Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 21

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The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 21

The meaning of number 21 is that of great wickedness of rebellion and sin. After the children of Israel left Egyptian bondage, they had twenty-one major rebellious events as they wandered the wilderness.

The number 13, which symbolizes depravity and sinfulness, and 21 are closely related. What twenty-one symbolizes is an outgrowth of thirteen. Adding thirteen (sinfulness) and eight (symbolizing a new beginning) gives us twenty-one or a number that represents beginning a new level or effort that is sinful and disobedient against God.

On the last day of God's seven-day spring festival, day 21 of the month of Nisan, the Eternal carried out his last judgment against the Egyptians. He drowned Pharaoh and his entire army in the Red Sea as they were pursuing the Israelites in order to make them slaves again.

The last day of God's annual Fall Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs every year on the twenty-first day of the seventh Hebrew month, pictures the end of Christ's 1,000-year reign on earth. At the end of this period, the devil will also be loosed out of his spiritual prison for a short time.

Satan's first task after being freed from prison is to lead people, once again, into war and rebellion against all that is Holy. He will only get so far, however, as God will execute His judgment against the Satanic forces by consuming them in fire (Revelation 20:10).

Appearances of the number twenty-one

One of the top ten shortest books in the Bible, Obadiah, has only one chapter with 21 verses.

Out of 27 New Testament books 21 of them are Epistles.

The book of Hebrews contains materials from twenty-one Old Testament books.

The word Frankincense occurs twenty-one times in Scripture, as well as the phrase 'the Father.' The names James (the great) and James (the less) also show up 21 times.

The books of 1Kings and 2Kings make 21 references to the sins of Jeroboam (the first king of the Northern Tribes of Israel after their split with Judah). These references were used to show how Israel continued to disobey God even though he gave them plenty of time to repent.


How is the number 21 related to sin?

In 2Timothy 3 the apostle Paul writes of 21 sins which show the exceeding wickedness of self and sin. He begins the chapter with a warning and then starts his list with the words "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will . . ."

1) Selfishly love themselves

2) Love money

3) Brag quite a bit

4) Be proud of themselves

5) Blaspheme

6) Disregard and disobey their parents

7) Will not be thankful for what they have

8) Reject being holy

9) Will not have natural affection

10) Will be uncompromising

11) Falsely accuse others

12) Lack any self-control

13) Will be fierce

14) Hate anyone who does good

15) Betray others

16) Will act hardheaded

17) Will have exalted, selfish views

18) Love pleasure

19) Reject loving God

20) Will seem, superficially, to be Godly

21) Deny God's power (2Timothy 3:1 - 4)

Paul's ultimate advice to Timothy, after listing all the above sins, is "turn away from all these" (2Timothy 3:5).

More info on Biblical Meaning of 21

The last King of Judah, Zedekiah, began his reign when he was only 21 years old (2Kings 24:18). He was placed on the throne as a 'puppet' king by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who in 597 B.C. conquered Jerusalem and took the then-king Jehoiachin as prisoner. Zedekiah's reign lasted eleven years until 586 B.C., when Jerusalem and its beloved temple were leveled and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.

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