In the Bible, God has ‘labelled’ or ‘marked’ certain individuals or 'groups' with a number. For example:
· The Completed Body of Christ is marked with the number ‘153’.
· Insufficient (Unbelieving) Israel is marked with the number ‘200’.
· Believing Israel Post Rapture (Tribulation) is marked with the number ‘276’.
· Eve, the ‘mother of all the living’ (Genesis 3:20) is marked with the number ‘19’.
· All believers in the 6000 bible years before the Millennium are marked with ‘190’.
· The Wonderful Number of (Daniel 8:13) is marked with the number ‘84’.
· Enoch who was the first man to be raptured (Genesis 5:24) is also marked with the number ‘84’.
· Anna (Luke 2:36) who came 'in an instant' is also marked with the number ‘84’, being 84 years without husband.
The detail of how and why these individuals or groups are biblically labelled (or marked) in this way, is written up in the book ‘Unlocking the Biblical Watch’. In the main, these numbers are found in the surface narrative of scripture and are part of a biblical type which has a future prophetic fulfilment. Many of these biblical numbers are also found in the ‘prime-fulfilment’ patterns recently discovered in scripture.
In mathematics, certain numbers have characteristics. For example, some numbers are ‘odd’ and some numbers are ‘even’. Several of the numbers (which the Lord has used in this biblical ‘labelling’ or ‘marking’) have characteristics which are figurative. In other words, the number may be formed into a simple geometrical shape. An example of a figurative number is the number three. The number ‘three’ may be formed into a triangle. Not all numbers can do this and do not all numbers are ‘triangular’. Try making the shape of a triangle with two or four billiard balls (or any suitable object) as it cannot be done. With three, however a triangle may be readily formed.
Below is a triangle constructed from 15 billiard balls. This perfectly formed triangle of 15 balls teaches that the number ‘15’ is a ‘triangular’ number. Because there are 5 rows, it is the fifth triangular number in mathematics. Note the higher the numbers, the more rare the triangular numbers.
This geometrical shape of a triangle (with three equal sides) has a unique place in the Bible because our ‘triune’ God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is associated with the number ‘three’.
Importantly, all believers are commanded to calculate these numbers and understand their significance in scripture because profound spiritual wisdom is present:
Revelation 13:18 (NKJV) Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Consider the mathematical fact that the number ‘666’ is a triangular number – the 36th triangular number. The calculation of the number ‘666’ is that it is a triangular number! The Bible also teaches that this calculation contains biblical wisdom and understanding and part of this ‘understanding’ or ‘wisdom’ is that the Lord has labelled significant ‘groupings’ of people with triangular numbers!
The following three people groups (listed below and already mentioned above) fit this category and are of special interest because each group represents all or part of all believers who are included in the first resurrection:
· The Completed Body of Christ labelled with ‘153’ (the 17th triangular number)
· All believers in the 6000 bible years labelled with ‘190’ (the 19th triangular number)
· Believing Israel Post Rapture (Tribulation) labelled with ‘276’ (the 23rd triangular number)
A beautifully elegant symmetry appears here because the numbers ‘17’, ‘19’ and ‘23’ are all ‘prime’ numbers – numbers which are foundational and cannot be divided further (except by one and themselves). In fact, they are the 7th, 8th and 9th prime numbers. The following diagram illustrates this symmetry:
As can be seen in the diagram above, the prime numbers have a simple symmetry around the eighth prime number. This confirms the theme of ‘resurrection' because the number ‘eight’ in the Bible is the number of ‘resurrection’. This symmetry also gracefully captures the biblical truth that all believers in the 6000 years of creation will be in the first resurrection and endorses the truth that all believers who find faith in God (during the first six days of creation – when the Lord works) are metaphorically spiritual children of Eve, the ‘mother of all the living’:
Genesis 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
Until recently, the 19th triangular number, ‘190’, has proven more difficult to locate on the surface of scripture and in a contextually relevant passage whereas, the other two triangle numbers – for the Completed Body of Christ (‘153’) and Believing Israel Post Rapture (‘276’) – are readily found on the surface of scripture. The number ‘153’ is found in John 21:11 and the number ‘276’ is found in Acts 27:37, both of which are typologically rich passages for the church and Israel respectively. Remember that ‘190’ represents all believers throughout all 6000 bible years of history who have been (or will be) ‘born again’ and will partake in the first resurrection. How appropriate, therefore, that the number ‘190’ has been found in the parable of the sower, where ‘seed’ (the word of God) is sown into different types of ground (the heart of a man). The seed sown on the good ground represents the heart of a man, woman or child who is a believer and receives the word of God in their heart and is ‘born again’.
Matthew 13:8 (NKJV) But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
It is here that the number ‘190’ manifests in the Bible in a passage to do with all ‘believers’. Add up the numbers ‘100’ and ‘60’ and ‘30’ to yield ‘190’.
In summary, triangular numbers mark dispensationally significant people (or groups) in the Bible and in contextually relevant passages. Why would God do this? Well, the reason is that these triangular numbers are part of a bigger picture. They are the ‘holding’ stage of the prime-fulfilment pattern which yields timing information for the prophetic fulfilment of major upcoming dispensational events. The Lord has embedded these patterns in the Bible to give a scriptural ‘timing’ anchor for the Biblical Watch. Simple.