Meaning of Numbers in the Bible Biblical Meaning of Numbers 9
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 9
The number nine is a most remarkable number in many respects. It is held in great reverence by all who study the occult sciences; and in mathematical science it possesses properties and powers which are found in no other number.*
* Among others may be mentioned (1) that the sum of the digits which form its multiples are themselves always a multiple of nine; e.g., 2 x 9 = 18 (and 1+8=9); 3 x 9 = 27 (and 2+7=9); 4 x 9 = 36 (and 3+6=9); 5 x 9 = 45 (and 4+5=9), etc., etc.; and so with the larger numbers: 52843 x 9 = 475587 (and 4+7+5+5+8+7=36, and 3+6=9). (2) The sum of its multiples through the nine digits = 405, or 9 times 45.
It is the last of the digits, and thus marks the end; and is significant of the conclusion of a matter.
It is akin to the number six, six being the sum of its factors (3 x 3=9, and 3+3=6), and is thus significant of the end of man, and the summation of all man's works. Nine is, therefore, the number of finality or judgment.
Why does the number 9 represent finality or judgment?
The number of finality or judgment is committed unto Jesus as "the Son of man" (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man — the judgment of man and all his works.
It is a factor of 666, which is 9 times 74.
The Gematria (substituting numbers for letters) of the word "Dan," which means a judge, is 54 (9 x 6).
The sum of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet is 4995 (5 x 999). It is stamped, therefore, with the numbers of grace and finality. The sum of the Greek alphabet is 3999.
What is the first battle found in God's word?
The first contest is a battle between a group of 4 and a group of 5 kings: *
"And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations, that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar)." (Genesis 14:1-2, NKJV)
* The Gematria (substituting numbers for letters) of verses 3 and 4, Genesis 14, which describe the rebellion and the battle, is 5655 (13 x 435). And verses 4 and 5, which describe the coming of the four kings, = 5590 (13 x 430). Thus the rebellion verse binds the war and its cause together. Verse 9, also, which describes the battle, is 4732 (13 x 13 x 28).
The swift vengeance of Abram, verses 13-16, = 10738 (13 x 7 x 118).
The standing of Abram before Melchizedek (Melchizedek) = 19019 (13 x 7 x 11 x 19). Thus with Abram we find not only the 13, but 7 marking the spiritual character of himself and his mission.
How is the number 9 related to the judgment of SODOM?
Genesis 19, recording the judgment of Sodom, is marked by multiples of nine. Verses 4-29 amount to 89550 (9 x 9950, or 9 x 50 x 199). The same is seen if we divide it into sections: —
Verses 4-18. From the riot in Sodom to Lot's plea for Zoar is 50733 (9 x 3 x 1879).
Verses 19-25. From Lot's plea to the overthrow is 24543 (9 x 9 x 303).
Verses 26-29. From "Lot's wife" to the end of the history is 14274 (9 x 2 x 13 x 61).*
* It is interesting to note that in the midst of all this, the words which refer to the deliverance of Lot, "Haste thee" (verse 22) to "out of the midst" (verse 29), give a multiple of 8, the Dominical Number; it is 25304 (8 x 3163); while four of the verses of this section (25-28) are each separately multiples of 8; their total sum being 11312 (8 x 1414). The sum of the whole chapter is a multiple of 13.
We see the same phenomena in the account as given in the Second Epistle of St. Peter. As we do also in the judgment pronounced upon Jerusalem.
What are the 9 judgments of God?
The judgments of God in Haggai 1:11 are enumerated in nine particulars:
1. "And I called for a drought upon the land,
2. and upon the mountains,
3. and upon the corn,
4. and upon the new wine,
5. and upon the oil,
6. and upon that which the ground bringeth forth,
7. and upon men,
8. and upon cattle,
9. and upon all the labor of the hands."
There are nine words used from the root dikh, right or judgment: -
2. dikaioV (dikaios), right, just as it should be.
3. dikaiow (dikaioo), to make dikaioV (No. 2), to account righteous.
4. dikaiosunh (dikaiosunee), the state, or quality, or condition of him who is dikaioV (dikaios).
5. dikaiwV (dikaios), justly, rightly.
6. dikaiwma (dikaioma), a righteous act or requirement.
7. dikaiwsiV (dikaiosis), is the action of the judge in promulgating a decree, in declaring or recognizing a person as dikaioV (Romans 4:25, 5:18).
8. dikasthV (dikastees) is the judge (Luke 12:14; Acts 7:27,35).
9. dikaiokrisia (dikaiokrisia) is the righteous judgment of the judge (Romans 2:5).
Enough has been said to show that the signification of the number nine is judgment, especially divine judgment, and the conclusion of the whole matter so far as man is concerned.
But nine is the square of three, and three is the number of Divine perfection, as well as the number peculiar to the Holy Spirit. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that this number denotes finality in divine things.
The number 9 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit
The gifts of the spirit in 1Corinthians 12:8-10 are also nine in number:
1. The word of wisdom
2. The word of knowledge
5. The working of miracles
7. Discerning of spirits
8. Divers kinds of tongues
9. The interpretation of tongues
Who were the 9 people STONED?
The 9 people stoned:
1. The blasphemer, Leviticus 24:14.
2. The Sabbath-breaker, Numbers 15:36.
3. Achan, Joshua 7:25.
4. Abimelech, Judges 9:53.
5. Adoram, 1Kings 12:18.
6. Naboth, 1Kings 21:10.
7. Zechariah, 2Chronicles 24:21.
8. Stephen, Acts 7.
9. Paul, Acts 14:19.
Who were the 9 special widows?
1. Tamar, Genesis 38:19.
2. Woman of Tekoah, 2Samuel 14:5.
3. Hiram's mother, 1Kings 7:14.
4. Zeruah, 1Kings 11:26.
5. Woman of Zarephath, 1Kings 17:9.
6. The poor widow, Mark 12:42.
7. Anna, Luke 2:37.
8. Widow of Nain, Luke 7:12.
9. The importunate widow, Luke 18:3.
Who were the 9 people afflicted with BLINDNESS?
1. The men at Lot's door, Genesis 19:11.
2. Isaac, Genesis 27:1.
3. Jacob, Genesis 48:10.
4. Samson, Judges 16:21.
5. Eli, 1Samuel 4:15.
6. The prophet Ahijah, 1Kings 14:4.
7. The Syrian army, 2Kings 6:18.
8. King Zedekiah, 2Kings 25:7.
9. Elymas, Acts 13:11.
Who were the nine people afflicted with LEPROSY?
1. Moses, Exodus 4:6.
2. Miriam, Numbers 12:10.
3. Naaman, 2Kings 5:1.
4. Gehazi, 2Kings 5:27.
5. through 8: The four lepers at Samaria, 2Kings 7:3.
Azariah, 2Kings 15:5.
Additional commentary on the Biblical Meaning of 9 *
In the Bible the number 9 is used 49 times in the Bible and pictures finality or divine completeness from the Lord.
Jesus died at the 9th hour, the completion of His physical life. His death was the beginning of the finishing of sin and Satan.
As 8 symbolizes circumcision of the heart and the receiving of the Holy Spirit, the significance of 9 is that it signifies the fruit of the Spirit. There are 9 fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23:
Twelve is a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection. It is found as a multiple in all that has to do with rule. The sun which "rules" the day, and the moon and stars which "govern" the night, do so by their passage through the twelve signs of the Zodiac which completes the great circle of the heavens of 360 (12 x 30) degrees or divisions, and thus govern the year.
Twelve is the product of 3 (the perfectly Divine and heavenly number) and 4 (the earthly of what is material and organic). While seven is composed of 3 added to 4, twelve is 3 multiplied by 4, and hence denotes that which can scarcely be explained in words, but which the spiritual perception can at once appreciate, viz., organization, the products denoting production and multiplication and increase of all that is contained in the two numbers separately. The 4 is generally prominently seen in the twelve.
The Twelve Patriarchs
There were twelve patriarchs from (and including) Shem (the son of Noah) to Jacob:
1. Shem 5. Peleg 9. Terah
2. Arphaxad 6. Reu 10. Abraham
3. Salah 7. Serug 11. Isaac
4. Heber 8. Nahor 12. Jacob
The Sons of Israel
The twelve sons of Israel, though actually thirteen, are never listed with 13 names in a single list.
There are about 18 enumerations altogether, but in each list one or the other sons / tribes is omitted. Generally it is Levi, but not always. In Revelation 7 both Dan and Ephraim are omitted (see 8), but the enumeration is still twelve, Levi and Joseph being introduced for this special sealing of the remnant which shall go unscathed through the great tribulation.
How does the number twelve represent Solomon's Temple?
The temple of Solomon has twelve as the predominating factor, in contrast with the Tabernacle, which has five predominating. This agrees with the grace which shines in the Tabernacle, and with the glory of the kingdom which is displayed in the Temple.
When we come to the New Testament we find the same great principle pervading the Apostolic government as we see in the Patriarchal and National, for we have the following groups of twelve:
The foundations in the heavenly Jerusalem.
Twelve and the New Jerusalem
The measurement of the new Jerusalem will be 12,000 furlongs square, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits, Revelation 21:16,17. Those sealed in Revelation 7:4 will be 144,000, and all that has to do with the Twelve Tribe, such as the stones in the High Priest's breastplate, the stones taken out of the Jordan, etc. etc. and therefore we have not referred to all such reference in these pages.
Who were the 12 people specially ANOINTED to serve in government?
Twelve person were anointed for government of various kinds. Of course, all kings, priests, prophets, and healed lepers were anointed; but the circumstances of the anointing of twelve individuals is specially recorded. Of these, five were priests (Aaron and his four sons, Exodus 6:23) and seven were kings:
1. Aaron, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
2. Nadab, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
3. Abihu, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
4. Eleazar, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
5. Ithamar, Exodus 29:7,9, etc.
6. Saul, 1Samuel 10:1.
7. David, 1Samuel 16:13.
8. Absalom, 2Samuel 19:10.
9. Solomon, 1Kings 1:39.
10. Jehu, 2Kings 9:6.
11. Joash, 2Kings 11:12.
12. Jehoahaz, 2Kings 23:30.
It will be observed from the above list that Saul, the man of MAN'S choice, is thus stamped with the number 6. David, the man of God's choice, is stamped with seven. For Saul and David are the sixth and seventh respectively in order. The words, "a man after God's own heart," means simply a man of God's choice, and not, as infidels are never tired of asserting, that God approved of all the sins which David fell into.
At what age did Jesus first appear in public?
Twelve years of age was Jesus when He first appears in public (Luke 2:42) and utters His first recorded words (see number 1).
Legions of Angels
Twelve legions of angels mark the perfection of angelic powers (Matthew 26:53).
Additional commentary on the Biblical Meaning of 12 *
Twelve is found 187 times total in Scripture, 22 of which are in the book of Revelation. The significance of the number 12 is that it represents divine authority and appointment, as well as governmental foundation and perfection, and shows completeness. Twelve is also used as a signature of Israel. Truth is symbolized by 144, or 12 x 12.
There are twelve divisions of heaven called the Mazzaroth, which God uses for signs and seasons. The testimony of the stars is numerically in harmony God's word "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1).
There were 12 sons of Jacob, whose families formed the 12 tribes of Israel with 12 princes; there were also 12 princes of Ishmael.
The high priest’s breastplate, used for judgment, had 12 stones representing the 12 tribes. The showbread consisted of 12 loaves. During the period of the judges, 12 judges judged Israel. Solomon appointed 12 officers over Israel.
At age 12, Jesus appeared at the temple. Jesus ordained twelve apostles, who were sent with authority to preach the Gospel and to be witnesses of His resurrection. After His resurrection, Jesus told the apostles that He had been given all authority in heaven and earth - the divine authority of God.
During the great tribulation, 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel are saved, totaling 144,000 (Revelation 7). A second 144,000 are gathered from the earth to serve the Lamb and follow Him (Revelation 14:1-5). The bride of Christ is pictured with a crown of twelve stars (Revelation 12:1).
The New Jerusalem has twelve gates of pearls, twelve angels at the gates and the names of the 12 tribes of Israel over the gates. The wall of the city has 12 foundations of precious stones; in them are the names of the twelve apostles. The wall is 144 cubits high (12 x 12). The city is 12,000 furlongs (1,500 miles) square.
Last night In my studies of the Bible my mind was drawn to the High Priest and his Breastplate from the old testament.
Researching the The Tabernacle (Hebrew: משכן, mishkan, "residence" or "dwelling place"), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the portable dwelling place for the divine presence from the time of the Exodus from Egypt through the conquering of the land of Canaan. Built to specifications revealed by God (Yahweh) to Moses at Mount Sinai,
I was thinking about the measurement that God told Moses on how to built the Tabernacle. In my research I came across this great article by Michael Prewitt on the topic.
Sanctuary Geometry and the Garden of Eden
I grew up in the church, and over the years I saw many pictures of the tabernacle of Moses, Solomon’s temple, and Herod’s temple. However, the first time I saw a scale diagram of the tabernacle and its courtyard, I was amazed. Here is a scale model:
Since I am a graphic designer, there are two points that stood out immediately to me: First, it is mostly empty space. Second, it is very geometric. This is what we will be exploring in a moment. But first, a few numbers and explanations.
The diagram is on a grid; each grid space represents 10 cubits. (Each grid square is 10×10 cubits, or 100 sq cubits. For the curious, a cubit was roughly 1.5 feet.)
The outer rectangle represents the courtyard. The entrance to the courtyard for those coming to offer sacrifices was through an opening in the middle of the right side, which was the east side. The small square on the right side of the courtyard is the altar of burnt offering. The rectangle on the left side is the tabernacle. That rectangle is further divided into the most holy place (the square part on the left), which contained the ark of the covenant; and holy place (the rectangular part on the right), which contained the altar of incense, the table of shewbread, and the candlesticks.
Here is a highly simplified 3D model. Note that it does not reflect the exact shape or height of the sanctuary once the covering curtains were added. The altar does not show the steps, and the brass basin and other objects in the courtyard have not been included. Also, the gate is the correct width and position, but the styling is merely a simplified aesthetic interpretation. A person has been added to show scale.
If you want extra credit, you can look these details up on your own. You can find the dimensions of the courtyard in Exodus 27:9–13. The courtyard is exactly 100 x 50 cubits. The other dimensions are given in Exodus 26; however, the verses are a bit confusing. The tabernacle is 30 x 10 cubits, and the altar 5 x 5 cubits. In 1 Kings 6:2, we find a somewhat clearer description of Solomon’s temple, which had exactly double the dimensions of Moses’ tabernacle (60 x 20 cubits).
If you want further support for this model, you can find a scale diagram of the sanctuary in the popular paperback edition of the book, The Sanctuary Service, by M. L. Andreasen, page 6. (Not all editions may have this diagram.)
Now, back to our story:
Right away I could see that many of the paintings and drawing of the tabernacle and its courtyard that I had seen as a child and young adult were poorly proportioned. What’s more, I could also see that there was an obvious geometrical arrangement to the sanctuary. Could there be some significance to that?
There are some easy observations one can make about the courtyard’s geometric arrangement.
If you divide the courtyard in half, forming two equal-sized squares, you will find that each square has at its center an important piece of furniture. To emphasize, you may wish to draw a large “X” through each square, and note where the lines of the “X” cross.
In the left square, you will find at the center the ark of the covenant:
In the right square, you will find the altar of burnt offering:
There are other geometric relationships, but those are for your own study.
That alone is quite fascinating, and we could stop here. But not long after I noticed these relationships, I was struck by some compelling relationships between the tabernacle and its courtyard, and another structure from the Old Testament: the Garden of Eden.
There is more on this article but I wanted to concentrate on the tabernacle.
Interesting info if your into the hidden dimension of the bible..... it reminds me of the square grids of WD Gann. Im sure the more you dig deeper into the bible the more you will find. Kudo to Michael for this great article.
I've enjoy reading over this topic - WD Gann and the Bible. And most certainly enjoy all the information you bring. So thanks for that.
I thought id add something, really simple, and on topic. For people who have read Ganns works, this may not be new news. But for those who havent read Gann yet, and are wondering about the link, it might add a little something.
On the topic of "WD Gann and the Bible."
Gann made it a lifetime objective, to link all he did back tot he Bible. He never claimed to own the knowledge he had, and always gave credit back to the bible as a source.
His books and references to the Bible.
The 1923 Truth of the stock tape book, has two references to the bible.
The 1927 Tunnel Thru The Air book, contains 177 references to the bible over 102 pages. Not bad for a book spanning 418 pages in total. He seemed to really want to push the point about the Bible in this book.
The 1930 Wall Street Stock Selector book, has two references to the Bible.
The 1936 New Stock Trend Detector book, has one.
The 1940 Face Facts America book, has 3 pages that refer to the Bible.
1941 's How to Make Profits in Commodities book has one reference on p 17.
In 1949 45 Years in Wall street book, has two references to the bible.
1950's The Magic Word - is obviously a book about the bible, so many many references and quotes.
The Commodities Course has about nine references to the Bible spread thru chapters 1, 4, 5, 6 & 10.
I guess all im trying to add here is that He certainly contributed his knowledge and success in large to reading the Bible.
I thought id end this with a quote from one his books
"I have devoted the best years of my life to a study of natural laws and time factors
and have read the bible many times to find in the pages of this book the wisdom of the ages.
I have discovered the time cycles and natural laws laid down in the bible which, if followed
by man, will guide him wisely and enable him to see into the future and to prepare and
protect himself and his country in times of greatest danger.
History repeats in the lives of men and nations. Wars occur and recur because human nature
does not change and because people follow hope and are influenced by fear instead of facts.
It is a natural law that action equals reaction in the opposite direction and for every effect
there must be an adequate cause."