*Updated on 2/2/2017
This is a reference post for those of you interested in Hebrew letter/number symbolism. You will be able to see related articles and reference information under the new menu heading Misparim — of which I will be adding to periodically. Studying Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s The Creation Gospel has been extremely helpful in making many of these determinations. I hope you will take the time to learn her material for yourself.
Efes (modern Hebrew). Ancient/Biblical Hebrew doesn’t have a representation for number zero. The closest words would be no or nothing. In English, we typically think of zero as nothing, but there is another side to this coin. “No” in Hebrew is “lo”, and is spelled lamed, aleph as pictured to the right. If we reversed these two letters, it would spell “El” or God. Thus, zero indicates what is hidden or unknowable or uncertain. It can represent what is eternal and limitless or something that has great potential, and it also signifies something unquantifiable and uncontainable such as the Mighty Elohim (God).
Although zero doesn’t have a value by itself, when placed behind another number it multiples or elevates the quantity. For example, 70 is the number 7 followed by a zero. In a case like this, zero has heightened or “ramped up” the number seven. When studying higher numbers, zero should be viewed with this in mind.
The negative connotations of zero would be exactly what you probably suspect: a lack of harvest, reward, or effort. Since we have many idioms in English that represent zero or nothing, sometimes zero will be just that. For example, we say things like, “A big, fat goose egg” to indicate a low score or reward for work. In this sense, a dream with such idioms or an actual zero could imply uselessness or wasted efforts.
Achat [f.], echad [m.] Oneness, Unity, Primacy, First, Beginning. Single and not plural, not subject to multiplicity or division. (1×1=1) One remains one, it does not change. God is One. (Dt. 6:4) There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God, one Father. (Eph. 4:4-6)
- First Hebrew letter: Aleph Numerical value of one. Pictographic meaning strength, ox, chief, prince, leader, first. Marks singular future tense “I will”.
- On day 1 of creation (one day), light is separated from darkness. Instead of indicating division, this demonstrates the set-apartness of God and His Light. This day is called tov or good. It is akin to being called out.
- The first day of creation is called “One Day” rather than the “first day”, insinuating the wholeness and perfection of the day and a prophetic future return to Yom Echad (One Day). In other words, the first day of creation is described with the cardinal number “one” in Hebrew; whereas, the remaining days are described with ordinal numbers (2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.).
- First Feast: Pesach (Passover) Lev. 23
- First Spirit of God: Chokhmah (Wisdom) Is. 11:2
- First Church of Revelation: Ephesus (Meaning First, Desirable, or Permitted)
- Negative side: Pride, Haughty Eyes (1st wicked abomination Pr. 6:16-19)
Echad (one) is in the watchword of Israel. The Shema (Dt.6:4): “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one (echad)! These words are the first declaration taught to Jewish children and the last words on the lips of the dying. Praying the Shema affirms God’s authority over heaven and earth. He is the Eternal One and the Source of all creation. But even more than that, it is a declaration that His people accept and reverence His lofty position over mankind. One Day is a return to the beginning, a return to Eden. (Is. 46:10, Rev. 21: 6; 22:13) One Day, there will be a restoration of all things. (Acts 3:21) One Day, God will be all in all. (1 Cor. 15:28) One Day, every tear will be wiped away. (Rev. 7:17) One Day, YHWH will dwell permanently among men. (Rev. 21:3) One Day there will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more pain. (Rev. 21:4)
It shall be one day Which is known to the LORD Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen That it will be light. And in that day it shall be—That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur. And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be “The LORD is one,” And His name one. (Zech. 14:7-9 NKJV)
Shtayim [f.], shnayim [m.] Divide, division, difference, oppose, judge, discern, witness, conflict, blessing, abundance, building, couple, dying to self. Context determines meaning. Ideally, two should mirror one, as in the “two shall become one flesh”: Two great commandments (love God/love neighbor), two houses of Israel, two sticks, two sisters, two olive branches, two silver trumpets, two leavened loaves on Shavuot, two cherubim guard Ark of the Covenant, two good spies (Joshua and Caleb), and two witnesses are all mentioned in the Bible. What is opposite is meant to complement for a blessing, not bring division and conflict. There were two pillars that protected and watched over Israel in the wilderness: a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. These watery fire pillars reflect the earthly waters and the heavenly fire waters of day two of creation.
When two isn’t reflecting one, it denotes division and difference in the Bible. For example, the second day of creation DIVIDES the upper and lower waters, the second sentence in scripture speaks of chaos, and the second chapter reveals two trees representing life and death. The Brit Chadashah (N.T.) also confirms two’s pattern of division or separation. Consider the second books of Corinthians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Peter, and 2 John; they each speak either about the enemy/antichrist or the church in ruin/apostasy.
- Second Hebrew letter: Beht Numerical value of two. Pictographic meaning house, tent, sons/daughters, to build, and division. As a preposition, it means “in” or “with.”
- 1st letter of the Bible is an enlarged Hebrew beht. This implies that God’s intent from the very beginning is to expand/build His House.
- The two (male & female) are meant to join together to form one (echad) flesh, bringing unity.
- On day two of creation, the heavenly and earthly waters are separated; this creation day is not called tov (good). Heaven and earth are meant to reflect (mirror) one another in oneness.
- Second Feast: Matzah (Unleavened Bread) Lev. 23
- Second Spirit of God: Binah (Understanding) Is. 11:2
- Second Church of Revelation: Smyrna (Meaning Myrrh)
- Negative side: Lying (forked) tongue, division, separating unto death. (Second wicked abomination Pr. 6:16-19)
Mankind has two natures. They mirror the TWO trees in the Garden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Christians might liken these to the Christ-nature and the sin-nature. Jews, however, refer to the two natures of man as the yetzer hara and the yetzer hatov. Literally this is the evil inclination and the good inclination. I prefer the latter designation as it doesn’t completely demonize the lower, earthly nature. The Bible declares that the second tree produces both good and evil. The lower nature, the evil inclination, is simply the flesh (mind, will, emotions, instincts, appetites, and desires). Man and animals share this earthly nature, thus it is not entirely wicked or evil. Humans are told to master or rule these impulses, not deny they exist or that one can live a human life without them. (Gen.4:6-7) Two requires one to discern this difference. It also requires one to look inward at the heart to see which nature sits on the throne, the shamayim (heavenly waters) or the mayim (earthly waters).
The separation on day two divides between the earthly and heavenly waters, the second feast (Matzah) separates one from leaven, and the second Spirit of God (Binah) separates materials in order to build. Since this day is not called tov or good, we must be very careful in how and what we separate. Division is only truly good if it leads to building and gathering (multiplication), not tearing down and isolation (reducing).
Shelosh [f.], sheloshah [m.] Gather, resurrection, balance, equilibrium, pattern, trees, counsel, and strength. New life, sprouting, resurrection, fruitfulness, words of life (counsel), unity, and the foundation of the Temple/House are all signified by three. Three brings harmony and unity to opposites like 1 and 2. Three creates a solid or a foundation and makes the first geometric shape (triangle). The sequence of 3 makes a chain of continuity: 3 patriarchs, 3 woes, 3rd day, 3 primary manifestations of the Godhead, 3 ply cord, 3 witnesses, 3 kings of united Israel, 3 primary missionary journeys of Shaul (Paul). Messiah was in grave for 3 days and 3 nights. (Sign of Jonah/resurrection)
- Third Hebrew letter: Gimel Numerical value of three. Pictographic meaning to ripen, reward, nourish, mature, recompense, benefit, foot, and camel.
- There are 3 pilgrimage festivals (shalosh regalim), which are literally FOOT festivals. (Matzah, Shavuot, Sukkot)
- On day 3 of creation, the waters are gathered together, dry land appears, and the first seeds, plants, and trees spring to life.
- Third Feast: Yom HaBikkurim (Early Firstfruits of Barley) Lev. 23
- Third Spirit of God: Etzah (Counsel) Is. 11:2 (Root for etzah is etz, a tree.)
- Third Church of Revelation: Pergamum (Meaning height or elevation)
- Negative side: Hands that shed innocent blood, deeds that tear down instead of ones that gather and build, sowing seeds of death and discord. (Pr. 6:16-19) It’s important to note that “hands shedding innocent blood” is also figurative. When we speak slander or even the truth in anger, our words can cause major destruction and damage. Words have the power to shed innocent blood and strangle the life out of another person. This is the antitheses to the 3rd Spirit of God, Counsel (Etzah). Hence, wicked counsel is hands that shed innocent blood. The fruit and seeds from our lips (pens & keyboards) should be pure, not poison.
Waters are gathered and dry land appears on day three. With the dry land, seeds, trees, and fruit spring forth. Thus, the dividing and separating of day two is ideally to promote gathering, stability, and growth. Thus, three is the foundation of the House or Temple. Just as trees put down roots deep into the soil for strength, nourishment, and stability, so we too, anchor ourselves in three. One way that this manifests is in our Hope. Because Messiah was resurrected on the third day, we have hope for our own future resurrection. Because He is the early first fruits (3rd feast) unto God, we also have hope to be counted as His first fruits. (1 Cor. 15:12-28)
The House/Tabernacle/Temple has 3 primary sections: the outer court, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place. Thus, the number 3 teaches about 3 levels of holiness in which YHWH dwells among His people, each more intimate than the other. Within the Holy Place, there are 3 pieces of furniture: the Menorah, the Table of Shewbread (presence), and the Altar of Incense. On a daily basis, this is as intimate as one can be. The menorah is the Light and the Tree of Life. It is fueled by the precious oil of the Holy Spirit.
The Table of Presence (literally the bread of “faces”) has 12 loaves, one for each tribe of Israel. They remain in YHWH’s presence all week and are refreshed every Shabbat. Clearly, these loaves (which come from the grains created on day 3) are the ground seeds of Torah that live in all Israel. They are a memorial of His Word to His people. They also recall the double portion of manna (heavenly bread) given on day 6 so one can rest on the seventh day as God commanded. The Altar of Incense is the closest piece of furniture to the Most Holy Place. It’s fragrance and covering cloud of sweet smelling smoke is indicative of prayers continually ascending to the Throne of Adonai. Notice that all three pieces of furniture in the Holy Place involve food stuffs or fuel that are derived from PLANT life created on the third day.
Arbah [f.], arbahah [m.] Authority, government, rule, dominion, calendar, time, creation, kingdom, fullness, receiving Torah (Law) and Holy Spirit. Judah was 4th born son and has the scepter of rule. Pictures completeness much like seven. 4 matriarchs, 4 corners of the earth, 4 horns on altar, 4 tassles (tzit-tziyot), 4 living creatures, 4 horsemen, 4 rivers of Eden, 4 winds, 4 gospels, etc.
On the negative side there are 4 beasts (Dan. 7:3). The fourth one is diverse from the others and has 10 horns (see info for 10 below). Then an eleventh horn emerges (see info on 11 here) that seeks to change times (appointed seasons/feast days) and law (God’s Torah). (Dan. 7:25) This in direct opposition to the calendar/clock/seasons/law that YHWH gave to us on day 4 of creation.
- Fourth Hebrew letter: Dalet Numerical value of four. Pictographic meaning door, draw out or in, knock, path, way, portal to heaven, dominion, control, bough, and branch.
- The Passover Seder is structured around fours: the Four Questions, the Four Sons, and Four Cups of Wine.
- 7 loaves fed four thousand with 7 baskets leftover. (Mt. 15:32-39)
- On day 4 of creation, the sun, moon, and stars are placed in the sky (natural light) to govern the moedim (feast days). They mark time and give signs. Their natural light separates from the darkness.
- God’s calendar and prophetic clock was established on day four of creation.
- Fourth Feast: Shavuot (Pentecost) Lev. 23
- Fourth Spirit of God: Ruach Adonai (fullness of Holy Spirit) Is. 11:2
- Fourth Church of Revelation: Thyatira (Meaning perfume, odor of affliction, sacrifice of labor, or castle Thya)
- Negative side: A heart that devises wicked imaginations, becoming full of false light. (Pr. 6:16-19) Giving authority to the beast and appetites of desire. Four also results in judgment, as in the four horsemen. When the Word is tested in an individual, it will produce life (davar) or pestilence (dever).
Four is indicative of AUTHORITY. The fourth branch on the Menorah is the center, main shaft. It is the source for the other 6 branches. Yeshua stands in the midst of the menorah. (Rev. 1:12-13) On the fourth day of creation, YHWH declared His GOVERNMENT of the earth and all who dwell in it by creating the sun, moon, and stars. These celestial bodies faithfully keep and proclaim His calendar, His months, His weeks, and His holy days to the world. Only the Creator of the Universe has the ability to define and regulate a man’s clock and calendar. Our life (time) is limited and decreed by the King of all Creation. Every second of our lives is in the palm of His hands whether we recognize His authority or not. Thus, TIME and AUTHORITY are intrinsically linked with day four.
The fourth piece of furniture in the covered place of the Tabernacle/Temple/House is the Ark of the Covenant. The Most Holy Place could only be entered ONCE in a YEAR. One must know the Creator’s calendar given on day four in order to live and not die in this sacred space. The mercy seat is a type of Throne, another picture of Authority and Government. Four Living Creatures surround the Throne of Elohim, always declaring, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” (Is. 6:3, Rev. 4:8)
Four and seven have many common factors. They depict holy places in both space and TIME. (For more on this see Rivers of Eden.) Fullness and completeness are characteristics of Abba’s House. As the door (delet), four shows one the Way into the Throne room of Adonai. Yeshua is the door for the sheep. (John 10:7-9) It is impossible to get this close and personal with YHWH by entering another door or way. The fourth feast is Shavuot, which commemorates BOTH the giving of the Holy Torah (Covenant) and the Holy Spirit (Seal). Pentecost isn’t complete without both. Moreover, the Sabbath is the “oht” or sign Between YHWH and His people for all generations, as is keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Ex. 13:9, 31:13, 17) The “oht” were given on day four of creation.
Chamesh [f.], chameeshah [m.] Power, strength, alertness (wake-up!), Torah, grace, service, gospel, fruitfulness, going forth, fast movement, anointed, prayers, and protection. Incense and anointing oil had 5 ingredients. We are empowered by the Word (Torah) and the Spirit. All is given by God’s mercy and grace. 5 Books of Torah, 5-fold ministry, David’s 5 smooth stones defeat Goliath, fruit from trees is fit to eat in the 5th year.
- Fifth Hebrew letter: Hey Numerical value of five. Pictographic meaning breath, air, spirit, femininity, and behold (to make known). As prefix, it is the definite article “the”.
- Five loaves fed five thousand, leaving 12 baskets leftover. (Mt. 14:16-21, a story in all 4 gospels)
- On day 5 of creation, the birds and fish were created. They move fast and carry seed throughout the whole earth in their migrations. Like them, we are anointed and filled with the Spirit to carry God’s Seed, the Gospel throughout the earth.
- There are five divisions to the Psalms.
- Zelophehad had FIVE daughters and no sons. The daughters brought a case before Moses asking to receive an inheritance as sons. YHWH tells Moses that the women are right and they get an inheritance. (Num. 27:7)
- Fifth Feast: Rosh Hashanah/ Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) Lev. 23
- Fifth Spirit of God: Gvurah (Power) Is. 11:2
- Fifth Church of Revelation: Sardis (Meaning red ones, prince of joy, escaping ones, or those who come out)
- Negative side: Feet that run swiftly to evil, walking toward darkness, trampling the holy with your feet, being ruled by the power of the nephesh/flesh instead of the power of the Holy Spirit. (Pr. 6:16-19)
Five is indicative of being filled, prepared, and empowered to go forth on whatever mission YHWH has given one to do. Five books of Moses completes YHWH’s instructions to His people. His Torah is the Seed carried throughout the earth by the spiritual birds and fish. The five books of Torah are the five loaves that feed thousands with plenty leftover for those that come later. Women have just as much inheritance in the Torah and spreading its message as men, which is pictured for us in Zelophehad’s daughters.
Five is associated with both prayers and being anointed as both the incense and the anointing oil had five ingredients. This indicates that anointment and prayer are POWERFUL. Both define and declare YHWH’s authority, gifts, callings, favor, direction, purpose, and will. Both can be a hedge of protection like the clouds, the seal, and the “hiddenness” of Yom Teruah. Five also indicates maturity and unity. Notice how perfectly synchronized the movements of flocks of birds and schools of fish are in the mayim (waters) and shamayim (heavens). Though they are many, they flow as one fluid Body. This is the Spirit of Power.
Shesh [f.], sheeshah [m.] Image, man, beast, flesh, sacrifice, intimacy, finished work, knowledge, sacrificial love, number of man and beast, antichrist, idol, and eternal judgment. Six usually refers to the works of man, but ideally represents sacrificial love and intimate knowledge with the Creator. When the latter is forsaken, only idolatry and flesh remain. We are ALWAYS either projecting the image of God or the image of the beast (flesh), which is represented by the number six.
- Sixth Hebrew letter: Vav Numerical value of six. Pictographic meaning hook, nail, to connect, tent peg, add to. As a conjunction prefix, it means “and”. The number six reveals whether we are connected to Adonai or the beast/flesh.
- On day 6 of creation, beasts of the field (land creatures) and mankind (male and female) were created. Mankind is designed to rule over the beasts.
- Sixth Feast: Yom HaKippurim (Day of Atonements) Lev. 23
- Sixth Spirit of God: Da’at (Knowledge; sacrificial love) Is. 11:2
- Sixth Church of Revelation: Philadelphia (Meaning brotherly love)
- Negative side: A false witness that speaks lies, being a witness for the enemy or for the lusts of the flesh. (Pr. 6:16-19) [See the number 24 for a giant that followed this image of the beast (6) that actually had 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes each foot].
Peter had a vision of a sheet with unclean beasts at the sixth hour. (Acts 10:9) The vision was a parable; the beasts represented people (men), not food. Peter saw the sheet 3 times and 3 Gentile men (3+3=6) came to see him. (Acts 10:28-29) This story is a great example of how to discern between the Spirit of Adonai and the desires of the flesh, or the number six. How do you view Peter’s vision? A flesh ruled person (6) can and usually will twist this encounter to condone the appetites of the flesh; that is, eating unclean animals that YHWH has already called an abomination [Lev. 11]. To their credit, most have been taught by misinformed and/or ignorant teachers to view Peter’s encounter as a license to indulge in the desires of the flesh. In other words, they’ve been deceived and are not in outright rebellion.
On the other hand, one that knows God’s Word and commandments will not be looking for a loophole to disobey what is written and will immediately discern the context of Acts chapter 10. Peter himself PLAINLY interprets his own vision. The unclean animals symbolize men, and have nothing to do with food or eating what God has forbidden. We must have the mind of Messiah, not a mind set on appeasing the wants, desires, and appetites of the flesh. The beauty and depth of Peter’s vision has been tainted by the desire to consume swine’s flesh for far too long. Peter’s vision is about God’s love and acceptance of people from all races, tribes, and tongues. You must decide which interpretation is spiritual and which one is from the desires of a beast. This decision is made in the sixth hour (noon) when the sunlight is at its peak in the sky. In other words, there should be no ambiguity or darkness to blind one to truth. See also Dr. Robin Gould’s book, Peter’s Vision: Beacon or Bacon.
Shvah [f.], sheevah [m.] wholeness, completeness, being ripe, rest, order, stability, and holiness. We rest in the finished work (6) of the Messiah. There are 7 days of creation, 7 days for Temple dedication, 7 Spirits of God, 7 feasts of God, 7 churches in Revelation, 7 stars in Yeshua’s hand, 7 golden lampstands, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls, 7 thunders speak in Revelation, 7 eyes of the Lord, 7 horns & eyes on the Lamb, 7 abominations (wicked lamp spirits Pr. 6:16-19), the priest of Midian (Moses’ father-in-law) had 7 daughters, Joshua had the people along with 7 priests march around Jericho before the Ark for 7 days. On the 7th day, 7 priests blowing 7 shofarim along with the people circled the city 7 times. On the 7th circuit, the shofars sounded long and the people shouted and the walls fell. Sampson had 7 locks of hair in which were the source of his strength (Holy Spirit), Elijah sent his servant to look for the indication of rain 7 times, Elisha had Naaman wash in the Jordan 7 times to be cured of his leprosy. Elisha laid upon a dead boy; he sneezed 7 times and rose. King Joash began to reign at age 7; he began to rebuild the Temple of YHWH. King Hezekiah reinstated the observance of Passover (1st feast) and Unleavened Bread (7 days). The people were so excited they celebrated an additional 7 days. Pure, white light refracts into 7 colors (prism, rainbow).
According to the ancient near eastern (ANE) culture and understanding of the cosmos (this includes ancient Israel), 7 was the normal operation and order of G-d’s House/Temple. Thus, all the 7’s in the Bible have to do with Temple building, inauguration, and dedication. (Obviously, the negative side of this is wickedness that destroys this imagery.) For example, the 7 days of creation are the 7 days of Temple dedication, with Shabbat being the inauguration or rest. In this case, the Shabbat signifies the Creator’s rule of heaven and earth and His Temple/presence being the ultimate means of stability and order in the world. In other words, the completeness pictured in the number seven is qualified in ANE thought by the TEMPLE (building/dedication/inauguration). Without the Temple, there is chaos and a lack of order in the world. Knowing this should broaden our perspective on the spiritual implication of the number 7. (For more information, see Dr. Dinah Dye’s book, The Temple Revealed in Creation.)
- Seventh Hebrew letter: Zayin Numerical value of seven. Pictographic meaning plowshare, weapon, sword, to arm, to adorn, to cut, to feed, completion.
- 1st verse of the Bible has 7 Hebrew words with 28 (4×7) letters.
- Blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat 7 times on Yom Kippur. (Lev. 16:14) Blood of the chatat (sin) offering was sprinkled before the veil 7 times (Lev. 9:17)
- It takes 7 days to atone for the altar to purify it. (Ex. 29:37, Ezek. 43:26)
- 7 of the Ten Commandments are negative and begin with the Hebrew loh, or no/not, as in thy shall not.
- 7 weeks (7 x 7) are counted to get to Shavuot (Pentecost). Likewise, 7 x 7 years are counted to reach a Yovel (Jubilee) year. Each of these 7 year bundles are a Shemittah year or a year of release.
- Wisdom has 7 pillars. (Pr. 9:1)
- 7 loaves fed four thousand with 7 baskets leftover. (Mt. 15:32-39)
- We must forgive our brothers/sisters 7 x 7 times. (Mt. 18:21; Luke 17:4)
- Mary Magdalene had 7 evil spirits cast from her. (Mar. 16:9, Pr. 6:16-19)
- On day 7 of creation, God rested from His work. He set the 7th day apart as holy. 7 transcends the natural and moves into the supernatural. We begin every week (and even every day as the day begins at sunset) by RESTING. This is the pattern from the very beginning. We rest first in the finished work of God, then we go to work (perform good deeds).
- Seventh Feast: Sukkot (Tabernacles) Lev. 23
- Seventh Spirit of God: Yirat Adonai (Fear/reverence of God) Is. 11:2
- Seventh Church of Revelation: Laodicea (Meaning justice or vengence of the people)
- Negative side: One who sows discord or strife among brothers, tearing down the house. The opposite of restoration and rest. Chaos in the house and in relationships. Becoming wholly wicked. (Pr. 6:16-19) Destroying G-d’s Temple or House. Destroying creation, order, stability, and life. Rejecting the Kingdom and YHWH/Yeshua as King. Cup of iniquity, abominations, and wickedness becoming full – destruction.
The harlot in the Book of Revelation rides a scarlet beast (see number 6) that has SEVEN heads. She is the epitome of one ruled by the image of the beast created on day 6 and the lusts of the flesh (the beast is red like Esau). The beast has 10 horns (see 10 below) which denotes a completely wicked assembly. Instead of holding the holy Shabbat (7) Kiddush cup, she has a cup full of abominations. (Pr. 6:16-19)
Shemoni [f.], shemonah [m.] Literally to “make fat”. New beginnings, not just complete (like 7), but satiated. Becoming “fat” is having more than enough. Full to overflowing. Moves from natural to supernatural.
- Eighth Hebrew letter: Chet Numerical value of eight. Pictographic meaning wall, fence, protect, new beginning, separation, sin, outside, olam olam.
- Covenant (pictured in circumcision on 8th day).
- The Tabernacle was dedicated in an eight-day ceremony.
- Righteous King Josiah began his rule of Judah at the age of eight. (2 Kings 22:1-2) In the eighth year of his reign, while still a boy, he sought YHWH and began to purge Judah of high places and Asherim. (2Chr. 34:3) He repaired the Temple, discovered the Torah, repented, and cleansed Judah further in the eighteenth year of his reign. (2 Kings 22:3 – 23:20) Also in his eighteenth year, he restored YHWH’s Passover (1st feast -see one). With Unleavened Bread, Passover week is EIGHT days. (2 Kings 23: 21-25)
- Eight days after His resurrection, Yeshua appeared again to the disciples and spoke to (doubting) Thomas. Thomas proclaimed Yeshua “My Lord and my God”. (John 20:26-29)
- Transfiguration occurred on the 8th day (Luke 9:28); and Peter wanted to build 3 sukkot (tabernacles) for Yeshua, Moses, and Elijah. This is a direct reference to the season of the transfiguration: Sukkot – the 8-day feast of YHWH!
- Torah (Law) is elevated to the spiritual realm in Ps. 119 by following an 8 verse alphabetical sequence. (See also Ps. 19:7) Paul says, “the Law is Spiritual” in Rom. 7:14 indicating that it is above the natural realm of carnal flesh.
- Elijah performed 8 miracles; and Elisha doubled that with 16 (a multiple of 8).
- Eight souls were saved from the flood in Noah’s day.
- Chanukah (a late Sukkot festival) is eight days long. It’s major themes are overcoming darkness and heavenly miracles.
- Shemini Atzeret, the last great 8th day of Sukkot asks us to linger (add to over flowing) one more day with YHWH.
- King David, a prefigure of Messiah Yeshua, was the 8th son of Jesse (a multiple of 4 [number for scepter, government, authority, and rule]). (1 Sam. 17: 12-14)
Eight is past the completed work of seven and moves one into the realm of the supernatural or the world to come. It also depicts new beginnings as Hebraic thought sees time and the calendar as cyclical, rather than linear. It is a doubling of four or authority and government. Thus, eight is a re-creation of the House/Tabernacle/Temple of YHWH. Coupled with the letter “yohd” (also the symbol for 10) makes the Hebrew word chai or LIFE.
Tehshah [f.], teeshah [m.] Last and largest single digit. Signifies finality, judgment, harvest, fruitfulness, the womb, duality (good/evil), concealment, truth, loving-kindness, fruit of the Spirit, turn to look upon/gaze, hour of prayer, etc. When nine reveals what it conceals inside, we see fruitfulness, multiplication, and the building of the House.
- Ninth Hebrew letter: Tet Numerical value of nine. Pictographic meaning basket, good/evil, snake, surround, knot, twist, spiral, fruitfulness, repentance, judgment.
- There are 9 fruit and gifts of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22-23, 1 Cor. 12:8-10)
- Human gestation lasts 9 months.
- Feast cycle covers 9 months.
- Chanukah falls in the ninth Hebrew month (Kislev).
- The chanukiah (feast of dedication) menorah has nine branches, which represents the normal 7 branched menorah that remained lit for 8 days.
- 9th hour is hour of prayer. (Acts 3:1; 10:30)
- Yeshua gave up His Spirit at the ninth hour. (Mt. 27:46)
- Cornelius saw an angel of God in a vision at the ninth hour. (Acts 10:3, 30)
- 9 has mathematical properties unlike any other number. (See this article.)
- 1st recorded biblical war was 4 kings against 5 (4+5=9)
- Abram was 99 when YHWH changed his name to Abraham, gave him the covenant of circumcision, and predicted Isaac’s birth. (Gen. 17)
- Sarai was 90 when YHWH changed her name to Sarah and was promised a son (Isaac). (Gen. 17)
- Yeshua will leave the 99 sheep to go after one. (Mt. 18:12)
- Out of ten cleansed lepers, nine do not give praise to God. (Luke 17, one foreigner does give praise!)
- End time harvest is marked by wars and rumors of war and great judgment. A harvest cannot be made without separating the wheat from the chaff or without putting a sickle to the heads of grain. (Hence, 9’s association with judgment.)
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Esehr [f.], ahsahrah [m.] Divine order, completed cycle, measure, or group (congregation) whether for good or evil, blessing or judgment. A tenth part represents the whole in a tithe. Thus, ten represents a complete congregation, body, or kingdom, whether good or evil.
- Tenth Hebrew letter: Yohd Numerical value of ten. Pictographic meaning hand, work, worship, deeds, fist, power, congregation. Shows the possessive singular and past singular.
- Ten Commandments
- Ten Plagues
- Abraham endured 10 trials.
- For the sake of 10 righteous people, YHWH would have spared Sodom. (Gen. 18)
- Abraham’s servant brought 10 camels as gifts to Rebecca. He knew she was the one because she watered them. (Gen, 24) Her brother (Laban) and her mother wanted her tarry with them for ten days. Could these represent the 10 Words and what helps us (the bride) to endure the wilderness until we meet our Groom?
- Laban changed Jacob’s wages ten times. (Gen. 31:7)
- Ten of Joseph’s brothers had to go down to Egypt to buy grain because of famine. (Gen. 42:3) Joseph sent them back with ten donkeys loaded with goods and ten female donkeys loaded with grain. (Gen, 45:23)
- Israel rebelled 10 times in the wilderness. (Num. 14:22)
- Israelites gathered at least 10 homers of quail in the wilderness. Those that ate it died with the meat between their teeth. (Num. 11:32)
- There were 10 of 12 spies that gave a bad report to Israel, costing them forty more years (4 x 10) in the wilderness.
- Foundation of Tabernacle was made from 10 x 10 silver sockets.
- Fire came down from heaven 10 times (6 were in judgment).
- Boaz sat before TEN men (elders/rulers) at the city gate to redeem the field of Naomi (Elimelech) and to also take Ruth as his wife to carry on the name of his deceased relative (Levirate marriage), Mahlon. (Ruth 4)
- Ten Virgins (5 wise, 5 foolish).
- Ten lost tribes of Israel.
- Wicked Haman had TEN sons. (Esther 9:12)
- Tenth generation represented whole. (Dt. 23:3)
- Ten generations from Adam to Noah.
- Minyan is made complete with 10 men.
- Ten Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
- Day of Atonement falls on 10th day of Tishrei.
- In the Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10), the woman has a total of TEN silver coins. (Silver is the metal/color of redemption.) When she loses one, she lights a lamp and sweeps the HOUSE, until she finds the lost coin. Then, she and the entire community rejoices with her.
- The beast that the harlot rides in Revelation has 7 heads and TEN horns as does the fourth beast in Daniel’s night visions (Dan.7). The horns represent wicked kings or rulers.
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”‘” (Zec. 8:23 NASB)
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For references, please see footnotes on this page: Misparim