Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 1234

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 1234

The possible meaning of the number 1234 is primarily related to the Hebrew Calendar and the occurrence of certain original language words.

The first year in the Hebrew (Biblical) calendar corresponds to the period between (and including) October 6, 3761 B.C. (Julian) to September 26 in 3760 B.C. (Julian). Year 1234 on this calendar system runs from late September in 2528 B.C. to the middle of September in 2527. Hebrew year 1234 is year 18 of the 19-year lunar cycle and has 353 days.

Biblestudy.org's Old Testament timeline places God's creation of man in 3969 B.C. (209 years later than the Hebrew calendar). 1234 years after Adam and Eve's creation is 2735 B.C.

In 2735 B.C. (1234 years after creation) Methuselah, the world's oldest man, turned 547 years old. Noah, his grandson, celebrated his 178th birthday. Surprisingly, Adam's great-grandson Cainan was still alive and lived one more year until his death at age 910. The great flood God will bring upon the earth, which will kill 3+ billion people due to their many sins, is 422 years in the future.

Appearances of Number 1234

In 1234 A.D. the Hebrew civil year, which always begins on Tishri 1 (the Feast of Trumpets aka Rosh Hashanah), was declared to occur on Saturday, August 26.

Baqa is listing number 1234 in the definition of Hebrew words in Strong's Concordance. It occurs 51 times in the Old Testament and means to cleave, divide, rend, break open, rip or otherwise tear something. Its first Biblical appearance is in Genesis where it gives the exact day rain and deep-water springs began to fill the entire earth with water.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month (the Hebrew month of Iyar), on the seventeenth day of the month, on this day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up (baqa), and the windows of the heavens were opened (Genesis 7:11, HBFV).

Baqa is also linked to the glorious second coming of Christ when the Lord will descend from heaven and land on the Mount of Olives. This event, which will usher in the wonderful millennial reign of Jesus, will be the fulfillment of the prophecy given in Acts 1:11.

And his (Jesus') feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave (baqa) in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south (Zechariah 14:4, KJV).

Diagogguzo is listing number 1234 in Strong Concordance's definition of Biblical Greek words. The word is only used twice, both of which are in Luke's gospel.

Diagogguzo means to complain about something among a group of people. Its New Testament uses center around responses certain people had to actions Jesus took during his ministry.

And the Pharisees and scribes murmured (diagogguzo), saying, This man (Jesus) receiveth sinners, and eateth with them (Luke 15:2, KJV).

And when they (those in Jericho who saw Jesus greet a notorious tax collector named Zaccheus) saw it, they all murmured (diagogguzo), saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner (Luke 19:7, KJV).

Simple Question, Profound Answer!

John 12:34 (1234) is a verse that asks a straightforward question which leads to a most revealing and profound answer! It was asked of Jesus during the last weekly Sabbath he would celebrate before his crucifixion in 30 A.D.

The people answered Him (Jesus), "We have heard out of the law that the Christ lives forever, and why do You say that the Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?" (John 12:34, HBFV).

Jesus, as was often the case, does not directly answer the question posed to him (see John 12:35 - 36). What immediately follows his puzzling (at least to those who heard him) response, however, reveals the reason why he did not bother giving the crowd what they wanted.

Although He had done so many miracles in their presence, they did not believe in Him, so that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled who said, "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"

For this very reason they could not believe because again Isaiah said, "He (God) HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HARDENED THEIR HEARTS so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their hearts, AND BE CONVERTED, and I would heal them." (John 12:37 - 40, HBFV).

Jesus didn't directly answer the question asked of him because God had blinded the people and hardened their hearts. Why? Because God was not trying to convert all the people at that time! Jesus' goal was not to "save," during their lifetimes, all those who heard him. His answer (John 12:35 - 36), though the truth, only confused the people more!

God's great plan of salvation does NOT entail trying to save every human, from Adam to Jesus' Second Coming, during their initial life on planet earth. In his wisdom God has decided to initially offer salvation only to certain people. All those not offered a full chance to understand and believe the truth during their initial existence will be personally offered salvation at the second resurrection.

Condemnation and Number 1234

Matthew 12:34 (1234) is part of one of Jesus' most pointed and ringing condemnations of the self-righteous Pharisees and scribes found in the Bible. These religious leaders, after the Lord casts a demon out of deaf and blind person, claim the man's devil was cast out by the power of Beelzebub (Satan the devil)!

Jesus' rebuke of these teachers first asserts that Satan would never cast out a fellow demon as that would divide his kingdom of evil (Matthew 12:25 - 27). The Lord then warns that their accusations come dangerously close to committing the unpardonable sin (verses 31 - 32).

Jesus follows up his answer, in verse 34 of Matthew 12 (1234), with one of the harshest and damning condemnations he ever offered to those who hated him.

Offspring of vipers, how are you able to speak good things, being evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34, HBFV).

Like vipers, the Jewish leaders sought to inject, deeply, their poisonous false teachings into anyone they could reach.

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 1234

There are no words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 1234 times.

There are no passages in the King James translation that record the words "one," "two," "three" and "four" in the same verse.

1234 is the product of 2 x 617. Both 2 and 617 are prime numbers.

Luke 12:34 (1234) reveals how we can gain true riches that can never be stolen and that we can enjoy for all eternity.

Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make for yourselves purses that do not grow old, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief can come near, and no moth can destroy.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Luke 12:33 - 34, HBFV).

The ancient Israelites, in 1234 B.C., are being led by a Judge named Ehud. A rare left-handed warrior, Ehud had freed the people from the oppression of Moab's King Eglon in 1292 (Judges 3:12 - 30). He served as Judge from 1292 to 1212 B.C., a span of 80 years that made him the longest serving person in this position in Israel's history.

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