Numbers tell a story. God uses them to enrich His story to us. From the first sentence of the Bible in Genesis to the last book the Revelation of Jesus Christ, God is telling one story. He uses numbers and words to convey His message.
“The number seven is the most prominent number throughout the whole Bible. The word “seven” (or derivatives such as “seventh”, “seventy”, etc.) appears in the Bible 562 times. The book of the Bible that uses the word “seven” most frequently is Revelation, where it appears 55 times.
“It is used so frequently because it carries meaning beyond just the numerical value itself.
“The number seven, when used in scripture — and especially when referring to pronouncements from God — often carries with it the meaning of “wholeness” and of a “sworn oath“. A seven-fold entity in scripture generally refers to the wholeness of that entity from start to finish, and it comes as an oath from God. Therefore, a seven-fold entity may be understood to be one whole entity revealed in seven stages. For example, creation is one whole event that was revealed in scripture as seven days.
“One more observation about the number seven is that in scripture, when we see a series of seven things, the final (seventh) thing is often “special” in some way, different from the first six. We see this in creation where God worked in the first six days, but He rested on the seventh day and declared that day holy. In several cases, we can also see this “special seventh” aspect in Revelation.” – from RevelationLogic.com
Now that we understand the meaning and impact of God’s message in the number 7, let us look at it in scripture, beginning with Genesis 1:1. Below is the first sentence of the Bible in Hebrew with the English below. Hebrew reads right to left; the opposite of English. Count the words in the black Hebrew. How many are there?
7 is correct. Look closely at the 4th word. Notice there is no translation under it in English.
“ ‘Tis an unusually interesting word. According to Strong’s Concordance, Aleph Tav אֵת occurs at least 7,000 times in the Old Testament, yet is not translated into English in the Bible. There have been many attempts to explain its meaning – At one end of the spectrum, ’tis literally a grammatical function to mark the ‘direct object’ in the Hebrew language; at the other end, the Aleph Tav א ת is the divine mark of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letter of the Greek Alphabet; while the Aleph א ֵ and Tav ת are the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. An argument can be made that Jesus is the Aleph Tav אֵת.
The Aleph Tav (אֵת) )) can be interpreted as the strength of the covenant;
and the strength of men’s covenant with God is upheld through Jesus’ finished work.” www.alephtav.co
Jesus revealed Himself to be the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, in the Book of Revelations which is written in Greek. The Alpha and Omega are the same as the English A and Z or in Hebrew the Aleph and the Tav.
Revelations 1:8 (KJV) –“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelations 1:11 (KJV) – “… I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
Revelations 21:6 (KJV) – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
Revelations 22:13 (KJV) – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Therefore, God is telling us the end of His story in the first sentence of His story in just 7 words.
God continues to use 7 to tell His story. His story, the Bible, is divided into 7 time periods just as the opening book of the Bible, Genesis, begins with 7 time periods in chapter 1.
The entire Bible is in segments of 7’s.
The Bible Week: 2 Peter 3:8 With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Day 1 1,000 years Adam—Enoch 1 man, Enoch, was taken up—raptured.
In Revelation, 1 person —The Bride is raptured.
Day 2 1,000 years Enoch—Noah Judgment came by flood.
7 pairs of clean animals were taken.
7 people went with Noah.
They entered the ark 7 days before the flood. Genesis 7:1-4
1Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2You 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; 3and seven pairs of every kind of bird of the air, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of all the earth. 4For 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.”
In Revelation, the church complete and ready (7 = completion) is taken before the wrath of God begins.
Day 3 1,000 years Hebrew/Patriarchs (God starts again after the flood—a new dispensation)
Day 4 1,000 years Kingdom—David on the throne. (The Kingdom of God reigns in Israel through His people)
(Jesus – Messiah comes = first coming as a babe in Bethlehem)
Day 5/6 2,000 years Church + Daniel’s Final “week” (We are in the final week. 2021 = 5781 God’s calendar
Day 7 1,000 years Christ’s Millennium The Sabbath rest
(The picture and time frame from Pastor Dave Jones of Royston Bethel, UK Revelation Bible Series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk4LtJ6JxWw
Scripture is divided by segments of 7’s
- 7 Words in the 1st Verse
- 7 Days of creation = 1 week
- 7 Days x 1,000 years = the 7 dispensations of scripture
God continues His story with 7’s in the blessing of Abraham.
1Then the LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, your kindred, and your father’s household, and go to the land I will show you.
2I will make you into a great nation, 1
and I will bless you; 2
I will make your name great, 3
so that you will be a blessing. 4
3I will bless those who bless you 5
and curse those who curse you; 6
and all the families of the earth 7
will be blessed through you.”
God has shown us the pattern from Genesis 1:1. He continues it in Revelation as the final book is the completion of the story. There are 55 mentions of the number 7. Here are two in Revelation 1.
Revelation 1:4 – “John to the seven- churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne.”
The seven Spirits here are hyperlinked to Isaiah 11:2 “ And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;”
Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this. 20This is the mystery of the seven stars you saw in My right hand and of the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Significant numbers in Revelation
- 3 represents God, the uncreated being
- 4 represents the whole creation
- 5 is the number of grace
- 6 is symbolically incomplete, insufficient, and therefore unholy. Then 666 is symbolically “triply incomplete” or “divinely incomplete” or “diabolical.” A fitting number for the beast
- 7 the meaning of “wholeness” and of a “sworn oath“. A seven-fold entity in scripture generally refers to the wholeness of that entity from start to finish, and it comes as an oath from God. Therefore, a seven-fold entity may be understood to be one whole entity revealed in seven stages. For example, creation is one whole event that was revealed in scripture as seven days.
- 12 means “perfect righteous government”.
- Three, seven, ten, and twelve are known as the “perfect” numbers.
- There are 55 sevens, and 5 sevenths, 5×7 (35) phrases of sevens in the Book of Revelation.
At the beginning of Revelation, 7 is the prominent number, although other numbers are used. At the end of Revelation, 12 becomes the prominent number as it is the fulfillment of the entirety of scripture.
55 Seven’s in Revelation
- 7 golden candlesticks 1:12-13, 20 2:1 2:5; 11:4
- 7 stars 1:16, 20
- 7 lamps of fire
- 7 horns of the Lamb
- 7 eyes of the Lamb 1:4; 4:5; 5:6
- 7 heads 12:3; 13:1; 17:8-11
- 7 crowns 12:3
- 7 mountains 17:8-11
- 7 churches
- 7 epistles of Paul correspond to the 7 churches
- 7 deacons correspond to the 7 churches
- 7 kingdom parables correspond to the 7 churches
- 7 meanings of the church’s name
- 7 characteristics of the churches
- 7 titles of Christ to the churches
- 7 rewards to the churches
- 7 church ages
- 7 letters
- 7 seals
- 7 angels with trumpets
- 7 trumpets
- 7 thunders
- 7000 killed
- 7 heads of the dragon
- 7 heads of the 1st beast
- 7 angels with plagues
- 7 plagues
- 7 angels with bowls of wrath
- 7 wraths
- 7 mountains
- 7 kings
- 7 final visions
- 7 beatitudes
- 7 doxologies
- God’s Prophets mentioned 7 times 10:7; 11:18; 16:6; 18:20; 18:24; 22:6; 22:9
- 7 mention of earthquakes 6:12; 8:5; 11:13 11:19; 16:18
- 7 “blessed” 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14
- 7 verses of Christ’s sword 1:16; 2:12; 2:16; 13:10; 19:15; 19:21
- 7 verses with the word “sharp” 1:16; 2:12; 14:14; 14:17; 14:18 19:15
- 7 times Christ’s blood is mentioned 1:5; 5:6; 5:9; 5:12; 7:14; 12:11; 13:8
- 7 times Christ’s name is mentioned 2:13; 3:8; 3:12; 13:6; 15:4; 16:9; 19:12
- 7 times “the book of life” is mentioned 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12; 20:15; 21:27; 22:19
- 7 times the word “prophecy” is mentioned 1:3; 11:6; 19:10; 22:7; 22:10; 22:18; 22:19
- “this book” is mentioned 7 times 22:7; 22:9; 22:10; 22:18 (2); 22:19 (2)
- 7 times judgment is mentioned 14:7; 15:4; 16:7; 17:1; 18:10; 19:2; 20:4
- The “kingdom” is mentioned 7 times 1:9; 11:15 (2); 12:10; 16:10; 17:12; 17:17
- “right hand” appears 7 times 1:16; 1:17; 1:20; 2:1; 5:1; 5:7; 13:16
- “the saints” are mentioned 7 times 8:4; 11:18; 13:7; 13:10; 14:12; 17:6; 20:9
- “God Almighty” is used 7 times 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7; 16:14; 19:15; 21:22
- Day, night appears 7 times 4:8; 7:15; 8:12; 12:10; 14:11; 20:10; 21:25
- Voices appears 7 times 14:2 (2); 14:6; 14:7; 14:8; 14:13; 14:18
- “the bottomless pit” is mentioned 7 times 9:1; 9:2; 9:11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1; 20:3
- “come quickly” appears 7 times 2:5; 2:16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:7; 22:12; 22:20
- Jesus lives appears 7 times 1:18 (2); 4:9; 4:10; 5:14; 10:6; 15:7
- “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” occurs seven times, in: 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22.
The Seven Churches of Revelation
Church Meaning Century/Age Epistles 7 Kingdom Parab. Deacons
Ephesus Apostolic 1st Ephesians Sow Seed Phillip
Smyrna Persecuted 2-4th Philippians Tares Stephen
Pergamum Worldly 4-12th Corinthians Mustard Nicolas
Thyatira Sacramental 4—Now Galatians Yeast Nicanor
Sardis Protestant 14—Now Romans Treasure Timon
Philadelphia Missionary 17—Now Thessalonians Pearl Parmenas
Laodicea Modern 20—Now Colossians Dragnet Prochorus
Matthew 13 Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Bible Verses of 7 in Revelation
Revelation 1:4-6 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:10-11 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
Revelation 1:12-13 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
Revelation 1:16-17 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”
Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.”
Revelation 2:1-2 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil.”
Revelation 3:1-2 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.”
Revelation 4:5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.”
Revelation 5:1-7 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Revelation 6:1 Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the [seven] seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”
Revelation 8:1-2 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
Revelation 8:5-6 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Revelation 10:2-4 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”
Revelation 11:12-13 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Revelation 12:2-4 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
Revelation 13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
Revelation 15:1-2 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete. And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
Revelation 15:5-8 “After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
Revelation 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the [seven] bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”
Revelation 17:1-3 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Revelation 17:7-11 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.”
Revelation 21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
The “sevens” are listed here in order of written occurrence:
Seven Spirits of God ( which are before the throne) Revelation 1:4.
Seven churches represented by
Seven golden lampstands Revelation 1:20.
Seven angels (of the 7 churches) represented by
Seven stars Revelation 1:20.
Seven lamps of fire (not the same as the lampstands) which are the
Seven Spirits of God Revelation 4:5.
Seven seals on the Scroll Revelation 5:1.
Seven horns and
Seven eyes on the Lamb who had been slain, which are the
Seven Spirits of God who go out in to the whole earth Revelation 5:6.
Seven angels who “stand before God” with
Seven trumpets Revelation 8:2.
Seven thunders who sounded their voices, when the mighty angel spoke out when he was above the waters Revelation 10:3-4.
Seven thousand people die at the earthquake within the hour that the Two Witnesses are raised from the dead Revelation 11:13.
Seven heads on the dragon with
Seven diadems (crowns) Revelation 12:2.