Most scholars agree that number seven is most likely the most significant number in the Bible. It is found 735 times in the Bible and deals with spiritual perfection and completeness (even sanctification). Some say it is the holy number of God. You know, 7 days (or 7,000 years) to create the world, seven days in a week, seven Jewish Feasts or Festivals of the Messiah, and on and on.
Suffice it to say here that the number seven is deeply symbolic and close to God’s heart. But the skeptic wants to know “why”. Could the Revelation of John give us the best clues? It speaks of 7 churches, 7 stars, 7 angels and 7 lampstands, 7 horns, 7 eyes and 7 spirits of God, etc. There are seven sacraments, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, seven deadly sins. Intriguing, isn’t it?
There seem to be Bible codes or “fingerprints of God” all throughout the Bible and especially in Daniel and the Book of Revelation. One can find endless information on the subject of the number seven. But how does all that affect us as Christians and why would we concern ourselves with it?
In Jan Fountain’s book, WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING, she states that six is the number of man without God in Hebrew usage and six plus one is the number of man with God – spiritual perfection. And the skeptic is blown over when she states the following: “Women have twenty-eight day cycles. The structure of the body changes in seven years. Life in the womb, gestation, is commonly in multiples of sevens: mouse – 21 days, rabbit – 28 days, cat – 56 days, dog – 63 days, lion – 98 days, sheep – 147 days, and man – 280 days. Man, being in the image of God, from ovulation to birth spends seven times forty days in the womb.”
The importance of the number seven is astounding. There are so many mysteries of God and we have only scratched the surface with the number seven. In the end, for all the doubters, these Bible codes and numbers show mortals (including scholars) rays of light into His majesty and omnipotence.
The course of the Lord is one eternal round. The cycle is complete 7,000 years from the time Adam left the Garden to the time of Christ’s Kingdom and the Judgment (or the New Heaven and Earth). Seven is woven throughout the whole Hebrew calendar.
We don’t need to understand it all, but it is natural to wonder with the psalmist in Psalm 8:4, “What is man, that God is mindful of him?”
And of course, the answer has to be that we are made in His image. We are His children. We are each unique and we matter. This awesome and marvelous God of ours loves us and forgives us – seven times seventy and beyond.
How great is that!