The book of Revelation is the pinnacle and crowning glory of the Bible told through numbers. While most prophecies only foretell of God’s master plan, this book completes the picture by delineating the chronology of their fulfillment. The numbers within the book reveal the awesome truth that God will finish the work that He began in the Garden of Eden.
Most common numbers
Some of the most common numbers recorded in the King James translation of the book of Revelation are 3, 4, 7, 10 and 12. This is noteworthy as the numerals 3, 7, 10 and 12 are spiritually perfect and signify completeness.
Seven is by far the most frequent cardinal numeral in this prophetic Bible book. Four, the next most common, is utilized as a digit 19 times. It is followed by the numbers 3, 10 and 12 all of which are recorded 9 times.
Appearances of three
Three measures of barley will be sold for a "penny," the equivalent of one day's wages, during the Great Tribulation period. This famine pricing is caused by the third of four horsemen commissioned to bring suffering and death to the earth (Revelation 6:6).
Three "woes" are allowed to come upon the earth that will ultimately kill one third of the world's population (Rev. 8:13, 9:12, 14, 18). Three demonic spirits will be allowed to gather humans to fight with the Beast power against a returning Jesus Christ (Rev. 16:12 - 14, 16).
The "great city" from which the Beast rules the world will be divided into three parts as part of God's wrath against sin (Rev. 16:1, 19).
Appearances of four
Four is one of the unexpected frequent numbers in Revelation. Four beasts full of eyes will play an active role in praising God and carrying out His will (Rev. 4:6). Four (demonic) angels, restrained at the river Euphrates, will be loosed to gather an army and cause tremendous suffering along with death (Rev. 9:14 - 19)
Four angels will stand on the four corners of the earth holding back its winds so that those who serve and obey God can be identified (Rev. 7:1). Satan the devil, after Jesus's millennial reign on the earth, will be allowed to deceive humanity living in the four quarters of the earth (Rev. 20:7 - 9).
Appearances of seven
Seven is the most frequently used of the numbers. It is utilized in reference to churches and spirits before God's throne (Rev. 1:4), golden lampstands (1:12), stars (1:16), angels to the churches (1:20), Spirits of God (3:1), lamps of fire before God's throne (4:5), seals on a prophetic book (5:1) and the horns and eyes on the Lamb (5:6).
Seven is also used in reference to Spirits of God sent to earth (Rev. 5:6), angels who blow seven trumpets (8:2), thunders that speak (10:3) and heads on a dragon wearing seven crowns (12:3).
Numbers ten and twelve
The church at Smyrna is warned it will suffer trials and troubles for "ten days" in order to try their faith (Revelation 2:10). The last great world-ruling kingdom on earth is symbolized by the 10 toes of Daniel 2 and the 10 horns mentioned in chapters 12, 13 and 17.
The true church of God, symbolized by a woman, is pictured with a crown of 12 stars (Rev. 12:1). The New Jerusalem will have 12 gates of pearls, with 12 angels at the gates and the names of the 12 tribes of Israel over the gates. The wall of the glorious city will possess 12 foundations of precious stones wherein will be the names of the 12 apostles (Rev. 21).
The meaning behind the numbers of Revelation reveal not only a God of planning and order, but also one who loves us enough to do whatever it takes to have us live forever in harmony and love. This was his plan from the moment he decided to create humans.