Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
129, 156, 404, 414, 613, 616, 808
818, 1001, 1144, 1222, 1500

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Our research into the meaning of numbers in the Bible sometimes turns up fascinating facts that are insufficient, at the present time, for a single dedicated article. This article presents our findings so far on the numbers 129, 156, 404, 414, 613, 616, 808, 818, 1001, 1144, 1222 and 1500.

Meaning of the Number 129

129 is the product of 3 x 43. Both 3 and 43 are prime numbers.

129 is equal to the first ten primes added together or 2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29.

Of the 249 years from the first persecution under Nero to the year 313, when Constantine established lasting peace, it is calculated that Christians suffered persecution about 129 years and enjoyed a degree of toleration from the Roman state of about 120 years (1913 Catholic Encyclopedia article on Martyrs).

The Apostle Paul's name is written 132 times in 129 verses in the King James Bible translation of Acts. The first mention of his name takes place when Luke, who wrote Acts, changes from using Saul (Paul's birth name) to using Paul.

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit), set his eyes on him . . . (Elymas the sorcerer, Acts 13:9, KJV).

The Romans, from time to time, would conduct a census of those they ruled over in order to determine what they owned for tax purposes. In the province of Judea, in deference to Jewish customs (and the desire to carry out their task peaceably), they required the people to travel to their family's ancestral home before taking their census.

The betrothed couple of Mary and Joseph were living in Nazareth at the time of the Roman census of 5 B.C. They were both descendants of King David who was born in Bethlehem (1Samuel 17:12). In spite of Mary being miraculously pregnant with Jesus, the couple was forced to travel the roughly 80 miles (about 129 kilometers) from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It is in Bethlehem that Jesus is born (Luke 2:1 - 20).

Meaning of the Number 156

156 is the product of 2 x 2 (2 squared) x 3 x 13. 2, 3 and 13 are all prime numbers.

The Greek word histemi, Strong's Concordance #G2476, is recorded 156 times in 152 Greek New Testament verses. It is recorded the most in the book of Acts (35 times) followed by Luke (25) and then Revelation (22). The word means to stand, to appoint, to establish, to place or to make something firm.

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand (histemi) before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (Revelation 20:12, KJV).

The Greek word charis, Strong's #G5485, is written 156 times in 147 Greek New Testament verses. It appears the most in the book of Romans (25 times) followed by 2Corinthians (18) and then the book of Acts (16). The word means merciful kindness, favor or grace.

And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us (and we ourselves beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten with the Father), full of grace (charis) and truth . . .

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace (charis) upon grace (charis, John 1:14, 16, KJV).

Meaning of the Number 404

The prophetic book of Revelation has 22 chapters and 404 verses total.

The English word "Lord" appears 404 times, in 355 verses, in the King James Bible book of Numbers. Its first appearance is in the book's first verse.

And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying . . . (Numbers 1:1, KJV).

404 is equal to 2 x 2 (2 squared) x 101. Both 2 and 101 are prime numbers.

Meaning of the Number 414

Entry 414 in the Hebrew definitions portion of Strong's is the word ela. The word, which occurs only once in the King James, is the name of an Israelite found in 1Kings 4:18.

414 is equal to 2 x 3 x 3 x 23, all of which are primes.

414 has a subtle appearance in the King James Bible. The fourth chapter of Zechariah has 14 verses.

Meaning of the Number 613

613 is the 112th prime number. It is preceeded by 601 and 607 and comes before the primes 617 and 619.

Jewish tradition states that there were 613 commandments God gave to Moses.

"That the law of Moses contains 613 commandments is stated by R. Simlai, a Palestinian haggadist, who says (Mak. 23b): 'Six hundred and thirteen commandments were revealed to Moses; 365 being prohibitions equal in number to the days of the year, and 248 being mandates corresponding in number to the bones of the human body.'" (Jewish Encyclopedia article on the 613 commandments).

The Kabbalah, which is a book devoted to Jewish mysticism, views every complete entity as divisible into 613 parts (Wikipedia info on 613).

613 has subtle appearances in the King James Bible. The sixth chapter of the Song of Solomon has 13 verses. Isaiah 6 also has 13 verses.

Meaning of the Number 616

616 has a subtle appearance in the King James Bible. The sixth chapter of the Minor Prophet Micah has 16 verses.

The number 616 is equal to the primes 2 x 2 x 2 (or 2 cubed) x 7 x 11.

Meaning of the Number 808

Entry 808 in the Hebrew definitions portion of Strong's is the word ashiysh. The word, which occurs only once in the King James, is translated as "foundations" in Isaiah 16:7.

808 is equal to 2 x 2 x 2 x 101, all of which are prime numbers.

Meaning of the Number 818

King Jehu rules over the Kingdom of Israel (northern ten tribes) in 818 B.C. Judah's king in 818 was Joash who was mostly good. Jehu's rise to power and his reign, which ran from 841 to 814 B.C., was rather unique.

God first had a prophet anoint Jehu Israel's new king. Before he could assume the throne, however, the Lord tasked him with ending the then current Omride ruling dynasty (2Kings 9:1 - 10). This evil dynasty started with Omri (885 - 874 B.C.), after which his notorious son Ahab ruled followed by his two sons.

Jehu first killed Israel's current king with an arrow (2Kings 9:21 - 24). He then killed Judah's King Ahaziah (verses 27 - 29). He was also tasked with ending the life of Ahab's evil wife Jezebel, which he accomplished by having her tossed out of a high window (verses 30 - 37). He then proceeded to assassinate all 70 of Ahab's sons and his close relatives, as well as killing 42 relatives of Judah's king (2Kings 10). He lastly had the priests of the pagan god Baal killed.

God was so impressed with how Jehu carried out his will that he promised him that four generations of his descendants would also occupy his throne (2Kings 10:30). Jehu's ruling dynasty was the longest in the Kingdom of Israel's history, lasting 88 years, doubling the number of years Omri and his descendants ruled (44 years).

Biblestudy.org's Old Testament timeline places the creation of man in 3969 B.C. 818 years after this event brings us to 3151 B.C.

In 3151 the first eight patriarchs, which represent the first eight generations of humans on planet earth, are still alive! These patriarchs are Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch and Methuselah. Enoch, who was born in 3347 B.C. and possibly died "young," was 196 years old 818 years after Adam was created.

818 is equal to 2 x 409, both of which are prime numbers.

818 has subtle appearances in the King James Bible. The eighth chapter of 2Samuel has 18 verses. The other Old Testament chapters 2Chronicles 8, Nehemiah 8 and Ezekiel 8, also all have 18 verses (818).

Meaning of the Number 1001

The prime numbers 7, 11 and 13 are factors of 1001.

The binary representation of 1001 has the sequence "1001" within it. The representation is 1111101001 or 2 to the ninth power through 2 to the fifth power added together (512 + 256 + 128 + 64 + 32) plus 2 to the third power (8) plus one.

Entry 1001 in the Hebrew definition portion of Strong's Concordance is the word biyra. It is actually an Aramaic word that occurs only once in Scripture and means a castle, palace or citadel.

And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace (biyra) that is in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written . . . (Ezra 6:2, KJV).

Entry 1001 in the Greek definition portion of Strong's Concordance is the word bolizo. It means to take a sounding to determine the depth of water. The word is used only twice, both of which are in a single New Testament verse.

But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country;

And sounded (bolizo), and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded (bolizo) again, and found it fifteen fathoms (Acts 27:27 - 28, KJV).

Meaning of the Number 1144

Our Old Testament timeline places the creation of man in 3969 B.C. 1144 years after this event brings us to 2825 B.C. By the time this year arrives the patriarchs Adam, his son Seth, Seth's son Enos, as well as Enoch, have already died. Those alive 1144 years after Adam was made include Enos' son Cainan (819 years old), Cainan's son Mahalaleel (749), Mahalaleel's son Jared (684), Jared's grandson Methuselah (457), Methuselah's son Lamech (270) and finally Lamech's son Noah (88).

Gideon, in 1144 B.C., is serving as Israel's new Judge. He is the eighth Judge inspired by God to lead his people after they entered the Promised Land in 1405 B.C. The Judges that came before Gideon are Joshua, Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah and Barak, and Eli. God used Gideon, in 1145, to free his people from seven long years of Midianite oppression.

1144 is equal to 2 x 2 x 2 x 11 x 13, all of which are prime numbers.

Meaning of the Number 1222

Entry number 1222 in Strong Concordance's definitions of Biblical Hebrew words is betsar. Found only in Job 36, it refers to gold when it is broken up.

Behold, God is mighty, yet He does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding . . .

Will He esteem your riches? No, not gold (betsar), nor all the forces of strength can keep you from distress (Job 36:5, 19, HBFV).

Entry number 1222 in Strong's definitions of Biblical Greek words is depou. This word, like the one mentioned above, occurs only once in the Bible. It means, in Hebrews 2, to assert or affirm something strongly.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death . . . For verily (depou) he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham (Hebrews 2:9, 16, KJV).

1222 is equal to 2 x 13 x 47, all of which are prime numbers.

Meaning of the Number 1500

According to Wikipedia, 1500 A.D. was believed to be extra important to many European Christians as they thought it was the start of the end of the world. This belief was based on the phrase "half a time" found in the book of Revelation which was taken to refer to that year.

And when the dragon (symbolizing Satan the devil) saw that he was cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who had brought forth the man child. And two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman, so that she might fly to her place in the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent (Revelation 12:13 -14, HBFV).

The period roughly between 500 and 1500 A.D. in Europe is traditionally considered the Middle Ages (Online article on The Middle Ages by Britannica).

It should be noted that the word "prodigal," used to designate Jesus' famous parable called the prodigal son, is not found in the King James or other major Bible translations. The word itself did not originate in the English language until around 1500 A.D. (dictionary.com).

The first year on the Hebrew (Biblical) calendar begins late 3761 B.C. (Julian). Year 1500 on this calendar system runs from the end of September in 2262 B.C. to the middle of September in 2261.

Biblestudy.org's Old Testament timeline places God's creation of man in 3969 B.C. 1500 years after this momentous event in God's plan is 2469 B.C.

In 2469 B.C. Methuselah, the world's oldest person, turned 813 years old. He will live another amazing 156 years until he finally dies, in 2313 B.C. (the year of the flood), at the ripe old age of 969 (Genesis 5:27)!

Surprisingly, other than Methuselah, the only two Biblical patriarchs also alive 1500 years after God created Adam are Lamech (Methuselah's son) and Noah (son of Lamech). This is a bit unique given the incredibly long lifespans before the flood. Lamech is 626 years old and Noah is 444 years old. Noah's son Shem, who will go on to survive the flood along with his two brothers, will not be born for another 58 years!

Rough dates can be used for certain key individuals in the Bible In order to understand a basic flow of Biblical history. These individuals and dates are Adam (4000 B.C.), Noah (3000), Abraham (2000), Moses (1500), King David (1000), Daniel the prophet (500 B.C.) and Apostle Paul (1 A.D.).

1500 is equal to 2 x 2 x 3 x 5 x 5 x 5, all of which are prime numbers.

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