Most of us have heard of the term “numerology”. A lot of us think that it involves math when really, numerology is the analysis and the assigning of meanings to different numbers and patterns of numbers. There are many different belief systems in numerology, including in the Bible.
The Bible has multiple references throughout its pages referring to the strengths and meanings of different numbers. You can find their meanings in Genesis, Deuteronomy, Revelation, and many more.
Numerology is important to the Bible because it helps give people meaning to the numbers that we see each day. While we can see numerology in many instances, such as finding meaning to your name and analyzing luck, numerology in the Bible can be seen as a form of guidance for practicing Christians. It is believed that the numbers within the Bible are messages from God.
Nowadays many people are looking into numerology for a sense of finding themselves, especially meaning and destiny. Numerologists have studied the vibrations that numbers give off for centuries and believe that numbers play a role in our lives. Numerology is a way to study and figure out destiny by making associations with numbers and events.
Most people look into numerology, especially when consistently seeing numbers repeatedly. Seeing the same numbers repeating in different places could mean that the world is trying to tell you to take a specific path.
There are many different schools of numerology within different cultures such as Chinese, Chaldean, Pythagorean, and Biblical. Before modern, written history, it was and still is believed that numbers were given to people by their gods to help give meanings to events.
The Bible is made up of 73 books, with varying amounts between denominations. The Bible consists of The Old Testament and The New Testament.
The Bible includes many stories from the past, explaining various topics such as creation, morals, and prophecies. The writings from the Bible have shaped our current culture into what it is today, good and bad.
Today, we can see how some stories tend to repeat themselves in our everyday lives, such as following rules because they are there for a reason (Adam and Eve), the importance of looking at someone’s personality, rather than their appearance (David and Goliath), and saving those who need help (The Lost Sheep).
Numerology wasn’t always accepted by Christians. At first, numerology was condemned by early Church Fathers, stating that the numbers provided no evidence of communication with God.
Deuteronomy 18:9-13 discussed doing occult practices, such as divination, “is detestable by the Lord”. Leviticus 19 states the various laws that God spoke to Moses, and in Leviticus 19:31, God stated that you cannot seek the help of others if they use occult practices.
After some time, there was an openness to interpretation of using numbers found in the Bible to show signs of destiny.
The Book of Revelations is full of prophecies of the apocalypse and the second coming of Christ and uses numbers to help distinguish the signs. While there are many interpretations of The Book of Revelations indicating a true apocalypse of our world, others believe that it is a representation of our lifelong struggle between good and evil.
While reading through the Bible, there are many numbers given, most knowingly when stating the chapters and verses. When regarding numerology, however, these numbers are not taken into account.
Instead of the verse markers, the numbers within the passages show the significance of their meanings. Many of the numbers may seem to have similar meanings, especially when it comes to the completeness, but within those numbers, there are deeper meanings within them.
What One Can Mean
One is the first number we count. In the Bible, the number one is very significant. It stands for being one, showing unity and wholeness.
One is described in Genesis and Deuteronomy. The number one is unique because it is the only number that exists that is divisible by itself, any other number is divisible by itself and one. The importance of only being able to be divided by itself shows the relationship with God.
Speaking of dividing the number one, Genesis 2:21 states that God used one of Adam’s ribs to create Eve to give a sense of completeness to his creation. Additionally, even though God is seen within three beings (the Holy Trinity), God is seen as one, because each part of the Holy Trinity cannot exist without each other.
Where You’ll Find Two
The number two has an important significance in the Bible because it is the number of people required to witness an act and make a testimony credible. When people get married, they need two witnesses for the union of the two to be valid. Genesis 2:23-2 describes the unity of man and woman.
Is Three Significant?
Three is consistently seen within the Bible and through prayer, referring to the “Holy Trinity”, the father, the son, and the holy spirit. The number three has formed many habits within the Christian religion, such as praying three times a day, as described in Daniel 6:10:
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
The number three also appears within Christianity for Holy Week, which is the most sacred of times for Christians. These three days are Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Saturday and Sunday.
While discussing his covenant with Abraham in Genesis, God asked Abraham to bring him three mammals, all three years of age. Genesis 15:9-11 states that Abraham had to sacrifice the “heifer, goat, and ram” to uphold their covenant.
The Book of Jonah tells the story of how God had asked Jonah to “preach against” Nineveh because of the “wickedness” in the city. Out of fear, Jonah tries to run away by sea from God and is punished. With his punishment, he ends up punishing everyone on the boat with a storm and refuses to call to God for help.
When Jonah admitted to being the cause of the horrible storm to the others on the ship, he offered to be thrown out to sea. Once the men on the ship threw Jonah out to sea, Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of a fish. While in the belly, Jonah prayed to God, admitting he did wrong and asked for forgiveness.
Why Four is Important
Within the Bible, four is seen in many circumstances. The Bible describes the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west) in Revelation 7:1 and Ezekiel 7:2. This also took on to be used in the construction of the pillars of the altar, which is still used in church services today. Exodus 27 goes into much of this in detail, emphasizing the importance of the four directions.
The four horsemen of the apocalypse are described in Revelation 6 as seals. The Book of Zechariah also talks about four horses that God had sent down to protect Earth. The four horsemen are to judge humans for their acts. Ezekiel 14:21 also alludes to four judgments that will bring the survivors of them to Ezekiel to be saved.
Is Six a Bad Sign?
The Bible believes that the number six is a number affiliated with evil and imperfections. This number is associated with humankind and is first mentioned in Genesis 1, where man was created on the sixth day.
Further on in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve ate fruit from the one tree that God forbade them from eating from. This is known as the “original sin” and explains the imperfection in God’s creation of man, therefore the number six is affiliated with flaws and evil.
Six is also known in the bible as representing something counterfeit, because it is almost the next number, seven, which represents perfection.
What Does 666 Mean?
Many of us have heard the number “666” referring to “the number of the beast”, whether it was in a film like “The Omen” or the Iron Maiden song, and with accurate reason. The Beast of Revelation is described in Revelation 13:18:
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
While there have been different interpretations of 666, there has been a consensus that these numbers are associated with the antichrist and foreshadow evil. Many people have changed their house numbers, including Ronald Reagan, from being 666 to something else.
Why Seven is so Lucky
Seven is seen as a lucky number for many people. In the Bible, the number seven represents perfection and being complete. Seven is seen throughout the Bible to show the completeness of different events. After all, God created the Earth in seven days.
Seven also shows up in the Bible when telling the story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. He was crucified on the sixth day, he spent the seventh day in the tomb.
Different denominations of Christianity have seven sacraments (baptism, eucharist, confirmation, reconciliation, anointing of the sick, marriage, and holy orders) that show the gifts that God can give us.
Even though it is considered evil, there are seven deadly sins (lust, greed, pride, sloth, wrath, envy, and gluttony). There are, however, seven virtues one can use to counter the acts of the seven deadly sins (hope, faith, prudence, justice, temperance, charity, and courage).
Revelation 5:1-8:1 describes what happens if each of the seven seals of a scroll are opened in a prophecy.
The first four seals are the four horsemen (6:1-8), the fifth is “those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained” will come until the same amount of them had been killed (6:9-11). The sixth seal (6:12-14) shows different natural phenomenons such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and meteor showers.
What happens when the seventh seal is opened doesn’t show up until Revelation 8. Revelation 8 states that when the seventh seal is opened, seven angels with seven trumpets come from Heaven to Earth and Revelation 8-10 describes more cataclysmic events that happen when each angel blows their horn.
What Eight Represents
The number eight signifies new beginnings in the Bible. Jesus Christ resurrected on the eighth day and was seen by Mary Magdalene.
Eight people were allowed on Noah’s Ark. Genesis 6-9 discusses how God was regretting creating humans because of how violent and corrupt they had become. God allowed only Noah’s family on the ark to continue humanity.
According to Genesis 17, circumcision shows an agreement between Abraham and God. The circumcision is to occur on the eighth day of life of every male for the covenant to remain intact. If a male is not circumcised on the eighth day, he is to be “cut off from his people”.
Ten Means Totality
We have ten fingers, we have ten toes, the importance of the number ten in the Bible, like many other numbers mentioned before, is totality. It represents the rules and trials that we can have in our lifetime.
Exodus 20 describes the Ten Commandments that Christians must follow to prevent sinning. The Ten Commandments are rules for how to respect God, such as not saying His name in vain and not worshipping false gods, and how to treat other humans, such as not stealing, murdering, and committing adultery.
Multiples of Ten
Seeing ten in multiples, such as forty have an emphasized meaning towards earlier numbers mentioned. While forty doesn’t exactly have a true significance, the number forty recurs in the Bible in multiple books. It can be said that the number forty is affiliated with tests of one’s devotion to God.
The number forty shows up in the bible in Noah’s Ark because, for God to cleanse the world, he made it rain for forty days and forty nights. It can be said that God judged the humans and only found the eight people in Noah’s family pure enough to continue humanity. Forty is divisible by eight, and as mentioned earlier, eight is a number showing new beginnings.
Forty is also seen in “The People Rebel” in telling the story of Moses. Numbers 14:33-34 states that the children of sinners and the sinners themselves will suffer for forty years to “know what it is like to have [God] against you”.
In Matthew 4, Jesus had fasted for forty days and nights and was tempted by Satan to show that he is the true son of God.
The number 70 is a multiple of ten and seven. Seven is associated with perfection and ten is with judgment, rules, and trials. In Numbers 11, God had told Moses to bring “seventy elders” to help Moses share the “burden” of bringing meat to the followers. In Ezekiel 8, there were seventy elders in the temple witnessing “detestable” acts.
One thousand is a multiple of ten. Revelation 20 describes one thousand as the number of years that Satan will be locked away. During Jesus’s second resurrection, he is said to rule the Earth for one thousand years.
The Power Twelve Holds
Twelve is a significant number in our lives, even outside of the Bible. There are twelve months and there are twelve lunar cycles within the lunar year. Twelve is seen as a number of God’s governance and power.
There are twelve apostles mentioned in The Old Testament, Simon, Andrew, James (son of Zebedee), John, Bartholomew, Phillip, Thomas, James, Matthew, Thaddeus, Peter, and Judas.
Revelation 21:9-21 describes the New Jerusalem Temple stating that there were
“…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.”
Later on in the passage, it is stated that twelve pearls individually made up the twelve gates at the New Jerusalem Temple.
The twelve tribes of Israel are described in Deuteronomy 12. The twelve tribes were created and held by Jacob’s and his wives and concubine’s twelve children. Revelation 7 also mentions these twelve tribes. While mentioning these tribes, it also states that 12,000 people from each tribe will be saved.
We see numbers in our everyday lives, from the purchases we make at stores, to the current time and date. When we see those numbers, many of us look into the meaning of them, such as questioning why you are seeing so many threes in one day.
Numerology is the study of the significance of numbers. Numerologists, such as Pythagoras, also studied math and philosophy. He was successful in many theories and how numerology is viewed today.
The Bible has many numbers recurring throughout that when analyzed, can show meaning, specifically messages from God.
At first, numerology was considered an occult form of divination because only prophets can speak God’s words, however over time, the study of numerology and using the numbers mentioned within the pages of The Old and New Testaments has become accepted.