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Numerical links in Revelation

November 24, 2011

In the book of Revelation John frequently links to other Scriptures or to other sections of Revelation with numbers. A possible example is his use of a thousand years in Revelation 20, which links together the period when Satan is bound, and the time that the saints reign with Christ. The thousand years may also suggest links to other Scriptures, such as 2 Peter 3:8. In the table below the numbers that occur in Revelation are listed, along with Scriptures that they may link to.

Number Description
1 Jesus alone was found worthy to open the sealed book in Revelation 5:9
temple in Revelation 11:1 & 21:22
woman in heaven, Revelation 12:1
bride in Revelation 21:9
holy city in Revelation 21:2
2 witnesses, Revelation 11:3
wings of an eagle, Revelation 12:14
3 woes in Revelation 8:13
things that killed a third part of men in the sixth trumpet plague, Revelation 9:18
unclean spirits in Revelation 16:13
divisions of the great city in Revelation 16:19
3 ½ years the period for which the bodies of the two witnesses lie in the street in Revelation 11:9; it fits the pattern of a time, times and a half, Revelation 12:14
4 beasts around the throne in Revelation 4:6; tradition links these with the four Gospels
winds in Revelation 7:1
5 months the duration of the torment of the scorpion locusts in Revelation 9:5; it links to the 150 days of Genesis 7:24
7 candlesticks in Revelation 1:12
seals of the book in Revelation 5:1
trumpets in Revelation 8:2
thunders in Revelation 10:4
heads of the dragon in Revelation 12:3
crowns of the dragon in Revelation 12:3
heads of the beast in Revelation 13:1 & 17:9
angels & vials in Revelation 15:7
mountains in Revelation 17:9
10 horns on the dragon Revelation 12:3
on the beast Revelation 13:1
12 tribes of Israel Revelation 7:4
stars in the woman’s crown in Revelation 12:1
gates in the wall of the holy city, pearls in Revelation 21:12
foundations in the holy city in Revelation 21:14
names of the apostles in Revelation 21:14
manner of fruits of the tree of life in Revelation 22:2
24 elders Revelation 5:8; 19:4
42 months period when the holy city is trampled by Gentiles in Revelation 11:2
duration of the beast’s reign in Revelation 13:5
144 cubits dimension of the wall of the holy city in Revelation 21:17
666 number of the name of the beast in Revelation 13:18; links to 2 Chronicles 9:13; Solomon’s annual income
1,000 years identified with a day in 2 Peter 3:8
the period for which Satan is bound in Revelation 20:2
the length of the reign of those who are beheaded for the witness of Jesus in Revelation 20:4
1,600 furlongs Revelation 14:20
1,260 days the time of the ministry of the two witnesses in Revelation 11:3
the period when the woman is nourished in the wilderness in Revelation 12:6
12,000 the number sealed in each tribe, Revelation 7:5-8
furlongs in Revelation 21:16
144,000 the number sealed of all the tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:4; 14:1
200,000,000 horsemen Revelation 9:16; links to the number of chariots of God, Psalm 68:17
the sand of the sea links to the number of the seed of Abraham, Genesis 22:17
John stood upon the sand of the sea, when he described the beast in Revelation 13:1
number of the deceived hordes of Gog & Magog in Revelation 20:8
10,000 x 10,000, and thousands of thousands number of angels
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