The number five is often referred to as the “Number of Ministry”. The initial Aaronic priesthood
(Aaron and his four sons) Exodus 28:1-3 "Have Aaron your brother brought to you from
among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests. Make sacred
garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honor. Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such
matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.(NIV) Note: The use
of one high priest, a type and shadow of Christ and four (the number of earth, world etc) subsequent priests, totaling five.
There were five offerings to be rendered before God according to the law. Leviticus 6 &7 the burnt offering, grain offering, sin offering, guilt offering, fellowship offering.
There were five pieces of furniture in the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle of Moses)
excluding the Ark of the Covenant, which is the representation of God Himself. They were; Laver Exodus 30:18, Brazen Altar
Exodus 27:1-2, Table of Shewbread Exodus 25:23-24, Lampstand Exodus 25:31-32, Golden Altar of Incense Exodus 30:1-3. This
represented five primary focuses of ministry in the tabernacle.
When the Philistines returned the captive Ark of the Covenant the offered the following guilt offering;
1 Samuel 6:4 The Philistines asked, "What guilt offering should we send to him?" They
replied, "Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has
struck both you and your rulers.(NIV).
David’s bride was attended to by five maidens. 1 Samuel 25:42-43 Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five maids, went with David's messengers and became his wife.
David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.(NIV)
The importance of clear ministry is expressed by the apostle Paul to the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians
14:19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others
than ten thousand words in a tongue.(NIV)
The five fold leadership ministry is expressed clearly in Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;(KJV)
The five credentials of Jesus Christ are found in Revelation 1:5 and
from Jesus Christ, who is (1) the faithful witness,(2) the firstborn from the dead, and (3)the ruler of the kings of the earth.(4)
To him who loves us and has (5) freed us from our sins by his blood,(NIV)
An interesting note is that we are created with five fingers on each of two hands. The fingers are
enablers to do the work of the ministry while the two hands confirm support and affirm each other.
six is often associated humanity. The core description of man is usually in or because of his original state of sin. God created
man on the sixth day of creation Genesis 1:26-31.
There were six recorded
generations of CAIN Genesis 4:17-18 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant
and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad
was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael
was the father of Lamech. (NIV)
Israelites were told to gather manna from the ground for six days and not on the seventh day. Exodus 16:26-27 If a Hebrew
bought another Hebrew he was only allowed to enslave themn for six years. Exodus 21:2 "If
you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.
tribal leaders of Israel brought their offering for the building of the tabernacle on six carts. Numbers 7:2-3 Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of families who were the tribal leaders in charge of those who were counted,
made offerings. They brought as their gifts before the LORD six covered carts and twelve oxen-- an ox from each leader and
a cart from every two. These they presented before the tabernacle.(NIV)
were six cities of refuge which were shelters of safety. Numbers 35:15 'These six cities
shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them; that anyone who kills a person
unintentionally may flee there.
were six days of labor instituted for the Israelites. Deuteronomy 5:12-13 "Observe
the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
six steps of the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, a sacrifice was required. 2 Samuel 6:13 When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.(NIV)
wicked Philistine man with six fingers and six toes. 2 Samuel 21:20 In still another
battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot-- twenty-four
in all. He also was descended from Rapha.(NIV)
There are six characteristics
described of a man the Lord hates. Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked
schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among
transformation of water into wine by Jesus was done in six stone jars. John 2:6-9 Nearby
stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Now draw some
out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned
into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the
bridegroom aside (NIV)
Number seven is often called the number of perfection. It is used approximately six hundred times in the Bible. The
number seven shows us the perfect completion of mankind (6+1=7) and man’s need for one perfect example and fulfillment
in Jesus Christ.
display a perfecting balance in life and the ultimate “tie-breaking” vote for truth and ultimate righteousness
(3+1+3=7). Genesis chapters 1 & 2 show the process of creation completed in seven days.
We see the number seven used in ceremonial healing. Leviticus 14:7 Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the infectious disease and pronounce him clean. Then he is
to release the live bird in the open fields.(NIV)
Jericho was marched on seven times by the children of Israel. Joshua 6:4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven
times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.(NIV)
1:14-15 we see the seven generations of Adam to Enoch as very significant. “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied
about these men: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict
all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have
spoken against him." (NIV).
book of Revelation is riddled with the number seven. For the most part all references focus in on the presence and perfected
(glorified) image of Jesus Christ. Here are some of the most descriptive texts; Revelation 1:4-16 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who
is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn
from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and
has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-- to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look,
he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will
mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who
is to come, the Almighty." I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are
ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord's Day I was
in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it
to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea." I turned around to see
the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone "like
a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were
white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and
his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged
sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.(NIV)
The number seven is used fifty five times in the book of Revelation (nearly one tenth of its total
use in the entire Bible). This testifies to the nature and quality of the inspiration of the text. It weaves the perfect nature
of God and his divine purpose for man through the entire book. The continued and numerous use of the number seven throughout
the entire scriptural text shows the hand of God working to perfect the elect in the process of salvation and sanctification.
number eight is the number of new beginnings or resurrection. The calves used in the sacrificial offerings in the Tabernacle
of Moses in the wilderness were to be rendered on the eight day of life Exodus 22:29-30 ".(NIV)
Testament Levitical law dictated that a healed leper (or diseased person) was to be pronounced clean from the disease on the eighth day of a ritualistic cleansing process. Leviticus 14:10-11"On the eighth day he must bring two male lambs and one ewe lamb a year old, each without defect, along with three-tenths
of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, and one log of oil. The priest who pronounces him clean shall
present both the one to be cleansed and his offerings before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. (NIV)
was the eighth son of Jesse, and thus became the new King of Israel starting a new royal lineage. 1 Samuel 16:10-12 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these." So he asked
Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel
said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine
appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."(NIV)
we break down its components, we start to see definition as it applies to its scriptural use. Examples: The eighth day of
the week is the first day of the next new week (7+1=8).
Christ was raised from the mortal dead on the first day of the new week. Matthew 28:1-6 After
the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a
violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on
it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook
and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was
crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.(NIV)
As we previously saw, the number four is the number of the earth. The apostle Peter in his second
epistle makes reference to a new earth that will come to pass. 2 Peter 3:11-13 Since
everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you
look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and
the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,
the home of righteousness. (NIV) Forming a Biblical equation of the old earth and the new earth we see the number eight
again representing new beginnings (4+4=8).
nine is the number of finality or judgment”. The number nine is also referred to as the number the Holy Spirit. The
number nine in solitude only appears only 17 times in scripture.
experienced the birth of his last nine children after his reign in Jerusalem was established. 1 Chronicles 3:4-8
are nine judgments issued by the prophet Haggai. Haggai 1:10-11 Therefore, because
of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains,
on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands."(NIV)
the ninth hour (by customary Jewish time) that Jesus Christ died on the cross bringing to a conclusion His earthly and apostolic
ministry. Matthew 27:45-50 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over
all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-- which means, "My God,
my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah." Immediately
one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The
rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him." And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice,
he gave up his spirit.(NIV)
to the Holy Spirit, the number nine portrays the listing of gifts of the Holy Spirit that we see in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10
To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message
of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different
kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.(NIV).
The number nine also enumerates the fruit of
the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.(NIV)