Properties of the number 24
Represent the wheel of the rebirths, according to R. Allendy. It is the cyclic mechanism of the nature, 4, linked to the cosmic differentiation, 20, in the harmonious balance of the creation - 2 + 4 = 6.
Represent the combination of the aware individuality and mistress of all his energies with the Cosmos developing its complete harmony, according to Warrain.
Symbol of the double harmony of the sky and the earth.
Saint Jerome sees in this number the multiplication of the four elements - the earth, the water, the air and the fire - by the six days of the creation.
Twenty four is the number of letters of the alphabet that we find in the four Gospels.
The Christ in the Gospels achieves 33 miracles of which 24 were cures.
The 24 Elders sat on 24 thrones. (Rv 4,4)
Number of chapters of the Gospel of Luke.
The 24 classifications of priests and cantors. (1 Ch 24,1-19; 1 Ch 25,9-31)
In the war led to Gath against Philistines, a warrior of great size had six fingers to each hand and to each foot, giving 24 fingers on the whole. (2 S 21,20; 1 Ch 20,6)
It is the habit to represent the crown of the Virgin with 24 florets, containing six flowers (lily, crocus, violet, rose, sunflower, camomile), six stars and twelve precious stones borrowed from the Revelation and the Pectoral of Aaron.
It is at the age of 24 years old that Jesus entered in Perse, according to the Gospel of the Aquarius.
Saint Ann was 24 years old when she taken as husband saint Joachim. They were the parent of the Virgin Mary, according to visions of Mary Agreda.
Twenty four is the number of biblical books of the Old Testament - Hebrews and Protestants. This number is obtained by counting for only one book the twelve minor prophets, as well as Judges, Kings, Ezra, Chronicles - each one being generally divided in two books. It is also the calculation of the Talmud of Babylon.
The Chaldeans distinguished, apart from the zodiacal circle, 24 stars including 12 southern and 12 boreal, and they called them the "Judges of the universe".
According to the Gospel of Thomas, 24 prophets appeared in Israel before the arrival of the Jesus Christ. (log 52.2)
The Egyptians discovered, 25 years before our era, that the monkey urinated regularly 24 times per day.
Japanese, the Perse and the Chinese divide the year into 24 parts of 15 days.
It is the number of grains that can have the Chinese chain of Buddhist origin.
The 24 tirthankaras, or perfect saints, of the Jainism.
In the Greek mythology, the giant Alcyoneus crushes under a rock 24 companions of Hercules before to be transpierced by an arrow of Athena.
According to the Zend-Avesta, Zervane, the time without milestone, had produced two great gods, Ormaz and Ahriman; the first, pure being and good by excellence, creative word, principle of life, symbolized by the light; the other, impure and perverse, destructive word, principle of death, symbolized by darkness. After having created his celestial army, to direct it, Ormaz created 24 gods (Yazatas or celestial spirits) whom he placed in an egg, in order to communicate to them an invincible energy in a powerful divine incubation. Ahriman retaliated immediately by producing 24 opposite spirits (demons or daevas) which pierced the egg and entailed under their standards half of the rebellious phalanges to the yoke of the good principle.
The 24 runes of the runic alphabet which each one has a divinatory senses and a magical power.
The twenty four hours of the circadian cycle of meridian lines, dividing the day into equal period. The hours are of Egyptian origin, but the equinoctial hour (60 minutes) is Greek. Formerly among the Egyptians and Romans, the length of the hours varied according to the season.
The human body is composed of 24 elements, whose hydrogen and oxygen are the most abundant with 63% and 25.5% respectively.
The thoracic cage of the human body is formed of 24 coasts.
The pure gold is called gold of 24 carats.
Anniversary of marriage: earthenware weddings.
The number 24 is used 20 times in the Bible.
The number 600 is used 24 times in the Bible.
The Revelation of John uses on the whole 24 different numbers, that are numbers 1 to 12, 24, 42, 80, 144, 666, 1000, 1260, 1600, 7000, 12000, 144000 and 200000000. However, we find in the Revelation the expression "ten thousand times ten thousand" (Rv 5,11) to mean a number immensely high or innumerable. If we consider it then as a potential number, the total numbers used in the Revelation is not 24 but well 25. But in the NRSV, the number 80 in the Revelation does not exist: instead of "80 pounds", it is rather "talent" (Rv 16,21). In revelations of Maria Valtorta, Jesus declares concerning these numbers that "in times to come will shine the truth on the numbers still obscure written in the Revelation, numbers which are there to indicate the Perfection and the infinite Sanctity, and also the Impiety without measure".
The number 7 is used 24 times in the Koran.
The word judges is used 24 times in the NT and the word lamb, 24 times in the Revelation. In the Gospel of saint John, the words water and spirit are used 24 times.
Last modification: December 19, 1998