Meaning of Numbers: Creation's Numbers!
How were numbers in the creation of everything we see? How does the existence of the universe prove that a divine Being must exist?
God's creation is based on mathematical laws of numbers that govern everything around us. The complexity of the earth, as well as the immense expanse of space, proves that an intelligent Being with tremendous power made them. The numbers we discover related to our universe are so amazing that every human who understands them should conclude that God does exist (Romans 1:20)!
There are more than 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy! Astronomers have estimated that the total amount of galaxies in the observable universe numbers around 200 billion! The current diameter of the observable area we see from earth is about 93 billion light years. The width of all that is out in space (the parts we can and cannot see) is bigger still. In comparison, the width of a typical galaxy is only 30,000 light-years.
Creation of Time
The first division of time in God's creation we find is a day (Genesis 1:3 - 5). When He ordained periods of rest and worship for Israel he marked them with a seven as it symbolized perfection and completeness. The seventh day is a weekly holy day (Exodus 20:8 - 11). The seventh Hebrew month has special Biblical Feast days within it. Every seventh year was deemed a year of rest for the land (Leviticus 25:1 - 4, 26:34 - 35). Every 50th year, after a period of seven times seven years (49), God's people were to rejoice in the year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8 – 15).
Numbers in Nature
We see a law of numbers in nature as well. For example, we see a division in the animal kingdom into seven main sections or classifications. For an animal such as a dog, they are further classified as a vertebrata, then as a Mammalia, then of the order of Carnivore, the family of Canidae, the genus of dog and a species of retriever.
A seven-fold division from the plant kingdom for a Tea Rose (one division) would be in the kingdom of vegetables, sub-division of Phanerogamia, and then a further division into Dicotyledon, Rosiflorae, Rosaciae, and finally a genus of rose.
Life revolves around law and order for vegetables as well. For those plants that grow indoors, the numeral three prevails. For those plants that grow outside, the numeric five is prevailing. Indian corn grains are usually arranged in even numbers, but never an odd one! The growth of leaves on a plant appears in a particular arrangement. Some leaves are alternately spaced while others are spaced opposite, while still others are arranged in a spiral pattern.
Chemistry, unlike geology, does not have its theories consistently revamped by newer ones. All substances are composed of a number of elements. Elements are one of a class of substances that cannot be separated into simpler substances by chemical means. The way in which the elements are arranged may seem complex but there is a design behind it.
All elements, when magnetized, fall into two classes. A class arranges itself in the direction of west and east and does so at 90-degree angles to the magnetic force lines. The other class arranges itself to align with our magnetic pole. Monads are elements that combine with one and only one atom. Elements that come together with two atoms of another substance are called Dyads. Those that combine with three atoms are Triads, etc.
Some of the most important elements are a multiple of either 4 or 7 (or very closely so). The atomic weight of iron (Chemical symbol: Fe) is 56 (7 x 8), silver's weight (Ag) is about 108 (4 x 27), and so on.
Sound is a wave, an oscillation of pressure transmitted through the air (or other substance) within frequencies that are heard. Experiments have determined a fixed set of vibrations for each note. If one looks at the number of vibrations per note, it will be found that eleven and seven are prominent.
The numbers in creation that we find use mathematical principles that offer a daily testament to the existence and power of a Creator God!