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Okay, I admit this one may be a bit out there. Let me explain. I find the bible very interesting. Did you know that the number 7 is used in the Bible more than seven hundred times. Not every number 7 in the Bible has a deep significance, sometimes a 7 is just a 7. But, there are occasions where it seems that God is communicating an idea by means of the number 7.
The first time the number 7 appears in the Bible is in Genesis 1. God spends five days creating the heavens and the earth, on the sixth day man was created and then God rests on the 7th day after declaring the world complete. So, right from the beginning the number 7 is related to completeness or perfection. Man is a sinner and cannot be perfect, but God is always perfect and complete. If God’s number is 7 and man’s number is 6 then it makes sense to say 6 always falls short of 7, just like in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Man is not God, just as 6 is not 7.
Other examples include Exodus 22:30, 2Kings 5:10 and Joshua 6:3-4.
The comforting thought is that we are all created in His likeness. We are almost 7.
Other uses of the number 7 include portions in the book of Revelation. As many people know the book of Revelation foretells of the end days for life as we know here on earth. It's pretty intense. In this book we are told of seven angels sent to the seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpet plagues, seven thunders, and the seven last plagues. The first resurrection of the dead takes place at the 7th trumpet, completing salvation for the Church. Many people think we are close to these end times.
Me, I think we are almost 7.