The Wonderful Numberer of Secrets, Palmoni “That Certain Saint”


In Chapter 8 of Daniel, the Prophet has a most amazing vision!  He is at the River Ulai and meets the Angel Gabriel and one other heavenly being named “that certain saint” in many English translations (8:13).  While I was studying the Book of Daniel, I found this particular story very intriguing, and the Holy Spirit immediately impressed upon me the importance of this saint, so I set out to discover more about him.  What an amazing journey this has been!  Bear with me, for I am anxious to share what I have uncovered . . .


Palmoni appears as a name in the original Hebrew in the book of Daniel 8:13.  The widely used 1611 King James Bible refers to Palmoni indirectly as ‘that certain saint’ . . . ‘or,’ as a marginal note from the translators says, ‘the numberer of secrets, or, the wonderful numberer:  Heb. Palmoni.’

Two 19th-century writers wrote entire books entitled “Palmoni”: Francis John Bodfield Hooper was the author of Palmoni: An Essay of the Chronological and Numerical Systems in Use Among the Ancient Jews (1851) and Milo Mahan penned Palmoni, or, The Numerals of Scripture (1863).

Certainly, most readers of the Bible are aware of the angels Gabriel and Michael, but who is “this certain saint” who appeared to Daniel by the River Ulai?

From the root word “Palmowniy” is derived the name for this certain saint “Palmoni”.  Now, taking this a step further we can look to the Young’s Literal Translation for the specific root term meaning, Daniel 8:13-

And I hear a certain holy one speaking, and a certain holy one saith to the wonderful numberer who is speaking: Till when [is] the vision of the continual [sacrifice], and of the transgression, an astonishment, to make both sanctuary and host a treading down?

This is a major end-times verse, which is absolutely exciting!

Courtesy of the Bible Wheel-

Strong’s Number H6422-

פלמוני palmowniy {pal-mo-nee’} probably for 06423; TWOT – 1772a; pron AV – that certain 1; 1 1) a certain one

Palmoni Strong’s 7140, 6422  פַּלְמֹנִי

Palmoni means ‘Certain one’ a particular, but single indefinite person or thing

The revealing angel is called ‘The Numberer of secrets’ or ‘the wonderful numberer’ / Palmoni (1).  He is the numberer of secrets, for from him there is nothing hidden—the wonderful numberer, so others; his name is called Wonderful.

I will share some more detailed information on this fabulous, mysterious, heavenly being which I found during my research.  Some of this information will seem repetitive, but the importance must be stressed!

Daniel meets Palmoni:

Within his vision Daniel is in the Persian province of Elam, near the city of Shusan (Susa), and adjacent to the River Ulai, a canal about 900’ wide.  Daniel was approximately 69 years old, and the year was 551 to 550 BC.

Quoting from the article “211. Angel Palmoni Bearer of secrets

In Daniel 8:13 we read, ‘Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation,’ etc.? Here, a revelation of a certain future prophetic event was made to Daniel, by a certain saint or holy one, i.e., a holy angel; and ‘another’ angel asked a question concerning numbers—‘How long,’ etc.? The name of ‘that certain saint’ is given in the Hebrew, and is placed in the margin, with its meaning. His name is ‘PALMONI,’ and it means ‘the numberer of secrets, or the wonderful numberer.’”

So that there is one holy angel, at least, whose function has to do with numbers.  Numbers, therefore, and their secrets, hold an important place in the words as well as in the works of God.  “A wonderful numbered” (“PALMONI”) presides over them, and has his place in making known the things of God . . . not only the “days” in which revealed events shall take place are numbered, but the words also themselves are numbered- then we shall have a great and wondrous proof of the Divine, verbal, and even literal inspiration of the Word of God.  ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a thing:  but the honour of kings is to search out a matter’ (Proverbs 25:2).  In searching out, therefore, the secrets of the Word of God, we are doing not only a royal, but an honourable work.

In the book “Signpost of History” by J. Bernard Nicklin, the summary reads-

The prophet Daniel earnestly desired to know the meaning of the times and under the tutelage of Palmoni, the Wonderful Numberer, -The Numberer of Secrets- he was wonderfully blessed with revelations concerning future things.”

From an incredible sermon by Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley entitled “The Numbers of Scripture”-

-we find, the subtitled portion of his sermon called “THE WONDERFUL NUMBERER” in which Dr. Paisley states:

If you have an Authorised Version you will find that the marginal reading is ‘The numberer of secrets, or the wonderful numberer

Here we have an angel of God and the business of that angel, his celestial task, has to do with numbers. He is the Lord’s mathematician. He does the arithmetic of heaven. Oh yes, there is such a thing as heavenly arithmetic. Here is the angel who does the sums. He is God’s celestial calculator and he is called the “wonderful numberer” the “Palmoni” in the Hebrew. You will carefully notice that he numbers secrets. That is what he handles. That is what he traffics in. He traffics in secrets.

Can I learn what these secrets are? Yes I can! And that is what this Bible is. This Bible is a Book of secrets. That is what it is. In Psalm 25, the Lord has something to tell us about secrets. “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant” (Psalm 25:14). So these secret things are in this Book. If I can study this Book alright I will find out the key to the numbers of this Book and I will be finding the key to God’s secret chamber. I tell you, when you get a glimpse and grasp of this key this Book will become a new Book. It will become a living Book. It will become a mysterious Book but its mysteries will be revealed to the one who gets this key.”

For more on this fascinating topic, please refer to my article “His Sacred Secrets Revealed to Modern-Day Disciples” (available upon request) in which it is demonstrated, I believe conclusively, that the Greek word “musterion”, typically translated as “mystery”, actually means “sacred secret”.  Those who receive the key will be privy to these sacred secrets in the end-times- Praise God!


Daniel was a man of immense spiritual depth. He extolled God in a way that reflected his deep convictions. So devoted was he that, by comparison, many Christians today would find it hard to utter similarly sincere expressions from their innermost being (Daniel 9:4).

Daniel knew His God! He trusted Him (Daniel 6:23). He was devoted to Him (vs 4,10). Because of his awe for God, an angel appeared to him and entrusted him with secrets which no other mortal was privy to. They were to be hidden from all until the time of the end, and even then God says He will reveal them only to a select few (Dan 12:9-10). Those few are the ones who stand in awe of their Maker.

In his prophetic book are some remarkable revelations given him because of his holy devotion to his God.  One particular aspect of the nature of God has been concealed in the pages of Daniel’s writings until these last days. Although it has been there all along, it has been hidden from most. It is found in Daniel 8 verse 13.

Belief is tied in completely with willingness to obey, and obedience in the spirit is predicated upon humility. So, you can see why Daniel was privy to some wonderful ‘secrets’ from God. Things which no other mortals were chosen to receive.  The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the works of this law (Deut 29:29).  Obedience from the heart separates the true from the false.

An in-depth review of the book “Palmoni, or The Numerals of Scripture” by M. Mahan has been posted by Ella Rose Mast.  Following are some of her comments but, first, a quote from the book itself:

He created Wisdom, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her upon all His works.  Why else is, He styled PALMONI (Dav. Viii, 13), which is rendered in the margin of our English Bibles, The Numberer of Secrets, or the Wonderful Numberer!

Continuing now with the Mast comments in her review of the Mahan book:

Our author calls his work a ‘free inquiry’, or trying to find a connection between the application of Mystic numbers as a key to Sacred dates.

Through His Prophets, then, YAHWEH alludes to chronological time cycles which are calculated in hours, days, weeks, months and years, in order that the wise among His people may acquire an understanding of the specific timing governing the outworking of the Divine plan and purpose in relation to the past, present, and coming events.

“Daniel had this vision while in captivity in old Babylon while as a young man.  As Daniel wondered and pondered about this vision.  And then he was told that this vision was for the time of the end.  And YAHWEH told His Angels to make it plain to Daniel—this meaning of his vision.” (Daniel 8:19)

We thus concur that Palmoni is the Great Numberer, and when we have a better knowledge of the effect of the numbers, in our understanding of the scriptures we find ourselves more enlightened.

I was wondering if Freemasons might have a lot to say about Palmoni, since they are so deeply into numbers and secrets.  But, in the published literature I found very little.  There is a Scottish Rite lodge in New York state, however, named “Palmoni Lodge”.  In the following article-

– the writer, a 32nd degree Mason, states:  “so while there appears to be superficially no Masonic connection with Palmoni, our Brothers of 1867 were no doubt very familiar with Palmoni and knew and understood the deeper meaning”

So, if the Masons are into the “Secrets” provided by “The Wonderful Numberer” they are certainly not publicizing it!  Here is further confirmation, though, of Palmoni’s great importance.,%20RAY%7C%7C&type=&what=author

Daniel was ‘in the Spirit’ and heard ‘that certain Saint’ who had answers, speak forth from that divine knowledgeIt is evident that God puts much emphasis on numbers and counting.

Indeed He does!  We must all grasp that the Holy Bible has multiple layers and a richness far surpassing any other book, for it is His Word and His alone!

Who Exactly Is This “Certain Saint”?:

To address this question, let’s go back to the commentary by Ella Rose Mast on the classic book “Palmoni, or The Numerals of Scripture” by M. Mahan.  Here are some additional comments:

The numerical value of the word Palmoni has a numbered value of 80-30-40-6-50 and 10, or 216 which is the three times, three times, three multiplied by eight, a most significant combination.  Thus in our English Bible translation we read that Certain Saint, but in the margin we see him listed as the Numberer of Secrets, or the Wonderful Numberer, as if Palmoni were a compound in which is retained the name of Wonderful, a name of Christ as well as Couselor (Daniel 9:13).  Thus we can see the our author and we also repeat that God is a wonderful numberer.  And the sacred Chronology is full of symmetry beauty, and significance even in its numerals.”

According to

Palmoni is a Messianic figure; here is a quote:

In Daniel 8:13, Messiah appears as a Christophany called Palmoni, a name some Bibles annotate as ‘numberer of secrets’ or ‘wonderful numberer,’ (since that is what Palmoni means in Hebrew). The Hebrew letters for Palmoni (yod, nun, vav, mem, lamed, peh) have a gematria of 216, a cube (6³).  The Concordant Version renders this text: ‘Now I am hearing one saint speaking. And saying is one saint to so-and-so, the Speaking One…’  We know from John’s gospel that the Word, or the Logos (Greek), is the One who was in the beginning who made all things (John 1:1-4,14). Very God, He was responsible for bringing every physical thing into existence. He was our very Creator, who also gave Himself as a living sacrifice to bring us to Himself! (John 3:16.)  Called the Word of God, He was the Speaking One of Daniel 8:13. The words ‘so-and-so’ are totally inadequate to express what the Hebrew, Palmoni, was meant to convey.  This conveys one of the most fascinating of all biblical facts – God’s incredible ingenuity, His vast mathematical expertise which He demonstrates for us in His preserved Word

In Daniel 8, Verse 13 the word “saint” is supplied. ‘Certain’ is a combination of two Hebrew words. The first is either pali or pala. The second word is mena. Each are applied in Scripture to the Lord.

pali (“Secret”)
“And the angel of the Lord [Jesus] said unto him, Why askest thou thus my name, seeing it is secret?” Judges 13:18. pala (“Wonderful”)
“And his [Jesus’] name shall be called Wonderful.” Isaiah 9:6.
+ mena (“Numberer”)
“Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom.” Daniel 5:26.

The margin says, “Heb. Palmoni, the numberer of secrets, or, the wonderful numberer.” This is undoubtedly a reference to Jesus. Therefore, the question asked in Daniel 8:13 is addressed to Jesus, and Jesus is the one who gives the answer in Daniel 8:14.  ‘How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?’  The question, ‘How long,’ is actually, ‘Until when . . . ?’  This question, asked by a heavenly being, shows the intensity of the interest expressed by all heaven in the success of Christ’s work for man. Angels themselves could not help but wonder how long the little horn would be permitted to suppress the truth about the mediatorial work of Jesus.

The number 216 is the perimeter value of the 73rd triangle whose area is 2701, the gematria of the first verse of the Bible.

In the Authorised King James Bible with margin notes, there is a marker against ‘that certain saint‘. The margin note reads: Palmoni, or, the numberer of secrets, or, the wonderful numberer. The word ‘Palmoni’ is the transliteration of a mysterious Hebrew word that cannot be translated. This word is a strange amalgamation of two other Hebrew words meaning ‘wonderful’ and ‘to number or count’. JESUS CHRIST is that certain saint PALMONI, the WONDERFUL NUMBERER.

The English gematria* of PALMONI is 70 + 1 + 30 + 40 + 60 + 50 + 9 = 260

At a glance we can see immediately that this figure 260 can be expressed as 10 x 26. Gematria is based on the assignment of numbers to the letters of the alphabet and in our numbering system we have 10 digits (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) and 26 letters in the alphabet. How marvelous it is that the gematria of PALMONI expresses the fundamental concept of gematria and that the word means WONDERFUL NUMBERER.

*My Note- this is not the “A = 1 . . . Z = 26” style of English Gematria utilized by many authors

The number 216 is very important in sacred texts as it is the Hebrew gematria for Palmoni, ‘the numberer of secrets’ and ‘the wonderful numberer’

Interesting that 216, as 6 x 6 x 6, has often been considered as a potential “anti-christ number”.  Certainly, it might well be, but after all satan is the ultimate copycat!  It is obvious that the number 216, for Palmoni who is Jesus Christ, is a God number first and foremost!  Praise God!


As John wrote in Revelation 19:10, Jesus continually leaves His seal of ownership upon what He gives His servants. The prophetic gifts are always at work where He is.  Such ‘secrets’, however, are only privy to a few who are open – like always, only to those who believe (as in Mark 16:17). They are hidden from the majority.  Without another witness to coorborate our own, God provides revelations within dreams and visions to substantiate the accuracy of what was written.

Now, I believe the last sentence to be entirely true.  I absolutely believe that the Gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, are alive and well in these end-times, as I have personal experience in this area and we know also from scripture (such as Joel 2:28).

I will close here, but please look forward to an update to this article as God wills.

With Love in Christ,



I am a follower of Jesus Christ.
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14 Responses to The Wonderful Numberer of Secrets, Palmoni “That Certain Saint”

  1. Thanks for your thoughtful and interesting article.

  2. Hello again,
    I think, as do some others, that Palmoni is Jesus Christ, and as the Lord God, was the maker of everything, whereas his Father is the Creator. There is difference between Maker and Creator.

    The Bible is the Word of God and so are his measures and numbers!

    • Hi John;

      Yes, indeed, agreed! I will be publishing more on His numbers, so please return and check out future articles. Also, be sure to check the archives.

      You might check out the work of E.W. Bullinger called “Number in Scripture”; are you familiar with this classic?



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  4. Raziela says:

    Would you kindly send me your article “His Sacred Secrets Revealed to Modern-Day Disciples” .
    Thank you,
    Raziela Grunberg

    • Greetings Raziela,

      And many thanks for your interest. The article you mentioned has been re-written as “MYSTERY BABYLON Revealed”, and is found on this blog at the following link-

      It is imperative that you watch the youtube video (10.5 minutes) which is linked w/in the article and, if possible, even scan the related article (likewise, linked there) briefly.

      Basically, this is all about the Greek word “musterion”, found 22 times in the New Testament. We, the Messiah’s modern-day disciples, have complete access to His musterion (sacred secrets); that is, if we are diligent in studying His Word and if we are open, through the channel of the Holy Spirit, to the understanding which is available only through knowing Him. In other words, to the True Church, these 22 “mysteries” need not be mysterious, but rather are sacred secrets which He is ready to share with us. Very exciting, isn’t it? And ties in perfectly with this article about The Wonderful Numberer.

      Be blessed, Raziela. Hope you enjoy the article, and thank-you for visiting this blog. Furthermore, I hope that you will become a regular reader.

      In Christ Jesus,


  5. jeff says:

    John 20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

    29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

    30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
    You have done a great measure of research and work to find these details. I say this without any qualification of ability to understand that which is not revealed to me. In your concluding statement you seek to use your research to substantiate yourself as a prophet. Now I do not say that you are or that you are not. But have noticed that statement in the last several post’s and If you are you do not need to substantiate yourself.

    • Hi Jeff;

      Thanks for the applicable verses and your contribution. Actually, this is a very old article. The final statement is a connecting sentence for a possible Part II “one day”; this Part I being the “research” part as you mentioned, and Part II would be the “prophetic” portion. I doubt if that will ever be written, for the readers are simply not ready for such revelation. It is now 2012, and the Lord has impressed upon me a great sense of urgency. So, if you have noticed a change in my last few posts (not incl. this old one) that would be why. 2013 is looming as a very troubling year for America, especially late in the year (5774) and into 2014 if the nation survives. You would not imagine the level of frustration I have in trying to reach these stubborn people! It is either I push and give 100% or I shut down the blog and just try the community-based approach exclusively. And, in terms of substantiation, that is strictly as the Holy Spirit leads; certainly I’ll listen to the opinions of my brothers and sisters but the bottom line is that I must be obedient.

      Thanks, brother Jeff, I truly appreciate your taking the time to both read and comment.



      P.S.: All of the “musterion” are available to any and every disciple of Jesus, no matter which of the spiritual gifts they might be greater blessed with; that is what is so exciting about digging deeper into His Word and praying for the Holy Spirit insights!

  6. alphaomega37 says:

    Daniel 8:13

    Ian Mallett shows the significance of 78 in the above link (which is a part of this page as well).
    My calculator also shows that 78 is the total letter count for Dan 8:13.

    Palmoni in the actual text has a gematria of 246, an extra lamedh appearing. לפלמוניH6422(246)
    (216 is the value in strongs where the word only has one lamedh)


    The Divine arranger? Look at this :-
    מדברH1696 also has a gematria of 246 when it appears as the 3rd word in verse 13.

    A primitive root; perhaps properly to arrange; but used figuratively (of words) to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue: – answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use [entreaties], utter, X well, X work.

    Note again that the root word is different to how it is written in the text.

    המדברH1696(251) appears again after palmoni but again written differently, this time with a value of 251.
    Daniel 8:13:-

    Total Letter occurrances:- ז = 1. נ = 1. ס = 1. צ = 1. ם = 1. ן = 1. ל = 2. פ = 2. ב = 3. ח = 3. ע = 3. ק = 3. י = 4. ר = 4. ת = 4. א = 5. ה = 5. ש = 6. ד = 9. ו = 9. מ = 10.

    Total Letter count:- 78
    Factors for 78:- 1(star 1), 2, 3, 6, 13(star 2), 26, 39, 78

    Total letter gematria:- 5817
    Factors for 5817:- 1(star 1), 3, 7, 21, 277, 831, 1939, 5817
    Digit grouping for 5817:- 822. Digit grouping result factors:- 1(star 1), 2, 3, 6, 137, 274, 411, 822

    Total word count:- 17
    Factors for 17:- 1(star 1), 17

    Dan 8:13 ואשׁמעה(422) אחד־קדושׁ(423) מדבר(246) ויאמר(257) אחד(13) קדושׁ(410) לפלמוני(246) המדבר(251) עד־מתי(524) החזון(76) התמיד(459) והפשׁע(461) שׁמם(380) תת(800) וקדשׁ(410) וצבא(99) מרמס׃(340)
    (Verse total = 5817. Verse factors:- 1(star 1), 3, 7, 21, 277, 831, 1939, 5817
    Digit grouping for 5817 = 822. Digit grouping result factors:- 1(star 1), 2, 3, 6, 137, 274, 411, 822)

    results from a strongs based input -a couple of words haave been split apart:-
    Dan 8:13 ואשׁמעהH8085(422) אחדH259(13) קדושׁH6918(410) מדברH1696(246) ויאמרH559(257) אחדH259(13) קדושׁH6918(410) לפלמוניH6422(246) המדברH1696(251) עדH5704(74) מתיH4970(450) החזוןH2377(76) התמידH8548(459) והפשׁעH6588(461) שׁמםH8074(380) תתH5414(800) וקדשׁH6944(410) וצבאH6635(99) מרמס׃H4823(340)
    (Verse total = 5817. Verse factors:- 1(star 1), 3, 7, 21, 277, 831, 1939, 5817
    Digit grouping for 5817 = 822. Digit grouping result factors:- 1(star 1), 2, 3, 6, 137, 274, 411, 822)


  7. alphaomega37 says:

    That certain saint, palmoni , has an extra lamedh in the text
    The third word of 8:13, H1696 דּבר dâbar, has an extra ‘mem’ letter in the text.

    Mem plus Lamedh values = 40 + 30 = 70

    Palmoni and dâbar both have word values of 246 in the text


    Mem is the 13 th letter, value of 40
    Mem is added to the 3rd word of Daniel 8:13 thus:-
    In text:-
    (Verse total = 246. Verse factors:- 1(star 1), 2, 3, 6, 41, 82, 123, 246)
    Strongs root word:-
    דּ בר(206)
    (Verse total = 206. Verse factors:- 1(star 1), 2, 103, 206)

    In gematria, Mem represents the number 40. Its final form represents 600 but this is rarely used, Tav and Resh (400+200) being used instead.
    In the Sefer Yetzirah, the letter Mem is King over Water, Formed Earth in the Universe, Cold in the Year, and the Belly in the Soul.
    As an abbreviation, it stands for metre. In the Israeli army it can also stand for mefaked, commander. In Hebrew religious texts, it can stand for the name of God Makom, the Place.

    King over the water!!!
    Dan 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.”

    Lamedh is the twelth letter, value of 30
    Lamedh and palmoni
    Lamed in gematria represents the number 30.
    With the letter Vav it refers to the Lamedvavniks, the 36 righteous people who save the world from destruction.
    As an abbreviation, it can stand for litre. Also, a sign on a car with a Lamed on it means that the driver is a student of driving (the Lamed stands for lomed, learner).
    As a prefix, it can have two purposes:
    It can be attached to verb roots, designating the infinitive (Daber means “speak”, Ledaber means to speak).
    It can also act as a preposition meaning “to” or “for”.

    Appears that lamedh is attached to the palmoni verb root in the text ; “unto” that certain one

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  9. derick dugan says:

    I thank God for leading me to this posting. Your research and willingness to share has lifted my Spirit and confirmed the secret to the numbers that are found withinn the Word of God.

    • Greetings Derick;

      And thank you for a very gracious reply! This is one of my older articles, but also a favorite, as while researching this topic I had a great eagerness to learn more and as God revealed the Wonderful Numberer of Secrets to me, I must say that it was an absolutely thrilling experience. Since this article I’ve done many others which utilize Bible numbers and take a look into the future.

      Praise God, indeed. Thanks again and be blessed,


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