Contributing writer for Wake Up World
In a recent article, The Sumerian Kings List Numerology, and in The Metaphysics of Numerology article, I apply 108 into an equation with other highly revered and symbolic numbers to reveal even more extraordinary numerological symbology and ideas within The Sumerian tradition and Buddhist teachings.
The Biblical number of 144,000 is a similar six-digit configuration as the other numbers explored, and the result of applying 108 is a beautiful and inspirational numerical revelation in a simple arithmetic equation. As with many relationships pertaining to 108 I wonder how such as not been explored before, at least to my knowledge. 108 is indeed a powerful number and idea.
Firstly let’s explore the number 144,000 alone. It and the verses of its origin have been variously interpreted by scholars, meditators, psychologists, and UFO researchers. The number 144,000 appears three times in The Bible, in The Book of Revelation. The 144,000 overtly references 12,000 chosen individuals of each of the 12 tribes. The 12,000 multiplied by 12 equation results in 144,000. It is esoteric idea pertaining to the number of individuals who will teach humanity and inspiration for internal self-development to be an exceptional student and teacher oneself.
It is interesting to note the universalism of the number in the traditional idea that there were 144,000 capstones on The Great Pyramid. In the Mayan timekeeping system the measurement of 1 Baktun is 144,000 days.
After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of God on their foreheads.”
And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
The ideas presented are highly provocative and variously interpreted. In the past the related ideas were used for practical and secretive teachings ultimately pertaining to the process of self-development, becoming. Learning the meditative and symbolic interpretations pertaining to the verses that mention the 144,000 reveals a whole history of valuable and applicable ideas as well as obscured and occulted metaphysics and philosophy.
144,000 divided by 108 = 1333.3333333333
12,000 divided by 108 = 111.11111111111
The result of the 12,000 equation is a beautiful mathematical answer. The oneness of godliness is revealed as is the peaceful symbolism shared by the 11:11 time concept.
If there were to be some numbers used to represent Christianity 1, 3, 13, and 33 would be among the most frequently chosen. Of course, it is arguable that the only numbers in the 1444,000 equation are 1 and 3, but the result makes these three numbers apparent.
Each of these numbers, 3, 13, 33, offer a whole spectrum of numerological lessons and ideas unto themselves, but interestingly enough when put together, in their simplest terms, they reveal a message of correspondence, in at least one layer of their symbolism, to point to the symbolic and abstract of 144,000 verses; that of ascension and self-development.
God is seen as a trinity, a set of 3 within 1. Three is symbolic for balance because there is the left and right and the balanced center. Three is symbolic for balance and godliness.
The 13, for Jesus and his 12 disciples, is symbolic of completion and of balance but with more. 13 implies ascension, and of rising above. The 12 is astrological number related to the 12 signs of the zodiacal year making 13 idealistically an ascension of totality.
The 33 is sometimes related to be the age of Jesus on crucifixion and ascension to heaven, or the next level. 33 is the temperature when things start warming up and it is itself symbolic for rising above and warming up. There are also said to be 33 degrees in various freemasonry groups which is often related to the 33 vertebrae in our spine.
These numbers have innumerable layers to their symbolism, just like The Biblical references to 144000, and each relates and shares many concepts on their own, but together they symbolize rising above the average and the typical to reach a higher balance toward being an ascended teacher.
Each of these numbers offer ascension inspiration. If they also provide lessons toward becoming individuated then the lesson of the 3 is balance, regulate the low and high, the right and the left to maintain a balanced middle path. In the 13 is the idea to keep striving for perfection. 13 reveals that upon completion there is always another set, upon answering one question there is always another that comes up, and on surmounting one peak there is revealed yet another peak. It is both an inspiration and individuation to keep going forth. 33 reveals the paradox that our human potential is both limited and our ability to cause potentiation is virtually limitless. In the 1 and 11 is the idea to be peaceful and opportunistic in the oneness.
?One might assume that the relationship of Biblical numerology by way of the 144,000 with the sacred number 108 is chance. But let’s look at another biblical number for possible verification that there is a correspondence and even communication via 108 in The Bible.
Kings 1 6:1 – 6:10
In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord.
480 Divided by 108 = 4.4444444444
480 is 12 multiplied by 40. 40 appears in The Bible numerous times mostly as a length of time, time pertinent to some trial or initiation. Biblical scholars note the exoteric interpretation of 40 in this reference as pertinent to 12 generations of 40 years each. The esoteric interpretation is symbolic of the process of initiation 12 fold, dedication all year.
The number 4 is powerful as a symbol of completion of an idea or action as well. 4 is the number that is manifest in all crosses in the mathematical law that two lines intersecting create 4 corners.
The 144,000 is related to 108 in its most mathematical simplicity as well. 108 plus 36 is 144. 36 is also 1/3 of 108 and these angles are related through the pentagram as well. 144 is the number of The Goddess Kali. Kali is time. 1 Kala is a measurement of time of 144 seconds. And so Kali is time, hence her depiction as destroyer and creator of all.
144 is also the 12th number of The Fibonacci spiral and is the only square number in the sequence – besides 1 and 0.
Want to learn more about the metaphysical relationship of 108, and how it can help you live “in the zone”? Check out Ethan Indigo Smith’s book 108 Steps to Be in The Zone.
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About the author:
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humor.
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- Meditation and Geometry for The Youth: A short and sweet book to introduce young people to meditation and sacred geometry, in a simple format for the youth and youthful alike.
- 108 Steps to Be In The Zone, a set of 108 meditative practices for self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy.