Biblical Meaning of Numbers

Biblical Meaning of Numbers

Biblical numbers are used in prophecy of time and cycles. The interpretation of numbers in the Bible is quite different from how numbers are interpreted under popular numerological methods.
There are about 13 significant numbers in the Holy Bible that have some special symbolism. The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 40, 49, 50 and 70 are those 13 significant numbers. The idea of completeness is passed on through 7, 10, 40, 100. Like the number 666 has special symbolism due to Revelation 13:18. This is the last book of the New Testament that contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world. It is attributed to Saint John, the Apostle.
Meanings of Numbers in Bible
Biblical
Number
Its Meaning....
1 Unity; New beginnings
2 Union; Division; Witnessing
3 Divine completeness and perfection
4 Creation, world
5 God's goodness; Grace; Pentateuch (first five books)
6 Weakness of man; Manifestation of sin; Satan
7 Resurrection; Spiritual completeness
8 New beginnings
9 Divine completeness from the Father; Fruit of the spirit
10 Testimony; Law and responsibility
11 Disorder and judgment
12 Governmental perfection
13 Apostasy; depravity and rebellion
14 Salvation; Deliverance
15 Rest
16 Love
17 Victory
18 Bondage
19 Faith
20 Redemption
21 Exceeding sinfulness of sin
22 Light
23 Death
24 The Priesthood
25 The forgiveness of sins; Repentance
26 The Gospel of Christ
27 Preaching of the Gospel
28 Eternal life
29 Departure
30 Dedication; Blood of Christ
31 Offspring
32 Covenant
33 Promise
34 Naming of a son
35 Hope
36 Enemy
37 The word of our Father
38 Slavery
39 Disease
40 Probation; Trials; Testing
42 First advent; Israel's oppression
44 Judgment of the World
49 Preservation
50 Holy Spirit; Pentecost
60 Pride
66 Idol worship
70 Punishment and restoration of Israel
100 Children of the promise; Election
119 Spiritual perfection and victory
120 Divine period of probation
144 The Spirit guided life
200 Insufficiency
600 Warfare
666 Antichrist
777 Christ
888 Holy Spirit; The sum of Tree of Life
1000 Divine completeness and Fathers glory
What is Biblical Numerology?
The study of numbers in the Bible is called Biblical numerology. Each figure is associated with some spiritual meaning of numbers like the most used numbers are 7 and 40. The number 40 may signify the 40 days Jesus Christ was in desert and the 40 years Israelite wandered in the desert. The number 7 signifies completion or perfection, as seen in Genesis 7:2 - 4, Revelation 1:20. It is called God's number, as only He is the perfect one and complete. The number 3 signifies divine perfection, The Trinity. It consist of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The spiritual meaning of number 4 is creation. The north, south, east and west are the 4 seasons, all meaning creation. The number of man is 6 as man was created on the 6th day and man labors 6 days only.
Few References of Numbers in the Bible
As you can see, there are many numbers mentioned in the Bible. They are thought to carry great spiritual meaning. One can denote many meanings to these numbers according to the event or verse in the Bible. For example, the number 13 is mentioned many times in the Bible, each time signifying a different event, for example, it is the number of years Solomon took to build his palace (1 Kings 7:1).Similarly, it could even denote Jesus and his 12 disciples. The number 13, in this case may stand for Judas, the 13th apostle who betrayed Jesus. Thus, only an expert in Biblical numbers will be able to decipher the true meaning of the numbers in a specific context. Some of the many instances of numbers that carry spiritual or symbolic significance are mentioned below:
  • "Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die." ~ Numbers 35:30
  • "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them Two and Two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come." ~ Luke 10:1
  • "Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled." ~ Genesis 14:4
  • "Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem." ~2 Chronicles 26:3
  • "Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt." ~ Genesis 37:28
  • "Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 13:29
Numbers have a spiritual meaning and significance in the Bible. The person looking for truth will find 'the treasures of wisdom and knowledge' as quoted in Proverbs 25:2. The numbers in the Bible have a deeper prophetic or spiritual importance. There are hidden concepts and meanings that many casual readers do not understand. Augustine, Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci and many others have tried to decipher the hidden meanings of the Biblical numbers. Many times, people in search of some hidden meanings of numbers of Bible do not understand that certain numbers mentioned in the Holy Book are just numbers. Jesus has said, "The very hair of your head are numbered" (Matthew 10:30). But before one goes into the details of hidden spiritual meanings of numbers, one should first understand the words of Scripture that will help make you "complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16) and answer your prayers.
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