Meaning of Numbers
in the Bible
The Number 9
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The Meaning of 9
Nine is a most remarkable number in many respects. It is held in great reverence by all who study the occult sciences; and in mathematical science it possesses properties and powers which are found in no other numeral. It is the last of the digits, and thus marks the end; and is significant of the conclusion of a matter.
It is akin to the number six, six being the sum of its factors (3 x 3=9, and 3+3=6), and is thus significant of the end of man, and the summation of all man's works. Nine is, therefore, representative of finality or judgment.
How does 9 represent finality or judgment?
Nine represents finality or judgment that is committed unto Jesus as "the Son of man" (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man - the judgment of man and all his works. It is a factor of 666, which is 9 times 74.
The Gematria of the word "Dan," which means a judge, is 54 (9 x 6). The sum of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet is 4995 (5 x 999). It is stamped, therefore, with the numbers of grace and finality. The sum of the Greek alphabet is 3999.
What is the first battle found in God's word?
The first contest is a battle between a group of 4 and a group of 5 kings.
1 Now war filled the land - Amraphel, king of Shinar, Arioch, king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, and Tidal, king of Goiim 2 fought against: Bera, king of Sodom, Birsha, king of Gomorrah, Shinab, king of Admah, Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (later called Zoar). (Genesis 14:1-2, TLB)
How is the number 9 related to the judgment of SODOM?
Genesis 19, recording the judgment of Sodom, is marked by multiples of nine. Verses 4-29 amount to 89550 (9 x 9950, or 9 x 50 x 199). The same is seen if we divide it into sections: -
Verses 4-18. From the riot in Sodom to Lot's plea for Zoar is 50733 (9 x 3 x 1879).
Verses 19-25. From Lot's plea to the overthrow is 24543 (9 x 9 x 303).
Verses 26-29. From "Lot's wife" to the end of the history is 14274 (9 x 2 x 13 x 61).
We see the same phenomena in the account as given in the Second Epistle of St. Peter. As we do also in the judgment pronounced upon Jerusalem.
What are the 9 judgments of God?
The judgments of God in Haggai 1:11 are enumerated in nine particulars:
"And I called for a drought upon the land,
and upon the mountains,
and upon the corn,
and upon the new wine,
and upon the oil,
and upon that which the ground bringeth forth,
and upon men,
and upon cattle,
and upon all the labor of the hands."
Enough has been said to show that the signification of the number nine is judgment, especially divine judgment, and the conclusion of the whole matter so far as man is concerned. But nine is the square of three, and three represents Divine perfection, as well as the Holy Spirit. It is not surprising, therefore, to find that 9 denotes finality in divine things.
The number 9 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit
There are nine gifts of the spirit mentioned in 1Corinthians 12:8-10.
The word of wisdom
The word of knowledge
The working of miracles
Discerning of spirits
Divers kinds of tongues
The interpretation of tongues
Who were the 9 people STONED?
The 9 people stoned:
The blasphemer, Leviticus 24:14.
The Sabbath-breaker, Numbers 15:36.
Achan, Joshua 7:25.
Abimelech, Judges 9:53.
Adoram, 1Kings 12:18.
Naboth, 1Kings 21:10.
Zechariah, 2Chronicles 24:21.
Stephen, Acts 7.
Paul, Acts 14:19.
Who were the 9 special widows?
Tamar, Genesis 38:19.
Woman of Tekoah, 2Samuel 14:5.
Hiram's mother, 1Kings 7:14.
Zeruah, 1Kings 11:26.
Woman of Zarephath, 1Kings 17:9.
The poor widow, Mark 12:42.
Anna, Luke 2:37.
Widow of Nain, Luke 7:12.
The importunate widow, Luke 18:3.
Who were the 9 people afflicted with BLINDNESS?
The men at Lot's door, Genesis 19:11.
Isaac, Genesis 27:1.
Jacob, Genesis 48:10.
Samson, Judges 16:21.
Eli, 1Samuel 4:15.
The prophet Ahijah, 1Kings 14:4.
The Syrian army, 2Kings 6:18.
King Zedekiah, 2Kings 25:7.
Elymas, Acts 13:11.
Who were the nine people afflicted with LEPROSY?
Moses, Exodus 4:6.
Miriam, Numbers 12:10.
Naaman, 2Kings 5:1.
Gehazi, 2Kings 5:27.
5 through 8: The four lepers at Samaria, 2Kings 7:3.
Azariah, 2Kings 15:5.
Additional comments on the Meaning of 9 *
In the Bible the number 9 is used 49 times and pictures finality or divine completeness from the Lord. Jesus died at the 9th hour, the completion of His physical life. His death was the beginning of the finishing of sin and Satan. As 8 symbolizes the receiving of God's Spirit and a circumcision of the heart, the significance of 9 is that it signifies the fruit of the Spirit. There are 9 fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: