Evidence from the Bible for the 7th day Sabbath.

What's Up With the Number 7?

The number "7" is used extensively throughout the entire Bible. It is used to represent completion.

The number 7 is used throughout Revelation to indicate the completion of a succession of 7 time periods within a whole unit (7 Churches, 7 Seals, 7 Spirits, 7 Horns, 7 Eyes, 7 Trumpets, 7 Thunders, 7 Last Plagues, 7 Heads). This is illustrated by the week (whole unit), which contains 7 consecutive days (successive time periods). The time periods are sequential with no gaps between. In the prophecy about the 7 Seals, each seal is removed individually, one right after the other, indicating subsequent periods of time that follow one right after another until the prophecy is completed. The 7 Trumpets and 7 Heads also use language necessitating succession.

The number 7 is used 562 times (including derivatives such as "seventh" or "sevens"), appearing especially often in Biblical prophecy (42 times in Daniel and Revelation alone).

The number "7" is contrasted by the number "6" in the Bible, which represents the number of man, signifying his rebellion, imperfection, works, and disobedience. The number "6" is used 273 times throughout the Bible (including its derivatives such as "sixth") and another 91 times as "threescore" or "60." Man was created on the sixth day (Genesis 1:26, 31). The number "666" identifies the beast in Revelation (Revelation 13:18).

Here are some examples of "7" in the Bible:

"7" in Bible Stories:
  • Noah and family were shut in ark for 7 days before rain came (Gen. 7:4-10)
  • Pharoah's warning dream had 7 kine and 7 ears of corn (Gen. 41:2)
  • Naaman washed in the river 7 times to be healed (2 Kings 5:10)
  • Nebuchadnezzar grazed on grass for 7 years (Dan. 4:23)
  • Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven times (Matt. 18:22)
  • The walls of Jericho fell down after 7 days (Heb. 11:30

"7" in Revelation:

  • Seven churches
  • Seven spirits
  • Seven golden candlesticks
  • Seven stars
  • Seven lamps
  • Seven seals
  • Seven horns
  • Seven eyes
  • Seven angels
  • Seven trumpets
  • Seven thunders
  • Seven thousand slain in a great earthquake
  • Seven heads
  • Seven crowns
  • Seven last plagues
  • Seven golden vials
  • Seven mountains
  • Seven kings

Seven Candlesticks of Revelation

The number "7" is also important when it comes to the Sabbath. This makes sense when you consider how God uses "7" to complete so many things.

"There remaineth therefore a rest [sabbatismos] to the people of God." Hebrews 4:9