The Bible exhibits a numerical design the explanation of which can only come by the direct inspiration of God. Dr. Edward F. Vallowe, in his book Biblical Mathematics, writes:
Numbers are the secret code of God's Word. Only to the students of the Word, those to whom God's Spirit has given spiritual insight, will the code be plain. God is 'The Great Geometrician' and does everything after a plan by number, weight, and measure. If God is the Author of the Scriptures and the Creator of the Universe (and He is) then the Words of God and the Works of God should and will harmonize" (page 19).
Imagine what the Bible would be like without the direct inspiration of a single Author:
"[The] various writers of the different books, men who lived in different ages, and most of whom never saw the others, would have crossed up each other had they not all been guided by a master mind, ONE, Who never makes a mistake, and Whose knowledge and wisdom comprehend the events of all time. The precision with which the Bible numbers all fall into their places cannot be accounted for except by the supernatural power and wisdom of a God Who is infinite" (Ibid., page 20).
From creation to about 90 AD, some 40 key Biblical writers were involved in compiling the Scriptures. A single author would have to be an absolute genius to develop the numerical design found in the Bible. However, to have 40 separate authors, writing over a period of nearly 3800 years, consistently following a complex numerical pattern - the odds would be beyond calculation. It would simply be impossible - apart from the direct inspiration of God.
How frequent are Biblical numbers?
It is interesting to note that, on average, ONE in every FIVE scriptural verses contains a number. The meaning of such frequently used numbers found within the Bible reveals the mind of God and the divine design of His revelation to man.
We have shown and established the supernatural design in the use of number, both in the works of God and in the Word of God. We now come to the spiritual significance of the numbers themselves. We propose to take them in order, and to give under each not merely lists of passages or things, but first to define and explain the significance of the number. We will then illustrate its meaning, and show its teaching, as applied to its use. We will also show per numeral the things mentioned, the occurrences of words and things, the words used for a thing, and the numbers formed by the letters of the words themselves (which the ancients called Gematria). This is the use of the letters of the alphabet instead of figures. Not known to the more ancient nations, Arabic numerals are a comparatively modern invention.
The Hebrew Alphabet consists of twenty-two primary letters. It has five others that are variations of existing letters, for twenty-seven letters total.