The Bible contains many numbers that have been interpreted as having symbolic meaning. Some numbers, such as 666 and 13, are commonly thought to be associated with evil. While the significance of these “evil numbers” is debated, they remain a source of fascination for many.

The Number 666

The number 666 appears in the Bible in Revelation 13:18, which refers to “the number of the beast.” This passage describes a beast with seven heads and ten horns that makes war against Christians. The number 666 has long been interpreted as referring to the Antichrist or evil world leader.

Some possible meanings for 666:

Numerical Meaning

Numerical Meaning
Numerical Meaning

666 is seen as three sixes in a row, suggesting the unholy trinity of Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The number may represent the ultimate imperfection, as 7 is seen as divine perfection and completeness.


In gematria (assigning numbers to letters), 666 may represent the name of a ruler. Possible examples include the Roman Emperor Nero or Caligula.


As a triangular number, 666 can represent the ambition of evil or the imperfection of humanity. The digits continuously fall short of the number seven, which signifies divine completion.

The Number 13

While not directly mentioned in Scripture, the number 13 has come to be viewed as unlucky and foreboding. Possible origins of negative perceptions around 13 include:

Last Supper

Jesus had 13 disciples at the Last Supper. Judas, who betrayed Jesus, is thought to have been the 13th member.

Norse Mythology

The mythological Loki was the 13th god in a gathering, and tricked Hod into killing Balder, the most beloved of gods.

Tarot Cards

The 13th Tarot card is Death, which symbolizes transformation and is commonly misunderstood as meaning literal death.

Friday the 13th

Some believe the superstition around Friday the 13th being unlucky originated with the arrest of Jacques de Molay, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, on Friday, October 13, 1307.

The fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia. This may stem from its association with Judas and betrayal.

Additional Numbers

Additional Numbers
Additional Numbers

Some other numbers that have been viewed as evil or unlucky include:

4 (Tetraphobia)

In some Asian cultures, 4 is feared because it sounds similar to the word for “death.” Buildings may skip labeling the 4th floor.


In Italian culture, 17 is seen as unlucky. When written as XVII, it can be rearranged to spell VIXI, meaning “I have lived” – reminiscent of death.

Finding Meaning in Numbers

Finding Meaning in Numbers
Finding Meaning in Numbers

The significance of numbers in the Bible continues to be explored and debated. However, caution is warranted when assigning assumed meaning to numbers, as Scripture does not definitively prescribe meaning to most numbers beyond their mathematical value. Discovering symbolism and patterns in numbers can be thought-provoking, but conclusions drawn should be carefully considered in context.


What is biblical numerology?

Biblical numerology is the study of numbers in the Bible to find symbolic patterns and meanings. Advocates believe numbers like 3, 7, 12 and 40 carried spiritual significance and had deeper meaning in ancient times. Critics argue there is limited evidence numbers held deeper meaning in Scripture beyond their face value.

What is the biblical meaning of 333?

There is no definitive biblical meaning assigned to 333. Some interpret it as symbolic of the Trinity or completeness, since it contains three of a divinely perfect number (3). However, some find meaning in 333 based on the shape resembling a Trinity knot or Heart of Trinity symbol. These connections are speculative.

What is the biblical meaning of 777?

The number 7 is widely thought to represent completion, perfection and fullness. Therefore, the number 777 may symbolize ultimate spiritual perfection or completion in Christ according to biblical numerology. Critics claim attaching meaning to 777 goes beyond what Scripture says about the significance of 7.

What is the biblical meaning of number 1111?

There is no biblical source that assigns the number 1111 any symbolic meaning. Some numerologists interpret 1111 as representing new beginnings, enlightenment or awakenings since it contains the number one four times. However, connections to 1111 in the Bible itself are not well established.

Why is 13 an evil number?

The superstitions around 13 being an unlucky or evil number stem from extra-biblical sources like Norse mythology or tarot cards, not the Bible itself. The number 13 was viewed as foreboding because of Judas being the 13th disciple at Jesus’ Last Supper before being arrested on Friday the 13th in some traditions. However, Scripture does not label 13 as an innately evil number.


While certain numbers like 666 and 13 have developed notorious reputations as sinister figures, the Bible itself does not prescribe meaning or values to most numbers beyond their mathematical functions. The symbolism and patterns perceived in special numbers may be thought-provoking, but great care should be exercised before making firm conclusions. There is wisdom in recognizing the limits of our finite understanding when it comes to the mysteries and purposes of an infinite God.

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Derek Le, the passionate founder of Numerology Hub, is a respected figure in the numerology community. With a profound understanding of numerology's applications and significance, Derek is dedicated to providing invaluable insights and resources for self-discovery and personal growth. His multicultural background and love for badminton bring a unique perspective to his work, ensuring accessible and relatable content that empowers individuals to harness the transformative power of numerology.

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