Spiritual Meaning of Numbers.
God speaks through numbers, and the Bible is filled with evidence of God’s arithmetic. Numbers serve as forms of high-level symbolism. I have gathered some numbers and their generally accepted spiritual significance or relevance based on Scripture, finding them very useful in my personal experience.
ONE: Unity. The number of God. The beginning, the first. Precious. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call.
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
“I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
“That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:21-22).
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10).
“Now a mediator involves more than one party; but God is one” (Galatians 3:20).
TWO: Union, witness, or confirmation. It can also signify division depending on the overall context of events or revelation.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:23-24).
“But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses” (Matthew 18:16).
“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).
“So God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day” (Genesis 1:7-8).
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other” (1 Kings 3:24-25).
THREE: Resurrection, completeness, and divine perfection. Confirmation. The Trinity of the Godhead. Restoration.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).
FOUR: Creation or governing. On the fourth day of creation, God made two great lights—the sun and the moon—to govern the day and the night.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19).
“Before the throne, there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!'” (Revelation 4:6-8).
FIVE: The grace or goodness of God. The fivefold ministry.
“He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11).
SIX: The number of man. Weakness of humanity or flesh. Can signify evil or Satan. God created man on the sixth day.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27).
“King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon” (Daniel 3:1 NKJ).
Scenes of freedom or restricted movement in a dream or vision may indicate a demonic presence or influence because, as the Bible says, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Restriction or the inability to speak or move a part of the body in the dream indicates a high likelihood of demonic influence. Similarly, the presence of excessive fear or confusion should lead you to suspect the influence of the demon.
This text is an excerpt from the book “The Bible Based Illustrated Dictionary of Prophetic Symbols and Prophétic Acts” written by Dr Joe IBOJIE.
We invite you to read the following article “Spiritual Meaning of Numbers 2” to better understand the Spiritual Meaning of other numbers.
You can find more information on discerning evil and natural influences in the book “Dreams and their meanings” written by Apostle Henri KPODAHI, “Nocturnal Parables” written by Jérémy Pothin, and “DECODING YOUR DREAMS: What the Lord is saying to you when you sleep” written by Jennifer LeClaire.