Bible Numbers Meaning

Many of the numbers in the Bible have deeper prophetic or spiritual significance. Both in the Old and New Testaments, numbers reveal hidden concepts and meanings that commonly escape the casual reader.

And throughout history, men with great minds, like Augustine, Isaac Newton, and Leonardo Da Vinci, showed more than just a passing curiosity regarding the importance of biblical numbers. Once more, Jesus said, “The very hairs of your head are numbered” (Matthew 10:30). So obviously, Bible numbers should be carefully considered.

1 – Represents – Absolute singleness and Unity

2 – Represents – The truth of God’s Word

It is also used 21 times in the books of Daniel and Revelation.

3 – Represents – The Godhead / Trinity

3 ½ – Represents – Rejection and Apostasy

It is the dissection of seven, the perfect number.

  • For 3-½ years, Elijah fled from persecution – Luke 4:25

  • Jesus was crucified at the end of a 3-½ year period – Daniel 9:26-27

  • Stephen was the first Christian martyr, stoned at the end of 3-½ years of the apostles preaching amid persecution. – Acts 7:59; 8:1

  • There were 3-½ prophetic years when the church went underground during the Dark Ages, from 538 to 1798 – Daniel 7:25; Revelation 12:6; 13:5

4 – Represents – The universal truth

5 – Represents – Teaching

The five books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers. Deuteronomy)

  • Nebuchadnezzar Statue represents 5 periods of world-ruling empires – Daniel 2:32-44

  • Jesus taught about the five wise virgins – Matthew 25:1-13

  • Jesus multiplied five loaves of barely to feed 5,000 – Matthew 14:17

6 – Represents – The worship of man

Is the number of men, signifying his rebellion, imperfection, works, and disobedience.

7 – Represents – Perfection

Is the sign of God, divine worship, completions, obedience, and rest.

The “prince” of Bible numbers, it is used 562 times, including its derivatives (e.g., seventh, sevens).

The number seven is also the most common in biblical prophecy, occurring 42 times in Daniel and Revelation alone.

In Revelation, there are seven churches, seven spirits, seven golden candlesticks, seven stars, seven lamps, seven seals, seven horns, seven eyes, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven thousand slain in a great earthquake, seven heads, seven crowns, seven last plagues, seven golden vials, seven mountains, and seven kings.

8 – Facts about number 8

  • God saved 8 people on the ark – Genesis 7:13

  • Abraham, the father of the faithful, had 8 sons total. They were Ishmael, Isaac, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah – Genesis 25:1-11

9 – Facts about number 9

  • Christ died at the 9th hour of the day, or 3 p.m., to make the way of salvation open to everyone – Matthew 27:45-50

  • The first battle mentioned in God's word is between a confederation of 4 kings against another which has 5 kings for a total of 9 – Genesis 14:1-2

  • There are 9 people recorded as having leprosy (Moses, Miriam, Naaman, Gehazi, King Azariah and the four lepers of Samaria – 2 Kings 7:3

  • The 9 people recorded as being stoned are:

  1. A Sabbath-breaker - Numbers 15:36

  2. A blasphemer - Leviticus 24:14

  3. Abimelech - Judges 9:53

  4. Achan - Joshua 7:25

  5. Zechariah - 2 Chronicles 24:21

  6. Adoram - 1 Kings 12:18

  7. Naboth - 1 Kings 21:10

  8. Stephen - Acts 7:58-59

  9. Paul - Acts 14:19

10 – Represents – The law and Restoration

There are 10 patriarchs from Adam to Noah inclusive (Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech and Noah

  • There are at least 10 books, mentioned in the Old Testament, which did not become part of the finalized Bible we read today. They are sometimes referred to as the lost books.

  1. Wars of the Lord - Numbers 21:14

  2. Shemaiah the Prophet - 2 Chronicles 12:15

  3. Book of Jasher - Joshua 10:13; 2 Sam 1:18

  4. Jehu the Son of Hanani - 2 Chronicles 20:34

  5. Acts of Solomon - 1 Kings 11:41

  6. Ahijah the Shiloite - 2 Chronicles 9:29

  7. Nathan the Prophet - 1 Chronicles 29:29

  8. Iddo the Seer - 2 Chronicles 9:29

  9. Gad the Seer - 1 Chronicles 29:29

  10. ​Hosai - 2 Chronicles 33:19

11 – Facts about number 11

  • Men rebelled against God and build the tower of Babel – Genesis 11

  • There are 11 dukes/chiefs of Edom (Esau): Timnah, Alvah, Jetheth, Aholibamah, Elah, Pinon, Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, Magdiel, and Iram – Genesis 36:40-43

  • Scripture lists at least 11 kings or high-ranking officials who were offended when they were told the truth by one of God's servants.

  1. Pharaoh of Egypt - Exodus 10:28

  2. Several Kings of Judah - 2 Chronicles 16:10

  3. King Balak of Moab - Numbers 24:10

  4. ​Uzziah - 2 Chronicles 26:19

  5. Kings Jeroboam - 1 Kings 13:4

  6. ​Jehoiakim - Jeremiah 26:21

  7. ​Ahab - 1 Kings 22:27

  8. ​Zedekiah - Jeremiah 32:3

  9. Naaman - 2 Kings 5:12

  10. Herod Antipas - Matthew 14:3

12 – Represents – The church and God’s authority

The twelve patriarchs from and including Shem to Jacob (Israel) are: Shem, Arphaxad, Salah, Heber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  • Ishmael who was born to Abraham through Hagar also had twelve princes – Genesis 25:13-16

  • Jacob (Israel) had 12 sons, later on, 12 tribes – Genesis 35:22-26

  • High Priest Breastplate Gems had twelve stones embedded in it – Exodus 28:15-30

  • Solomon appointed twelve officers over Israel – 1 Kings 4:7

  • The Scripture's first recording of Jesus' words occurs when he is twelve years old – Luke 2:42

  • Jesus had 12 disciples – Luke 6:13-16

  • Christ's bride, the church, wears a crown containing twelve stars – Revelation 12

  • The New Jerusalem city has 12 foundations, 12 gates 12 thousand furlongs, a tree with 12 kinds of fruit 12 times a year eaten by 12 times 12,000 or the 144,000. – Revelation 21

13 ­– Represents – Rebellion and Lawlessness

  • The dragon, a symbol for Satan, is found 13 times in Revelation. Satan is behind all rebellion against God.

  • Nimrod, the mighty hunter who was 'before the Lord' (meaning he tried to take the place of God), was the 13th in Ham's line. – Genesis 10:9

  • King Solomon spent a little more than seven years building Jerusalem's temple – 1 Kings 6:38. He, however, spent a total number of thirteen years building a home for himself – 1 Kings 7:1

  • In Romans 1 the apostle Paul lists 23 characteristics of sinful people who have a debased or reprobate mind. The thirteenth characteristic is that they are haters of God – Romans 1:28-32

  • Jesus mentions 13 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

14 ­– Facts about number 14

20 ­– Facts about number 20

  • For 20 years Jacob waited to get possession of his wives and property and to be freed from the control of Laban his father-in-law – Genesis 31:41

  • Samson was Judge over Israel twenty years – Judges 15:20, 16:31

30 – Represents – Dedication to a particular task or calling / Sacrificial blood

  • Levites and Priests were initially dedicated to serving at 30 years – Numbers 4:3

  • John the Baptist, began his ministry at age 30 (priestly descent)

  • The prophet Ezekiel begins his book in the 30th year – Ezekiel 1:1

  • Joseph, a type of Jesus, was 30 years old when Pharaoh placed him in charge over all that he ruled – Genesis 41:46

  • Saul was 30 years old when he began to reign over Israel – 1 Samuel 13:1

  • David was 30 years old when he began to reign over Israel – 2 Samuel 5:4

  • Jesus began His ministry at age 30 – Luke 3:23

  • Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 silver coins – Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15

  • After the Pentecost, 3.000 were baptized – Acts 2:41

40 – Represents – A generation and times of testing

  • It rained for 40 days during the flood – Genesis 7:12

  • Moses spent 40 years in the desert, as did the children of Israel – Numbers 32:13

  • Elijah went 40 days without food or water at Mount Horeb – 1 Kings 19:8

  • Jesus fasted for 40 days. – Matthew 4:2

Jesus appeared to his disciples and others for 40 days after his resurrection from the dead.

50 – Represents – Power and Celebration.

70 – Represents – Human leadership and judgment

  • 70 descendants of Noah repopulated the world after the flood Genesis 10

  • 70 members of Jacob’s family went down to Egypt Genesis 46:27

  • 70 elders were appointed to help Moses administer Israel in the wilderness Exodus 24:1, Numbers 11:16

  • 70 years of exile in Babylon for the people of Judah Jeremiah 5:11, 29:10

  • 70 weeks (70 sevens) were decreed by God as the period in which Messianic redemption would be accomplished Daniel 9:24

  • 70 men sent forth by Jesus Luke 10:1

  • 70 times 7times was the number of times Jesus said we are to forgive others Mat 18:22

300 ­– Facts about number 300

  • After his firstborn son Methuselah at 65 years, Enoch walked with God for 300 years – Genesis 5:22

  • More than 650 years earlier than Leonidas, Gideon and his 300 were victorious on the battle of the valley of Jezreel - Judges 7:7-8

  • Samson catches 300 foxes and then... – Judges 15:4

  • Solomon had 300 concubines – 1 Kings 11:3

666 – Represents – The kingdom of man in opposition to God.

144,000 – Represents – The last-day apostles.

As Jesus had 12 disciples who shared the gospel at the time of His first coming, an army of 12 times 12,000 will be baptized in the Spirit to prepare the world for the second coming of Christ.

  • In 1 Chronicles 25, a literal group of “24 times 12” (288) Levities led in praise music of the temple (one for the day, one for the night) — half of 288 is 144.

  • David’s army was comprised of 12 sets of 24,000, totaling 288,000; that was two armies of 144,000 who would alternate their service throughout the year – 1 Chronicles 27

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