Numbers In Religion


Recently I hit 666 blog hits, so I thought that it would be a perfect time to do a post like this, where I discuss the roles of special numbers in religion.

One: Obviously a very important number, especially in Christianity. But if there is only one true God, then where does the trinity deal come in?

Twenty-two: There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, Revelation ends the whole Bible on a 22nd chapter, Jesus quotes the opening of Psalm 22 while in agony on the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The chronology of men from Adam to Jacob totals 22 names, and Jeroboam reigned for 22 years.

Forty: It rained for forty days and forty nights during the flood, Jesus fasted for 40 days, Moses spent 40 days on top of the mountain when he was making the stone tablets, Jesus utters the word ‘fulfill’ 40 times throughout the Gospels, Jesus remained on earth for 40 days on earth after his resurrection,

Twelve: There are 12 princes of Israel, 12 priests of the Old Testament, 12 disciples, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 baskets after Jesus’ feeding 5,000 miracle, 12 sons of Jacob, and 12 kings of Israel. The reason for this is that Jesus represents the sun and his disciples represent the 12 constellations – the story is related to the signs of the Zodiac. There is a video about it at the bottom of the page.

Four: Of the 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus’ lineage is traced back to Judah, the fourth tribe. There are 4 major writing prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel, there are 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse and 4 angels standing ready at the 4 corners of Earth. There are 4 Gospels and 4 points of the cross.

Six: The Unholy Trinity is obviously the best example of this, it’s number being 666. And it is interesting to note that the King James Bible has 66 books in it.

Ten: Aside from the Ten Commandments, there are a total of 603 other commandments, for a total of 613. 6 plus 1 plus 3 equals 10. 10 is a psychologically satisfying number, we don’t care as much for top 9 lists as we do for top 10 lists, and we have 10 appendages on the ends of our hands and feet. So it is natural for 10 to be an important number throughout the Bible.

Three: The Trinity is made up of three beings, of Jesus’ apostles, he loved three more than the rest, Samuel is called by the Lord 3 times before he realizes it and answers, Satan tempts Jesus 3 times before giving up, It is on the third day of creation that Earth is made, and the placard on the Cross is written in 3 languages.

Further reading:

What would Jesus Do? (You really don’t want to know)

Video source about the number 12:

Jesus Christ – the SUN of God

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One thought on “Numbers In Religion

  1. Nice statistics! The numbers add up well. If ancient numerology is taken into consideration what do you think all these _could_ mean?


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