Symbol of Unity. “One” excludes all difference, for there is no second with which it can either harmonize or conflict. It marks the beginning. We must begin with God. All our words and works must be characterized by the first words of the Bible: “In the beginning GOD.” Nothing is right that does not begin with Him. “God first” is the voice of Scripture. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33) is the testimony of Christ. “God first” is the great proclamation.
Two affirms that there is a difference – there is another. One affirms that there is not another!
This difference may be for good or for evil. A thing may differ from evil, and be good; or it may differ from good, and be evil. Hence, it takes a Two-fold coloring, according to the context.
It is the first number by which we can divide another, and therefore in all its uses we may trace this fundamental idea of division or difference.
The number two may be, though different in character, yet one as to testimony and friendship. The Second that comes in may be for help and deliverance. But, alas! where man is concerned, this number testifies of his fall, for it more often denotes that difference which implies opposition, enmity, and oppression.*
Three, therefore, stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire. All things that are specially complete are stamped with this number:
•God’s attributes are: omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence.
•There great divisions completing time: past, present, and future.
•3 persons, in grammar, express and include all the relationships of mankind.
•Thought, word, and deed, complete the sum of human capability.
•Three degrees of comparison complete our knowledge of qualities.
•The simplest proposition requires three things to complete it; viz., the subject, the predicate, and the copula.
•Three propositions are necessary to complete the simplest form of argument: the major premise, the minor, and the conclusion.
•3 kingdoms embrace our ideas of matter; mineral, vegetable, and animal.
When we turn to the Scriptures, this completion becomes Divine, and marks Divine completeness or perfection.
Now 4 is made up of three and one (3+1=4), and it denotes His creative works. He is known by the things that are seen. Hence the written revelation commences with the words, “In the beginning God CREATED.” Creation is therefore the next thing – the fourth thing, and the number four always has reference to all that is created. It is emphatically the number of Creation; of man in his relation to the world as created.
•Four is the number of the great elements: earth, air, fire, and water.
•Four are the regions of the earth: north, south, east, and west.
•Four are the divisions of the day: morning, noon, evening, and midnight.
•Four are the seasons of the year – spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
• Four are the great variations of the lunar phases.
Four marks division also. For the river was “parted.” It is the first number which is not a “prime,” the first which can be divided. It is the first square number also, and therefore it marks a kind of completeness as well, which we have called material completeness.
Five is four plus one (4+1). Now we have a further revelation of a People called out from mankind, redeemed and saved, to walk with God from earth to heaven. Hence, Redemption follows creation. Inasmuch as in consequence of the fall of man creation came under the curse and was “made subject to vanity,” therefore man and creation must be redeemed. Thus we have:
These are the 5 great mysteries, and five is therefore the number of GRACE.
If four is the number of the world, then it represents man’s weakness, and helplessness, and vanity, as we have seen.
But four plus one (4+1=5) is significant of Divine strength added to and made perfect in that weakness; of omnipotence combined with the impotence of earth; of Divine favor uninfluenced and invincible.
Six is either 4 plus 2, i.e., man’s world (4) with man’s enmity to God (2) brought in: or it is 5 plus 1, the grace of God made of none effect by man’s addition to it, or perversion, or corruption of it: or it is 7 minus 1, i.e., man’s coming short of spiritual perfection. In any case, therefore, it has to do with man; it is the number of imperfection; the human number; the number of MAN as destitute of God, without God, without Christ.
Six, therefore, is the number of labor also, of man’s labor as apart and distinct from God’s rest. True, it marks the completion of Creation as God’s work, and therefore the number is significant of secular completeness.
The serpent also was created on the sixth day.
The Sixth Commandment relates to the worst sin – murder.
The sixth clause of the Lord’s prayer treats of sin.
The number 6 is stamped on all that is connected with human labor. We see it stamped upon his measures which he uses in his labor, and on the time during which he labors. And we see this from the very beginning.
The number 6 is also stamped upon the measurements of the Great Pyramid, the unit of which was the inch and its sexagesimal multiples. The first multiple is the foot, 12 inches (2×6); and after this the rises are 18 ( 3 x 6), 24 (4×6), 30 ( 5 x 6), and 36 (6×6 = the yard).
We come now to the great number of spiritual perfection. A number which, therefore, occupies so large a place in the works, and especially in the Word of God as being inspired by the Holy Spirit.
In Hebrew the number eight is (Sh’moneh), from the root (Shah’meyn), “to make fat,” “cover with fat,” “to super-abound.” As a participle it means “one who abounds in strength,” etc. As a noun it is “superabundant fertility,” “oil,” etc. So that as a numeral it is the superabundant number. As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth. We consider the connection between 8 and 7 in another section.
Eight is 7 plus 1. Hence it is the number specially associated with Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new era or order.
The number nine is a most remarkable number in many respects. It is held in great reverence by all who study the occult sciences; and in mathematical science it possesses properties and powers which are found in no other number.*
* Among others may be mentioned (1) that the sum of the digits which form its multiples are themselves always a multiple of nine; e.g., 2 x 9 = 18 (and 1+8=9); 3 x 9 = 27 (and 2+7=9); 4 x 9 = 36 (and 3+6=9); 5 x 9 = 45 (and 4+5=9), etc., etc.; and so with the larger numbers: 52843 x 9 = 475587 (and 4+7+5+5+8+7=36, and 3+6=9). (2) The sum of its multiples through the nine digits = 405, or 9 times 45.
It is the last of the digits, and thus marks the end; and is significant of the conclusion of a matter.
It is akin to the number six, six being the sum of its factors (3 x 3=9, and 3+3=6), and is thus significant of the end of man, and the summation of all man’s works. Nine is, therefore, the number of finality or judgment.
The number of finality or judgment is committed unto Jesus as “the Son of man” (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man — the judgment of man and all his works.
It is a factor of 666, which is 9 times 74.
The Gematria (substituting numbers for letters) of the word “Dan,” which means a judge, is 54 (9 x 6).
The sum of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet is 4995 (5 x 999). It is stamped, therefore, with the numbers of grace and finality. The sum of the Greek alphabet is 3999.
What are the 9 judgments of God?
The judgments of God in Haggai 1:11 are enumerated in nine particulars:
“And I called for a drought upon the land,
and upon the mountains,
and upon the corn,
and upon the new wine,
and upon the oil,
and upon that which the ground bringeth forth,
and upon men,
and upon cattle,
and upon all the labor of the hands.”
It has been already pointed out that ten is one of the perfect numbers, and signifies the perfection of Divine order, commencing, as it does, an altogether new series of numbers. The first decade is the representative of the whole numeral system, and originates the system of calculation called “decimals,” because the whole system of numeration consists of so many tens, of which the first is a type of the whole.
Completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, is, therefore, the ever-present signification of the number ten. It implies that nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete.
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments contain all that is necessary, and no more than is necessary, both as to their number and their order, while the Lord’s prayer is complete in ten clauses.
The 10 clauses of the Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s prayer is completed in ten clauses. *
1.The first, God’s sovereignty.
2.The second, God’s manifested Name
3.The third, the realization of God’s kingdom.
4.The fourth first mentions the earth.
5.The fifth, the gift of grace supplying our need.
6.The sixth treats of man’s sin.
7.The seventh pleads for spiritual guidance.
8.The eighth pleads for final deliverance from all evil.
9.The ninth sums up the divine glory (32)
10.The tenth completes the eternal cycles.
* These clauses have the significance of their respective numbers.
The tithes represent the whole of what was due from man to God, as marking and recognizing God’s claim on the whole.
The number 10 and redemption
The redemption money was ten gerahs, and thus was acknowledged both what God claimed, and what man was responsible to give. Now ten gerahs was half a shekel (Exodus 30:12-16; Numbers 3:47). Every male that was numbered, over 20 years of age, must pay this sum and meet God’s claim. *
* When David numbered the people (2Samuel 24 and 1Chronicles 21), this payment was not made and God’s claim was not met. Hence the judgment which followed.
But the firstborn were to pay ten times as much; for when God took the Levites instead of the first-born of Israel, there were found 22,273 first-born males, but only 22,000 Levites. So that 273 had to pay the ransom money, which amounted to ten times ten gerahs. Thus, though the five shekels looked like a variation, the significance of ten is sustained, for the five shekels were ten times the “half shekel.” (See Numbers 3:12,13,40-51).
The 10 Plagues of Egypt
The ten plagues were representative of the complete circle of God’s judgments on Egypt. Exodus 9:14, “I will . . . send all my plagues.”
The 10 kingdoms controlled by the Antichrist
Antichrist’s world power is comprised in the ten kingdoms, symbolized by the ten toes on the feet of the image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2:41), and by the ten horns of the fourth beast of Daniel’s vision (Daniel 7:7,20,24, etc.; Revelation 12:3, 13:1, 17:3,7,12).
If ten marks the perfection of Divine order, then the number eleven is an addition to it, subversive of and undoing that order. If twelve is the number which marks the perfection of Divine government, then 11 falls short of it. So that whether we regard it as being 10 + 1, or 12 – 1, it is the number which marks, disorder, disorganization, imperfection, and disintegration.
The importance of the number eleven is that it signifies disorder and judgment and is used 24 times in the Bible. The designation “11th” is used 19 times in scripture. Coming after 10 (law and responsibility), the number 11 represents the opposite — the irresponsibility of breaking the Law, which brings disorder and judgment.
In Genesis 11, men rebelled against God and built the tower of Babel. God judged them by confusing their language, resulting in chaos. In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, God executed His final judgment against Judah with the complete destruction of Jerusalem and the temple and the exile of the remaining Jews to Babylon.
The apostle John saw 11 things in connection with the final judgment (Revelation 20:12-14).
Twelve is a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection. It is found as a multiple in all that has to do with rule. The sun which “rules” the day, and the moon and stars which “govern” the night, do so by their passage through the twelve signs of the Zodiac which completes the great circle of the heavens of 360 (12 x 30) degrees or divisions, and thus govern the year.
Twelve is the product of 3 (the perfectly Divine and heavenly number) and 4 (the earthly of what is material and organic).
While seven is composed of 3 added to 4, the number twelve is 3 multiplied by 4, and hence denotes that which can scarcely be explained in words, but which the spiritual perception can at once appreciate, viz., organization, the products denoting production and multiplication and increase of all that is contained in the two numbers separately. The 4 is generally prominently seen in the twelve.
The number twelve is found 187 times total in the Bible, 22 of which are in the book of Revelation.
The significance of the number 12 is that it represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness. Twelve is also used as a signature of Israel. Truth is symbolized by 144, or 12 x 12.
There are twelve divisions of heaven called the Mazzaroth, which God uses for signs and seasons. The testimony of the stars is numerically in harmony with the Bible: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalms 19:1).
The number thirteen and the enemy of God
The enemies of God and his people, as named in Scripture, are generally multiples of 13. The primary example of this is the great enemy himself, Satan. Although we may give the English for the sake of clearness, the Gematria (the values formed by the letters of the words themselves) are always based on the original Hebrew or Greek:
•Satan, in Hebrew = 364 (13 x 28)
•Satan, in Greek = 2197 (133)
•”That old serpent, even Satan” = 2756 (13×212)
•”Ha-Seraph” (Numbers 21:8) = 585 (13×45)
•Beelzebub = 598 (13 x 46)
•Belial – 78 (13×6)
•Dragon (Revelation 12:9) = 975 (13 x 75)
•Serpent = 780 (13×60)
•Murderer = 1820 (13 x 140)
•Tempter = 1053 (13×81)
•The Scape-goat = 585 (13 x 45)
•The Lion (Psalm 91:13) = 338 (13×26)
•”As a Lion” (1Peter 5:8) = 1885 (13 x 145)
•”The Power of the Enemy” (Luke 10:9) = 2509 (13 x 193)
•”Your adversary, the Devil, as a roaring lion” = 6032 (13×464)
•Fowler (Psalm 91:3) = 416 (13×32)
•”Who is called the Devil and Satan” = 2197 (133)
•”Seven Devils” = 572 (13 x 44)
•”Because the Prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11) = 5577 (132×33)
•”When he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar” (John 8:44) = 7072 (13×544)
The longest book name and number 13
The longest name of a Bible book, Thessalonians, is 13 characters.
Additional commentary on the Biblical Meaning of 13 *
The number thirteen is associated with rebellion and depravity and is used fifteen times in the Bible. All the names of Satan are divisible by thirteen. Nimrod, the chief rebel after the flood, was the thirteenth in the line of Ham. In their thirteenth year of servitude, the kings of the nations rebelled (Genesis 14:4). Twelve represents the government of God and thirteen represents the governments of men in rebellion against God.
The number six hundred sixty six is “the number of a name” (Revelation 13:17-18). When the name of Antichrist is known its Gematria (substituting numbers for letters) will doubtless be found to be 666. But this number has, we believe, a far deeper reference to and connection with the secret mysteries of the ancient religions, which will be again manifested in connection with the last great apostasy.
If six is the number of secular or human perfection, then 66 is a more emphatic expression of the same fact, and 666 is the concentrated expression of it; six hundred sixty-six is therefore the triple of human perfection; the perfection of imperfection; the culmination of human pride in independence of God and opposition to His Christ.
The number, however, has to be computed, to reckon, to calculate, not merely to count or enumerate). See Revelation 13:18. Therefore it is not to be known by gematria merely, though, as we have said, that will be one of the factors in the calculation, just as the letters in the word Jesus amount to 888.
But 666 was the secret symbol of the ancient pagan mysteries connected with the worship of the Devil. It is to day the secret connecting link between those ancient mysteries and their modern revival in Spiritualism, Theosophy, etc. The efforts of the great enemy are now directed towards uniting all into one great whole. The newspapers, worldly and religious, are full of schemes as to such a union. “Reunion” is in the air. The societies for the re-union of Christendom, and the Conferences for the re-union of the Churches, are alike parts of the same great movement, and are all making for and are signs of the coming Apostasy. During this age, “Separation” is God’s word for His people, and is the mark of Christ; while “union” and “re-union” is the mark of Antichrist.
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