The number 40 is an important spiritual symbol in the Bible.
Noah’s flood -- 40 days and nights
Moses on the mountain -- 40 days and nights
Elijah in the wilderness headed for Sinai/Horeb to hear the still, small voice -- 40 days
Jesus tempted in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.
4, the number of the created order in gematria
* 4 cardinal directions,
* 4 living creatures around the throne of God (birds, domesticated animals, wild animals and humans --the fish get squeezed out in the vision because of Dagon and Leviathan, I suppose, but biologically, fish and birds are really the same--birds fly in the air and often swim in the water, fish swim in the water and sometimes fly in the air)
* 4 rivers coming out of the Garden of Eden, etc.
10=the number of sufficiency
* 2 hands of 5 digits each and 2 feet of 5 digits each
* the amount of time sufficient for CREATION, the CREATED ORDER to understand that Jesus was ALIVE!
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