**
10. THE SPIRITUAL
SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMBERS.**

Numbers are used in Scripture,
not merely as in Nature, with *supernatural design*, but with *spiritual
significance*, which may be summarized as follow (*1) :--

ONE. Denotes *unity, and commencement*. The first occurrences
of words or utterances denote their essential significance, in interpretation.
Words that occur only once, in the originals, are emphatic and important.
First day, Light. The first occurrences of all important words and
expressions are noted in the margin.

TWO. Denotes *difference*. If two different persons *agree*
in testimony it is conclusive. Otherwise two implies *opposition*, *enmity*,
and *division*, as was the work of the Second day. Compare the use of
the word "double" applied to "heart", "tongue",
"mind", &c.

THREE. Denotes *completeness*, as three lines complete a plane
figure. Hence, three is significant of Divine perfection and completeness.
The third day completes the fundamentals of creation-work. The fourth,
fifth, and sixth days are the counterpart and repetition of the first, second,
and third, and correspond respectively. (See the structure of Gen. 1, p.
3.) The number, three, includes *resurrection* also; for on the third
day the earth *rose up* out of the deep, and the fruit rose up out of the
earth.

FOUR. Denotes *creative works* (3+1), and always has reference to the
material creation, as pertaining to the *earth*, and things "under the
sun", and things terrestrial.

FIVE. Denotes Divine *grace*. It is 4+1. It is God adding
His gifts and blessing to the works of His hands. The Heb. *Ha'aretz*
(the earth), by "Gematria" (i.e. the addition of the numerical
value of the letters together) is a multiple of four, while *Hashamayim*
(the heavens) is a multiple of five. The Gematria of Caris (*charis*),
the Greek for *Grace*, is also a multiple of five. It is the leading
factor in the Tabernacle measurements.

SIX. Denotes the *human number*. Man was created on the *sixth*
day; and this first occurrence of the number makes it (and all multiples of it)
the hall-mark of all connected with man. He works six days. The
hours of his day are a multiple of six. Athaliah usurped the throne of
Judah six years. The great men who have stood out in defiance of God
(Goliath and Nebuchadnezzar and Antichrist) are all emphatically marked by this
number.

SEVEN. Denotes *spiritual perfection*. It is the number or
hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work. He is the Author of God's Word, and
seven is stamped on it as the water-mark is seen in the manufacture of paper.
He is the Author and Giver of *life*; and seven is the number which
regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals,
and man.

EIGHT. Denotes *resurrection, regeneration*; a new beginning or
commencement. The eighth is a new first. Hence the octave in music,
color, days of the week, &c. It is the number which has to do with the
LORD, Who rose on the eighth, or new "first-day". This is,
therefore, the *Dominical *number. By Gematria (see above), 'JJjjIhsous
(*Jesus*) makes the number 888. It, or its multiple is impressed on
all that has to do with the Lord's Names, the Lord's People, the Lord's works.

NINE. Denotes *Finality* of *judgment*. It is 3x3, the *product*
of Divine completeness. The number nine, or its factors or multiples, is
seen in all cases when *judgment* is the subject.

TEN. Denotes *Ordinal perfection*. Another new first; after the
ninth digit, when numeration commences anew.

ELEVEN. Denotes *disorder, disorganization*, because it is one short
of the number twelve (see below).

TWELVE. Denotes *Governmental perfection*. It is the number of
factor of all numbers connected with government : whether by Tribes or
Apostles, or in measurements of time, or in things which have to do with
government in the heavens and the earth.

THIRTEEN. Denotes *rebellion, apostasy, defection, dis-integration,
revolution, *&c. The first occurrence fixes this (Gen. 14:4); and
the second confirms it (Gen. 17:25). It, and its multiples, are seen in
all numbers, and in the Gematria (see above) of all names and passages that are
associated with rebellion, &c.

SEVENTEEN. Denotes a combination of *spirit* and *order* (10+7).
It is the seventh prime number (as 13 is the sixth prime number).

Other numbers follow the laws which govern the smaller, as being their factors,
sums, products or multiples : e.g. 24 is 12x2, a higher form of 12.

25 = 5^{2}.
Grace intensified.

27 = 3^{3}. Divinity
intensified.

28 = 7x4. Spiritual perfection in
connection with the earth.

29 = 3^{3}. Intensifying of
Divine judgment.

30 = 3x10. Divine perfection, applied to order.

40 = 10x4. Divine order applied to earthly things.
Hence, the number of *probation*.

The *four perfect numbers*,
3, 7, 10, and 12, have for their product the remarkable number 2,520. It
is the Least Common Multiple of the ten digits governing all numeration; and
can, therefore, be divided by each of the nine digits, without a remainder.
It is the number of chronological perfection (7x360).