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Well spotted. I think you are onto something here. The number seven is popular in John's Gospel. There are seven signs, seven "I am" sayings, the woman at the well had five husbands plus one who was not her husband, so the One sitting at the well waiting for her is her seventh Husband, the Seventh Man in her life, her perfect Man and Husband. This will ...


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The significance lies in that Jesus prophesied that He will rise from the dead on the third day. Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." John 2 : 19 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. John 2 : 21 The false witnesses misquoted Jesus at His trial, not for the days but on who will destroy the '...


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As with any part of Revelation there are primarily four main theories. Coincidentally most of them take the 1/3 literally regardless of the view as represented a significant judgment but minority (only 1/3) implicated result on the things in this world that otherwise sustain life. Here are the main views very briefly and overly simplified as pertaining one ...


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Summary John used "night" seven times, most likely as an allusion to creation and to reinforce the theme of light and darkness central to the Gospel. The uses have been distributed throughout the work following the principles of a chiasm in order to highlight this use: But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:...


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The Christian theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) holds a compatible view. Here is his interpretation of the 144,000, from his book Apocalypse Revealed #348: And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand. (Revelation 7:4) This symbolizes all people who acknowledge the Lord [Jesus Christ] as God of heaven and ...


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I don't think there is any hot opposition to numerology directly made by the early church. The opposition is more about the so called 'mathematics' that you found Augustine complaining about. Even earlier, around AD 383, there is an interesting Canon against 'mathematics' that Bishops who assembled at Constantinople defined. CANON XXXVI They who are of ...


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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) interprets the number 40, and related numbers in the Bible, as having three key meanings, often combined, based on the usage of the number 40 throughout the Bible: Something lasting a full measure until completeness A period of trial and temptation A process of devastation or emptying out of evil "Devastation" (traditionally "...


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In my experience, Jesus is generally understood to have used “seventy times seven” in poetic opposition to a small number: “seventy times seven” means “an impossibly large number”. Matthew 18:21-22 is referenced at three places in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and in each place it supports this view (I've emphasised the relevant parts). The Church ...


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I'm not entirely sure I understand exactly what it is you're asking, but the LDS teach that in the last days, angels are held back from sending further judgment until 144,000 high priests can be “sealed” and called to “administer the everlasting gospel” to all nations and tribes and so on. Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-...


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The use of letters that form a word or phrase to represent numbers depends upon the language and alphabet used. Saint John would have written Revelation in Greek (or possibly Hebrew), not Latin. Thus Roman numerals are not what you should use. To make your point, you need to use the Greek Alphabet and the Greek translation of COVID-19.


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St. Isidore praises the study of numbers. Etymologies St. Isidore of Seville, Etymologies Book III Mathematics (De mathematica), p. 90: iv. What numbers do for us (Quid præstent numeri) The reckoning of numbers ought not to be despised, for in many passages of sacred writings it elucidates how great a mystery they hold. Not for nothing it is said in praise ...


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A child is born in the 40th week. Hence children of Israel tempted 40 years in the wilderness before being delivered into the promised land. And Matthew is the 40th book. There are larger patterns than this. Moses was 40 days in the mount, and went up twice, so there is a 40+40 pattern. This pattern is in the 40+40+40 lifespan of Moses. And I suggest ...


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As a young boy I was told that the number 40 signified a generation. The number 40 is also used by God to represent a period of testing or judgment. The number forty is used by God to represent a period of testing or judgment (the length of time necessary to accomplish some major part of Gods plan in his dealings with various portions of mankind). The 40 ...


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Ellis Skolfield takes a historicist position, but interprets some of these numbers not as fractions, but as sequences. Thus "a third" does not always mean 33.3% of a thing, it just means the third in a series. Also, he interprets things like grass, trees, and the like as symbols. Thus trees refers to churches and green grass to sound teaching. One quote ...


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I think there is a much simpler answer to why 3 is an important number and related to resurrection. First of all the concept of resurrection is not a new one. There are numerous cultures that have had Christ-like gods that have been born of a virgin, had 12 disciples or followers, died and rose in 3 days. This is most likely related to an astrological ...


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The number 7 has religious meaning in diverse religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism and ancient Near Eastern paganism. Leon R. Kass says in The Beginning of Wisdom, page 52, the Mesopotamians (Babylonians and Assyrians), before the coming of the Bible, already reckoned seven-day cycles, connected with the phases of the ...


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