Many ancient languages used the letters of their alphabets for numbers also. Gematria is systematically calculating the numerical equivalence of words, and phrases from the letters of alphabets. The ancient Greek and Hebrew alphebets are shown below as examples:
Gematria can be used to gain insight into Biblical concepts through exploring the mathematical interrelations between Biblical words and ideas. Gematria can be used as an evidence to back up established Biblical doctrine, and to gain insight into Bible interpretations by looking for words and phrases with the same numeric values. For example the Lord's name, JESUS, in Koine Greek totals 888:
E. W. Bullinger in his book Number in Scripture says of the number 8, "As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth. ... EIGHT... is the number specially associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order. When the whole earth was covered with the flood, it was Noah 'the eighth person' (2 Peter 2:5) who stepped out on to a new earth to commence a new order of things. 'Eight souls' (1 Peter 3:20) passed through it with him to the new or regenerated world. Hence, too, circumcision was to be performed on the eighth day (Genesis 17:12), because it was the foreshadowing of the true circumcision of the heart, that which was to be "made without hands," even 'the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ' (Colossians 2:11). This is connected with the new creation. The first-born was to be given to Jehovah on the eighth day (Exodus 22:29-30). But RESURRECTION is the great truth which is signified. Christ rose from the dead on 'the first day of the week,' that was of necessity the eighth day. ... It is the number of His name, IHSOUS, Jesus ..." (Bullinger, pp. 196, 200, 203)
Concerning the number 6 Bullinger says, "Six ... has to do with man; it is the number of imperfection; the human number; the number of MAN as destitute of God, without God, without Christ. ... [M]an was created on the sixth day, and thus he has the number six impressed upon him. Moreover, six days were appointed to him for his labour; while one day is associated in sovereignty with the Lord God, as His rest. Six, therefore, is the number of labour also, of man's labour as apart and distinct from God's rest. True, it marks the completion of Creation as God's work, and therefore the number is significant of secular completeness. ... The Sixth Commandment relates to ... murder. The sixth clause of the Lord's prayer treats of sin. ... CAIN'S DESCENDANTS are given only as far as the sixth generation. ... SIX TIMES JESUS [WAS] CHARGED WITH HAVING A DEVIL: 1) Mark 3:22, and Matthew 12:24, 'He hath Beelzebub,' 2) John 7:20, 'Thou hast a devil,' 3) John 8:48, 'Say we not well that...Thou hast a devil,' 4) John 8:52, 'Now we know that Thou hast a devil,' 5) John 10:20, 'He hath a devil, and is mad,' 6) Luke 11:15, 'He casteth out devils by Beelzebub,' This is most significant. Man's enmity to the Person of the Lord Jesus is thus branded with man's number. ... If six is the number of secular or human perfection, then ... 666 is the concentrated expression of it; 666 is therefore the trinity of human perfection; the perfection of imperfection; the culmination of human pride in independence of God and opposition to His Christ. The number, however, has to be computed (yhfizw [pseephizo], to reckon, to calculate, not merely to count or enumerate). See Revelation 13:18. Therefore it is not to be known by gematria merely, though, as we have said, that will be one of the factors in the calculation, just as the letters in the word Jesus amount to 888." (Bullinger, pp. 150 - 153, 282)
Websters 1826 Dictionary defines the word COUNT thusly, "... To reckon; ... to compute ... to account; ... to think, judge, or consider ..."
Now there is a crossover gematria that points to the Internet as a conduit for the fulfillment of Revelation 13. It has to do with the Hebrew letter vau (see the Hebrew number 6 above). The only English equivalent for W in Hebrew is vau. Therefore, the English translation of the letters vau vau vau is w w w and the numerical equivalence of these letters are 6 6 6. Most people know that WWW stands for World Wide Web meaning the Internet. In Daniel 9:27 it speaks of the last half of the seven year Tribulation in these words: "... in the midst of the week he [the Beast] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." The Hebrew word translated "overspreading" here is most often translated "wings" as the wings of a bird spread out. The word has to do with the covering of extremities from the size of a small bird's wings, to the whole Earth. A net or web is such a covering, i.e the Internet or world wide web. Again Daniel 9:27 says, "...for [brcause of] the overspreading of abominations [through the Internet] he [the Beast] shall make it [the world's people] desolate, even until the consummation [Christ's return], and that determined shall be poured [see Revelation 16] upon the desolate [all who receive the mark of the beast]."
Years ago a man by the name of Dr. Jerry R. Church, who is the founder and director of Prophecy in the News, when studying Revelation 13 and the number 666 developed a gematria system for the English alphabet based on the ancient Sumerian civilization's method of calculating.
The Sumerian system was based on a root of six as opposed to the Metric System. It is believed that the Sumerian civilization is the most ancient and their system of counting the first. The Sumerian system can still be seen in our use of the foot (12 inches = 2 x 6) and yard (36 inches = 6 x 6), and in our sexagesimal measurement of time (60 seconds, 60 minuets, 24 hours = 4 x 6).
Applying these facts Dr. J. R. Church developed an English gematria based on increments of 6. He did this by increasing the numerical value for each letter of the alphabet by 6. Here is Dr. Church's Gematria Formula:
You may still be skeptical about all this, but let me assure you that the wealth of evidence that Dr. Church's English Gematria System has produced and it cannot be by coincidence. The odds against that are infinitesimal. We can see from God's encoding of the English language that Computer, Internet and Bio-chip technology will be used to institute �the mark of the beast.�
By using this gematria system to "count the number of the beast" we find convincing evidence that backs up established Biblical doctrine. Notice Dr. Church's Gematria System�s verification showing what many already believe about this passage:
�And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six� (Revelation 13:15-18, cf. 14:11. 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, 20:4)
Add these words up using the above formula and it comes out 666 every time.
* COMPUTER = 666 (Revelation 13:14-15)
* WORLD NET = 666 (Daniel 9:27)
* BIO-IMPLANT = 666 (Revelation 13:16)
* CALCULATION = 666 (Revelation 13:18)
* FALSE MARKET = 666 (Revelation 13:17)
* MONETARY = 666 (Revelation 13:17)
* MARK OF BEAST = 666 (Revelation 13:17, 16:2, 19:20)
These are not coincidences, but verifications of the Word of God. Some 2000 years ago, even before there was an English language, God encoded this mathematical information in His Word to help us understand these last days.
God spoke to the Prophet Daniel saying, �� O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.� (Daniel 12:4) Knowledge and travel have never increased in the way they have in the past 70 years. There was no way the prophecy of Revelation 13 could have been fulfilled until the advent of the computer which was first crudely developed during WWII. But now everything required in order to implement the Antichrist Beast�s One World System (Government, Economy and Religion) is in place.
Further note this passage and it's verification by Dr. Church�s Gematria System.
�How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. � (Isaiah 14:12-15)
Here it is the verification in three languages:
* LUCIFER HELL = 666 (Isaiah 14:12-15)
* LUCIFER HADES = 666 (Hades is Greek for hell)
* DEVIL SHEOL = 666 (Sheol is Hebrew for hell)
Here is verification of another firmly established Bible doctrine:
* PEOPLE SIN = 666 (Romans 3:23)
�As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: �. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.� (Romans 3:10, 5:12)
All people are already spiritually marked for death with 666, because we are all of the house of Adam, and because we have all sinned before a holy God. But by using the same English gematria system that has given us 666 in accordance with the Scriptures so many times (and there are many more that we don�t have space for here) we also come up with a totally different number, that of Jesus� name. We all need to get rid of the number that we inherited from Adam (666) and receive Jesus� number (888) and become members of the house of God:
* THE HOUSE OF GOD = 888 (1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:19-25)
There is just one prerequisite to becoming part of the house of God. It is salvation by receiving the gift of God: �For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord� (Rom 6:23). �For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast� (Eph 2:8-9). It is �� the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus� (2 Tim 3:15). "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (Rom 10:17) These Scriptures are also called "the perfect Law of Liberty.�
* LAW OF LIBERTY = 888 (James 2:12)
* GOD�S PERFECT BIBLE = 888 (James 1:25; 1 Cor 13:9-10)
This Law of Liberty is testified to by the Holy Trinity.
�For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one� (1 John 5:7; cf. John 1:1-3, 14)
* THE TRINITY = 888 (1 John 5:7)
The Scriptures bear record that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, and that He is that Biblical Prophet spoken of by Moses (Deut 18:15-19). His last words from the cross were, �it is finished.� Everything required for the salvation of sinners was finished on that old rugged cross. Now the Lord Jesus is risen from the dead and ascended back to Heaven. He came the first time to save sinners who would believe in Him. He is coming a second time to judge unrepentant sinners. To the lost Jesus is the Lion of Judah coming to judge. To the saved He is the King Jesus and the bright Morning Star.
* BIBLICAL PROPHET = 888 (Acts 3:22-24)
* FINISHED CROSS = 888 (John 19:30)
* THE LION OF JUDAH = 888 (Rev 5:5)
* THE KING JESUS = 888 (John 18:37; 1 Tim 6:15; Rev 17:14, 19:16)
* MORNING STAR = 888 (Rev 22:16)
Now I think that the evidence that has been presented here is sufficient to prove that the Word of God is true, and its doctrines well established. These being indisputable facts, please take a moment to review God�s Plan of Salvation. In order to change your standing from being God�s enemy (Rom 5:10) to being His child (Gal 4:5) you must understand these few things:
1. THERE IS A PENALTY TO PAY FOR YOUR SINS:
�And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.� (Luke 12:4-5)
�But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.� (Revelation 21:8)
2. YOU CANNOT SAVE YOURSELF:
�For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.� (Romans 6:23)
�Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.� (Romans 3:23-26)
3. ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN SAVE YOU:
�Jesus saith�, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.� (John 14:6)
�For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.� (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
�Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.� (Acts 4:12)
4. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN:
The Bible teaches that you must receive a spiritual birth. This is done by receiving God�s Word which admonishes us to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. This is done through repentance and faith. REPENTANCE is turning from your sins in the fear of the Lord in godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10; Luke 13:1-5; Proverbs 3:7, 8:13, 14:26-27, 16:6). FAITH is turning to Christ believing that He willing and able to save you (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Timothy 1:12). Repentance and faith are inseparable and occur simultaneously (Acts 20:21; Mark 1:14-15). That is our part. God then instantly causes us to be born again.
�Of His own will begat he us with the Word of Truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.� (James 1:18)
�Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.� (1 Peter 1:23)
�Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.� (2 Peter 1:4)
�Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.� (James 1: 21)
�But what saith it? The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, THOU SHALT BE SAVED. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.� (Romans 10:8-13)
�He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.� (John 1:11-13)
As best as you know how, pray to the Father in Jesus� Name: Just humbly tell Him how sorry you are for your sins, and ask Him to save you from Hell. The Lord Jesus Christ died to save you, and He gives you these invitations and warnings:
�Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.� (Revelation 3:20)
�And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.� (Luke 11:9-10)
�He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.� (John 12:48)
�I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.� (Revelation 1:18)
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