Is the Number 3 a Holy Number?

Is the #3 a Holy Number?

In numerology the number 3 values communication and creative energy.  Numerology is the science of divining information about life through numbers.   It has been around for about 2,500 years.

Pythagoras, a Greek mathematician, philosopher, and theorist, born in the sixth century B.C., created the Pythagorean Number System.  He is regarded as the founder of the science of geometry, especially the Pythagorean theorem, which we all know as the formula for a triangle.  Pythagoras realized that numbers are the very foundation of the universe, and his research gave rise to the science of Numerology.  All of this is taken from my favorite numerologist Glynis McCants and her book “Glynis Has Your Number.”  Check out her site by clicking here for some fascinating insights that might change your life!

So, in numerology, the number 12 breaks down to the number 3.  You add 1 + 2 = 3Numerology is based on the numbers 1-9.  There are no double digit numbers, so every number breaks down to a number between 1-9.

That being said, there are many, many instances in religion where the number 3 and the number 12 (the sum of 2) are noted repeatedly.


There are 3 Wiseman or 3 Kings.
They brought 3 gifts, Gold, Frankincense & Myhrr.
There are 3 members of Jesus’s family, Jesus, Mary & Joseph.
Peter denies knowing Jesus 3 times & later says he loves him 3 times.
Jesus raised 3 persons from the dead (or only 3 were recorded).
Jesus answered Satan’s 3-fold temptation by citing 3 scriptural passages.
Paul was blinded for 3 days by Jesus, prayed 3 times for his “thorn in the flesh” to be removed, and he was stranded on the island of Malta after his shipwreck for 3 months.
Jesus prayed to God 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The inscription on Jesus’s cross was in 3 languages.
Jesus was crucified at the 3rd hour and was on the cross for 3 hours.
There were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross.
Jesus rose on the 3rd day.
The 3rd day was April 8th (48 = 12 which 1+23).
The Holy Trinity (3) – Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
The 12 Apostles (1 + = 3).
Jesus’s birth month is December or the 12th month (1 + 3).

The Bible:

The Old Testament consists of 3 parts, 1-the Torah or Law, 2-Nevi’im or the Prophets, 3-Ketuvim or the Writings.
The Patriarchs are 3-Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
Noah had 3 sons.
Job had 3 daughters.
The 3 sons of Adam – Abel, Cain & Seth.
The Ark of the Covenant contained 3 sacred objects – the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded and the stone tablets of the covenant or 10 Commandments.
Moses’s mother was able to conceal her baby for 3 months.
Daniel regularly prayed 3 times a day giving thanks to God.
Israelite men were required to appear before the Lord 3 times in a year, the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, the Feast of the Weeks, and the Feast of the Tabernacles.
The Men of Timnah were stumped by Samson’s riddle for 3 days.
Only 3 angles are mentioned by name in the Bible, Michael, Gabriel & Lucifer.
Jonah spent 3 days in the belly of the “great fish.”
There were 12 tribes in Israel (1 + 3).
Jacob had 12 sons which were the heads or fathers of each of the 12 tribes of Israel (1 + 3).
Between the number 3 and 12, these two numbers are used 654 times.


3 Jewels – Buddha, Dharma & Sangha.
3 sticks of incense.
Ceremonial Procession around a temple or tomb 3 times.

So, you decide.  Is 3 a Holy Number?