Friday, January 31, 2020

Is Numerology Any Way Related To The Truth Of The Bible?

What Does The Bible Say About Numerology?

Question: What does the Bible say about Numerology? Is it any way related to the truth of the Bible? Please do explain it for me and thank you.

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name!

Numerology does mean, 'the branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers.'

Wikipedia gives a more clearer definition of numerology when it says, "Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names, and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts. Despite the long history of numerological ideas, the word "numerology" is not recorded in English before c. 1907."

Thus we see numerology more as occultic and not Biblical as the God of the Bible has always claimed to speak for himself through His Word and the Spirit and not through anyother means except this
(Rev 3:2; Isa 55:11; 48:16-17).

One of the uses of the study of numerology is using numbers to interpret a person’s character or their divine future. The Bible speaks against this practice by clearly saying, that any human is created in the likeness of God and therefore to try to predict his character and to try to categorize him is to dispute against the very truth of the likeness of God in humans which God has pronounced over him
(Jam 3:8-9; Gen 1:26-27).

Therefore first and foremost, God has commanded his people not to "practices divination or sorcery, interpret omens, engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or become a medium or learn to consult the dead" and those whose disobey these above commandments become detestable abomination who deserve the severe dislike of the Lord and therefore will come under severe chastisement of the Lord
(Deut 18:9-14; Heb 12:5-7). Thus the bottom line is, when it comes to numerology for a Christian the Lord our God has not permitted us to do so and there we should choose to put a full stop and never continue to put a comma.

Numerology because it is used specifically to interpret a person’s character or their divine future, it will come under the category of divination which God has forbidden his people from practicing or partaking.

Zechariah 10:2 the Bible says: “The idols speak deceit, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.” In other words, numerology can mislead the people of God away from the true shepherd Jesus Christ and can make them to wander like a oppressed sheep under the hand of hirelings and butchers who are false prophets and pagan priests (Psa 23:1; John 10:11-12; 1 Peter 5:4, 6-7). These deceived people of God will wander as wanderers without comfort because of not being vigilant and sober, that has made their adversary the devil to walk in to the house of their body and keep them under fear and unbelief to make their lives fruitless for the Lord, and therefore they will never be able to resist him in faith and overcome the plans of the enemy of their soul (1 Peter 5:8-9). What a pitiable state? May God have mercy on us all.       

Is there Numerology in the Bible?

Numerology cannot be found in the Bible, but numbers in the Bible can often be taken literally or symbolically when there is a context or a pattern of usage found or repeated to it, as they are also sometimes used as symbols. Many scholars have used numerology to see patterns and codes in the Bible. But no where the Bible has ever encouraged to see it in that way except to take it authoritatively to
"make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right" (2 Tim 3:16) and nothing more should ever be added to what has been revealed in the Scriptures or taken out of it to make it fit our own misguided teachings (Rev 22:18-19). Therefore adding special significance to numbers except to take it literally is to try to read in to it our own imagination to fit in to it and it should be completely avoided as it can deceive us from focussing on to the Lord Jesus Christ who only has got our future in his hands.

When we start looking for numerical patterns, the best anyone can do is to guess which can make us go offtrack from obeying the authoritative Word of God. So it is better to obey the word of God and then get revelation from the Lord out of it to be a obedient disciple and student, rather than guessing something and becoming a conspiracy theorist.

You may then be asking me, so that means do you say that there is no Biblical Numerology at all?

No I do not say that because as I have already discussed that there are certain numbers which signify certain things used in the same type of pattern, symbolism and repeated usage of both the numbers and symbols which brings meaning or a structure through which we can better understand Scripture with better intent and reality. I do not want to stop anyone from looking in to the Scripture in a deeper way to better understand it, but all I emphasize and say is that it should not be used to predict and play the part which God is the one and only one who is worthy of playing by predicting it for His Glory.

For example, The number one is used frequently throughout the Bible. Most notably, it refers to God Himself as being the
“one true God” with only one of Him (Deut 6:4). Two is the symbol of unity in the Bible (Gen 1:27; Matt 6:7). The Bible uses the number six to indicate imperfection, while the number seven is considered the perfect number. Four indicates completeness and integrity. Of the 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus’ lineage is traced back to Judah, the fourth tribe. There are four major writing prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. There are four horsemen of the Apocalypse. There are 4 angels standing ready at the four corners of Earth. There are four Gospels, four living beasts in Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation. We can keep on going like this. But let us stop here, but you can personally do a great Biblical research regarding it to find more for yourself.

These symbolism may be used by a mature prophet to speak in to the lives of believers prophetically for edification, comfort and admonition
(1 Cor 14:3, 31-32), but it should not be used apart from the inspiration to mechanically tell about someone soulishly to predict events, character of a person, future life or happenings based on their date of birth, car number, house number, etc...

Let us always be alert to keep the enemy away from entering in to our lives through superstition and tradition which will make us become powerless againt living a godly life for the Glory of God.

Much Blessings...


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