Matot-Masei –Number 42

42 Letters

The first 42 letters in Torah is understood by the Kabbalists as the 42 letters of God:

English Number of letters Hebrew Gematria
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen 1:1) 28 בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ 2701
Now the earth was unformed and void…(Gen 1:2) 14 וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹ 1141
  42 3842


The first verse conceals the secret of Mashiach who is called the “power” of God and “wisdom” of God (1 Cor 1:24). This is because “power” כֹחַ in gematria is 28, alluding to the 28 letters of the verse, and “wisdom” חָכְמָה in gematria is 73, and the triangle number of 73 is 2701, exactly the gematria of the 28 letters:

Power כֹחַ 28
Wisdom חָכְמָה 73


The name of God in creation is Elohim אֱלֹהִים, the gematria is 86, the process of creation can be understood as the triangle number of 86, i.e. the sum of all integers from 1 to 86, as follows:

∆86 = 1 + 2 + 3 + … + 84 + 85 + 86 = 3741

Adding the “wisdom” and “power” of God by which the world was created:

3741 + 101 = 3842

This is exactly the gematria of the first 42 letters of Torah, the secret of creation.


42 Journeys

Parashat Masei is technically the last portion of Torah (as Deuteronomy is the repetition of Torah) and concludes with the 42 places in the wilderness, connecting back to the 42 letters in the beginning of Torah:

אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם—לְצִבְאֹתָם These are the stages of the children of Israel, by which they went forth out of the land of Egypt by their hosts… (Num 33:1)


Astonishingly, the gematria of above 37 letters (9 words) is also 2701, which is exactly the gematria of the first verse of Torah, as above, that is, the end is wedged in the beginning.

The fact that there are 37 letters in above verse means the average number of each letter is 2701 / 37 = 73, which is the mirror image of 37.

37 is the gematria of Yechidah יְחִידָה, which is the secret of Mashiach, as discussed at length before.

Focusing on the first four words:

אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל These are the stages of the children of Israel… (Num 33:1)


The gematria is 819, which is the same gematria of “Times of Mashiach” יְמוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ, thus connecting the dimension of space (42 places) with the dimension of time (times of Mashiach).

Abraham was born in Year 1948 from Adam and King David was born in Year 2854 from Adam according to rabbinical reckoning, the duration in time is 906 years.

906 years from the birth of King David is Hebrew year 3760 which is year 1 CE, the year when Mashiach was born according to tradition.

Year 1948 906 Years Interval Year 2854 906 Years Interval Year 3760
Birth of Abraham Birth of King David Birth of Mashiach


906 is the gematria of “YHVH has established Zion” יְהוָה יִסַּד צִיּוֹן (Isaiah 14:32) when the final Nun is elevated to 700 in gematria instead of 50.

YHVH establishes Zion by the coming of Mashiach, “establish” יִסַּד is the same root as Yesod יְסוֹד, and Zion צִיּוֹן are Joseph יוֹסֵף are the same in gematria (156), the secret of the 6th Sefirah, corresponding to the 42nd day of counting the Omer, when “Malchut within Yesod” מַלְכוּת שֶׁבִּיסוֹד is recited, meaning: the union of Bride within the Bridegroom, the gematria is 828, which is exactly the gematria of Mashiach spelled out, as follows:

Mashiach מָשִׁיחַ  
Mashiach spelled out מם שין יוד חית 878



42 Generations

There are exactly 42 generations from Abraham to Mashiach, according to Mat 1:17, corresponding to the 42nd day of counting the Omer.

So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the carrying away (exile) to Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away (exile) to Babylon unto the Mashiach are fourteen generations (Mat 1:17)


The formula is 3 x 14 = 42, and 14 is the gematria of Yad יָּד, hand, i.e. the three hands of God that redeemed the children of Israel from the bondage in Egypt, as follows:

Great hand וַיַּרְא יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-הַיָּד הַגְּדֹלָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהוָה בְּמִצְרַיִם And Israel saw the great hand which the LORD did upon the Egyptians (Ex 14:31)
Mighty hand וְהַיָּד הַחֲזָקָה וְהַזְּרֹעַ   הַנְּטוּיָה, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִאֲךָ, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee

out…(Deu 7:19)

High hand וּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, יֹצְאִים בְּיָד רָמָה for the children of Israel went out with a high hand. (Ex 14:8)


The “great hand” is the right hand, which is Loving Kindness; the “mighty hand” is the left hand, which is Judgment, and the “high hand” is Beauty, which the third hand, which is the torso that balances the right hand with the left hand.

The extension of the torso is the site of circumcision, the Sefirah of Yesod.

It is now clear that from Abraham to David is the ascent to Loving Kindness (Chesed); and from David to the exile of Babylon is the descent to Judgment (Gevurah); and finally, from the exile of Babylon to the Mashiach is the unification of the dichotomy in Beauty (Tiferet), manifested as Foundation (Yesod), i.e. Mashaich ben Yosef.

In the hand of YHVH בְּיַד-יְהוָה in gematria is 42, and the hand manifests as the great hand, mighty hand, and high hand, corresponding to the 3 x 14 generations, as follows:

Great hand יָּד הַגְּדֹלָה 61 Abraham אַבְרָהָם 248
Mighty hand  יָּד הַחֲזָקָה 139 David דָּוִד 14
High hand יָד רָמָה 259 Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ 358
  459 620


459 + 620 = 1079, which is exactly the gematria of the four key names in the genealogy:

Abraham אַבְרָהָם 248
David דָּוִד 14
Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah יְכָנְיָהוּ בֶן-יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה 454
The Mashiach הַמָּשִׁיחַ 363


Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah is the King at the time of exile to Babylon (Jeremiah 24:1), which is the 28th (14 x 2) generation from Abraham according to Mat 1:17.

1079 is exactly the gematria of the Hebrew phrase “forty-two” אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁתַּיִם, i.e. the forty-two generations of the Mashiach.

Astonishingly, the first three key names for the 28 generations in gematria is 363, which is exactly the gematria of The Mashiach הַמָּשִׁיחַ, i.e. juxtaposing the Mashiach that is to come:

Abraham אַבְרָהָם 248
David דָּוִד 14
Jeconiah יְכָנְיָהוּ 101


If we remove the prefix Hey from Mashiach from the four key names of the genealogy, the gematria of 1079 is reduced to 1074, which is 3 x 358, the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ.

The 42 places in the wilderness are each prefixed with a Mem (from) and Beit (to), the gematria of מ”ב is 42, when this model is applied to the 42 generations of Mashiach:

Chesed 14 From Abraham To David מֵאַבְרָהָם בַדּוּד 304
Gevurah 14 From David To the Exile of Babylon מִדָּוִד בַּגָּלוּת בָּבֶל 529
Tiferet 14 From the Exile of Babylon To Mashiach מְגָּלוּת בָּבֶל בִּמְשִׁיחַ 873
  42 1706


1706 = 853 x 2, where 853 is the mirror image of 358, which is the gematria of Mashiach מָּשִׁיחַ.

The 42 generations is the also the secret of spelling out the name of YHVH, as follows:

  Number of letters Hebrew letters
The name YHVH 4 יהוה
First spelling out 10 יוד הי ויו הי
Second spelling out 28 יוד ויו דלת הי יוד ויו יוד ויו הי יוד


Astonishingly, this model is exactly how the genealogy of Yeshua was arranged, in that there are 14 generations from Abraham to David, and 28 generations from David to Mashiach.

The initial letter of the three names spell the name Adam אָדָם, for Mashiach is called the last Adam.

Abraham אַבְרָהָם 248
David דָּוִד 14
Mashiach מָשִׁיחַ 358


Now Abraham is the 20th generation from Adam, it follows that Mashiach is the 62nd generation from Adam, with 620 being 10 times 62, and 62 being the mirror image of 26, the gematria of YHVH, fittingly.


Space, Time and Soul

The soul of a Hebrew letter is its vowel.

According to the Kabbalists, there are 5 primary vowel groups and their written forms in gematria add up to exactly 42, as follows:

Name Vowel Written Form Gematria
Cholam “o” אוֹ 7
Chataf and Kamatz “a” אָה 6
Tzeire and Segol “e” אֵי 11
Chirik “i” אִי 11
Shuruk “u” אוּ 7


The secret of the vowels is that of descending and ascending. Cholam in written form has the “dot” at the top, and Chirik in written form has the “dot” at the bottom, and the intermediate Shuruk in written form has the “dot” descending and ascending on the vertical Vav, i.e. the ladder.

The redemption is that of the ascending, and the birth of Mashiach is that of descending, all in accordance with the number 42.

The 42 places in the wilderness is the start of the first redemption in the dimension of space, and the 42 months in the wilderness (Rev 11:2, 12:6, 13:5) is the completion of the final redemption in the dimension of time, the intermediate is Mashiach descending through the 42 generations in the dimension of the soul:

42 journeys אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁנַיִם מַסָּעוֹת 1305
42 generations אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁנַיִם דּׂרוֹת 1339
42 months אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁנַיִם חֳדָשִׁים 1091


The average number is: 3735 / 3 = 1245, which is exactly the gematria of: “these are the genealogy of the Mashiach” אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ.

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