Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 35

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 35

The English phrases "thirty and five" and "five and thirty," used for the number 35, are recorded 9 times in 9 King James Bible verses.

The meaning of number 35 is partly derived from its relationship with the Apostle Paul.

Paul's ministry begins in 33 A.D., the same year he is converted while traveling to Damascus. After at least five evangelistic journeys and countless trials, his service to God ends after 35 years when he is martyred in Rome in 68 A.D.

Apostle Paul, in the King James, uses the word "blood" 35 times in 33 verses of his fourteen books.

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me (1Corinthiansd 11:25, KJV).

In the last chapter of Romans Paul lists 35 people who possess some connection to him. Six of these individuals have a family relationship with the apostle!

Appearances of Number Thirty-Five

Matthew, in 35 A.D., completes his gospel only five years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His is not only the first gospel to be included in the Bible but also the first New Testament book written.

Verse 35 of John 11 is the shortest verse in the entire Bible. In the King James and many other translations it reads, "Jesus wept."

Arphaxad, the son of Shem (who survived Noah's flood), was 35 years old when he had his firstborn son Salah. Arphaxad will live to the ripe old age of 438.

And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah (Genesis 11:12, KJV).

The Apostle Paul, shortly after his conversion in 33 A.D., travels to the barren landscape of Arabia to be taught by Jesus Christ for three years. 35 A.D. marks his second year in the wilderness. The apostle mentions this period of intense training and spiritual maturity in the book of Galatians.

Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Peter, and I remained with him fifteen days (Galatians 1:17 - 18, HBFV).

Absence of Number 35

Abraham, in one of the most usual meetings in Scripture, is visited by two angels who accompany the Lord (Genesis 18:2, 17). During the meeting the Lord reveals he will personally visit Sodom and Gomorrah to determine how grievous their sins are and if it is worthy of their destruction (18 - 21).

Abraham, no doubt cognizant of Lot (his righteous relative) living in Sodom (see 2Peter 2:6 - 8), attempts to barter to have it and Gomorrah spared (Genesis 18:23).

The father of the faithful takes the bold step of proposing the cities be saved if only 50 righteous are found in them. He then proposes sparing the cities if 45, then 40, then 30, 20 and finally if 10 righteous people are discovered (Genesis 18:24 - 32). Note that Abraham does not negotiate to save 35 righteous in Sodom but instead goes from the number 40 to 30!

Abraham was well aware he might be pushing his luck, and possibly angering the Lord, by not negotiating for 35 righteous but instead jumping to 30.

And he (Abraham) said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Perhaps there shall be thirty found there." And He (Jesus) said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there" (Genesis 18:30).

In the end, not even ten obedient people were found in the sinful cities. Sodom, Gomorrah and the surrounding area, after Lot and his family are taken from them, receive the death penalty they justly deserved (Genesis 19:24 - 25).

Visions

The Hebrew word chazon, Strong's Concordance #H2377, is recorded 35 times in 34 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is written the most in the book of Daniel (12 times) followed by Ezekiel (7). The word refers to visions, a supernatural projection of words and pictures usually generated by God in the minds of those he wishes to convey his will.

Many well-known Biblical individuals have experienced visions. These include Abraham (Genesis 15), Jacob (Genesis 46), the false prophet Balaam (Numbers 24) and Samuel the prophet (1Samuel 3). Ezekiel experienced at least five visions. His first was of God's throne where he saw a mysterious "wheel within a wheel." Another vision was of a valley of dry bones.

The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel (Ezekiel 1:16, KJV).

The hand of the Lord was upon me (Ezekiel), and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones . . . Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live . . . (Ezekiel 37:1, 4 - 5, KJV).

The prophet Daniel was also given several visions which revealed, amongst other things, future world-ruling empires (Daniel 7 - 8) and events to take place in the End Time (Daniel 10).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 35

The Hebrew word siynay, Strong's Concordance #H5514, is recorded 35 times in 34 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is found the most in the books of Exodus (13 times) followed by Numbers (12) and then Leviticus (5). The word, which means "thorny," is translated as the name "Sinai" in the King James.

Mount Sinai, located in the Sinai Peninsula, is where God gave the Ten Commandments and established the Old Covenant with His people (Exodus 19 - 35).

And he (God) gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai (siynay), two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God (Exodus 31;18, KJV).

The English phrases "thirty and five" and "five and thirty," used for the number 35, are found the most in Numbers and 2Chronicles (2 each).

There are 25 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 35 times.

35 is the product of 5 x 7. Both 5 and 7 are prime numbers.

In the Old Testament, the Biblical chapters of Genesis 26, 29, Exodus 9, 32, 34, 35, Leviticus 4, Numbers 11, 21, Joshua 8, Judges 8, 1Samuel 15, Job 9, 15, Psalm 68, 104, Proverbs 3, 6, 14, 23 and Ezekiel 48 contain 35 verses in the King James translation.

In the New Testament, the chapters Matthew 18, Mark 3, Luke 13, 14 and Acts 23 have 35 verses in the KJV.

King Jehoshaphat is one of the relatively good rulers over the Kingdom of Judah. He began to reign, as coregent with his father Asa, at the age of 35 (1Kings 22:42). He became sole sovereign at 38 and lived until the age of 59.

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