Properties of the number 1000
Symbol of multitude.
Evoke a very long time according to the Bible. It is often used also to specify an indefinite quantity.
The Fathers of the Church saw in the number 1000 "the totality of the generations and the perfection of the life".
Have a paradisiac meaning, it is the immortality of the happiness.
According to the Talmudic tradition, thousand is the symbol of the imperishable doctrine.
The two witnesses of the Revelation have the power among others to strike the whole world of 1000 plagues. (Rv 11,6)
The reign of a thousand years in the Revelation. (Rv 20)
In some biblical translations other than the Bible of Jerusalem, it is written that if anyone requires you to walk 1000 steps, walk 2000 steps with him. (Mt 5,41)
For its punishment, a city of 1000 men will be reduced to 100. (Am 5,3)
The increase of 1 to 1000 will characterize the Messianic time. (Is 60,22)
Whether your life lasts ten or a hundred or a thousand years, its length will not be held against you in Sheol. (Si 41,7)
In the Tower of David are suspended 1000 bucklers. (Sg 4,4)
The fruit of the vineyard of Solomon would cost 1000 shekels of silver. (Sg 8,11)
Thousand years are like one day. (Ps 84,11)
The alliance that God concludes with Abraham was valid for 1000 generations. (Ps 105,8)
It is on the altar of Gibeon where Solomon offered 1000 holocausts that he asked God to give him the wisdom. (1 K 3,4)
David is established by Saul chief of 1000 men. (1 S 18,13)
We count 1000 persons who perish in the citadel of Shechem. (Jg 9,49)
Samson killed 1000 men with a jawbone of a donkey. (Jg 15,16)
Abimelech gives to Abraham 1000 pieces of money in compensation. (Gn 20,16)
One day the Christ told to saint Brigitte of Sweden, who lived from 1303 to 1373: "My daughter, the one who, with will and faith, reads these five words: «Jesus, have mercy of me», pleases me more than the one who read abstractedly thousand verses of the Bible."
It is the number of years that should have lived Adam if he had not sinned. According to the Bible, it would be dead at the age of 930 years old (Gn 5,4).
The thousand guardian angels that had the Virgin Mary in the beginning her terrestrial life: 900 ordinary angels (100 of each chorus), 12 other angels in the corporal form, 18 ambassador angels and 70 seraphs, according to the visions of Mary Agreda.
According to the Talmud, the Torah concerns thousand generations, but it would have been revealed to Israel only at the 26th generation of the history of the world, that is to say starting from Adam. It is Moses that, at the 26th generation of the world, receives the Torah transmitted by God.
Referring to the power of Allah gone down of night on Muhammad, the Koran declares that "the Night of Power is better than a thousand months!" (Koran 97,3)
The Sahasrara Chakra located at the top of the head is called the lotus with the 1000 petals. Some esoteric texts mention in fact that there is on the whole 972.
The 1000 Makâ Yougas, or great ages, of which would be composed each "kalpas", the great cosmic cycles, according to an Indian belief.
According to ancient texts, it is question of the "thousand gods of Hatti", indicating a polytheism very developed at the Hittites.
The papyrus of Leyde has "thousand songs to Amon".
An eastern ritual dating of 700 years after J.-C. describes Manjusri which has 1000 arms, holding 1000 bowls, each one containing 1000 sakyamuni.
In the mathematical base seven, 1000 is the number following 666, the number of the Beast of the Revelation.
Annick of Souzenelle points out that Raphael, in Hebrew, is translated by the "divine doctor" and that Raph, is the "doctor" having as numerical value 1000 = 200 + 800, that is to say "the reconquered unit with the recovery".
The numerical value of Hebrew word QTz meaning "the end", and ThM meaning complete or perfect, gives each one 1000.
The number 1000 is used 94 times in the Bible - 84 times in the OT and 10 times in the NT.
The number 1000 is used 4 times in the Koran. (Koran VIII,66, VIII,67, XXII,46 and XCVII,3)
Last modification: December 19, 1998