W.E. Filmer has written a wonderful little booklet called "God Counts". I thought it would be nice to get a little different view of Bible numerics from that of Ivan Panin. There's also a Number Table below listing many numbers and their Biblical meanings. I have many more numbers to add to the list, but that'll happen later.

For now, I want to introduce you to Filmer and God. There is much more than just counting the numbers of letters or vowels and consonants in any certain passage. Not many factors appear that way. "A more profound examination of the text of Scripture shows that there is a regular orchestral accompaniment of numerics playing in tune with the subject under discussion. As each idea is introduced the associated number echoes throughout all manner of divisions and classifications in a way which cannot be put down to mere chance.

"Let us take an example from the Old Testament and make a concentrated study of the first verse of Genesis which reads, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' In the Hebrew it looks like this:

earth and-the heavens the God created 

"The numbers written above the letters are their numeric values. Hebrew reads from right to left, so that the first word is the one on the right and the last one is that on the left.

"The first thing to notice about this sentence is that it covers a complete act of creation, and that the universe, fresh from the hand of the Almighty was perfect. Everything leads us to expect that seven would be the most suitable number to accompany this thought. Now notice the following simple facts about the Hebrew sentence:

earth and-the heavens the God created 

"Even more remarkable are the numerics which fix the individual letters so that they cannot be changed. Hebrew is what is called a synthetic language, that is, the meaning to be expressed is indicated largely by the use of prefixes and suffixes. In some instances the changing of a prefix might completely reverse the meaning of the whole sentence. It is therefore most important that the first and last letters of the words should be protected against alteration. Now see how the numeric structure accomplishes this:

earth and-the heavens the God created 

"It is clear from these extraordinary phenomena that the prefixes and suffixes in this sentence could not possibly be altered without throwing the whole design into confusion. Not only this, but I defy anyone to construct another sentence which incorporates such an amazing set of numerics. I should never have believed that such a sentence could exist if it were not for the fact that it is there. The reader can verify for himself that the facts are exactly as I have stated them."

I told you Filmer was wonderful. The complete Creation of the universe accompanied by sixteen features of the number which symbolizes completeness. Supernatural.


And Their Meanings

What follows is that incomplete table of numbers and their Biblical meanings. I must disclaim, however, that these are the only meanings. I have come against some contradictions when looking up the meanings of some numbers. Don't take any of these numbers to the bank unless you've confirmed it with at least the "Adequate Witness" number, two.

Some examples from The Companion Bible:

FOUR - Denotes creative works, and always has reference to the material creation, as pertaining to the earth, and things "under the sun", and things terrestrial.

SEVEN - Denotes spiritual perfection. It is the hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work. He is the Author of God's Word, and seven is stamped on it as the water mark is seen in the manufacture of paper. He is the Author and Giver of life; and seven is the number which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man.

EIGHT - Denotes resurrection, regeneration; a new beginning or commencement. The eighth is a new first. Hence the octave in music, color, days of the week. It is the number which has to do with the Lord, Who rose on the eighth, or new "first-day". This is, therefore, the Dominical number. By Gematria (the addition of the numerical value of the letters together) the Greek letters for Jesus makes the numbers 888. It, or its multiple is impressed on all that has to do with the Lord's Names, the Lord's People, and the Lord's works.

No. Meaning
1 Unity; New beginnings
2 Union; Division; Witnessing
3 Divine completeness and perfection
4 Creation; The world; Creative works
5 Grace; God's goodness; Pentateuch (first five books)
6 Weakness of man; Manifestation of sin ; Evils of Satan
7 Resurrection; Spiritual completeness; Fathers perfection
8 New birth; New beginnings
9 Fruit of the spirit; Divine completeness from the Father
10 Testimony; Law and responsibility
11 Disorder and judgement
12 Governmental perfection
13 Apostasy; depravity and rebellion
14 Deliverance; Salvation
15 Rest
16 Love
17 Victory
18 Bondage
19 Faith
20 Redemption
21 Exceeding sinfulness of sin
22 Light
23 Death
24 The Priesthood
25 Repentance; The forgiveness of sins
26 The Gospel of Christ
27 Preaching of the Gospel
28 Eternal life
29 Departure
30 Blood of Christ; Dedication
31 Offspring
32 Covenant
33 Promise
34 Naming of a son
35 Hope
36 Enemy
37 The word of our Father
38 Slavery
39 Disease
40 Trials; Probation; Testings
42 Israel's oppression; First advent
44 Judgement of the World
45 Preservation
50 Holy Spirit; Pentecost
60 Pride
66 Idol worship
70 Punishment and restoration of Israel; Universality
100 Election; Children of the promise
119 Spiritual perfection and victory 7*17=119
120 Divine period of probation
144 The Spirit guided life
200 Insufficiency
600 Warfare
666 Antichrist
777 Christ
888 Holy Spirit; The sum of Tree of Life
1000 Divine completeness and Fathers glory
4000 Salvation of the world through the blood of the Lamb ( Those who chose between Christ and Antichrist)
6000 Deception of Antichrist; Second advent
7000 Final judgement; Zadok
144,000 Those numbered of Israel

For further numeric study, I invite you to get any book by Bonnie Gaunt. Her work with Gematria is excellent. My favorite is "Beginnings".

For a different type of numeric study of the Bible, Ivan Panin is unsurpassed in discovering the numeric schemes of the Bible. This study has nothing to do with the letter values, like gematria, but demonstrates clearly God's hand in the writing of the Bible. Bible Numerics is a good place to start.

E. W. Bullinger has done some work with the numbers of the Bible; I only have his book "The Gospel in the Stars", so can't recommend him from personal experience. Sorry.

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