What Does the Number 22 Mean In the Bible?

What Does the Number 22 Mean In the Bible?

There are many different symbols in the Christian Bible, from plants or animals to names and numbers! All of these signify different things and can have varying meanings to those trying to interpret what they are reading. Some of the symbolism is very easy to understand, while other symbols are not as clear at first, and you may not understand what they mean without being told.

One of these significant Bible numbers is the number 22. Read on to learn more about the number 22 and why it is significant in the Bible.

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Meaning of the Number 22 In the Bible

The number 22 is, of course, double 11, which is a symbol for disorder and chaos. 22 can be a symbol for a significant amount– or a concentration of– disorganization. When the Bible is scoured for the word “light”, it appears 264 times. If you then divide 264 by 12 (meaning divine authority), you get the number 22, representing light.

When the kingdom split in 930 B.C., the first king of Israel reigned for 22 years. This king was Jeroboam I. The king who is said to be the worst of the Israelite kings, King Ahab, also ruled for 22 official years.

King Amon is another king who was considered to be one of the worst kings over Judah– he is significant here because he began his reign as king when he was 22 years old. Then, there is the Hebrew alphabet, which is used to make up the Word of God– the Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters. All of these are significant times when the number 22 occurs. It is the light by which believers are meant to live.

Additionally, there are some other ways that the number 22 is significant. It is a number that is often found repeating itself in the Bible, so it has its significance because of its many appearances, too. For instance, the original number of books for the Old Testament that were finalized by Ezra the prophet and the Great Assembly is 22 books.

This was intended to correspond to the 22 letters that make up the Hebrew alphabet. Of course, most of the modern versions of the Bible have 39 books in the Old Testament instead. 

Appearances of the Number 22 In the Bible

As mentioned above, the number 22 has many different appearances in the Bible, and it manifests itself in different ways in these appearances, too. For instance, God created 22 different things during the 6 days of creation, before his seventh day, which was his day of rest. 

Also, there are 22 separate generations from Adam to Jacob. Another time that 22 comes into play with the number of people in a family or tribe is in the priestly tribe of Levi. When Moses raised up the tabernacle of God, this tribe consisted of 22,000 men who were a month or older. 22,000, of course, is a multiple of the number 22. 

22 was also seen during Jesus’ death, in the New Testament. Right before Christ died on the cross for the sins of mankind, he quoted from the first verse of Psalm 22. Psalm 22 was written by King David. This happened on Passover, right before 3 pm. Some of those who were nearby and heard Christ misheard, and thought that he was asking Elijah for help. Rather, he was quoting part of Psalm 22 using what was likely a mixture of the Hebrew and Syriac languages. 

Last, but not least, there is the 22nd book of the Bible. If these books are in chronological order, this book is the Book of John, which he wrote to Gauis, who was his friend and elder.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the number 22 signify?

The number 22 can mean different things, depending on what the context is or where it is found. For instance, lots of people see it as a symbol of good luck or good things to come. However, in the Bible, the number 22 has a bit of a different meaning. It is a concentration of disorganization and is double 11, which symbolizes order and chaos. 

What is the 22 book of the Bible?

The 22nd book of the Bible, when in chronological order, is Revelation 22. It is typically attributed to John the Apostle. This is the last chapter of the Book of Revelation, sometimes also referred to as the Apocalypse of John. It is also the final chapter of the New Testament, which covers the accounts of the Throne of God in New Jerusalem, the discussion between John and the Angel, and the epilogue of the book, too. John wrote this book to Gaius, who was both his friend and his elder. 

What does the number 22 mean in love?

In love, the number 22 has a strong significance and a strong connection to love. If you are seeing this number in your partnership or relationship, you should reflect upon your approach to your relationship and to your partner themself. If you are not already in a relationship, though, the number 22 can also be a clue or a sign. Sometimes, it can be an indication that you will be in a long-term relationship in the future.

What does the number 2 mean in Hebrew?

In Hebrew and in the Torah, the number 2 is significant. This is because the Torah begins with the letter Beht– the letter Beht also has a numerical value of 2. In addition to this, the number 2 means to bring a blessing– barukh or berakhah begins with the letter Beht. So, 2 can be a sign of blessings to come your way. However, there is also a negative way to interpret this number– if the negative side of the number 2 is being reflected, it can be a sign of the inverse of coming together and of blessings. This would be division and chaos. 

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Lucas is a former worship pastor and Hillsong College graduate (2005). He has spoken at churches, conferences and worship events and loves inspiring people to be more than just a Sunday service-goer. He founded 15 Degrees NE and is one of our leading authors.

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