The Number of Testimony

The number ten is very familiar to us. After all, we have ten fingers and ten toes. Some suppose that is the reason why our numeric system is based upon ten (e.g. - 10, 20, 30 . . . ). They suppose that our ancestors began by counting on their fingers.

Dr. Edward Vallowe, who prefers to be called Evangelist Ed Vallowe, notes that ten is the number of testimony. Here are some of the scriptures testifying to the Lord's greatness and plan:

We find ten different instances of the Lord Jesus appearing to His followers after His resurrection. Ten is the number of testimony. Ten times there were people who would testify that Jesus had arisen from the dead.

Of the appearances, seven were to at least two people. This is another number of scriptural importance. In order to be considered true, testimony had to be given by at least two witnesses (Deuteronomy 19:15). Also, at the Tomb there were two angels that told the women that Jesus had arisen. At the Ascension of Jesus, two angels appeared to the Disciples, stating, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into Heaven, will come back in the same say you have seen him go into Heaven." (Acts 1:11)

It is interesting, and not coincidental, that of the seven appearances (forming a Menorah design) the fourth appearance, in the Servant Lamp position, was to ten of the disciples gathered together. Please see for more information about Menorah designs.

In addition to the seven appearances to groups of two or more, Jesus also appeared individually to three persons, Peter, James and Paul. (First Corinthians 15:5-8) This brings the total number of appearances to ten, the number of testimony.

We are blessed because we believe this testimony despite not having seen it. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) Praise His name!

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