Experts in biblical numerology have found out that certain numbers appear again and again in the bible. They also believe these numbers carry special meanings.
As you probably know, the Bible is the most widely read and translated book in the world, and many see it as a way to connect with their maker.
However, this book inspires people in diverse ways.
While some see the fulfillment of its prophecies as the ultimate proof that it contains God's word, others scrutinize its hidden meanings such as its use of certain numbers.
Here are some significant numbers in biblical numerology.
The number 1 is supreme; only divisible by itself and yet present in all other numbers in existence.
One is a number that appears all over this holy book. There is "one true God", and those who believe in him are "one" with Him. Deuteronomy 6:4 says that "The Lord is one." There is also one savior, and a single devil, who is hell's first prisoner.
And Jesus, in the Gospel of John, speaks of how he and the Father are one.
Also, whenever a key biblical figure was alone, God was there. Examples of this abound, and they include Moses, Elijah, and Jesus when they retreated to spend time on their own.
One is also a number that symbolizes unity. For instance, after marriage, man and woman become one.
Jesus is also strongly linked to this great number. For instance, he is the only begotten son of God, and he is referred to as "the firstborn of all creatures" in Colossians 1:15. Also, remember that he is referred to as the Alpha or the first.
Two signifies unity and strength in the bible. For instance, in Genesis, the bible talks about how two shall become one.
Similarly, Christ and the church shall form a union. Adam, the first man, brought sin and destruction to the world, but Jesus, the second, brought salvation.
There are also two paths, the right and the wrong path.
The book of Ecclesiastes also talks about how two are better than one and that they receive a better reward for their effort. Similarly, in the New Testament, Jesus sent out the disciples in twos.
Let's also not forget that before the flood came, the animals got into the ark two by two. In short, the number two shows a strong bond whose benefits far outweigh the sum of its parts.
3. Three, A Popular Number That Shows Completeness
The number three in the bible usually symbolizes unity and holiness. For instance, Samuel was called three times, and we also have the holy trinity comprising God the father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
And God is described in three statements that show his eternal nature–who was, who is, and who is to come.
Jesus was tempted 3 times by the devil in the wilderness, and during the transfiguration, Jesus, Moses, and Elijah were together. While this happened, Jesus was with three of his disciples (John, Peter, and James).
Before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane three times. After his death on the cross (which came after three hours of suffering), there were three hours of darkness, and then he spent three days in the grave before his resurrection.
4. Four, A Number Indicating Completeness And Integrity In Biblical Numerology
There is a connection between number four and completeness. For instance, Jesus' ancestry goes back four generations, and the book of Revelation talks about the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.
Similarly, Judah was the fourth tribe of Israel, and Jesus came from this lineage.
Also, the four major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Similarly, the bible talks of four angels standing at the four corners of the earth.
And the cross, widely considered the symbol of salvation, has four points. There are also four gospels in the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, written by four of Jesus' disciples.
Also, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead on the fourth day.
5. Twenty One
The number 21 appears in the bible a couple of times. For instance, there are 21 wraths of God. Also, the gospel of John has 21 chapters.
There are also 21 letters in the New Testament.
Twenty-one is also often considered the number that demonstrates wisdom and perfection. In the book of Wisdom, the bible lists the 21 characteristics of wisdom.
After attaining these traits, someone can be said to have attained spiritual maturity.
It's quite curious that this number is linked to wisdom because science also tells us that the human brain maintains optimal attention for 21 minutes. The human body also has 21 organs.
Some biblical numerologists also see the number 21 as a combination of the numbers 3 and 7, both of which have deep and profound meanings in the bible. That is why 21 is also widely considered the number of completion, and often the sign that a new beginning is about to start.
As you probably know, the number six has a very negative meaning, thanks to the number 666. This number is associated with the antichrist who will bring chaos and destruction to the world. Six was also the number of times Jesus was accused of being possessed by a demon.
Let's also not forget that God worked for 6 days before making the 7th his day, which shows just how incomplete the number 6 is.
The number 6 symbolizes man's weakness. Man was created on the sixth day, and he was appointed to work six days every week.
7. Seven, The Number Of Completion And Perfection In Biblical Numerology
In the bible, the number 7 signifies perfection. It is considered a divine number that also carries with it good fortune. In Revelation, there were messages to the seven churches.
In Psalms, David says that God is perfect like gold that has been refined seven times. And Isaiah, while prophesying about the coming Messiah, he talked about seven attributes he would have.
The number also shows liberation. In Deuteronomy, Israelites are advised to cancel debts and free their slaves after seven years. Let's also not forget that Jacob was made to work for seven years for each of his wives.
And Jesus said that we should forgive each other 70 times 7 times, which again is a clear sign of how important the number seven is.
Elijah also advised Laban the leper to bathe in the river Jordan seven times before he could be healed.
In the New Testament, Jesus heals seven people on the seventh day of the week (the Sabbath).
The rainbow (which God created as a symbol that He would never again destroy the world with water), has seven colors. Similarly, the Israelites won their war against Jericho when they matched seven times around the city on the seventh day.
The number forty appears many times in the bible, and it consistently marks the end of trials and tribulations. For instance, Elijah went up the mountain for 40 days, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days, and the flood that wiped out all humanity but Noah and his family lasted 40 days.
Similarly, Elijah walked for 40 days before he went back and fought against Jezebel. The Israelites were also enslaved in Egypt for 400 years, which is 40 decades. And after Moses rescued them from the cruel hand of Pharaoh, they wandered in the desert for 40 years.
It's also worth remembering that Jesus spent 40 days here on earth after his resurrection.
In fact, the number 40 is repeated in the Bible over 140 times, which goes to show just how important this number is as far as biblical numerology goes.
9. Twelve, The Number Of Completeness In Biblical Numerology
The number twelve appears several times throughout the bible, and it has a very special and significant meaning as it shows completeness.
There were 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles, and there were 12 baskets left after Jesus fed the 5,000.
Also, the tree of life gives 12 kinds of fruits. In the book of Daniel (which has 12 chapters by the way), chapter 12 verse 12 says that blessings await those who wait the end of the 1,335 days. The total of these four numbers is 12.
10. Ten, The Number Signifying Completeness And Perfection In Biblical Numerology
There are over 200 instances of the number 10 being used in the bible. For starters, there were 10 commandments given to the Israelites.
Also, people were advised to give a tenth of their earnings as tithe.
The ten plagues in the bible also ended with the willingness by Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.
In nature, the number ten is very satisfying. For instance, you have ten fingers and toes, and there are ten numerals.
We can all agree that the bible is full of secrets and mysteries, which is why there are countless interpretations for many of its scriptures. So, if you have been a little curious about biblical numerology, know that these numbers are some of the most frequent in this famous religious book.