Gnostic Doctrine

Tuesday, 24 November 2020


The Meaning of Numbers in the Scriptures

Today we are accustomed to writing numbers as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. in Hindu Arabic numerals which are easily learned and allow calculations to be performed. But in the text of both the Old and New Testaments numbers were written out in full as words. 

In the centuries before Christ, the Babylonians, Greeks and, later, the Jews developed gematria systems for attributing numeric values to the letters of the alphabet. So, for example, the Hebrew letters א and ק and the Greek letters α and ρ were given values of 1 and 100, and so forth for each letter of the alphabet.

Gematria is the study of the numeric equivalents of Hebrew and Greek letters in order to find hidden meanings in the words.  In both Hebrew and Greek (the language in which the Bible is written), there are only alpha characters. There are no numeric characters. Therefore, when a Hebrew would want to write a number, he would use the corresponding Hebrew letter.   Various numbers are supposed to have spiritual meanings.


No. 1 Just as number 1 is the foundation of all mathematics, so Yahweh is the
beginning of all. Number 1 therefore in Scripture pertains to God.

No. 2 The number of separation, witness or opposites.

No. 3 The number of Divine perfection. The complete number, the first perfect

No. 4 The number of creative work—the number of organization, sometimes referred
to as the world number.

No. 5 The number of grace—free gift of God—the number of mercy.

No. 6 The number of flesh or pertaining to that which will be destroyed.

No. 7 The second perfect number. The number of spiritual perfection. The
covenant number. The number of God's seal.

No. 8 The number of resurrection—a new beginning. The number of immortality.

No. 9 The number of finality. The number of judgment.

No. 10 The third perfect number. The number of ordinal perfection.

No. 11 The number of disorganization. The number of incompleteness.

No. 12 The fourth perfect number. The number of governmental perfection.

No. 13 The number of sin. The number of rebellion.

No. 14 Double of seven. The number of double spiritual benefits.

No. 15 3 X 5—The number describing the ultimate of grace or mercy.

No. 17 Seventeen is not a multiple of any number. It has no factors. It is a
combination of 10 (ordinal perfection) and 7 (spiritual perfection). It is
therefore indicative of perfection of spiritual order, (see Rom. 8:35-39).

No. 19 Combination of 10 and 9. Denotes Divine order connected with judgment.

No. 20 The number of expectancy. It is one short of the ultimate of spiritual
perfection—3 X 7.

No. 21 The ultimate of spiritual perfection - 3 X 7.

No. 22 The double of 11. It carries the meaning of 11 (disorganization or
incompleteness in intensified form).

No. 24 The double of 12 (governmental perfection) and speaks of the new or
spiritual Jerusalem.

No. 25 Carries the essence of the square of 5 (mercy or grace).- ^

No. 27 The cube of 3 X 3 X 3. The ultimate of completeness.

No. 28 The product of 7 (spiritual perfection) X 4 (number of creation).

No. 29 The product of 20 (expectancy) plus 9 (judgment).

No. 30 Perfection of Divine order. 3 X 10 - see Luke 3:23.

No. 37 The word of God.

No. 40 The number of probation, trial and chastisement.

No. 70 Perfect spiritual order - 7 X 10.

No. 153 Gematria of "The sons of God."

No. 666, 666 is the number of the antichrist, the numeric value of his name in Greek equivalent gematria. 

No. 144,000 12 X 12  

The gematria of the name "Jesus" in Greek results in 888.  In John 21:11, after the resurrection the disciples caught 153 fish. The word "fish" in Greek is '' which has a numerical equivalent of 1224, or 8 x 153.  Also, 153 people received a blessing from Jesus in the four gospels (not counting the 5000 and examples like that).

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