as you all probably know, an early draft of the album had time references on every song. Some survived (9:09, 6'o clock in "Being Born.."). So i think it is part of that intended narrative, and not surprising that some time refrerences would be random.
But of course, Bono loves the symbolism of numbers (Jeremiah 33:3 etc), so this is also likely a reference to Coltrane, the cathedral, and the Beatles song..
No obvious Bible reference this time (:
It's obviously still 16th of June (as was mentioned, see previous lyric) and as another post (You are not allowed to view links.
) has discussed, all of James Joyce's "Ulysses" takes place on that day.
One theory is in the original design, the album's time references were all in one day.
ALSO, Bono has made a book deal about African Youth Day, which is 16th of June (You are not allowed to view links.
I love what Scot Calhoun said in in "Exploring U2" (contec\xt there was about Bono's use of the "Joyful, Joyful" hymn in live version of "Boots".."all these allusions packed into a fifteen second sample.. Bono knows full well" that he intends them all.