The HIDDEN numbers
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Revelation is the pinnacle and crowning glory of the Bible. While most prophecies only foretell of God’s master plan, Revelation completes the picture. It alone contains the keys that are essential to unlocking the Biblical prophetic mysteries found in such books as Daniel and Isaiah. The numbers embedded in the book reveal the awesome truth that Jesus will finish the work which He began in the Garden of Eden.
Based on the originally inspired division and order of books, Revelation is the 49th (7 times 7) and last book of the Bible. It is also the seventh and last of the Bible's major divisions (it comes after the Law, the Prophets, the Psalms or Writings, the Gospels, the General Epistles and the Epistles of Paul).
Sadly, the overwhelming majority of modern translations like the NIV, NKJV, ESV and others HIDE the significance of numbers like seven. This is because these Bibles follow Jerome in their arrangement of books.
Jerome, a Catholic priest and theologian of the fourth century, compiled a Latin version of God's word known as the Vulgate. Although he was aware that God originally inspired a certain division and order of his books, he chooses to do something completely different.
"It is astonishing that Jerome acknowledged his scriptural dishonesty in altering the original God breathed manuscript order of both the Old and New Testaments. Rather than being faithful to God and His Word, he chose to please men - the pope, the Roman Catholic Church and its clergy." (Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version (HBFV), second edition, page 3)
For more information about the Bible's TRUE order please read our article "How did we get the Bible?"
The number seven is used 735 times in the Bible. It symbolizes completeness and perfection. Seven also plays a prominent role in Revelation where it is used to denote several things.
Revelation also focuses attention on the seventh seal (8:1), seventh angel (10:7), seven thousand men killed (11:13) and seventh stone in New Jerusalem's wall (21:20). In the HBFV translation, words like prophecy, earthquake, sickle, blessed, worthy and thunders are used seven times in the book. The word star is used fourteen times.
- Churches (Revelation 1:4)
Spirits before God's throne (1:4)
Golden lampstands (1:12)
Angels to the churches (1:20)
Spirits of God (3:1)
Lamps of fire before God's throne (4:5)
Seals on prophetic book (5:1)
Horns and seven eyes on the Lamb (5:6)
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- Spirits of God sent to earth (5:6)
Angels who blow seven trumpets (8:2)
Thunders that speak (10:3)
Heads on dragon wearing seven crowns (12:3)
Heads on the Beast (13:1)
Last plagues (15:1)
Golden vials of God's wrath (15:7)
The second and third most common numbers used in the book of Revelation are three (3) and twelve (12). Three, like the number seven, pictures completeness though to a lesser degree. It is found twelve times in the book. The number twelve symbolizes government. The most prominent use of the number is when it refers to the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve stars in the crown of the Bride of Christ.
God's plan for man
When Jesus Christ returns to earth, He and the saints will establish God's Kingdom and rule for a thousand years. God creates a a new heaven and a new earth after the final judgment. All those who are in the first resurrection will dwell in the New Jerusalem and the nations that are saved will dwell on the new earth. Thus, God’s revealed Word will be completed. John writes:
"Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, '"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.'
"'And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.' Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."
"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son." (Revelation 21:1-5, 7, NKJV)