The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 911
In the United States, the number 911 is used as a shorthand reference to the events that transpired on its soil on September 11, 2001. It is on this date that terrorists hijacked several planes and carried out a series of attacks that killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others in America.
One meaning people have derived from 911 is that the events were like an alarm, warning the U.S. to take seriously those who threaten its homeland and wish to undermine its global influence.
One reason why the number 911 seems to resonate with many who witnessed 2001's horrifying acts of terrorism is its link to emergencies. Since 1968, those in the U.S. have been encouraged to dial 911 in the event of an emergency that might require the immediate response of police, fire, ambulance or rescue services. A few other countries, such as Canada and Brazil, have also adopted this short dialing sequence for requesting emergency help.
Surprisingly, the date of September 11 also plays a unique role in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
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Because of its rich symbolism, it is highly likely Jesus was born on God's annual Feast day known as the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) in 5 B.C. The first full Feast day of his human-based existence, therefore, was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). In the year of his birth, this period of fasting and worshipping God occurred on September 11 (CBCG Biblical calendar program).
The calendar rules used to determine when to celebrate God's annual Feast days makes any of the fall festivals falling on, or including, September 11 (911) quite rare. Christ does not celebrate any annual holy convocation on this date until 15 A.D. when, at the age of nineteen, the day of Atonement again falls on September 11 (Appointed Times of Jesus the Messiah, appendix F).
The last appearance of number 911
The only other time any of the fall Feast days (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement or the eight day Feast of Tabernacles) fall on or include September 11 (911), in Jesus' lifetime, is in the monumental year he started in ministry!
In 26 A.D., after the Lord turned thirty (the acceptable year for a priest to enter into God's service, Numbers 4:3, 4:47), he was baptized by John the Baptist (Luke 3:23). His actual ministry, however, did not begin until September 11 (911) of the same year, which is the Day of Atonement (ibid. pages 25 - 26 and appendix E). It is also the same day the Lord began his forty day fast and the start of Satan the devil's forty days of testing and tempting him in the Judean wilderness.
The Day of Atonement in 26 A.D. was also extra special for another reason. It was the start of the Jubilee year which is announced every fiftieth year, on this Feast day, with a trumpet (Leviticus 25:9). It was a year of rejoicing as, under the Old Covenant, slaves were set free and Israelites rejoiced as land returned to their original owners (see Leviticus 25, 27).
Jesus himself confirmed his ministry began on 911 (September 11) when the Jubilee year stated. In one of his first messages (Luke 4:18 - 19), and the first one given in his hometown of Nazareth after his ministry began, Christ quoted from Isaiah 61 which states the following.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me because the Lord has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord . . . (Isaiah 61:1 - 2).
His reference to the "acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:19), as many commentaries attest, is an allusion to the Jubilee year. It is fitting Christ's ministry began in such a year, as his life, death and resurrection offer mankind spiritual freedom from their slavery to sin and a chance to eternally rejoice in God's kingdom.
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In relation to the number 911, the first place in the prophetic book of Revelation where Satan is linked, by name, to the incredible suffering that will soon come upon the entire earth is the following.
And they have over them a king, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but the name he has in Greek is Apollyon (Revelation 9:11).
Revelation 9:11 offers a three-fold affirmation regarding the true identity of the "king" who, in the end time, will be allowed to bring manifold trials on those who have rejected God (see Revelation 9:4). The "angel of the abyss," Abaddon, and Apollyon, are all synonyms for God's great adversary the devil (see our article on the various references to Satan).