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Biblical Mathematics:

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About the Author

Dr. Ed F. Vallowe, for many years, pastor of churches in Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia; music and educational director in Missouri, Illinois and Texas, and for the past thirty eight years a full time evangelist, revivalist, and Bible conference prophecy teacher, has written some 24 books during his fifty years in the ministry.

He served for many years as the editor of the Revival Echoes newspaper and has travelled extensively conducting over 1900 revivals, and Bible conferences. He has taught the book of Revelation over 1200 times in 45 states and is one of the foremost authorities on prophecy in these last days.

He is in great demand as a speaker and Bible conference leader, and as an evangelist, and has always been able to make the Bible relevant to contemporary man.

At present, Dr. Vallowe is President of the Valo-Tours Travel Agency and conducts tours for Christians to the Middle East annually. His ministry has taken him around the world in 60 foreign countries preaching and teaching the Gospel message.

Other books written by Dr. Ed F. Vallowe include Keys To Scripture Numerics, How To Study The Bible, Israel-Russia In The Last Days, The Battle Of The Ages, When Was Christ Crucified?, Revealing The Revelation, Revival Messages For The Last Days, and Riches In Revelation, Volumes I, II, and III (all out of print).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Press (SC) (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093742238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937422380
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's very honest of the author to admit several times that he hadn't finished studying this topic before publishing his book, but this doesn't help my confidence in what he had to share!

I do believe that Biblical numbers serve a secondary purpose, and I think the author has some excellent points with regard to the single-digit numbers. But he has some very vague and confusing things to say later on: "When TWENTY-THREE for DEATH is added to THIRTY for BLOOD of Christ, the sum is FIFTY THREE. When THIRTY-SIX for the ENEMY (the one overcome) is subtracted from FIFTY-THREE, the remainder is SEVENTEEN for VICTORY." Huh?! (Capitalization is the author's, and it gets very annoying throughout the text).

And sometimes, when he can't find what he wants in the Bible, he just counts the number of times a word or a name occurs, for example, "The number THIRTY-TWO is associated with a COVENANT. The THIRTY-SECOND time Noah's name is found is where God made a COVENANT with him." The modern-day arrangement of the Bible is not chronological ... and so the "nth" occurance of any specific word or name is really more coincidence than anything else.

Sometimes he counts the number of words in a verse using either the Greek/Hebrew or the English translation, whichever will serve his purpose and make his point. I'm very disappointed in what feels like a forced conclusion to his theory on numbers in the Bible.
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Dr. Vallowe has suceeded in making numerics accessible to and meaningful for Bible students. This book not only presents God's use of key numbers in the Bible in layman's terms, but also provides a basis for further investigations. Although one may disagree with Dr. Vallowe's conclusions about the meaning of certain numbers, his methods derive solidly from the Biblical context in which the numbers are used. Through this timely book, God releases a long-awaited blessing to His people so that in these last days His Word may be understood in greater fullness and detail. Move over, E. W. Bullinger; Ed Vallowe has written the seminal introduction to the subject of Biblical numerics.
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I don't doubt Ed Vallowe's love for God or his fervor to serve him, but I think that his focus on numerology is at best misguided and at worst potentially damaging to less discerning Christians. The book's purpose is to "prove" that God wrote the Bible because all the numbers in the Bible somehow line up according to the numerical framework Vallowe describes. The problems with this are twofold:

1) You could never "prove" such a thing. At best, you could provide evidence for or against it. And...

B) It doesn't work.

While you'd get little argument from most scholars that some of the numbers in the Biblical text have symbolic meaning (12 tribes, 12 disciples, 40 days in the desert, 40 days and 40 nights of rain, etc.) but it's hardly obvious that every number up to 40 has some specific meaning, or that compounding them yields a compounded meaning, or that these meanings are consistent throughout scripture.

Furthermore, Vallowe's assertion that not just the numbers in the text, but the chapter and verse numbers themselves have this meaning, is just preposterous. For example, the number 13 is, in many places, symbolic of evil or a bad omen or whatever. Vallowe says it means "Depravity and Rebellion", but the famous "love Chapter" is in I Corinthians 13, and verse 13 of that chapter reads:

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Sounds pretty depraved and rebellious, doesn't it? How Vallowe justifies that, not to mention the hundreds of other examples of inconsistencies you could imagine, is beyond me.

Worse yet, he says that his "system" only works in the King James Version of the Bible, not in other translations.
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Excellent reading. Yet side by side with Bullinger's Number in Scripture Bullinger's is the one with the wealth of knowledge and insight that I would strongly recommend.
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A revelatory investigation into God's use of numbers by Evangelist Dr Ed Vallowe (now with the Lord), including:

1 to 40, 42, 45, 50, 60, 66, 70, 100, 119, 120, 144, 153, 200, 600, 666, 888, 1000.

As words have meaning in God's mind, and numbers are words, it is natural they too have meaning beyond simple quantities. Meaning may be linked to the context of the number, a count of words, chapter or verse number, or the gematria value of the word (in Hebrew or Greek).

The facts presented cannot be the result of simple coincidence or contrivances and should be good enough proof the Bible is supernatural.

Some numbers have more complex derivations (e.g. additions, indexing or multiplication factors) and it is here interpretation may be more open.

While every number is interesting perhaps as an example 153 the most (the number of fishes the disciples caught after Jesus' resurrection). This number is the sum of an arithmetic progression from 1 to 17, with a difference value of 1 (153=(17/2)(1+17)), 17 itself being the number for complete victory in Christ.

There is also a convincing application in Revelation to prove the Pre-Millenial position: Six 'thousands' ('thousand' symbolising divine completion) are found sequentially in Revelation 20.2-7. Each verse/'thousand' corresponds sequentially to the meaning of each number from one (unity) to six (satan).

Although the author says he only scratched the surface a lot is revealed for which Christians are indebted.

A caveat-application of numerics to the Bible should not be confused with numerology, an occult practice associating numbers with events for divinatory purposes.
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