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Numbers In Scriptures

Numbers in Scriptures

If we insist that biblical numerology is still debatable, I will not even go there and will not quarrel about scripture. Scripture is the breath of God; if we do not have that Spirit, we will more likely not understand each other. The Bible teaches us many things. It teaches us to love one another and correct us when we are wrong, and the Bible shows us patterns, the code of truth that leads to our spiritual growth. Some people may say that numbers in the Bible are numbers, and some put too much significance on it, leading to superstitious beliefs. Self-interpretation without the Holy Spirit’s guidance is dangerous and sometimes leads to self-destruction. Numbers will not be written if there is no meaning to them. The problem may arise if someone overemphasizes the significance of its purpose.
God wants us to leave the sacred secret alone, and it is His glory to conceal it. Hidden messages in the Bible have their own time to reveal God’s chosen people. These people of God may have the codes on their hands and will eventually tell the future of humanity. We are the chosen generation that possesses more than enough revealed truth than great the men before us. Like in the parables of Jesus Christ, which were not known much in the past but are now available to us. These are enough to equip us with knowledge and understanding.

It is interesting to know why numbers are associated with the word of God. The numbers are significant by themselves, and God uses them for perfection. 7 plus 7 has a perfect answer of 14; 7 plus 3 is 10. There are numbers as excellent as you can imagine. Maybe that is why many people are poor or don’t like numbers for this simple reason. Numbers are perfect, and human imperfection makes them difficult to comprehend. 5 plus 1 equals six, where 5 represents God’s grace, and six is about humanity.
According to Hebrew tradition, every number has a symbolic significance. For example, 3, 7, 10, and 12 are “perfect” numbers.

3— is the number of Divine perfection.

7— is the number of Spiritual perfection.

10— is the number of Ordinal perfection.

12— is the number of Governmental perfection.

Number 1— Represents unity in cardinal numbers, while in ordinal numbers, it represents primacy. So, number one is God’s number. Number 1 also means a new beginning; without 1, the other numbers have no face.
Number 2—Number two says there is a pair. A pair of shoes means two shoes with different appearances but the same usage. So the Father and I are one, two distinct persons with the exact nature, two separate positions but the precise nature. Another biblical example of number 2 is written in John 3:6, related to contrast, physical and spiritual: that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.
Number 3— Represents the Holy Trinity: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; Spirit, Soul, and Body; Faith, Hope, and Love. The number 3 biblically represents divine wholeness or holiness, completeness, and perfection. Trinity means three, united as one, and called the Godhead.

4- Number 4 is several “being.” It is the number that connects mind-body-spirit with the physical world of structure and organization. Four symbolizes the safety and security of home, the need for stability and strength on a solid foundation of values and beliefs. There are four seasons in a year. God completed the universe on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14 -19). Even the 4th Commandment is related to God’s resting from His creative work, and this day of rest is commanded for the creatures that He created for His glory, and that being the Sabbath day. Four corners of the world are mentioned in the Bible. Why four? When we know that the world is round, meaning there are no corners.

5- The number 5 is a symbol of God’s grace. Moses’ Pentateuch means 5. The first five books of the New Testament consist of 4 gospels and Acts, which can be considered God’s grace. The man was created with five fingers, five toes and five senses, two eyes, two eyebrows, two ears, two lips, and two nose holes. A total of 10 divided by 2 =5, another favor for humanity from God’s perfection. 5 with grace multiplied by another 5=25, which is ‘grace upon grace’ (John 1:16). The ten commandments are divided into two. The first five is to love God, our relationship with God, and the second is loving our neighbors, our relationship with humans.

6- 6 is significant in the Bible because it is the number of men. It is a human number. Six can be represented in various forms like 4+2, 4 represents man’s world, and two shows man’s enmity with God or 5+, one where 5 describes God’s grace but 5+1 means man’s perversion and corruption. Number 6 in the Bible is related to man’s imperfection, and man was created on the sixth day, so this number has been permanently impressed upon him.
Number 7— Seven is spiritual perfection. Seven is the complete perfection of God, The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Seven days of creation, and seven churches of Asia. There are seven days a week. The seven churches, Spirits, trumpets, and others in the Book of Revelation are listed.   Symbolic  Cross-reference; Book of Revelation arrangement by chapter. Churches    1:4, 11, 20-Spirits        1:4; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6-Golden lamps      1:12, 20; 2:1; 4:5-Stars 1:16, 20; 2:1; 3:1-Letters       2:1- 3:22-Seals 5:1; 5:5; 6:1-Horns         5:6-Eyes  5:6-Angels        8:2, 6; 15:1, 6, 7, 8; 16:1; 17:1; 21:9-Trumpets   8:2, 6-Thunders    10:3, 4-Thousand people 11:13-Heads        12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 7, 9-Crowns      12:3-Plagues      15:1, 6, 8; 21:9-Golden bowls      15:7; 16:1; 17:1; 21:9-Hills   17:9-Kings 17:10, 11-Mountains 17:9-Last 7- visions      Chapters 20-21-Seven Blessed statements in Beatitudes  1:3, 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7, 22:14). Seven years of judgment. Daniel 9:24-27-Seven years of judgment in Revelation 6 Seven attributes of the Lamb (5:12). Seventh dispensation (20:1-10). God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because He rested on it from all his work (Genesis 2:3).
8- 8 is a symbol of Resurrection and Regeneration. It means new life, new beginnings born anew, born from above.
9- 9 are wisdom and responsibility, forgiveness and selflessness, passion and compassion.
10- The number 10 is a complete and perfect ordinal number, as are 3, 7, and 12. It comprises 4, the number of the physical creation, and 6, the number of men. The 10 Commandments of God are given to man. A tithe is a 10th of harvest and is to be put in the storehouse. The Passover lamb was selected on day 10 of the 1st month (Exodus 12:3), Day 10 of the 7th month, known as the Day of Atonement. 10 Parables of the Kingdom, 10 Virgins
11- Number 11 is considered imperfect and subversive in undoing the order of the perfection of number 10. While number 12 is divine governmental perfection, number 11 will fall short and bring chaos or disorder. Like the 11 years reigned of Jehoiakim that brought the disintegrating work to Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and the 11 years reigned of Zedekiah that put an end to Israel’s rule in Jerusalem, for in the eleventh year, the city was broken up. And Ezekiel prophesied that Tyre and Egypt should be broken up like Jerusalem.

12- The number 12 signifies governmental perfection. It has to do with the rules, like the sun that rules the day and the moon that rules the night, the 12 circles of the heavens. The 12 Signs of the Zodiac. Number 4, an earthly number, is prominently present in the governmental perfection like four earthly multiplied by 3 Spiritual numbers; 4 plus 4 plus 4 carries a divine message. The number 12 represents the 12 patriarchs and 12 sons of Israel. 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ 12, 12 gates, 12 pearls, 12 angels, and 12 foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem also involve something to do with 12-Revelation 21:16-17. Number 12 means moving forward, faithfulness, hope, and growth.

Any numbers that come into your mind, questions that want an answer, or imagination that may stimulate progress and bring more in-depth research or studies to come up with the truth or the value of its existence. Ordinal numbers do not indicate quantity as cardinal numbers do. A cardinal number is a number that says how many of something there are, such as one, two, three, four, or five. In other words, it is the quantity. Ordinal numbers tell the position of something in a list or place, such as first, second, or third, or in numerals, such as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. You should always refer to the four total and symbolic numbers 3,7,10, and 12, and you might get a perfect answer.

No one can tell you now that you do not know why numbers are so important and why numbers are not just numbers but what they represent, their value, their significance to the events, or what the scriptures tend to keep a sacred secret.

He is perfect, His creations made perfect, and the word that He uttered must come out perfect. The significance of the numbers is not but chance but by His design. His spoken words have been scripted to pass from generation to generation to enjoy and for us to feel His love. It is a love letter to inspire us, not to burden, to equip us and to know Him better, to be in unity with Hi and the Son for our safe journey in this world that turned ugly.

Though many versions of the written word have been twisted, you will still have the Divine Revelation in the correct order. For example, when we see a number in the scripture, He wants us to figure out the truth; it could be how He works by patterns, methods, or how we solve the hidden message attached to the number; God continues to work and perfectly speak to us.

God will never change His way of perfection, God’s way is perfect- (Psalm 18:30), the Law of the LORD is excellent- (Psalm 19:7), He weighs the waters by measure-(Job 28:25), Tells us the number of the stars-(Psalm 147:4), “The LORD is righteous in all His ways: and holy in all His works” (Psalm 145:17). Perfect in His ways and His thoughts, His wholeness, and His righteousness deliver a perfect design, which is supposed to be us in particular. However, due to the change in our nature due to sin, the perfection of our being becomes imperfect, short for God’s glory. Isaiah 40:26— Lift your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

Thank you, Father, for your love and protection; without your pet, we will be lost in this world where humans find it difficult to live without falling to sin. Thank you for your word written for us to understand and not just hearsay that is vulnerable to deceit and temptation. Though people were pretending to be godly workers, they are only serving their lust, trying to lure the lack of knowledge of your word that you made it clear for us to avoid; thank you for giving us the gift of discernment, that discern wicked people. The numbers related to your message reveal your perfect gift for us.
Thank you, Father, and to Your Son and the Holy Spirit, who works daily for our safety and guidance. Amen    

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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