Numbers in Dreams



• Use of the term number in the scripture emphasizes the perfection of God’s acts (Lk 12:7, Psalm 147:4, Isaiah 40:26).

• Numbers in the Bible may be interpreted one or a combination of these ways:
Literary- as in Psalm 119 where 22 stanzas correspond to 22 Hebrew letter
Conventional- noting immeasurable amounts (Gen 41:49, forgive 70 x 7)
Rhetorical– figuratively/poetically to give unique meanings (Mt 24: 31)
Gematria– assigning numerical value to the Greek and Hebrew alphabetic (Rev 13:18)
Symbolic– established by contexts and patters
• Meanings assigned to numbers in dreams arise from universal connotations as well as patterns of their use in the scripture.

• Numbers when in conjunction with money may be interpreted as loss or gain of favor or loss or gain of the meaning of that number.

• The addition of zeros after numbers indicates increase of impact or importance. The size of the issue increases proportionately.

1= Unity, or uniqueness

More than 2000 uses in the Bible, many expressing the singular, but others with symbolic meanings

• With reference to God, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut 6:4,
Mk 12:29). The one God, the only God, no levels of deity; He stands alone.
• With reference to Jesus, one with the Father (Jn 17: 21-23).
• With reference to the body of Christ, brothers and sisters as one (I Cor 12, Acts 4:32, Mt 23:8-10)
• With reference to the uniqueness of individuals (parable of lost sheep- Lk 15:1-10, in reference to
tempting “one of these little ones who believe in me” Mt 18:6)

2= Confirmation, agreement, covenant (or possibly division, separation)

No number is more important as its 559 references indicate. It appears in creation and procreation.

• God’s pairs form the earth: male and female, heaven and earth, day and night, land and sea,
light and darkness
• Two sides of the cosmic battle: good and evil
• Choice– the foundation structure of human choice is between contrary possibilities. Deut 30:15-19
“I set before you life and prosperity, death and destruction . . blessings and curses. Now choose life.”
• New life comes out of the union of two
• “Two are better than one” Eccles 4:9-10
• Most of the patriarchal offspring come in twos: Cain and Able, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau
• There were two tablets of stone inscribed by god and given to Moses on Mt. Sinai
• Jesus said that “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” Mt 22:37-40
• Two is the minimum number of witnesses or to be sent on assignments– Jesus sent them out two by
two, 2 spies

3= Utter completeness

• Three is the minimum number necessary to establish a pattern. Chance, coincidence, pattern.
Thus three points to something yet to unfold, yet conveys a sense of completeness.
• Peter utterly denied Christ when he did it three times
• Pilate tried to release Jesus three times
• The chief priests and rulers rejected Christ three times
• Jesus raised from the dead after three days just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days
This victory over death implies total, sufficient, and utter completeness at its highest level
• 30 is the number of consecration, dedication, maturity for ministry, the Blood of Christ
(Numbers 4:3; 2 Sam 5:4; Luke 3:23; Mt 26:15)

4= The world, creation, universality

• The world. Four directions, four winds (10 references), four corners of the earth (Rev 7:1), and
four sides or corners of a building (Ezek 42:20; 46:21).
• The four representatives of the world as in “every tribe, tongue, people, and nation” is mentioned
seven times in Revelation, each time underscoring the world’s response to Christ, either
acceptance or rebellion.
• The intensity of what the world finally comes to before Jesus steps in is symbolized in
the four beasts, four heads, four kings, four living creatures, four angels, four horns, and four
faces from Revelation and Ezekiel.
• The house of God set up in the world is filled with the imagery of the number four as in four
rings of gold, four cups, four pillars, four horns, four bronze rings, four rows of precious stones.
• Universality within the world.
• Naming extremes– north, south, east, west– suggests everything in between.
• The passages using the terms “every tribe, tongue, people, and nation” also suggest the universal
potential for salvation and judgment.

5= Responsibility of man as the recipient of God’s grace

This number is mentioned 318 times in scripture and always in relation to God’s goodness and grace toward man.

• It is a significant number in connection to the measurements of the tabernacle, God’s house with us
by grace.
• There were five offerings on the alter of sacrifice: the burnt offering, the peace offering, the sin
offering, the trespass offering, the meat offering.
• The Pentateuch makes known God’s requirements for receiving grace.
• The New Testament 5-fold ministry reveals God’s grace as he works through us.
• David chose five smooth stones to stand against Goliath.
• The ten commandments are two sets of five; the first in relation to God and the second in relation to
our fellow man.
• There were five wise and five foolish virgins
• We have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot, the foundation of the decimal system

6= Man

Human weakness, the potential for greatness falling short, manifestation of sin

Man-made or artificial

Satan’s influence over man
• Six falls short of the perfect seven
• Man was created on the sixth day, and his appointed days of labor are six.
• The land was to be sown for six years.
• The kingdoms of this world are to last 6000 years.
• Moses had to wait six days on the mount before God revealed himself to him.
• Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image to be bowed down to stood 60 cubits high and 60 wide.
• This number often carries intensely evil significance. The serpent was the sixth character to be
revealed in Genesis. Satan is also connected with revelation’s sixth vial and sixth judgment.

7= Perfection, totality, finality, fullness of time

• God created the world in seven days, hence the seven day week.
• Blood was sprinkled over a sacrifice seven times.
• John sees the lamb as having seven horns, seven eyes, and seven spirits of God.
• There are to be seven seal openings and seven trumpet blasts in the end days.
• The seven heads of the dragon and beast in revelation represent the totality of opposition to God.
• There are seven church in Revelation 2-3.

8= New beginning

• Since seven is the number of completion, eight signifies a new beginning and stands for
the new replacing the old.
• Since God set up weeks as seven days, the eighth day is really the first day of a new week.
• Since four is the number of creation, eight is the number of a new creation.
• There were eight persons saved from the great flood to repopulate the world.
• It was on the eighth day, the day after the weekly Sabbath that Jesus arose from the dead.
• The circumcision of the new born male, the next generation, took place eighth days after birth.
• Aaron and his sons entered their priestly work on the eighth day after consecration. (Lev 9)
• Since the musical scales consist of seven note, the eighth note is the first note of the same scale an octave higher.
• the number of the teacher who brings fresh information

9= Divine finality, fullness, fullness of time, fruitfulness

• It is 3 x 3
• There are nine fruits of Spirit and nine gifts of the Holy Spirit
• Nine comes after eight; after a new beginning comes fruit
The fruit of the Spirit is available after spiritual rebirth
• Jesus shared nine beatitudes pointing the way to the fruitfulness of the Kingdom of heaven
• From the cross Jesus cried, “it is finished,” and died at the ninth hour
• Nine months is the rounded off number symbolizing fruit of the womb
•The number of the Holy Spirit
•The number of the evangelist who brings good news

10= Testimony opportunity from responsibility
Testing or trial as an opportunity for victory and testimony
A testimony intended to arise out of a test

• The law requires duty. There are 10 commandments. Man was responsible under the law to keep
the commandments and bear out the resulting testimony
• The tithe is an opportunity to bring testimony
• Before the flood, there were 10 patriarchs called to bear out testimony of God’s goodness and power
through their obedience to His voice
• There were 10 plagues upon Pharaoh and Egypt. The testimony of Moses’ faithfulness bore out
• When Abraham prayed for God to save Sodom through ten righteous people, he was asking for a
• Ten was used in the parable of the virgins as it was the number required to constitute legal function
• There was the parable of the ten servants who were entrusted with ten pounds and rewarded with
authority over ten cities (Luke 19:13,17)
• The number of the pastor who is responsible to God for his flock

11= Disorganization, confusion, disintegration, overthrow through judgment OR
Nearing the End of a Season as in the 11th Hour (which could be positive)

• Used 24 times in scripture
• Eleven falls short of twelve
• There were eleven judgments that came upon Egypt: ten plagues and the drowning in the Red Sea
• Zedekiah, a wicked king, reigned 11 years and was then captured and taken to Babylon (Jer 52:1)
• Eleven days stood between the Hebrews in the wilderness and their judgment at Kadesh-Barnea by
refusing to take the advise of Joshua and Caleb to go up and take the Promised Land. (Num 13 & 14)
• concerning the Great white throne Judgment, John saw eleven things (Rev 20:11-15)
• A number of the Antichrist– the 11th horn, the little horn (Dan 7:7-8)
• The number of the prophet– 1 Cor 13:9-10: For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.

12= Administration, divine government by appointment, authority, leadership

• Used 187 times in the Bible
• Twelve tribes of Israel
• Twelve disciples
• Twelve apostles
• Twelve thrones for ruling from heaven
• Twelve palm trees and wells of water to quench the Israelite’s thirst (Ex 15:27)
• Twelve months of the year
• Twelve constellations; the 12 chapter gospel in the sky through these
• In the book of revelation, there is a woman with 12 stars in her crown and there are twelve gates in
the new Jerusalem with twelve angels at the gates, and twelve manner of fruits. The city measures
12,000 furlongs three dimensionally (Rev 21 & 22).
• The number of the apostle

13= Depravity. rebellion, falling away, apostasy
• Found just 15 times in the scriptures
• All names of Satan in scripture are mathematically divisible by 13
• When Jesus described the depraved and rebellious heart, he listed 13 things (Mark 7:21-22)
Deliverance or salvation.
Receiving $14 in a dream prophesies receiving deliverance of salvation.
Receiving $15 in a dream prophesies receiving a season of rest.
Paying $15 in a dream prophesies that the next season includes work, which may be a good thing.
Receiving $16 in a dream prophesies receiving love.
Paying $16 in a dream prophesies giving love.
Receiving $17 in a dream prophesies receiving victory.
Bondage or Oppression
The number is used 288 times in the scripture
• Twenty is found often in conjunction with silver (which symbolizes redemption as well), especially in
the building of the tabernacle; twenty pillars, fillets, and hooks.
• Hebrew males were mandated to offer a ransom of twenty gerahs for their souls at age twenty
• In the wilderness, all those below twenty years old would be allowed into the Promised Land
• Jacob labored twenty years in the house of Laban to receive his redemption
The exceeding sinfulness of sin
Light, illumination, revelation
Death of end of something
The priesthood
Forgiveness, beginning of ministry training.
The gospel of Christ, outreach, evangelism
The preaching of the gospel, evangelism
Eternal life
The blood of Christ, dedication
Naming of a son
The Word of God
40 symbolizes the world’s testing, a probation period ending in victory or defeat
• Israel wandered forty years in the wilderness before coming into the Promised Land.
• Jesus fasted forty days before the temptation of Satan and his ministry
• Jonah preached forty days to Nineveh
• Elijah fled to Mt. Horeb for forty days
• Ezekiel was called to lie on his right side for forty days symbolizing the forty years of Judah’s
Israel’s oppression or the Lord’s advent
50 is the number of liberty. Pentecost is the Hebrew word for fifty. It is the year of Jubilee.
Idol worship
70 is a tenfold multiplication of seven, an increased impact of perfection.
• Israel counted the nations of their day as 70.
• There were 70 elders chosen by Moses (Num 11:16) forming the basis for the Jewish Council
called the Sanhedrin.
• The descendents of Shem, Ham, and Japheth who repopulated the earth were 70.
• Jacob’s family to came down to Egypt at Joseph’s request to be saved from starvation were 70.
This group was used to form the nation of Israel.
• Israel lived in exile in Babylonian captivity 70 years, the consequences for disobedience.
They had disobeyed the commandment to let the land rest every seventh year for 490 years,
Thus the chastisement was equal to the sin– 70 years.
• 70 years is a full human life span in Ps 90:10 and Isaiah 23:15).
• Daniel prophesied 70 weeks until the coming of the Lord.
• Jesus chose 70 to go forth in his name (Luke 10).
God’s election of grace.
Children of promise.
Resurrection day, the Lord’s Day
The Spirit-Guided Life
Fruit-bearing, productive
666 symbolizes man independent of God, multiplied to his fullness.
Full lawlessness. Number of the beast, Satan. Dan 3 & 7; I Sam 17; Rev 2:18; 14;9-11
888 is the Gematria number for Jesus and symbolizes resurrection
Divine completeness and the glory of God

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April 11, 2019

33 responses on "Numbers in Dreams"

  1. My 3 yr old son woke up one morning about a week ago saying “thirty nine zero zero”. I wrote out the numbers instead of putting 3900 because thats exactly how he said it. What could this mean?

  2. [Charlotte, the continuation might be at the bottom of the page, as I think I forgot to use the Reply button for the rest of my comment.]

  3. (Charlotte’s dream, cont’d)… The apt bldg not being where you live would seem to indicate that you’re saved and/or that you no longer identify w/that group. Sounds like you’re trying to understand where you DO belong. “Jeremy” living there is puzzling, but Ps. 139:7-12 may shed some light… “Where can I go from your Spirit… If I make my bed in the depths…even there your hand will guide me…” The grace and love of Jesus are available to us wherever we go, as is His wisdom if we ask for that. Any of this fit?

  4. Hi Charlotte – I have some thoughts on your dream that might help. Lynmarie made a note that the number 21 stands for “extreme sinfulness”, so you were on the right track about that. If a single apartment symbolizes going thru something common to man (Buildings section), an APARTMENT BUILDING might symbolize the fallen nature and sinful state of all mankind apart from the salvation found in Christ, or possibly the extreme sinfulness of a group of people (maybe known to you). The name Jeremy means “exalted of God”, which sounds like Jesus, the “name above all names.” (Cont’d below)

  5. i had a dream about the number 21 last night. it was an apt building and that was the number on the door….only it wasnt my apt building. A man named Jeremy in the dream said “this is where i live. I’ll be here when you need me.” then hugged me. at first i felt nothing but love, but then i felt panic running around trying to find where i live and eventually stopping again infront of the apt door “21” someone said 21 means lawlessness, sin. what does this mean?

  6. Hi Lynmarie,

    I had this dream in the same night as the one i have posted under activities. The common feature in this dream was the number 7. My friend handed me a paper and she told me we owed 7,000 for our children school fees. Another friend of mine was telling me about the office rent which he had charged for the new tenant, the amount was 7,000 again.
    What could be the significance of these amounts and especially my having this dream on the last day of month 7. Could my having this dream on the 31st July have any significance. Thanks

    • Since the number 7 Biblically represents totality, finality, fullness of time, and this price has to be paid, it looks like God is telling you that there will be a cost to obtain what He has planned for you, and that cost is TOTAL SOMETHING, such as total obedience, total dedication, etc. The Spirit will help you discern specifically what you are to give, and most likely the plan or gift is related to the other dream.

  7. Thanks for your encouragement.

  8. Hi thanks. I have no idea. But the number 8 has been appearing physically over and over as well as the number 888. That’s the only. I understand its new beginnings but I have yet to see anything to suggest so.

    • It looks to me like God is telling you that while you are expecting “less”, He has plans to bring you “more”. There will be a new beginning of abundance, possibly financial in addition to other areas He plans to bless you in. Keep faithful and hopeful.

  9. Dreamt that I went to buy air ticket to India for me and my sister. I called the agent and she say it’s $399 India Airlines. I was concern and worried about the smell. But when she sent me the cost (via email), it was by Cathay Pacific at $888 and the reference number for our tickets is 8008E and 8008F (can’t remember exact number, just that the first and last number is 8) and it was for 8 days and 6 nights. It was a lot more expensive than India Airlines.

    The number 8 appeared 8x in the dream

    • You will have to discern what is going on in your life that could be represented by these airlines. The number 8 speaks of a new beginning associated with the Cathay Pacific Airlines. Your thoughts? Background?

  10. Hi again Lynn, I don’t know if I should have posted this as a continuation to the previous dream or not. In my dream a friend by the name Shibe asked me to share a 2 bedroom apartment with her, rent would be 3900 and we would move in 3/12 (December 3rd).

  11. Yes, that’s what I was thinking was the key, the broken tools. If I can manage to use them correctly, this sad situation won’t come about. I have been praying about that ever since I dreamed this several months ago! I’ve asked the Lord for the wisdom that I need, and since he says that He will give that generously, I’m counting on that. I do tend to be a worrier though… Thank you so much, Lynn, for your time and thoughts on this.

  12. Hi again and thank you for the feedback! I do see the flower box and the bulbs as being more my friend, but the dream scene feels like it’s about how I handled witnessing and ministering to him as well as how I dealt with him on a more personal level, which have a lot to do with whether or not the relaionship flowers. And since the dream is about me revisiting a situation I had to do with 2 years before and I find tools there that were mine from 2 years before, wouldn’t that indicate that I would be the dreamer? Also, there’s another part to the dream that only seems to make sense to me if I’m the dreamer. But I’ll mull over the possibility you suggested…

    Each dream about this situation is a jigsaw puzzle in itself, but they all seem to be part of a larger jigsaw puzzle picture that is coming together over time. The picture is rapidly being filled in lately, and I feel the culmination is near. Is this type of complex dream puzzle common?

    • You asked, “And since the dream is about me revisiting a situation I had to do with 2 years before and I find tools there that were mine from 2 years before, wouldn’t that indicate that I would be the dreamer?” I think you mean, “Isn’t the dream depicting a situation which involves me directly?”

      Yes. I forgot that you revisited the house in the dream and the garden tools were yours. Therefore, this is about a situation which you had cultivated in the past. Pay attention especially to the symbolism connected to the broken tool.

  13. Stones in the flower box could be words, but in any case arent soil so are in the way of growing. This dream has been very much on my mind since my friend went out of my life several months ago, wondered if I had already screwed it up. But now he’s back and God is still in the situation. Dimensions of the flower box 4′ x 18″: Just today added up the months apart and realized it has been 4 months. Hmmm… That’s what I’ve come up with so far. So sorry about the length of all this!! Thank you so much for your wise and anointed input. What do you think?

    • You are applying this dream to your relationship with this fellow. Only you can sense the application of the dream. You are the dreamer. I feel you are on the right track in your symbolism. Note that the property in the dream is a property that was never yours to start with, not YOUR situation. It seems like God is showing you details about someone else, so look at it from that perspective. If the dream is about your relationship with him, try looking at it from the opposite perspective… as if he dreamed it.

  14. Flower box dream: Warning dream about how things will be at 2-year point if I screw things up. Had a previous daffodil bulb dream where they were in good deep soil, dormant but roots growing. The garden is the relationship/ministry. The bulbs are what God is growing in my friend. Red handled trowel is the anointed and wise planting tool I’m to use. Green handled cultivator is for tending what was planted. Broken handles are that something terrible happened to them. Poker tool maybe criticism? Wire cutters don’t know. Not enough soil and air pockets are that the proper growing process was somehow thwarted and the bulbs will never bloom. Relationship/destiny lost.

  15. No, sorry, most recently OUT of my life for 4 months until 3 wks ago when God brought us together again. 2-3 dreams per night for 14 months, huge faith adventure, blessing dreams, warning dreams, revelatory re info or God’s perspective, prophetic dreams of future.

  16. (I keep losing what I’ve typed cuz I accidentally hit the arrow button that moves to next category, so I’m going to put this in 2 or 3 posts…). This is another dream about my friend with the dreadlocks and strange back end. Long back story to this. In a nutshell, this guy and I have a prophetic destiny that Satan is trying to mess up. God has called us to be in partnership both personally and in ministry. I’ve committed to do it God’s way, have kept this just a friendship and my friend knows why. 14 months of intercession and warfare prayer so far. He has been in and out of my life several times as the battle waxes and wanes, most recently in until about 3 weeks ago. (Next post…)

  17. I can figure out a lot of the above dream but don’t have a clue as to the significance of the dimensions of the flower box…

    • Please share what you sense the rest of the dream means, and I can respond to that. It might be more helpful since you are the dreamer and you know what’s going on in your life.

      The dimensions of the flower box. Since you said “about”, the dimensions will relate more to time than to numbers. This may be like the baskets in the chief baker’s dream Joseph interpreted. A long narrow basket or container means a significant amount of time.

  18. Dreamed I’m revisiting area where 2 yrs ago I worked on a garden, now area is being worked on by city landscaper. The person who owned the garden has lost their home & garden & all that’s left is this little flower box about 18″ x 4′. There are daffodil bulbs but can’t bloom cuz not enough soil & there are air pockets & stones. Buried in soil I find my old gdng tools, red handled trowel & green hndld cultivating claw, handles broken. Also weeding poker tool & wire snips, not broken. Feeling of sadness & loss. More to dream but thats main part. What does this mean? Thx.

  19. The dream interpretation matches my situation I just recently left a church where My uncle was the pastor and me and his wife are very close. I left my uncle church last week to go back to my previous church to work in the ministry again. I was a aspiring missionary there before I left, and I left without Gods approval to go to my uncle church where I felt more comfortable. I keep dreaming of urinating at my physical work place on myself, and my co-workers or boss walks up while i’m doing it.

  20. Happy Holidays!

    Last night I dreamed that I was walking through a field, like in the back of a school. I walked past the school through the field, up a hill. Once I got to the top of the hill I saw a street sign that said 277th. I thought I knew where I was going. I thought I knew exactly where the place was, but when I got to the top I didn’t see the building. I had gone way past where it was located.

    Any signigance in numbers?

    • In this dream, God is calling you to make your way to the “place” He wants you. This is probably figurative such as a change of attitude about something. The fact that you “walked past the school” would seem to reinforce that.

      Three-digit numbers are tough to make sense of in dreams. Perhaps this has a literal or personal meaning to you, or one that will come up in your future. Otherwise, we have to look at the number in groups. 7= Perfection, totality, finality, fullness of time. 2= Confirmation, agreement, covenant (or possibly division, separation). 27 has to do the good news of freedom and victory in Christ. Love to hear if putting any of this together makes sense in your life.

  21. I dreamed me my mom Sharon and my first lady Evonne was leaving from church my mom was driving so Evonne told her to stop at the gas station to put some more gas in the car the tank wasn’t empty but she wanted it to be full we stop at the gas station and she wanted to put 10.00 in the tank she gave me the 10.00 i took it in the store to pay for it and made sure I got the receipt I dropped the receipt but made sure I picked it back up to show my first lady proof that I paid for the gas, my mom pumped the gas she also placed a white rose on the outside windshield of 1st lady car I remember ducking under a tree branch to go in the store to pay for the gas because it was real close to the car, my first lady stated Ruby needs to be working to because God has called her in the ministry too.

  22. Hello i had a dream that i was in my kitchen and my ex came in my home in the kitchen and i kiss him and he says glad to get that done first and hands me some spiderman pajamas pants for my son size 7 but i tell him he wear a size 5 or4 my son so was calling daddy daddy what does this mean please help…thank you

    • Not knowing your circumstances, I would suspect that your son likes Spiderman and I would say this about the dream:

      While you are busy considering ideas and making preparations, the father of your son makes contact with you. God is pleased with your grace toward him, and has seen to it that something with regard to your son’s relationship with his dad will be completed or perfected.

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