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
especially often in Biblical prophecy
(42 times in Daniel and Revelation
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
are some examples of "7"
in the Bible:
in Bible Stories:
and family were shut in
ark for 7 days before
rain came (Gen. 7:4-10)
warning dream had 7 kine
and 7 ears of corn (Gen.
washed in the river 7
times to be healed (2
grazed on grass for 7
years (Dan. 4:23)
said to forgive seventy
times seven times (Matt.
walls of Jericho fell
down after 7 days (Heb.
thousand slain in a great