The Biblia Sacra, or the Holy Bible, is the most translated and the most widely read book in the world. In fact, tales from the Bible make it to almost every school’s curriculum across the world. But, do you know that Bible has been a massive source of secret codes? Well, you would know about this if you’ve read Dan Brown’s novels, specifically, the Da Vinci Code. In this list, we shall find out what the top 10 most important Biblical numbers are, and why are they so. So, here we go—
Number 7 – The Ancient Perfection
The number 7 appears more than 600 times in the Bible, but here are some of the most significant mentions:
- God rested from Creation on the seventh day
- Jacob labored seven years to win the hand of Rachel
- In Joseph’s time, Egypt suffered seven years of plenty and seven years of famine
- God commanded the Israelites to eat unleavened bread for seven days in memory of the exodus from Egypt
- Naaman, suffering from leprosy, was told to dip in the Jordan River seven times
- The apocalyptic book of Revelation is loaded with sevens, including seven churches, seven seals, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven golden bowls, seven stars, seven hills, etc.
Number 12 – The Number of Authority
Like 7, the number 12 seems to be imbued with special meaning by the authors of both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Jacob has 12 sons, for example, who go on to become the fathers of the 12 tribes of Israel. 12 sons and the 12 apostles are symbols of authority both in ancient Israel and in the Christian church. New Jerusalem will have 12 gates each manned by 12 angels, and the new city will be 12,000 furlongs squared.
Number 40 – Trials and Transformation
The number 40 is another recurring figure in the Bible and seems to be closely associated with times of trial and testing that lead to transformation. When God commands Noah to build the ark, the rains flood the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights. When the Israelites are punished for lacking faith, they are forced to wander in the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the promised land. Moses went on a 40-day fast before he received the 10 commandments from God.
One of the most important numbers in the Bible, One is used to denote none other than the Almighty Himself—“One true God”. In fact, the 1st Commandment says “Thou shalt have no other gods besides me”. And, in Deuteronomy 6:4, it is said that “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one”.
In terms of its usage, twenty-two is by far the most arithmetically employed number in the Bible than any other number. First of all, 22 is the number of Hebrew alphabets. Secondly, the Bible can be divided into 3 sections of 22 books each, making 22 indeed a powerful number. Besides, the approximation of it with pi, half the circumference of a circle, can indeed be not ignored.
Four is yet another number that symbolizes completeness and totality much like 12 and 40. After all, you’ve got 4 angels guarding the 4 corners of the world, and 4 horsemen guiding the Apocalypse.
If you know at least a bit about the Bible, then you would readily accept the importance of Ten in the same. After all, 10 were the commandments of the Lord. And, besides that, there were 603 more uses of 10 in the Bible. Besides, do you want to see any top 9 list or want to rank something on 11? Yes! It’s psychologically the most satisfying number ever!
Think Biblical imperfection, think six. After all, the number 666 is symbolic of the Unholy Trinity, right? Besides, 6 are the number of working days, after which, the 7th day, Sunday, is known to be the day of the Lord. Hence, 7 becomes the symbol of the Holy Spirit, the antithesis of the Unholy Trinity.
Total completeness, inner peace, and sanctity are denoted by the number three. There may be 12 Apostles of Jesus, but of them, three remain his favorite. Besides, Satan tempts Jesus thrice before giving up, while it was on the third day of Creation that Earth was created. Other than these, there remain several other uses of the number throughout the Holy Bible.
If 7 and 14 are two of the most important and sanctified numbers in the Holy Bible, then their sum is also going to be one of the most important numbers ever! Besides, in King James’ Bible, God or Lord is mentioned 10,875 times—the sum of which takes you to the holy number twenty-one.
Number 786 in Islam
For Muslims, 786 is sacred because the Arabic letters of the opening phrase of the Quran add up to the numerical value of 786.
Number 108 in Hinduism
The number 108 is considered sacred by the Dharmic Religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
The diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Sun and Earth, and the diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between Earth and Moon. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
Astrology is majorly based on 3 things ie. Houses, Planets & Nakshatras.
There are 12 houses, 9 planets & 27 Nakshatras of 4 padas each. If we multiply 12 x 9 we get 108. If we multiply 27 by 4 then also we get 108.
This number 108 contains all the numbers within. If we sum 108 we get the number 9, any number that adds up to the number 9 gives the same number.
Example 15 = 1+5 = 6. 15+9 = 24 = 6.
Even if you multiply any number by 9 and then add the digits gives the number 9.
- 20×9 = 180 = 9 ,
- 99 x 9 = 891 = 9,
- 35 x 9 = 315 = 9
108 adds up to number 9. This number 9 in Vedic Numerology is treated as sacred and is referred to as a godly number. Many scholars who did research in Vedic Numerology (Of course much later than the Vedas were discovered) found out that there are life cycles of 9 years each in Numerology.
In Hindu culture, the life cycles are also known as yugas and all of these yugas are related to the number 9.
Satya Yuga equals 1,728,000 Human years = (1+7+2+8 = 18 ) Number 9
Treta Yuga equals 1,296,000 Human years = (1+2+9+6 = 18) Number 9
Dvapara Yuga equals 864,000 Human years = (8+6+4 = 18) Number 9
Kali Yuga equals 432,000 Human years = (4+3+2) Number 9
The modern periodic table has 108 elements. The last element Hassium which is also the heaviest has 108 protons.
- Shiva’s cosmic dance has 108 poses
- According to Shiv Puran, there are 108 karanas in his tandav.
- There are 108 upnishads
- Sri Yantra is made of 54 intersections which are made by 2 energies. When we multiply 54 by 2 we get 108.
- Major Hindu deities have 108 names.
- Mukhya shivaganas also known as the attendants of Lord Shiva were 108 in number that is why it is recommended to do 108 mala jaap of Rudraksh for lord Shiva.
- Lord Krishna had 108 followers known as gopis.
Buddhism believes that we have approx 108 types of feelings and that is why they have 108 beads in their rosaries for meditation. One has to overcome these 108 types of feelings to attain Nirvana.
It has also 108 types of ways to influx karmas which include 4 Kashays, 3 karanas, 3 planning, and 3 ways of execution. When we multiply 4x3x3x3 we get 108.
The list is exhaustive and it is no coincidence that 108 has a major impact on our lives. It was, it is & it will be a mystical number always.
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