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Is the number 40 of any special significance to God?

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It just hits me as strange that

 

(1) It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, during the flood.

(2) The Israelits had to stay in the wilderness after they too scared to initaily go into the promised lands for 40 years

(3) Christ was tempted by Satan for 40 days and 40 nights.

 

Is this just a conisidence or is there something to this?

 

Thank you and God Bless.

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I would say the number 40 often represents a generation or times of testing. A good example is that the generation of Israelites that rejected their calling to enter the promise land had to wander in the wilderness, and after 40 years when that first generation had died off, the new generation was able to enter in. Also, when Jesus was speaking to His disciples about the destruction of Jerusalem, He said "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place" Luke 21:32. Jesus made that statement soon before His death on the cross in 31 A.D., and before 40 years could pass, Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. God bless!

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The number 40 in the Bible represents a time of testing and trials. Just saw Revelation already has this explained.

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