The Meaning of Numbers in Bible

The Bible provides thorough insight and inspiration concerning all the aspects of life, such as wealth, marriage, death, salvation, serving humanity, etc. Plus, it also offers a study of numbers, referred to as Biblical Numerology.

Thus, numbers are believed to have a spiritual significance and deep prophetic importance. In fact, numbers carrying spiritual meaning and symbolism can be found throughout the Bible, not just in the Old Testament.

Here is a brief study of Biblical Numerology

Number 1: It denotes unity and absolute singleness.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
~Deuteronomy 6:4

Thus, it is the God’s numbers, referring to the oneness of God.

Number 2: It is the number of division and affirms the differences that exist. Furthermore, it implies “witness” and “support”.

For example, there are two natures, human and divine; two types of people, Sheep and Goat, two places for souls, Heaven and Hell, two witnesses of God, Moses and Elijah , “the disciples were sent two by two” (Luke 10:1), “

Number 3: Number 3 indicates “divine perfection” as the Trinity consists of The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Furthermore, Jesus Christ was resurrected after three days and three nights, Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days, there are three times of daily prayer, i.e., evening, morning, and noon. Besides, man is made of three parts, body, soul, and spirit.

Number 4: It symbolizes creation including, the four directions (north, south, east, west), four seasons (summer winter, spring, fall), the four great elements (earth, water, fire, air), four points of the Cross, etc.

Number 5: Number 5 is the number of grace. For instance, there are the five great mysteries (Father, Son, Spirit, Creation and Redemption), the five Levitical offerings, the first five books (Pentateuch), and so on.

Number 6: It is the number of man as man was created on the sixth day. In addition, some believe that 666 is the number of the Beast. Number 6 also refers to imperfection in man’s work and failure in spiritual perfection (7-1=6).

Number 7: It implies spiritual completeness or the totality of perfection. It is sacred to the Hebrews. Seven and its multiples like 14, 21, 28, 49, etc. imply God’s number for perfection.

It appears 287 (7 x 41) times in the Old Testament. Similarly, “seventh” appears 98 (7 x 14) times and “seven fold” appears seven times. Moreover, “Jesus the Christ” and “John the Baptist” have 14 letters each.

Plus, there are seven days in a week, seven beatitudes, seven primary colors, the rainbow represents the sevenfold Spirit of God, etc. Interestingly, the Holy Trinity is represented by 777.

Number 8: Number 8 denotes new beginnings and victory. For instance, “8 people on Noah’s Ark”, when the earth was in flood, Noah was the “eighth” person who commenced the new era of life. In addition, Jesus rose on the eight day after He was crucified.

Number 10: Apart from the fact that it is a psychologically satisfying number, there are numerous instances of number 10 appearing in the Bible, starting with the Ten Commandments.

Thus, it symbolizes harmony. Furthermore, there are examples like the 10 Plagues of Egypt, the 10 clauses of Lord’s prayers, 10 Parables of the Kingdom10 trials of Abraham’s faith, and so on.

Number 12: 12 is the number of Governmental perfection as 12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 angels, 12 pearly gates, 12 foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem, etc.

Number 40: It is considered to be the number of probation or trial; Israelites wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, Moses was on the mount for 40 day, Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights, and so on.