When your number is up… Part 4

Numbers represent value noth in the secular world and in the spiritual world. Sometimes they are exacting in their meaning, such as, Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one”

While other times they are figurative, as in the case of Matthew 18:22 “Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” With that in mind I will wrap up this series with a few more and leave you to the discovery of the depth of numbers in scripture.

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TWENTY: This number is the double of ten, and may in some cases signify its concentrated meaning. Twenty would also signify expectancy as there are numerous illustrations in Scripture to support this explanation:

•Twenty years Jacob waited to get possession of his wives and property [Genesis 31:38-41].
•Twenty years Israel waited for a deliverer from Jabin’s oppression [Judges 4:3].
•Twenty years Israel waited for deliverance until Samson [Judges 15:20; 16:31].
•Twenty years the Ark of the Covenant waited at Kirjath-jearim [1 Samuel 7:2].
•Twenty years Jeremiah prophesied concerning the destruction of Jerusalem [Jeremiah 52:4-13].

THIRTY: Being 3 x 10 this number denotes the right moment in God’s Divine plan.

•Joseph was thirty when he became the Vizier of Egypt. [Genesis 41:6].
•David was also thirty when he began his reign over Israel [2 Samuel 5:4].
•Jesus was thirty years old at the commencement of His ministry [Luke 3:23].

FORTY: This number is recognized as an important number both on account of the frequency of its occurrence and with the uniformity of its association as a time of consecration and as a period of trial.

•Forty years of Moses in Egypt [do the math, see Ex 7:7; Dt 34:7; Acts 7:30].
•Forty years of Moses in Midian before his return to Egypt [Acts 7:30].
•Forty years from the Exodus until Moses’ death [Dt 1:3; 34:7].
•Forty days Jesus fasted in the wilderness before His temptation [Matthew 4:2; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2].
•Forty days Jesus taught His disciples after the Resurrection. On the fortieth day He ascended to the Father [Acts 1:3].

FIFTY: is the number of jubilee or deliverance.

•On the fiftieth day after leaving Egypt, God met Israel at Sinai, = the first Pentecost (this Greek word means “50th day”) [Exodus 19:1; 14-16].
•On the fiftieth day after the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the Upper Room; it was the second great Pentecost (the first was the Theophany of God at Mt. Sinai [Acts 1:3; 2:1].

SEVENTY: is another combination of two of the perfect numbers 7 and 10, and it signifies perfect spiritual order carried out with all spiritual power and significance.

•There were seventy nations before the Tower of Babel. [Genesis 10:1-32].
•Seventy elders were chose to meet with God on Mt. Sinai and ate a sacred meal in His presence
•Jesus chose seventy disciples [Luke 10:1].

ONE HUNDRED-TWENTY: is made up of 3 forties (3×40 = 120). Applied to time therefore it signifies a divinely appointed period of probation. Applied to persons it points to a divinely appointed number during a period of waiting. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3

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