Meaning of Numbers: The Number 555
In Scripture, there is insufficient use of multiple number fives, such as 555, to determine an overall meaning. It is used, however, in relation to Moses and to Israel's wilderness tabernacle. 555 can also be found in Abraham's attempt to save Sodom and in God's judgment for lying to him!
The fifth book of the Bible is named Deuteronomy, a name which means "fifth book." Its fifth chapter and fifth verse (555) states the following about Moses and his role in God's plan.
I (Moses) stood between the Lord and you at that time to show you the word of the Lord, for you were afraid because of the fire, and did not go up into the mountain . . . (Deuteronomy 5:5, HBFV).
Multiple fives (555) confirm Moses' role as the mediator of the Old Covenant between God and the children of Israel. It also confirmed, as an intercessor, he was a type of Jesus (1Corinthians 10:2).
Sacrifices and Multiple Fives
Multiple fives (555) occur in regard to the tabernacle in the wilderness. When Moses finished setting up God's tabernacle he anointed and consecrated the entire structure including its altar (Numbers 7:1). Each leader of Israel's twelve tribes then presented a gift at the dedication of the altar.
And for a sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of the first year: this was the offering of Nahshon the son of Amminadab (a representative for the tribe of Judah, Numbers 7:17, KJV, see also verses 23, 29, 35, 41, 47, 53, 59, 65, 7:71, 7:77 and 7:83).
Peace offerings (Leviticus 3:1 - 17, 7:11 - 36) symbolized thanksgiving for blessings received and fellowship with God. Those who made such offerings were also allowed to eat some of its meat.
As an interesting side note, the first tribe to make an offering was Judah (Numbers 7:12 - 17), followed by Issachar, Zebulon and so on to Naphtali. The order of the offering corresponded to the camping arrangement of Israel's tribes around the tabernacle.
Sodom and Number 555
Multiple fives (555) are involved in Abraham's negotiations with God to save the sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Abraham, who is visited by Jesus Christ in the flesh, is told that the sins of these cities are very grievous and that the Lord has untaken a personal fact finding mission with two angels to determine their fate (Genesis 18:20 - 21). The father of the faithful recognizes the serious nature of the Lord's journey and the penalties that might be meted out. He therefore begins to bargain to possibly spare the sinful cities of the plain such as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and possibly others (see Genesis 19:25) from the wrath of God!
Abraham begins his bargaining by asked if the cities could be spared destruction if fifty righteous folks are found in them (Genesis 18:24). He then proposes that the cities be saved if only forty-five, five less than fifty, are found.
And Abraham drew near, and said (to the Lord), Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? . . .
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he (the Lord) said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. (555 occurrence, Genesis 18:23 - 24, 28, KJV).
The word "five" occurs three times (555) in Genesis 18:28. Abraham's relationship with God motivates him to negotiate five times total (50 to 45, 45 to 40, 40 to 30, 30 to 20 and 20 to 10, Genesis 18:26 - 32) for 5555. Unfortunately, since even the tiny amount of 10 righteous were not found by the Lord, the cities of the plain were judged worthy of destruction through fire raining down from heaven (Genesis 19:24 - 25).
More Info on Biblical Meaning of 555
555 is the product of 3 x 5 x 37. All three numbers, 3, 5 and 37, are primes.
There are no Biblical original language words (Hebrew / Greek) that occur 555 times.
The Tetragrammaton, or four Hebrew consonants used to represent God's proper name in the Bible, is found 555 times in the original written language of the book of Jeremiah. It is second only to the Psalms, where this name for the Eternal is written 645 times.
In the New Testament, the fifth book, fifth chapter and fifth verse (555) reveals how seriously God takes people who attempt to fool him.
And when Ananias heard these words (Peter's condemnation of his lying to the church), he fell down and expired; and great fear came upon all those who heard these things (Acts 5:5).
Ananias' wife Sapphira, who was also part of the scheme to deceive the early New Testament church, was also killed directly by God (Acts 5:9 - 10).