What is the attraction to the number 7? It may surprise you as to the overwhelming number of people who claim the number 7 to be their favorite number. Do a survey yourself some time among your friends and co-workers. The number 7 also appears in many titles of books and movies. For instance, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and 7th Heaven. There are just 7 Seas and only 7 Wonders of the world. Rome is known as the city on 7 hills. So why is there all this fascination with the number 7?
If you have ever read the bible or even just parts of it, you have no doubt come across the number 7. The word seven is found 463 times in the Bible, which is a prime number. While the number 7 is found 371 times in the Bible, which is a multiple of 7. The number 371 may also be written as (7x53) to show that it is evenly divisible by 7. It is also interesting to note that Noah was in the ark exactly 371 days.
The following is a list of some of the things that are found in sevens in the Bible:
7 days, 7 nights, 7 weeks, 7 months, 7 years, 7 Sabbaths, 7 lambs,
7 oxen, 7 rams, 7 fat kine, 7 bullocks, 7 goats, 7 alters, 7 ears of corn, 7 loaves, 7 baskets,
7 men, 7 women, 7 princes, 7 kings, 7 chamberlains, 7 counselors,
7 sons, 7 priests, 7 crowns, 7 nations, 7 locks, 7 candlesticks, 7 pillars, 7 pipes,
7 streams, 7 eyes, 7 steps, 7 ways, 7 parts, 7 cubits, 7 stars, 7 abominations, 7 seals,
7 trumpets, 7 angels, 7 thunders, and 7 vials.
And then finally the last time the number 7 is found in the bible is in the book of Revelation in chapter 21 and verse 9 (which is abbreviated as Rev. 21:9). It is here that we find the 7 last PLAGUES.
Some consider the Bible to be nothing more than a history book. However no history book or any other book for that matter can produce a number system hidden within its words as the bible does, as you will soon see. The bible is a book built on numbers, as well as a book filled with prophecy. The word prophecy is found 21 times, or (7x3) times in the Bible. In the book of Revelation, which is devoted almost totally to prophecy, this word is found exactly 7 times. The 7th and final time the word prophecy is found in this book, we are given this warning,
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city and from the things written in this book.”
Now this number system seems to only fit a pattern in the King James Version of the Bible (abbreviated as KJV), which to me is like God putting his signature on this particular translation of the his Holy word. The Holy Bible is one book composed of 66 smaller books. The words book and books together are found 196 (7x28) times in the bible. The Bible does not just merely contain Gods word, but is in fact the very word of God. The phrase “the word of God” is found exactly 49 (7x7) times in the Bible.
And the 7th occurrence of this phrase in the bible is found in Luke 4:4 which says
“And Jesus answered him again saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
This phrase “it is written” is found 77 (7x11) times in the Bible, 14 (7x2) times in the Old Testament, and 63 (7x9) times in the New Testament. Every word in the Bible that is spoken by Jesus should be treated as a “ thus saith the Lord”, which incidentally this phrase is found 70 (7x10) times in the Bible.
The Bible is God’s message to his servants the prophets. The word message is found exactly 7 times in the Bible as well as the phrase “his servants the prophets”
Psalm 78:2 says,
“I will open my mouth in a parable, I will utter dark sayings of old”.
The word parable is found 49 (7x7) times in the Bible. This verse of scripture we just read in the book of Psalms is one of many Old Testament prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus.
Mathew 18:34,35 is where we find the recording of its’ fulfillment.
“All those things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable he spoke not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the prophet. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
The things written in the Old Testament were shadows and types of things to come. In other words, the New Testament reveals to us the secrets of the Old Testament. The word secret in all its’ forms is found 98 (7x14) times in the bible, which can also be written as 7x (7+7). And it doesn’t end there! The 7th occurrence of the word secret in the New Testament brings us to this very same verse of scripture. If you even remotely think that this is just a coincidence, then keep on reading.
The entire underlying theme of the Bible is God’s plan for man’s redemption. However at the same time the Bible also tells us of God’s wrath that will be poured out on those who reject his free gift of faith whereby we obtain grace which then lead us to salvation. The word wrath is found 198 times in the Bible. Now while this number 198 is not evenly divisible by 7, I find it to be an amazing number as well. For you see the numbers that do divide the number 198 evenly produce an astounding pattern. The numbers are as follows (2x99), (3x66), (6x33), (9x22), and (18x11). Notice that 11, 22, 33, 66, and 99 are all double digits. That seems pretty amazing in and of it’s self considering that these are the only numbers that divide 198 evenly and they are all double digits. However it really becomes apparent of God’s hand in writing the Bible when we take a close look at Rev.18:6 which speaks of God’s coming wrath,
“Reward her even as she rewarded you, DOUBLE unto her DOUBLE according to her works; in the cup which she has filled, fill to her DOUBLE.”
What are the odds that the word wrath would appear in the Bible exactly 198 times and all that all the multiples of 198 would be double digits, which corresponds exactly to the fact that God’s wrath will be poured out upon the world that rejects him in a DOUBLE portion! Amazing isn't it!
Just two verses prior to this verse we see the calling out of God’s people that they might not be partakers of the wrath of God.
We are clearly told in 2nd Thessalonians 5:8 that
“God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The ONLY way anyone can obtain salvation is through Jesus Christ. The 7th occurrence of the word salvation in the New Testament is found in Acts 4:12 Yes, you guessed it! This verse tells us
“Neither is there salvation in ANY OTHER: (speaking of Jesus) for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."
The word saved in all its forms along with the word salvation are found 560 (7x80) times in the Bible.
Jesus tells us this in John 14:6
“I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.”
Again, there is only one way to obtain salvation and eternal life and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ. The word "life" is found 448 (7x64) times in the Bible, and amazingly the 77th occurrence of this word "life" in the New Testament brings us to this exact same scripture,
John 14:6. That is just too much to pass off as mere coincidence!
Romans 10:9 say,
“That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
The Bible says that if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart, that is, deep down on the inside of yourself that God has raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved. In other words, if you confess, that is to say, if you speak out loud so others can hear and know that you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior and believe with all your heart that Jesus is risen from the dead you shall be saved. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! This confession of your faith then brings you into RIGHT relationship with God and places you on the right PATH to obtain eternal life at the end of this age, IF of course you REMAIN on this narrow way the leads to everlasting life.The word confess by the way is found 28 (7x4) times in the bible and the word believe in all its forms is found 322 (7x46).
The Bible says in 1st John 1:19 that if we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins that he is faithful and just to forgive us. The word forgive is found 56 (7x8) times, the word forgiven is found 42 (7x6) times, the word forgiveness is found exactly 7 times, and all the other forms of the word forgive together are also found 7 times in the bible. So all together all the forms of the word forgive are found 112 (7x16) times in the bible.
Now the number 16 in the bible means love!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In other words,
“God so loved you that he gave his only Son so that you might be forgiven of your sins and and set free from the dominion that sin once had over you so that you now may live your life free from sin whereby you are then being saved, if so be you remain faithful and endure unto the end.”
It is just a matter of doing the math. With so much emphasis on the number 7 inter woven in the word of God dealing with the redemption of man, your redemption, then one would be a fool to say there is no God and deny the divine authorship of the Bible. Therefore since numbers do not lie, it would be reasonable and rational to conclude that the Bible, God’s Holy word, is also true. So now that you have heard the word of God concerning salvation you are now obligated to either believe what you have read and confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or you can refuse to accept God’s word as being the TRUTH and reject God’s free gift of salvation offered to you this day to redeem you for your sins. Now if the enemy has some how kept those blinders upon your eyes to keep you from seeing the truth of God's word, then I want you to consider the word "redeem". The word redeem in all its forms is found 161 times in the bible or (7x23).
Now the number 23 in the Bible is the number for death. The Bible says, that the wages of sin is death. So if you do not accept and receive God’s perfect redemption you will die in your sins. We can only be redeemed from death through the blood of Jesus. The name of Jesus is the only name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. It all comes down to a CHOICE, so which will you choose? Will you choose the love of God and inherit eternal life or will you choose the lies of the enemy and remain on the pathway that leads to death? God wants you to choose life. The Bible says that God is not willing that any man should perish but that all men come to the knowledge of truth and be saved. CHOOSE you this day whom you will serve. The kingdom of God is at hand. May God's grace be with you as you seek the Lord and his salvation. CHOOSE LIFE my dear friend, CHOOSE LIFE!
Yours always in Christ Jesus,
RETURN TO HOMEPAGE
Now if you are one that is familiar with the King James Version of the Bible, then you may be wondering where all the thee’s and the thou’s are NOT in the scriptures that quote throughout nearly all of the Bible studies that I have done here at http://www.AMatterOfTruth.com/ and on my teaching videos on my YouTube channel AMATTEROFTRUTH. Well the truth is, I hear a lot of complaints by my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord about how hard it is to read the King James Version, because of all the thee's and the thou's, so I simply replaced these old English words with their modern English equivalents. There is just something about the King James Version that I personally do not find in any other modern translation of the Bible. Well enough said on this topic for now.
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