Meaning of Numbers: The Number 155
The possible meaning of the number 155 is derived primarily from the occurrence of words both in the Bible's original languages and the King James English translation of Scripture.
The Hebrew word samach (Strong's Concordance #H8055) occurs 155 times in the original language of the Old Testament. It appears the most in the Psalms (52 times) followed by the book of Proverbs (16) then Deuteronomy (10). The word means to brighten up, cheer up, make glad, joyful or merry, or to rejoice.
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad (samach, Proverbs 12:25, KJV).
Appearances of Number One Hundred Fifty Five
The English word "brother" appears 155 times in the King James version of the Pentateuch. Genesis lists the word the most (93 times) followed by Deuteronomy (34). Its last (155) use in this section records God informing Moses that he will die on Mount Nebo and not be allowed to enter the Promised Land.
Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo . . . And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people (Deuteronomy 32:49 - 50, KJV).
The English word "wife" is recorded 170 times, in 155 verses, in the King James Bible version of the Pentateuch (the first five books of Scripture). It most frequently appears in Genesis (95 verses) then Deuteronomy (26 verses). Moses, the writer of Genesis, first uses the word to denote that men who marry become symbolically one flesh with their wives, an act which harkens back to Eve being created out of (not separate from) Adam.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24, KJV).
The English word "joy" appears 165 times in 155 King James Bible verses. It is utilized the most in Isaiah (28 times) followed by the Psalms (19) and the book of Luke (10). 60 out of the 155 verses it is recorded in occurs in the New Testament.
And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick (music, 1Samuel 18:6, KJV).
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field (Matthew 13:44, KJV).
Death, Martyrdom and Number 155
Polycarp, born in 69 A.D., was (according to church tradition) one of the Apostle John's students. After serving as the bishop of Smyrna for a number of years he suffered a martyr's death in 155. Tradition states he was bound and burned at the stake and when the fire failed to kill him he was stabbed. Polycarp is remembered for his answer to a Roman proconsul who urged him to curse Christ so that he could be spared martyrdom.
"Fourscore and six years have I served Him, and he has done me no harm. How then can I curse my King that saved me."
The Hebrew word maveth (Strong's #H4194) is recorded 155 in the original language of the Old Testament. It is used the most in the Psalms (21 times) followed by Proverbs (19) and then Jeremiah (13). The word refers to death, dying or the realm of the dead.
And it came to pass after the death (maveth) of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi (Genesis 25:11, KJV).
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 155
155 is the product of 5 and 31. Both 5 and 31 are prime numbers.
Laodicea, located at the junction of several important trade routes, is 77 kilometers (48 miles) from Philadelphia (modern day Alasehir) and 155 kilometers (96 miles) from Ephesus. A round trip visit to all the seven churches of Revelation would be 523 kilometers (325 miles).
The Greek word polis, Strong's #G4172, is found 164 times in 155 verses in the original Greek version of the New Testament. It is recorded the most in the book of Acts (42 times) followed by Luke (39) and then the book of Revelation (28). The word refers to a town, city or to its inhabitants. It can also reference the New Jerusalem where righteous resurrected people will dwell for eternity.
And he (Jesus Christ) came and dwelt in a city (polis) called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene (Matthew 2:23, KJV).
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city (polis), and from the things which are written in this book (Revelation 22:19, KJV).