The idea of Biblical numerology is a hotly debated topic. First of all, there is no mention of the word numerology in the bible; in fact, the two are very different subjects. However even though the term is never mentioned there is an emphasis on patterns of numbers, which has led many to put a great deal of stock in the idea.
To find the truth I read the holy Bible through a few times, nevertheless I am not a Christian by faith. In the bible, you will find certain numbers, which are used repeatedly. There are some numbers, which carry a bit of weight however; they should not be confused with a tool for character analysis or fortune telling.
Below I will attempt to explain the numbers found in the Bible and their significance.
The numbers 7 and 40 are the most commonly repeated numerals in the biblical text.
Meaning of Number 7 in Biblical Numerology
Perfection or completion are symbolized in the Bible by the number 7 (Revelation 1:20; Genesis 7:2-4). In many circles, it is actually called the number of God.
This is because he is the only one who can be considered complete and perfect (Revelation 4:5, 5:1, 5-6) It took seven days to create the world and everything in it and the seventh day is considered the Sabbath. Each seventh year was considered holy, a Sabbath year in which the land was allowed to rest. (Lev. 25:2-7) Further instances of the number seven include seven seals, seven bowls, seven trumpets, seven stars, seven spirits, seven angels, seven lamp stands and seven letters to seven churches.
Meaning of Number 40 in Biblical Numerology
The other very common number in the bible is 40, in most circles it is thought of as the number of trial or probation. Deuteronomy 8:2-5 talks about how the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years. At the age of 40, Moses ran away from Egypt and resided in Midian for 40 years. (Exodus 24:18). Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai receiving the commandments from God. In the story of Nineveh and Jonah, the number forty is also prevalent. The city of Nineveh was given 40 days to repent, (Jonah 3) In the desert, Jesus was tempted for forty days. (Matthew 4:2) Between Jesus' resurrection and ascension, there were 40 days. (Act 1:3). The rains lasted 40 days and 40 nights in the story of Noah. Spies who entered Canaan after the Exodus stayed forty days. Jesus and Elijah both fasted 40 days. Forty-year terms were enjoyed by Israel's Judges. Three kings, David, Solomon and Saul all reigned for forty years.
It appears that 40 was the symbolic representation of a generation or a lifetime.
Meaning of Number 12 in Biblical Numerology
Twelve is another number repeated in the Bible. There were 12 disciples, harvesters, builders, carpenters, potters, sons of Jacob, reapers of Golden Grain, tribes of Israel, fisherman, and 12 stones set up by Joshua in the dry bed of the Jordan river. What is more there were 12 urim and thummin on the high priests breastplate.
There are three more numbers that figure prominently in the bible, three, four and six. The trinity is comprised of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, therefore the number 3 is considered divine. For creation, the number is four, four seasons and directions, north, east, south and west. Finally, the number 6 is the number of humanity. Humans were created on the sixth day and man is only expected to work for six days.
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