(Published October 2021)
The great image in the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar (Book of Daniel, Chapter 2) caused quite a stir. Not only were the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans being executed (killed) on account of not knowing the dream, but the interpretation (that would be given to Daniel, by God) was quite something.
Five sequential Gentile empires were represented in this great image of King Nebuchadnezzar – Babylon (Gold), Medo-Persian (Silver), Greece (Bronze), Roman (Iron) and fragmented Roman (Iron and Clay). These Gentile empires would ‘hold’ world dominion in place of Israel. The subsequent dream of Nebuchadnezzar (Book of Daniel, Chapter 4) indicated, typologically, that the overall duration of these Gentile Empires was seven times of 360 years (or 2520 years where 7 x 360 = 2520); each stage from the head down becoming less ‘shiny’ and harder in appearance; no doubt depicting the decreasing godliness in each subsequent empire. These seven times would be marked by government without God – a form of insanity.
Incredible as it is, the wisdom of God was that “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:32), despite humanity and government retaining their free-will.
Those 2520 years have now expired, and we are currently in a transition period with Israel already restored (biblically ‘revived’ – see Hosea 6:2) to nationhood in anticipation of being ‘top nation’ in the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus described this transitional period of time as the consummation of the age when there would be rumours of wars, wars, famines, earthquakes and pestilences (Matthew 24:6-7).
In terms of Nebuchadnezzar’s great image, we are typologically at the bottom, with the ten toes representative of the Ten Kings who herald anti-Christ. In this final stage, the substance of the great image was a mixture of iron and clay – indicative of a fragmented world power (into which the world is about to enter), wielded by anti-Christ. Daniel 2:41 states ‘the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay’.
As such, the biblical watch is on the lookout and examining scripture for ‘iron’ and ‘clay’ as well as considering current world-wide events. A recent ‘globally witnessed’ event, known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ (MOTH), is an excellent fit with this criteria of the biblical watch.
The Hebrew word for ‘iron’ in the narrative of the great image of Nebuchadnezzar has a numerical value of 244. This same Hebrew word for ‘iron’ (with the same numerical value) is later found in the miracle of the ‘floating axe-head’, performed by the prophet Elisha (in 2 Kings 6:5). As it happens, there are 155 words in the entire original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek text of the Bible with a numerical value of 244.
(As an aside, my life-long contracting career in software engineering has given me the skills to accurately capture every Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek letter from the original text of the Bible into a computer programme, intended for this sort of analysis).
Now, prime numbers are really important in the Bible. To make this point, God embedded two prime numbers, ‘37’ and ‘73’, into the original Hebrew of the creation verse of Genesis 1:1. These two numbers are also the numerical value of the Hebrew word for ‘wisdom’, using the Ordinal and Standard method respectively. Elsewhere, the Bible teaches that by wisdom the world was established, as a confirmation of the mathematical narrative embedded in Genesis 1:1:
Proverbs 3:19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens;
Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.
To seal this mathematical truth and also the biblical significance of prime numbers, the numerical value of the original Hebrew of Genesis 1:1 is ‘2701’ which is 37 x 73!
So, in our consideration of the ‘floating axe-head’ miracle, the 244th prime number, which is 1549, is also important in this biblical watch regarding ‘iron’.
On January 15th 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 with 155 souls on board, left LaGuardia airport and shortly after take-off was struck by a flock of birds resulting in complete loss of power in both engines. Not having sufficient height to return to any airport, the pilot glided the aircraft to a water landing on the Hudson River which runs alongside the City of New York (USA). The metal tube of the aircraft floated on the water long enough for all on board to escape with no loss of life.
This event (MOTH) showed an uncanny symbolic resemblance to the miracle in Elisha’s day, of metal (iron) floating on water and the numbers match! The flight number was ‘1549’ and there were 155 on board. As already stated, the biblical number of ‘iron’ is ‘244’ where the 244th prime number is 1549 and there are 155 words in the Bible with the numerical value of ‘244’. Remember, these biblical numbers relate to the end-time Gentile Kingdom of the great image of King Nebuchadnezzar, the time in which we live in now. Also, the miracle performed by the prophet Elisha (of floating ‘iron’) was during the building of a house for the sons of the prophets – perhaps a veiled reference to the building of the third Temple in Jerusalem, which is prophetically known to be built around the beginning of the Tribulation.
2 Kings 6:1-2 And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. 2 Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.” So, he answered, “Go.”
Given this excellent fit of the biblical numbers and the context, it is important to check the date of MOTH relative to other major events. The biblical watch is primarily concerned with day differences and using this measure (of day numbers), there are three significant matches:
First, the 10th anniversary of the Twin Towers attack (11th September 2011) which is representative of the Ten Kings who prepare the way for (or herald) the anti-Christ. This date regarding the Ten Kings (who hate mystery Babylon and the ‘trading’ and attack her, by burning and making her naked and desolate – Revelation 17:16) is precisely 969 days from MOTH. Note that the number 969 is a biblical number for the church – specifically the Rapture which will be a magnificent manifestation of physical life before a judgement (just as Methuselah’s long life of 969 years also completed just before the judgement of Noah’s Flood). The number ‘969’ is also the fulfilment number for the Body of Christ in the prime-fulfilment pattern for the church. It is compelling to see the intermediary number in this pattern (of ‘153’) present itself on this flight. Consider the ‘head’ of the aircraft as the flight crew – namely the two pilots in the cockpit. Given the 155 souls on board in total, this leaves the ‘body’ of the aircraft with 153 souls.
Secondly, the ‘dread vision’ of Pope Leo 13th (XIII) on Monday 13th October 1884. This vision was of a conversation between God and Satan where Satan was asking for more time and power to destroy the church. This is one of the most important events in the last 500 years for the Roman Catholic church. Again, this link relates to the work of Satan through anti-Christ and the Ten Kings who herald or ‘prepare the way’ for anti-Christ (Revelation 17:13).
What is interesting is that the Greek numerical value of the ‘Ten Kings’ (Greek δεκα βασιλεις) in Revelation 17:12, using the two methods of gematria (Ordinal and Standard) are precisely the two factors for the number of days between this ‘dread vision’ of Pope Leo 13th (XIII) and MOTH!
Using the Standard Method, the letters of δεκα βασιλεις in Revelation 17:12 are Delta (4) + Epsilon (5) + Kappa (20) + Alpha (1) + Beta (2) + Alpha (1) + Sigma (200) + Iota (10) + Lambda (30) + Epsilon (5) + Iota (10) + Sigma (200) = 488.
Using the Ordinal Method, the letters of δεκα βασιλεις in Revelation 17:12 are Delta (4) + Epsilon (5) + Kappa (10) + Alpha (1) + Beta (2) + Alpha (1) + Sigma (18) + Iota (9) + Lambda (11) + Epsilon (5) + Iota (9) + Sigma (18) = 93.
The third date correlation was the financial crash of 2008 which focused on the events of Wednesday 8th October 2008, which was exactly 99 days before MOTH on Thursday 15th January 2009. The number ‘99’ has the biblical meaning of ‘finality’ and in this context, speaks of the ‘end-times’.
So, what we have is a strong marking on the date of MOTH for salvation (none were lost) and ‘Rapture’, in close proximity to the work of the Ten Kings and significantly in the same location (New York USA) where the Ten Kings had typologically already been at work when the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11th, 2001.
In summary, we have numbers for the church (the Rapture – 969) and numbers which relate to the heralding work of the Ten Kings in their destruction of Mystery Babylon (the ‘Harlot’ of Revelation chapters 17 and 18). We must, therefore, clearly understand from the Bible, the work of the Ten Kings and their hatred for Mystery Babylon. The following verse states this ‘hatred’:
Revelation 17:16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
This preparation work of the Ten Kings is the political ‘trumping’ of corporate power and global banking. In other words, bringing down global trading, the multi-nationals and global banking – most likely by cancelling national debt. How the merchants will mourn! [The author notes that the President of the United States around 2025 may well have a surname which relates to this activity.]
Revelation 18:11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore”
Remember that the fornication of the nations with Mystery Babylon most likely concerns monetary ‘credit’:
Revelation 18:3 “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
So, the work of the Ten Kings through their attack on Mystery Babylon, perhaps through the cancellation of national debt, will prepare the way for a powerful political King – namely anti-Christ. Given that New York is a major financial centre of the world, the location of MOTH could not be more significant. This work of the Ten Kings will also be at a similar time as the Rapture (of the Body of Christ).
As an afterthought, the captain of Flight 1549 was 57 years old (at MOTH) which represents the entire Christian Dispensation. This symbolism of the number ‘57’ is understood when it is discovered that Jesus was in the tomb for 57 hours, just as the Body of Christ is in the tomb of physical death for the duration of the Christian Dispensation. When the Christian Dispensation completes, the Rapture occurs!