The Biblical Number of Completion - "Seven"
By Joseph Chambers
The entire Bible must be understood by the mystery number of seven. It reveals the literal perfection in the "Book of Revelation." The six days of creation, along with a seventh day of rest, was a literal truth. The six thousand years since creation, along with the coming one thousand years of Jesus Christ's reign on Earth, is a prophetic fact. It cannot or will not fail. It was the Holy Spirit that stated, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (II Peter 3:8).
The greatest mystical number in the Masterpiece of Literature (Book of Revelation) is the number seven. "The Holy Spirit chose this number in His holy revelation to convey or reveal subjects in a whole or complete form. Anything seen with this mystical number is important in every part but great and vast in its totality. It's always associated as the number of completion, whether large or small, when used in a typological form." (The Masterpiece, Joseph R. Chambers, Anamalos Publishing, pp. 60-61.)
When the Bible is taken as an infallible book and obeyed explicitly, our lives explode in spiritual joy. It is a living book full of the life of Christ. God's final revelation was the "Book of Revelation." It contains the word "seven" forty-four times. If you ignore the perfection of sevens -- from the Seven Churches to the Seven Lamps of Fire -- you cannot understand this great unveiling of truth. The Book of Revelation is a Masterpiece of Literature. No writer has ever transcended this book nor even come close. It is a house of words, completed and perfect. If you reject this book or misinterpret it, you are not likely to have a firm grip on theology.
Every doctrine in the entire Bible -- all sixty-five previous books -- is dramatized in this single final revelation. All of God's commandments are defended. Even the fourth commandment is dramatized in Revelation 1:10. His Godhead of three distinct persons is upheld in unmistakable words. The danger of tampering with the total Word of God is a closing warning. The saints are promised a future that is star-studded and even greater than was given to Adam and Eve in the beginning.
His love for both His Church and the Nation of Israel shines like the sun. Seven letters to the saints in His Church are His last warnings and promises. When a church will model itself after the truth contained in these letters, that church will shine. One of the primary facts in those seven letters is our duty to never allow truth to go undefended. In those letters the Lord describes that His glory permeates the whole text. By His Holy Spirit, He walks in the midst of every true Biblical congregation. His absence is death to any church.
The Book of Revelation is an absolute proof of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Post-Millennialists, Pre-Wrath Adherents, Mid-Tribulationists, and Amillennialists reject the Book of Revelation as literal because this book rejects their theology. The Church of Jesus Christ disappears from the earth at the beginning of chapter four and the saints are then called elders. For the rest of the Book of Revelation, they have glorified bodies, wear crowns, and are clothed in white Heavenly garments. The worship of these saints in chapters four and five will be Heavenly. For the first time in history, the saints and angels will worship together.
Even praying as we are now commanded to do will be over and all the prayers of the ages will be united with heavenly incenses and then offered up to the Father. Those prayers will then be united with fire from God's altar and cast into the earth. Then, judgment of sin takes on a fresh vengeance.
When someone argues over whether the judgment of the Great Tribulation is Seven years, it is because they have missed God's perfect Book. Everything in the Book of Revelation is offered in the order of sevens. There are seven seals that open God's book of the earth's title deed. The seventh seal introduces seven trumpets. The seventh trumpet introduces seven vials. Even the Antichrist is manifested to Israel as a false Christ in the middle of seven years of time. It was Jesus Christ that made that plain when He confirmed Daniel's prophecy, "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consumm ation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" (Daniel 9:27).
This book has been marginalized, put on the library shelf, or totally rejected for too long. As a man of the whole Bible, I am determined to see our present generation excited about the Book of Revelation. The Lord promised you a great benefit if you will love and study this great unveiling of the Lord's glory and of His End Time truths. "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" (Revelation 1:3).
Joseph R. Chambers