What do the numbers say !? Numbers have a lot to tell rather than what they appear to be. There is a lot of hidden facts behind every number.
The study of numbers is called Numerology. Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names, and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts.
What do the numbers mean in Biblical Numerology? I have always been fascinated by the way numbers work. Be it binary or Fibonacci or Euler, everything has a diverse meaning when it comes to numbers. But what does it mean in the Bible. Here we take a look at the some common numbers from the Bible and their meaning and what they are associated with.
One - Represents the unity of God.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus - 1 Timothy 2 :5 -
The number also represents the unity between the Father and the Son.
I and the Father are one. - John 10:30-
Two - Represents the dual nature of mankind, which consists of both flesh and spirit.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
- Galatians 5 :16-18-
It also represents union.
The union in marriage :
“For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” - Ephesians 5:31
It also represents the union of Jesus Christ and the church. ( 1 Corinthians 12)
Three - Symbolizes Trinity, the triune nature of God i.e. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
Represents completeness or wholeness.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. - 2 Corinthians 13:14
Four - Symbolizes God's work and universal truth
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. ( Revelation 7:1)
“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments—sword and famine and wild beasts and plague—to kill its men and their animals! ( Ezekiel 14:21)
Five - Symbolizes God’s Grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture. Five is the number of grace, and multiplied by itself, which is 25, is 'grace upon grace' (John 1:16). The 10 Commandments contains two sets of 5 commandments. The first five commandments are related to our treatment and relationship with God, and the last five concern our relationship with others humans.
For example the five-division of the Book of Psalms, or the five books of the Laws: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Six - Symbolizes the Fallen Nature of Mankind ( The Weakness of Man )
Man was created on the sixth day. Men are appointed 6 days to labor.
A Hebrew Slave was to serve six years and be released in the 7th year. Six years were appointed for the land to be sown and harvested. The number 6 is also associated with Satan in his temptation of Jesus.
The bringing together of three 6's is the number and mark of the Beast as mentioned in Revelation. As such, it represents the very best system of governance that mankind can produce without God and under the constant influence of his chief adversary.
Seven - Symbolizes spiritual perfection, the entire creation, and rest
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. ( Genesis 2:3)
Eight - Symbolizes rebirth, resurrection, and new beginnings. In the Bible, eight people were resurrected besides Jesus. If you look at the numerical value of Jesus's name, it comes out to 888.
Nine - Symbolizes the faith and divine completeness
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. ( Galatians 5 :22)
Ten - Symbolizes completeness. There were Ten Commandments. In the end times, there will be 10 kingdoms. 10 men were needed for a quorum in the Sanhedrin.
Eleven - Connected to chaos judgment. John sees 11 things connected to the final judgment (Revelation 20:12 NIV). The "11th" is used throughout the bible to denote chaos.
Twelve - Holds a major numerical value in the Bible. It was representative of God's government. Jesus had 12 apostles. There were 12 tribes of Israel.
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. ( Revelation 21:12)
Thirteen - Often implies rebellion. Nimrod, the 13th descendant of Ham. He is associated with the Tower of Babel and had a reputation as a king who was rebellious against God.
Fourteen - implies a double measure of spiritual perfection (7 x 2). There are 3 sets of 14 generations within Jesus's lineage.
Nineteen - Implies God's perfect order (10 + 9). Eve was mentioned 19 times in the Bible and the house of Israel had 19 kings before the Northern Kingdom was taken.
Twenty - May imply a period of waiting. Jacob had to wait 20 years to marry
I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. ( Genesis 31:38)
Twenty Five - The number 25 implies doubled grace. In Ezekiel's vision for the future temple (Ezekiel 40:1).
In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city—on that very day the hand of the Lord was on me and he took me there. ( Ezekiel 40:1)