The number SEVEN is one of the
most significant numbers in the Bible.
This is a chapter from the book, Biblical Mathematics, written by Evangelist,
Ed F. Vallowe.
When man began to analyze and combine
numbers, he developed other interesting symbols. He took the perfect
world number FOUR and added to it the perfect divine number, THREE,
and got SEVEN, the most sacred number to the Hebrews. It was earth crowned
with heaven -- the four-square earth plus the divine COMPLETENESS OF
GOD. So we have SEVEN expressing COMPLETENESS through union of earth
This number is used more than all other
numbers in the Word of God, save the number ONE.
In the Book of Revelation the number SEVEN is used throughout. There
are SEVEN churches, SEVEN Spirits, SEVEN stars, SEVEN seals, SEVEN trumpets,
SEVEN vials, SEVEN personages, SEVEN dooms, and SEVEN new things.
SEVEN symbolizes Spiritual Perfection.
All of life revolves around this number. SEVEN is used over 700 times
in the Bible. It is used 54 times in the Book of Revelation.
The whole Word of God is founded upon the number SEVEN. It stands for
the SEVENTH day of the Creation Week, and speaks of the Millennial Rest
day. It denotes COMPLETENESS or PERFECTION.
In Leviticus 23:15-16, the number SEVEN
and the Sabbath, which was the SEVENTH day, is connected with the word
COMPLETE. The word COMPLETE follows after the words “SEVEN SABBATH”
The day following the SEVENTH sabbath
there was something NEW that took place.
The word FINISHED is also connected with the number SEVEN. In Revelation
10:7 we read,
“In the days of the voice of the SEVENTH angel, when he shall
begin to sound the mystery of God should be FINISHED.”
“It is DONE” is another expression
found in connection with the number Seven.
“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.”
The word CREATED is used SEVEN times in connection with God’s
creative work. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:21; 1:27 (three times); 2:3;
and 2:4). God created all things in the beginning and then took six
days of restoring His creation and then rested on the SEVENTH day. (Genesis
He appointed SEVEN days for the week,
and most, if not all advanced nations reckon time in that way: SEVEN
days to the week.
There are SEVEN notes in the musical scale. All other pitches are only
variations of these. When the musician uses the eighth note he goes
back to “do” and starts over.
Noah took the clean beasts into the ark by SEVENS (Genesis 7:2) SEVEN
days after Noah went into the ark the flood came. (Genesis 7:-10) Peter
tells about the long-suffering of God waiting in the days of Noah. (I
Peter 3:21) Those SEVEN days COMPLETED God’s time of waiting.
Before Aaron and his sons entered their
priestly work they were consecrated SEVEN days. (Leviticus 8:31-36)
Here is a picture of a life COMPLETELY or WHOLLY consecrated or dedicated
to the Lord for service.
On the day of atonement the high priest sprinkled the blood upon the
mercy seat SEVEN times. (Leviticus 16:14) This is a picture of the COMPLETENESS
of the redemptive work of Christ.
“By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us." (Hebrews 9:12)
When Christ offered Himself that FINISHED the sacrificial offerings.
They were ended. No longer must we place sacrifices upon an altar.
When Israel took the city of Jericho God
told them to march around the city SEVEN times. Thus, on the SEVENTH
day, when they marched around the city SEVEN times, they COMPLETED their
marching. (Joshua 6:1-16)
There were SEVEN FEAST days of our Lord.
(Passover, Unleavened, First-fruits, Pentecost, Atonement, Trumpets
and Tabernacle). (Leviticus 23:1-44)
There were SEVEN branches on the CANDLESTICK
in the Holy Place in the Tabernacle and this pictures the COMPLETE light
of God for the souls of man.
Solomon was SEVEN years in building the
Temple and kept the Feast for SEVEN days.
Job had SEVEN sons. When his friends came
to visit him they sat SEVEN days and SEVEN nights in silence, and afterward
they were required to offer a Burnt Offering of SEVEN bullocks and SEVEN
Naaaman washed SEVEN times in the Jordan.
The Saviour spoke SEVEN words from the
SEVEN men of honest report were chosen
to administer the alms of the church in Acts 6:1-7.
There were SEVEN years of plenty and SEVEN
years of famine in Egypt during the days of Joseph.
SEVEN times in the Book of Revelation
blessing of the Lord are promised to His people. These are called the
“BEATITUDES” of Revelation. These are found in Chapters
1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14.
There are SEVEN Dispensations -- Innocence,
Conscience, Government, Patriarchal, Law, Grace, and Milleniah (sic)
SEVEN times the Book of Life is mentioned
in the Bible. The Book of Revelation is a Book of SEVENS.
We have SEVEN churches, SEVEN seals, SEVEN
Trumpets, SEVEN Personages, SEVEN vails (sic), SEVEN dooms, SEVEN new
things. SEVEN SEVENS make up this Book . It is the COMPLETENESS of all
Jesus said to “forgive SEVENTY times
SEVEN“ In other words, He is saying, “Keep on forgiving
until you are complete.”
Even the duration of Israel’s great
punishments was based upon this law of SEVENS. Their captivity in Babylon was for SEVENTY years, ten periods of SEVENS.
(Jeremiah 25:11-12; Daniel l9:2)
Life operates in a cycle of SEVENS.
Changes take place in the body every SEVEN
Most births are multiple of SEVENS. The
hen sits three weeks (21 days);
the pigeon two weeks (14 days); after having laid eggs for two weeks.
Of 129 species of Mammalia (sic) the majority have a period from conception
to birth of an exact number of weeks, a multiple of SEVEN.
Human physiology is constructed on a law
Children are born to mothers in a certain number of weeks usually 280
days, a multiple of SEVENS.
Fevers and intermittent attacks of gout, ague, and similar complaints
have a period of operation of SEVEN, FOURTEEN or TWENTY-ONE days knows
as critical days.
All departments of nature are marked all
over with mathematics.
In this realm practically everything is in SEVENS.