This great bible study by Michael Hoggard on the number seven will show you the value that God places on the number seven. And on the time line in “The Mystery of the Ages” and in the chapter The Incredible Sevens you will see how the time chart adds up to God’s word.
By, Michael Hoggard,
THE NUMBER 7, GODS COMPLETION AND DIVINE NUMBER. Part 2
It is clear that the words, phrases, verses, chapters, and books of the Bible have been arranged in a perfect order. It would be impossible for men to manipulate a group of documents in this manner, especially men who, in many cases, lived thousands of years apart. How do we know which “Word of God” to use? We are told that Jesus is the Word of God in John 1:1. In 1 John 5:7 He is also given that title: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” It seems odd that most modern translations omit verse 7, or place a note by it that says this passage does not appear in some Greek texts! This phrase is found exactly 49 times (7 x 7) in the Authorized Version of the Bible!
Jesus and the Bible are forever linked. They are, in reality, the same thing. He is truly the Word of God. The title, “the Word”, given to Jesus, is found 7 times in 5 verses, including being found in 1 John 5:7 (also see John 1:1; 1:14; 1 John 1:1; and Rev. 19:13)! Do we yet not believe that the Hand of God was on these men as they compiled and translated this sacred book? Does the Bible you read and trust contain this Divine pattern?
The number 49 (7 x 7) is a tremendous number, for it compounds the idea of completion that we find in the number 7. This equation is found in the text of the Scriptures themselves: “And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years” (Leviticus. 25:8). Since this number is important to God, it is reasonable to assume that His Word and His Son are associated with the number 7. The Bible itself states that the Word of God is a book of parables. The word “parable” is found 49 times. The word “parable” is found 7 times in the book of Numbers. All of them are found in chapters 23 and 24, and all of them are spoken by Balaam, with the first time being in verse 7. In Psalm 78 we are told that God speaks His Word by means of the parable, and we are also told that all the words of Jesus are in parable form: “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them” (Matthew 13:34).
God’s Word came in many forms and under many titles. One of those titles is the word “message”, as in this verse which is the first occurrence of this word: “…And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee…” (Judges 3:20). The word “message” is found 7 times in the Scriptures.
In the Tabernacle there were found various representations of the Godhead. The Ark of the Covenant was a duplicate of the throne that God the Father sat upon. The Table of Shewbread represented the Son, for He is the Bread of Life. There was a menorah in the sanctuary that was the only light to be found inside the Tabernacle itself. This was the figure of the Holy Spirit. John saw this menorah and described it in Revelation. “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:5).