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Ron Writes

By the Numbers

In the Bible, especially in Revelation, numbers are used as symbols to convey certain ideas. Numbers don’t always have numeric value. Certain numbers were used as we use words with their own particular meaning.

TWO – 2 Are better than one. When a man went on a hunt or faced a foe, he found strength in another. 2 is about relationships.

THREE – This is the Divine number. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holy, Holy, Holy. 3 often conveys the idea of God.

FOUR – 4 is the number for the earth. There are 4 corners of the earth. There are 4 seasons. 4 winds. North-South-East-West. The 4 living creatures.

SIX – 6 is just short of perfection (7, see below). It just doesn’t measure up. Thus, we have 666.

SEVEN – 7 has been called the most sacred number. It occurs 54 times in Revelation. It is regarded as the symbol of perfection or completion. 7 is 3 (God) plus 4(earth). God’s perfect work on the earth. Thus, we have 7 days of creation. 7 days of the week. In Revelation there are 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls of wrath and you’ll notice many other sevens.

TEN – 10 is the number for human perfection. 10 is the number of fingers and toes. A perfect man has all his members intact. 10 Commandments. 10 plagues on Egypt.

TWELVE – 4 x 3 = 12. God working on the earth. 12 refers to organized religion. 12 tribes of Israel. 12 apostles. 12 x 12 = 144, thus, 144,000.

TWENTY-FOUR – 12 plus 12, the completion of God’s people. 7 X 24 =168, the hours in the week.

FORTY – 40 is a period of testing or trial. It rained 40 days and 40 nights during the flood. Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days and nights. Jonah warned Nineveh for 40 days. Jesus went into the desert for 40 days.