Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The number 23409: Man Wearing 'Jesus Saves' Bib is saved by a Man Named Jesus

And now for some very weird news: a man wearing a "Jesus Saves" bib during a marathon race collapses due to a heart attack, and is saved by a man named Jesus who gave him CPR:

The man named Jesus was Jesus "Jesse" Bueno, who is a certified nurse anesthologist. The man, Tyler Moon, had suffered a heart attack, and is lucky to be alive. See Man wearing 'Jesus Saves' race bib collapses, is given CPR by a man named Jesus for the full story.

So this is what is called a "coincidence" or a case of synchronicity.  But, according to Swedenborg, there is no such thing as randomness or coincidences, all things that manifest in the natural world originate from the spiritual world. Or as Jesus said, A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven (John 3:27).

So that is what seems to be the end of the story.  But notice the number 23,409. That number happens to be an interesting number - the number 23,409 is the sum of the cubes of the first 17 positive integers. I created a spreadsheet with formulas just to confirm this for sure:


If we look at the spiritual symbolism of the number 17, in the spiritual sense it represents the beginning and end of temptation, as explained in detail in Heavenly Arcana by Emanuel Swedenborg. For proof, the flood of Noah represents a period of temptation and there are several dates that happen on the 17th of the month (see Gen. 7:11, 8:4).  Joseph is also seventeen years old when his brothers decide to kill him (Gen. 37) but instead he is sold into slavery. Jacob, believing his son to be dead, finds out he is alive in Egypt many years later. Similar to the man collapsing from a heart attack in the race does not die but survives. For a summary of the spiritual meaning of numbers see The Spiritual Meaning of Numbers.

The number 23,409 is the sum of the cubes of the numbers 1 through 17. If we sum up the numbers 1 through 17, the result is 153.  And the number 153 appears in the Bible related to salvation from Jesus:
So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them (John 21:11)
It signifies salvation from Jesus as he commanded his disciples, who were fishermen, to become "fishers of men." The number 153 appears in the geometry of the ichthus (fish) symbol of Christianity, otherwise known as the Vesica Pisces. For details see the earlier post written back in 2009: Sacred Christian Geometry - the Seed of Life.


  1. There it is again! The all important 17! See this blog post by Christopher Knowles:

    1. Christopher Knowles does publish a lot of interesting articles on his blog, unfortunately I cannot find the link, page is missing.


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