Summary: Surprisingly a time period of 40 (days, weeks, years) is significant. The information below is from Nave’s Topical Bible. Each period of 40 units is related to testing, probation or being tried. Also, notice each period ends with a time or item of blessing.
From Nave’s Topical Bible remarkable coincidences in the number 40.
– 40 days of rain, at the time of the Flood Genesis 7:17
– Noah sending forth the raven after 40 days Genesis 8:6-7
– 40 days for embalming after the death of Jacob Genesis 50:3
– 40 days off fasting by MosesExodus 24:18; 34:28; Deuteronomy 9:9,25
– 40 days off fasting by By Elijah 1 Kings 19:8
– Spies spent 40 days in reconnaissance in the land of promise Numbers 13:25
– Nineveh will be overthrown after 40 days Jonah 3:4
– Fasting by Jesus Matthew 4:2
– Christ’s appears for 40 days after the resurrection Acts 1:3
– Symbolism of the siege and exiles Ezekiel 4:6
– Wandering in the wilderness for 40 years Exodus 16:35; Numbers 14:34
– 40 years of peace in Israel Judges 3:11; 5:31; 8:28
– Egypt to be desolated for 40 years Ezekiel 29:11
– 40 years for Israel to be restored after Ezekiel 29:13
– 40 stripes administered in punishing criminals Deuteronomy 25:3; 2 Corinthians 11:24
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