Jehovah`s Witness/Numbers in the Bible



How do we know when a number is literal/actual or figurative? For example how do we know that 10 horns are more than 10, that 7 kings are 7 kings, that 1000 years of Jesus' kingdom are 1000 years and not more or less, that 144000 are 144000 and not more?


Hi Christaras

Nice to hear from you again

I shall give you a basic answer right now and let us see if our conversation develops. This answer is by no means extensive and is designed for further conversation if you so wish.

Like anything context determines a lot of what is meant by a statement. As an example a symbolic beast with ten horns suggests that ten represents something symbolic.  144'000 followed by the sentence " a great crowd which no man was able to number" suggests that 144'000 is a literal number.Another example, Jehovah likes 12's. 12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 tribes of spiritual Israel etc this also tells us 12's are important in God's purpose.

Something people also do not understand is the way the bible records events is important.

The scriptures make this point quite clear here.

John 21:

25  "There are also, in fact, many other things that Jesus did, which if ever they were written in full detail, I suppose the world itself could not contain the scrolls written"

It seems like a random statement when in fact it isn't. Ask yourself why does the bible leave some things out yet find it necessary to record other things as "the word of God"

The way the bible writes things is very important. The bible is beautifully and intricately linked from start to finish. As an example the passover sacrifice under the mosaic law represented the sacrifice of the Christ.

1 Cor 5:

7"For, indeed, Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed"

This is just one example of thousands and numbers are no different. :-)

The bible being the word of God is the most beautiful and amazingly composed piece of literature imaginable. It's God's beautiful gift to those who really hope to unlock it's secrets.

Hope to speak again soon

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I have many years of experience serving Jehovah . I have known Jehovah a long time and I have known his organization . I have been privileged to see great progress not only in my own personal relationship with my God and Father but within his organization. I am an avid reader of the bible and have been gifted by my Father with the indescribable privilege of being allowed to understand his own word.


The truth is all about scripture and logic. The two go hand in hand . There is not one bible verse that cannot be understood within the realms of human reasoning. Not one!! Why would it?? The bible is God's message to his creation . His creation who he made to understand things in a specific way. God is not stupid or unwise as to leave as a message then allow us to guess what it means or who he is. 1 Tim 2:3This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" Notice the expression "accurate knowledge".

The bible leaves signs of true christianity there are many. Jehovah's witnesses meet every single sign. One sign is the removal of false teachings that permeated the world soon after the apostles died. Jesus foretold this and he also foretold of the restoration of pure worship in the period known as the last days. The days we are currently living in. Jesus was a master of using illustrations he used an illustration to highlight this point Matt 13: "The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. 26When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. 27So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29He said, ‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse" Why did he speak in illustrations? Matt 13:10So the disciples came and said to him: “Why do you speak to them by the use of illustrations?” 11In reply he said: “To you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted" The kingdom of the heavens is full of sacred secrets that Jesus reveals only to his followers. This privilege is open to all who are really willing to submit to God and his Christ in action not just in words. These are the ones God is looking for. Are you really one?? If so I encourage you to let Jehovah's witnesses show you what the Bible really teaches.

False religion is disgusting to God and to his true worshippers it is likened in the Bible to a harlot Rev 17:"I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" Whereas the bride of Christ is likened to a virgin Rev 14: 4"These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins" These are both used as spiritual terms here and show the importance of pure and clean worship for God's people.

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