What Does the Bible Say About Numbers?

Written By DEXTER

Dexter is a pastor who enjoys reading and studying the Bible to inspire and empower others.

What Does the Bible Say About Numbers?

It is commonly thought that the Bible focuses solely on faith and belief in God, but what many don’t realize is that numbers play a big role in the Bible for many different reasons. Numbers are often used to explain spiritual truths, provide prophecies and stories, as well as instructions from God. Depending on the context, numbers are seen as important and meaningful to aspects of faith, humans and the world.

When it comes to faith, the Bible is rife with different numbers. Seven is often associated with God’s perfect plan, signifying the completion of His plan (Genesis 7). Fifty represents the jubilee or a new start and 1,000 is a number of years to God, signifying eternity. The number twelve signifies completeness – the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve apostles, and many other examples throughout the Bible.

The Bible also contains several detailed prophecies involving numbers, such as the time periods leading up to Christ’s return. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 and Daniel 12:11, the total time of Daniel’s 70th week is seven years. This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus ascended to Heaven and began His work of intercession from 40 days after appearing on Earth, until He returns end-time (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). This period of seven years is known as the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7).

The Bible also contains instructions from God, the most central of these being the Ten Commandments found in the book of Exodus (Exodus 20:3-17). These commands are so important, that they are repeated four times in the Pentateuch alone. Other numbers in the Bible, such as the “4 horsemen of the Apocalypse” (Revelation 6:1-8) can be seen as symbols of God’s judgement. By looking at these numbers in the Bible, we can better understand the instructions and prophecies from God.

Another interesting aspect of numbers in the Bible is the fact that when put together, they show us a meaningful pattern. For instance, the number 12 is associated with the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles. This shows us that God, in His infinite wisdom, has a specific plan for growing His family, and that this is symbolized through numbers. Many other numbers in the Bible have a similar significance.

When it comes to the Bible and it’s usage of numbers, it’s clear that they have meaning and purpose. Numbers help us to better understand God’s plan, His judgments and warnings, as well as His mercy and love. While the Bible may hold many puzzles, the relevancy of numbers allows us to uncover the truth and meaning behind God’s truths. So, what other messages is God trying to tell us through numbers?

Usage of Numbers in Parables

Numbers, like colors, words, and objects, appear often in the parables of the Bible. Parables can be used to tell a story or to give us a spiritual lesson, and oftentimes the numbers in parables have some greater meaning. Matthew 25 recounts the parable of the ten virgins, with each of the ten virgins symbolizing different aspects of our relationship with the Lord. Numbers are also used to signify the depth of God’s blessing, such as in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The number of talents given to each person is seen as a reflection of God’s generosity.

Implications of the Number 7

The Bible often refers to the number 7, with the seventh day being seen as the day of creation (Genesis 2:2-3). The number 7 also carries further religious, symbolic, and spiritual significance due to the fact that the number 7 can signify fullness and completion. The number 7 is referenced multiple times throughout the Bible, from the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, to the seven seals that are opened in the last days (Revelation 6-16). The number 7 can also be seen throughout God’s instructions to us and can represent a call to trust in Him and to be obedient to Him.

Role of Numbers in the Bible

Numbers as symbols played an important role in the Bible. As mentioned before, numbers were used to explain certain spiritual truths as well as prophecies and stories. Numbers were also used in the Bible as instructions from God. The Ten Commandments, for instance, are seen as central instructions that are essential for our faith and belief in God (Exodus 20:3-17). Other numbers, such as the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse (Revelation 6:1-8), also represent God’s judgement and a call to repentance.

Interpretation of Numbers in the Bible

When it comes to interpreting numbers in the Bible, it is important to remember that each number carries a different meaning and symbolism. For instance, the number 3 is often seen as a symbol of resurrection or spiritual transformation. The number 4 carries the symbolism of the four aspects of the world, the four directions of the world, and the four gospel writers. In some cases, we can also view numbers in the Bible as instructions from God. In the case of the 10 commandments found in Exodus, these instructions are of utmost importance in our faith and belief in God.


Numbers are an important part of the Bible, and can provide us with much meaning and insight into Bible stories and spiritual truths. Each number carries its own symbolism, from 3 representing resurrection to 12 representing completeness. We also find instructions from God in the form of numbers, such as the 10 commandments in Exodus. By looking to the numbers in the Bible, we can better understand the importance of God’s instructions and prophecies.