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Genesis Bible Commentary: Magic Numbers

Updated on August 21, 2017



This is part 4 of a series of 6 articles on the Bible's book of Genesis.

Click here for the series overview.


by Rod Martin, Jr.

(I recommend you read the series of 6 articles in sequence for the greatest understanding.)

The Final Clues

Some time later, I happened to be perusing Genesis for possible anomalies and found that Genesis 4 offered a couple that I had previously rejected. The two numbers—7 and 77.

"And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him" (Genesis 4:15).

"If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold" (Genesis 4:24).

The two lists of names seemed to be related, but I wasn't satisfied. I wanted to find something that cinched the connection in a way that made it seem more obvious that Genesis 4 and Genesis 5 were two halves of a whole.

Several days later, I decided to look into the ages of the Genesis 5 patriarchs. I took the numbers apart—finding their prime factors.

Prime factors found in the ages of the early patriarchs. Copyright Rod Martin, Jr.
Prime factors found in the ages of the early patriarchs. Copyright Rod Martin, Jr.
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Lo and behold, both Cainan and Lamech contained a "7," while the others did not. And like Seth's Cainan and Lamech (Genesis 5), Cain and Cain's Lamech (Genesis 4) also were singled out with the lucky digit.

Seven has been used many times in the Bible, most notably as the seventh day of creation—God's day of rest, and the mortal "Sabbath," described by some Jewish scholars as the day of "perfection." This is a day dedicated to getting closer to God.

Could the ages of the other pre-Flood patriarchs (besides those of Cainan and Lamech) need perfecting?

The "mark" of Cain in Genesis 4:15 is the number 7 as the quantity of vengeance aimed at the ones who might harm him. Similarly, 77 is the quantity of vengeance aimed at the ones who might harm Lamech for his murders.

Why was God giving such protection to two murderers? And Cain was also a liar who despised giving God the requested sacrifice.

It struck me that perhaps the entire purpose of Genesis 4 was nothing so dark. Stepping back from the chapter, it's clear that the subject is one of cause-and-effect. While Genesis 4 seemed to be a story of death and retribution, Genesis 5 seemed to be a story of life—but life with imperfections (lacking 7's).

Giving life to your children is also cause-and-effect, but of a far happier variety. Originally, the numbers in Genesis 4 seemed to have nothing to do with my quest because of their seemingly dark intent. They seemed to have nothing to do with adding to life.

But as the female path (Genesis 4) descends from God (full of death and retribution), so the male path (Genesis 5) ascends toward God (full of life).

The seferotic "Tree of Life" with the sevens of "perfection." Copyright Rod Martin, Jr.
The seferotic "Tree of Life" with the sevens of "perfection." Copyright Rod Martin, Jr.

The positions of Cain and Cainan each received a "7" of perfection, while both Lamech's receive a double portion of perfection.

I have placed these on the Sefirotic "Tree" only to show the symmetry of this pattern.

In Genesis 5, both Cainan and Seth's Lamech already have the 7 of perfection in their ages. The other patriarchs are found lacking. Cain's Lamech has 77, while Seth's Lamech has the prime factors of 3, 7 and 37 (=777).

The mandate of Genesis 4 is thus applied to Genesis 5. Those who cause effects on Cainan (Cain) will receive 7 times the effect. In the case of Genesis 5, this effect is the generation of life. Likewise, those who gave life to Seth's Lamech will be given 77 times the life they already have.

Using these two numbers in addition to the generational "40," produces the following chart:

The final piece of the biblical timeline and the age of Adam. Copyright Rod Martin, Jr.
The final piece of the biblical timeline and the age of Adam. Copyright Rod Martin, Jr.

Read the Book that Changes Everything

The Bible's Hidden Wisdom: God's Reason for Noah's Flood (Volume 1)
The Bible's Hidden Wisdom: God's Reason for Noah's Flood (Volume 1)

This book is from years of my own research into a biblical timeline compatible with those of mainstream science. I wasn't surprised that God's holy book would match his own creation (reality), but there were many surprises, including discovering through science the target of Noah's Flood -- a species which went extinct at that time.


And again, the date for Adam is well within 1% of Cayce's rounded approximation.

From an anthropological standpoint, this number is far more acceptable than either 4004 BC or the previous chart's 94,210 BC. Both of those dates fall far short of the current minimum age of Homo sapiens sapiens—200,000 years.

The Value of the Dates

Could these two dates—27,970 BC for the Flood and 10,454,130 BC for Adam—be what the writers of Genesis intended? Again, the 10½ million BC date is a bit hard to swallow. Imagining Homo sapiens running around with the creatures of the mid-Miocene Epoch sends chills up my spine.

In my geological research on Atlantis, I discovered a mechanism for the formation of a land bridge which connected Atlantis to Europe and Africa at Gibraltar. This resulted in the Messinnian Salinity Crisis wherein the Med dried up for something like 700,000 years. This gave Plato's Atlantean elephants a chance to walk across and populate the once isolated island. If Homo sapiens also existed at this time (circa 5.5 Mya), then humans could have passed on foot to the former and future Atlantis island along with elephants and other species.

Perhaps a more pressing value of this timeline is one of breaking a deadly prejudice that some Christian Fundamentalists have regarding science and science education. The Texas school board oversees the publication of the nation's schoolbooks for at least a large portion of states. Diluting science for a perverted interpretation of the Bible is not a good idea for America. Personally, I feel America needs more spirituality, but not this delusion. Perhaps such a timeline could put back an appreciation of science, now that "poor science" has to play catch up to a more "knowing" Bible. Dirty politics? Perhaps. But I think many Fundamentalists may be missing the salvation boat by their current arrogance.

Next: A Problem with Noah's Flood

I had gained a solution for the Genesis timeline problem -- one which used information found in Genesis, but how valid is this new timeline? Does this timeline help us understand anything else? Is there any proof? See, A Problem with Noah's Flood.

© 2012 Rod Martin Jr


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    • lone77star profile imageAUTHOR

      Rod Martin Jr 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Jean. I don't doubt that it's possible to find it in this lifetime, if we stay open -- keep emptying our cup -- keep questioning our own authority.

      One way that helps is to be generous and compassionate to others. To actively seek out ways to help others, especially anonymously. Never seeking credit for anything.

      Yes, it's tough. But we individually created that "toughness."

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I think you are right. Jesus keeps telling the disciples they need to approach everything in the right way, or like a child. Humility is not as easy as it sounds, we really have to work at it! I am sure there is a huge amount of truth out there somewhere, I hope we find it someday (maybe in another lifetime). Take care, Jean

    • lone77star profile imageAUTHOR

      Rod Martin Jr 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Jean. Thanks for the kind words.

      Literal truth? I suspect everyone's interpretation as imperfect, especially the literal.

      The more I read of the Bible and even other religions, the more important humility seems. But even proclaiming it to be "important" seems wrong, because it is "self-centered" (egotistical).

      Humility allows scientists and, in fact, any researcher to discover new things. Without humility, one's "cup" is already full and cannot receive anything new.

      I feel that the Bible is filled with hidden wisdom readily available only to those who have the proper humility and knowledge. If the aim of the Bible is to have us be humble under God, wouldn't it seem that a great deal of wisdom would be hidden in the Bible in order to elicit that very desirable quality?

      I think these discoveries only scratch the surface of a very large iceberg of truth.

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Your theory is so interesting. I embarked on a Bible study about 7 yrs. ago, but it was with a Jehovah's Witness, and she insisted that every word was the literal truth. I kept looking for clues, and also thought that the numbers 7 and 40 kept coming up over and over. It's 2AM as I write this, so I want to return when my mind is more awake. Great stuff!

    • lone77star profile imageAUTHOR

      Rod Martin Jr 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, @DrBill. I know the feeling. I too rejected the 10.5 million BC date when I read it in Cayce's writings. I let my own arrogance and "prior knowledge" prevent me from merely being humble.

      What were the giants mentioned in Genesis? What was the leviathan? Some of the land creatures in the mid-Miocene made the large elephants of today look like small puppies.

      I suspect that, if humanity did exist for that long a period, there may have been many periods of ebb and flow in the population levels. There were a number of Ice Ages from about 2 million years ago. Before that, the giant fauna may have worked to keep humans at bay.

      Genesis also talks of the Tower of Babel and the destruction of a great civilization that had come to think too highly of its own achievements and intellect. I have wondered if the tower might have been a metaphor for space travel. I seem to remember Cayce talking about humans visiting Mars many thousands of years ago, before the final demise of Atlantis. Could that have been the civilization of the "tower?"

      And sometimes I wonder if the Library at Alexandria might have had some documents either from Atlantis or from the children of the refugees. That would've been interesting to decipher, if such existed.

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      7 years ago from Atlanta

      I won't disagree with your thinking, but I find it very difficult to believe that your math is correct. Mankind on earth for over 10 million years? We've just about destroyed the place in less than 300, the beginning of the industrial age. I can't even begin to imagine what mankind could do over the course of millions of years. Now, assuming that mankind has been hunter-gatherers for the entire time, and populations never reached anything larger than we had in the 15 century, I suppose it is possible for the earth to sustain them. Of course, Noah's flood could have destroyed all knowledge that existed up until that time, making it necessary for human to return to their dependence on God instead of their own skills. Now, in less than 6000 years, we have managed, once again, to replace God with our own "knowledge and skills" as if we can exist without His help.


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