Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Amazing Number Seven

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” —PSALM 12:6 (KJV)

The number seven plays a key role throughout the Bible. There are more than 850 references to seven and multiples of seven found in the Scriptures. It is particularly important and featured in the study of prophecy and end time events.

From the beginning of the Scriptures, the number seven plays a prominent role. Seven represents completion, and is the Divine number. God created the world in seven days, and seven was the most sacred number for the Hebrew people. The seventh day was set aside and consecrated by God as the sabbath day. Noah took the clean animals into the ark by sevens, and it was seven days after he entered the ark that the Flood began.

The consecration of Aaron to be high priest of Israel lasted seven days. Each year on Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—the high priest sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat seven times. God ordained seven Feasts for the Israelites to observe. The children of Israel marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days and on the seventh day they marched around the walls seven times before the walls fell down. The list goes on and on. Solomon spent seven years building the Temple. Naaman washed in the Jordan River seven times to be cleansed of leprosy. And the number seven is very closely connected with prophecy as well. In the dreams that Joseph interpreted for Pharaoh, there were seven fat cows and seven lean cows, and seven good ears of corn and seven thin ears of corn. These signified what was about to happen—seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

In the book of Daniel, the prophet was given a vision of seventy weeks, each one of which represented a period of seven years in Israel’s future. In Revelation the number seven occurs repeatedly. There are seven churches, seven spirits, seven starts, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, seven thunders, seven dooms and seven new things.

Understanding the importance of the number seven in God’s prophetic plan, we were stunned and thrilled to find that our payments for the Jerusalem World Center would be $777,777 per month! This is no coincidence—it is just one more sign to us that God is at work to build this great beacon of hope and love for His Chosen People in the Holy City. By being part of this effort, each Jerusalem Prayer Team member is becoming part of God’s prophetic plan for our generation.

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