Do numbers really have any significance in scripture? Are there patterns and meaning in them that are put there by God? Is there a holy being that is in charge of numbers and the revealing of them to us? Does the Bible describe Him and can we determine His identity?
As far back as verse 5 in the book of Genesis, we can observe the record of God using numbers to count the days of creation and define them for us. The number 7 in the 7 days of the creation week reappears repeatedly in the Tanakh as in Abraham’s seven-fold blessing and the seven-fold sprinkling of blood before the mercy seat. As well, in the last book of the New Testament there are seven churches in Asia, seven Spirits before God’s throne, seven golden candlesticks, seven stars, seven trumpets, seven bowls, seven eyes, seven heads, seven horns, and so on. Surely this cannot be pure coincidence. There must be supernatural significance to this obvious supernatural design.
Who is behind the scenes orchestrating the arrival and meaning of numbers in the scriptures? Is there any specific place where this person can be found?
Yes, there is one instance and it is found in the book of the prophet Daniel.
In Chapter 8 Daniel is given a vision of the future, and in this vision was a description of the length of time that the sanctuary would be trampled underfoot and the sacrifices stopped. In Verse 13 we find that Daniel heard this:
"Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation to give both the sanctuary and the hosts to be trodden under foot?"
The word saint is Qadosh and means holy. This is not to be confused with New Testament believers in Christ who are also called saints. What we have here is one holy being asking another a question that is designed for Daniel’s instruction.
There are three persons in this scene, and the certain saint gives a reply to the question of the first holy one so that Daniel will understand. In verse 14 the certain saint replies:
"And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days;
then shall the sanctuary be cleansed."
Who is this certain saint or Qadosh being that knows the exact numbers that will measure or count the time of the desolation of the temple? The Hebrew word certain used for him is Palmoni and is one of those rare words that is only found one time in the scriptures. With no other references with which to compare, how can we be sure of its meaning?
It just so happens that Palmoni which is spelled Pey Lamed Mem Vav Noon Yood is a contraction of two other words. They are Pala which means wonderful or marvelous, and Mone which means to count or number. With this we can declare that the name of the certain saint is the Wonderful Numberer.
Now let’s see what the ancient Hebrew pictograms can reveal about this holy one. The first word in the contraction for Palmoni is Pala which is spelled Pey Lamed Aleph.
Pey is the picture of the open mouth and means a word or to speak.
Lamed is the picture of the shepherd’s staff and means to control or to have authority.
Aleph is the picture of the ox and means the strong leader or God the Father.
According to the Hebrew pictographs, the word Pala adds this to the meaning of wonderful:
Speak with the authority of God the Father.
The other Hebrew word in the contraction for Palmoni is Mone and means someone who counts, and is spelled Mem Vav Noon Yood.
Mem is the picture of waters and refers to chaos like a tsunami, or gentle waters of life.
Vav is the picture of the wooden hook or iron nail and means to fasten or secure two things together that are separated from one another.
Noon is the picture of the fish or the sprout and means life or activity.
Yood is the picture of the hand and refers to a mighty work or deed.
What can we understand here in these four pictograms?
The experience of a mighty work will be connected
to either waters of life or chaos and destruction.
What is the mighty work? The counting or numbering the days of the future desolation. Daniel’s counter or numberer is revealing to Daniel that there will be chaos and destruction in the temple sanctuary, but that time will end in a certain number of days. One day there will again be life there.
We have yet to identify the two holy ones with Daniel. A few verses later in verse 16 one is named as the Angel Gabriel by the certain holy one, the Palmoni who said:
"Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision."
But just who is the Palmoni, the Wonderful Numberer?
The word Pala come from a root word used for miracles and is found throughout the Tanakh primarily associated with God. It is first found in Genesis chapter 18 verse 14 where Moses writes this:
"Is anything too hard for the LORD?"
The word hard is Pala and leads us to the conclusion that the LORD can do any miracle. But the best clue is found in Isaiah Chapter 9 verse 6 where the prophet describes the future Messiah:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."
The word Wonderful is Pala and so Isaiah confirms for us that Messiah’s name shall be called Wonderful or Pala. The Messiah, Yeshua Ha-Mashiach, Jesus the Christ, is named the Palmoni, the Wonderful Numberer.