Friday, November 11, 2011

11:11 Seen With New Eyes

Discovering A Deeper Meaning of 11:11, Complete With
Every 11:11 Verse from the Bible

11:11 has been a number that I personally have noticed for a long time now, long before I ever realized that so many people consider it a doomsday number.

Ironically, my first connection to 11:11 comes from my sister, Mary. My uncle Chris loved Mary very much and would chauffeur her around town. One day, the clock in his car stopped at 11: 11, and he never fixed it. For some peculiar reason, Mary would get all excited when she saw the number, because of her experience with uncle Chris. She would excitedly say, "11:11 make a wish!"

Her tragic car accident some 13 years ago turned out to be the biggest blessing I could have ever been given.


Because without her dying, I still would be hopping and skipping my way straight to hell. Her death forced me to evaluate my life and admit that I was living in mortal sin. This was not easy for me. After all, I went to Mass every Sunday, most Holy Days and confession during Lent and Advent. I considered myself part of the choir.

My deep, paralyzing depression remained with me until my conversion and my healing came mainly through the sacrament of penance and living a sacramental life.

During this healing process (and to this day) the number 11:11 would pop up frequently. As God gave me new, holier friends, they too noticed the number 11:11 frequently. They directed me to Michael Brown's writings on the number 11:11. I was blown away.

Today, the number 11:11 brings me great joy. It reminds me to pray for Mary's soul, whose death brought this prideful man to his knees. Now I am teaching my children a joyful slogan that I have adapted from my sister.

"11: 11, say a prayer!"

One should never allow the doom of the number 11:11 to overshadow them. Remember the doom of the crucifixion is always followed by the resurrection.

Review the following Scripture passages. They contain every verse in Scripture that has a Chapter 11 and verse 11. You will notice doom in some of the Scripture passages, while others contain hope.

Yes, I truly believe the number 11:11 has a very strong message connected to it. Let's focus on the very last 11:11 passage in the Bible. It comes from the book of Revelation.

Rev 11:11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Every Scripture Verse Containing
Chapter 11 and Verse 11


    [11] and Shem lived after the birth of Arpach'shad five hundred years, and had other sons and daughters.


    [11] They shall remain an abomination to you; of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall have in abomination.


    [11] Moses said to the LORD, "Why hast thou dealt ill with thy servant? And why have I not found favor in thy sight, that thou dost lay the burden of all this people upon me?


    [11] but the land which you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven,


    [11] And they put to the sword all who were in it, utterly destroying them; there was none left that breathed, and he burned Hazor with fire.


    [11] So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them; and Jephthah spoke all his words before the LORD at Mizpah.


    [11] And on the morrow Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch, and cut down the Ammonites until the heat of the day; and those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.


    [11] Uri'ah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths; and my lord Jo'ab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing."

1Kgs.11 Note: this is the 11th book of the bible

    [11] Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this has been your mind and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.


    [11] and the guards stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house.


    [11] This is an account of David's mighty men: Jasho'be-am, a Hach'monite, was chief of the three; he wielded his spear against three hundred whom he slew at one time.


    [11] He made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine.


    [11] Serai'ah the son of Hilki'ah, son of Meshul'lam, son of Zadok, son of Merai'oth, son of Ahi'tub, ruler of the house of God,


    [11] For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?


    [11] By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
    but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.


    [11] In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant which is left of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Ethiopia, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.


    [11] Therefore, thus says the LORD, Behold, I am bringing evil upon them which they cannot escape; though they cry to me, I will not listen to them.


    [11] This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the flesh in the midst of it; I will judge you at the border of Israel;


    [11] Then the king of the south, moved with anger, shall come out and fight with the king of the north; and he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand.


    [11] they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
    and like doves from the land of Assyria;
    and I will return them to their homes, says the LORD.


    [11] So it was annulled on that day, and the traffickers in the sheep, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
11:11 In the New Testament


    [11] Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.


    [11] And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.


    [11] What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;


    [11] Thus he spoke, and then he said to them, "Our friend Laz'arus has fallen asleep, but I go to awake him out of sleep."


    [11] At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare'a.


    [11] So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.


    [11] (Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;


    [11] And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!


    [11] By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.


    [11] But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

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Michael Turner, Front Royal, VA said...

Wasn't it St. Jerome who put the chapter and verse numbers to the Holy Scripture? I don't think there is anything canonical about how the numbers fell; I think its just a human way of catagorizing the Word of God.

Playing with how the numbers happen to fall and attributing any substantial meaning to how they fall would not be a proper exegesis of the Word.

Anonymous said...

Micheal, here is a citation from wiki:
[edit] Chapters

The original manuscripts did not contain the chapter and verse divisions in the numbered form familiar to modern readers. Some portions of the original Hebrew texts were logically divided into parts following the Hebrew alphabet;[citation needed] for instance, the earliest known copies of the Book of Isaiah use Hebrew letters for paragraph divisions. (This was different from the acrostic structure of certain texts following the Hebrew alphabet, such as Psalm 119 and most of the Book of Lamentations.) There are other divisions from various sources which are different from what we use today.

The Hebrew Bible began to be put into sections before the Babylonian Captivity (586 BC)[citation needed] with the five books of Moses being put into a 154-section reading program to be used in a three-year cycle. Later (before 536 BC[citation needed]) the Law was put into 54 sections and 669 sub-divisions for reading.

By the time of the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, the New Testament had been divided into paragraphs, although the divisions were different from the modern Bible.[citation needed]

Archbishop Stephen Langton and Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro developed different schemas for systematic division of the Bible in the early 13th century. It is the system of Archbishop Langton on which the modern chapter divisions are based.[1][2]
[edit] Verses

For at least a thousand years the Tanakh has contained an extensive system of multiple levels of section, paragraph, and phrasal divisions that were indicated in Masoretic vocalization and cantillation markings.[citation needed] One of the most frequent of these was a special type of punctuation, the sof passuq, symbol for a full stop or sentence break, resembling the colon (:) of English and Latin orthography. With the advent of the printing press and the translation of the Bible into English, Old Testament versifications were made that correspond predominantly with the existing Hebrew full stops, with a few isolated exceptions. A product of meticulous labour and unwearying attention, the Old Testament verse divisions stand today in essentially the same places as they have been passed down since antiquity. Most attribute these to Rabbi Isaac Nathan ben Kalonymus's work for the first Hebrew Bible concordance around 1440.[2]

The first person to divide New Testament chapters into verses was Italian Dominican biblical scholar Santi Pagnini (1470–1541), but his system was never widely adopted.[3] Robert Estienne created an alternate numbering in his 1551 edition of the Greek New Testament [4] which was also used in his 1553 publication of the Bible in French. Estienne's system of division was widely adopted, and it is this system which is found in almost all modern bibles.

The first English New Testament to use the verse divisions was a 1557 translation by William Whittingham (c. 1524-1579). The first Bible in English to use both chapters and verses was the Geneva Bible published shortly afterwards in 1560. These verse divisions soon gained acceptance as a standard way to notate verses, and have since been used in nearly all English Bibles and the vast majority of those in other languages.

Charissa said...

Hello! I am wondering... Did you, some time ago, have a blog that was under the name of "John the Evangelist?" I feel like it had a yellow background, but could be wrong on that... It was so long ago. Anyway, I remember I was a pretty young kid and was attempting a debate via email with somebody who called themselves John the evangelist. You are the only one I can find who calls themselves that so far... The person I was talking to had posted something about Seventh-day Adventists, I think, because that is what I was debating with them. We talked back and forth for quite a while. Anyway... I was raised Seventh-day Adventist and, at the time, was trying to get the person to see that they were teaching what I believed at the time was error. Anyway... I just wanted to find this person again because I am now 25 years old and have been studying Catholicism for some time and I am coming into the Church this year at the Easter vigil. I thought it would be awesome to track that person down and let him know that I didn't turn out so bad :) So I was just wondering if you were him...


Charissa said...

Oops, I forgot to check the box to email follow up comments :) Just making another post so I can do it!

John Michael said...

Hello Charissa,

I am sorry, but it is not me. What a beautiful story you have. Welcome home!

God bless,
John Michael

Charissa said...

Aw, man! Ok well you do have a nice blog by the way :) I liked it very much. I like the Miraculous Medal too! Some people in my church think it is so funny because I am the only person they know who is not even yet confirmed in the Church but is so into apologetically lol... Truly, I LOVE the Catholic Church! It is all I think about. I am in college and if I could change my major to "Catholic Church," I would do it, haha

John Michael said...

Hello Charissa,

You really have me wondering. I actually started this blog as John the Evangelist, then quickly changed the name after realizing it was to prideful. That name shows up for maybe one or two post back in July of 2007 when the blog was started. I didn't find a comment by you. However, I do remember writing someone about apologetics. Maybe it was you?

God bless,
John Michael

Maybe if you could remember what was debated. If you want you can call. I will leave the number up for a few days.

John Michael said...

Me again Charissa,

My wife confirmed that it was me. How did you find or remember this site?

God be praised!

I checked. I never wrote about the Seventh Day Adventists. The email you sent, I remember thinking. . . "Why is she emailing me and how would she know that I am able to answer her?"

Maybe, I made a comment on some other blog that got your attention? ? ?

Well, I know many rosaries were said for you. Now, we will have to resume them.

May Our Mother richly bless and reveal the special mission she has for you.

Charissa said...

Oh wow!!! Yay! I'm so happy I found you lol! 2007? Wow, I felt like it was longer ago than that... But that makes sense because it was summer 2007 when I returned from a long term mission trip overseas. I think I was really in arguing my faith at that time... But it was very shortly after (December, I think) that I came across another website that exposed errors about the SDA "prophet" Ellen White. That made me start questioning a lot of things and i did end up leaving the SDA faith about a year later. But then I spent many years without even considering Catholicism, looking for truth that I couldn't find anywhere. I think I was so brainwashed against Catholicism that I didn't even think about it. It wasn't until last year when I met the kindest person I have ever known (a professor who was very considerate and helpful to me when I was having a hard time in her class and in life) and she happened to be Catholic that I began to wonder about it. I thought to myself, "if she is Catholic, then there might be something to it and I want to know what she believes." So I looked into it and there was a lot that I was confused about and couldn't understand, but after finding some truths that were unable to be found in any other church, i knew that the Church must be right about the other things too and I just didn't understand it yet. So I started listening to Catholic radio all the time and reading every Catholic resource I could find to try to understand. For a while I was secretly going to Catholic church because I was afraid of what my family and friends would say. But now I am very openly Catholic and love to debate things with people and I have some people telling me that that are "getting very worried about me..." That makes me feel like a real small scale apologist lol. I also met someone on Facebook who was a former Adventist and is now Catholic and she helped me a LOT in the beginning when i had questions about the Church.

Awww.... Thanks for all the rosaries being said for me! You know, i never knew so many people who would pray for people they don't even know until I became Catholic! It was amazing to me when I found that out. As an SDA I did not have a very devoted prayer life. I tried to, but it was hard for me because I don't always know what to say and pre-written prayers were so frowned upon for some reason. But now I love to go to the tabernacle and pray... Sometimes I still don't know what to say, but I am in his real presence and I don't think he minds silent adoration :)

Also, guess what... I even make rosaries now! My priest who I always ask to bless them always says I do some of the best work. Not to brag, but it makes me feel good. I really like to make rosaries for people. It makes me feel like I am doing something for the Church since I can't be that involved until I am confirmed. Although I am more involved than many others in my RCIA, I think because I talk to the pastors a lot and they know I am grounded and committed to joining the Church. I am already in choir and a cantor and I also already go to confession. God has led me to a parish where I am blessed to have been able to already feel like I have become a part of and to get much more involved than i would have elsewhere... I think he knew I would need that :)

Hey, if you have an email or a Facebook, I could show you some pictures of my rosaries!

Oh, and the way I found you... It was very hard to find you because there are a lot of churches named John the Evangelist Catholic Church! But I somehow found another website that listed many Catholic websites along with the names of the people who ran them and yours said "John the Evangelist" next to it, so I followed that link here!

John Michael said...

What a beautiful story.

I would absolutely love to see your rosaries.

My email is

Here is my FB.

I don't really use it much at all.

Charissa said...

I sent you an email and a friend request! :)