 days in the Upper room
Comments -- The Upper Room is a type of uterus.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- life anew by forgiveness of sins
7 the MALE TYPE -- High Priest sprinkles Blood 7X, washings by 7X
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Horns of the altar, washing of the body, altar 12X12 Ezekiel 43:16 "And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof."

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Balaamīs sacrifice
7 the MALE TYPE --7 altars, 7 oxen, 7 rams Number 23:1

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- nation of Israel w/Joshua
7 the MALE TYPE -- water of the Jordan
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- a people dead in the wilderness, 12 stones in the Jordan      40 or 50 the GESTATION -- in the promised land
Comments -- Priest crossed the river and got their feet wet making a type of conception possible, unlike the Red Sea crossing done on dry land.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED--Life in the Promised land
7 the MALE TYPE --7 tribes last to receive land
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12 tribes
Comments -- Joshua 18:2

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Conquest of Jericho
7 the MALE TYPE --7X each: Priests, trumpets, times, days
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- city walls, 12 stones in Jordan
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40,000 soldiers
Comments -- Joshua 4-6

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Ruth's redemption
7 the MALE TYPE -- Ruth is better than 7 sons
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Ruth's name mentioned 12X in the Book of Ruth which covers 12 year time, Ruth's fate decided by 12 men = Boaz + other kinsman + 10 elders, Ruth receives from Boaz one ephah (6 measures) in her day of work plus 6 measures after night meeting = 12 measures. Again 12 associated with grain or bread.
Comments -- Compare this Bethlehem number pattern to Anna at the first Christmas-obvious with #7 and quietly with #12. Boaz's field near the field where shepherds hear of Christ's birth, Obed born to Ruth near where Jesus was born 1100 yrs. later at ancestral home of King David

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Reigns of Kings and Judges
7 the MALE TYPE -- David (includes 7 years in Hebron), Saul, Jeru, Joash, Gideon, Eli died at loss of Ark, Joash starting at 7 yrs old
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40 years each

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Elijah challenge against Baals
7 the MALE TYPE -- looked 7X for rain
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 stones in the altar, 12 barrels of water (4x3) I Kings 18

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Elijah
7 the MALE TYPE -- curse of water
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- cake of bread
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- refreshed 40 days
Comments -- I Kings 19

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Elijah calls Elisha
7 the MALE TYPE --7,000 not bowed to Baal
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 oxen of Elisha, 1 Kings 19:19
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- witnessed by 50 sons of the prophets II Kings 2:7

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Elisha's ministry
7 the MALE TYPE -- child sneezed 7X, Naaman washed 7X, 7 yr famine a prophet is identified with God's Word and is associated with the number 7
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 camel's burden 1 Kings 8:9

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Purification
7 the MALE TYPE --7 red heifers from Moses to Christ
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- ashes=dust of earth, dry, barren ashes mixed with water to cleanse Tabernacle, Priesthood. Ashes mixed with water are a type of conception.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- David's life spared
7 the MALE TYPE --7 shewbread left on table in Temple when David took 5 loaves from the 12 shewbread as he was fleeing from Saul for his life, reigned 7 yrs in Hebron l Kings 2:11
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 total reign, 40,000 horsemen 2 Sam 10:18

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Ezra's offering at returning to Jerusalem
7 the MALE TYPE --77 lambs Ezra 8:35
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- on the 12th day (Ezra 8:31) 12 bullocks, 8x12 rams, 12 he goats

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Esther's people
7 the MALE TYPE --7's: day feast, maidens, princes, astrologers, the King married Esther in 7th year of his reign
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 month's of Esther's purification, Purim is on the 14th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the King's reign
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- saved from 50 cubit high gallows
Comments --127 provinces in the Kingdom (120 +7)

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Job
7 the MALE TYPE -- 7 sons died and 7 sons born after troubles, friends watched 7 days and nights, 7 troubles, 7 bullocks, 7 rams

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- creation
7 the MALE TYPE -- the Word, a Bridegroom, as the sun traveling the heavens
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- a Tabernacle in the heavens-12 sections or signs of the Zodiac
Comments -- Psalm 19

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Daniel
7 the MALE TYPE -- 7x hotter furnace, 70 weeks, 70 years exile

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Nebuchadnezzarīs judgment
7 the MALE TYPE -- a period of 7 times started after
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12 months, Daniel 4:29

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Ninevah's last chance
7 the MALE TYPE -- Jonah preaches God's Word after 7 days: 3 days in the whale +3 days journey to Ninevah +1 day journey within city = 7 days total
12 the FEMALE TYPE--120,000 children not knowing left from right saved
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 days before judgment

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jesus' body
7 the MALE TYPE -- Holy Ghost
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Virgin Mary
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 weeks

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Christmas message
7 the MALE TYPE -- Anna married 7 years, lived 77 years without husband Ann's age 84=7x12
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 voices: Gabriel, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Zechariah, Herod, Shepherds, Angels, Wisemen, Joseph, Simeon, and Anna
Comments -- Why was Anna's years mentioned? She looked for redemption and her life is stamped with its number pattern.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- child Jesus
7 the MALE TYPE -- genealogy 3x14 generations Matt 1:14, on 7 day feast of Passover
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- he was about His Father's business in the Temple at 12 years of age

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Kingdom of Heaven in the parable of the sower
7 the MALE TYPE -- the seed-the Word of God in Greek "sperma"
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- the field
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- Matt.13:11 "...it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven."

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- spiritual birth
7 the MALE TYPE -- Blood of Christ (wine)
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Body of Christ given to 12 disciples (bread)

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jesus' life in the Spirit
7 the MALE TYPE -- Baptism of water and Spirit
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Body of Christ
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 day fast in the wilderness
Comments -- Jesus alive to minister in the Spirit.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Judas death
7 the MALE TYPE -- wine of Communion
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Broken bread
Comments -- The bread was dipped in the wine and eaten as if a test tube baby conceived outside the womb. Judas didn't implant the new life he could have had in Christ. Other disciples ate the bread than drank wine and the male and female elements mixed within their bodies and implanted to give life.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jesusī death on the cross 7
7 the MALE TYPE -- vinegar acid- spoiled wine
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- sponge made of silica (same material as sand/earth/dust)
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- possibly 40 hours in the tomb
Comments -- Jesus tasted death in anti-communion and gave up the Spirit

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- In Jesus' ministry
7 the MALE TYPE -- Jesus delivered Mary Magdalene from 7 demons, spoke of a woman with 7 husbands in Matthew, Mark and Luke, Sadducees question Jesus of whose wife she is at Resurrection, list of 7 disciples in John 21
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- young girl of 12, woman with disease of 12 years, at 12 yrs old in the Temple, chose 12 disciples
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- Jesus' ministry lasted between 40 and 50 months, 40 day fast, seen 40 days after risen
Comments -- The 12 year old and the women sick for 12 years are not just people in a story, but types of the Bride of Christ since they have been associated with the number 12. Again, why do we need this information unless God is trying to say something with a number pattern? Jesus as with these two not only raises his Bride to life from death, but heals our diseases.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jesus on the cross
7 the MALE TYPE --7 sayings Luke 23:34, and 43, John 19:26, Matt 27:46, John 19:28, John 19:30 Luke 23:46
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Jesusī raised transformed body
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- After 40 days on earth after the Resurrection, Jesus went up to Heaven and the church waited for the Holy Spirit.
Comments -- The Bible specifically mentions that Jesus' Blood fell to the ground. This Blood of Atonement as is linked to 7 in the Old Testament pattern. The mixing of the Blood with the ground is a type of conception.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- nation of Israel
7 the MALE TYPE -- Blood of Christ in 30 AD
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- city of Jerusalem
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 years Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jesus' Resurrected Life
7 the MALE TYPE -- Mary Magdalene was delivered of 7 demons, 1st day of the week (7 days)
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Thomas - "one of the Twelve" John 20:24
Comments -- The 7/12 pattern reserved for only 2 people to bare - one male and one female in the Resurrection story. Jesus + the eleven is used rather than 12. This is possibly a restrained use of the pattern to make Mary and Thomas stand out emphasizing that 7 and 12 are associated with the male and the female sexes. Yet at the Resurrection the pattern was reversed as so much of what Christ did turning things upside down, revolutionalizing all things.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- People of faith Heb. 11
7 the MALE TYPE -- vs. 32; 7 listed: 1 Gideon, 2 Barak, 3 Samson 4 Jephthael 5 David, 6 Samuel, 7 Prophets
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- vs. 4-31; 12 listed: 1 Abel, 2 Enoch, 3 Noah, 4 Abraham, 5 Sara, then later the remaining seven in this list of twelve: 6 Abraham, 7 Isaac, 8 Jacob, 9 Joseph, 10 Moses, 11 walls of Jericho in 7 days (Joshua implied), 12 Rahab
Comments --Many of these stories also have 7, 12, 40, 50-- Enoch was 7th from Adam, Barak in Judges 5:8, 40,000 in Israel without spear or shield, 40 years rest followed by 7 years under Midian, vengeance on Cain (murdered Abel) 7X and his seed 77X, Samson 7 day feast, 7 green vines, 7 locks of hair, Gideon had 70 sons killed by Abimelech

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Jesus' church, the Bride
7 the MALE TYPE -- God's Spirit at Pentecost
12 the FEMALE TYPE--120 people gathered in Jerusalem, 12 men in Acts 19:7; have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- about 40X50 jubilees from the Pentecost of the Church up to today

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Young church- after Pentecost
7 the MALE TYPE -- Deacons give bread to the poor: 7 each listed by name
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12 Apostles preaching the Word
Comments -- Acts 6

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Paul's life
7 the MALE TYPE --70 horseman
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 vow to kill Saul, 400 soldiers Acts 23:23

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Paul's missions
7 the MALE TYPE --7 days in Jerusalem
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- after 12 days, Acts 24:11
Comments -- Apparently God sprinkles numbers just to follow a pattern, not necessarily because we need to have this information. This is especially true of Anna in the Temple at Christīs dedication.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Redemption of creation in Revelation
7 the MALE TYPE --7 each: horns, eyes, Spirits, churches, seals, trumpets, thunders, plagues, vials
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12's of New Jerusalem; 12 gates, 12 angels, 12 tribes, 12,000 of each tribe, 12 foundations, 12 apostles, 12 pearls, 12 stones, 12,000 furlongs on 3 dimensions (this is lost in some translations and found in KJV), 12 fruits of the tree of life, 144 cubits the measure of the wall--12 things in all marking again the female, the Bride.
Comments --No restraint in the use of the pattern here- by now we should understood God's language in numbers. Seven times He wrote: Let him that has ears hear.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- ‘Super-starsī of Rev.
7 the MALE TYPE -- A man in the midst of 7 candles with 7 stars in Rev 1:12-13
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- The great wonder in heaven, a woman with 12 stars Rev. 12:1

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- misc groups of people
7 the MALE TYPE --7000 not bowed to Baal, 700 lefties Judges 20, 70,000 died before David purchased the Temple site, 700 wives of Solomon, 70 Ahad's sons beheaded, 70,000 burden bearers for Solomon
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12,000 men pursue David in II Samuel 17:1, 12,000 horsemen of Solomon

LIVING THING CONCEIVED--12 women bearing the number 7:
1. Zipporah- one of 7 sisters, Moses' wife
2. Rahab- many 7's of Jericho
3. Ruth -better than7 sons
4. Hannah- barren has born 7
5. Esther- 7 handmaids
6. Anna- husband died after 7 yrs
7. Mary Magdalene- delivered of 7 demons
8.9. Rachel,Leah- Jacob worked 7 yrs
10. Bilhah- 7 descendants part of 70 from Egypt
11. Miriam- put out for 7 days with leprosy
12. Shunammi woman- son sneezed 7x, saved from 7 year famine
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 12 women with the number 7 in Scripture
Comments -- These twelve women were instrumental in carrying out Godīs plan for redemption. They were bold in testifying of God's salvation. What women cannot do in the physical, God is able to allow these women to function as the male might (numbered with 7) to speak truth and bring forth life to those with ears to hear. Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Women have a higher position in society under Christian philosophy than any other. They are not property nor are they something lower than man. In 1 Peter 3:7 "wives are... heirs together of the grace of life."

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Books of the Bible
7 the MALE TYPE -- New Testament 21 or 3X7
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- Old Testament 36 or 3x12
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40 authors count all books such as I and II Kings as one book

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- God's chosen people in History
7 the MALE TYPE -- 7 churches of the New Testament rightly divide the Word
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 Tribes of the Old Testament to divide the land
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- about 40X50 years in an age, 7X1000 His Story, 120X50 (jubilees) man's story

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Number pattern outside the Bible
7 the MALE TYPE --7 Wonders of the World, 7 rays in Statue of Liberty, 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 seas, 7 continents, average gestation periods in multiples of 7 days, days of gestation: man 40x7, sheep 21x7, dog 9x7, cat 8X7, hen 3X7
12 the FEMALE TYPE--12 inches/ft, 12 jurors, 12 months in the year, 12 hours in the day and night, 12 subatomic building blocks form the material world, 12 days of Christmas, 12 signs of the Zodiac
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40 days of Lent, 40 days for a Potlatch (Native American ceremony remembering the death of a loved one), 40 winks
Comments -- Others things with 7 and 12 are: piano keys: 12 tones/octave, 7 are white and 5 are black, U.S. Constitution has 7 articles, 24 subsections

NOTE NEGATIVE USE OF THE NUMBER PATTERN
ESPECIALLY WHEN 10 IS SUBSTITUTED FOR 12:

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Egypt's plagues
7 the MALE TYPE -- water in river plagued for seven days
12 the FEMALE TYPE-- 10 plagues
40 or 50 the GESTATION -- 40 days

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Life subject to death
7 the MALE TYPE --5 Books of the Law 12 the FEMALE
12 the FEMALE TYPE--10 Commandments in stone, man with 10 fingers, toes
Comments --subject to death, two short in each case of the 7/12 pattern

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Solomon
7 the MALE TYPE --700 wives
12 the FEMALE TYPE--1000 women (700 wives+ 300 concubines)
40 or 50 the GESTATION-- 40000 stalls of horses of Solomon
Comments -- This life led Solomon into idolatry.

LIVING THING CONCEIVED-- Beast
7 the MALE TYPE --7 heads
12 the FEMALE TYPE--10 horns
Comments -- subject to death, perversion of the pattern, deception, also see Egypt's plagues

NOTE THE USE OF NUMBERS IN THE FOLLOWING VERSES:

Psalm 12:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

Isaiah 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Amos 5:8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name:

Zech. 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Zech. 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

Zech. 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Matthew 26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Rev. 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Rev. 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Rev. 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Rev. 5:5-6 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Rev. 12:1-3 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: [2] And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. [3] And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Rev. 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

In the future, if there is interest, this study will go into telling time with a stellar clock. The world uses calendars that are subject to changes of governments and to errors over long periods of time. Time is organized by the numbers 7 and 12 so an investigation of time should be part of this Number Patterns in Scripture study. Generally believers strive to understand the date of Christ's return and that is not the primary emphasis of this study, though the author believes an understanding of God's number patterns would enlighten anyone in that search. Other topics might include analysis of the Pyramid numbers vs. numbers found in Tabernacle furniture and the Golden Section. Perhaps readers might work with the author on Daniel's two 4 digit numbers, 1290 and 1335. Comments appreciated to skanen144@yahoo.com.

Till next time.
Sue

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