What Does The Number Nine Mean In The Bible?From series What Do The Numbers In The Bible Mean?.
Nine: The number of Ending
With the number nine, the journey through the divine numeric code of the bible ends. Like the number eight, the number nine does not appear explicitly in its simplest form very often. But both the explicit use of the number nine, and other well-known numbers which sum to the number nine, are very significant to the message of the bible. The number nine is the third of the three numbers symbolizing different aspects of completion. Since the number nine is also the last of the numbers in the biblical code, its meaning is as logical as you should expect. The number nine is the symbol of what brings things to an end.
There are examples of this symbolism in everyday life. For example, the ninth month ends a woman's pregnancy and results in a new life. The ninth planet ends the reach of the known solar system. And of course, within the Arabic numeral system, the number nine is the last digit before you add another position and begin again.
As with the numbers before it, the number nine builds on the immediately previous number by adding another dimension. The number eight symbolises completion - but not in the sense of an ending. While the number eight symbolizes completion in the sense of completed development, or making entire, or fulfillment of intent, the number nine adds the meaning of finality. It represents the end or conclusion.
When it appears explicitly in the scripture, it carries with it this connotation of conclusion - the end of a life or the end of a state of being. When other well-known numbers with combinations of digits that add to the number nine appear explicitly in the bible, they often have even a more specific symbolism: the end of time.
Summarized from Cracking The Bible’s Numeric Code by Dr. R.J. Gannaway.