The Numbers in the Bible Have a Story to Tell!
Prophetic Lessons From the Archives of J.R. Church
As a result of the study that J.R. Church did in writing his first book, Prophecy in the Psalms (out-of-print), he became involved in searching out the meanings of the numbers in the Bible. Here is the first article of three, written in January, 1987 on what he found:
The best place to begin is with the number one and Psalm one. The number one consists of a single Hebrew letter (aleph) meaning the head of an ox. It is the animal used for sacrifice. It could be symbolic of Israel, which has suffered at the hands of almost every nation through history. Psalm one depicts the beginning of the century which has seen the sacrifice of millions of Jews.
As a numeral, it stands for one, but with two dots above aleph, it becomes a thousand. It is a simple matter, then, for one to become a thousand, as Moses wrote,… a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past (Psalm 90:4).
The number two consists of a single letter (beth) meaning a house or tent. Psalm two predicts that God will set my King upon my holy hill of Zion (Psalm 2:6) as a reference to the rebuilding of the Third Temple – the house of the Lord.
The number three consists of a single Hebrew letter (gimel) meaning a camel. Its shape looks like the neck of a camel. We cannot draw a clear inference, but Psalm 3:3 calls the Lord a lifter up of mine head.
The number four consists of a single Hebrew letter (daleth) meaning a foot. Again, we cannot draw a clear implication, but Psalm 4:4 says, Stand in awe, and sin not.
The number five consists of a single Hebrew letter (he) meaning a lattice, a window. The emphasis is on looking to see what is on the other side of the wall. It reminds us of a passage in the Song of Solomon 2: 9 &10, Behold, he standeth behind our wall; he looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. The bridegroom comes for his bride. Someday, Christ will come for his bride as well. Symbolically, five stands for grace in the Bible. Psalm five captures the meaning in verse 7, But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy.
The number six consists of a single letter (vav) meaning a nail or hook. One is reminded of Isaiah 22:23 and 24, I will fasten his as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house… Six is the number of man and may have messianic overtones of Christ, the perfect man, who will come to occupy the throne someday. Psalm six presses the question, How Long? And pleads, Return, O LORD.
The number seven consists of a single letter (zain) meaning a weapon. Psalm 7:12 and 13 plainly refers to God’s weapons, …he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
This is the first of three articles that will be published to complete this prophetic teaching from the archives of J.R. Church. Part two and part three will be sent through emails in the next few days.