Numbers in the Book of Revelation

August 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

In this post I provide a list of the numbers used in the book of Revelation because those numbers are often seen as “symbolic.” Therefore, in this post I want to show a comprehensive list of the numbers in the book of Revelation.

Symbolism and Numbers in the Book of Revelation

1/10

After the two witnesses are taken to heaven (Rev 11:11-12) a terrible earthquake destroys one-tenth of the city. In this earthquake 7,000 people die (11:13).

1/4

The rider of the pale green horse and his companion are given authority over one-fourth of the earth (6:7-8).

1/3

  • As part of the first trumpet, hail and fire mixed with blood are thrown down on the earth (8:7). In this judgement one-third of the earth is set on fire, one-third of the trees are burned, and one-third of the grass is burned.
  • As part of the second trumpet, fire is thrown into the sea and one-third of the water becomes like blood (8:8), one-third of all living things in the sea die, and one-third of all the ships on the sea are destroyed (8:9).
  • A star falls from the sky buring like a torch during the third trumpet. It falls on one-third of the rivers and springs of water (8:10) and makes one-third of the water bitter (8:11).
  • During the fourth trumpet one-third of the sun, one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars are struck and become dark (8:12). One-third of the day and one-third of the night are dark (8:12).
  • During the sixth trumpet four angels are turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on the earth (9:16).

2

The beast that comes up out of the earth has two horns like a Lamb (13:11).

3

  • Three loaves of barely will cost a day’s pay (6:6).
  • After the sixth bowl is poured out on the Euphrates River John sees three evil spirits that look like frogs jump from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet (16:13). These demonic spirits work miracles and gather all the rulers of the world at Armageddon (16:16) for battle against the Lord on the day of judgement (16:14).
  • After the worst earthquake the earth has ever endured (16:18) the city of Babylon is split into three sections (16:19).
  • In the new Jerusalem there are three gates on each side of the city (20:13).

3 ½

When the two witnesses are killed (Rev 11:7, their bodies lie in the street for three and a half days (11:9, 11).

 

4

  • There are four living beings around the throne (4:6-8; 5:6, 8, 14; 6:1, 6-7, 7:11; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4).
  • Four angels stand at the four corners of the earth holding back the four winds (7:1-3).
  • The sixth trumpet reveals the number four in several instances.
  • There are four horns on the gold altar that stands in the presence of God (9:13).
  • A voice tells the sixth angel to release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River (9:14) and have been prepared for that hour (9:15).

6

Each of the four living beings around the throne has six wings (4:8).

7

  • The book of Revelation was sent from God and the “seven spirits” or “seven-fold Spirit” (1:4; 3:1; 4:5).
  • There are seven churches (1:11), seven gold lampstands (1:12, 20; 2:1), seven stars (1:16; 20; 2:1), and seven seals (5:1, 5; 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1).
  • The Lamb John sees in his vision has seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the seven-fold Spirit of God (5:6).
  • There are seven angels who are given seven trumpets (8:2, 6-12; 9:1, 13; 11:15).
  • The event John sees in heaven in Rev 12 includes a red dragon with seven heads and seven crowns (12:3).
  • The beast that comes up out of the sea has seven heads. Written on each head are the names of those that blasphemed God (13:1).
  • Seven angels hold the seven last plagues (15:1, 6-8; 16:1; 17:1).
  • The scarlet beast has seven heads (17:3, 7, 9).

10

  • The event John sees in heaven in Rev 12 includes a red dragon with ten horns (12:3).
  • There are ten crowns on the beast that comes up out of the sea (13:1).
  • The scarlet beast ridden by the great prostitue has ten horns (17:3, 7, 12-14, 16).

12

  • While the number “twelve” is not specifically mentioned in Rev 7, there are twelve distinct tribes of Israel mentioned in Rev 7:5-8.
  • The woman described in Rev 12 is crowned with twelve stars on her head (12:1).
  • In the new Jerusalem there are twelve gates that are guarded by twelve angels (20:12).
  • The wall of the city also has twelve foundation stones which have written on them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (20:14).

24

Twenty-four elders sit on twenty-four thrones around God (4:4, 10; 5:5-6, 8, 14; 7:13; 11:16; 14:3; 19:4).

42

  • The temple described in Rev 11 is turned over to the nations and they trample it for forty-two months (11:1-2).
  • The beast of the sea (13:1) is allowed to speak blasphemies against God and is given authority to do whatever he wants for forty-two months (13:5-6).

216

When an angel measures the new Jerusalem he find that the walls are 216 feet thick (21:17).

1,000

  • Thousands and millions of angels around the throne sing a mighty chorus (5:11-12).
  • The second occurrence of “thousand” occurs in Rev 20 describing the millennial kingdom (20:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

1,260

God gives power to his two witnesses and they prophesy for 1,260 days, which is three and a half years (11:3).

1,400

When an angel measures the new Jerusalem he finds that its width, length, and hieght are each 1,400 miles (21:16).

144,000

  • This is the number of people who are marked with the seal of God (7:4-8).
  • They also stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion (14:1), are the only who can learn the song (14:3), follow the Lamb wherever he goes, and they have been purchased from the people of the earth as a special offering for the Lamb (14:4).

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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