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Lessons in the Wilderness
The Number “40” / “40 Years”
And the Term “Generation” in the Scriptures
“And the Children of
they ate manna until they
came to the border of the
Shemos - Exodus 16:35.
On this page we are going to look at a number of examples when the number 40 is used in the blessed Word of YHVH Elohim (the LORD God) and you will discover it is not just discovered in the Tanach, which is Hebrew for the Old Covenant but also in the Brit Chadashah being Hebrew for the New Covenant. But more so the meaning related to this number and the implication related to the word a “Generation” for both are closely related!
There is no doubt that the Number “Forty – 40” as we will have noted in Study One and Study Two holds particular and a powerful significance in the blessed Word of Elohim and it refers to a very precise number and not just a long period of time.
There are many instances in the Tanach - the Old Covenant as well as the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant where the number 40 occurs either in “years” - “days,” e.g. “it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.” - “Moshe was on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights.” - “the Israelites wandered 40 years.” - Yahushua fasted in the wilderness for 40 days,” and also as follows;
(Yahushua) also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many
infallible proofs, being seen by them (the Apostles) during forty days
and speaking of the things pertaining to the
For mankind, a “40” time period, whether it is “days,” “months,” or “years” tends to refer to a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement (but not judgment) and it will end with a period of restoration, revival or renewal, blessed be His Sanctified Name!
Thankfully, Elohim is consistent, therefore the meaning of this number in Bereshis - Genesis remains the same all the way through to the book of Revelation. Sometimes the spiritual significance may not be revealed immediately, but in the case of “40” and its countless examples throughout the blessed Scriptures we can be certain of its great importance and its powerful significance!
Did you realise that
the number 40 is mentioned a least 146 times in the blessed Scriptures? The
number 40 generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or even probation.
During Moshe’s - Moses’ life as we have learned in “Lessons
in the Wilderness,” he lived for forty years in Egypt in great wealth as
a Prince, thereafter he lived for forty years in the desert as a lowly humble
and a greatly despised shepherd by the Egyptians. That was until
Later when the
Children of Israel had finally arrived at Kadesh Barnea Moshe sent his spies to
inspect the land Elohim had promised the Children of Israel as an inheritance
and when they returned having been away for forty days (Numbers 13:25 and
14:34). However, we must not forget that
In the book of Hebrews we read of the sad failure of the Children of Israel at large whilst in the wilderness;
“Therefore, as the Sanctified Spirit says: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said,’ ‘they always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’” Hebrews 3:7-10.
The prophet Jonah
powerfully warned ancient
Thus beloved, it is rather obvious as we will have seen in the blessed
Word of Elohim that the number “forty” - 40, also represents a
“Generation” of people or man. Due to the sins after leaving
“Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. But as for you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.” Davarim - Deuteronomy 1:39-40.
Thus the Children of Israel were punished by wandering the wilderness
for 40 Years before the new Generation was permitted to possess the Promised
Land. Yahushua, just several days before He was placed on that Stake where He
Shed His Blood and gave His Life, prophesied the total destruction of Jerusalem
(Mattityahu - Matthew 24:1-2, Markus - Mark 13:1-2). Then Forty years after our
Saviour’s Death and Resurrection, in 30 A.D., the mighty Roman Empire was
destroyed but they had already burned and destroyed
The book of Shemos - Exodus, with its 40 chapters and 1,213 verses, is the seventh longest book. The longest being Tehillim - Psalms.
From the time
A good number of Shoftim served for 40 years including Othniel,
The first three Kings that ruled over the children of
After the Kingdom split into two separate Kingdoms’,
Avraham attempted to bargain with Elohim NOT to destroy
Both Yitzchak -
Elohim flooded the earth by having it rain for forty days and nights (Bereshis - Genesis 7:12).
After the patriarch
God allowed the ancient Israelites, from time to time, to be harassed
and dominated by certain enemies in order to chastise and humble them for their
sins. The Philistine's, in the southern and western parts of
The Blessed Scriptures were written by “forty - 40” different chosen people of Elohim. Those who are called by Elohim today are under probation, or judgment, and their lives are based on how they live according to every word of Elohim, for so sadly many have forgotten His ways!.
Did you realise that
the maximum number of “stripes” that were allowed for punishment
was “forty.” “Stripes” had to do with judgment, and
that included Elohim’s judgement. See
However, we can easily discover from Bamidbar or the Book of Numbers 32:13 and Hebrews 3:9-10 that Elohim clearly calls “40 years” - a “generation.”
The book of Mattityahu
all the generations from Avraham to
This will help us in
studying the meaning of Yahushua’s Words in Mattityahu -
spies searched the
<![if !supportLists]>8. <![endif]>40 stripes was the maximum whipping penalty (Davarim - Deuteronomy 25:3).
<![if !supportLists]>9. <![endif]>Elohim allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Shoftim - Judges 3:11).
<![if !supportLists]>10. <![endif]>Elohim again allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Shoftim - Judges 5:31).
<![if !supportLists]>11. <![endif]>Elohim again allowed the land to rest for 40 years (Shoftim - Judges 8:28).
(a judge in
<![if !supportLists]>19. <![endif]>The holy place of the temple was 40 cubits long (1 Melachim - 1 Kings 6:17).
baths (measurement) was size of lavers in
<![if !supportLists]>21. <![endif]>The sockets of silver are in groups of 40 (Shemos - Exodus 26:19 & 21).
bore the iniquity of the house of
- Joash reigned 40 years in
<![if !supportLists]>27. <![endif]>Ezekiel's (symbolic) temple is 40 cubits long (Yehechel - Ezekiel 41:2).
<![if !supportLists]>28. <![endif]>The courts in Ezekiel's temple were 40 cubits long (Ezira - Ezra 46:22).
fasted 40 days and nights (Mattityahu -
was tempted 40 days (
<![if !supportLists]>32. <![endif]>Yahushua remained on earth 40 days after resurrection (Acts 1:3).
<![if !supportLists]>33. <![endif]>Women are pregnant for 40 weeks (time of testing).
I pray beloved that we have learned a great deal from these three pages, but most of all, ask yourself, where am I at this moment in the Father, and Am I obeying the Words that Yahushua spoke, for He did say that we had to uphold the Ten Commandments and that did include the law that goes back to Creation, the keeping of the Seventh Day Sabbath! We need to remember that Sunday is the day pagans worship the sun god, just like easter and christmas! Jesus is also a name related directly to that pagan god Zeus, thus you choose who you really wish to worship, the god of the Roman created church, or the Creator of heaven and Earth whose Name is YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified His Name, who sent the blessed Messiah whose Name is Yahushua!
I will conclude with one of the most beautiful and telling Scriptures!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and
the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing
was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Lessons in the Wilderness - Part One
Lessons in the Wilderness - Part Two
Forty Days ~ Years List - Part Three - This Page
Also read - The Shemos – Exodus Series
Bamidbar - Numbers Chapter 20
Echad - ONE - Deut 6:4 - Study
“Hear O Israel, YHVH Elohim, YHVH is ONE”
Shalom In Yahushua THE ONE and ONLY Messiah!
“Teach me Your way, O YHVH. I will
walk in Your truth.
UNITE MY HEART TO FEAR YOUR NAME!”
Tehillim - Psalms 86:11
May YHVH Elohim bless and keep you in the palm of His hand always, in Messiah Yahushua’s loving Name!
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