Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 64

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 64

The English phrase "threescore and four," used for the number 64, is recorded 2 times in 2 King James Bible verses.

The possible meaning of the number 64 is derived primarily from the historical record that underpins Scripture.

In 64 A.D. the Apostle Paul, after being released from prison in Rome, is in the midst of his fifth and final missionary journey. Starting in 63, and running until 67, Paul is determined to keep his promise to himself to visit Spain (Hispania). Writing to the Christians in Rome, he states the purpose of this long trip is to evangelize new areas that have not yet heard the gospel.

But now, there being no place in these regions that has not heard the gospel, and having a great desire to come to you for many years whenever I may go to Spain, I will come to you . . .

Therefore, when I have finished this task, and have safely delivered into their hands the fruit that was collected, I will set off toward Spain . . . (Romans 15:22 - 24, 28).

There is also a possibility that during Paul's extended evangelistic effort, which included 64 A.D. and ran to 67, he reached Britain (Britannia) and preached the gospel on the island.

Appearances of the Number Sixty-Four

The short book of 2John was written between 63 and 64 A.D. by the Apostle John. It is the third, chronologically, of Apostle John's five manuscripts (his gospel, 1, 2, and 3John plus Revelation) included as part of the New Testament Scriptures.

The book of 1Peter, the Apostle's first of two epistles in the Bible, was written between 64 and 65 A.D.

The Apostle Paul is 64 years old in 66 A.D. In this year, he is toward the latter part of his final missionary journey that will end in 67 with his arrest and imprisonment, yet again, by the Romans.

The Apostle John must address a heresy, spreading is some New Testament churches, which denies Jesus' humanity. He therefore writes, between 64 and 67 A.D., 1, 2 and 3John to refute these false teachings.

The English word "Lebanon" is written 71 times in 64 King James Bible verses. It appears the most in the books of 1Kings, 2Chronicles and Isaiah (9 times each). Its first use is by Moses who, just before his death, tells Israel they can now travel east of the Jordan River and claim their inheritance in the Promised Land.

The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites . . . to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates (Deuteronomy 1:6 - 7, KJV).

The name "Dan" is recorded 72 times in 64 King James verses. It is found the most in the book of Judges (14 times) followed by Number (12). Dan was the fifth of Jacob's twelve sons. His descendants were known for naming cities, rivers and so on after their tribal father. Dan is noteworthy as being the only Israelite tribe not mentioned in Revelation 7.

All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan were an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards (Numbers 2:31, KJV).

Protection and the Number 64

Psalm 64, written by King David, first asks God for protection against his enemies. He follows up his pleas with a confident declaration that the Eternal will overthrow those who seek to do him harm.

Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,

who sharpen their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words . . . But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly they shall be wounded (verses 1 - 3, 7 of Psalm 64).

Offering to God

The Hebrew word nesek, Strong's Concordance #H5262, is recorded 64 times in 62 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is found the most in the book of Numbers (34 times) followed by Jeremiah (10). The word, which means "a libation," is commonly translated as a "drink offering" in the King James.

Drink offerings were sometimes made to consecrate a particular location. Their most common use, however, was to accompany other daily offerings, including those on the weekly Sabbath, to God (Exodus 29:40 - 41, Numbers 28:7 - 9). Drink offerings were additionally made on God's annual Holy (Feast) days (Numbers 28:16 - 29:11).

The amount of the offering could vary from 1/4 U.S. gallon (.94 liters) to 1/3 gallon (1.25 liters) to 1/2 gallon (1.89 liters) depending on the animal offered with it (Numbers 15). The liquid of the offering was wine.

And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him (God), even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering (nesek) thereon, and he poured oil thereon (Genesis 35:14, KJV).

And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the Lord for a sweet savor: and the drink offering (nesek) thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin (Leviticus 23;13, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 64

There are 5 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 64 times.

The English phrase "threescore and four," used for the number 64, is found twice in the book of Numbers.

64 is the product of 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 or 2 to the sixth power. 2 is the first prime number. It is also equal to 8 x 8 (8 squared).

Book number 64 in the KJV (and most modern) translation is 3John. This book is the second shortest in Scripture, containing only one chapter with fourteen verses total. It is just one verse more than the shortest, 2John, which also houses only one chapter but only thirteen verses.

The English word "God" appears in sixty-four books, or 97%, of the King James translation.

The only chapter, in the King James, that has exactly 64 verses is Jeremiah 51.

The English word "blessing" is written 67 times in 64 King James verses. It is recorded the most both in Genesis and Deuteronomy (13 times each).

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth . . . heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (Revelation 5:12 - 13, KJV).

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