A Biblical example of the prime number 5 being sequence as 4+1 is found in the book of Ezekiel. In this event, the prophet was shown a vision of God and the 4 beasts that accompanied Him.
“3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.
4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.”
Above the head of these 4 was a firmament as noted in Ezekiel 1:22.
“22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.”
On top of this firmament was the Almighty."
“25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.
26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”
In this Scriptural example, the five divine ones were sequenced as the 4 + 1 in their person. In the scripture, the 4 beasts are introduced first. Then the +1, Yahweh of Hosts, who sat upon the top of the firmament.
In Revelation 4:2, we have the 5 presented again.
“2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.”
This is Yahweh of Hosts on His throne in this vision. Around the throne are the 4 beasts.
“6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Once again we have the same 5 sequenced as the 4 beasts +1, Yahweh of Hosts. The 4 beasts are similar and are not like the Almighty.
Yahweh used His 4+1 sequence when He numbered the beastly kingdoms. For example, we saw how God gave Daniel a prophecy about 4 beastly kingdoms and sequenced them as 3+1. These are the same beastly kingdoms that God revealed to John in the book of Revelation. God used the same symbols for the 4 beasts in both of these prophecies.
Daniel’s Beastly Symbols (Daniel Chapter 7)
1. Ten Horns
Revelation’s Beastly Symbols (Revelation Chapter 13)
1. Ten Horns
3. Bear - feet
4. Lion (mouth)
The same symbols are used in both of these prophecies. After these 4 the Bible notes that there arose another beast as seen in Revelation 13:11-12.
“11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
The beast in verse 11- comes after the 4 beasts discussed earlier and is the +1 in this example. The prophet John notes that this is the beast whose name has a number, 666. This is the miracle working beast that causes fire to drop down from Heaven. This is the miracle working beast that will deceive the nations with wonders. This is also the beast that demands that His servants receive his mark, known as the “mark of the beast” in Revelation (4+1).