Meaning of Numbers
in the Bible
25, 27, 28 and 29
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The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 25
Twenty-five (25) being the square of five (5x5), expresses the essence of the signification of five, i.e. grace, whether used alone or occurring as a factor in larger numbers. The same may be said of twenty-seven. The number twenty-five plays a prominent role in Ezekiel's vision of the temple.
1 In the TWENTY AND FIFTH year of our removal, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in this self-same day hath a hand of Jehovah been upon me, and He bringeth me in thither; 2 in visions of God He hath brought me in unto the land of Israel, and causeth me to rest on a very high mountain, and upon it is as the frame of a city on the south.
13 And he measureth the gate from the roof of the one little chamber to the roof of another; the breadth TWENTY AND FIVE cubits, opening over-against opening.
21 and its little chambers, three on this side, and three on that side, and its posts and its arches have been according to the measure of the first gate, fifty cubits its length, and the breadth FIVE AND TWENTY by the cubit;
25 and windows are to it and to its arches all round about, like these windows, fifty cubits the length, and the breadth FIVE AND TWENTY cubits;
29 and its little chambers, and its posts, and its arches are according to these measures, and windows are to it and to its arches all round about; fifty cubits the length, and the breadth TWENTY AND FIVE cubits. 30 As to the arches all round about, the length is FIVE AND TWENTY cubits, and the breadth five cubits; (Ezekiel 40:1-2, 13, 21, 25, 29-30, YLT)
Twenty-five is also seen near God's throne in heaven.
1 After these things I saw, and lo, a door opened in the heaven, and the first voice that I heard is as of a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up hither, and I will shew thee what it behoveth to come to pass after these things;’ 2 and immediately I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne was set in the heaven, and upon the throne is one sitting,
4 And around the throne are thrones twenty and four, and upon the thrones I saw the twenty and four elders sitting (Revelation 4:1-4, YLT)
God's throne, plus the thrones of the twenty-four elders, makes for 25 total.
Grace and 25 *
Twenty-five pictures 'grace upon grace.' Redemption (20) plus grace (5) equals 25 or 'grace upon grace' (also 5 x 5 = 25):
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of GRACE and truth . . .
"And of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE. For the law was given through Moses, but GRACE and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:14, 16-17, NKJV)
Levites were to begin serving at age 25 in assisting with sacrifices — which were a physical type of forgiveness and redemption for the people. Jehoshaphat, considered one of the best kings to rule the Kingdom of Judah, reigned for 25 years (872 - 848 B.C.).
The Meaning of 27
The number twenty seven being the cube of three.
The Meaning of 28
Twenty eight is a multiple, and therefore has the significance of seven. Being also the product of 4 x 7 it partakes of the significance of 4. See also seven.
Kings of Israel and 29
Twenty nine is the combination of 20, the number of expectation, and 9, the number of judgment. Amaziah, considered one of the better kings of the Kingdom of Judah, reigned for 29 years (796 - 767 B.C.). Hezekiah, who was also considered one of the best kings of Judah, reigned for twenty-nine years (715 - 686 B.C.).