Written by Mark Holbrook
Thursday, 16 June 2016 08:10


(By Mark Holbrook)


Good evening. I want to thank Jay for giving me the opportunity to give tonight’s lesson. There is one thing for sure; No matter how bad I do up here this evening. I know I will not end up in the Senior Citizens video…why? Because I make it!!!


My lesson tonight is about the numbers in the Bible. I am a very left brained person and when I see numbers, it like looking at a rainbow. I have always been fascinated with numbers, patters, logic puzzles, complex equations, etc..


Have you ever noticed that you find the organized use of numbers all throughout the universe and in your everyday lives? 


·        Calling a member of a family or a friend using cell phone,

·        Cooking or anything that involves the idea of proportion and percentage.

·        Looking for the number of people who liked your post on Facebook.

·        Switching the channels of your favorite TV shows.

·        Telling time you spent on work or school.


Stars and planets—scientists know exactly where they will be in the future…it can be calculated, they move according to mathematical law. 


In science, trillions of cells in the body, yet each has exactly 46 chromosomes


But, man did not invent math!  Man discovered the principles of math and is still learning how to use them.  God built numbers into all He created. 


Do many of the numbers in the Bible may have a deeper meaning or spiritual significance? We do not know the reason and probably never will, both the new and old testament have many numbers that are repeated and stand out.

Researchers are trying to uncovered patterns that reveal a hidden meaning behind the Biblical numbers because the bible is the inspired word of God and as Romans 1:20 tells us:

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

This tells us God made everything for a reason. Therefore God maybe had a reason for the repeated numbers in the Bible, once again we do not know why.


Isaiah 40:25

To whom then will you compare Me, or who is My equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold, who has created these things, who brings out their host by number.



Psalm 90:12

 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.



Though the scientific community is trying to discover why this numbers may exist, men actually know "little to nothing" about God’s limitless universe.

It is interesting to note that, on average, ONE in every FIVE scriptural verses contains a number. Does the frequency of these numbers mean to reveal the mind of God and the divine design of His revelation to man? Once again we may never know.


So with that being said, at there are many numbers repeated in the Bible. Bible scholars have tried to decipher if the numbers may have a particular meaning, we could sepnd coutless hours with many different number, so I choose just a few of these numbers and mention what the symbolically represent but remember:



“The meaning of numbers in the Bible is not perfect, but the meaning of the written Word in the Bible is always perfect.”


40 – Symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation


Ø Genesis 7:4

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.


Ø Numbers 14:33

And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.


Ø Matthew 4:2 – Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights

And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. (Jesus fasting


·        (Exodus 24:18) Moses was with God in the mount, 40 days and nights


·        (2 Samuel 5:4) David reigned over Israel for 40 years


·        (1 Kings 11:42) Solomon reigned same length as his father; 40 years.


·        (Luke 4:2) Jesus was tempted 40 days


·        (Acts 1:3) Jesus remained on earth 40 days after resurrection


10 – Human Completion of Divine Order


In KJV the number 10 is used 242 times

Ø Exodus 20:1-17 / Deuteronomy 5:6-21

The Ten Commandments were the Tablets of the Law


·        Noah was the 10th patriarch before the Flood.


·        10th generation from creation was judged for sin by the Great Flood.


·        10 plagues on Egypt completed God’s judgment when Pharaoh failed to release God’s people.


·        In Genesis 1 we find the phrase "God said" 10 times, which is a testimony of His creative power.

7 – Refers to Completeness and Perfection


·        Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). Much of this symbolic is a meaning from being tied directly to God's creation of all things.


·        In the KJV, the number 7 is used 735 times (54 times in the book of Revelation alone). If we include with this count how many times 'sevenfold' (6) and 'seventh' (119) is used, our total jumps to 860 references.



Ø Genesis 2:2

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.



Ø The word 'created' is used 7 times describing God's creative work


      Genesis 1:1

      Genesis 1:21

      Genesis 1:27 three times

      Genesis 2:3

      Genesis 2:4



·               7 great land masses form the complete earth


·               7 colors in the rainbow


·               7th day was a Sabbath for Israel, a day of rest


·               7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.


·               7 days for the Feast of Tabernacles


·               7 years was the time it took to complete construction of the first Temple


·               7 pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle


·               7 days was the time of mourning for the dead



6 – The Number of Man


Ø Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.



Ø Exodus 31:15

Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.



·        6 generations of Cain’s descendants


·        6 years a servant had to work before he could be set free


·        6 times Jesus was accused of being demon possessed 


·        6 times Jesus was asked to give a sign to PROVE Himself


·        6 people proclaimed Jesus innocent but did nothing to stop His crucifixion (Pilate, Herod, Judas, Pilate’s wife, the thief on the cross, a Roman Centurion).


4 – Creative Works of God


Four symbolically pertains to God’s earthly, “under the sun,” creative works


Ø Revelation 7:1

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.


Ø   Genesis 2:10 

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.


·        4 directions (N, S, E, W)


·        4 phases of the moon


·        4 elements on earth (earth, fire, water, air)


·        4 Things that make up the universe (time, energy, space, and matter).


·        4 Seasons (summer, autumn, winter, and spring).


·        4 Major provisions for man (earth, air, fire, and water).


3 – Denotes Trinity of Divine Design


Three is the number of trinity as perfectly seen in the Holy Trinity — one God in three Persons.


This number three is associated with actions of God working through Jesus or the Holy Spirit.


Ø Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:


Ø Matthew 12:40

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.


Ø John 2:19

Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.


·               Jesus taught for three years. He faced three temptations in the desert and was in the tomb three days prior to his resurrection


·               Man is created in the image of God, thus man is also a trinity:  body, soul, and spirit.  Physical, emotional, and spiritual nature


·               3 times God spoke from Heaven: (Matthew 3:17, 17:5, John 12:28)


·               Jesus was set up on the cross at the third hour of the day, and lasted until the ninth.


·               Jesus raised 3 people from the dead,


·               Three things were put in the Ark of the Covenant (jar of manna, Aaron’s staff, 10 commandments);


·               3 places men dwell:  Heaven, earth and the underworld


·               3 Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

·               3 stories (30 cubits) high and 300 hundred cubits long was the size of Noah’s ark


·               It is on the third day of creation that Earth is made.

·               The placard on the Cross is written in 3 languages.

·               There are 3 angels named in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer.


2 – Denotes Companionship, Witness, Division


It is also used 21 times in the books of Daniel and Revelation.


Rev. 1:5

Tells us that Jesus is a faithful “faithful witness”.


John 20:12

When the disciples went to the empty tomb, how many angels were there to confirm he had indeed risen from the dead?  2 angels.


Acts 1:10

40 days later, Jesus ascended into Heaven from the Mt. Of Olives…how many angels were there witnessing that ascension 2 angels.


Ø Genesis 1:16

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.


Ø Matthew 22:40

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets


·        2 great lights to divide the day and night (sun and moon)


·        2 of every kind of animal entered the ark


·        2 tablets contained the Ten Commandments


·        2 testaments make up the Word of God


1 - Denotes absolute singleness and unity


The most important number of all is #1.


When it comes to numbers, God is #1!


Ø Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.


Ø John 17:21, 22

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:



Deuteronomy 6:4 

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD


John 10:30   

I and my Father are one.


1 Corinthians 8:4

As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.


Galatians 3:20

Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.


John 17:11, 20-21, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 5:30       

1 represents the union of God and man in salvation


Believing everything in Scripture has significance and knowing that everything was put there by the inspiration of God.


The numbers in the Bible may just be numbers or they may have some significance, once again we may never know.


One thing we do know, is that being a Christian and believing in the one true God – He is always here for us.



Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.


God is telling us that he is always there for us…


A father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. The son is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help from anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must first come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises and he is sure that wild beasts must be all around him.

He is also terrified that maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.




But what steps do we need to take to reach out to him:


We must 1st hear the word of God (Romans 10:17)

Believe (Mark 16:16)

Repent (Luke 13:3)

Confess (Romans 10:9-10)

and be baptized (Acts 2:38)


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