The number seven appears many times in the Bible. We see it in the very beginning of God’s word when He blessed the 7th day in Genesis 2:2 and made it a day of rest. We see many patterns of seven in Revelation, the final book of the Bible, where seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls are used to bring God’s final judgements to the nations. Joshua used it as he marched around Jericho. Jesus mentioned it when talking about forgiving others. Elisha spoke of it when offering healing to Naaman. It is used 735 times in the Bible. The theme of sevens is spread all throughout the holy writings. Seven in the Bible demonstrates perfection and completion(Tweet This).
… seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets – Joshua 6:4.
Seventy is also a number that shows up often in the bible. Ancient Israel had 70 elders appointed by Moses to help lead the nation (Numbers 11:16). The Israelites spent a total of 70 years in captivity to Babylon and the prophecy of Daniel 9 in particular mentions 70 weeks (of years) to take place after Daniel:
“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” – Daniel 9:24-27
Many prophecy teachers today would agree that 69 of these weeks have already passed (Tweet This), and the remaining week (7 years) is to happen in the future. The big question is when.
There’s an interesting collision of the number 70 in the news headlines today. On Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for Palestine to be partitioned between Arabs and Jews, allowing for the formation of the Jewish state of Israel. On January 2017, 70 years later, 70 nations will gather in Paris to decide the state of the Jewish nation (Tweet This). Could this be the start of the 70th week of Daniel? Who knows, but I find it troubling that it falls at the end of a US presidency that has shown to act against the Nation of Israel—and particularly by obtaining to vote to protect them in a recent UN resolution. It’s also troubling that this 2017 meeting will take place on President Obama’s watch, just a few days before the inauguration of President Elect Donald Trump.
The prophecies of the second coming of the Messiah predict a very hard time for the nation of Israel. It’s going to get a lot harder for Israel before it gets easier. Jeremiah 30 says, “Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.” I don’t believe we are in that time yet, but it may soon be upon us. The actions of our current president may have started the ball to rolling.