“And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”
“And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.”
“Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.”
2 Samuel 5:4
“David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.”
1 kings 11:42
“And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.”
2 kings 12:1
“In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign; and forty years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.”
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
The meaning of number 40 is completion and testing.
Israel was in the wilderness for 40 years for reasons that included proving or testing, in which they failed.
There are 40 years of testing in the book of Judges (3:11; 5:31; 8:28), and Israel has 40 years of peace and prosperity on various occasions, but they drifted back into idolatry and rebellion.
Israel was also given 40 years of punishment (Judges 13:1).
And a few kings of Israel reigned for 40 years (II Sam 5:4; I Kings 11:42; II Kings 12:1).
number 40 = composite number 27 “riddles” חידה
Israel was 40 years in the desert after spending 430 years in Egypt from when Jacob and his twelve sons moved into Egypt.
I discovered a clear reference to this in verse number 40 (Gen 2:9), since adding the values of the first & last words = 430.
And its center word = 23 “riddles” חידות (r) = “puzzle” תצרף (r).
Here is verse number 40 of the Hebrew Bible with an English translation table on the left side:
In this verse we see the value of words ordered at 6 & 7 is 50 “holy” קדוש (ord) & 160 “codes” קודים. Added gives = 210 “seven seven seven” (Eng rev ord).
We even see Triangle 23 “riddles” (Heb red) x2 times here as a word (276). And a word order 14 “Golden” זהב has a value of 428 “riddles” חידות.
Another meaning of the number 40 is seen when we understand that it connects to the value of “Bible codes” (Eng red).
40 = “Bible” תנ”ך (rev sta) = “codes” κωδικες (rev red).
The letter ordered at 777 by rotation when counting in cycles by the number of letters in Genesis 1:1 has the value of 40 “Bible codes” (E r).
And the word ordered at 777 by rotation when counting in cycles by the number of words in Genesis 1:1 has the value of 296 “Bible codes” (E o+s).
40 = His Heart לבבו [Ezr 7:10] — wisdom and knowledge חכמה ומדע (r) — light/Bright/lightsמאור [Job 38:15] — riddle(s) of God אל חידה (o)
Miracle אלט — Spotted טלא tala — Diamond יהלם (o) number פקד (o) — Spoil גזל gazal — Sorrows חבל chebel — Abhor בחל bacha
In the beginning (H & G r)
the Alpha and Phi in האלפא ואת פיב(r) — Torah codes צפני תורה (r) — and ואת (ro) — the seal of God σφραγις θεου (r) — preach ευαγγελιζω (r)
the breastplate of judgement חשן משפט (r) — Universe riddle συμπαν αινιγμα (r)
the Torah riddle(s) חידה התורה (r) — Proton Πρωτονιο (r)
the Ark κιβωτος (rr) — Count ψηφισατω (rr) — the heaven ο ουρανος (rr) — faith πιστις (rr) — Neutron Νετρονιο (rr)
minister/To present επιχορηγεω (rr) — the Universe το συμπαν (rr) — Bible תנ”ך (rs) — codes κωδικες (rr) — seventy and three ושלשה שבעים (rr)
Messiah משיח (ro) — Earth/Land γη (ro) — light/the light φωτος (rs)