Biblical numerology is an intriguing subject. Some people are surprised to find a numerical meaning hidden within the word of God. However, the analysis of the text shows that it is there. There is no doubt that numbers have biblical meanings rooted in the past, and they’ve always been there hidden in the biblical texts in plain sight.
Using numbers to shed light on a person’s character or see their divine future is the purpose for most people when studying numerology. Ironically though, when using the Bible the numerologist is strictly using it in a manner forbidden by the Bible. We are here to tell you that there is no way you can avoid this fact.
What Does the Bible Teach About Numerology?
Exhaustive Bible study will show you that there is not a single line of scripture where numerology is taught, let alone tolerated. Divination is the word used in the Bible to refer to what we now call numerology. Numerology falls under the heading of divination due to its predictive nature. Be in no doubt that it is repeatedly condemned throughout the Bible.
Within the prophetic books of the Bible, such as Daniel and Revelation, there is a nuanced, interrelated system of numerology in which close study reveals patterns of numbers. In fact, the study in any detail of the elaborate nature of prophetic numerology goes well beyond what we can provide here in the limited space available. This article will, therefore, concentrate only on the meaning of one or two of the many individual special numbers revealed in the Bible.
The problem for the followers of religion is the way that numerology, by its very nature, forces its followers to forget the real power that God has over our lives.
He alone knows what our future will be, and it is truly absurd to attribute “magic” numbers and “range” numbers with the ability to reveal the future. All believers should be relying on Him for guidance rather than numbers.
Zechariah 10:2 says: “The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.”
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that we won’t find the truth through numerology.
Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
In the Holy Bible, there are symbolic meanings given to many different numbers. Before we start we should explain that the patterns we refer to are only evident in certain original language Bible versions. Research by Bible scholars has in certain examples, uncovered words and phrases that reveal the hidden meanings behind Biblical texts.
This discovery leaves many people in awe of the fact that once again this offers additional proof that God inspired every word used in the books that proclaim His will, his plan, and his purpose for mankind.
To put this in other words:
“The Eternal challenges us through Isaiah that He alone is Creator.”
Is Numerology Biblical?
Yes. It is Biblical, but it was never meant fo us to use the meaning of numbers to make our own predictions.
For example, the number 1 is obviously used throughout the Bible to indicate one thing only, God Himself.
“The one true God.”
The number 1 Commandment is:
“Thou shalt have no other gods besides me.”
“Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
This was to remind the Jews of the time not to worship multiple gods like all those civilizations around them. 1 is enough. Numerology seems to be more than just coincidence when we consider the chapter and verse, 6:4. 6 plus 4 equals 10.
Significant Numbers in Biblical Numerology
Significant numbers are to be found throughout the Bible. There are too many significant numbers in biblical numerology to list them all here, and other websites go into great length to list and explain them.
The dilemma of studying numbers is that we are in effect for studying numerology with the commonly experienced danger that makes us forget the true power that God has over our lives.
We should be turning to Him for guidance rather than numbers because he alone is the one that already knows the great things waiting to unfold in our future.
Zechariah 10:2 explains it well when he says:
“The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.”
Other examples are at Revelation 13 18 (5), Lord Jesus Christ (5), Leviticus 25 10 (4), Deuteronomy 6 4 (4) and Genesis 7 4 (4).
We won’t find true comfort through numerology.
Whatever your view is of the dangers of using Numerology Number Skills to interpret the Bible, the fact is that numerologists are skilled at finding whatever they want in the Bible.
The Bible is an enormous book, and once Maths experts began adding up and dividing numbers they were bound to find some types of patterns.
Don’t kid yourself this has not happened to many people. If you look hard enough or manipulate the numbers well, patterns can be construed to exist almost anywhere. At this point, it more and more often ceases to be an interesting task. At this point, some ill-judged Numerology Students may have become a little obsessed as a student of the Bible with the next stage – even at times leading to their becoming an activist teaching exactly the divination so strongly warned against in the Bible.