The number 10
It has several symbolism according to the biblical
context, which often evoke the abundance or accentuation when it becomes a multiple ("Our sister, may you become thousands times ten thousand" (Genesis 24:60); "And your father has tried to cheat me and has changed my wages ten times" (Genesis 31:7,41); "I
performed in Egypt and in the wilderness and yet have kept testing me these ten times and have not listened to my voice" (Numbers 14: 22); "These ten times you have rebuked me; you are not ashamed to deal harshly with me" (Job 19: 3)). The number 10 can be
what is complete in action (The Ten Plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7-12)). The ten plagues of Egypt find a symbolic echo by the three times 7 plagues of the Apocalypse (Of 7 seals, 7 trumpets and 7 bowls), which demonstrates that the symbolism of 7 and 10 can take
the same meaning for what is complete.
The number 10 in Revelation is connected with the date of Tishri 10 (Ethanim), the day of atonement, which appears in a symbolic sense, in Revelation 11:19 by the vision of the ark of the covenant, visible only on that day (in the past) (Leviticus 16:32): "Look! The Devil will keep on
throwing some of you into prison so that you may be fully put to the test, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10). These 10 days allude to the date of Tishri
10, which will end, as Paul under inspiration wrote, in the death and the fulfillment of the hope of everlasting life in heaven, for all the 144000: "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, both sure and firm, and it enters in within the curtain" (Hebrews
6: 19). The "within the curtain" is the most holy in the sanctuary where was the ark of the covenant, symbol of the presence of God.
The number 10 a complete set, often associated with
the ten horns of the wild beasts that represent all the world's governments, or world human sovereignty (Revelation 12: 3; 13: 2 and Chapter 17).
In Revelation, there is mention of the
tenth of the holy city: "In that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; and 7,000 persons were killed by the earthquake, and the rest became frightened and gave glory to the God of heaven" (Revelation 11:13). The holy city the whole
People of God (Malachi 3:16-18). In the ancient nation of Israel, it was the priestly class that was chiefly beneficiary of the tithe (Leviticus 10: 38). Therefore, the tenth of the city that "falls" or dies, represents all 144,000 humans, redeemed from the earth to live in heaven to serve as kings and priests (Revelation 5:10). As a result, the 7000 who will die and immediately be resurrected
(just before the great tribulation), represent the remaining humans to complete the 144000 group (1 Thessalonians 4:17, Revelation 20:4). The rest of the city that gives glory to God, represents the great crowd that will survive the great tribulation (Revelation 7: 9-17, Zechariah 13: 8 "the third part").