As a diversion from the ‘prophetic words’ series, which will come to an end soon, I thought I would re-post this from January 2010. The reason being, that after something of a hiatus, this oddity seems to be back in a significant way.
Please read the original post:
I recently came across a post that shed some light on something puzzling that has occurred to me and also to friends from time to time:
FOR some time now, I have spoken with the occasional reader who is befuddled as to why they are suddenly seeing the number 11:11 or 1:11, or 3:33, 4:44, etc. Whether glancing at a clock, a cellphone, television, page number, etc. they are suddenly seeing this number “everywhere.” For instance, they won’t look at the clock all day, but suddenly feel the urge to look up, and there it is again.
Is it just coincidence? Is there a “sign” involved? My first reaction was that it is just coincidence, that it is what it is, and that there is a even a danger to attempt to read something into numbers (ie. numerology). But then… I started to see this everywhere myself, sometimes 3-4 times a day. And so recently, I asked the Lord if this has any meaning. Immediately the “scales of justice” came into my mind’s eye with the understanding that 11:11 shows a balance, so to speak, of mercy vs. justice, but 1:11 shows a “tipping” of the scale, as does any triple number such as 3:33.
Tipping in what direction…?
Having had this happen to me from time to time, and being unable to discern any particular significance, I simply filed it in the ‘unknown’ basket. Having googled it and read a few less-than-helpful sites, I was well aware of the danger of numerology. At the same time, I was also aware of the ‘red car’ syndrome, by which I mean that should you take ownership of a red car, it becomes amazing as to how many red cars there are on the road.
I still don’t know for sure what to make of it. However, I did resonate with Mark’s post above, in particular with the description of the scales balancing mercy and justice. I received the impression of the world being actively weighed on God’s scales.
The other thing that came to mind was Amos’s plumbline:
This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass by them;” Amos 9 v7-8 ESV
From Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
7:1-9 God bears long, but he will not bear always with a provoking people. The remembrance of the mercies we formerly received, like the produce of the earth of the former growth, should make us submissive to the will of God, when we meet with disappointments in the latter growth. The Lord has many ways of humbling a sinful nation. Whatever trouble we are under, we should be most earnest with God for the forgiveness of sin. Sin will soon make a great people small. What will become of Israel, if the hand that should raise him be stretched out against him? See the power of prayer. See what a blessing praying people are to a land. See how ready, how swift God is to show mercy; how he waits to be gracious. Israel was a wall, a strong wall, which God himself reared as a defence to his sanctuary. The Lord now seems to stand upon this wall. He measures it; it appears to be a bowing, bulging wall. Thus God would bring the people of Israel to the trial, would discover their wickedness; and the time will come, when those who have been spared often, shall be spared no longer. But the Lord still calls Israel his people. The repeated prayer and success of the prophet should lead us to seek the Saviour.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that we are – as individuals, communities, and nations, being actively weighed in the balance. In a sense, it has always been thus, but this may be a particular Kairos moment.
Kyrie Eleison, Christi Eleison.
I still don’t know exactly what to make of this. The only other thing that has occurred to me, inasmuch that ‘6’ is a sign of man’s number, indicating incompleteness / imperfection / falling short as compared to the completeness signified in ‘7’, so ’11’ may be regarded as having a similar relationship to ’12’ (another number that appears to signify completeness in the Bible).
I am no expert in such things, nor do I wish to get into numerology. Still, it would not come as any surprise to me that a verdict of ‘falling short’ would be rendered against our culture, our society. If so, then we may well be facing the scales of Justice, and sooner than we would like. Justice for the sins of others is easy to pronounce, but what about Justice for your own sins? If you will not go through the gate of Mercy, then you have no option but to go through the gate of Justice. I know of nobody who can attempt the latter unscathed. Therefore, find the former, while it still may be found! Tomorrow may be too late.
In every place I look, God’s warnings always render hope. There is a place for every man where His judgment is rendered. But as He warns, the possibility of mercy remains.
If the scale of this nation has tipped toward justice and judgment, I am not amazed in the slightest. It takes a blind man to miss that. But it should also be said that where God warns of judgment coming, it is a warning and not a proclimation. Those who hear this warning are wise to turn their feet now, and on the head of a pin. For the Lord will not always warn. But His mercy is still extended.
Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door . . .
By His Grace.
Yes, we are warned of this so many times. There has to be a place for Justice, after Mercy has been extended. And the Lord is ever merciful. Even in the midst of justice.
But grace, while free, is not cheap.
But grace, while free, is not cheap
We cannot trample on the goodness of God!
The Lord knows our hearts, and those who say “Lord, Lord” are relying on a cheap grace that does not exist.
It’s interesting that I have stumbled upon this article. … and I believe it is not by chance.I’m not huge into numerology either but I was in a car accident on 1/1/11 sometime around 1am and ever since that day I too have seen this sequence of numbers without looking for it. …. it happens every single day. Yet the only explanation I’ve heard from the Lord about it is that HIS grace is sufficient for me in that it is made perfect in my weakness! Every time I see it He reminds me of His grace and mercy. … so this revelation just enhances what Jesus has already revealed to me! Thank you for following the leading of the Holy Spirit. …. now I know I’m not crazy lol
Nope, not crazy! 🙂 His grace is indeed sufficient, in fact it’s the one and only thing between us and justice. Praise God!