How do the Hebrew and Biblical meanings of the number 22 relate to the year 2022? See how the number 22 is a key number in Bible prophecy, linked both to chaos and destruction, as well as to the ultimate hope and restoration of the Messiah’s return.

While we can’t read too much into numerology, the number 22 associated with this year is a very significant prophetic number, carrying multiple layers of biblical meanings.

22 – Number of Completion and Fullness

The Hebrew alphabet consists of 22 letters – from the first letter Aleph to the final letter Tav. The Hebrew Bible features many ‘acrostic’ passages, which are passages using all 22 letters of the alphabet in sequence, with each successive letter starting a new line. From a Hebraic mindset, passages that use the entire Hebrew alphabet in this way speak of perfection, fullness and completeness.

22 – Number of Chaos and Judgement

This book is written with four acrostic chapters, as it is describing the perfect and complete devastation of the city.

A closer glance at these acrostic chapters, reveals a startingly find – the sequences of the 22 letters in these chapters are all partially jumbled. For Hebrew readers, this jumbling of letters would be painfully obvious (as it would be for us today if an author got their ABC’s mixed up). Is the jumbling of letters just a clerical mistake or does it carry a deeper meaning? The Rabbis affirm that this must have been a deliberate choice by the author to symbolise the jumbling of God’s divine order caused by sin, leading to both chaos and judgment.

The destruction of Jerusalem featured in the Book of Lamentations, is further linked to the number 22 through the associated annual fast days on the Jewish calendar. The two most prominent fast days are the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av which mark the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem, the end of sacrifices in the Temple as well as the destruction of the Temple itself (by the Babylonians as well as the Romans on the very same day some 600 years apart). The 22 days between these two significant fast days are to this day an annual period of national mourning on the Jewish calendar.

22 – Number of Hope and Restoration

The minor prophet Zechariah refers to the fasting days marking the destruction of Jerusalem and promises that they will ultimately turn to joy and gladness (Zec. 8:19). Since the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians, many other disasters have happened to the Jewish people – on the very same days – intensifying this annual mourning period. Yet the prophet declares that a day is coming when Israel will be comforted not only of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple but also of all the other calamities that have happened to them – and when this happens, the 22 days of mourning will truly turn to joy.

The number 22 being linked to joy and restoration is also found in the story of Joseph and His brothers.

Many scholars see the story of Joseph as prophetic of Jesus’ separation from His Jewish brothers. Like Joseph, Jesus has been thought of as dead by His people and like Joseph, He has now a foreign name (i.e. Jesus instead of Yeshua). As Joseph wore foreign clothes and spoke a foreign language, so Jesus has been ‘dressed’ in foreign rituals and religious traditions that conceal His true Jewish identity. Yet one day, He will be restored to His long-lost brethren, and this restoration is linked to the End Times and the number 22.

22 – the End Time Hope

The Jewish calendar, instituted by God Himself in Leviticus chapter 23, features three Autumn Feasts. These Fall Feasts which take place annually over the course of 22 days, give a panoramic prophetic preview of End Time events.

Feast of Trumpets – Repentance at the sounding of the great trumpet
Day of Atonement – Restoration with Israel crying out to God as a Nation
Feast of Tabernacles – Rejoicing as God finally dwells among His people again
In this context, it seems like no accident that the Bible’s most detailed book of End Time prophecy, the Book of Revelation, has 22 chapters.

While you and I may not (yet) be living in the final phases of End Time events, we have truly been through a few years of chaos and disorder caused by Covid. This challenging time has rocked many of our lives, whether it be financially, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. It has also rocked the very foundations of our societies, with great divisions, economic upheavals, and unrest in many nations.

In the midst of this chaos, let us remember that our God is a God of restoration and order. The message of the number 22 shows us that God can, and will, turn sorrow and chaos into order and joy as we turn to Him. Let us take hope for the year ahead and believe God for better things to come in 2022.
Sources: Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers by Osher Levene

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  1. I just found you! Enjoyed this content, thank you. Bless you✝️🕊️✡️
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  2. Shalom pastor Enoch, I know God point me to watch your video. Thank you for your insight in the Hebrew meaning of 22. It’s a long story why I search you out. My neighbor was kill by his renter in 2019. At the funeral I pray to God to bring judgement to the murderers. Fast track to few weeks ago, I got a message from my other neighbor living across me and she tell me the court have its verdict. As I recall my husband was called into jury duty on the same week. In my heart I felt the holy Spirit poke me and I ask for more info. As I found out that her daughter was summon to be a witness and this is why she had the case number. As we look it up online the excite date of the jury trial and it was 2/22/22. I saw a lot of the new age about the 22 meaning but I know they are misleading. I know The Hebrew letters are the divine words of God and the number 22 have to be in the Bible to confirm it’s meaning. This is why I looked you up. I haven’t add a lot of new YouTube pastor a long time because so many let people into rabbit hole. Anyway my husband was in the jury on that same date and the judge did told them that they only have one case. Later he was told they were dismiss because the defendant pleaded-guilty. I have so many coincident like this in my life. It’s like in all the people in Los Angeles you pick my husband to be a juror to the trial. This is off my head and I can’t explain it. I thank God he let me know again and again that didn’t forget my prayer. I’m also thankful that the guy pleaded guilty so my husband didn’t have to face him in court. I’m watching a few of your videos already and find encouragement in the time of chaos. I pray Yeshua continue to keep you and your families safe in Australia. May he hide you under his wings. Shalom shalom. Keep up the wonderful work and stay strong.

  3. In the world of duality, light emerges from darkness. The greatest artists, poets, writers, musicians usually produced their very best works in extremely challenging circumstances. Although these times are difficult, we can find rebirth from initial seeming destruction. We have to gaze deep within, to the level of soul to find those good lands which will then emerge. The baby bird has to break through the egg shell before it can fly free!

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  5. You can find 2022 in Revelation by Reading the Hebrew way ie from Right to Left and top to bottom..There are 2 Amen in the ending of the Book of Revelation, the first amen is the end of the book..20 is the last verse and 22 is the last Chapter of Revelations.

  6. Gematria is divination according to the Father. Babylonian mysticism adopted into kabbalah.

    And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments (H5172), and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
    2 Kings 21:6

    (Interlinear: H5172 – nachash, to practice divination, divine, observe signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen)

    Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
    Revelation 22:14‭-‬15

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