I will be updating this list as we move along. This is a starting point to make sure that those who are new to Bible numbers have a starting point. You will notice some overlaps between numbers as the complexities of divine order cannot be condensed to simplistic black and white one word answers. Numbers in scripture must be defined through identifying themes throughout. Some numbers become more complex when we begin adding them together but even in this case they do not conflict but rather more depth. I looked at countless sources as well to find symmetry among interpretations. The ones I used are listed at the bottom.
The number 1 is only divisible by itself. It is independent of any other numerals yet composes them all. It symbolizes in the Bible the unity and primacy, and the oneness of the Godhead.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
Father. Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Ephesians 4:5 “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”
Christ referred to himself as the FIRST or Alpha (the first letter of the Greek language) several times in the book of Revelation. Jesus is called the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15) and the firstborn not only of the dead (1:18) but also among many brethren (Romans 8:29). He is also called the “first of the firstfruits” (1Corinthians 15:20, 23), meaning that he is the first of MANY to be resurrected to eternal life.
The apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, emphasized the uniqueness of the Christian calling when he stated there was only ONE true spiritual body of believers where all share in one spirit (the Holy Spirit). True Christianity entails one hope, one faith, one baptism, one Lord and Savior and one Father.
The first Commandment is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
The Son who has two natures: human and divine. There are 2 Testaments: the Old and New. Man is Male and Female. Rom. 9 speaks of two vessels: one for honorable use and the other for dishonorable use. Two types of people: Sheep and Goats. There are two ages: this age and the age to come: Matt. 12:32; 13:39, 40, 49; Mark 10:30.
Two by two on the Ark – days of Noah. United as pairs boarding the Ark, divided from the world to be judged. First mention of “two”
And of all that lives, of all flesh, two of each you shall bring into the ark to keep alive with you, male and female they should be. Genesis 6:19
- There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. Genesis 7:9
- Two by two Apostles. And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. Mark 6:7
- The two shall become one flesh – two distinct individuals become united
- Two witnesses
Two great lights, one to rule day and the lesser to rule the night. Two points both to light and darkness, the close of the age and the old adage “darkest before dawn”. The coming close of the age will be darkest before the 1,000 year Sabbath.
The concept of both unity and division is summed up in the two Adams. Through the first sin entered the world and separated man from God. The Second Adam made atonement for man to be reconciled and united again with God.
The Trinity consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There are three qualities of the universe: Time, Space, and Matter. To exist (except for God) all three are required. Each quality consists of three elements. Therefore, we live in a trinity of trinities.
God’s number is 7 (spiritual perfection) and repeated 3 times as 777 adds both complete and divine perfection. It is the first of the 4 perfect numbers which are 3 (divine perfection); 7 (spiritual perfection); 10 (ordinal perfection); and 12 (governmental perfection).
- 3 days and 3 nights
- The earth was separated from the waters on the 3rd day
- Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
- Past, Present and Future – divisions of time
- Thought, word and deed
The three attributes of God mentioned in Exodus 33:18-19 are hen, rachum, and hesed (gracious, compassionate /merciful, and loving kindness).
Of the seven annual Holy Feasts of the Sinai Covenant, three are “pilgrim feasts” in which every man 13 years or older must present himself before God at His Sanctuary and later at the Temple in Jerusalem. This command is repeated three time in scripture [Exodus 23:14-17; 34:18-23; Deuteronomy 16:16]
- Jesus’ ministry lasted three years, covering three Passovers [John 2:13; 6:4; 11:55-12:1].
- Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months [Luke 1:56]
- Jesus was missing for three days when He was 12 years old [Luke 2:46]
- Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on the Mt. of Transfiguration [Matthew 17]
- Jesus arose from the dead on the third day.[Genesis 1:9-13]
- Saul was blinded for three days [Acts 9:9]
- The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity [1 Corinthians 13:13]
- The heavenly Jerusalem has three gates on each of its four sides [Revelation 21:13]
Day 4 – God created the physical universe, sun, moon and stars.
Personal aside: One night I had attended a course where the speaker was adhered to a belief that the 7 days of creation were not literal but rather millions of years to account for the fact that rocks can be dated back millions of years. This had always bothered me as we can trace the genealogies back to Adam placing us near 6,000 years. That night I asked God my first question as an inquisitive child. I awoke early in the morning with the phrase “I created time on day 4”.
After looking into day 4 with our understanding of time as a physical construct this made sense. In other words, days 1-3 were still outside of time and therefore eternity past. If we were to attempt to date that which existed outside of time it could appear as millions, billions or trillions of years old.
North, South, East, West; 4 Seasons. The 4th commandment is the first that refers to the earth. The 4th clause of the Lord’s Prayer is the first that mentions the earth. The materials of the tabernacle were four and so were the coverings and the ornamentations.
Redemption. Israel came out of Egypt 5 in rank (Ex 13:18). David picked up 5 smooth stones to fight Goliath (1 Sam. 17:40). The Holy Anointing Oil was pure and composed of 5 parts (Ex. 30:23-25).
- The five wounds of Jesus on the cross.
- The five parts of the clothing remaining of Jesus during his crucifixion after the soldiers had made four parts of his dress, plus his tunic which they did not tear. (Jn 19,23)
- The pillars were five cubits apart and five cubits high.
- The brazen altar was five cubits by five cubits.
- There were five pillars at the end of the Holy Place.
- The sides of the tabernacle were reinforced by five bars on each side (Exodus 26:26-27).
- The inner covering of the tabernacle was composed of five curtains which were attached to five other curtains for a total of ten curtains (Exodus 26:3). Notice the double five pattern.
- There were five original priests: Aaron and his four sons
- Five wise virgins (connects us to preparation, wisdom to be prepared is because of grace)
- Five fingers, five toes. 10 total, 5 is a part of a whole or completion. We are incomplete and in need of grace to be made complete.
Five loaves feed 5,000.
Even though five represents a small sum which appears to be insignificant within the larger scheme, it does individually possess high value. When Abraham pleads to God to spare the people of Sodom, he begins by pleading for five fewer righteous people as to suggest that the loss of five would be insignificant in its consequence (Genesis 18:22-23).
Sin and flesh, the number of man.
Antichrist, son of perdition, the beast, the man of sin – the number of his name is 666
- Man was created on the 6th day
- Man appointed to 6 days of labor
- Hebrew slaves served 6 years and were freed on 7th
- 6 earthquakes mentioned in Bible – Exodus 19:18, 1Kings 19:11, Amos 1:1, Matthew 27:54, 28:2, Acts 16:26)
- 6 hours Jesus suffered on the cross on the 6th hour the world went dark.
- 6 jars in which the water was transformed into wine by Jesus at the wedding of Cana
- 6 times Jesus was accused of having a demon – Mark 3:22, John 7:20, 8:48, 8:52, 10:20 and Luke 11:15
- 6 times Jesus was asked by those who lacked faith for a sign. The 6 events are recorded 8 times in the gospels.
- 6 times in the NT there is mention of people who practice sorcery or divination.
- In Joshua 6, they marched around Jericho for 6 days. It would be on the 7th they march 7 times and the walls came down.
- The width of the gold statue that the king Nebuchadnezzar made build had 6 cubits.
- The 6th clause in the prayer of the The Lord’s Prayer is that we not be led into sin and be delivered from evil.
- In Genesis 6 chapter 6 God announces the Flood. And in 6:6 we read: “YHWH regretted having made human being on earth and was grieved at heart”.
Spiritual and divine perfection or completion
In Hebrew seven is shevah (shebah) from the root shava (shaba or sheba), meaning “to be full.”
- God rested on the 7th day – Sabbath rest
- Jesus performed 7 miracles on the Sabbath
- 7 colors in the rainbow – color spectrum
- 7 “I AM’s” in John when Jesus spoke of Himself
- 7 pairs of clean animals on the Ark – Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate. Genesis 7:2
- 7 angels pouring out 7 bowls in Revelation
- Jacob served seven years for Rachel
- Joseph remained in prison seven years when he was falsely accused to have slept with the woman of his master.
- 7 trumpets
- 7 letters to Churches
- There are multiple sevens in the Book of Revelation: There are 55 sevens and 5 sevenths, 5×7 (35) phrases of sevens in the Book of Revelation. List of “sevens” in the Book of Revelation.
- There are 168 hours in a week = 7 x 24
- There are seven annual holy feast days observed under the Law of the Sinai Covenant.
- The Tabernacle was built in six days and dedicated on the seventh.
- It took Solomon seven years to build the Temple in Jerusalem.
- 7 patterns in Genesis 1:1
- The number of Hebrew words = 7
- The number of letters equals 28 (7×4 = 28)
- The first 3 Hebrew words translated “In the beginning God created” have 14 letters (7×2 = 14)
- The last four Hebrew words “the heavens and the earth” have 14 letters (7×2 = 14)
- The fourth and fifth words have 7 letters
- The sixth and seventh words have 7 letters
- The three key words: God, heaven and earth have 14 letters (7×2 = 14)
- The number of letters in the four remaining words is also 14 (7×2 = 14)
- The shortest word in the verse is the middle word with 7 letters
- The Hebrew numeric value of the first, middle and last letters is 133 (7×19 = 133)
- The Hebrew numeric value of first and last letters of all seven words is 1393 (7×199 = 1393)
- The 7 words of Jesus pronounced on the cross
- My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mt 27,46)
- In truth I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise – to the good thief (Lk 23,43)
- Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Lk 23,46)
- Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing. (Lk 23,34)
- Woman, this is your son, (to John): This is your mother. (Jn 19,26)
- I am thirsty. (Jn 19,28)
- It is fulfilled. (Jn 19,30)
New beginning, born again, new creation, circumcision of the heart.
6 is sin and flesh, 8 is new birth allowing the 6 to be reconciled to 7.
8 people on Noah’s Ark (2 Pet. 2:5); circumcision on 8th day (Gen. 17:12); God made 8 covenants with Abraham
- Circumcision on 8th day – representative of circumcision of the heart.
- NT penned by 8 men.
- The eight beatitudes of the sermon on the mountain. (Mt 5,3-11)
- Abraham, the father of the faith had 8 sons.
- Jesus showed Himself 8 times after He resurrected
- 8 people were saved on Ark, 8 people for “new beginning” after the judgment of the flood. Symbolically, 8 were baptized by water to take part in the new beginning.
- The eight creative words of God in six days, in Genesis chapter 1, verses 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26.
- The eight steps of the staircase leading to the external square of the Ezekiel’s temple. (Ezk 40,26)
Finality and judgment, fullness of time. The final single digit.
There are 9 greek words derived from the root word meaning judgment = dikay. The following words each occur 9 times in the Bible: abussos (bottomless pit); asebee (ungodly); aselgeia (lasciviousness); and astrapee (lightning). The gifts of the spirit are 9 in number (1 Cor. 12:8-10): the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
Jesus offered up His Spirit at the 9th hour
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is the only one of God’s annual Feast days of worship that requires believers fast for one day. This special day, considered by many Jews to be the holiest of the year, begins at sunset on the 9th day of the seventh Hebrew month.
There are nine people recorded as having leprosy (Moses, Miriam, Naaman, Gehazi, King Azariah and the four lepers of Samaria.
- 9 gifts of the Spirit
- 9 fruits of the Spirit
- The bed of Og, King of Bashan was 9 cubits
- The word “nine” appears 50 times in 49 verses of scripture. (Jubilee, seven sevens)
When you see judgment and fruits/gifts of the Spirit together understand these are not mutually exclusive. “Greater things than these you will do”. As judgment increases those set apart will experience a greater outpouring of giftings through which they will produce more fruit. The light shines brighter in darkness.
Entire aggregate of something and completion or fullness. It is divine order under the law.
- The Passover lamb was selected on the 10th day of the 1st month
- The 10th day of the 7th month is the Holy Day known as the Day of Atonement.
- “Ten Days of Repentance” (Days of Awe or Ten Days of Return) – From Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur.
- 10th time Isaac is mentioned is in Genesis 22 when Abraham is taking him to Mt. Moriah. A type and shadow of the ultimate sacrifice to be paid in full by Messiah.
- The Holy Spirit descended on the apostles ten days after the Ascension of Jesus.
- Smyrna – persecuted church in Revelation, 10 days of tribulation.
- In Genesis, chapter 1, at the beginning of creation, the term “God said” is used 10 times.
- A tithe (Heb. = maasrah meaning “a tenth”) of 10%
- In the Temple were 10 lavers, 10 lampstands, and 10 tables
- God brought 10 plagues on Egypt
- God created us with 10 fingers and 10 toes.
- The Ten Commandments of God given to Moses.
- The ten generations from Adam until Noah.
- The ten leprous heal by Jesus.
- The ten horns of the Beast of the Revelation with the ten diadems on each of horns.
- Parable of 10 virgins (5 wise/5 foolish)
- Parable of talents
- 10 appears 242 times
There are 10 commandments (Ex. 20); 1/10 of your income is a tithe; the were 10 plagues on Egypt (Ex. 9:14); 10 x 10 silver sockets formed the foundation of the Tabernacle (Ex 38:27); There are 10 “I AM”‘s spoken by Jesus in John: 1) I am the Bread of Life (6:35); 2) I am the Bread of Life which came down from heaven (6:41); 3) I am the Living Bread (6:51); 4) I am the Light of the world (8:12); 5) I am One that bears witness of Myself (8:18); 6) I am the Door of the sheep (10:7,9); 7) I am the Good Shepherd (10:14); 8) I am the Resurrection and the Life (14:6); 9) I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (11:25); and 10) I am the True Vine (15:1,5).
Jesus rode in on the 10th day – On the very day that the entire nation of Israel was picking their special lamb, Jesus rode into Jerusalem to also celebrate Passover with his disciples.
Chaos, disorder and judgment.
As 10 is the law and 12 is God’s divine government and order 11 seeks to exceed the law and falls short of God’s order.
The number eleven is important in that it can symbolize disorder, chaos and judgment. In the Bible, 11 is used twenty-four times and “11th” can be found 19 times (connecting us to 911 and 119 which will be covered later). Coming after 10 (which represents law and responsibility), the number eleven represents the opposite – the irresponsibility of breaking the Law, which brings disorder and judgment.
- In Genesis 11, men rebelled against God and built the tower of Babel. He judged them by confusing their language, resulting in chaos.
- Exodus 11, the final plague against Egypt leading to the Exodus in Chapter 12. Judgment (11) into God’s sovereign government, divine order (12).
Jehoiakim, one of the last kings over Judah, ruled for 11 years (609 to 598 B.C.). His successor, King Jehoiachin, rules for only three months before the Babylonians take control of Jerusalem in 597 B.C. and take him captive. After overcoming the city, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon sets up Zedekiah as a puppet ruler of Judea. Zedekiah, however, soon rebels against his masters. His reign is ended in 586 B.C., after only 11 years, when Nebuchadnezzar once again conquers Jerusalem but this time he destroys the city and burns its temple to the ground. Any Jews that remained alive were taken captive.
- The apostle John saw 11 things in connection with the final judgment (Revelation 20:12 – 14).
- The 11th hour, just prior to the time of testing (chaos, disorder and judgment).
- 11 Dukes of Edom
- 11 NT books have no direct quotes from OT
- World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
11 Israeli athletes were murdered in Munich in 1972, 29 years before the 9/11 terror attacks. 2+9=11. The firefight that took the lives of the last 9 hostages began at 11:00 p.m. The terrible ordeal began on the eleventh day of the XX Olympiad. XX=1+0=1, 1+0=1(11).
11’s have been appearing everywhere in current events. Even before 9/11 and after with Paris you had eleven 11’s. If you need confirmation it is not hard to find it. We have covered the prevalence of both 11 and 13 in numerous posts.
Divine Government and Authority or Government Perfection
There were 12 tribes of Israel; 12 Apostles, 12 foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem; 12 gates; 12 pearls; 12 angels. The measurements of New Jerusalem are 12,000 furlongs or stadia, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits (Rev. 21:16-17)
Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons, each of which represented a tribe begun by a prince, for 12 princes total. Ishmael, who was born to Abraham through Hagar, also had twelve princes.
12,000 from each tribe of Israel (144,000 total) will receive salvation during the end time’s Great Tribulation (Revelation 7). Another set of 144,000 (12 x 12,000) will be taken from earth in order to serve and follow the Lamb of God (Revelation 14:1 – 5). Christ’s bride in Revelation 12, the church, wears a crown containing twelve stars.
There are twelve names in the Bible that have only two letters. They are Ai (Joshua 7:2), Ar (Num. 21:15), Ed (Joshua 22:34), Er (Genesis 38:3), Ir (1Chronicles 7:12), No (Jeremiah 46:25), Og (Num. 21:33), On (Num. 16:11), Pe (Psalm 119:129), So (2Kings 17:4), Ur (Genesis 11:28) and Uz (Genesis 10:23).
The twelve patriarchs from and including Shem (one of Noah’s sons saved in the Ark) to Jacob (Israel) are Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, Heber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
24 elders (12 x 2) around the throne in Revelation 4.
120 – is 12 x 10 (completion) in Genesis 6:3 the Lord says His spirit will not always strive with man but his days shall be 120 years. This was 120 years prior to the flood. It was also reference to 120 Jubilees until the end of the age and eventually it would be the maximum lifespan of a human.
In the present time, 120 year extends from the First Zionist Congress in 1897 to the Revelation 12 sign of 2017. All events surrounding Israel within this 120 year window connect by specified Biblical intervals. 1897, 1917, 1947, 1948, 1967, 2017.
Man’s attempt to supersede God’s divine government order (12). 13 is man rebelling and thus reaching beyond the order established by God.
The number 13 is symbolic of rebellion and lawlessness. Nimrod, the mighty hunter who was ‘before the Lord’ (meaning he tried to take the place of God – Genesis 10:9), was the 13th in Ham’s line (Ham was one of Noah’s three sons who survived the flood). Thirteen represents all the governments created by men, and inspired by Satan, in outright rebellion against the Eternal.
The phrase ‘valley of Hinnom’ (or variation thereof) occurs in 13 places in Scripture. The valley was the scene of the evil-inspired rites of the pagan god Moloch (or Molech).
In Mark 7 Jesus mentions thirteen things that defile a person. They are adulteries, fornications, evil thoughts, murders, covetousness, thefts, wickedness, licentiousness, guile, blasphemy, foolishness, pride and an evil eye (Mark 7:20 – 23).
Ishmael, the first physical son of Abraham (through Hagar), was circumcised (which is the cutting off of the foreskin of a penis) when he was 13 years old (Genesis 17:25) as part of the then new covenant God made with Abraham (Genesis 17:1 – 22). Ishmael, according to Muslim tradition was the ancestor of Muhammad.
Muhammad the descendant of Ishmael who was circumcised at 13, the founder of the rebellious religion is littered with 13’s…
Muhammad had 13 wives and his initial attempt to convert others to Islam began in 613 and lasted 13 years in Mecca before he had to leave and would begin to spread Islam by force by raiding Medina.
- 17 is the 7th prime number
- Flood began on 17th Iyar
- Jesus resurrected 17th Nisan
- Daniel 7 heads and 10 horns
- Noahs ark came to rest on the 17th day of 7th month at 17,000 feet
- Symbolizes man existing in both worlds, celestial and terrestrial
- 17 people and nations present at Pentecost
- Joseph was 17yrs old when sold as a slave by brothers
- Rehoboam, son of Solomon reigned 17 years
- The 10 commandments are 17 verses
- Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt
- Jesus traveled 17 years for his preparation for public ministry
- The Jewish law counts 17 blessings
- James wrote epistle 17 years after Jesus crucifixion
- Beethoven wrote 17 quartets
- Haendels first water music occurred on 7/17/1717
- The number 17 is used 17 times in the Bible
- In the Bible 17 numbers are multiples of 17
- The word manna is used 17 times in the Bible
- The verb to kneel is used 17 times in the Bible
- The verb to pay is used 17 times in the NT
- 17 places in the NT God is called God the Unique
- Psalm 117 is the middle chapter of the Bible as well as the shortest
717 is spiritual perfection and complete victory. The name of YHWH in Hebrew has a 717 in English. God knew in the last days more people would speak English than were alive during the majority of world history. For those with eyes to see it is clear.
“And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.”
Probation or Trial
The Israelites wandered for 40 years (Deut. 8:2-5). Moses was on the mount for 40 days (Exodus 24:18); 40 days of Jonah and Nineveh (Jonah 3:4). Jesus was tempted for 40 days (Matt. 4:2).
During Moses’ life he lived forty years in Egypt and forty years in the desert before God selected him to lead his people out of slavery. Moses was also on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights, on two separate occasions (Exodus 24:18, 34:1 – 28), receiving God’s laws. He also sent spies, for forty days, to investigate the land God promised the Israelites as an inheritance (Numbers 13:25, 14:34).
The book of Exodus, with its 40 chapters and 1,213 verses, is the 7th longest book.
40 has represented a holding pattern prior to walking out one’s calling. It is understood as a wilderness experience or time of testing. A period of preparation for purpose.
The prophet Jonah powerfully warned ancient Nineveh, for forty days, that its destruction would come because of its many sins. The prophet Ezekiel laid on His right side for 40 days to symbolize Judah’s sins (Ezekiel 4:6). Elijah went 40 days without food or water at Mount Horeb. Jesus was tempted by the devil not just three times, but MANY times during the 40 days and nights he fasted just before his ministry began. He also appeared to his disciples and others for 40 days after his resurrection from the dead.
The Bible was written by forty different people. At present, you could say all of humanity is under a period of probation.
The end and the beginning. The fullness of time, the chaos disorder and judgment to conclude this creation period prior to the return of Christ and all things being made new. It is the escalation of the best and the worst, the darkest time the world has ever seen but look up for your redemption draws near. The man child who is to rule the nations with a rod of iron is soon to be birthed.
- 44 times tribulation is mentioned in scripture
- 44 Kings of Israel when counted as US Presidents, where two terms are counted individually. Or, if you wanted to count David as one and not consider his two terms as two kings, you would have 43 but Jesus makes it 44.
- “Child” is 44 in Jewish Gematria – She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Revelation 12:5
- 111 verse 44’s in Bible
Both 44 and 45 have a connection to Jesus or the Man Child. 44’s are appearing everywhere in current events (see 44 list). As one age transitions to another we go from 44 to 45. The United States is deciding their 45th President. If you count Israel and Judah kings as 44, the coming Messiah will be #45. If you don’t count David twice Jesus will be #44.