The Number Seven in the Bible

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The frequent use of the number seven in the Bible would suggest some significance to the number itself. Some have called it the “prophetic representative symbolic number consecrated in the Holy Scriptures… by many mysterious events”.

Seven in the Bible: The Old Testament

The Old Testament informs us that God completed the work of creation in seven days, and set apart the seventh day to be a day of rest for all mankind.

The slayer of Abel was to be punished seven-fold, and the slayer of Lamech seventy-seven fold.

Of every clean beast Noah took into the ark by sevens, and took with him seven souls when he entered the ark. After seven days the waters were upon the face of the earth. The interval between sending out the dove the second and third times were seven days, and in the seventh month the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat.

In Pharaoh’s two dreams he saw seven well-favored and fat kine and seven ill-favored and lean kine, and seven ears of corn on one stalk, rank and good, and seven ears blasted by the east wind, which was followed by seven years of great plenty and seven years of famine.

The children were commanded to eat unleavened bread seven days, and to observe the feast of unleavened bread; seven days there shall be no leaven found in your house.

The seventh month was signalized by the feasts of trumpets, and the celebration of the feasts of the tabernacle.

Seven weeks was the interval between the passover and the pentecost.

The seventh year was observed as the Sabbatical year, and the year succeeding seven times seven years as the year of jubilee.

Seven days were appointed as the length of the feasts of tabernacles and passover.

Seven days for the ceremonies of consecration of the priests.

Seven victims were to be offered on any special occasion.

When Abraham and Abimelech wanted to confirm an oath they took seven ewe lambs of the flock.

Jacob served Laban seven years for each of his daughters.

Delilah bound Samson with seven green withes and wove the seven locks of his hair in the web.

Seven piests bearing seven trumpets passed around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and on the seventh day they passed it seven times, at which point it fell.

Nebuchadnezzar had the furnace heated seven times hotter than normal to burn the three Hebrew children and was driven to the beasts of the field until seven years passed him.

Elisha commanded Naaman to wash in Jordan seven times and be cured of his leprosy.

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men who can render a reason.

Seven in the Bible: The New Testament

In Matthew, Jesus says that if your brother sins against you, to forgive him “seventy times seven” times.

Then, in Revelations, the number seven is found in seven different verses:

Revelation 1:20
“The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches”

Revelation 5:6
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

Revelation 8:6
“And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.”

Revelation 15:1
“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”

Revelation 15:7
“And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.”

Revelation 15:8
“And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”

Revelation 17.9
“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.”

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