Dear PRECIOUS Friends,
I believe this to be true. It is at least something we need to know. This originated from the iMessage being circulated in Italy during this corona crisis.
I added many truths from scripture.
• The flood lasted 40 days ...
• The Exodus lasted 40 years ...
• 40 days of fasting in the desert where Jesus was tempted
• 40 days lasted the apparitions of Jesus to his after his crucifixion and resurrection
• 40 days it seems that the isolation called "quarantine" to which we are subjected will last.
The number 40 shows up often in the Bible. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” This doesn’t mean that 40 is entirely symbolic; it still has a literal meaning in Scripture. “Forty days” means “forty days,” but it does seem that God has chosen this number to help emphasize times of trouble and hardship.
Here are some examples of the Bible’s use of the number 40 that stress the theme of testing or judgment:
In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days and 40 nights (Deuteronomy 9:18, 25). The Law specified a maximum number of lashes a man could receive for a crime, setting the limit at 40 (Deuteronomy 25:3). The Israelite spies took 40 days to spy out Canaan (Numbers 13:25). The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deuteronomy 8:2-5). Before Samson’s deliverance, Israel served the Philistines for 40 years (Judges 13:1). Goliath taunted Saul’s army for 40 days before David arrived to slay him (1 Samuel 17:16). When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).
The number 40 also appears in the prophecies of Ezekiel (4:6; 29:11-13) and Jonah (3:4).
In the New Testament, Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:2). There were 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:3).
The number 40 specifically in the Bible has deep meaning, even to this day, 40 days are those that you recommend to the woman to rest after giving birth. 40 are the weeks of gestation. “Forty” is the only word form of a number where the letters all appear in alphabetical order.
Many Theologians think that the number 40 represents "change", it is the time of preparation of a person or people to give a fundamental change, something will happen after these 40 days.
The rivers are cleaning up, the vegetation is growing, the air is clean due to less pollution, the starry sky in the evening is also visible where it was covered by pollution blankets, less thefts, less murders, the earth is at rest for the first time in many years.
I would like to take advantage of these 40 days.
In the Bible, every time the number 40 appears there is a "change" so if we are in "forced" quarantine, let's repent, trust in the Lord and turn from our wicked ways, enjoy time with family and be purposeful with this time, reach out to others, be aware of the need in our community. It is a fact that domestic violence and child abuse rises greatly during such a time as this. Report and be aware.
Pray Pray Pray for our health care workers and those on the frontlines every single day!!! Do prayer walks in your neighborhoods. Every day reach out to someone in need.
It will be a great blessing, and we will see the changes that God will make in our lives.
Let's all repent and pray.
If we add that we are in 2020 which is equal to 20 + 20 = 40 it seems God is speaking to us.
Let's all do our part to live
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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