101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 26 

The Wrong Number of Books

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Why do most Protestant Bibles today have 66 books in number instead of the original 49 books (though the amount of the Holy Scriptures is the same in both canons)?

This is easy to explain from the point of view of biblical symbolism. The number "6" in the Bible is the number that emphasizes man, not God or Christ. Note that Adam was created at the end of the 6th day. The number of man in the book of Revelation is 666 (Revelation 13:18). So it follows that 66 is manís numbering of the Bible. This shows that it is not Godís way of doing things, but it is one concocted by man. And at the same time, man has corrupted the order of the books to make the whole Bible a hodgepodge of nonsensical and out-of-context books that does nothing but confuse the reader. No wonder there is so much misunderstanding about the Bible today.

Placing the number 66 on the number of books is Godís way of letting people know that this is a production of man, and not of his origination. As an example of Godís use of 6 (or its derivatives) as a sign of man and his Babylonish ways, note the following verse in Daniel 3:1.

"Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was 60 cubits, and the breath thereof 6 cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon."

This king Nebuchadnezzar was the Babylonian head of gold who was to dominate all political and religious power in the earth until the Kingdom of God would be set up under Israelís Messiah. Note that the image set up by Nebuchadnezzar was crafted around measurements of 6. But that does not end the matter. Dr. Bullinger in his book "Number in Scripture," page 285, states that the gematria of this one verse ("gematria" means tallying up the numerical value of the letters in the verse) comes to 4662, which answers to 7 times 666! Thus, the Babylonian system of political and religious governments which was to dominate human society from the sixth century B.C. to the second advent of Christ, has the number "6" all over it, and this even applies to the Bible of man. The Christian authorities in the late fourth and early fifth centuries changed the Bible from its original number of 49 books (using Godís number of 7 times 7), and went over to the Babylonian number of 66. And in doing so, they also tore to shreds the manuscript order of the biblical books in favor of a man made design that corrupts the original order. [For more specific information on this vital subject, see my book "The Original Bible Restored."]

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