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Christian Symbolic Numbers


Numbers are frequently used in the Bible (especially in prophetic and apocalyptic works) and in Christian pictorial symbols to signify various theological concepts. Following are the most commonly accepted interpretations of numerical symbols:

One signifies unity; both the unity of God and the unity of members of the Church The number Two represents duality. Specifically, it can symbolize the divine and human natures of Christ or the material and the spiritual The number Three represents the Trinity (Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit) Four can represent the Four Evangelists (authors of the Gospels), the four corners of the earth, or the four seasons, its association with the latter sometimes make it the number of the earth Five symbolizes the five wounds Christ suffered on the cross (hands feet and side), and by extension represents sacrifice. Six represents creation, because God created in six days, or imperfection, because it falls short of the perfect number seven Seven is the number of perfection. God rested on the seventh day, Paul lists seven gifts of the Spirit and Jesus spoke seven utterances of the cross. The number seven is especially prominent in the apocalyptic Book of Revelation, in which there are seven seals, seven churches and many others numbering seven