Yahuweh Himself considers numbers and counting as very important, and He tells us why we should do the same:
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)
It is so that we might gain wisdom that Yahuweh tells us we should learn to number, or count our days. Since the Scriptures are our main focus, this counting of numbers is related to the numbers within the Scriptures themselves. As we begin to seek and to learn the numbers of Scripture, Yahuweh begins to open our eyes to the prophetic meaning of these numbers seen throughout Scripture.
Below is a table of results of numbers that appear naturally in Scripture, along with their prophetic meanings seen thus far. We will first display these numbers, and then discuss some of the prophetic number patterns seen in Scripture.
The numbers shown below do not necessarily agree with what other writers have found and published, but they do reveal what this writer has seen thus far in all of Scripture. Most important, there is abundant Scriptural support for each.
Some Numbers in Scripture and Their Prophetic Meaning
- 1/2 Utter Dependence on Messiah as the other [half] necessary for completion (when used with cubit) (John 15:5)
- 1 Unity / Single / One-ness
- 2 Division / Separation / Process of Dividing into two groups
- 3 Resurrection
- 4 Our Walk / (Halacha) / Our ‘way-of-life’ in this earthly realm
- 5 The Bride / The Woman / The one who is growing in Grace
- 6 Man / The Flesh
- 7 Completed / Perfected / Prepared, Made Ready
- 8 A New Thing / Firstfruit / Messiah; Foundation (when used with the number ’10’)
- 9 Fruit (works-Ps 104:13)-Good Fruit (works) if ‘Messiah-in-you’ produces; Evil or wicked fruit (works) if ‘we-ourselves’ produce (Php 1:11 vs. Titus 3:5)
- 10 Testimony / Keeping of Commandments / Foundation (when used with “8”)
- 11 Freedom to Choose / Separation / Choice of one of two Groups: (Those who choose to enter-in) or (those who choose to fall in the Wilderness)
- 12 Government or Rulership
- 13 Love (Agape) / Beloved One / Opposite of Love (Rebellion)
- 14 Deliverance / Salvation
- 15 Rest / Sabbaths of Yahuweh / Entering His Rest
- 16 Marriage / Covenant
- 20 Redemption
- 22 Light / Revelation / The Product (Result) of Choosing to Separate [unto Wisdom] – same as (11 x 2)
- 24 Elders / Those who Rule and Reign with Messiah (12 x 2) / The Priesthood
- 25 Speaks of the Bride – same as 5 x 5 or 5^2
- 26 Reciprocal Love – same as 13 x 2
- 31 Son / Offspring / Prophetic meaning: “Having characteristics of”
- 32 Covenant Completed or fulfilled – same as (16 x 2)
- 33 Life of Messiah / Messiah-in-you
- 37 The Word of Yahuweh
- 40 Trial & Testing
- 42 The Appearing of Messiah — The Life of ‘Messiah-in-you’ to bring 3-fold Resurrection and salvation and deliverance: of spirit, of soul, and then in bodily resurrection from the earth – same as 3 x 14
- 44 The Walk / The Way that is Set-Apart to Yahuweh (‘Holy’); same as 4 x 11
- 45 Provision / Protection / Preservation by Yahuweh; same as the Product (Result) of 9 x 5
- 50 Presence of Yahuweh — The Set-Apart (‘Holy’) Spirit of Yahuweh present among Mankind; the Bride and her testimony; same as (5 x 10)
- 53 Enter in to the Kingdom
- 70 Judgment Accomplished or Judgment Future
- 100 An Addition or Multiplier = The Power of ‘Messiah-in-you’ to accomplish a task. Speaks of the Glory that results from Grace – the power of the indwelling presence of Messiah to accomplish a task. This can be added to/ multiplied by/ any number, to give greater significance to the number.
- 153 Those that Enter in, who allow the “100” (power of Messiah-in-you) to accomplish the “53”.
- 1000 A Multiplier = The ultimate Glory of Yahuweh realized
Prophetic Numbers in Scripture
At present, for the sake of time, the details for each number in the above table are not shown. Some examples of Prophetic numbers in Scripture are shown below to illustrate some of the many ways numbers can be seen in Scripture. As time allows we may show additional examples in the future.
The plans and purposes of Yahuweh are revealed and confirmed in the number patterns hidden within the Scriptures. These can be seen in many ways, such as frequency of occurrence of words and phrases. They can also be seen in contextual associations with other words, and in man-made associations, such as Strong’s Number definitions, and in seemingly arbitrary chapter-and-verse numbering.
The Strong’s numbers, for example, were arrived at simply by man’s arranging of all Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words used in Scripture in alphabetical or alef-bet order, then applying numbers to each word, according to that order. Each word is then given various definitions, depending on context.
Scripture numbers do not initiate any doctrinal truths. The number patterns seen in Scripture can only confirm doctrinal truths already written in Scripture. They can also serve to prove or disprove ideas or notions that may be in error — which ideas may arise from the imagination of man’s own heart. We are therefore urged to understand the numbers of Scripture as part of our growth and preparation in wisdom.
For example, in the following passage, we are encouraged to:
“…comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ…” (Ephesians 3:18b-19a)
In this passage, we are called upon to comprehend, or understand certain measurements, but we are not told what these are. Although these dimensions could apply to any number of things, we are left in the dark as to what they are. We then notice in the verse that these measurements lead to our further knowing the love of Messiah. But how are we to understand what this passage is telling us?
Let’s first understand that wherever there are measures, counts, or dimensions, this is likely referring to numbers. So this is our first clue to its meaning. After a little searching, we will find that This passage is simply a hidden message directed to the Bride-Candidates, to call them back to the Scriptures (the Old Testament — also called the Tanak or Torah — which are Yahuweh’s eternal instructions for His people). Father is calling us to return to the Scriptures, in order to learn the measurements of the many things described there, and to understand the numbers and their meanings. This search leads us directly to many Scripture passages. A few of these measurement examples follow.
The Measurements of the House
The measurements seen in the above passages in Ephesians can refer to many things in Scripture. They can refer to the Ark built by Noah, seen in Genesis chapter 6. They can also refer to the measures of the Tabernacle and its Furniture, seen in Exodus chapters 25-27. These measurements can apply to the Temple, or House of Yahuweh, seen in Ezekiel chapters 40-44. They can likewise be drawn from many other things in Scripture.
Taken together, these numbers give confirmation to us of the great truths concerning God’s plan for His people, and for the remnant that will become His Bride. These numbers also reveal things the Bride-Candidates will find necessary for their preparation, and necessary for understanding the time of the Bridegroom’s return. The measurements of the House also reveal how the individual Virgins [Born-Again Believers] will be ‘measured’ to see whether they are wise, or foolish; whether they are abiding [‘remaining’] in Him, walking as the Bridegroom walked — keeping all the Torah, as He did — or whether they are not (John 15:10; 1John 2:6; 1John 3:24).
Taken together, the measurements of the House seen in Scripture reveal one common focus, one of the main themes of the apostle Paul’s writings — the ‘yardstick’ by which we are to be measured — which is a walk of love. Paul has identified this measure as the “stature of the fullness of Messiah” (Ephesians 4:13), and elsewhere as the life of Messiah-in-you (2Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 4:19; Colossians 1:27). This is the life of Messiah living within His ‘Born-Again’ people — whereby we first allow Messiah to become ‘birthed’ within us — and then allow Him to grow within us, day-by-day, walking in fullness of obedience to Torah, as He enables us by His Grace.
So we see these numbers are highly significant. For the sake of being brief, the Reader is left to read the Scriptures for himself, and to confirm these Scriptural measurements, and the meaning of their numbers. These dimensions and measurements of the House reveal many of the truths of the numbers in the brief table seen above.
Teach Us to Number Our Days
In Psalms 90:12 we see a request of Yahuweh, that He would teach us to number or count something:
So teach us to number our days <03117>, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)
Here we see the Psalmist requesting to learn to ‘Count the number’ of our days in order that we may (be able to) apply our hearts unto wisdom. Here we understand that learning of numbers and counting is for the purpose of growing in wisdom.
There are many ways we might number, or count our days. One way is for us to acquire a sense of how long we have on the earth, so that we might be efficient in our use of time. Another way might be for us to count the number of occurrences in Scripture of the Hebrew word ‘yowm,’ Strong’s number <03117>, meaning ‘day’ and ‘time’ and ‘year,’ and to observe the meaning and context of each occurrence, as to the number representing the chronological order of its appearance.
Still another example can be seen by looking at the Strong’s numbers that represent the words used in Scripture. These Strong’s numbers can be prophetic in many different ways. One way, for example, can be seen by counting the years as Strong’s numbers. This can be done by considering the Strong’s number relating to the equivalent Roman Year used today, or perhaps relating to a duration of years between two dates.
Practical Counting of Days In Daily Life
Included in the instruction for numbering or counting of days, is the command for Yahuweh’s people to count the days of the week. For example, Yahuweh has designated the seventh day of each week as His Shabbat [‘Sabbath’], the specific day He has made holy [‘set-apart, separate, or sanctify for a special purpose’]. Yahuweh has designated this particular day for His people to cease [‘shabath’] their work, and to meet with Him, and commune with Him (Genesis 2:3; Exodus 20:10-12; Hebrews 4:4).
Thus it is by their participation in Yahuweh’s Sabbaths, that the Bride-Candidates are able to commune with the Bridegroom. It is also by their participation in Yahuweh’s Sabbaths, that the Bride-Candidates prepare themselves for the Bridegroom, by coming to know Him (Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12, 20).
As Yahuweh’s people, we must therefore become mature enough to count beyond the number one [gathering on Sunday, the first day of the week], and learn to count to seven [gathering on Saturday, the seventh day of the week] as the Scriptures command all of Yahuweh’s people.
Still another example of numbering of days is seen in the simple command to Yahuweh’s people to count the days leading up to the Feast of Shavuot, also called Pentecost (Lev 23:15), meaning ‘fiftieth day.’ Keeping this simple command to count requires much seeking, investigation, and learning of Yahuweh’s Feast Days, in order to learn and accomplish the counting.
The counting of days to Pentecost is thus a command for the Bride-Company to seek out and to accomplish, as they begin to learn how to participate in the Feast Days of Yahuweh — which are as Wedding-Rehearsals for the Bride. So in order to properly observe the day of Pentecost, we are called upon to learn how to count from one to fifty.
All of Yahuweh’s Feast Days require our counting from the first day of the Biblical month, up to the day specified in Scripture. For example, all New Covenant Believers are told to observe the Passover at night on the 14th day of the first month, at which time we are to eat the bread, and drink of the cup of the Covenant.
Since Passover is the fourteenth day of the first Biblical month, we must first learn to observe the start of the 1st Biblical month, and then we must learn to count to the night [the beginning part] of the 14th day. Only in this way can we observe the Passover in the same manner as did Yahushua [who is our example in all things], on the night before He was crucified.
It is thus through the Bride Candidate’s participation in the Bridegroom’s Feast Days, that the Bridegroom continues to reveal to the Bride-Company things to come (Colossians 2:16-17), which includes a keen sense of awareness of the imminence of the return of the Bridegroom, as well as how the bride is to prepare, and to make herself ready.
The early apostles and disciples of Messiah all observed the Biblical Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), as well as all the other Biblical Feast days. They all learned to count the days. If we are to do likewise, we must mature to the point that we would imitate the early Disciples, in all respects.
Words and Their Numbers: Frequency
Another way of observing Bible words and their corresponding numbers can be seen in how often a particular word is used, called the word frequency. These numbers can reveal some prophetic meanings for us today. Let’s look at a few examples.
Words and Their Numbers: Frequency
- The Greek word <386> ‘anastasis,’ meaning resurrection = 42. This word for Resurrection is used 42 times in the New Testament.
- The Greek word <1815> ‘ ex-anastasis,’ meaning out-resurrection /separation = 1.
- The Greek word <1453> ‘egeiro,’ meaning arouse, awaken, arise = 141.
This word is used 141 times. The number “141” shows only one step short of resurrection by the power of Messiah-in-you, or 142.
- The Hebrew word <01537> ‘gilgal,’ meaning “rolling” = 41.
The Hebrew word <01536> ‘gilgal,’ meaning “wheel” = 1.
The Hebrew words <01536> and <01537> (Total) = 42.
- The name ‘Gilgal,’ the home of Elijah, confirms again by the number 42, that Elijah is one of many pictures of the Bride who will ascend alive.
- The 13th mention of the English word ‘purple’ in Scripture is in Exodus 35:25:
And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet<08144>, and of fine linen <08336>. (Exodus 35:25)
- The above passage mentions women that are wise-hearted, which speaks of the Bride.
- This passage also contains two Hebrew words, each having a frequency of 42:
– The Hebrew word <08144> meaning “scarlet” = 42;
– The Hebrew word <08336> meaning “fine linen” = 42.
- Thus we see by association, the word Purple, the number ’13’ (love), the ‘wise’ (the Bride), and the number ’42’ (Appearing of Messiah and Resurrection-Life).
- The 42nd mention of the English word ‘purple’ in Scripture is a parable on Resurrection, seen in Luke 16:19. The implication is that this is a parable portraying one or more ‘Bride-Candidates.’
- The two Greek words for ‘satan’ in the New Testament are <4566>=1, and <4567>=36, for a total of 37 times. This shows the Word of Yahuweh (’37’) (when twisted) is satan’s primary weapon he uses to deceive.
- The Hebrew word <07704> ‘saw-deh,’ meaning “field, ground, soil” = 333. This number shows us that the field or harvest actually consists of (3) separate “3’s,” or (3) separate Resurrection-phases.
- The Hebrew word <03394> ‘yareach,’ meaning “moon” = 26. This number shows us the Bride, who reflects the glory of the sun (prophetically representing the Bridegroom).
- The Hebrew word <03556> ‘kowkab,’ meaning “stars” = 37. This number shows us that the stars portray the Word of Yahuweh (’37’), and His Word is revealed in the Heavens, as seen in (Job 16:19, 37:18).
- The Hebrew word <02450> ‘chakam,’ meaning “wise” = 137. This number shows us that the wise are those who are “DO-ers” of the “37” (the Word of Yahuweh), by allowing the “100” (the Grace of Messiah-in-you to accomplish it).
- The Hebrew word <01166> ‘ba’al,’ meaning “marry, husband, wife” = 16. This number speaks of the marriage covenant between husband and wife.
- The Hebrew word <03519> ‘kabowd,’ meaning “glory” = 200. This number speaks of the wise, who shall inherit glory (Prov 3:35). This number is seen as 200, which is 2 x 100; and speaks of the Glory that results from the “2” (division) of the Bride from the other virgins, brought about by the “100” (power of Messiah-in-you to accomplish).
- The Greek word <3566> ‘numphios,’ meaning “Bridegroom” = 16. Again, this number speaks of Yahuweh’s Marriage Covenant.
- The Greek word <3565> ‘numphe,’ is translated to the English word “Bride” = 5. This word is one of many revealing the Bride number “5.”
Words and Their Numbers: Strong’s Numbers
Yet another method of observing Bible words and their numbers is by looking at the Strong’s numbers. Here is one example.
Words and Their Numbers: Strong’s Numbers
- The Hebrew word <0155> ‘addereth,’ meaning “mantle, garment, robe, glory” comes from the Hebrew word <0117>, which comes from the word <0142>, ‘adar,’ meaning “glorious, full of glory” = 3.
- The above word translated ‘mantle’ is thus seen to be related to the ‘appearing of Messiah-in-you,’ and to the resulting Resurrection and Glory, simply by tracing the Strong’s number of the word back to its root word form.
Numbering of Scriptures
And finally, a note on Scripture arrangement. Even the man-made arrangement of Scripture has been under Yahuweh’s oversight, and He has caused every passage to be arranged in a ‘prophetic’ way, and are numbered accordingly. Notice the following passages:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The above passages are prophetic in at least two ways. First, they are prophetic in the plain sense of meaning of the words. But they also reveal a hidden prophetic event, in that the reference itself is significant. It is the reference that reveals the Biblical dates in which these activities are likely to occur!
The next example of Scripture numbering is a special case deserving its own writing. We have discovered that the 4200th Verse of the New Testament and the 4200th verse of the Old Testament both reveal a prophetic message regarding the nature of the Bride-Company’s resurrection/transformation. To see this page go to The 4200th Verse.
For further insight into prophetic events of Scripture, the Reader may want to view the writing on Prophetic Events.
Other Number-Counts in Scripture
Perhaps some of the most important ‘basic’ number-counts we are to understand are the counting of ‘3-days and 3-nights’ between the crucifixion and the resurrection; counting to the Sabbath day on the 7th day of the week, and counting the 14-days of the first Biblical month to Passover, then counting the 7-days of unleavened bread we are commanded to observe. But we are not yet finished.
We must then learn to count the 50-days we are commanded to count, between the Feast of Firstfruits [Resurrection Day] and the Feast of Shavuot [‘Pentecost’]. Then we must learn to count to the 1st day of the 7th Biblical month, the “day and hour of which no man knows.”
We must then learn to count to the 10th day, then to the 15th day and the 23rd day of the 7th month, before we can graduate from First Grade in Yahuweh’s the School of the Prophets.
Once we have adjusted our lifestyle so that we are observing these most basic number-counts in our everyday lives, then the other numbers in Scripture [and their prophetic meanings] will come more easily. For it is in observing Messiah’s commandments, that we display that we have implemented the Foundational principles of The Faith in our lives; then and only then, will Yahuweh “sign the building permit” that will allow us to go on to completion of the house (Hebrews 6:2-3).
For example, if we are unable to count to ‘3’ [as in 3-days and 3-nights], or count to ‘7’ [as in counting to the 7th day Sabbath day], then it is unlikely we will be able to learn to count to 50. This brings us back to our opening Scripture passage:
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)
Here we see that counting of days is taught by Yahuweh Himself. We then see in this verse, that counting of days is related to wisdom, which Yahuweh gives to us for our greater understanding.
But in order to apply our hearts unto wisdom, we must be teachable, and ready to obey the Words of Messiah — including the Commandments the WORD of Yahuweh [Messiah] gave to Moses.
Thus if we desire to learn to count Biblically, we need only ask Yahuweh for wisdom (James 1:5), and then commit to being obedient to what He reveals to us in His Word!
The Biblical number-counts will be of no use to us, if we have not yet been ‘Born-Again,’ Baptised in water, and Baptised in the Holy Spirit. The Master has told us, that unless a man be Born-Again, he will not see the Kingdom of God; and unless a man become Born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom (John 3:3; John 3:5).
If you are not absolutely sure that your sins are forgiven, or if you are not absolutely certain that you have been Born-Again, read The Good News! and How Do I Receive God’s Forgiveness for My Sins?.
If you are already a Born-Again Believer, and you know without a doubt that Yahushua has been birthed within you; and you know without a doubt that He is now living within you, please read the following:
Dear Reader, our lifetime on this earth has been given to us, to the intent that we would become set-free from sin, so that we may each choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15). Whomever we choose to serve reveals our firm decision, as to where we will spend eternity (Romans 6:16). This lifetime on earth is, as it were, an entrance foyer at the doorway to eternity.
We must each choose which door we will go through, and choose where we will spend that eternity.
Let us choose wisely, and then prepare accordingly. Let us choose wisely, by receiving Yahushua’s forgiveness for our sins, as our first step, and our highest priority.
Let us then give Yahuweh our heart, and purpose in ourselves to learn and walk in Father’s ways (Proverbs 23:26). Only then can we find the fullness of genuine inner peace, and rest for our soul (Matthew 11:29; Jeremiah 6:16).
And for our first step of finding wisdom, let us first seek to have the fear of Yahuweh (Proverbs 9:10). Only then may we apply our hearts unto wisdom, by learning to count the Biblical numbers. Only then will our numbering and counting find true meaning.
And as for our preparation, it is more vital that we would first attain to the basics, before we try to understand the Prophetic Numbers in Scripture!
“If ye know these things,
happy are ye if ye do them.”
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