Perfect Numbers are Attached to People and Civilization in Surprising Ways. First, what are perfect numbers? In number theory, a perfect number is a positive integer. It is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors. Of course, that excludes the number itself. Look below. The 1st four perfect numbers are 6, 28, 496, and 8128. Euclid knew of these numbers. He generated the formula.
Euclid proved that 2p−1(2p − 1) is an even perfect number whenever 2p − 1 is prime (Euclid, Prop. IX.36).
For example, the first four perfect numbers are generated by the formula 2p−1(2p − 1), with p a prime number, as follows:
for p = 2: 21(22 − 1) = 6
for p = 3: 22(23 − 1) = 28
for p = 5: 24(25 − 1) = 496
for p = 7: 26(27 − 1) = 8128.
Perfect numbers become incredibly high quite quickly. The point is they are quite sparse in the number scheme. The first three (6,28 and 496) make surprising appearances. Let’s begin with number 28.
Perfect Numbers Explain the Use of the Lunar Calendar
It takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes for our Moon to complete one full orbit around Earth. This is called the sidereal month. It is measured by our Moon’s position relative to distant “fixed” stars. However, about 29.5 days to complete one cycle from new Moon to new Moon. The average of the two lunar cycles is about 28 days. The solar days of the year are not a perfect number. Human hands we have a perfect 28 total. Explained in the picture below.
The 10th Emanation on the Tree of Life Uses 496
In Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. The doubling of letters and numbers is still called by the Greek name, gematria. The Tree of Life has 10 emanations. They are represented by 10 circles. The 10th is called Makuth. This translates to “Kingdom.” Malkuth has a gematria of 496. By using this 3rd perfect number (496), the intent is that our Creator sought perfection in Creation. This word is used throughout the Bible.
Perfect numbers are few and far between. Here is a list of the first seven. Discoverer and the dates of discovery are included. The source is Wikopedia. By the time you are up to the 7th number, you’re into the hundred billions. The first four were known in Biblical times.
Perfect numbers are positive integers that are equal to the sum of their positive divisors. Six is the smallest. Greeks only knew the first four. Only the first four are less than 10,000. It is well known how the ancients used the first two numbers.
Six (6). Its divisors are 1,2 and 3. Add them together as 1 + 2 + 3 = 6.
Twenty-eight (28). Its divisorsare 1,2,4,7 and 14. Add them together 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14 = 28.
Here’s how it ties into the Bible. God created the world in six days. He had perfection in mind. The lunar cycle was the basis of most ancient calendars. It has a 28 day cycle. So where is the thrid number, 496?
The Perfect Number Found in the Hebraic Tree of Life is 496, Here’s Where and How
The 10th emanation on the Hebraic Tree of Life is called Malkuth (kingdom). In Hebrew letters it is the bottom circle of the figure below. In Hebrew letters double as numbers. They were not represented by separate symbols as in English. Thus, on the lowest circle, the five letters are mem (40), lamed (30), koph (20) vav (6) and tav (400). Total them, 40 + 30 + 20 + 6 + 400 = 496. God’s kingdom is perfect. Its bottom circle is often pictured quartered. This represents the equality of the “four” elements of antiquity. Their balance was a key to keeping the order in civilization. Any one element should not be emphasized over another. That represents equality of everyone as stated by our own U.S. constitution.
Now divide the perfect 496 by the 4 elements. The quotient is 124. Each element represents the essence of 124. In Hebrew, Eden, referring to the garden of God, is spelled-Original Word: עֵ֫דֶן. Ayin is 70; dalet is 4 and nun is 50 = 124. Where there is balance, in a perfect state of co-existence, there is Paradise.