THE NUMBER 7
The number 7 is God’s special number, for it signifies spiritual perfection and completion. The Bible mentions it more than any other number other than one. Leviticus has the most occurrences of the number seven with 66, while Revelation has 57.
The first natural division of time is designated by the number seven. On the seventh day, God rested from His work of Creation. The first calendar known to man was the 7-day calendar. When God ordained the ritual of the Feasts of the Lord for the children of Israel, He was pointing humans toward Jesus’ work of redemption. The number 7 is again stamped upon it in all its times and seasons: the seventh day was the holy day; the seventh month was specially hallowed by its number of sacred gatherings (feasts); the seventh year was the Sabbath year of rest for the land; while 7 x 7 years marked the following year as the Jubilee (Leviticus 25:4, 8).
The word “seven” and its compounds (sevens, seventh, and sevenfold) are mentioned 490 (70 x 7) times in the Bible: 392 (56 x 7) times in the Old Testament, and 98 (14 x 7) times in the New Testament. Seven is mentioned 368 times, sevens is used 2 times, sevenfold is mentioned 5 times, and seventh is used 115 times for a grand total of 490 times. The number 490 is very significant, as it is the number (70 x 7) of years implied in the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27. These verses are perhaps the most discussed and debated verses in the entire Bible.
There are numerous calendars in the world, and they have been revised throughout the centuries; but the weekly calendar of 1 through 7 days (now known as Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) has not changed throughout the millennia. Sunday is the first day of the week, and Saturday is the last day (7th) of the week or the Sabbath.
There are seven colors of the spectrum and in the rainbow. In music, there are seven notes of the scale. In nature and science, there are seven divisions of classification for the animal and vegetable kingdoms: Kingdom, Sub-Kingdom, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. An example would be: Animal, Vertebrata, Mammalia, Carnivore, Canine, Dog, and Golden Retriever. There are seven ages of man according to Philo: Infancy (child), Childhood (boy), Youth (lad, stripling), Adolescence (young man), Manhood (man), Decline (old man), and Senility (aged man). 7 written in binary code is 111—The Trinity, or complex unity of God.
In the New Testament, the Book of Revelation best portrays the meaning and importance of the number 7. Revelation is about God’s perfect and complete plan of redemption for mankind and the earth, and God’s complete victory over Satan and death. The Book of Revelation also focuses on Jesus Christ, his 2nd Coming, his victory over the Anti-Christ and his evil followers, and the establishment of his Millennium Kingdom. The apostle John is given a vision of prophecy by the Holy Spirit regarding the end times. First, John is given a series of messages from Jesus to the seven churches of Asia. Then, Jesus calls John (or his spirit) up into Heaven where he is shown how the end times for mankind and planet Earth will transpire.
The exact word “seven” is used 56 times (7 x 8) in the Book of Revelation. In Revelation, John mentions 14 (2 x 7) words that have the number 7 preceding them: seven churches, seven candlesticks, seven stars, seven Spirits of God, seven seals, seven horns, seven eyes, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven thunders, seven heads, seven crowns, seven plagues, and seven golden vials full of the wrath of God. All of these sevens are definitely symbolic of God’s spiritual perfection and completion.
Also in Revelation, the word/name “Jesus” is used seven times, and “Jesus Christ” is used seven times. The word “Lord” (Strong’s Concordance: G2962 – the name given to God, the Messiah) is used 21 (3 x 7) times in the Book of Revelation: Lord is used 7 times, Lord God is used 10 times, Lord of lords is used 2 times, and Lord Jesus is used 2 times. See Seven: God’s Perfect Number and its Biblical Significance:: By Randy Nettles - Rapture Ready for more information regarding the number 7 and its significance in the Bible.
It’s obvious there is design and patterns in nature and Scripture, and that the numbers 1, 3, and 7 turn up with amazing regularity.