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Well spotted. I think you are onto something here. The number seven is popular in John's Gospel. There are seven signs, seven "I am" sayings, the woman at the well had five husbands plus one who was not her husband, so the One sitting at the well waiting for her is her seventh Husband, the Seventh Man in her life, her perfect Man and Husband. This will ...


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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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Summary John used "night" seven times, most likely as an allusion to creation and to reinforce the theme of light and darkness central to the Gospel. The uses have been distributed throughout the work following the principles of a chiasm in order to highlight this use: But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:...


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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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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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I don't think there is any hot opposition to numerology directly made by the early church. The opposition is more about the so called 'mathematics' that you found Augustine complaining about. Even earlier, around AD 383, there is an interesting Canon against 'mathematics' that Bishops who assembled at Constantinople defined. CANON XXXVI They who are of ...


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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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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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The use of letters that form a word or phrase to represent numbers depends upon the language and alphabet used. Saint John would have written Revelation in Greek (or possibly Hebrew), not Latin. Thus Roman numerals are not what you should use. To make your point, you need to use the Greek Alphabet and the Greek translation of COVID-19.


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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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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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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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Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) interprets the number 40, and related numbers in the Bible, as having three key meanings, often combined, based on the usage of the number 40 throughout the Bible: Something lasting a full measure until completeness A period of trial and temptation A process of devastation or emptying out of evil "Devastation" (traditionally "...


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St. Isidore praises the study of numbers. Etymologies St. Isidore of Seville, Etymologies Book III Mathematics (De mathematica), p. 90: iv. What numbers do for us (Quid præstent numeri) The reckoning of numbers ought not to be despised, for in many passages of sacred writings it elucidates how great a mystery they hold. Not for nothing it is ...


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Ellis Skolfield takes a historicist position, but interprets some of these numbers not as fractions, but as sequences. Thus "a third" does not always mean 33.3% of a thing, it just means the third in a series. Also, he interprets things like grass, trees, and the like as symbols. Thus trees refers to churches and green grass to sound teaching. One quote ...


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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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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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