What are Revelation's hidden numbers?

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What are the hidden numbers in Revelation? How common are they? What do they reveal about God?

The prophetic 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.

Revelation alone contains the keys that are essential to unlocking the prophetic mysteries found in such books as Daniel and Isaiah. The numbers embedded in this mysterious book reveal the awesome truth that Jesus will finish the work which He began in the Garden of Eden.

Commenting on the hidden numbers in Revelation, and elsewhere in the Bible, the book Biblical Mathematics states the following.

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"Numbers are the secret code of God's Word. Only to the students of the Word, those to whom God's Spirit has given spiritual insight, will the code be made plain.

"God has been called 'The Great Geometrician' and is said to do everything after a plan by number, weight and measure." (Biblical Mathematics by Edward Vallowe, page 19).


Apostle John writing Revelation
Apostle John writing Revelation
Hans Baldung Grien, c. 1511

Sadly, the overwhelming majority of modern translations like the NIV, NKJV, ESV and others hide the significance, especially in the book of Revelation, of numbers like seven. This is because these translations follow Jerome in their arrangement of books.

Jerome (c. 347 - 420 A.D.), 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 the Eternal originally inspired a certain division and order of his books, he chooses to do something completely different. His choices make it harder to find the patterns of numbers the text was meant to reveal.

"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, second edition, page 3).


Angel blowing a Trumpet

Seven, among all the numbers, plays a significant role in Revelation. Based on the originally inspired division and order of books, it 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).

Seven is one of the most frequently used numbers in Scripture. It symbolizes completeness and perfection. It also plays a prominent role in the Bible's greatest prophetic book where it is used to denote several things.

Sevens are used in reference to churches and spirits before God's throne (Revelation 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, one of a few perfect numbers, is also used in Revelation in reference to Spirits of God sent to earth (5:6), angels who blow seven trumpets (8:2), thunders that speak (10:3) and heads on a dragon wearing seven crowns (12:3).

Other manifestations of the number seven also crop up (8:1, 10:7, 11:13, 13:1, 15:1, 7, 17:9 - 10, 21:20). In the HBFV translation, words like prophecy, earthquake, sickle, blessed, star, worthy and thunders are used seven times or multiple thereof.

The second and third most common numbers used in the book are three (3) and twelve (12).

Three, like seven, pictures completeness though to a lesser degree. It is found twelve times in the book. Twelve itself symbolizes government. The most prominent use of twelve is when it refers to the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve stars in the crown of the Bride of Christ.

When the numbers in Revelation finally fulfill their prophetic duty, God will create a new heaven and a new earth after the day of his 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. His great plan will then be completed. Revelation's hidden numbers reveal a God of planning and order, as well as a Creator who loves us.

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