Numbers are mainly used for counting, but not if you’re God. Our God is a master mathematician who loves numbers.
Different numbers seem to represent different things. I’ll focus on the number seven for today. In the book of Revelation, there are numerous number sevens. We have the seven churches, the sevenfold spirit, seven golden bowls of wrath, seven plagues, seven trumpets, seven seals, seven horns, seven stars and seven golden lampstands. It is a number of completeness and perfection and these are only a few examples of seven in the bible.
Seven is a number of rest. God created the world in six days and on the seventh day he rested. The seventh day is a Sabbath rest. God not only wants us to rest, but he also wants the land and animals to rest.
Exodus 23; 10-12 For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. Six days do your work but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.
Now I’m going to get into the interesting part. Peter explains to us that to the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3: 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.
In recent years I have been discovering that there are numerous foreshadowings and parallel stories in the bible.
One of those has to do with the story of creation. Some believe that the first six days of creation are a parallel to man’s time here on earth. That would be 6,000 years and we are getting near the end of that time frame. The last day (or 1000 years) would be the millennial reign.
God created everything in the first six days and on the seventh is a Sabbath, a day of rest. The seventh millennial is referred to as a millennial Sabbath.
If you want to learn more about this and the Sabbath; go to the 27 minute mark and start watching.
Here is another thing I learned from an Ambassadors of Christ movie.
In the story of creation at the end of the first day it says “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” At the end of the second day, it says “and there was evening and there was morning, the second day.” It says that for every day except the seventh day. Why not?
In Revelation it says this about the millennial reign:
Revelation 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Wow! This is amazing. The reason I find this easy to believe is because all the end-time prophecies in the bible seem to be pointing to the fact that we’re getting close. It’s kind of exciting (and yes, a little scary) seeing everything falling into place.
What does Jesus give as the last thing to happen before he comes?
Matthew 24: 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Are we there yet? With all our modern technology, it’s hard to imagine too many places that don’t have God’s word. Even in places where Christians are persecuted and places that are remote and don’t have much technology; the gospel somehow is getting to most or all of those places. He’s coming soon.
Getting back to how God loves numbers, I’m going to summarize this:
God created the world in 6 days and on the 7th day he rested.
God’s people marched around Jericho for 6 days and on the 7th day the walls came down.
The seventh year is a year of rest.
For six days (6,000 years) life on this earth will continue (this is my belief anyways), and on the 7th day will be our rest – the millennial reign.
There’s a pattern here folks! Only time will tell for sure if this is what God has planned but it definitely fits his pattern.