December 2, 2010

God's Phone Number on U2's Album Cover: Revisited


I've been getting lots of interest in an older post from 2009, and wanted to bump it up here for all the new AllU2 followers who may not have seen it, and may have an interest as well, along with a new thought I have on it: This was originally posted in May of 2009:


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God’s Phone Number

After discussing rock band U2’s rather stirring interpretation of Psalm 40 last week, we asked this question:

What secret Bible message did U2 include on the cover of their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind (and what does it mean)?

Here’s the answer: On that album cover, the band was photographed standing in the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris. Above the band in the photograph is a departure gate sign. It originally read “F21-36.” At the last minute, U2’s lead singer Bono had the album artist airbrush it to read “J33-3.”

Why? “It was done like a piece of graffiti,” said Bono. “It’s known as God’s telephone number.” J33-3 refers to Jeremiah 33:3, which reads: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

*December 2010 UPDATE: The song "Unknown Caller" is about a man at the end of his rope in a hotel room with no cell reception, yet he gets a text from an unknown caller, and it's those texts that get him out of there alive. The line "3:33 when the numbers fell off the clockface" has new meaning when taken in the context what U2 did for the cover of ATYCLB. Perhaps 3:33 is a reference to J33-3, and Jeremiah 33:3?

I found both album covers online. Take a look below:

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