Biblical numerology helps us to a deeper understanding and purpose of the wonderful book of the Bible. It aims at understanding the significance of some numbers that have been used in the Bible over and over again. True as it is, the number plays a very important role in understanding the mystical significance of the Book.
The Bible uses some specific numbers in a specific pattern, which understood properly reveals that the numbers of God are the foundations of the ultimate truth.
Biblical math takes biblical numerology to another level. It leads in recognizing the order of the universe as well - events, dates, or any combination of these things. Biblical numerology makes use of “divine equivocation” to explain many a strange truth about the universe and our existence. The validity of biblical numerology is however debated in many cases. Of course, trying to hunt for a meaning behind each and every number does not make any sense. God has not designed the Bible to be decoded of the hidden and secret messages. Often, a number is just a number.
However, here we present before the fruit of some of the researches on Biblical numerology:
- 1, the number of unity, commencement and sovereignty. Ephesians 4:5 "one Lord, one faith, one baptism."
- 2 stands for differences and distinctness. It signifies division.
- 3 is one of the most commonly repeated numbers in the Bible along with 3, 6, 7, 40, and 4. It stands for divine perfection and a substantial completeness. It can signify Trinity (Father, son and Holy Ghost) though the word ‘trinity’ is mentioned nowhere in the Bible. It can signify the introduction of creation of God through a system - Evening, Morning, and Day. It also signifies the three-fold growth to the overall entity - body, soul, and spirit.
- 4 is the number of creation – the four directions, or the four seasons. It also refers to the number of things that are made and are mortal, the material things including matter itself.
- 5 stands for Divine grace and God’s blessings manifested in His creations.
- 6 is another significant number in Biblical numerology. Man is known to have been created on the 6th day of Creation. There are six words for men: Adam, ish, Enosh, gehver, anthropos, anar.
- 7 signifies the ultimate spiritual perfection and regarded occasionally as “God’s number.”
- Bible math tells us to count the 7th day of the Creation as 777. It is generally done to match the genealogy of the Son of God, Jesus. The hundreds of instances of the occurrence of the number 7 in Bible are explained in the “Genesis I Window”.
- In Biblical numerology, 8 is the number of re-generation. It is a new “first.” The historical significances are that there were 8 people on Noah's Ark, and that God made 8 covenants with Abraham.
- 9 is the number of judgment or conclusion of a matter. It signifies the sum of man’s work. There are known to be 9 gifts of the spirit at the end of all work - the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
- 10 again signifies Ordinal perfection
- 12 stands for the perfection of governmental systems – there had been 12 Apostles, 12 foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem; 12 gates, 12 pearls, 12 angels.
- 40 is thought to be the “number of probation or trial.”
The Great Flood continued for 40 days and 40 nights, the Israelites wandered in the deserts for 40 years, Joshua ruled over Israel for 40 years, King David held the throne for 40 years, Jesus had been tempted for 40 days and nights and that there were 40 days between the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
The importance of these numbers in context to the Bible is still debated. But definitely the patterns aim at revealing some spiritual truth. Jesus himself said,” he who has ears listens.” There is of course no harm in searching the true face of God and salvation in all the directions possible.
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