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Complete Seven

Red Dice with Black NumbersNumbers have symbolic meaning in the Biblical text both for Jewish and Christian readers. For example, the number "seven" indicates "completeness or fullness" as in the "seven days of Creation" and the "seven Golden Lampstands" in Revelation. Seven means that this process, number or act, whatever it is, has been completed. The seventh day is the day on which the Creation was completed and the day God rested according to the Bible. We read in Genesis 2.1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

Seventh Heaven

The idea of the "seventh heaven" may be related to the Muslim mis-conception of "Paradise." We should note that the Hebrew words for "heavens" or "sky" appear only in the plural form. This may very well be the way the expression entered the English language. The Biblical concept has deep roots in Jewish and Christian traditions. Saint Paul refered to an unusual experience in 2 Corinthians 12.2-3 "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows. And I know that this man - whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows - was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell." Perhaps Saint Paul was referring to the John of Patmos who received a revelation of heaven in a vision which formed the Book of Revelation.

Three Half

Eagle in FlightThe number "Three and a half" is odd to us but is similar seven except that it characterizes a time of "imperfection or incompleteness," an event yet to be fulfilled. For example, the famine in Elijah's day lasted three and a half years according to James 5.17 which explained, "Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years." This indicates that the judgement even after three and a half years was not yet complete. In a similar way, the woman in Revelation 12.14 was "given the the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach." The phrase "time, times and half a time" was another way of saying "three and a half" and may also be found elsewhere as "forty-two months" or even "1,260 days."✞

Jewish Calendar Numbers

The early Jewish calendar is not the same length as the solar calendar used by most of the Western World today but is instead based upon the rotation of the earth on its axis equal to one day, the revolution of the moon about the earth is equal to one month and the revolution of the earth about the sun is equal to one year. In Revelation 12.6 "the woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days." "1260 days" is the Jewish equivalent of the modern western calendar's three and a half years and would today equal "1,277.5 days" to be mathematically more accurate. However, to the Early Church "three and a half" simply indicated "incomplete" just as the number "seven" signified "complete."✞

Three, Ten and Twelve

Number Twelve"Ten" is the symbolic number for "eternity." "Twelve" indicates the "Kingdom of God" with "three", the signature of God, is multiplied by "four" to equal the signature of human beings. The number "twelve" is used in the Gregorian calendar for units of time and even some currencies, for example the old British "pounds, shillings and pence." Watch for these Revelation numbers as you read, understand their intended interpretation and view them in their context accordingly. This will add depth of understanding to your reading!

"Revelation Numbers"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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