THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMBERS
The following numbers correspond to the meanings
found in the Bible. This Biblical tool,
Numerology, in its purest sense, brings forth and
clarifies that which is written.
1 Unity; New beginnings
2 Union; Division; Wittnessing
3 Resurrection; Spiritual completeness; Fathers perfection
4 Creation; The world; Creative works
5 Grace; God's goodness; Pentatuech (first five books)
6 Weakness of man; Manifestation of sin ; Evils of Satan
7 Divine completeness and perfection
8 New birth; New beginnings
9 Fruit of the spirit; Divine completeness from the Father
10 Testimony; Law and responsiblity
11 Disorder and judgement
12 Governmental perfection
13 Apostacy; depravity and rebellion
14 Deliverance; Salvation
21 Exceeding sinfulness of sin
24 The Priesthood
25 Repentance; The forgiveness of sins
26 The Gospel of Christ
27 Preaching of the Gospel
28 Eternal life
30 Blood of Christ; Dedication
34 Naming of a son
37 The word of our Father
40 Trials; Probation; Testings
42 Israel's opression; First advent
44 Judgement of the World
50 Holy Spirit; Pentacost
66 Idol worship
70 Punishment and restoration of Israel; Universality
100 Election; Children of the promise
119 Spiritual perfection and victory 7*17=119
120 Divine period of probation
144 The Spirit guided life
888 Holy Spirit; The sum of Tree of Life
1000 Divine completeness and Fathers glory
4000 Salvation of the world through the blood of the Lamb ( Those who chose between Christ and Antichrist)
6000 Deception of Antichrist; Second advent
7000 Final judgement; Zadok
144,000 Those numbered of Isreal
The Companion Bible, Appendex # 10 goes into a deeper explination of how numbers are used in Scripture, not merely as in Nature, with supernatural design, but with spiritual significance , which may be summarised as follows.
ONE. Denotes unity, and commencement. The first occurrences of words or utterances denote their essential significance, in interpretation. Words that occur only once, in the originals, are emphatic and important. First day, Light. The first ocurrences of all important words and expressions are noted in the margin.
TWO. Denotes difference. If two different persons agree in testimony it is conclusive. Otherwise two implies opposition, enmity, and division, as was the work of the Second day. Compare the use of the word "double" applied to "heart", "tongue", "mind", etc.
THREE. Denotes completeness, as three lines complete a plane figure. Hence, three is significant of Divine perfection and completeness. The third day completes the fundamentals of creation-work. The fourth, fifth, and sixth days are the counterpart and repetition of the first, second, and third, and correspond respectively. (See the structure of Genesis 1) The number, three, includes resurrection also; for on the third day the earth rose up out of the deep, and fruit rose up out of the earth.
FOUR. Denotes creative works (3 + 1), and always has reference to the material creation, as pertaining to the earth, and things "under the sun", and things terrestrial.
FIVE. Denotes Divine grace. It is 4 + 1. It is God adding His gifts and blessing to the works of His hands. The Hebrew Ha'aretz (the earth), by "Gematria" (that is to say the addition of the numerical value of the letters together) is a multiple of four, while Hashamayim (the heavens) is a multiple of five. The Gematria of (charis), the Greek for Grace, is also a multiple of five. It is the leading factor in the Tabernacle measurements.
SIX. Denotes the human number. Man was created on the sixth day; and this first ocurrence of the number makes it (and all multiples of it) the hall-mark of all connected with man. He works six days. The hours of his day are a multiple of six. Athaliah usurped the throne of Judah six years. The great men who have stood out in defiance of God (Goliath and Nebuchadnezzar and Antichrist) are all emphatically marked by this number.
SEVEN. Denotes spiritual perfection. It is the number or hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work. He is the Author of God's Word, and seven is stamped on it as the water-mark is seen in the manufacture of paper. He is the Author and Giver of life; and seven is the number which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man.
EIGHT. Denotes resurrection, regeneration; a new beginning or commencement. The eighth is a new first. Hence the octave in music, colour, days of the week, etc. It is the number which has to do with the LORD, Who rose on the eighth, or new "first-day". This is , therefore, the Dominical number. By Gematria (see above), (Jesus) makes the numbers 888. It, or its multiple is impressed on all that has to do with the Lord's Names, the Lord's People, the Lord's works.
NINE. Denotes Finality of judgement. It is 3 x 3, the product of Divine completeness. The number nine, or its factors or multiples, is seen in all cases when judgement is the subject.
TEN. Denotes Ordinal perfection. Another new first; after the ninth digit, when numeration commences anew.
ELEVEN. Denotes disorder, disorganization, because it is one short of the number twelve (see below).
TWELVE. Denotes Governmental perfection. It is the number or factor of all numbers connected with government: whether by Tribes or Apostles, or in measurements of time, or in things which have to do with government in the heavens and the earth.
THIRTEEN. Denotes rebellion, apostasy, defection, disintegration, revolution, etc. The first occurrence fixes this (Genesis 14:4); and the second confirms it (Genesis 17:25). It, and its multiples, are seen in all numbers, and in the Gematria (see above) of all names and passages that are associated with rebellion, etc.
SEVENTEEN. Denotes a combination of spirit and order (10 + 7). It is the seventh prime number (as 13 is the sixth prime number).
Other numbers follow the laws which govern the smaller numbers, as being their factors, sums, products or multiples: that is to say 24 is 12 x 2, a higher form of 12.
25 = 52. Grace intensified.
27 = 33. Divinity intensified.
28 = 7 x 4. Spiritual perfection in connection with the earth.
29 = 33. Intensifying of Divine judgement.
30 = 3 x 10. Divine perfection, applied to order.
40 = 10 x 4. Divine order applied to earthly things. Hence, the number of probation.
The four perfect numbers, 3,7,10, and 12, have for their product the remarkable number 2,520. It is the Least Common Multiple of the ten digits governing all numeration; and can, therefore, be divided by each of nine digits, without a remainder. It is the number of chronological perfection (7 x 360).
1 The whole subject may be studied in Dr. Bullinger's work on Number in Scripture (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode).