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In many ancient cultures, Hebrew included, the number seven often signifies completeness and/or perfection (for more information see either Numerical Sayings in the OT, W. Roth or IVP New Bible Dictionary, ed. Marshall, Miller, Packer, Wiseman, p834). Therefore, it is often used in an emphatic sense. This is seen in Peter's question: "should I forgive seven ...


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Your two examples are two different numbers. Lamech speaks of seventy-seven times (77), while Jesus says seventy times seven (490). It's hard to say exactly what Lamech meant, as his story is badly incomplete--it doesn't say who he killed or why, or what happened after that. So it's difficult to draw any conclusions here. As for Jesus's answer to Peter, ...


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Three is the number of perfection, or completion. This number is repeated throughout the Bible as a symbol of completeness. God's attributes are three: omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. Time is divided in three: past, present and future. Three is the first of four perfect numbers... Three denotes divine perfection; Seven denotes spiritual ...


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The significance lies in that Jesus prophesied that He will rise from the dead on the third day. Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." John 2 : 19 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. John 2 : 21 The false witnesses misquoted Jesus at His trial, not for the days but on who will destroy the ...


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As with any part of Revelation there are primarily four main theories. Coincidentally most of them take the 1/3 literally regardless of the view as represented a significant judgment but minority (only 1/3) implicated result on the things in this world that otherwise sustain life. Here are the main views very briefly and overly simplified as pertaining one ...


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I think some numbers are symbolic. For example, the number 666. If you think about the number 7, it's typically, in the Bible, the number representing completion or perfection. God rested on the 7th day. Jesus tells us to forgive someone 70*7 times. On and on it goes. If 7 is the number of perfection, then three sevens would be a trinity of ...


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666 has several possible meanings. The most prominent answer is that, as it is the "number of a name" that it would be Nero. Since there are early manuscripts which have the number as 616 instead and this also can reference Nero (I believe it is in Aramaic as opposed to the Greek). There are others who have stated that it has to do with the fact that it is ...


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In Revelation 13:18, as cited by Dancek, it is the number of "the Beast". The verse indicates that is the number of man as well. A possible reason for this is that mankind was created on the 6th day, so 666 is a three-fold repetition of that. I understand in Hebrew that repetition signifies degree, so God is called "holy, holy, holy" in Isaiah 6.


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It is the number of the Beast in Revelation: Revelation 13:18 (ESV) 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. Its significance is often claimed to be that the Emperor Nero, during whose reign Revelation was written, has a name with the ...


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I think this answer from the Judaism site sums it up: 7 is the length of time for a natural cycle to transpire, often ending with holiness/sanctification of some sort (the pattern set by creation) 7 is special because it was set down by God as the natural cycle in creation. In the same question above is this answer about other numbers: It ...


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I can answer one: "holy, holy, holy" is the Lord God Almighty (Isaiah 6:3 and Revelation 4:8) In ancient Greek and Aramaic, to repeat a word multiple times is to emphasis it. For instance, Jesus would often times say "verily verily i say unto you". He repeated 'verily' twice for emphases. In English we are more inclined to use adjectives (like very or ...


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The Christian theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) holds a compatible view. Here is his interpretation of the 144,000, from his book Apocalypse Revealed #348: And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand. (Revelation 7:4) This symbolizes all people who acknowledge the Lord [Jesus Christ] as God of heaven and ...


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My understanding is that seven contains a sense of completion in that it is the end of a process, while three contains a sense of completion from integration. To give a quick illustration of three, as a person we have activity, a body, and a soul, or as the Divine has the Holy Spirit, the Son, and the the Father. Seven as in the days of creation ...


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In my experience, Jesus is generally understood to have used “seventy times seven” in poetic opposition to a small number: “seventy times seven” means “an impossibly large number”. Matthew 18:21-22 is referenced at three places in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and in each place it supports this view (I've emphasised the relevant parts). The Church ...


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I don't think you'll find dogma from any major tradition insisting that God pre-ordained the number 7, that it's integral to His nature, or anything of the sort. In fact, scripture suggests the contrary. Consider first God's consecration of 7 as the symbol of perfection. It's the final event (or detail) of the first creation account. Genesis 2:1-3 1 ...


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Numbers as language Ordinarily, what a number refers to is more important than the number itself. 153 fish is a lot of fish. 2 small copper coins is a tiny amount of money. 14 years is a certain period of time. But to quote Bill James, sometimes numbers "have acquired the powers of language." When that happens, the numbers themselves begin to have ...


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It is a superstition, but one that is co-incident with the development of the Scripture. In many ways, it is like a preacher who uses references to television shows in the sermon - it is a touchstone which communicated meaning well to the original hearing. Additionally, preachers like numbers such as 3 because they are memorable (and because then you have ...


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As you indicated, there certainly is a difference between being superstitious about numbers and recognizing beauty in the way God has ordered things. Analogously, there is a great difference between astronomy and astrology. One is the laws of the stars (asto nomos), while the other is the word or message of the starts (astro logos). We can appreciate the ...


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Mike talked about this, but let me clarify a little: In Greek and Hebrew, they use the same symbols for numbers that they use for letters. Basically, they use the first nine letters of the alphabet for the numbers 1 to 9, the next line letters for 10 to 90, and nine more letters for 100 to 900. As neither Greek nor Hebrew has 27 letters in their alphabet, ...


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Understanding this number is deeply rooted into how one understands Revelation. I understand it as speaking of a near prophecy of the Roman Empires attack on the church, and in so doing, mirroring a continuous and distant prophecy of the churches existence in the world until the final judgment, with some things principally intending their final fulfilment. ...


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Numerology in Scripture us often debated, but the number three is significant. It is considered the number of divine perfection, represented in: The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit The three-part nature of man - Body, Soul, Spirit Past, Present, Future Time, Space, Matter Depths, width, height Solid, liquid, gas The number three is seen by some as ...


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Alright we are truly careening into wild specualtion with the question and my answer but for the sheer fun of it, I would suggest this as a possible explanation. If we are allowed to make meanings from two numbers added, I would say seven, meaning 'totality' arises from joining 'God' (3) and the world (4) into our daily lives (3+4=7). This gives us totality ...


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I'm not entirely sure I understand exactly what it is you're asking, but the LDS teach that in the last days, angels are held back from sending further judgment until 144,000 high priests can be “sealed” and called to “administer the everlasting gospel” to all nations and tribes and so on. Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and ...


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I think there is a much simpler answer to why 3 is an important number and related to resurrection. First of all the concept of resurrection is not a new one. There are numerous cultures that have had Christ-like gods that have been born of a virgin, had 12 disciples or followers, died and rose in 3 days. This is most likely related to an astrological ...


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Have I not written to thee three times with counsels and knowledge? (Pro 22:20 YLT) Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, (Pro 22:20 KJV) I have written you worthwhile things full of good counsel and knowledge, (Pro 22:20 CJB) I believe that God a lot of times communicates to us in groups of three things with one thing in ...


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The number 7 has religious meaning in diverse religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism and ancient Near Eastern paganism. Leon R. Kass says in The Beginning of Wisdom, page 52, the Mesopotamians (Babylonians and Assyrians), before the coming of the Bible, already reckoned seven-day cycles, connected with the phases of the ...


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The word "seven" occurs 461 times in 390 verses in the NKJV. The number seven is used many times throughout the Bible. It usually is significant of something being whole, complete or perfected. There are other numbers that are prevalent in the Bible as well. Someone above mentioned the number twelve, which usually signifies government (12 tribes, 12 ...



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