Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 1010

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 1010

The English phrase "one thousand and ten," used for the number 1010, is not recorded in the King James translation.

The possible meaning of the number 1010 in the Bible is derived from the history of Israel in general and King David in particular.

King David and his priests, from 1010 to 970 B.C., write Psalms 1 to 71, 73 to 88, 90 to 119 and 135 to 150. David's ability to create music praising God earned him the title "the sweet psalmist of Israel" (2Samuel 23:1).

John 10:10 (1010) is part of Jesus' parable known as the Good Shepherd. This verse not only provides a perfect description of the devil's primary goals, it also reveals one of the primary reasons Jesus was willing to die for our sins.

The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly (John 10:10, HBFV).

Appearances of Number One Thousand Ten

Hebrew entry number 1010 in Strong's Concordance is the words beyth baal meon (beyth meon). Beyth baal meon is translated, in the King James, as Bethbaalmeon, while beyth meon is translated as Bethmeon. They both refer to the same city that was given to the tribe of Reuben as an inheritance in the Promised Land.

Heshbon, and all her cities that are in the plain; Dibon, and Bamothbaal, and Bethbaalmeon (Joshua 13:17, KJV, see also Jeremiah 48:23).

Greek entry 1010 in Strong's is the word bouleutes. It is used only twice in the New Testament. The word refers to the Jewish Sanhedrin of which Joseph of Arimathea was an adviser or counsellor.

Joseph of Arimathaea, an honorable counsellor (bouleutes), which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. (Mark 15:43, KJV).

And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor (bouleutes); and he was a good man, and a just (Luke 23:50, KJV).

Israel, David and Number 1010

David, from 1020 to 1010 B.C., fights and overcomes the Philistines several times. The future king over God's people is between the ages of 20 and 30 during these battles.

David's first encounter during this period occurs when he is offered King Saul's daughter in marriage if he kills 100 Philistines and brings back their foreskins. Zealous to be Saul's son in law and prove he is a formidable warrior, David brings back twice the amount required (1Samuel 18:25 - 27)!

The year 1010 B.C. marks a pivotal turning point in the history of the Bible and ancient Israel in particular. King Saul, the first anointed ruler over God's people, dies on Mount Gilboa (1Samuel 31). God, a short time later, has David travel to Hebron to be anointed King of the tribe of Judah (2Samuel 2:1 - 4).

After Saul's death in 1010, however, Abner his military commander begins a campaign to set up Saul's son Ishbosheth as Israel's ruler (2Samuel 2:8). Abner sets up Ishbosheth in Mahanaim (east of Jordan River) and proceeds, over the next five and one-half years, to gather support for his plan.

Ishbosheth, in 1005 B.C., is finally recognized as the ruler of all Israel except for Judah. He only reigns, however, for two years (2Samuel 2:10). He is assassinated, in 1003, by two of his military commanders (2Samuel 4:1 - 7). All Israel then decides to make David their king (2Samuel 5:1 - 5). King David ultimately rules Judah for seven and one-half years and a united Israel for thirty-three (2Samuel 5:1 - 5).

The rise of David in 1010 B.C. marks the beginning of a ruling dynasty that would endure until 586. Jesus Christ, years later, will be born into a family with both physical and legal ties to David. The Lord inherited, upon his human birth, the throne of David which he will occupy for eternity (Luke 1:32 - 33).

A 1010 Miracle!

The word "ten" appears twice (1010) in two verses that describe two amazing miracles performed by God. The first was the healing of King Hezekiah. The second entailed God causing a shadow (of a sundial?) to go backwards ten degrees!

And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day?

And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward . . . (2Kings 20:8 - 11, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 1010

There are 0 words in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 1010 times.

The word "ten" appears exactly twice (1010) in a single King James verse in Genesis 18:32, 32:15, 45:23, Exodus 27:12, 38:12, Judges 20:10, 1Kings 7:38, 7:43, 11:31, 2Kings 5:5, 13:7, 20:9 - 10, 1Chronicles 29:7, 2Chronicles 27:5, Isaiah 38:8, Ezekiel 48:10, 48:18, Daniel 7:10, 7:24, Luke 19:13, Revelation 5:11, 13:1 and 17:12.

1010 is equal to 10 x 10 x 10 (10 cubed) + 10.

The binary number system, composed of only 1's and 0's, is the basis for modern computers and other electronic devices. Each position represents a power of 2. The binary 1010 (2 x 2 x 2) + 2 is equal to 10, one of the few (if only) representations that look similar in both the binary and decimal systems.

1010 reveals the person responsible from starting Babel, a city name that means "confusion." Babel would ultimately grow into Babylon, one of the world's first empires.

And Cush begat Nimrod. He began to be a mighty one in the earth . . . And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar (Genesis 10:8, 10, HBFV).

Babylon, in Biblical prophecy, is the foundation of the world's self-centered and god-rejecting governments. The world's Babylonish system, including its false religions, will be destroyed when Jesus Christ returns to rule the earth (Revelation 18:2, 21).

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