Friday, January 11, 2008

The sum is 9

I've always been fascinated with Biblical numerology; the meanings of numbers, times things show up in the Bible, and the correlation of Biblical history with more modern occurrences. Let's take a little walk through some of the more interesting things I've seen.

In the Bible, the number 9 signifies fruitfulness. Galatians 5 lists 9 fruits of the Spirit. Genesis 9:27 (2+7=9) is where the prophecy of the United States is found in scripture.

Gen. 9:27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

This isn't about Canaan or Ham and the rest: this is about Japheth being enlarged (Europe) and dwelling in the tents of Shem (Asiatic, i.e. American Indian). This literally happened with the settlers of one colony; the natives had left or been driven out, and their wigwams made good shelter for the colonists one winter.

Ok, back to the numbers thingie. Let's start with Jamestown (9 letters), which was founded in 1607. Shortly thereafter, some guys in England popped out this book...named the King James (9 letters) Bible, in 1611 (1+6+1+1=9). Then in 1620 (yep, 1+6+2=9) the first free colony in the New Word was established: Plymouth Plantation. The Mayflower (9 letters) landed with 99 passengers and crew aboard, one vociferous scoffer having died during the voyage.

Lots of 9s in there, no? Too many to be a coincidence, I think.

1 comment:

Mrs W said...

Good post, but it sends my head