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Numerology and God: Who Cares?

Updated on May 8, 2010

Once there was a man who defected from Soviet Russia and his name was Ivan Panin. He was a very bright man. I think he was a philosopher or something. In fact, I don't know much about him at all except that he is now dead and: He spent long hours figuring how different parts of the original Greek and Hebrew scriptures were numerically added together to make multiples of 7s, eights 9s and 12s. I think he mentions 11s also. Now, it is said that he developed faith in God after seeing many of these combinations of words and phrases numerically equaling multiples of seven. Now, he is best known for what he does with the number seven because it is that number that is known scripturally to be a number of perfection. Let's just look at what he is best known for regarding his sevens. Panin figured out that:

Book of Genesis, Chapter One, Verse 1

1. The number of Hebrew words in this verse is exactly 7

2. The number of letters in the seven words is exactly 28

3. The first three of these seven Hebrew words contain the subject and predicate of the sentence. These three words are translated “In the beginning God created.” The number of letters in these first three Hebrew words is exactly 14.

4. The last four Hebrew words consist of two objects. The first is “the heavens,” and the second is “and the earth”. The number of letters in the first object is exactly 7. The number of letters in the second object is 7.

5. The three leading words in this verse of seven words are “God” the subject, and “heavens” and “earth”, the objects. The number of letters in these three Hebrew words is exactly 14. The number of letters in the other four words of the verse is 14.

6. The shortest word is in the middle. The number of letters in this word and the word to its left is exactly 7.

7. The number of letters in the middle word and the word to its right is exactly 7.

Numeric values occur when you add the values of the ancient Hebrew and Greek letters:

8. When the three important nouns (God, Heaven and earth) have their numeric values added together you get 777.

9. Also, the verb “created” has a numeric value of 203 (7x29).

10. The numeric value of the first, middle, and last Hebrew letters in this first verse is 133 (7x19).

11. The numeric value of the first and last letters of all seven of these Hebrew words is 1393 (7x199)

12. The numeric value of the first and last letters of the first word and the last word is 497 (7x71) leaving a numeric value of 896 (7x128) for the rest of the first and last letters.

13. The Hebrew participle ETH occurs twice in this verse and “the” also occurs twice. The numeric value of these two words is 506 (7x58).

14. The last letters of the first and last words have a numeric value of 490 (7x70) (not verified).


Of what? There is 1 in 7 chance of any of those characteristics being multiples of seven. And already, people have found several characteristics in that section that are not multiples of seven. So who cares?

You know, I often wonder how people could base their faith on such trivial matters. After all, what does any of that tell you about God that would give you faith in Him? Does any of that speak of God's nature? Or that He will eventually save all man kind unlike what the hellers will have you believe? No it doesn't. I have said time and time again that our existence and the scriptures have all of the proof necessary to show that God is real. And why don't any scriptures tell us to look in to numerology for proof? Well, maybe they do, we just don't understand them. But this poor guy must have spent countless hours proving to himself and the world that the scriptures are authentic and he probably didn't actually understand a lick of their spiritual content.

Now, I am not going to go through all of the numerical material that I have on Panin. Regardless of how much I show, an atheist will still say that it is insignificant, the heller will say, "it doesn't matter because my faith is strong". Of course the heller's faith is strong. It's still based on crap. Even those who understand the word of God will be skeptical and question how verifiable any of it is. Besides we don't know ancient Greek, so we can't figure any of it out for ourselves. True. But where are the scholors that should be pointing to the holes and inconsistencies of such numerology? so far I haven't heard of any. All that I hear about is well, they found such numerical features in Moby Dick and Tale of Two Cities. Wow. But what does the number seven have to do with those books? Absolutely nothing. It has much to do with scripture. But who cares?

But before we leave this, let's go and figure out what other numbers are used to verify the scriptures' authenticity and why they do just that. Seven is the most notable of the numerical features presented by Panin. This is because simply, God is perfect and seven is for perfection. But what about the number eight? Why is this an important number? And why would eight be inspired for certain features when seven is the number of perfection? Well, take a look at these features and you tell me:

Significance of eight:

Eight is the number of new life or “resurrection”

1. Eight persons were saved in the Ark

2. God made a covenant with Abraham that every male Jewish child was to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

3. There are eight individual cases of resurrection spoken of in the Bible apart from Jesus (maybe) (three in OT, three in gospels and two in Acts).

4. It was on the eighth day or the first day of the new week that Jesus rose from the dead.

5. The holy spirit came down from heaven on the eighth day.

This phrase (kingdom of Heaven occurs 32 times in Matthew only (confirmed). Its numeric value is 2888 (8x361). The value of four of its forms totals 12,952 (8x1619)

The phrase (kingdom of heaven) is unique in Matthew: (confirmed)

The following 13 letters are used in this phrase (which phrase?) and their values equal 1976 (8x13x19). (8 is the number for new beginning).

6. The numeric value of Jesus is 888.

7. The numeric value of Christ is 1480 (8x185).

8. The numeric value of Savior is 1408 (16x88).

9. The numeric value of Lord is 800.

10. The numeric value of Messiah is 656 (8x82).

11. The term “Son of man” occurs 88 times and is valued at 2960 (8x370).

12. The numeric value of truth is 64.

13. The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ has exactly 888 Greek words (maybe).

14. Octave in music.

15. The last three of the twelve tribes of Israel is valued at 888.

So in other words, the numerical features are dependent on the content. Eight is the number for new beginnings. How do we know? The scriptures make this obvious. Jesus represents new beginning. So does Kingdom of God. Why is it that the most common names for our Lord equals a multiple of eight? Maybe just a coincidence. But who cares?

The same can be applied to the number nine which turns out to be a number for being finished. But I will not use additional space here. I'll leave a link at the bottom for all to check all the numerical characteristics that I've found concerning the bible. I think the most significant characteristic to prove the authenticity of the scriptures is the number 153. Why is this the most significant? Because for words and phrases to have numeric values in multiples of 153 should be so unlikely, that it should not happen very often. Surely it would happen about once in 153 times if the word values are high enough. But again: Content. Content. Content. Let's take a look at the number 153 in scripture:

1. Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three.

2. The word fish in Greek (ixthus) has a numerical value of 1224 or 8x 153.

So, the New Testament authors must have known that fish numerically equals 153. But then:

3. Apparently 153 people received a blessing from Jesus in the four gospels.

Not 100% verifiable because we don't know if originally there were more or less instances of this. But let's continue:

4. The phrase Sons of God in the Hebrew has a numeric value of exactly 153.

5. The Greek equivalent adds up to 3,213 (21x153).

Again, what are the odds folks? Perhaps this is a lie. So where are the scholarly critics?

6. Another Greek phrase (joint heirs) has a numeric value of 1,071 (7x153)

7. In Mark the list of the twelve disciples’ names =9,639 (7x9x153).

Now, for the most significant numerical characteristic in all the scriptures. Yes it's involved. It links the number 153, 17, and even. .. . .969???

8. “The net” as from John 21:6 has a numeric value of 2124 (8x153)

9. 2124 is also 17x72

The number 17:

Noah’s Ark rested in the mountains of Ararat on the 17thmonth and the Lord Jesus resurrection was on the 17th (of Nisan) as well. The Greek noun for fish occurs in the whole Bible in 17 verses.

How does 17 and 153 connect:




















Genesis 5:27 records Methuselah”s life at 969 years, the oldest recorded age in bible. 969 may be symbol for aionios life.

Well, I've been saying that there is no word for eternal in the scriptures. Anyhow, perhaps the writer of Genesis knew that 969 had this strange phenomenon with 17. And later the 153 was used totally by coincidence. Did they choose 153 because it's the 17th triangular number? Did the Hebrews use 969 because it was the answer when you add 17 triangular numbers? Well, if that's the case, then all we need to do is figure out why all of those terms for our Lord numerically equal 153.

Or maybe, they just knew that:

1x1x1+5x5x5+3x3x3=153. Well, problem solved. Right? Uuuuuummm?? No. But who cares?

I care!! The scriptures are divinely inspired.

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    • Felipe717 profile image


      5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Very informative. I have no doubt the Bible was inspired by God.

    • LoveSoftly profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow, Hell No!! You've been busy! Cool! Very interesting!


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