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Revelation's Devotional Numbers
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Complete Seven

Red Dice with Black NumbersNumbers have symbolic meaning in the Biblical text both for Jewish and Christian readers. For example, the number "seven" indicates "completeness or fullness" as in the "seven days of Creation" and the "seven Golden Lampstands" in Revelation. Seven means that this process, number or act, whatever it is, has been completed. The seventh day is the day on which the Creation was completed and the day God rested according to the Bible. We read in Genesis 2.1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

Seventh Heaven

The idea of the "seventh heaven" may be related to the Muslim misconception of "Paradise." We should note that the Hebrew words for "heavens" or "sky" appear only in the plural form. This may very well be the way the expression entered the English language. The Biblical concept has deep roots in Jewish and Christian traditions. Saint Paul referred to an unusual experience in 2 Corinthians 12.2-3 "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows. And I know that this man - whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows - was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell." Perhaps Saint Paul was referring to the John of Patmos who received a revelation of heaven in a vision which formed the Book of Revelation.

Three Half

Eagle in FlightThe number "Three and a half" is odd to us but is similar seven except that it characterizes a time of "imperfection or incompleteness," an event yet to be fulfilled. For example, the famine in Elijah's day lasted three and a half years according to James 5.17 which explained, "Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years." This indicates that the judgment even after three and a half years was not yet complete. In a similar way, the woman in Revelation 12.14 was "given the the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach." The phrase "time, times and half a time" was another way of saying "three and a half" and may also be found elsewhere as "forty-two months" or even "1,260 days."✞

Jewish Calendar Numbers

The early Jewish calendar is not the same length as the solar calendar used by most of the Western World today but is instead based upon the rotation of the earth on its axis equal to one day, the revolution of the moon about the earth is equal to one month and the revolution of the earth about the sun is equal to one year. In Revelation 12.6 "the woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days." "1260 days" is the Jewish equivalent of the modern western calendar's three and a half years and would today equal "1,277.5 days" to be mathematically more accurate. However, to the Early Church "three and a half" simply indicated "incomplete" just as the number "seven" signified "complete."✞

Three, Ten and Twelve

Number Twelve"Ten" is the symbolic number for "eternity." "Twelve" indicates the "Kingdom of God" with "three", the signature of God is multiplied by "four" to equal the signature of human beings. The number "twelve" is used in the Gregorian calendar for units of time and even some currencies, for example, the old British "pounds, shillings and pence." Watch for these Revelation numbers as you read, understand their intended interpretation and view them in their context accordingly. This will add depth of understanding to your reading!

One Thought a Day

Holy Bible PageIn this eBook called "Revelation Now" of daily devotionals, we provide just one central thought on each Bible passage taken from Revelation for reflection every day. This can be used as a "primer, a source of encouragement or a thought provoker for a Christian during a busy working day." These devotionals for prayer, worship or other meditations will purposely not provide every detail on every subject but will leave room for more information, study and inspiration at another time and place. Each daily thought is purposely short, confined to one page and specific in order to accommodate busy people with hectic schedules, like you!

Devotionals for Prayer

Bible WorldThe Bible passages for study are highlighted in yellow at the top of each page and are normally presented in the "New International Version" of the Bible. This version often called the NIV is a completely original translation of the Bible by over a hundred modern scholars working from the best Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. It was prepared in 1966 by a broad inter-denominational and international group. The latest updates were made in 2011 together with alternative translations of some keywords in the margin. It is considered by most scholars to be the best and most accurate translation available. For most people, it is easy to understand and clear. Other versions may be equally helpful to you however and newer updates are coming out all the time. It is always good to compare the different versions of the Scriptures with one another.

Bible Study Group

Bible Study GroupThe devotional material following the Biblical text is accompanied by photographs and illustrations to describe some of the places, people and objects like a "yoke" or a "cornerstone" or "swaddling clothes" referred to in the text which may not be familiar to people in the Twenty-First Century. These devotionals can be read as "an early morning meditation, a family thought at breakfast or a focus as you commute to work. In a more formal setting, they can be a basis for a Bible study group, or as a sermon series for a preacher or even a bedtime thought."

Daily Encouragement

IpadThese Bible studies may also be used as a series of Lenten or Advent Devotionals viewed on a laptop or PC or projected on to a screen in a hall or home. The daily devotionals are rendered for most small-screen formats like the iPhone 4,5 and 6, and 8, Galaxy, Lumia and Kindle, i-pad, i-pod, Blackberry, and most other mobile phones or devices as they are developed or on the full page of any computer and laptop on the internet. Whenever or wherever these studies are used, they will help provide you and your Christian friends with daily encouragement and inspiration. Pray over them, reflect on each day's thought and apply them to your own lives. May this be a challenging and modern way to bring Jesus into your life, your home, your family and your job. "Let the reader strive and let God be glorified."

"Revelation's Devotional Numbers"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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