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 4
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry on earth, right after His baptism, God revealed to the world that Jesus was His Son. “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew. 3:17; see also Matthew. 17:5; Mark 1:11, 9:7; Luke 3:22, 9:35; and 2 Pet. 1:17). It is either by chance or Divine guidance that this title is given to our Savior exactly 7 times in the Scriptures. Jesus is also given the title, “His Son”, exactly 7 times in the Scriptures. The unity of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Church, is established exactly 7 times in the KJV by use of the phrase, “are one”. This phrase is only found 7 times in the Scriptures and is not associated with any other idea (see John 10:30, 17:22; Romans. 12:5; 1 Corinthians. 3:8, 10:17, 12:12; and First John 5:7).
Comparing this pattern with the NIV, I discovered that in Romans 12:5 – “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” – this phrase had been divided up to change the meaning. The phrase in 1 Corinthians 3:8 – “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one” – is missing and replaced with, “have one purpose”, which is not the same as being “one” with someone, especially God. God and Satan have the same purpose, to draw all men in worship to each of them respectively, but this does not make them “one”. In 1 Corinthians 10:17 the phrase, “are one bread”, is replaced with, “are one body”. The phrase is omitted in 1 Corinthians 12:12, and the entire verse of 1 John 5:7 – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” – is completely gone.
There is a two-word phrase that is used repeatedly in the Scriptures to describe the total authority and power of Almighty God, and it is the phrase, “most High”. Truly, our God is the Most High God. He is given this title exactly 49 times in the Scriptures. Listed are the places this title is either mentioned in the 7th chapter, the 7th verse, or one of its multiples: Genesis 14:18-20, 22; Psalms 7:17, 21:7, 77:10; Isaiah 14:14; Daniel 7:18, 22, 25, 27; Hosea 7:16, 11:7; Mark 5:7; Acts 7:48; and Hebrews 7:1. In Psalm 16:10 Christ is given the title, “Holy One”. It is mentioned in various places that He is the Holy One of Israel. This title is found in the KJV (with the correct capitalization) exactly 49 (7 x 7) times. It is also apparent to those who study the Scriptures that our Savior made various appearances in the Old Testament days in the form of the “Angel of the Lord”. This title is mentioned exactly 56 (7 x 8) times in the Old Testament. Another title that the Scriptures give to God is the title, “God of Israel”. This title is associated with the number 7, for it is found 203 (7 x 29) times in the Scriptures.
Now, for those of you who are still not convinced, allow me to make the equation a little more difficult. It stands to reason that the more words in sequence that you find in any given pattern, the more improbable it is that this pattern is there by chance, mistake, or human intervention. There is yet another title that is attributed to our great God, and that is the title, “the word of the LORD” (Genesis 15:1). We notice that “the word of the LORD” is used as a personification of God. This could only mean that the expression is used to identify Jesus Himself. The phrase is made up of 5 words. The number 5 is directly associated with Christ. As we have seen, Jesus is given the title “the Word” exactly 7 times in the Scriptures, and is primarily a phrase used in the Old Testament. God wanted the Israelites to know who their Messiah was really supposed to be. It is none other than Jesus Himself, for we find that this phrase (“the Word”) is found exactly 245 times in the Old Testament. This breaks down to 49 x 5! But it doesn’t stop there. You will find the very commonly used title of God, “LORD of hosts”, exactly 245 times in the Old Testament as well. How can this be, other than by the direct hand of God?