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Why is the number seven important in the Bible?

What is up with the sevens mentioned in Daniel 9:24 and 25?

"From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the Ruler, comes there will be seven 'sevens' and sixty-two 'sevens.' After the sixty-two 'sevens' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing."

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  • A
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    This is what the Insight on the Scriptures writes about the number seven...

    "Seven is used frequently in the Scriptures to signify completeness. At times it has reference to bringing a work toward completion. Or it can refer to the complete cycle of things as established or allowed by God. By completing his work toward the earth in six creative days and resting on the seventh day, Jehovah set the pattern for the whole Sabbath arrangement, from the seven-day week to the Jubilee year that followed the seven-times-seven–year cycle. (Ex 20:10; Le 25:2, 6, 8) The Festival of Unleavened Bread and the Festival of Booths were each seven days long. (Ex 34:18; Le 23:34) Seven appears often in connection with the Levitical rules for offerings (Le 4:6; 16:14, 19; Nu 28:11) and for cleansings.—Le 14:7, 8, 16, 27, 51; 2Ki 5:10.

    The “seven congregations” of Revelation, with their characteristics, give a complete picture of all the congregations of God on earth.—Re 1:20–3:22.

    The “seven heads” of the “wild beast” (Re 13:1) show the limit to which the beast would be allowed to develop. Although the “scarlet-colored wild beast” is called “an eighth” king, it springs from the seven and does not exist apart from the seven-headed wild beast (Re 17:3, 9-11), as is true also of the “image” of “the wild beast.” (Re 13:14) Similarly, the two-horned “wild beast” is actually coexistent with the original “wild beast” whose “mark” it tries to put on all persons.—Re 13:11, 16, 17.

    Jehovah was long-suffering with Israel but warned them that if, despite his discipline, they ignored him, he would then chastise them “seven times,” thoroughly, for their sins.—Le 26:18, 21, 28.

    In historical sections of the Scriptures, seven frequently occurs to denote completeness, or doing a work completely. The Israelites exercised full faith and obedience by marching for seven days around Jericho, encompassing it seven times on the seventh day, after which the city wall collapsed. (Jos 6:2-4, 15) Elijah showed full faith in the efficacy of his prayer to God by commanding his servant up on Mount Carmel to go looking at the sky seven times before a rain cloud appeared. (1Ki 18:42-44) Naaman the leper had to bathe seven times in the Jordan River. He, as a mighty Syrian general, had to display considerable humility to carry out this procedure recommended by the prophet Elisha, but for his obediently doing it, Jehovah cleansed him. (2Ki 5:10, 12) The purity, completeness, perfection, and fineness of Jehovah’s sayings are likened with poetic force and intensity to silver refined in a smelting furnace, clarified seven times. (Ps 12:6) Jehovah’s mercy is magnified by the statement: “The righteous one may fall even seven times, and he will certainly get up.” (Pr 24:16) His deserving all praise is declared by the psalmist: “Seven times in the day I have praised you.”—Ps 119:164.

    The book of Revelation abounds with symbolic use of the number seven in connection with the things of God and his congregation, and also the things of God’s Adversary, Satan the Devil, in his all-out fight to oppose God and his people.—Re 1:4, 12, 16; 5:1, 6; 8:2; 10:3; 12:3; 13:1; 15:1, 7; 17:3, 10; and other texts.

    Multiples of seven are used in a similar sense of completeness. Seventy (ten times seven) is employed prophetically in the “seventy weeks” of Daniel’s prophecy dealing with Messiah’s coming. (Da 9:24-27;...Jerusalem and Judah lay desolate 70 years, because of disobedience to God, “until the land had paid off [completely] its sabbaths.”—2Ch 36:21; Jer 25:11; 29:10; Da 9:2; Zec 1:12; 7:5.

    Seventy-seven, a repetition of seven in a number, was equivalent to saying “indefinitely” or “without limit.” Jesus counsels Christians to forgive their brothers to that extent. (Mt 18:21, 22) Since God had ruled that anyone killing Cain, the murderer, must “suffer vengeance seven times,” Lamech, who apparently killed a man in self-defense, said: “If seven times Cain is to be avenged, then Lamech seventy times and seven.”—Ge 4:15, 23, 24." - Vol 2, pp 512-13.

    This was a good question.

    Source(s): God's Word the Holy Bible and Insight (source mentioned above)
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The number seven is basic to the central universe and the spiritual system of inherent transmissions of character, but the number ten, the decimal system, is inherent in energy, matter, and the material creation. Nevertheless the atomic world does display a certain periodic characterization which recurs in groups of seven--a birthmark carried by this material world indicative of its far-distant spiritual origin.

    This sevenfold persistence of creative constitution is exhibited in the chemical domains as a recurrence of similar physical and chemical properties in segregated periods of seven when the basic elements are arranged in the order of their atomic weights. When chemical elements are thus arranged in a row, any given quality or property tends to recur by sevens. This periodic change by sevens recurs diminishingly and with variations throughout the entire chemical table, being most markedly observable in the earlier or lighter atomic groupings. Starting from any one element, after noting some one property, such a quality will change for six consecutive elements, but on reaching the eighth, it tends to reappear, that is, the eighth chemically active element resembles the first, the ninth the second, and so on. Such a fact of the physical world unmistakably points to the sevenfold constitution of ancestral energy and is indicative of the fundamental reality of the sevenfold diversity of the creations of time and space. We should also note that there are seven colors in the natural spectrum.

    Source(s): The Urantia Book
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  • jen
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago


    Year 0130 - 3936 BCE, Gen.1:26 to Gen.4:25, Cain kills Abel.

    Year 0130 - 3936 BCE, Seth born, 105, 90, 70, 65, 162, 65, 187, 182 =

    Year 1056 - 3010 BCE, Noah born, Gen.7:6, age 600.

    Year 1656 - 2410 BCE, Flood, + 2, 35, 30, 34, 30, 32, 30, 29 = 222 yr

    Year 1878 - 2188 BCE, Terah born, age 205, Gen.11:32, Terah dies.

    Year 2083 - 1983 BCE, Abraham's covenant, Gen.12:4,7; 430 years,

    Year 2513 - 1553 BCE, Exo.12:37,41, + 40 + 301 years Jdgs 11:26, = 341,

    Year 2854 - 1212 BCE, 341 yrs Judges,- Acts 13:20,21, 450 = 109 yrs,

    Year 2963 - 1103 BCE, Samuel 20, Saul 6, David 40, Solomon 4 = 70 yrs,

    Year 3033 - 1033 BCE, 1Ki.6:1 after Deut.34:7; Solomon has 36 years

    Year 3069 - 0997 BCE, 1Ki.11:42 to 2Chr.36:20-23 Judah king, 391,

    Year 3460 - 0606 BCE, Jer.25:12; Dan.9:2,70 yrs, Isa.44:28, Ezra 1:1-3,

    Year 3530 - 0536 BCE, Dan.10:1, 3 years + 78 = 81 years,

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DANIEL'S PROPHECY:

    Year 3611 - 0455 BCE, Dan.9:24-27; 7x 70 = 490 years [ is 455 + 35 CE ].

    ~~~~~~~~ 0453 ~~~~ 7x 62 = 434 and 7x 7 = 49 is 483 years [455 + 28].

    Year 4064 - 0002 BCE, [455 - 49 = temple done 406 BCE ], Jesus born.

    Years 455

    Year 4066 - Year 4066 Jesus age 2, Matt.2:11,13,16. Luke 16:16,17.

    Year 2009 - --CE 0000 is present year 6075, not age of universe.

    Years 455 + 0028 - - CE = 483 years + 7 = 490 years [ 7x 70 = 490 ].

    Year 4094 - 0028 - - CE, Jesus age 30, Luke 3:21-23, baptised + 7 yrs

    ~~~~~~~~ 0007 ~~~~~~, Dan.9:2,24-27, the 490 years ends, Gentiles.

    Year 4101 - 0035 - - CE, Jesus ascended 3 1/2 yrs ago, age 33 1/2,

    0000 year - - 31 1/2 CE, March/April, Nisan 14. N. T. next 63 years.

    Year 4164 - 0098 - - CE, New Testament 98 CE plus 1513 years, 1611 CE.

    Plus years 1513 the KJV Bible published, 0398 years ago and back to:

    Year 3460 & 606 BCE Future Prophecy of Daniel 8:12-14, Dan.12:1-13.

    Year 6075 - 2009 - - CE, 1694, 1894, 1914, 1974, present 2009 CE, 2064.

    Less 0000 - 0606 -years, 2300, 2500, 2520, 2580, 2615 is 2009 CE, 2670,

    Plus years+ 3460 = year, 5760, 5960, 5980, 6040, 6075 at 2009 CE, 6130,

    Year 6130 - 2064 - - CE, Daniel's Prophecy to Rev.20:1-6, 1000 yr reign,

    Year 7130 - 3064 - - CE, to Rev.20:7-10, and Rev.21:1-5, all made new.

    Source(s): Bible.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Probably got it from the Romans, who got it from the Greeks, who considered 7 to be the perfect number even to the point that the heads of all their statues were 1/7 the subject's total height.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


    The number 7 is either the number os purpose or the number of perfection. I do believe it is the number of perfection. God also uses the number 3, and 23. All these numbers God uses for his reason. I cannot tell you why he use them,but I do know that these 2 represent either or. Sorry.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I believe the number 7 is significant as a reference to the 7 chakras in the body.

    Once all 7 have been opened, Enlightenment (Realization, heaven, resurrection) happens in flow.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's the number of completion meaning finished.

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