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Interesting numbers in the Bible

Updated on March 2, 2013

Numbers that mean a lot

In the Bible we find many numbers, years and other ways to count. Very often, the numbers mean so much more than just a figure. With a little extra knowledge, a lot of interest and time, we can find interesting answers to our questions.

Sometimes the numbers are to be understood literary, but sometimes there is much more information hidden behind them!

The number three

Often used to emphasis something. When there is intensity and importance behind the words.


(Revelation 4:8) . . .Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming."(Revelation 8:13) . . ."Woe, woe, woe to those dwelling on the earth." . .(Revelation 16:13) . .  And, I saw three unclean inspired expressions [that looked] like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon. . .

I think about the number three as if it is underlined with red!

Of course here raises a lot of other questions, but for now, we just look at the numbers


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The number four

Signifies often total or foursquareness in symmetry.


(Revelation 7:1) . . .After this I saw four angels standing upon the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds. . .The earth is round but the number four is used here, we understand that it is the whole earth.

You can say that the number four signifies the total of what is written. Organizational the best.

The number six

Signifies imperfection, something not normal, monstrous

We find the number six when there are describtions of people against God. Humans or angels that do not do Gods will. They are in oposition to Him.


And war arose once again with the Phi·lis′tines - enemies of God.

(2 Samuel 21:20) . .. And, war arose yet again at Gath, when there happened to be a man of extraordinary size, with six fingers on each of his hands and six toes on each of his feet, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the Reph′aim. 

Then we have the really well known scripture (Revelation 13:18) . . . Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man's number; and its number is six hundred and sixty-six. Since the number six is mentioned three times here - it is really imperfect and really against God. Who is that? Satan the Devil. He is against God and solidly confirmed by the three times repeated number 6! He will never reach number seven even if he thinks he can. He is an evil master, a destroyer and tyrant times three. Seven stands for perfection from God our Creator and his ruling is the perfect one for mankind. Not Satans.

The number 10

Signifies allness or completeness in a physical way, as to things on earth.

Just as number 7 is completeness in heavenly matters, The number 10 is when it comes to earth and humans.


(Revelation 17:12) 12 “And the ten horns that you saw mean ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom.  So in this case the number ten stands for ALL the rulers of earth. They are called kings but some of them are presidents, dictators and tsars.

(Zechariah 8:23) . . .in those days that ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will actually take hold of the skirt of a man who is a Jew, saying: “We will go with YOU people, for we have heard [that] God is with YOU people.”’”

Ten men taking hold shows that these men come from all nations. True worshippers are not a local fenomenon. Ten means from all the earth!

The number twelve

Signifies a divinely constituted organization either in the heavens or on the earth

We find the number 12 many times in the Bible. To just mention a few: 12 Tribes of Israel, 12 of Jesus´ desciples, 12 doors on the heavenly Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:12) . . .and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names were inscribed which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. . .

This makes sence. 4 is perfect organisation. 3 is emphasis = 3 x 4 = 12 and 12 x 12 = 144, witch times 10 times 10 times 10 is 144 000. That is the number of rulers in Gods Kingdom:

(Revelation 14:1) . . .And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. . .
(Revelation 5:10) . . .and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”

I know you will have lots of thoughts and questions after reading this! I know I did the first times. So please write me! I will do my best to answer them.

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      Rayne123 5 years ago

      Yes I read that about the seven and loved what you said about Satan as it is so true.

      I really liked this hub

      thanks again and for the comment

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      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      Great up and sharing

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      Laurie! Thanks for your kind words. I did not write about all the numbers. chose just a few. You are so right that seven is important. I mention that under facts about SIX

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      Rayne123 5 years ago

      HI there, finding your hub was like a sign for me again.

      I believe in those numbers, I actually have a link to a site "biblical numbers" that go into detail about each number in the bible.

      Not only that, I will often see recurrence of certain numbers. I believe in Angel numbers so I was reading from a site on Angelic numbers. Then I was lead to read the numbers from a biblical point of view. There is something going on in my life right now that is at the completion of God.

      The first time God led me to a number I was playing a game on line and the number 7 popped up not once but quite a few times. I knew God wanted me to go there.

      The number 7 is Gods divine number, his work is completed, he had enough, he is in fullness. He is ready to pass sentence. There is no number greater to God in the bible than the number 7.

      God also led me to this page I read on the numbers and now here.

      So did the 3's, the 2' and the 5' which basically completes Gods work.

      We all receive messages according to what God knows we will understand and what is going on in our lives at the time of these numbers.

      So thank you for this hub

      Have a good day

      God bless you