The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 444
According to the book "The Appointed Times of Jesus the Messiah," there exist an interesting relationship between the meaning of the number 444 and Christ's earthly ministry.
As our Biblical timeline of Jesus' life shows, his ministry began on September 11 in 26 A.D. the same day the devil began his forty days of temptation. This day fell on a Wednesday, the 4th day of the week.
September 11 was not only the Day of Atonement in 26, it was the start of the Jubilee year (Luke 4:16 - 21, see also Isaiah 61:1 - 2). In Jesus first recorded public address in Nazareth, he links his ministry and message to this special period of liberty and freedom which occurred every 50th year and was announced on Atonement (Leviticus 25).
September 11 in 26 A.D. is thus an incredibly rare and momentous day in human history! The four-fold major events that took place, or began, on this day are the Day of Atonement, the start of the Jubilee Year, the start of Jesus' ministry, and the beginning of the devil's efforts to derail God's plan to save humans.
Jesus' public ministry ended on a Wednesday, on the same 4th day of the week it started. It ceased in 30 A.D. when he was crucified and died on April 5 (the day portion of Passover) as our perfect sacrifice for sin.
The Day of Atonement in 26 A.D. corresponds on the Hebrew calculated calendar (used to determine God's annual Feast Days) to Tishri 10 in the Hebrew year 3787. Jesus' death in 30 A.D. corresponds to Nisan 14 in Hebrew year 3790. This means his entire ministry lasted 44 months (Hebrew years 3787 and 3789 had 13 months in them) and 4 days for the number 444!
Another occurrence of the number 444
We also see the pattern of 444 in one other set of Bible dates related to Jesus' ministry. It is possible that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13 - 16, Mark 1:9) only four days before Atonement in 26 A.D. and the start of his ministry.
On Saturday, April 1 in 30 A.D., four days before the Lord's death, God the Father audibly confirms that Christ has been selected to glorify His name and be the perfect lamb to be sacrificed for all sin (see John 12:28 - 32). This is in harmony with the Old Testament, as Israel was commanded to select a lamb "without blemish" four days before it would be sacrificed on Passover (Exodus 12:1 - 3).
The pattern of the number 444 is manifested as there are 44 months and 4 days between Jesus' baptism and the day God the Father gave his final confirmation that Christ was the One chosen to die on Passover to make our salvation possible!