Numbers of the Roman Catholic Church

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The Triumph of Saint Augustine - by COELLO, Claudio - from Museo del Prado, Madrid

 

Saint Augustine's Arithmology

by Theologian Father William G. Most

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The Mystical interpretation by many Fathers of the Church of various Numbers found in Holy Scripture generally receives today Unsympathetic Attention, if any attention at all. Not only many non-Catholics, but many Catholics as well, often agree to quickly brush aside all such speculations as mere Pythagoreanism in the air. It is our purpose here to examine to what extent such positions are justified.

We find that Mystical use of Number Symbolism was in vogue in the Old Testament itself, long before the Pythagoreans (Pagans) first appeared. It was also cultivated by most of the Early Fathers of the Church, several of whom openly state that they are not merely imitating Pythagoras. Saint Ambrose, commenting on the Number Seven in relation to the Seventh Day of God's Rest, adds that the Number Seven is "Good", but that he does not treat it as "Good" in the manner of Pythagoras and other Pagans, but in relation to the Seven-Fold Gifts of the Holy Spirit as given by the Prophet Isaiah.

However, the purpose of this paper is to treat not all the Fathers, but only Saint Augustine, who is probably the Chief Exponent of Number Symbolism . We shall endeavor to see the Deeper Foundations of his interest in Numbers.

It is a Truth acknowledged by all sound Philosophers, that the Truths of Mathematics are of a High Order of Abstraction. In his dialogue De Libero Arbitrio, Augustine goes through his famous Ascending Process by which he shows the Existence of God. Starting from the Lower Orders of Reality, he endeavors to lead the searcher step-by-step, rising ever higher, above the things of the Body, above the Mind and Soul Itself, to God. In the course of this process, he notes that there are some things that are necessarily True. We recognize their Truth, he says, not from Sense experience, but in a Higher Way, for they do not merely happen to be True, but are Necessarily and Eternally True. Among these Truths are the Truths of Numbers. A knowledge of this Science of Numbers is useful, he thinks, for the man who grasps it will be able more easily to understand the most Profound Truths of Philosophy and Theology.

Sacred Scripture contains many Numbers. The thoughtful man cannot escape being aroused to wonder why it is that Moses and Elias, and Our Lord Himself Fasted Forty (40) Days. Ignorance of the Principles of Numbers will mean that a man will fail to understand many things in the Scriptures.

This knowledge of Numbers can help explain apparent discrepancies in Numbers given in Scripture. For example, the Hebrew and the Septuagint differ in the Number given in Jonah 3:4. The one says the Prophet threatens the Destruction of Nineveh in Forty (40) Days, the other in Three (3) Days. But, Augustine shows at some length, these Numbers are really Symbolic. Hence the difference is only apparent. The same method might be properly applied to many other instances of this sort. Augustine admits that he himself may not always succeed in finding the correct Mystical Interpretation of a given Number.

But the Attitude found in some today, of Ridiculing all attempts at this Type of Interpretation would be quite incomprehensible to Augustine; for, he says, no one would be so Foolish and Inept as to say there is no reason for these Numbers in Scripture. He claims the backing of the Authority of the Teaching of the Church as handed down by the Fathers, the example of the Scriptures, and the Science of Mathematics.

Augustine himself claims that his ideas on the Symbolism of Numbers are rooted in Scripture itself, as well as in Tradition and sound Philosophy. In more than one passage he shows us on which Scriptural Statements he will ground his claims. For, he says, it is not without reason that God is praised thus in the Book of Wisdom (11:21): "... but Thou hast ordered all things in Measure and Number and Weight". This is only the beginning, there are other passages, and more elaborate development of the Theory to be found in other Works of Augustine. In his Ascending Process of leading a Soul to recognize the Existence of God, Augustine speaks of some Truths as Eternal and Necessary, and above our very Minds.

Augustine has noted the Association of Number and Wisdom in Scripture. He knows many men who are skilled in Numbers, but few who are skilled in Wisdom. Augustine marvels on this matter. He does not understand why men consider Number commonplace, though they highly prize Wisdom. He says, since Wisdom 8:1 tells us that Wisdom "reacheth from end to end mightily, and ordereth all things sweetly", perhaps the Truth is that the Power by which Wisdom reaches everywhere is Number, while that which orders all things sweetly is Wisdom in the strict sense, for both functions belong to one and the same Wisdom. Perhaps the reason why few prize Number is that even Bodies have Number, while only Rational Souls have Wisdom. The situation might be compared to that of a fire; for a fire has both Light and Heat. These two are, as it were, of the same substance (consubstantialis). Things near to the fire receive both Light and Heat:, things farther removed receive Light only, and not Heat also. Similarly, while Wisdom reaches to all things, only Rational Souls are capable of sharing in it in the full sense of the word; they receive both Light and Heat. But Irrational Beings are incapable of Wisdom; their participation is in Number alone. If we cannot determine whether Number is in or from Wisdom, or even the Reverse, yet it is beyond all doubt that both Number and Wisdom give Truth, Immutable Truth.

Augustine's thought carries him still further; he has already noted that God has arranged all things in Measure and Number and Weight. He asks if these Three were anywhere before Creation, and replies that they were in God. Not that God is these in the Material Sense. But in another sense, insofar as Measure imposes a Measure on all things, and Number imposes Species on all, and Weight brings all to Stable Rest; in this sense God Himself is all Three of these, for He Bounds all things, He Forms all things, He Orders all things. Hence when Scripture says that He disposed all in Measure and Number and Weight, it means that He disposed all things in Himself. Few can rise above all that can be measured to the Measure without measure; few can rise above all that can be numbered and reach the Number without number; few can rise above all that can be weighed to the Weight without weight.

It is Number which gives Beauty to things, and not only that. It is not merely Superficial Beauty that is under consideration. Augustine speaks of the Formae of each thing. In other words, Pulchrum appears to be a Transcendental, which is interchangeable with Being itself. Therefore things are Beautiful insofar as they are. Beauty, too, is related to Unity. The more Balanced the parts of a Body are, the more it imitates the Unity that is God. This is the measure of its participation in Being.

To sum up, then, what we have seen; Augustine rightly sees that the Truths of Mathematics are not merely above the Senses, but even above our Minds, for they are Eternal. Creative Wisdom, which is Being Itself, gives to all Created Beings a participation in itself. To Rational Beings is given Wisdom in the full sense of the word. To Irrational Beings is given Number, which is probably to be considered as Consubstantial with Wisdom, or at least as having the same source. In any event, this is the Ontological Illumination of every Being, comparable to the Illumination of Minds by the Divine Light and of Wills by Grace. By it, every Being insofar as it has Being, also has Beauty, Form, and Order. Through these, though it has Parts, a Body imitates the Unity that is God, Who is Being Itself. This same Power of God, though Resting on the Seventh Day, yet produces New Individuals of each Species, unfolding the Inchoative Creation of the Six Days through the Operative Numbers of the Rationes Seminales.

These are the deeper Philosophical and Theological foundations of Augustine's respect for the Truths of Number. The Numbers he finds in Scripture, though lying more on the surface of things, are still part of this Whole Picture. They are the Effects of the Divine Wisdom which reaches into all things. He knows this from Scripture, from the example of the Fathers and the Sensus Ecclesiae, and from Sound Reasoning. Though he may not always find the Reasons of Fittingness (and let us not forget that Fittingness is a Part of Order, and a thing is insofar as it has Order) which Providence had in Mind in placing each Number in Scripture, yet he is sure they are there. He himself has seen the Hand of Providence working very openly in his own life (as seen in the Confessions) and also in the World as a Whole (as set down in the City of God). It is no wonder that he can see the Hand of God even in Number Symbolism. It is True, these instances are, even in his Mind, not the greatest examples of the Infinite Care of God. But they are part of the Whole Picture. They contribute to stimulating his Admiration of God. Now any Psychologist knows that Admiration is one of the steps to Love. It is perhaps partly because men have lost some of their ability to admire the Works of God, admiring instead the Sacred Cow of Natural Science, that "the Charity of many shall grow cold". If so, Augustine has much to offer us. And even though, as he himself admits, he does not always succeed in finding the really fitting reasons, yet his meditation on Number may make some small contribution to our Love of the All-Pervading Care of Providence, and to our understanding of Scripture.

 

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Numbers are Part of the Whole Picture of God

Number

Significance

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One God; a Unity (1) of Three (3) Divine Persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Mother of Jesus
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Spouse of the Holy Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Daughter of God the Father
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Savior; One Redeemer; One Intercessor between God and Man
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church; One Church instituted by Christ
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Way to God
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Origin of the One Church; One Kingdom of God
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Head of the One Church, Jesus Christ
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Soul of the One Church, the Holy Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Mystical Body of Christ, the One Church
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Communion of Saints
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Pope; One Visible Vicar of Christ on Earth; One Sovereign Pontiff
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Baptism, One Source of Sanctifying Grace and Initiation into the Church
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Priesthood, according to the Order of Melchizadek
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Bread, One Body
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Perfect Sacrifice for the Forgiveness of the Sins of Mankind
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) One Will of God. Also, God has One (1): Substance, Nature, Essence, Being, Power, Intellect, Knowledge, Love, Mind, Godhead, Divinity, Consciousness, Wisdom, Holiness, Majesty

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Stone Tablets of Law (Ex 24:12)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Great Commandments (Love of God, Love of Neighbor)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Winged Creatures protected the Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:18)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Persons, Mary and Joseph protected the Child Jesus
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Natures in Christ: Human and Divine
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Types (Actual and Sanctifying) of Grace
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Duality of Day (Light) and Night (Darkness)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Duality of Heaven and Hell
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Duality of the God of Mercy, and the God of Justice
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Duality of Good (True) and Evil (False)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Witnesses are required to establish Truth (Dt 17:6; Jn 8:17; 2 Co 13:1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Jesus sent out His Disciples Two by Two (Mk 6:7)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Heavenly Witnesses (Moses & Elijah) to Transfiguration (Mt 17:3)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Jesus was Crucified between Two Thieves (Witnesses to Israel's Cruelty) (Jn 19:18)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Witnesses (Rev 11:3)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Both Water and Blood flowed from Jesus' Pierced Side
(Witnessed by John & Mary) (Jn 19:34)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Old and New Testaments
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Two Covenants [Sinai (Broken) and New Covenant (Eternal)]
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Body and Soul

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Trinity of God - Three Divine Persons in One God
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Christ's Triple Office of Prophet, Priest and King.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three Levels of Ordination: Deacon, Priest, Bishop
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Trinity of Family (Man, Woman and Child)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Trinity of Body, Soul and Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days Jonah Spent in the Belly of a Whale (Jonah 1:17)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days to walk through Nineveh (Jonah 3:3)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of sons Adam had (Cain, Abel, Seth)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of sons Noah had (Shem, Ham, Japhet)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Testimonies of Jesus in NT by God (Mt 3:17; Lk 9:35; Jn 12:28)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Disciples Witnessing the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1; Mk 9:2; Lk 9:28)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Disciples during the Agony in the Garden (Mt 26:36; Mk 14:32; Lk 22:39)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of people raised to life by Jesus (Lazarus; Daughter of Jairus; Son of the Widow of Nain)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of times Jesus prayed during the Agony in the Garden (Mt 26:44)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Religious Trials of Jesus:
     1- First Religious Trial (Jewish): Annas, Jn 18:12-14… Decision: "Go" signal given to kill Jesus.
     2- Second Religious Trial: Caiaphas, Mt 26:57-68… Decision: Death Sentence, charge of blasphemy, because Jesus proclaimed Himself the Messiah, God the Son.
     3- Third Religious Trial, Sanhedrin, Mt 27:1-2, Lk 22:63-71… Decision: Death sentence made legal.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Civil Trials of Jesus:
     1- First Civil Trial (Roman): Pilate, Jn.18:28-38… Decision: Not guilty.
     2- Second Civil Trial: Herod, Lk.23:6-12… Decision: Not guilty.
     3- Third Civil Trial: Pilate again, Jn.18:39-19:6… Decision: Not guilty, but given to the Jews to be crucified (Mt.27:26).
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Hours Jesus hanged on the Cross (Mt 27:45-50)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Centuries of Persecution of Christ's New Church.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Nails used to Crucify Jesus
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Times Jesus Fell on the Way of the Cross
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Times Peter Denied Jesus
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Times Peter affirmed his Love of Jesus at Tiberias
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days Jesus spent in the Tomb
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Witnesses to Jesus (Spirit, Water, Blood) (1 Jn 5:8)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Hour of Divine Mercy (3:00pm)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Magi
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Years in Jesus' Ministry
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Journeys of Saint Paul
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Visions by Peter (Acts 11:5-10)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Altars built by Abraham: Shechem, Bethel, Hebron
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Jewish Temples built in Jerusalem: Solomon, post-Babylonian, Herod.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Fallen Angels from Revelation 12 (One of Three;1/3)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three Great Festivals (Ex 23:14)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three States of Matter (Gas, Liquid, Solid)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three dimensions in space (LxWxD)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Third Planet from the Sun is Earth
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three basic colors (Red, Yellow, Blue)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three basic components of Matter (Proton, Neutron, Electron)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three times (Past/Present/Future)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three types of Truth (Ontological, Logical, Moral)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three Powers of the Soul (Will, Memory, Understanding)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three stages of Spiritual Life (Purgative, Illuminative, Unitive)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Three Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Minimum Number of Legs on a Stool to Maintain Stability (God authored both the Laws of Physics and the Holy Word. All of God's Laws are Harmonious with each other. Only Man disrupts that Harmony.)

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Gospel Writers: (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Four Main Acquired Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Four Gospels
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Four Living Creatures (Rev 4)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Seasons
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Winds
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days Lazarus was in the tomb. (Jn 11:39)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of points of the compass (North, South, East and West)

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Five (5) Wounds of Christ: (Side (1), Hands (2) and Feet (2))
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Letters in the Name-of-Mary (M-a-r-i-a)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Stones chosen by David to slay Goliath (1 S 17:40)
Number of Loaves chosen by Jesus, to feed the Multitude (Mt 15.32 and Mk 8:1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Joyful Mysteries
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Sorrowful Mysteries
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Glorious Mysteries
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Luminous Mysteries
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Human Senses: (Sight, Hearing, Taste, Touch, Smell)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Wise Virgins (Mt 25:2)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Foolish Virgins (Mt 25:2)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Five Books of the Old Testament, which give the History of Man's Fall from Grace

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Six Holy Days of Obligation
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days God spent creating the Universe (Gn 1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Stone Jars that Jesus turned to Wine (Jn 2:6)

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) On the Seventh Day God stopped working (Gn 2:2)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven priests blew seven horns seven times on the seventh day at Jericho (Js 6:8)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Nations in Canaan (Acts 13:19)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Sevens locks of Sampson's hair were shaved off by Delilah (Jg 16:19)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven of Jesse's sons were brought before Samuel (1S 16:10)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven years were required for Solomon to build the Temple (1K 6:38)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven times did Naaman wash in the Jordan River (2K 5:14)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Pr 9:1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Jesus performed Seven Miracles on the Sabbath:
     1- Healing of the crippled man, in Jn 5.
     2- Healing of the man blind from birth, in Jn 9.
     3- Healing of the man with an unclean spirit, in Mk 1:21-2.
     4- Healing of the mother-in-law of Peter, in Mk 1:29-30.
     5- Healing of the man with the dried-up hand, in Mk 3.
     6- Healing of the woman crippled by a spirit for 18 years, in Lk 13:10-17.
     7- Healing of the man suffering from dropsy, Lk 14:1-6.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Jesus performed Seven "sign" miracles:
     1- The conversion of water into wine at the Cana Wedding, Jn 2:1-11.
     2- Healing the Nobleman's son, Jn 4:46-54.
     3- Healing the paralytic man at the pool of Bethesda, Jn 5:1-39.
     4- The feeding of the 5,000, Jn.6:1-14. The only miracle reported in all 4 Gospels: Mt 14:13-21, Mk 6:32-34, Lk 9:10-17.
     5- Walking on the sea, Jn 6:15-21; also in Mt 14:22-36, Mk 6:45-56.
     6- Man blind from birth healed at the pool of Siloam, Jn 9:1-41.
     7- Raising of Lazarus, Jn 11:1-44.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) John's Gospel lists Seven Witnesses:
     1- John the Baptist: "This is the Son of God" (1:34).
     2- Nathanael: "You are the Son of God" (1:49.
     3- Peter: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (6:69).
     4- Martha: "You are the Christ, the Son of God" (11:27).
     5- Thomas: You are "My Lord and my God" (20:28).
     6- John himself: "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God" (20:31).
     7- Christ himself: "I am He, the Messiah" (4:26), "I and the Father are one" (10:30, and Jn.17, 4 times), "I am the Son of God" (10:36), "He who sees Me sees the Father" (14:9).
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven demons were cast-out from Mary Magdalen (Lk 8:2)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Sacraments
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Blood Sheddings of Jesus
    1- The Circumcision
    2- The Agony in the Garden
    3- The Scourging
    4- The Crowning with Thorns
    5- The Way of the Cross
    6- The Crucifixion
    7- The Piercing of His Heart
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Sorrows of Mary
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Feasts of Mary
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Musical Notes
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Infused Virtues (Perfected by the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Vices
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven statements by Jesus on the Cross
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Disciples at Tiberias
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Angels with Seven Plagues (Rev 15)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Churches/Gold Lampstands (Rev 1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Spirits of God (Rev 4)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Seals (Rev 6)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Trumpets (Rev 8)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Bowls of God's Anger (Rev 16)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seven Heads of the Red Dragon (Rev 12)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number seven is used 55 times in Revelation. It usually means fullness or completeness as in seven days of the week. God rested on the seventh day.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Seventh Year and Seventh Day (Exodus 23:10)

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Eight Beatitudes: Blessed are - - - - (Mt 5:1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Eight Woes (Mt 23:13-33)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of sides of a Baptismal Font.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) In the Old Testament, Circumcision was always performed on the eighth day.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The son that David had through his Sin with Bethsabee died on the Seventh Day. The first Seven Days were Symbols of the Bonds of Sin; hence, the Eighth Day represented the Breaking of those Bonds and the Liberation from them.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Resurrection took place on the Eighth Day, or the day after the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday).
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Eight speaks of Eternity. The Seven Days of the Week signify Natural Completion of Time, so Seven-plus-One embodies the First and never-ending day of the Fulfillment beyond Time.

9

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of generations from Adam to Noah
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of generations from Noah to Abraham
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of First Fridays
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days in a Novena
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days the Apostles Prayed for the Coming of the Holy Spirit (Ascension Thursday to Pentecost)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Months Jesus Spent in the Womb (normal Gestation Period)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Second Class Gifts (charismata) of the Holy Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Orders of Angels

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Ten Plagues on Egypt (Ex 7-11)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Ten Commandments (Ex 20)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Ten Horns of the Red Dragon (Rev 12)

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Apostles who remained Faithful (Mk 16:14)

12

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Fruits of the Holy Spirit
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Total Number of Apostles (Lk 6:12; Mt 10:1; Mk 3:13)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Traditional number of years the Apostles were instructed to Preach in Jerusalem after His Death, before preaching to the gentiles.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Tribes of Israel (Nu 1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Crown of Twelve Stars (Rev 12)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Twelve Gates of New Jerusalem (Rev 21:9)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Twelve Foundation Stones (Rev 21:19)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Twelve Points of Belief in the Apostles Creed
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Twelve Hours of Light; Twelve Hours of Dark in a day

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Secret Tortures of Jesus
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Total Number of Decades of the Rosary
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of steps Mary climbed during her Presentation at the Temple
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) 150 (15 x 10) the number of the Psalms in the Psalter

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24

Number of Elders (Rev 4)

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30

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of Jesus when He began His Ministry
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of David when he began his Rule (2 S 5:4)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Pieces of Silver Judas received

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32

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of Jesus at His death
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Doctors of the Church

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days of rain during the Great Flood (Gn 7:4)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of Isaac when he married Rebekah (Gn 25:20)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of Esau when he married Judith (Gn 26:34)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years Israel ate Manna in the desert (Ex 16:35)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days Moses stayed on the Mountain of God (Ex 24:18, 34:28)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years the Israelites wandered in the desert (Dt 34:7)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years Moses lived in the Palace of Pharaoh (Acts 7:23)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days the Israelite spies searched Canaan (Nu 13:25)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Maximum number of lashes allowed by Jewish Law (Dt 25:3)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of Caleb when he spied on Canaan (Js 14:7)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Years of Peace granted by God (Jg 3:11; 5:31; 8:28)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Abdon's sons (Jg 12:14)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years God punished Israel (Jg 13:1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years Eli judged Israel (1 S 4:18)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days Goliath taunted Israel (1 S 17:16)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years Saul ruled (Acts 13:21)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Age of Saul's son when he began to rule (2 S 2:10)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years David ruled (2 S 5:4)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years Solomon ruled (1 K 11:42)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days Elijah fasted and walked to the cave (1Kings 19:18)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years of peace granted by God (2 K 12:1)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years Egypt was punished by God (Ez 29:12)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days Nineveh was given to repent (Jon 3:4)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days Jesus spent in the wilderness (Mt 4:2)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days of Lent
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days of Purification by Mary after Jesus' birth.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days from Jesus' birth to His Presentation in the Temple.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of days Jesus remained on earth after His death. (Resurrection to Ascension)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of years from the death of Jesus to the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Forty Hours Devotion.
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of hours Jesus spent in the Tomb. (Good Friday to Easter)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of weeks in Human Gestation Period. (A period of time to achieve perfection!)
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of weeks Jesus spent in Mary's Womb.

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Number of Days from the Resurrection to the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God and Infinity (∞)

This Chart is a living document and will be updated/revised as further research dictates.

 

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