Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 132

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 132

The English phrase "hundred and thirty and two," used for the number 132, is not recorded in the King James Bible.

The possible meaning of the number 132 is derived primarily from the occurrence of certain words in the Hebrew and Greek versions of God's word.

The Apostle Paul's name is written 132 times in 129 verses in the King James Bible translation of Acts. His name is mentioned 16 times alone in Acts 23! It just misses the top ten list of most frequently mentioned personal names in Scripture, being recorded 163 times total in 159 verses.

The first mention of Paul's name takes place when Luke, the writer of Acts, transitions from using Saul (Paul's birth name) to using Paul. The second use of his name takes place during his first missionary journey when John Mark decides to abandon the evangelistic campaign.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit), set his eyes on him . . . (Elymas the sorcerer, Acts 13:9, KJV).

Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem (Acts 13:13, KJV).

Construction began on the temple of Olympian Zeus, in ancient Athens, in the 6th century B.C. It was not completed, however, until more than 600 years later! It took Roman Emperor Hadrian, in 124 A.D., to begin a massive building program in the city that included finishing the temple.

Eight years later Hadrian formally dedicated the temple in 132 A.D. The edifice, and its surrounding precinct, was also adorned with numerous statues depicting the Emperor as well as the gods and personifications of the Roman provinces.

Appearances of Number One Hundred Thirty Two

The Greek word nekros, Strong's #G3498, is found 132 times in 123 Greek New Testament verses. It is recorded the most in the book of Acts (18 times) followed by Romans (15) and then Luke (13).

The word nekros refers to a corpse or to someone who is dead either literally or figuratively. Its first use takes place when a disciple asks Jesus if he can be excused from following him in order to bury his father. Jesus' response is rather blunt.

But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead (nekros) bury their dead (nekros) (Matthew 8:22, KJV).

And I saw the dead (nekros), small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead (nekros) iswere judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20:12, KJV).

The name Isaac is written 132 times in 123 King James Bible verses. It is most frequently mentioned in the book of Genesis (80 times). Isaac was a son of promise, the only child produced by Abraham and Sarah and heir to the blessings God offered to them. His name is first recorded in Genesis 17.

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him (Genesis 17:19, KJV).

And he (God) gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs (Acts 7:8, KJV).

The Hebrew word mispar, Strong's #H4557, is written 132 times in 128 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is recorded the most in the book of Numbers (34 times) followed by 1Chronicles (19) and then the book of Job (13).

Mispar is usually translated as the word "number" in the King James translation as in the book of Deuteronomy.

And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number (mispar) among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you (Deuteronomy 4:27, KJV).

Yet the number (mispar) of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God (Hosea 1;10, KJV).

The English word "desolate" is written 148 times in 132 King James verses. It appears the most in Ezekiel (44 times) followed by Jeremiah (31) then Isaiah (18). The word references something that is wasted, ruin or despoiled, either literally or figuratively.

Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate (Genesis 47:19, KJV).

And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire (Revelation 17:16, KJV).

Revolt and the Number 132

The Bar Kokhba revolt was an uprising by Jews against the Roman Empire and their occupation of ancestral lands given them by God. This revolt for independence raged in Judea from 132 to 135 A.D.

The revolt, fought with Rome, cost the Jews more than half a million people slaughtered in their attempt to secure their freedom. The Emperor, after his forces finally crushed the rebellion, enacted several restrictive policies such as banning all Jews from Jerusalem and outlawing the Sabbath and Holy Days in Judea.

The revolt of 132 to 135 A.D. marked the second time Jerusalem was attacked and conquered after the death and resurrection of Jesus in 30 A.D.

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 132

There are 4 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 132 times.

Out of 150 Psalms only two, 89 and 132, list King David's name four times. In Psalm 132 his name is recorded in verses 1, 10, 11 and 17 of the King James.

The Hebrew word ishshah, Strong's #H802, is found 152 times in 132 verses of the Hebrew language version of Genesis. It is used to refer to a woman or wife, or to female animals. Its first use is linked to the creation of Eve out of Adam's rib.

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman (ishshah), and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman (ishshah), because she was taken out of Man (Genesis 2:22 - 23, KJV).

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife (ishshah), and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life (Genesis 3;17, KJV).

132 is the product of 11 and 12. 11 is a prime number while 12 is not.

132 is the product of 2 x 2 (or 2 squared) x 3 x 11. 2, 3 and 11 are primes.

132 is also equal to 12 + 13 + 21 + 23 + 31 + 32. 13, 23 and 31 are primes while 12, 21 and 32 are not.

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