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 6
It was in the garden of Eden that we first learned the difference between “good and evil” because of the sin of Adam. This phrase is mentioned in the Scriptures exactly 7 times. The Bible tells us that sin and corruption go hand in hand. The word “corruption” is found 21 times. The number 21 is not only the product of 3 (resurrection) and 7, but is, according to Ed Vallowe, also the number for the exceeding sinfulness of sin.
The word “forgive” is found 56 (7 x 8) times, the word “forgiven” is found 42 (7 x 6) times, the word “forgiveness” is found 7 times. In fact, all the forms of the word “forgive” can be found 112 (7 x 16) times in the KJV. As an added bonus, we find the word “reconciled” exactly 7 times in the Scriptures.
The way to rid ourselves of our sins is to confess our sins. The word “confessed” is found 7 times. It was Christ Who displayed His grace for us in being wounded for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5). The word “wounded” is found 35 (7 x 5) times, the number for “perfection” and the number for “grace”. The Bible declares that those who are not forgiven of their sins will be “cast off”. This phrase is found exactly 14 (7 x 2) times in the Scriptures, including this verse: “Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?” (Psalm 77:7).
It is through prayer that we confess our sins. In the Old Testament you will find the word “pray” a total of 245 (49 x 5) times. The word “prayeth” is found 7 times in the Bible. The 7th time it is found is in 1 Corinthians 14:14 (7th book of the New Testament): “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
“ When we pray we make supplications to God, asking for His favor on our lives. David, the Psalmist, says it this way: “The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer” (Psalm 6:9). David may not have realized just how perfect his words were when he uttered them. The phrase, “my supplication”, is found 7 times in the Scriptures. Once your sins are forgiven, you are found in favor with God, for grace is unmerited favor from God. The word “favour” is found 70 times. It is an attribute given to Christ (Luke 2:52).
Isaiah declares that though our sins are red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18). The word “wool” is found 14 (7 x 2) times. In the Levitical Law, the priests were to consecrate themselves for 7 days. The word “consecrate” is found 14 times in the Bible. The word “consecrated” is also found 14 times.
The word “sanctify” is found 70 times. The first occurrence is in Exodus: “Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine” (Exodus 13:2). The Bible tells us that Jesus was a type and symbol of the “firstborn” (See Matthew 1:25; Colossians 1:18; and Hebrews 12:23). The title, “firstborn”, is found exactly 7 times in the New Testament! The first place it is mentioned is in Matthew 1:25. Check the NIV for this verse. His title as the “firstborn son” is omitted.