Number 153, signs and symbols

I asked the Lord about the meaning of the 153 fish in John 21:10, and I was given a maths answer.  Amazingly I grasped the explanation.  Having to learn statistics in order to get my Diploma of Business helped. 

I had to overcome a lot to learn the math behind statistics.  I’d failed at maths at school, I had a lot of painful memories from the classroom. 

As a child in a crucial year before high school, I had a teacher who wrote the equations on the board without me being able to see.  All I could see was his back, and he wouldn’t let me move.  This went on for a whole year.  After getting him again the following year, it was game over as far as maths was concerned.  I learned nothing.

I didn’t have the internet where I could have taught myself from helpful websites.  I couldn’t even take my maths book home. I didn’t have parents or older siblings to help me.  “She can’t learn,” my mother was told.

In order to learn the subject, I had to overcome the teacher’s curse, the bad memories, and my loathing for maths.  Fortunately I have a very patient husband who helped me with the mechanics of maths in statistics.

But I kept complaining to God.  “Why do I have to learn this?” I protested, “we’re never going to use it in our business!”

“Make friends with maths” the Lord told me.  Not reconcile myself to maths, not become acquainted with maths; He wanted me to believe I could learn maths and take an interest in it!  It was a big ask.

In Proverbs 4, a Father’s instruction, He said; “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7.

I never did use statistics in my business. But let me show you what I did learn.  The first things I learned in statistics were Factorial numbers and Venn diagrams.  These form the basis of the wonderful things God showed me later.  I am going to explain some cryptic but important signs and numbers contained in the Bible.

I’ll put the maths down at the bottom of the post.

The miraculous catch of fish was the last miracle Jesus ever performed.  153 fish were caught when the disciples went fishing after the resurrection and Jesus showed up.  John 21

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. John 21:10

153 is a triangular number which adds from 1 to 17.

153 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4+ 5+ 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 +13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17.

Five factorial, or 5! is  120.  It’s expressed as this, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.

Do you recognise the number 120?  The church started off with 120 believers in Jerusalem, In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) …”  Acts 1:15

The sum of the factorial numbers is 153, expressed as this, 5! + 4! + 3! + 2! + 1!

So now you know the meaning of the 153 fish.  The first disciples Jesus called were fishermen.  He said to Simon Peter and Andrew, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-21

The Vessel of Fish

Imagine two circles, where God is in one circle, and people are in another.  Now join the two circles so they overlap.

I’m going to use the two circles of the Vesica Piscis, which literally translates as the “Vessel of Fish.”

In this “Vessel of Fish,” we have two circles, where one represents God and the other man.  Jesus is in the overlapping area as the intersection of God and Man.  That’s why he called Himself both “The Son of God” and “The Son of Man.”

Any person who comes to God through Christ is “in Christ.”

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Vesica Piscis

153 represents the width of the Vesica Piscis, the Vessel of Fish.  Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer worked that out.


The mathematical ratio of the height of the Vessel of Fish (the Vesica Piscis) to the width (153) across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.732.

fish1So we’ve got the square root of three, the number three representing God in the form of the Trinity, and 153 representing the catch of fish and the Vessel of Fish.

power plugAlso interesting is that 1.732 is used in measuring power.  In electrical engineering, wattage = voltage x amp x power factor x 1.732.  It reminds me of Christ being referred to as “the power and the wisdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 1:22-24.

moonAnother interesting square root is that of 153.  The square root of √ 153 is 12.369, the amount of full moons in one year.

Signs and symbols

Just as the moon can hide itself, in Isaiah 8 the Lord spoke of hiding his face from Israel and binding up his testimony among the disciples.  The fish and the number 153 are for signs and symbols.  “Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.”  Isaiah 8:11-18.

The sign of Jonah

Do you understand now what Jesus meant when he gave the Teachers of the Law the Sign of Jonah?  He was in the vessel of the fish for three days and nights.

The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  Matthew 12:38-42.



The Greek word for fish is “ichthys.”  Christian used the icthys symbol which incorporates the Vesica Piscis shape to identify themselves.  As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.

No symbol means the same thing to all people at all times.  Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. Probably because it was in the constellation of Pisces.

Hence the fish, unlike, say, the cross, attracted little suspicion, making it a perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers. When threatened by Romans in the first centuries after Christ, Christians used the fish mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes.


Thanks for reading this.  I hope I’ve explained the maths, the signs and the symbols clearly.  Hopefully it will satisfy both the Jews and the Greeks.

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corintians 1:22-24


Christian symbol on a paving stone at the Temple of Apollo, Didim, Turkey. Note the fishing net.

After writing about the signs God used with fish, I came across this.  Is the Lord still using fish for signs?  Why wouldn’t he?   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

Fish with cross

The Maths


Factorial is the product of all positive integers less than or equal to the number you start with.  You put a ! after it to show its factorial.  So here’s an example, starting off with the number five.

5! is 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120,
4! is 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24,
3! is 3 x 2 x 1 = 6,
2! is 2 x 1 = 2,
1! is 1 x 1 = 1

So five factorial is 120, expressed as this, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.

The sum of five factorial, 5! + 4! + 3! + 2! + 1! is 153.

Venn Diagram

In a Venn diagram, two circles are joined, with an overlapping area representing a set.  The region in both circles, where the two sets overlap, is called the intersection.

Archimedes work “On the Measurement of the Circle.” 

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer applied the square root of three (√3) to the number 265 divided by 153 in his ratios for the Measurement of the Circle.  It is not known how he determined this.
Source: Archimedes and the Square Root of Three

Archimedes circle

Archimedes used these ratios as upper and lower bounds ‘On the Measurement of the Circle.’

So if you make the intersection of two circles a height of 265, the width will equal 153.  The mathematical ratio of the height of the Vesica Piscis to the width across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.732.

The square root

In mathematics, a square root of a number a is a number y such that y2 = a; in other words, a number y whose square (the result of multiplying the number by itself, or yy) is aFor example, 4 and −4 are square roots of 16 because 42 = (−4)2 = 16.

What are my qualifications to back this up?  I’ve been reading the Bible for 25 years, I am a member of the Body of Christ with a teaching gift, and I am a child of God.  I should also mention I passed University level Statistics!

God indeed chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

I’ve also blogged about it from a different perspective on my other blog ‘Red Sky in the Morning,’ Go fish.

Related post about my struggle with statistics: The wall


Vesica piscis

Venn diagram

Square root

Archimedes and the Square Root of Three

Meaning of Numbers in the Bible The Number 120

Fundamentals of Electricity – Watt’s Law – Three Phase


The mystery of the Kingdom of God

OnionWhat makes your eyes fill with tears, without feeling sad?  You’ve probably guessed it – an onion. 

Like an onion, the Word of God has many layers.  Christ told many parables. His parables are the top layer, with many layers of meaning underneath.

Some of his parables were about the land owner, sabbaths, festivals and harvests.  The first parable Jesus told in Mark chapter 4  was the Parable of the Sower.  To the disciples and those with the twelve it was given them to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

“When He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables …”  Mark 4:10

I’d like to share some of the layers I’ve peeled back over the 25 years of reading the Bible, and show you patterns I’ve discovered in the word.  I’d love to hear your insights as well.

Here’s some insight on the number fifty: Number fifty, what does it signify?


Mark 4:26


Number fifty, what does it signify?

One of the Lord’s titles is “The Lord of the Harvest.”  He compares us to wheat.
The first hint of this is a Psalm which celebrates the harvest of the earth, to the ends of the earth, and God’s righteous governance of the nations.

Another title, “Lord of the Sabbath” is from the grainfields.  Mark 2:23-28

Psalm 67  looks forward to the time the King will rule and it speaks of the harvest.  There are 49 words, that’s seven times seven – one word for each week of sabbaths.  The Jubilee happens after seven lots of seven sabbaths.  In the Jubilee year everything resets and all debts are released.

Leviticus 25

The second hint is the site he chose for his altar, and the price paid for it. The site was a threshing floor.  The price was fifty shekels.

The third hint about the harvest is Israel’s cycle of harvests, festivals and sabbaths.  You’ll find them detailed in the Book of Leviticus.  The harvests were celebrated in Israel’s cycle of Sabbaths.  Each festival has significance.  Christ was raised on the Day of First fruits and the Church began fifty days later on Shavuot, the harvest Festival of First fruits.

The fourth hint is how Jesus fed the 5000, separating the people into groups of fifty.

The fifth hint is how Christ referred to Himself as a kernel of wheat that had to die.  There are fifty kernels in one head of wheat.
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:23-24 (NIV)

The sixth hint which ties in with the third hint, is the day the Church started – on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit, “the former rain” was sent.  Pentecost is Greek and Latin for the fiftieth day.

The seventh hint about the harvest was where it was mentioned – in the fields of Samaria.  “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 (NIV)

I’ve put the corresponding Bible verses at the bottom so you can reference the Word for yourself.


Fifty is the number of Israel’s Jubilee1.
When sabbaths number seven times seven,
it means freedom and liberty.

Jubilee, what does that mean for you and me?
God speaks of Heaven – a place of rest
for the believing who’ve been set free.

threshing floorAraunah sold a threshing floor 2
to David, Israel’s king,
It was on Mount Moriah,
where Abraham made his offering.

Fifty pieces of silver was paid,
They agreed it was “full price,”
Full price means “Tetelestai,” 3
the word uttered from the cross.

Soloman built the temple, 4
120 priests stood with the Levites
while the people bowed and prayed,
they vowed and made their offerings,
on the holy days God made.

wheat seedAt Passover, on the Day of First fruits, 5
at the altar the first sheaf was waved –
north, south, east and west.
Then after seven sabbaths – forty-nine days,
came the fiftieth day.

“First Fruits” is celebrated on the fiftieth day. 6
Moreover with that offering
Israel looked forward to the harvest,
after planting in the spring.

In time the Lord of the Harvest came,
the faithful and true witness, the great 7amen.
He was born in Bethlehem, 8
It means “the House of Bread.”

With two loaves and five fishes, 9
5000 were fed.
“Make them sit down in groups of fifty.”
the Good Lord said,
Pentecostseeing man’s hunger and meeting man’s need.

Messiah rode into Jerusalem – 10 
a donkey for his steed,
Hosanna, look at the happy crowd!
But he warned the disciples and spoke of the seed,
“Unless it died there’d be no grain.”
There’d be no harvest until he came again.

 Fifty days later in Jerusalem, 11
while pilgrims celebrated First-fruits,
120 gathered in the court,
and His Spirit fell like rain.

That event is known as Pentecost, 12 
it’s the day the Church began.
Pentecost means ‘fifty’
in the language of Greece and Rome.

kernel grainsThere’s a gem in the wheatgerm, 13 
before I bring this home.
Did you know there’s fifty kernels in one head of wheat?
there’s life eternal in that kernel of the harvest seed.

Now the fields are white for harvest, 14 
while the farmer waits
to harvest the precious grain.
The wheat bows in the wind,
while it grows amidst the weed.



Here are the corresponding Bible verses at the bottom so you can reference the Word for yourself.


1 “Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. 9 Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.“ Leviticus 25:8-10. NIVFull price,

Threshing floor

2 David said to him, “Let me have the site of your threshing floor so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped. Sell it to me at the full price.” 25 So David paid Araunah six hundred shekels of gold for the site. 1 Chronicles 21:20-25

3 In Koine Greek Tetelestai means “paid in full.”

The Temple

4 Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David. 2 Chronicles 2:1-2 (NIV)

The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. 12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14 (NIV)

First fruits

5 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. Leviticus 23:9-11 (NIV)

6 “From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.” Leviticus 23:15-17 (NIV)

House of Bread

7To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” Revelation 3:14 (NIV)

8“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.”Micah 5:2-5 (NKJV)

Groups of Fifty

9 Luke 9:14,14 For there were about five thousand men. Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” 15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.” (NKJV)

The wheat kernel

10 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:23-24 (NIV)

Pentecost, Fifty

11 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:3-7 (NIV)

12 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Acts 2:1-13 (NIV)

 13 Wheat Fun Fact Sheet

The harvest
14 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35 (NIV)

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

A story of faith rewarded

whyWhen tested, how do you react?
“Why me?” most people ask. It’s a question you can ask God.  He promises wisdom if we ask and don’t doubt.

Job certainly asked,”why me?”  Job was a man the devil was allowed to attack after his hedge of protection was removed.

The latest five-star review of “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” by Wyborn Senna likened my struggles to that of Job.
A Moving Journey Reminiscent of The Book of Job.

Why did Job get attacked?  God held Job in high esteem, pointing him out to Satan, “the dragon” in my story.

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied, pointing out how God had blessed Job.  “stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face,” Satan promised.

God then allowed Job to go into Satan’s power to be tested.

Job, although he questioned God, ultimately passed the test and God rewarded him.  Unlike Job, Peter underwent testing and failed, but Jesus restored him, giving him another chance.

Like Peter, we are all to be tested, sifted like wheat.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31 – 32 (NIV)

James, the brother of Jesus said, “consider it all joy whenever you face trials”

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:2-4

What would you feel if you gained fatherly wisdom from a trial, knowing the wisdom was from God?  Would you feel joy knowing you had a purpose, knowing there was a reason for the trial?


In my book, you’ll see me asking God the reason for the trials that befell me, and you will read God’s answers.  I hope it will encourage other people when they see how God answered.

Job said, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”  Job 23:10 

Like the Book of Job, mine is a story of faith rewarded. I recommend my book to those who are struggling, who are being tested in various ways.

Great and unsearchable things

Google can’t give us an answer for everything. 

Einstein said The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.”

So who do we call when we want to delve into mysteries?

God says “Call on me, and I will show you great and unsearchable things.”  Jeremiah 33:3

“It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search a matter is the glory of Kings.”  Proverbs 25:2

The joy is in arriving at the answers.

The Lord loves a mystery!

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Birds sing hymns and crickets form choirs

Did you know birds, insects and fish form choirs?  Ask the animals, how great is God?


Songbirds ‘sing from hymn sheet’


God’s Cricket Chorus 


Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” 
Job 12:7-10

Humans, Home Free – How Great Thou Art


The song pattern of each cricket species is stored In its genes.  The songs are thus clues to the links among genetic information, development, the organization of the nervous system and behavior.  Source:


The Kingdom of God – Whiteboard

Many scenes in my book “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” take place in the Kingdom of God.  What is the Kingdom of God?  It’s hard to explain because the Kingdom is both personal and all-encompassing.  It’s not about church – although church can be part of it.  This short whiteboard explanation is worth watching.