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                                                       BIBLE STUDY - SCRIPTURE NUMERICS.

Every Bible student will remember certain numbers mentioned in the Scriptures with numbers such as one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, ten, twelve, forty and seventy, etc. These numbers occur with more or less frequency in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. This indicates that the Scriptures have a 'Numerical Structure' that is based on 'Symbolic' significance of these numbers. God is the Author of the Scriptures and the Creator of the world, that is why the 'Scriptures' and the 'Works of God' harmonize.

1.   ONE: The number of 'unity'.

This number symbolizes the 'Unity of God', as in Mark 12:32, 'For there is one God'. John 10:30, "I and My Father are one". We see seven distinct unities as can be read in Ephesians 4:4 - 6, 'One Body', 'One Sprit', 'One Hope', 'One Lord', 'One Faith', 'One Baptism' and 'One God'.  

2.   TWO: The number of 'union'.

The Union of Jesus Christ and God the Father, as in John 17:21, "That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us". The union in marriage, and 'they shall be one flesh', Genesis 2:24. The clean beasts and birds went into the ark two by two, Genesis 7:9. Jesus sends the disciples out two by two, Mark 6:7.

3.   THREE: The number of 'divinity'.

The number three is called the divine number because it is mentioned so often in the Bible in connection with Holy things. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The prayer of Jesus as in John 17 is divided into three sections. We read in the Book of Revelation, which is divided into three, many things that are in threes, the angels crying 'Holy', 'Holy', 'Holy'; there are three 'woe trumpets', three frogs, etc.

4.   FOUR: The number of the 'world'.

We have four seasons, winter, spring, summer and autumn. The four points of a compass, north, south, east and west. There are four elements, earth, fire, water and air. The river that flowed out of the Garden of Eden was divided into four. Make a list and see for yourselves.

5.   FIVE: The number of 'division'.

We read in Matthew, of five wise and five foolish virgins. Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread. We have five fingers on each hand. Five toes on each foot. We have five senses. David took five smooth stones from the brook. Make your own list and see for yourselves.

6.   SIX: The number of 'man'.

This is man's number and stop short of seven. Man was made on the sixth day. Mans appointed days of labour are six. The Hebrew slave was to serve six years. Moses had to wait six days on the mount before God revealed Himself, Exodus 24:16. There were six steps in front of the throne of Solomon, 1 Kings 10:19. This is the number of the beast 666, that of a man, Revelation 13:18.

7.   SEVEN: The number of 'perfection'.

This number is used more in Scripture than any other numeral. In the Book of Revelation only it is used 50 times. There are seven Churches in the Book of Revelation. There are seven sealed Books. Let us look at other places where seven is used. 'And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done', Genesis 2:7. The Sabbath was the seventh day. There were seven days of grace after Noah entered into the ark. Jacob served seven years for Rachel. When taking Jericho, seven Priests, with seven trumpets, marched seven days around the city. There was a seven - branch candle stick in the Tabernacle. It took Solomon seven years to build the Temple, and kept the feast for seven days. Job had seven sons. Naaman had to wash seven times in the Jordan. A little boy sneezed seven times, and then he came alive again, 2 Kings 4:35.

8.   EIGHT: The number of 'new things'.

God commanded Abraham that a male child had to be circumcised on the eight day. This covenant was to mark a new beginning. Noah and his family counted eight, this was for a new beginning. David was the eight son of Jesse and he introduced a new order to Israel. Jesus Christ was raised on the eight day of the feast of the Jews to mark a new beginning.

9.   TEN: The number of 'worldly action'.

The decimal system that we know has its origin on the ten fingers of man. It was also Ten Commandments that God gave Moses. The parable of the ten virgins symbolizes the legal number necessary for a Jewish function. Jesus was telling a parable of a woman that had ten coins and lost one, Luke 15:8. Ten servants that were entrusted with ten coins and to do business, were given authority over ten cities, Luke 19:13 - 17.

10. TWELVE: The number of 'eternal perfection'.

We read in the Book of Revelation that the New City will have twelve foundations, the names of the twelve apostles were written on these foundations. We see that the twelve apostles will sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. In the New City there will be twelve trees with twelve kind of fruit, that bears fruit for twelve months.

11. FORTY: The number of 'probation'.

It rained for forty days when Noah went into the ark. Moses was in Egypt for forty years. Moses was in the desert for forty years. Moses and Israel were in the wilderness for forty years. Goliath's nation defied Israel for forty years. Nineveh was given forty days to repent. Elijah fasted for forty days and forty nights. Jesus was tempted for forty days. Paul was punished forty stripes saved one.

                                                            Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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