Bible Numbers 2.0

Formulating Rules

God’s Numbers

Two numbers are associated with God. One or both of these numbers, or multiples of these numbers should be in any of the patterns we are looking for in the Bible.

Since numbers are infinite, it is possible to find almost anything. Any search must be restricted to a definite goal. This study will concern itself only with numbers 7, 13, and multiples of the two. (The only other number of minor interest is 23. Twenty-three represents humanity. There are 23 chromosome pairs in the average human.)

The Rules

Just by looking at the two verses below makes it obvious rules can be developed from Revelation 1:8. Trying to formulate rules from Exodus 34:6-7 would quickly end in confusion.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8 KJV)
the lord passed before him, and proclaimed, the lord, the lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, (7) keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6-7 KVJ)
Revelation 1:8's Number Rules
PhraseExplanationNumeric Rule DerivedRule Number
I amFirst person singular present tense. The present is lived by going through it.Add up the letter values.1
  (Second way of going through the present.)Count the number of letters.2
AlphaFirst (beginning) letter of the Greek alphabet.Add up the first letter of each word (or verse, or chapter).3
OmegaLast (ending) letter of the Greek alphabet.Add up the last letter of each word (or verse, or chapter).4
Alpha and OmegaThe first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.Add up the first and last letters of each word (verse or chapter).5
is, was, is to comeThe phrase visually takes a segment out of a line to create intermittent points in time.Add up every other letter (those in odd positions, and even positions).6
Almighty(This is not a number rule.)Ideally, the text should be about God or related to Him.

These six rules are the most clear and easily derived from the text of Revelation 1:8. However, many other rules are possible. Aside from the ending of Revelation 1:8, the list of God’s attributes are of complementary opposites. They are mutually exclusive, and yet together they describe the whole providing symmetry. We can quickly think up other rules based on complementary opposites.

Since these are not as obvious from the text of Revelation 1:8, they are not definite rules, but used only after a biblical passage fulfills the six rules above.

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Do not use numbers to interpret God's word. God's word explains the numbers, not the other way around.