Introduction: Isaiah 61:3 - God Will Replace Joy For Misery“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness: that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”
As many of you know, I've been seeing the number 613 repeatedly for more than two years now, since approximately December 2014. Today, after many months of soul-searching and much time spent researching the problem of human trafficking, I believe I understand what God is trying to tell me with this number. Essentially, it is a promise and a warning.
- There are 613 commandments in the Torah. When we bind ourselves to them, and do our best to keep them, God saves us. When we abandon the Torah, and God's teaching, then we see (God forbid) the reverse happening in the world.
- The number 316, the obverse, is associated with the rebellion against God: When we rebel, God punishes us by letting evil proliferate. Those who traffic in children believe they can attain power in this world while denying God Himself. And when the world follows them and denies the existence of God, human slaves suffer the untold horrors of such animals.
Here is some evidence to substantiate my theory about 613 and human trafficking.
316 - Human Trafficking BEFORE It Is Resolved
Suffering of Victims
- $31.6 billion business worldwide
- 316 is the average number of runaway youth per month; runaways are a target for human trafficking
Involvement of Law Enforcement
Outreach to Prevent and Recognize
- 316 is area code of Kansas Center for Combating Human Trafficking
- 316 is in the URL of the website for the Mississippi State Dept. of Health - Human Trafficking Resources
- 316 is in the phone number of the Human Trafficking Task Force - Episcopal Diocese of New York
- 316 was the date of an outreach event on United Nations television regarding human trafficking last year
Academic Research to Help Stop The Problem316 is the page number of many articles about human trafficking - either starting or ending:
- Fong, R., & Berger Cardoso, J. (2010). Child human trafficking victims: Challenges for the child welfare system. Evaluation and Program Planning, 33, 311-316.
- Cwikel J., Hoban E. (2005). Contentious issues in research on trafficked women working in the sex industry: Study designs, ethics and methodology. Journal of Sex Research, 42, 306–316.
- "A Perpetual Cycle of Human Abuse," p. 316 in Protection for Victims of Child Sex Trafficking in the United States: Forging the Gap between U.S. Immigration Laws and Human Trafficking Laws
- 316 is the office address of Professor Laura Murphy, a human trafficking researcher
613 - Human Trafficking AFTER It Is Resolved
- 613 in URL of article about Congress passing legislation for victims of human trafficking
- Tennessee code of law discusses restitution for human trafficking, refers to "History: Acts 2012, Chapter 613, Section 1."
- 613 is in the phone number of Ottawa, Canada Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which provides a comprehensive range of recovery services
- 78.3% of British health professionals (n=613) said they did not have enough training to help trafficked people
All opinions my own.