By Charles H. Welch
Numerics. Number in Scripture is presented in two forms. First there is the significance of any number, secondly the numerical value of the letters forming any particular word.
Thus: ONE denotes unity. Two difference. THREE completeness. FOUR creation. FIVE denotes grace. SIX is the number of man. SEVEN spiritual perfection. EIGHT, the octave, the first of a new series and dominion. NINE often indicates finality of judgment. TEN ordinal perfection. ELEVEN disorder. TWELVE governmental perfection, and is especially related to Israel. THIRTEEN denotes rebellion.
Another and suggestive characteristic of Bible Numerics is that which is related to the numerical value of the letters of the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. It must be understood that figures are not used in either the Hebrew or Greek originals of the Scriptures, letters of the alphabet being used instead. In Hebrew Aleph (A) = 1, Beth (B) = 2, Gimel (G) = 3, and in Greek Alpha (A) = 1, Beta (B) = 2, Gamma (G) = 3, and so on.
It must be remembered, however, that these ancient alphabets do not conform either with one another in the names or order of their letters, neither does the English alphabet conform to either the Hebrew or the Greek. Before, therefore, the reader can arrive at the numerical value of any word he must have the whole alphabet together with the numerical value of each letter before him. However from what we do know we can easily see that the numerical value of the Hebrew word ABBA (Father) is SIX. Thus A + B + B + A = 1 + 2 + 2 + 1= 6.
As as illustration of the significance of these numerics we give instances
of EIGHT and TIRRTEEN.
Eight, the Number of Lordship
The numerical value of the name "Jesus",
which in Greek is Iesous is 888,
can be set out thus.
Daniel and his four companions, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah = 95, 120, 381 and 292 respectively, giving the total once more 888.
There is always a danger that such a feature as this will be abused by some whose zeal outruns their discretion, but enough we trust has been exhibited to enable the student to observe and appreciate this remarkable feature of Holy Scripture.