The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 117
The possible meaning of the number 117 is derived from its prophetic link to Jesus and the layout of Scripture.
The Bible's first three books, Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus, have 117 total chapters. The four gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), along with the book of Acts, also contain the same number of chapters.
The Song of Solomon was, of course, penned by King Solomon (Song of Solomon 1:1, 5, 3:7, 9, 11, 8:11 - 12) during his reign from 970 to 930 B.C. It contains 8 chapters and 117 verses.
The first chapters of Leviticus, 2Chronicles, Song of Solomon, Jonah and Habakkuk have exactly 17 verses (117).
Emperor Trajan ruled the Roman Empire from 98 to 117 A.D. During his reign he fought the Second Roman-Dacian War for control of the Kingdom of Dacia. His victory, over land that resides mostly in modern day Romania, enabled the empire to expand yet again. It reached its zenith in territorial control, in Trajan's last year, by governing roughly 2.2 million square miles (5.697 million square kilometers) of land.
God commanded ancient Israel to observe what is known as a Sabbatical year (Exodus 23:10 - 11, Leviticus 25:1 - 7, 19 - 23). The beginning of this special period was proclaimed on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) at the start of every seventh year (Deuteronomy 15:1 - 4). A Biblical Sabbatical year ran from October 4 in 116 A.D. to September 23 in 117.
Prophetic Number One Hundred Seventeen
Jonah 1:17 (117) is uniquely prophetic, as the time of the prophet's punishment in the belly of a whale was used by Jesus to reveal how long he would be unconscious in the grave.
And the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17).
A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, in like manner the Son of man shall be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights (Matthew 12:39 - 40, HBFV).
Number 117 and the Psalms
Psalm 117 is the smallest chapter in the Bible with only 2 verses and 30 words in the HBFV translation or 2 verses and 33 words in the King James.
O praise the Lord, all you nations; praise Him, all people, for His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! (verses 1 - 2, HBFV).
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 117
Rome's famous fire, according to Roman historian Tacitus (56 to 117 A.D.), which Emperor Nero blamed on Christians, was believed to have started near the Circus Maximus in July of 64 A.D.
The numbers 3, 9, 13 and 39 are factors of 117. One hundred seventeen is also equal to 3 X 3 (3 squared) x 13.