A Voice in the
"Thus says Jehovah, Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be dismayed at the signs of the heavens; for the nations are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain..." (Jer10:2-3a)
According to the dictionary, there is a very succinct definition of the word "numerology" - "the study of the occult meanings of numbers and their supposed influence on human life".
It has come to my attention recently that we need to address this subject, because the matter of the attacks against the World Trade Center Towers and Pentagon have raised up numerological presentations from both the occult perspective, and also, believe-it-or-not, incredibly, from supposed "Scriptural" ones. They are both demonically pagan in their concepts and the spirit of their source. (In reading them, the sense is that the same person (spirit?) could just as easily have written them both.) But unbelievably, for some reason, there are some who consider themselves to be mature christians who think this stuff is awesome, and should be given attention and reverential fear. And if there are these I know about, for sure there are others, and you need to be warned.
In keeping with God's command to "..take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them... and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise." (Deu12:30), we are not going to study numerology here. Besides, I don't know enough about it to teach it, and have no desire to learn. But there are some things being presented, readily available at various websites, that we need to look at briefly, generically, in passing, and understand from the Scriptures (and even "logic"... after all, God did give us minds 1Cor14:15, and we are not to be fearful, but of "sound minds" -2Tm1:7), that they are of this world, and are things that Christians should not be a part of.
In discussing this phenomenon with one person, they told of being some place recently, and when writing out their check at the counter, the amount came to $6.66. The person accompanying them, as well as the cashier wished for them to "change the amount", because that was "666". Horrors! Another person I know has a business phone number of the order of "??6-666?", which obviously, the part after the dash is "666". Some of his acquaintances were 'worried' about the "666" embedded in there. Of course, it escapes their logic that when actually dialing the number, that there are actually 4 "6"s in a row; that the phone system doesn't pay any mind to the "dash". What happens when a person buys a new vehicle, and the odometer passes by 00666 miles? Is that person more liable to have an accident when it reaches "666"?
"666" is likely the most-feared (and also most 'abused') number in the world, because of its Scriptural association to the "beast". (Rev13:18) And this is merely the tip of the numerological iceberg.
The recent destruction of the WTC towers has conjured up all sorts of observations, speculations and imaginations about the number "11". The two towers standing together 'looking' like a giant "11". That they had 110 stories, a multiple of 11. 9+1+1=11. The first plane to hit was "Flight 11". And, on and on and on it goes.
But the occult speculations are even more sinister. They speak of things going back centuries to the Knights Templar who excavated under Solomon's temple and purportedly came away with "secrets" about cosmic and religious numbers, geometry, astrology, astrophysics, etc. They look at the 9-11 attacks from a celestial perspective, of the alignment of certain stars in conjunction with the WTC, US capitol and Pentagon. The "numbers" associated with their positions in the heavens. They suggest that this war between the West and bin Laden is actually a continuation of ancient conflicts dating back to the Crusades and earlier, and all such things. (That's why G.W.Bush's initial use of the word "crusade" in connection with his coalition-building raised such a stir in some quarters.) They suggest that the previous administration, when it lobbed missiles at bin Laden back in 1998, did so according to certain specific celestial astrological alignments. And that the "complexity" of the 9-11 attacks was based on celestial alignments at each of the locations, at their precise moments in time. They also show how the Pentagon and US Capitol building locations and orientation are in precise alignment to certain astrological longitudes and latitudes.
They also give numerological information about Islam and the Koran. How, to a Muslim, the numerology that the Koran contains is "proof" to them of its "truth". This numerology is based on the Koran's chapters and verses, and how frequently and with what kind of intervalic spacing various words (like "Allah") show up, in every-how-many chapters, etc.
Now, America's "founding fathers", the ones who are labelled as having been "Christian", and thus America is a "Christian nation", were also for the most part, Free Masons. Part of these "secret societies". Do you see another reason why 'that' -church- is pagan?
One of the most precious symbols of the Knights Templar is the double columns/pillars. (The WTC certainly had the appearance of "two pillars", and there are some other architectural 'numbers' these people look at with respect to the WTC towers which we won't go into here. [link]) They supposedly got that from Solomon's two pillars he erected for the temple, calling them Jachin & Boaz. (1Kg7:21) While reading this stuff about the Templar orders, I was reminded about my own spirit whenever I would read about Solomon's pillars. Scripture records that he erected them, period. I don't recall any mention as to whether they were good or bad. But, merely, that he had done so. Of course, we never read about Moses' bronze serpent in any bad light, either, until Hezekiah tore it down. (2Ki18:4) Was Solomon right in erecting those pillars? Or were they a bit of paganism that he introduced into the temple? Remember that while he was building the temple, he was also beginning to marry some of the many wives he had, those who drew his heart away from God, so that at the end of his life one wonders if he anymore knew the Lord. (1Ki11:3-4, Ezek18:26) One of the first wives he married was from Egypt (1Ki3:1), the very center of the height of ancient paganism. But my own spirit within me has always been VERY 'uneasy' about those two pillars whenever I've read about them. Perhaps now, at long last, I understand 'why'? Were they actually a couple of pagan obelisks?
Does the fact that the order of the Knights Templar (and their Masonic descendants) use things from Solomon's temple, make them Godly? Remember that, by the time the temple was destroyed, several kings had brought paganism even more blatantly into the temple; most infamous of those being Manasseh. (2Kg21)
However, we know that there was a specific design to the temple. Moses was warned to make things "according to the pattern shown to you" (Heb8:5) Solomon's temple was built according to the designs God gave to his father, David. (1Ch28:19) When Ezekiel is shown the millennial temple, he is told to pay attention to what he would be shown (Ezek40:4), and then to show Israel "the design of the house and its arrangment" (Ezek43:10-12) in order that, its design would show them their sin as they would "measure the pattern". (vs10)
If the Templars are actually using Godly symbols, does that make their practice of the occult Godly? After all, God did set up the universe to be "for signs and seasons". (Gen1:14) It is no more Godly than when other types of satanists use a KJ-Bible to recite incantations in their rituals.
How much of this left-over paganism was being practiced when Herod's temple was in use, when Jesus came on the scene? As we noted, God did design the universe to provide "signs". Even the pagan king Darius noted that God "..works signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth.." (Dan6:27) God has promised for the future, yet, that He "will show signs in the heavens and in the earth" (Joel2:30)
There is an interesting exchange that happens. "Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and tempting Him, asked that He would show them a sign out of Heaven." (Mt16:1) Jesus demonstrates the "signs and seasons" God had ordained in Gen1:14-16 by speaking of the sun rising and setting, and how they would forecast weather, and then says, "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. And He left them and departed." (Mt16:4)
When Lazarus was actually raised from the dead, these same rulers sought to kill him, because as Abraham said to the "rich man", that they "have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them". (Lk16:29) "Moses and the Prophets" was another way of saying "the Scriptures". When the rulers were seeking a "sign from heaven", were they lusting after the spectacular from the occult world; instead of the Scriptures which Jesus was fulfilling left-and-right? Jesus REFUSED to cater to their lusts. They had Moses and the Prophets, and Jesus was fulfilling what God had proclaimed through the prophets, in plain sight, without any occult manipulations. That was -quite- enough, if they were going to receive Him! (Jn1:12)
As He quoted on another occasion, "..in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." (Mt15:9) Their main tradition over which they condemned Him was their perception of "Sabbath". (Jn9:16) God had originally instituted Sabbath as "REST". They had so-perverted it that they had everybody believing that it meant "SEVENTH" (as we observed not long ago); so much so that the very definition of "Sabbath" changed from language to language, even into our dictionaries, compared to what God had instituted originally. Jesus was continually healing people and giving them "rest" (Sabbath) from their infirmities (-on- the Sabbath), as His invitation to the people was to "come unto Me..and I will give you -rest-" (Mt11:28); but they continually got all in a snit that He was not observing their occult misperception of the -number- "7".
And some, even to this very day, are caught up in this very same error and prefer their occult perceptions, the "commandments of men", just like the pharisees, instead of God's Truth. (Col2:22) Jesus came with truth (Jn1:17); since He -IS- Truth. (Jn14:6) As Paul also speaks of the "Jewish myths and commandments of men that turn away from the truth." (Tit1:14)
In the same way, today, people are not satisfied with -only- the Scriptures; for WHAT GOD SAID. They continually lust after little secret "codes" and manipulations. And there are those who call themselves "christian" who also teach this stuff and "creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts" (2Tm3:6)
Just as the pharisees wanted a "sign" from Jesus, today's "pharisees" also proclaim this stuff. There is a certain "ministry" that is the very embodiment of most everything false of "pretend christianity" we warn against continually, which many "christians" think is a Godly ministry. I'm not going to give now (nor verify later to anybody privately) its name, because it is not the only one of its kind. But it has taken this WTC attack and gone into a bunch of "Scriptural" numerology.
He draws from the writings of various authors, looks at the number "11" as being a number of "impending judgment", taking from Jesus' words about the "11th hour" (Mt20:6,9), and the number "6", the number of man, and does all sorts of mathematical gymnastics. That man was created on the 6th day. That the 6th book, Joshua, is the first book named after a man. That Romans is the 6th book of the N.T. That "Romans" contains "6" letters in it. That it contains "man" embedded within it. etc, etc, ad nauseum.
Thus, the Bible is a book about "man's judgment" because if you think of "6=man" and "11=judgment", that the Bible is 6x11=66 books. Or, if you consider God's word about "two (2) or three witnesses" to establish disputes, the two (2) witnesses of Revelation, proclaiming judgment (11) upon the world... 2x11=22, and thus, the 22 chapters of Revelation.
I thought the Bible was about Jesus Christ! ...and Salvation! It begins with "in the beginning God..." and ends with "Surely, I am coming quickly". And the parts in-between provide everything necessary so that a person can be 'ready' when He comes.
Since this is so utterly bizarre and is nowhere presented in any way remotely resembling this manner in Scripture, other than the fact that God does show numerical patterns for some things (Yes, numbers are symbolic in the Scriptures. But numerology is never taught in Scriptures to be a cult), let's look at this from pure logic. Let us consider a purely unrelated example of how anything can be manipulated from Scripture to saying almost anything a person may wish to proclaim.
For lack of something better, let's take this writer, so as not to be accused of picking on somebody else. My name, "Paul F Becker" is "11" letters. Uh-oh! Taking numerology the way these snake oil salesmen handle it, I must be due God's judgment. Oh, but... if we actually took my name, spelling out the middle name, my name has 19 letters. Dear, oh dear! Now I'm getting really 'worried'; because the Templars use 19.5 as the "half of 39" for some of their numerology. Perhaps I was in some manner related to the WTC attacks? After all, while my name only has "19" letters in it, my age is about 52 "and a -half-", so we can add that "half" to the "19" to come up with 19.5. [Huh???]
Well, then, let's go "Scriptural". My age is "52" (this year). It's a reasonable number to work with, since the first three digits of my SS number are "502", so as you can obviously see, "5" and "2" are -in- there. Let's pick something from Scripture at random. Uh, let's see, Numbers 5:2 says, "Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper and everyone that has an issue, and whoever is defiled by a dead body". What is that saying about me?! Well, let's try another. Jeremiah 5:2 says, "And though they say, As Jehovah lives; surely they swear falely." Hmm! I don't know if I like that one. Well, how about Isaiah 5:2, "He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes."
Well, if I was going to follow Biblical Numerology the way these snake oil salemen sell it, right about now I should be shuddering because according to these references based on my age, I am all at one time, "unclean, a false prophet, and producing wild grapes".
Ooooh but... I did this wrong. Those must be (as a numerology student suggest to me years ago) the "down side" (whatever 'that' means!) You see, I should be looking at the 52nd book of the Bible. So, what does 1Thessalonians 5:2 say? "For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night." Oh, that's much more like it! After all, part of this ministry is to prepare people for the Lord's coming. Oh yes, and we forgot to do the "math". "52"? Let's see, 5+2=7. Ah yes, that's much better. "7" is God's number of "completion". Yes, "sabbath", even! Phew! I -am- a "man of God" after all, then! Boy, oh boy! I was really getting worried there for a minute! Oh yes... and one final calculation from my age: 5x2=10? And we already know that 5+2=7. Therefore, the only 'logical' conclusion is 7x10=70. Ah yes, 70x7. I am also a rather "forgiving" sort of chap, aren't I!
We might laugh at this little display of mathematical gymnastics. But this is -precisely- the sort of things these occult practitioners do; as these aforementioned web pages were utterly PACKED-FULL of these sorts of 'calculations'.. and they are dead-serious about it all!!!
And please understand... in my little tyrade above, God knows I mean no disrespect to His -true- Sabbath ("rest"). But how else can we get the attentions of those who hold to the number "7" with occult fanaticism?
Yes, there are significant numbers in the Scriptures. But it is not the numbers, in and of themselves, that have any meaning. If you are all wrapped up in these MANIPULATED equations and calculations, my question of you is this: "Which part of God's -DIRECT- Word did you not understand?" And: "Are you fully obeying that which you already know?" Why are you so taken up with the occult? Yes, it is "occult". Remember our opening definition from the dictionary? As such, it is idolatry!
If we become paranoid at the occult calculations of the Templars, we will be scared spitless about the upcoming Halloween, because more disasters are supposed to happen then. If the WTC attack was coordinated on September 11 due to the astrological orientation of the heavens, then, everybody hold your hats, because the upcoming November 17 is supposed to be another one of those celestial windows.
But remember our opening Scripture, "..do not be dismayed at the signs of the heavens; for the nations are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain" (Jer10:2-3) Sorry if these brief overviews of pagan numerology and "christian" pagan numerology are not presented as "scholarly" as some others might do it. I already introduced this commentary by saying that I was not going to "teach" it. Those of you who have seen those websites already know what they contain. God has called His Believers to better things than that! Seriously!
If you go dabbling in the occult, hear God's Word to you: "Stand now with your enchantments And the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly fortunetellers Stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves From the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, Nor a fire to sit before! Thus shall they be to you With whom you have labored, Your merchants from your youth; They shall wander each one to his quarter. No one shall save you." (Is47:12-15)
If you insist upon dabbling in numerology, yes, God is revealing to the unregenerate that judgment is near. If you seek after the "signs of the heavens" along with them, as you engage in your idolatry, He will do for you as He did for Israel, "Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I be inquired of at all by them? ...I, Jehovah will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, that I may catch the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols." (Ezek14:3,5)
But now, hear His pleading to you, "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord Jehovah: Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations." (vs6)
This snake oil these pretend-[c]hristians are promoting is pagan. (The particular ministry referenced here is one that also teaches that repentance is not necessary for salvation, and closes practically every writing with a repeat-after-me prayer. I expect some are deceived into thinking it is "Christian" because it is also "KJV-only". But it is not! Remember; satanists use the KJV for their incantations, and the Mormons give away 'free' KJVs. That doesn't make them "Christian") The whole approach and mentality of the "christian" site's numerology was practically identical to the one promoting the Templar doctrines. God warned Israel, "According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances." (Lev18:3) If you follow these things, is God pleased with you? "And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nations which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I -abhor- them." (Lev20:23) You may think you are a mature Christian because you see these "extra-Biblical" things, but God "abhors" you if you remain in them.
If you continue in this idolatry, and don't turn away from it, God indeed promises to answer you. "I Jehovah will answer him by Myself" (vs7) But notice what God's answer is...
"I will set My face against that man and make him desolate as a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people. And you shall know that I am Jehovah." (Ezek14:8)