The NUMBER 9 (NINE): prophetic meaning in the bible


In general, THE NUMBER 9 is the largest and last digit correlating “finality” and completness. The number of finality or judgment is committed unto Jesus as “the Son of man” (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the end and issue of all things as to man — the judgment of man and all his works (Bible Study). The use of the number 9 (nine) as a numerical symbol in Scripture is unique and somewhat diverse, thus not many people can comprehend or establish its meaning.  However, there are two verses that strike most commentators; the nine FRUITS of the nine GIFTS of the spirit.

The Fruit and the Gifts of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. … For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Corinthians 12:4

Additionally, Jesus used numbers of this form in his parables. For example, he used 99 = 100 – 1 (Matthew 18:12). How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? Likewise,  9 = 10 – 1 in (Luke 17:17). And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? (Luke 17:17). This last example recalls the tithe since 90% remains after giving 10%. Note: Biblical mathematics is based on the Number 10.

The Commandment

Further insight into the Number 9 emerges from the 9th commandment: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”  The elements of the Ninth Commandment also appear in the opening verse of Romans 9: I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Romans 9:1-2

The reference to the Jews as Paul’s brethren recalls the identity brother = ach = 9 as listed in the table. The reference to “continual sorrow” is prominent in the Roman Catholic understanding of the Number 9 and its relation to prayer as discussed below.

The Ninth Hour – the Hour of Prayer

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (Acts 3:1)

And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, Acts 10:30

Twice in Book of Acts the “ninth hour” is associated with prayer, and in both cases the verse indices are a combination of 1 and 3 (Acts 3:1 and 10:30). The second case is particularly intriguing because the Number 1030 is the value of the word for intercessory prayer (entuxis) which is itself twice the value of the fundamental Hebrew word for prayer (tiphlah = 515), and this is the index of James 5:15, the famous verse concerning the “prayer of faith.” The Bible Wheel

The 9 judgments of God

The judgments of God in Haggai 1:11 are enumerated as follows:

  1. “And I called for a drought upon the land,
  2. and upon the mountains,
  3. and upon the corn,
  4. and upon the new wine,
  5. and upon the oil,
  6. and upon that which the ground bringeth forth,
  7. and upon men,
  8. and upon cattle,
  9. and upon all the labor of the hands.”

In summary, the number 9 (nine) represents several aspects of our day to day life including the fruits and gifts of the spirit, prayer and intercession and signifies completeness or judgement.

Further Commentary

The 9 people STONED

  1. The blasphemer, Leviticus 24:14.
  2. The Sabbath-breaker, Numbers 15:36.
  3. Achan, Joshua 7:25.
  4. Abimelech, Judges 9:53.
  5. Adoram, 1Kings 12:18.
  6. Naboth, 1Kings 21:10.
  7. Zechariah, 2Chronicles 24:21.
  8. Stephen, Acts 7.
  9. Paul, Acts 14:19.

The 9 special widows

  1. Tamar, Genesis 38:19.
  2. Woman of Tekoah, 2Samuel 14:5.
  3. Hiram’s mother, 1Kings 7:14.
  4. Zeruah, 1Kings 11:26.
  5. Woman of Zarephath, 1Kings 17:9.
  6. The poor widow, Mark 12:42.
  7. Anna, Luke 2:37.
  8. Widow of Nain, Luke 7:12.
  9. The importunate widow, Luke 18:3.

The 9 people afflicted with BLINDNESS

  1. The men at Lot’s door, Genesis 19:11.
  2. Isaac, Genesis 27:1.
  3. Jacob, Genesis 48:10.
  4. Samson, Judges 16:21.
  5. Eli, 1Samuel 4:15.
  6. The prophet Ahijah, 1Kings 14:4.
  7. The Syrian army, 2Kings 6:18.
  8. King Zedekiah, 2Kings 25:7.
  9. Elymas, Acts 13:11.
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