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If God has "favorite" numbers, seven (in Hebrew pronounced sheh-bah, from which comes Shabbat and Sabbath) could be one of them. It certainly does have extremely significant usage throughout all of The Bible, where it very often signifies completion, or perfection.

The menorah in the Knesset courtyard The complete listing of seven, which can be found in any exhaustive concordance, is quite extensive. Here are just a few examples:

  • Pharaoh's dream, which led to Joseph's rise to power (see Coat Of Many Colors) had 7 fat cattle and 7 starved cattle.

  • The lampstand in the Temple (see Temples) had 7 branches (as seen today in the Menorah).

  • The Biblical annual Holy Days were filled with measurements of 7, including the Days of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles which each have 7 days.

  • There are 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.

  • The Israelites were to give the land itself a rest every 7th year.

  • The Israelites marched around Jericho for 7 days before its fall, when 7 priests blew 7 trumpets 7 times.

  • There are 7 recorded statements of Jesus while He was on the cross.

  • Coincidently or not, Jerusalem is 777 meters above sea level.

  • The 7 churches, with their 7 spirits, in Revelation.

  • The 7 stars, 7 Seals, 7 trumpets, 7 candlesticks, 7 vials of end-time prophecy.

Perhaps most significant of all, God made the week as seven days at the time of creation (see The Seven Days Of Creation), and decreed the seventh day of the week to be holy (Genesis 2:2-3) at that time, long before it was formalized as The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11). The Sabbath identifies Him as The God of Creation, and therefore the only True God, and it also serves as one of the signs between Him and His true people (Exodus 31:13).

The seven-day week is the only time measurement that cannot be detected by natural means. The length of a day is obvious from sunset to sunset, a month from new moon to new moon, a year from spring to spring, but the 7-day week exists only because it was revealed by God to humanity, according to His Will. If there were no God, there would be no week.

Fact Finder: After The Return Of Jesus Christ, will all people of the world observe God's Sabbaths?
Isaiah 66:22-23

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