What's With You and Seeing Numbers So Much?

For God does speak—now one way, now another—though man may not perceive it.
— Job 33:14

A frequently asked question I receive is, “Michael, what’s with the numbers you always talk about seeing?”

 I used to reply with the following: 

The same thing that’s with a talking vision in Gen 15:1, a talking dream in Gen 20:3, a talking burning bush in Exo 3:4, a talking donkey in Num 22:28, a talking fire in Deut 4:12, a talking voice behind you in Isaiah 30:21, a supernatural hand that appears and writes in Daniel 5:5, a talking angel in Mat 1:20, the confirmation of signs in Mark 16:20, a voice in the sky that sounds like thunder in John 12:25, the picking of a disciple by LOTS in Acts 1:26, an audible voice in Acts 9:4, a speaking trance in Acts 11:5, some unknown communication in Acts 20:23...

But I realize that’s not enough of an answer for all, so the following is an excerpt from Ch. 24 of my autobiography titled, “Astonishing Grace to the Chief of All Fools”, where I explain, and also warn, about seeing numbers as possible guidance from God. 

Explaining the Numbers

As I end this chapter, I wish to again mention some warnings and explanation about my stories of seeing numbers.  First, there is nothing extra-Biblical or unbiblical about this at all, just because others may have not perceived it. 

No one of even the faintest intelligence can read the Bible without concluding that God Almighty is indeed a God of numbers.  Everything He has spoken, or done, or will do, in the Bible is associated to numbers.  There is not one single important event in all of Scripture, the creation, the flood, the exodus, the wilderness journey, the entrance into the promised land, the exile and punishment of the Israelites, the coming of Christ, the writings of Christ, the crucifixion of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, and the second coming of Christ, that do not have God ordained numbers associated with them.

There are truly unbelievable mathematics in the Bible that cannot even be seen at first glance, all hidden beneath the surface.  Just one example is in how many incredible ways the genealogy of Jesus Christ, both the words, the nouns, the verbs, and even the consonants and vowels are divisible by the number 7 in more ways than any human could have ever written.  Another one can be seen in the book of John, my favorite, which is built on 777.  There are 7 miracles, 7 “I am” statements, and 7 discourses.  Some are not even in Scripture, but still remain true and astonishing such as the fact that Jesus Christ was crucified on Mount Golgotha which stood at an altitude of 777 meters above sea level.  The greatest Mathematician that there has ever been is the Almighty God of the Bible!

Throughout Scripture God has spoken in a variety of strange ways, through the clouds, through a burning bush, through a supernatural hand writing on the wall, through a talking donkey, through evil spirits, through dreams, etc.  If the God of the Bible is the Great, I AM, and not the great I WAS, then why should we be surprised that He still loves and uses numbers?  I don’t believe any of us should remain surprised, that in a digital age created by man, God is able take advantage of this medium, in order to providentially guide his servant to a passage in the Word of God for guidance or instruction.  For two thousand years, Christian history is filled with astonishing or perplexing ways in which the hand of the Lord guided His servants to a timely passage in His book, other than them simply coming across it in their morning reading plan.

There are many counterfeits of this where people get into numerology, angel numbers, and new age meanings of numbers that have NOTHING to do with the truth and the word of God.  They are all terribly deceptive and you will recognize that tree by its fruit.  God has never led me to see numbers that have any meaning outside of a page number, or actual scripture reference in His Word, with the exception of the 666, which was simply used as a warning for evil.  God only uses numbers with me as a means of guiding me to Scripture passages in His living and all sufficient word.  There is NO NEED to go beyond the Bible for spiritual insight or guidance. 

Psalm 19:7 – The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.  The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.  The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Secondly, the numbers mean absolutely NOTHING apart from the insight and teaching of the Holy Spirit.  There are numbers everywhere in our life today.  I might see 100 or more different numbers today just in my daily business and all of them might be meaningless and I should not drive myself crazy looking for numbers, or trying to figure out if any of them have meaning. 

When the Lord has wanted to show me a passage of Scripture, I have always been given insight by His Spirit that this was a number I was supposed to see and secondly the meaning is also given to me.  God’s word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and incredibly, the Holy Spirit can give you a customized application to a verse which is specific to your situation.  For example, when the Lord showed me Mark 2:22, He also gave me a living and active meaning behind that verse for my specific situation.  How incredible is the living and enduring word of God! 

That verse in Mark, spoken by Jesus, has it’s first and primary meaning in the idea that you cannot take Jesus Christ or His Spirit, which is the new wine, and pour them into the old wineskins of the external rules and regulations of the Law of Moses.  Just as Paul taught in Romans 8 and throughout His letters, the Law of sin and death cannot be mixed with the law of the Spirit and life.  We no longer live by the letter (old wine) which brings death, but by the Spirit (new wine) which brings life.  You cannot pour new wine or new life into the old wineskins of death without them being ruined. 

That is the true Biblical meaning of that parable but look how the Holy Spirit was able to use it and give it a custom meaning for my exact situation, by telling me not to go back to sales and motivational speaking after this new work had just been in done in my heart by the Spirit.  How unbelievably awesome is our Lord!  As you keep reading, you will later hear how the Lord used that same passage another time to warn me about music and even things like masturbation. 

There are even many times where I was given the insight that I would see a number before I did, and then shortly thereafter, there it was.  This is the living Holy Spirit ministering the living Word of God to me and giving me insight in my heart. 

I’ve already been accused of being a heretic or a Christian mystic for mentioning my seeing numbers which I see as a blessing, but I don’t want those who are really wanting to learn how to walk with God to stumble or be deceived.  When I first started seeing the numbers, I was shocked and constantly amazed and had never heard of this before.  Today, with a ministry that reaches around the world, I have heard stories of many people who see numbers and feel God has used them to guide them.  Still others write to me, saying they see certain numbers and they do not know what they mean.  That is why you must have insight from the Holy Spirit.  Even if you saw a certain verse three times today, apart from the insight of the Holy Spirit, it will be meaningless.

The most important point I wish to make is that God’s Word is everything we need for life and godliness in Christ Jesus, and if we wait upon Him, if we desire His will more than ours, if we fear Him and want to please Him by obeying Him, we must expect God to speak and guide us and however He chooses to do it, that is His business.

Incredibly, as I just finished my final edits on this chapter in the explanation of the numbers, I looked down and saw that the word count for this completed chapter is 7,777 words.  There are no coincidences with a Sovereign God who works out everything in accordance to His good purpose, even the number of words written in a chapter about His wonderous works in someone’s life.  Is this only a bizarre coincidence, or is it the mighty hand of God in answer to my prayers just this morning to guide every word I write for His glory? I know the answer, do you?

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When Should A Wife Not Submit to Her Christian Husband?

Subscriber Question:

Message: Hi Michael,

I just finished listening to "Partial Obedience is Not Obedience". Outstanding!

I have a question. How would you counsel me with respect to my husband? People acknowledge both of us as prophetic. There are times, however, when we disagree, and he wants to strong-arm me into getting on board with what he believes he has heard.

In the past - we are going on our eighth year of marriage - I would immediately obey because I thought that my obedience was the submissive - and therefore right - thing to do. Over time and mistakes, however, I have been inclined to dig my heels in. (Some mistakes have had serious consequences.)

As my husband's wife, what is the right thing for me to do?

Michael’s Answer:

Greetings Sister.  This is a great question you have asked and I’m blessed you are asking this. The Scripture says, “Wives submit to your husbands, “as to the Lord.” (Eph 5:22), “in everything” (Eph 5:24), or "as is fitting in the Lord" (Colossians 3:18). 

Even though Eph 5:24 says, “everything”, this does not actually mean all things. It means everything that can be done in accordance with being a god fearing believer. In other words, she cannot obey her husband in something which would contradict obeying the Lord.  Is there a clear contradiction of God's word in what he is leading you to submit to him in?  Sister, the best example of how dangerous submitting to a husband in “everything” could be, is found right here in Acts 5:1-11, when Sapphira submitted to Ananias.

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.” When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?” “Yes,” she said, “that is the price.” Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
— Acts 5:1-11

A modern day extreme example of this would be a man who forces his wife to help him cheat his taxes or to watch pornography.  No one with good understanding would ever counsel the wife to submit to her husband in these because she cannot do that, "as to the Lord".  We know that Christ would never ask you do these things, so you would not be submitting "as to the Lord" and therefore could be sinning against the Lord. 

Obviously from there the examples become less extreme, but this shows that at some point the husband crosses a line of either sound doctrine, or righteousness, and the wife should not submit to her husband in these. 

A less extreme example. Let’s say a wife is forced to go to what she knows is a false teacher and partake in the activities of a false teaching and false spirit...like these crazy Charismatics who end up rolling on the floor, barking like dogs, slithering like a snake, praising God for the “glory” clouds in the sanctuary, false signs and wonders, etc.  Or, let’s say the husband tells his wife that the Lord told Him to do something like “Buy a new sports car” which completely contradicts the Spirit and Word of Jesus Christ.

There are many false spirits at work, so be on your guard and carefully watch for things that contradict the Spirit or life and character of Jesus Christ. Take the things your husband is saying “God is telling him” and carefully measure them against the known character and Spirit of the Word and Christ. A false spirit will always reveal it’s hand to the cautious discerner. Remember my Ted Haggard example in my autobiography?

Once a wife discerns an error, that means the husband is deceived and God our Father would not demand the wife to submit to the deceived husband in his deception.   

Now, regarding your issue, whatever it is, let me recommend that you seek the Lord and His word in depth about this and ask Him to make it clear to you how you should respond.  Make sure your heart’s motive is to please the Lord, and not just rebellion, and I trust the Lord will give you insight into this. God bless you sister!

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
— Phiippians 1:9-11


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The following YouTube comment was posted on one of my videos entitled, “Don’t Be Surprised if God Runs Off Your Unbelieving Spouse”. I had never heard of Louis before or traded any communication with him previously.

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Here is that recording I made to Louis with my very best case for the evidence of God’s existence and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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DOWNLOAD (mentioned in recording) HERE:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/czy6gk22evqslo7/ME%20and%20My%20Perverted%20NIV.pdf?dl=0

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Here is my personal response against this absolutely FOOLISH controversy which has so many "straining out gnats and swallowing camels" and which also serves to distract so many away from the work of God which is by faith.  

After you listen, please download and read the document called "Me and My Perverted NIV"  In this article, you will see listed the main accusations the KJV ONLY Defenders make against the NIV and then you will see point by point how absolutely shameful and RIDICULOUS these arguments are.  You'll see it's quite embarrassing for the KJV Only Camp, really!  Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

DOWNLOAD HERE:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/czy6gk22evqslo7/ME%20and%20My%20Perverted%20NIV.pdf?dl=0

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