Seven. ( God’s lucky number ? )
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If God has “favorite” numbers, seven (in Hebrew pronounced sheh-bah, from which comes Shabbat and Sabbath) could be one of them. It certainly does have extremely significant usage throughout all of The Bible, where it very often signifies completion, or perfection.
The complete listing of seven, which can be found in any exhaustive concordance, is quite extensive. Here are just a few examples:
- Pharaoh’s dream, which led to Joseph’s rise to power had 7 fat cattle and 7 starved cattle.
- The lampstand in the Temple (see Temples) had 7 branches (as seen today in the Menorah).
- The Biblical annual Holy Days were filled with measurements of 7, including the Days of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles which each have 7 days.
- There are 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.
- The Israelites were to give the land itself a rest every 7th year.
- The Israelites marched around Jericho for 7 days before its fall, when 7 priests blew 7 trumpets 7 times.
- There are 7 recorded statements of Jesus while He was on the cross.
- Coincidently or not, Jerusalem is 777 meters above sea level.
- The 7 churches, with their 7 spirits, in Revelation.
- The 7 stars, 7 Seals, 7 trumpets, 7 candlesticks, 7 vials of end-time prophecy
Perhaps most significant of all, God made the week as seven days at the time of creation , and decreed the seventh day of the week to be holy (Genesis 2:2-3) at that time, long before it was formalized as The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11). The Sabbath identifies Him as The God of Creation, and therefore the only True God, and it also serves as one of the signs between Him and His true people (Exodus 31:13).
The seven-day week is the only time measurement that cannot be detected by natural means. The length of a day is obvious from sunset to sunset, a month from new moon to new moon, a year from spring to spring, but the 7-day week exists only because it was revealed by God to humanity, according to His Will. If there were no God, there would be no week.
I knew that the number seven means complete in the Bible.
Here is some information on it. There are lots of references to the number 7 in the Bible.
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
From the Seven Days of Genesis to the Seven Seals of Revelation, Scripture is saturated with the Number Seven. Essentially all Biblical scholars, regardless of their stance regarding the meaning of numbers in Scripture, have recognized its special symbolic significance. Simply stated, it is impossible to miss. God laid the foundation of its meaning when He introduced this number in the context of His finished Work of Creation (Gen 2:2f):
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
God introduced the Number Seven as a symbol of the completion of His initial creative act. But the work that He ended on the Seventh Day in the First Book was really just the beginning of the Biblical revelation of all history that He consummated in the Last Book. And it is here that we see the Divine consistency of the Number Seven as a Biblical symbol; God used it with exactly the same meaning when He revealed the end of time, described as the completion of the “mystery of God,” in Revelation 10:5ff.
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
The word translated as finished is the Greek teléo, which generally means to bring to a close, to complete, to end, to fulfill. This word appears again in Revelation 15:1 which explicitly states the reason for seven angels with seven plagues:
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; because in them is filled up (teléo) the wrath of God.
This verse displays a double emphasis on temporal consummation; the word translated as last is eschatos, whence eschatology, the study of the end times. God reiterated its connection with the Number Seven a third time in Revelation 16:17:
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Two of the most commonly repeated numbers in the Bible are 7 and 40. The number 7 signifies completion or perfection (Genesis 7:2-4; Revelation 1:20). It is often called “God’s number” since He is the only One who is perfect and complete (Revelation 4:5; 5:1, 5-6).