Meaning of Numbers in Revelation

We have seen a lot of numbers repeated lately:  7, 4, 24, etc.

I have compiled a list of website commentary for you all to better understand the symbolism here.  Just keep in mind not all numbers have symbols behind them and are just numbers.

This site goes over the numbers with the perspective of what it meant to the first century believers.  Excellent for us since they mean different things today.  http://www.granbychurchofchrist.org/Bible/KingJames/Revelation/StudyGuide/NumericalSymbolismInRevelation.htm

This site has a great explanation of the number 7 (which scholars think came from 3–Triune God + 4–Creation).  Never knew that before!

https://understandingbooksbible.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/155/

Guide to the number 1000 and 144,000:

http://www.ukapologetics.net/07/144000.htm

Useful, concise, and short guide to numbers and Revelation in general:

http://www.christistheway.com/2003/a03a07ab.html

Finally, an in-depth review of all numbers in the entire Bible.  Very lengthy but goes through the numbers one by one and lists tons of Bible passages.  Easy to scroll through and find the number you want to know more about:

http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/the%20significance%20of%20numbers%20in%20scripture.htm

Hope this helps!!

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5 comments on “Meaning of Numbers in Revelation

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Awesome!!! Thank you.

  2. J J Zavada says:

    The use of certain numbers as symbols is a constant throughout the Bible–not just in Revelation. Here is what I found in my research:
    3 = God’s Purpose
    5 = Atonement or Redemption
    10 = Completeness (100, 1000, 10,000 are degrees of completeness)
    17 = Covenant or Warranty between God and Man
    23 = Destruction or Punishment
    7 = End of Days
    0 = when added to other numbers equals termination (40 lashes was considered a death sentence in Roman Law)

    BTW- Thanks for your consistent help with BSF lessons. My wife and I both compare your input with ours to better understand the questions. This is our second year with BSF and our second year living in place that is far away from familiar people, places, and congregations. We know what that feels like. God bless you and your family.

    • Julia says:

      To JJ Zavada above: Interestingly, I have not seen numbers 17 or 23 used before. Do you have biblical references for these and how they are used in the Bible. Also the number 7, in all my reviews including the excellent references that AToZ gave in her commentary, always implies God’s Divine number of perfection. It is used numerous times in the Book of Revelation. I have never seen it mean “End of Days” in all the references that I have studied regarding numerology in the Bible!

      • J J Zavada says:

        Hi Julia,
        The numbers 17 and 23 are used in a more subtle way than other numbers like 3. Here is how:

        In the Bible the number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.” God overcame the sins of rebellious humans when he began to flood the earth through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah’s ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month (right in the middle of God’s annual Holy period known as the Feast of Tabernacles). The Hebrew readers of these accounts would have known the significance of these two dates. But they pass over our heads when we read about them today.

        The number 23 is even more subtle. 23 = Cursing turned to blessing; Spiritual uptrend in history.

        Number of Levites in 2nd yr. of exodus was 22,000 and in 40th yr. was 23,000 (Nu. 3:39 cf. 26:62); Dan. 8:14 – 2300 evenings and mornings in Tribulation.

        The number 7 in the Bible not only communicates “perfection” it also conveys “completion” God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th because everything that could be created was created. However, God did not conclude that His creation was “perfect” only that it was “good” The perfection would come at the End of Days when Jesus returns to claim the world as His own. Then it will be perfect i.e. free of sin and corruption. But 7 can also have an ominous meaning as in Leviticus 26:18 18 ‘If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. So both completion and perfection must be reconciled at the End of Days.

  3. Julia says:

    Thanks to JJ Zavada for the clarifications noted above. God is the master mathematician and has revealed the staggering complexity involving numbers and mathematical patterns in the Bible. The answers are in Scripture, but the problem is our finite minds that limit our understandings of the numbers involved. However, numerology is still very interesting, and I appreciate the above comments by JJ as well as the references supplied by AToZ.

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