The number of promise is even see in the Christian New Testament when Yahshua selected 12 disciples to follow him. When you add Yahshua, the promised son and saviour to the 12 disciples, the result is again the number of promise, 13.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Biblical number of Promise is Considered Evil by most Christians
As with anything, evil can be called good and good can be called evil. We especially see this happening in today’s society. One such example is a particular number. It has been called unlucky and evil by Christians while it has been considered holy by Jews. What is that number? It is the infamous number 13. In fact, it is considered so unlucky and evil that hotels often do not have a 13th floor in their building. One of the reasons it is considered evil is because it is used extensively by the occult, witchcraft, and the illuminati. But that does not necessarily make it an evil number.
In the Bible, it is the number of blessing and promise. We see in the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis chapters 16 and 17 the number 13 representing promise. God promised the then childless Abraham and Sarah blessing through their seed. Then at age 86 Abraham and Sarah made their own attempt at fulfilling the promise by Abraham taking Sarah’s handmade Hagar to fulfill God’s promise of a child and the result was the son Ishmael. God again re-iterates his promise when Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah gave birth to her son Isaac which was the fulfillment of the promised seed through which the chosen people and messiah would arise. The time period between the age of 86 and 99 is 13 years.
A little later in Genesis we again see the number 13 representing God’s promise to his people in the blessing of Jacob on Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis Chapter 48). Joseph was the most beloved son of Jacob’s and Joseph’s two sons born in Egypt were considered to also be sons to Jacob and received a special blessing. This resulted in a double blessing for joseph and his two sons so that the 12 tribes of Israel become 13. Instead of a tribe of Joseph, there became two tribes. One tribe that came from Ephraim and one tribe that came from Manasseh. Again, the number 13 represents promise and blessing.
In Judaism, the number 13 is considered a holy number. In Hebrew, the original language of the Bible, there are some key words with the numerical value of 13. They are echad, ‘ab, chag, and ahava. Echad means one in English and relates to the oneness of God. ‘ab means father. Chag translates to feast and ahava is the Hebrew word for love. As you can see, none of these words would be considered evil. In addition, it is at the age of 13 that Jewish children go through the bar mitzvah celebration that makes them a full member of the Jewish faith. According to Maimonides there are 13 principles to Jewish faith and according to rabbinic commentary on the Torah (first 5 books of the bible) there are 13 attributes of God’s mercy.It is clear in the bible that the number 13 is holy and not evil. It is the number of blessing and promise. When we look at the founding of our own country (USA), the founding fathers established a country based on God given rights and the freedom to worship God as He intended. Both Christians and Jews agree that the founding of our country was by divine decree from Heaven. It was founded on a promise to be a blessing and be used by God in a mighty way. It is not a coincidence that it was comprised of 13 original colonies, the number of promise and blessing. Unfortunately our country has followed the same pattern as the number 13. We started out holy and righteous and then allowed ourselves to be gradually taken over by evil!
"While sun and moon endure, America shall remain a city of refuge for the whole earth, until she herself shall play the tyrant, forget her destiny, disgrace her freedom, and provoke her God" - George Duffield, Chaplin to First Continental Congress, May 17, 1776.