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The Number 7

Biblical Meaning of the Number 7

The Number 7

In the Bible, the number 7 is considered one of the most powerful numbers that represents totality, divine perfection or something completed. 

The 7 refers to the creation of the world which YAHWEH accomplished in 6 days and rested on the 7th day for all was completely finished; thus creating the basis for the 7 day week we use to this day. 

In mathematics, 7 is a prime number which means it can only be divided by itself and by the number 1. 

  1. Genesis 2:2 "And by the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on that day He rested from all His work."

This is a number frequently found in the Bible: 

God's Word is purified 7 times. 

  • Psalm 12:6 "The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace, like gold purified sevenfold."

The 7 Spirits of God: The Spirit of The LORD, The Spirit of Wisdom, The Spirit of Understanding, The Spirit of Counsel, The Spirit of Strength, The Spirit of Knowledge, and The Spirit of Fear of The LORD. 

  • Isaiah 11:2 "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD."

  • Revelation 4:5 "And out of the throne come flashes of lightning, and voices, and thunderings. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."

God said, "If anyone killed Cain, Cain would be avenged 7 times." 

  • Genesis 4:15 "Not so!” replied the LORD. “If anyone slays Cain, then Cain will be avenged sevenfold.” And the LORD placed a mark on Cain, so that no one who found him would kill him."

Enoch, the 7th after Adam, prophesied about the sealed fate of fallen angels. 

  • Genesis 5:24 "Enoch walked with God, and then he was no more, because God had taken him away."

  • Jude 1:14 "Enoch, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied about them: “Behold, the Lord is coming with myriads of His holy ones."

God asked Noah to take 7 pairs of all clean animals and 7 pairs of the birds of the air. 

  • Genesis 7:2-3 "You are to take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate; a pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and seven pairs of every kind of bird of the air, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of all the earth."

The flood began 7 days after Noah entered the Ark. 

  • Genesis 7:4 "For seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living thing I have made."

  • Genesis 7:10 "And after seven days the floodwaters came upon the earth."

The 7 abominations God hates. There are 7 abominations in the heart of man. 

  • Proverbs 6:16 "There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him:"

  • Proverbs 26:25 "When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart."

The Lord would discipline Israel up to 7 times if they refused to obey Him. 

  • Leviticus 26:18-28

Jesus said we ought to forgive up to 70 times 7 times. 

  • Matthew 18:22 "Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!"

Jesus fed a crowd of 4000 men near the sea in Galilee, He took 7 loaves and fishes and multiplied them to feed the crowd, there were 7 baskets full of bread remaining. 

  • Matthew 15:36-38 "How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish. And He instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground. Taking the seven loaves and the fish, He gave thanks and broke them. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people

Notice that Jesus performed this miracle twice. The first time in Bethsaida for 5000 men and the second time in Galilee for 4000 men. He challenged the discernment of his disciples who had not understood why there were 12 baskets left the first time, then 7 baskets the second time. 

  • Mark 8:19-21 "When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you collect?” “Twelve,” they answered. And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces did you collect?” “Seven,” they said. And He was saying to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

 7 letters are sent to the 7 churches. 

  • Revelation 2 and 3

The lampstand of the tabernacle has 7 lamps (Exodus 25:36-37) - 7 angels who pour out the 7 golden vials filled with divine wrath have 7 trumpets. They hold 7 plagues (Revelation 16:1, Revelation 8:6, Revelation 15:6-7

In the apostle John's vision, Jesus is surrounded by 7 candlesticks and holds 7 stars in his hand. 

  • Revelation 1:12-13 "Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash around His chest."

  • Revelation 1:16 "He held in His right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest."

The book that YAHWEH holds has 7 seals. 

  • Revelation 5:1 "Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals."

The slain lamb has 7 horns and 7 seven eyes and stands before the 7 spirits of YAHWEH.

  • Revelation 5:6 "Then I saw a Lamb who appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth."

7 thunders were sounded when The mighty angel swore by YAHWEH that the mystery of God would be accomplished at the sound of the 7th angel's voice. 

  • Revelation 10:4 "When the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to put it in writing. But I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”

May the Holy Spirit guide you in understanding this message.

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