Biblical Numerology

Angel war


Biblical Numerology

Pastor A.J. Watkins M.Div.

Simonton Genesis Ministries Inc. © 2007

Here’s a short list of keywords for the numbers in biblical times:

  1. Source before manifestation.
    1. God, the one immutable divine unity.
    2. Duality—human, not divine.
    3. Attributes of 1+2 = 3—union of divine
    and human qualities.
    4. The idea of solidity—steadfastness.
    5. Humanity with its five developed senses.
    6. Equilibrium, fitness, peace.
    7. Humanity’s septenary nature, cyclic fullness.
    8. Accumulation, strength, power, augmentation.
    9. Consolidation, conservation, humanness. (The true mission of the 9 is to serve as a minister of God on earth.)
    10. God and humanity, father-mother-deity, completion.
  2. Strong Individual Principles – End of a cycle. Creative – Self Expression – Artistic – Rhythm – Communication – Expansion and Growth – Inner Peace.
  3. Overcoming Inharmonies For Other People – Going Through The Wilderness – Overcoming – cooperation – harmony – responsibility – firm foundation – practical – organized – disciple – hard worker – planner. This energy is constantly striving to overcome inharmony for self and others. The talents have ensured an orderly lifestyle, and the quiet receptive nature can deal wisely with others. The higher guidance is always available for protection and direction. The goal and purpose of this energy is to bring the Spiritual energies into the material plane to overcome the inharmonies and bring balance. It is developing Cosmic Consciousness that will help tune-in to the real meaning of life. Many are going through the wilderness until they learn the singleness of purpose and the true plan for man on earth – selfless devotion to the uplifting of humanity and its environment.

666 – Spiritual-Material ConflictIn numerology, you count this number as 6+6+6 = 18 (1+8) = 9 – so 666= 18/9 – 18 is 9 vibrating at this level – REMEMBER 9 is the number of HUMANNESS / HUMANITY – 18 gives 9, humanness, a vibration of Spiritual-Material Conflict. 18 symbolizes materialism striving to destroy the spiritual side of nature. It often associates the person or entity represented (humanity here) by bitter quarrels within the family circle (humanity/the world) – with wars, social upheaval, and revolution. In some cases it indicates making money or achieving position through divisive tactics through war or conflict. It warns of treachery and deception from both “friends” and enemies; also danger from the elements such as fire, flood, earthquakes, tempests and explosions, electrical shock or lightening. The only way to dilute its effect on life is by spiritual means, by unfailing and repeatedly meeting deception and hatred from others with generosity, love, forgiveness, by “turning the other cheek” and returning good for evil, kindness for cruelty, honesty for dishonesty, honor for dishonour.

JESUS = 1+5+3+6+3 = 18/9 – He overcame the 18 influence and vibrated to the highest level of 9 to show us the way – How to serve as ministers to God on Earth!

Below you will find a very detailed explanation of the meaning of numbers in the bible for the old and new testaments:



THE BIBLE is a veritable mine of number symbology. Both the Old and New Testaments reveal, by use of numbers, depth, meaning, and hidden concepts, which commonly escape the casual reader. The Zohar, a collection of mystical kabalistic writings, states that, “The Universe was created by three forms of expression – Numbers, Letters and Words.”  The letters in all alphabets represent definite powers. To study the vibratory value of numbers and letters is to study the divine creative energies in various degrees of manifestation.  Every name in the Bible describes a deeper meaning regarding the person or place to which it applies. Similarly certain words are made to have hidden significance.

Bible Symbology – The Old Testament

To read through the Old Testament, the Torah, Cabalah, and other sacred Hebraic writings, is to become well aware of how the Hebrews used the science of names and numbers in their number-letter code. By this code they wished to obscure their meanings from the uninitiated, and at the same time to reveal their inner teachings to the initiate.

Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has several meanings – for example the letter Aleph (A) means “life-breath, power, source;” while the letter Beth ((B) means “house, shelter” – and so on with every letter. The symbology allowed hidden teachings to be evident to those who knew how to read the deeper message contained in the names of all persons and places described. Scholars could also penetrate the mask of allegory and receive or give divine guidance through numbers and letters.

For example, the story of Cain slaying Abel is about fraternal rivalry. But symbolically, the name Cain means body and materialistic human desires, while Abel stands for the soul and idealistic human nature. These characters were so named to warn that materialism would kill spiritual ideas; hence Cain was said to have killed Abel (Genesis 4:8).

Many biblical characters that reached periods of spiritual growth and development in their lives were given new names by divine direction. Thus Abram became Abraham (Genesis 17:5) and Sara became Sarah (Genesis 17:15). In both cases, the Hebrew Heh (H), a letter meaning “light” and having a vibration of 9, was added to the name to denote the attainment of spiritual light.

New Testament writers also made name changes to point out an individual’s spiritual progress. For example, Saul became Paul after his conversion to Christianity (Acts 9:1-22 and 13:9). This symbolized the removal of the Hebrew Shin (5) and its replacement with the Hebrew Peh (P). Shin means “tooth or fang of a serpent. “Peh means, “mouth.” After this change, Saul became Paul, the spokesman for Christ (Acts 13:9). As Proverbs 22:1 states, “a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.”

A further use of numbers in biblical language involves recounting the number of years a person lived, beget and died. These numbers did not refer to the person’s age in years, but rather to progress in spiritual attainment. The meaning of the name of the begotten indicated the development of a characteristic. Cycles also were indicated by the generations of descent. For example, from Adam to Noah there were nine generations, and from Noah to Abraham there were also nine generations. That made Noah the ninth from Adam, and Abraham the ninth from Noah.

Adam had three sons – Cain (body), Abel (soul) and Seth (replacement for Abel to carry the spiritual light). In a parallel situation, Old Noah also had three sons—Shem (spirit), Ham (physical nature) and Testament Japhet (mental nature). These names represented the growth of humanity in consciousness after eighteen cycles of change.

Abram meant “father,” while Abraham implied the added faith in God, which he had come to realize. At ninety-nine years of age, Abraham begat Isaac, whose name meant, “joy in divine sonship.” Isaac begat Jacob, whose name meant “illumination through un-folding soul.” Jacob’s twelve sons (Genesis 35:22-27) refer to the twelve types of consciousness represented by the twelve character types in the signs of the zodiac.

To study the whole Bible in this light is to have a lifetime of fascinating discovery. It can be said that Hebrew, more than any other language offers us a great opportunity to study the profound power and significance of names.

Here is a short list of keywords for the numbers in biblical times:

0. Source before manifestation.
1. God, the one immutable divine unity.
2. Duality—human, not divine.
3. Attributes of 1+2 = 3—union of divine and human qualities.
4. The idea of solidity—steadfastness.
5. Humanity with its five developed senses.
6. Equilibrium, fitness, peace.
7. Humanity’s septenary nature, cyclic fullness.
8. Accumulation, strength, power, augmentation.
9. Consolidation, conservation, humanness. (The true mission of the 9 is to serve as a minister of God on earth.)
10. God and humanity, father-mother-deity, completion.

Modern numerology has grown partly from these concepts. The numbers and letters reflect meanings from the past coupled with many added spiritual interpretations. Meanings of our names today have deep significance and can be delineated letter by letter and number by number as we attain cycles of expression year by year in our own lives.

0 – (Zero) – GENESIS, which means, “First cause,” relates to the primordial source. The first few verses of Genesis pertain only to the one God, as divine creator, who brings the world into existence out of the void, or from the unmanifest.

1 – (One) – “LET THERE BE LIGHT” (Genesis 1:3). The first spiritual emanation was light. If our soul continues to follow the light, we will get back to our source. 1 stands for a beginning, a new start and unity.

2 – (Two) – “ . . .AND GOD DIVIDED the light from the darkness” (Genesis Symbology 1:4). In 2 there is duality, day and night, heaven and earth, man and woman and all pairs of opposites. Thus the development of choice began between good and evil, true and false and positive and negative. Pythagoras says, “2 is the imperfect condition into which ‘being’ falls, when it becomes detached from the monad, God.” Manly Hall in The Mystical Christ, states, “When the eyes of the both are opened, the sight of the soul is obscured.”

3 – (Three)– THE FIRST TRINITY—Adam and Eve and child. Thus 3 means Manifestation and expansion. Other trinities survive in our world-body, soul, and spirit, and the three divisions of Mind-conscious, subconscious and super-conscious.

4 – (Four)– MANY BIBLICAL REFERENCES are taken from the cycles of the natural world. The symbology of the four seasons and four winds is embodied in Ezekiel’s vision of the four living creatures—the face of a man, the face of a lion, the face of an ox and the face of an eagle (Ezekiel 1:5-14). These four relate to the four fixed signs of the zodiac.

The four elements appear symbolically as the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and the fire of the Lord and the products of the earth. Genesis 2:10-14 tells of the “river out of Eden which parted into four heads.” The rivers were named Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and Euphrates. Metaphysically these names mean spirit (fire), breath (air), body (earth) and blood (water). These symbolize spirit, mind, body and soul, which are the four principles that vitalize the material body during the earth life.

5 – (Five) – METAPHYSICALLY a “river” represents vital force. Human beings are the container of this force, as a “garden” symbolizes the body. The river of Genesis 2:10-14, described under number 4, represents the flow of humanity itself throughout the earth, which divides and divides until it covers all the earth. The 5 is the number of humanity with our five developed senses. The five senses are introduced in the early chapters of Genesis to indicate that the senses are essential in human creation; and therefore 5 is the number of humanity. Five plays an important part in the story of David and Goliath, “…and David chose five smooth stones out of the brook” and “David took a stone and smote the Philistine (Goliath) in the forehead. The stone sunk into the forehead and he fell to the ground, (I Samuel 17:40). The five stones represent the spiritualization of David’s senses. David believed in the indwelling God of love and had learned to depend upon the spiritual power within himself. According to a mystical legend, when David touched the five stones they became Old as one stone, thus combining the total powers of his senses. The name Testament Goliath means material power; thus the story is meant to demonstrate the power of the spiritual over the material.

6 –(Six) – THE PREPARATIONS for the emergence of humanity had all been made during the five days of creation, so on the sixth day, God made human beings. “In the image of God created He him, male and female created He them,” (Genesis 1:27). So 6 is associated with generation, motherhood, fatherhood, domesticity and service. Home, family and children are the concerns of 6; human relationships and love abound.

Moses, the first lawgiver, patterned the Ten Commandments after the Lord’s example of creating the universe in six days. “Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work” (Exodus 20:9). Therefore 6 is related to labor and service, as shown by the sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo.

Through love, the sixth sense is to be developed as people demonstrate their godliness. The Book of Ruth is keyed to the number 6 and to love. In Ruth 3:15, Boaz gives Ruth six measures of barley, symbolic of love and protection.

7 – (Seven) – IS THE PRINCIPLE NUMBER in the Bible; it is used in-numerable times (some say over three hundred sixty) throughout both the Old and New Testaments. “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God… For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth…, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:10-11). One of the most profound examples of the use of the symbolic number 7 is related to the fall of Jericho in the Book of Joshua, 6:1-20:

And the Lord said unto Joshua, “And ye shall compass the city… and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. “…And the priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets…. When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city shall fall down flat.”

It becomes evident that the fall of Jericho was not by warfare but rather was by the principle of the 7. Victory was achieved by means of the positive vibration of sound, which had been built up to a tremendous power.

8 – (Eight)– THE MYSTERY of the 8 is that of eternal and continuous spiral motion, which is constant throughout the universe. The life force currents sweep through the body in the form of a figure 8 Symbology following the cerebro-spinal and the sympathetic nervous systems, like radiation’s of light. This is why in deep meditation one sees a real light within. The symbol, the horizontal 8, means “as above, so below. ”It is a symbol of power. In Genesis 17:10 the rite and covenant of circumcision was to be performed on the eighth day of a man-child’s life. This was considered one of the most important covenants between God and humanity.

9 – (Nine) – IS THE ULTIMATE, containing the forces of all the other numbers. It stands for a complete cycle of growth. The nine generations from Adam to Noah and from Noah to Abraham indicate stages of growth and development. Noah was the ninth from Adam, and Abraham was the ninth from Noah. When Abram received his covenant from God and his new name, Abraham, he was “ninety and nine years old” (Genesis 17:1-5). Symbolically, his age reduces to a 9, to indicate that this was a period of time in which a spiritual cycle had been completed. The addition of the Hebrew Heh (H) to Abram’s name carries a 9 vibration as well.

New Testament – Numerology Symbology

In the first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the writers express their Christian teachings mostly by allegory and parable. These are meant to be interpreted in various ways; some apply to the cosmic world as a whole, some to our solar system, some to the entire human race and some to individuals. Since a person is called the microcosm within the macrocosm, an individual represents, in miniature, all that is, was and will be.

As in the Old Testament, symbology is used also to point out significant hidden meanings in names and numbers. The art and science of numerology is one of the most obvious methods employed, although a deep understanding of the basic meanings of numbers is necessary for a complete unraveling of inner meanings. The New Testament describes the path of faith. Faith is the conscious acceptance of wisdom and love. When faith is strong the mind is at peace and the body is free of tension. Faith is a mystical conviction that God is presently a power within the individual. The instinct to believe is as strong as the instinct to survive, impelling one to search for a philosophy to sustain one’s hopes and desires on the journey through life. It is said that primitive people were mystics by instinct and that modern people are mystics by intuition. In Christian teachings Christ is the revelation of the love and forgiveness of God. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:17) is the code of mystic Christianity, and it is in the faithful heart that the Sermon is understood.

The twelve disciples of Jesus represent an extension of the twelve new tribes of Israel. The seventy-two other disciples correspond to the six Testament elders chosen from each of the original twelve tribes.

The Pythagorean dodecahedron (a twelve-sided symmetrical figure, which can be compared to the twelve lines of the Divine Triangle) represents the universe as related to humanity. This indicates that the individual has within himself the potential of the twelve powers as they relate to the inherent attributes within the twelve signs of the zodiac. The search for knowledge is motivated by the desire to understand the self in relation to God.

The New Testament writers symbolically applied all the basic numbers to express their ideas, but made more references to specific numbers relating to the seven-fold human body, to the divine potential of the human mind and soul and to spiritual destiny. Many years elapsed between the writing of the Old and New Testaments, which allowed time for much expansion of human consciousness. As a result, many more meanings for the numbers had accrued. The use of symbolism had grown and was liberally employed as a means of revelation.

1 – (One) – Is THE ZERO made more manifest; it is the self, independence and unity. “In the beginning was the Word… and the Word was God” (John 1:1). 1 is the basis or cause of a beginning; it is a start, a creative idea for expression.

2 – (Two) – ENCOMPASSES ALL PAIRS of opposites —male and female, spirit and matter, heaven and hell. “No man can serve two masters… ye cannot serve God and Mammon,” (Matthew 6:24). There is always a choice to be made between the pairs of opposites; thus we are warned that in duality there is danger. “A house divided against itself shall not stand,” (Matthew 12:25). But, “If two agree, it shall be done,” (Matthew 18:19).

3 – (Three) – SYMBOLIZES THE TRINITY, triad and trine—the three dimensions. In a larger sense, the 3 stands for multiplication and growth. Three of the disciples went with Jesus into the garden of Gethsemane. They were Peter, James and John; these three stand for light, life and love. “And Jesus went apart and prayed three times…, each time He returned to find them asleep.” The inner meaning is that Jesus felt that light, life and love were forsaking Him, as He said in His prayer, “Father let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, Thy will be done” (Matthew 26:37-45; Mark 14:32-41). Jesus asked Peter three times, “Lovest thou me?” (John 21:15-17). The three inquiries refer to love on the three planes of consciousness — the conscious mind, the subconscious mind and the super conscious mind. “If two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” (Matthew 18:20). This also refers to the three parts of the mind, and avers that if all agree, the Christ power will prevail.

The story of Jesus is a story of 3’s. He rose after three days and he was denied thrice by Peter. The fact that Jesus was crucified between two thieves is symbolic of the divided system of belief, which has stolen many of the true teachings. Christ sat down with the twelve, a higher vibration of 3. Judas bargained for thirty pieces of silver, again a vibration of 3.

4 – (Four) – STANDS FOR LAW and order, measurement, the physical and material realms, reason, logic, the square and the cross. Whenever a number is made up of straight lines, it symbolizes the divine principle; therefore the 4 and the 7 are called sacred numbers. The symbols are the square and the cross. The cross is always a sacred symbol wherever found.

Traditionally, the equal-armed cross, represented man. With the coming of Christ, the horizontal line of the cross was raised from the umbilical center to the heart center. It is not necessarily a Christian symbol; other spiritual leaders have died on the cross such as Krishna of India, Thamus of Syria, Hesus of the Druids, Mithra of Persia and Quexalcotl of Mexico.

“And He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted by Satan; and was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered unto him,” (Mark 1:13). 40 is used in a Scripture to indicate a completed cycle of retreat from things of the world in preparation for something better to follow.

On the morning of the fourth day after he died, Lazarus (meaning lack of spiritual understanding) lay in the tomb, bound hand and foot, with grave clothes wound around him. The fourth dawning day is when spiritual understanding shall release us from the grave of materialism and bring awakening to the one light.

“At the fourth watch, just as gray dawn was breaking, they beheld one walking on the water,” (Matthew 14:25). This refers metaphorically to the dawning of Aquarian Age, the age of community.

5 – (Five) – STANDS FOR MEDIATION, understanding and judgment. The ancients represented the world by the number 5, the explanation being that in 5 are represented the four elements earth, water, fire and air, plus the fifth essence, ether or spirit. Five became the number of humanity with the five developed senses. It is the great senses, after which the sixth sense intuition develops.

The five wounds of Christ symbolize the suffering endured while in the flesh, which leads us to turn to God. In the parable of the five wise and the five foolish virgins (Matthew 25:3), “They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in Testament their vessels with their lamps.” The oil relates to the anointed, or those who had light. Human beings can choose the light or reject it by their actions. Interestingly, the word oil is a 9-powered word, which means a completed cycle of attainment.

6 – (Six) – IS THE NUMBER OF BALANCE, harmony, cooperation, marriage, connubiality and beauty. “And there were set there six water pots of stone” (John 2:6) for the wedding feast. A wedding represents love (as does the number 6) at its most blissful state in earthly consciousness. The 6 expresses universal love, for out of the sorrows of personal love, the soul awakens to the higher life, which leads to illumination or adeptship. Jesus’ first miracle changed six pots of water to wine.

7 – (Seven) – Is THE NUMBER OF REST, cessation but not ceasing, safety, and the full measure of the triad and the quaternary. One of the greatest heritages from the Christian Scriptures is the seven-fold path of the Lord’s Prayer. The seven statements express the triad and the quaternary (Matthew 6:9-13):

1. Our Father which art in heaven,
2. Hallowed be Thy Name.
3. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
4. Give us this day our daily bread, and
5. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
6. Lead us not into temptation,
7. But deliver us from evil.

The final statement (“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever”) was added much later to symbolize return to the heavenly state.

8 – (Eight) – STANDS FOR INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION, for cycles of ebb and flow, infinity, rhythm, advancement, strength and confidence.

The 8 is not a primary number in the New Testament. Rather, we find the 8 figures heavily in the eight-fold path of the Buddha and in occult literature.

9 – (Nine) – REFERS TO COMPLETION, attainment, fulfillment, regeneration and revelation. Many words in the Bible are used for their symbolic meanings and teachings mystically concealed. Bread and wine are usually linked together. Bread is a 3-powered word; wine is a 6-powered word; together they form a symbol of the 9-power of regeneration. Thus the serving of bread and wine means that one is to partake of a regenerative process when taking communion.

In the Book of Revelation there are two numbers whose meanings have caused much discussion. These two numbers, the 666 and the 144,000 both vibrate to a 9. The 144,000 who were sealed as members of the Tribes of Israel refer to developed or saved humanity. The seal refers to the protective “sign in their foreheads,” (Revelations 9:4). The 666, described as the “number of the beast” (Revelations 13:18), refers to humanity functioning at the materialistic un-regenerated level. Thus these two numbers mystically refer to the evolution of humanity, either as ‘lost” (666) or “saved” (144,000). Humanity, symbolically called the “Hand of God,” demonstrates the same principle. Hand is a 9-powered word and refers to humanity as one of God’s helpers in bringing forth His Kingdom.

The nine statements of blessing in the Sermon on the Mount, which show a completed cycle, represent the essence of the New Testament teaching that the greatest of all power is love. Love is a 9-powered word. “He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love,” (I John 4:8). “God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him,” (I John 4:16). In the ninth hour – the hour of prayer – Christ on the cross said, “It is finished,” (John 19:30).

The numbers 12 and 13 hold a special place in both the Old and New Testaments.

12 – (Twelve) – THERE WERE Twelve Tribes of Israel who were the sons of Jacob. When Jacob gave his blessing to his twelve sons, he was referring not only to twelve individuals, but also to the development of twelve attributes to be awakened in the human soul. These paralleled the twelve characteristics of the twelve signs of the zodiac (Genesis 49:1-28). The work of these twelve sons dominated most of the Old Testament. Each tribe expressed the qualities of one sign of the zodiac and responded to a certain number. No tribe was wholly good or bad. These twelve signs and their corresponding numbers are operative in the lives of every individual, for each person indeed is a miniature universe.

Jesus chose to have twelve apostles. These also relate in character to the twelve signs of the zodiac to make a complete gathering of types of people in the inner circle of followers of Jesus. Thus the vibrational force under the number 12 belongs to the developed soul who has accumulated unusual inner strength through many and varied experiences.

13 – (Thirteen) – IS A NUMBER of special significance. Note that there were twelve apostles, but Jesus, the Christ, made a thirteenth member at the Last Supper. 12 is the number of solar New months in the year, but 13 is the number of lunar months. While the Testament solar vibrations are positive-creative in type, the lunar vibrations are negative-receptive in type. Each, as a reflection of God, is equally important.

13 means either death through degeneration, or life and attainment through regeneration. There are no halfway measures in 13; it requires all or nothing. If 13 is your number, face it and win! “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve,” (Joshua 24:15). In Deuteronomy 30:16, Moses said, “See, I have set before thee this day life and good — or death and evil — therefore choose life, and both thou and thy seed shall live.

Incarnation in the flesh represents the soul’s burial in matter, where it loses the power it originally had in the ethereal realm where it was created to be a companion to God. Eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil leads to spiritual, not physical, death. When the soul turns from God to self it figuratively dies. We wander about on earth in the flesh, as prodigal sons and daughters, victims of spiritual amnesia. The prodigal, even as you and I went from the father’s home of his own free will; the father did not send him.

Both the Old and the New Testaments contain numerous instances of the use of numerological symbols in the form of parable and allegory. Because every number and letter has a dual meaning, hidden messages are discernible to readers who understand the number-letter codes employed in biblical times.

In addition, there are three levels of meaning or knowledge, which the reader can acquire. The first level comes through the conscious mind and applies to the material or physical world. The second level is absorbed through the subconscious mind and is acquired by means of parables and symbols. The third level deals with revelations on the super-conscious plane of thought and affirms that we must rediscover whom we are from within.

The Bible is the story of humanity and its generations (growth and attainment), of its degeneration (the prodigal who left his father’s house forgetful of his divinity) and of its regeneration through the possible path of return to the consciousness within which proclaims, “Thy Will be done.”

“therightrevrhino” D.Min.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s