## 14 April 2011

### Numbers

For those of you who are interested in this kind of thing…below is a quote from a book written by Stuart Allen called God's Word - Written (or The Purpose of the Bible)

(1) Numerics  - Underneath the Hebrew and Chaldee of the Old Testament and the Greek of the New
Testament there is hidden an extraordinary disposition of numbers which cannot be explained away on human grounds.  In order to understand this we must remember that none of these languages had symbols for numbers such as we have (1,2,3,4, etc.).  Instead of this they made use of the letters of their alphabet so that a=1, b=2 etc.  One can easily see then that a word could be looked at in two ways, either as a word or as a series of numbers which could be added up to a total.  For instance, the Greek for ‘word’ is ‘logos’.  If looked at from a numerical standpoint its value would be l=30, o=70, g=3, o=70, s=200: total 373.  The numerical value of ‘logos’ is therefore 373.  If we were to look at the Greek text of the first eleven  verses of the New Testament (Matt. 1:1-11), we should find an elaborate scheme of sevens underlying the words, which could not have been put there by chance, or even arranged by any human cleverness on Matthew’s part.  These verses contain 49 words (7x7).
Of these 49 words, 28 (4x7) begin with a vowel, and 21 (3x7) begin with a consonant.  These 49 words have 266 letters (7x2x19); this number is itself 38 sevens, and the sum of its factors is 28 (4x7).  Of these 266 letters, 140 (20x7) are vowels, and 126 (18x7) are consonants.  Of these 49 words 35 (5x7) occur more than once in the passage and 14 (2x7) occur only once.  Seven occur in more than one form and 42 (6x7) occur only in one form.  The 49 words are divided thus: 42 (6x7) are nouns (the name of something) and seven are not nouns.  Of these nouns, 35 (5x7) are names of people and seven are ordinary nouns.  Of these names, 28 (4x7) are male ancestors of Christ and seven are not.  Thus, an elaborate system of sevens occurs in these few short verses of the Bible.  If Matthew was not writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, what a headache he must have had trying to
arrange all these sevens!

There is also a system of elevens in the Greek and Hebrew texts of the Scriptures and so wonderful is this that the chance of these figures occurring by accident rather than design (that is by the inspiration of God) is 1 in a number followed by 30 noughts, a billion million taken a million times!