The Number of Completion

God’s Number of Completion
      There are several numbers and phrases repeated throughout the book of Revelation. One of the most commonly found numbers in Revelations is the number seven. Besides the number one, seven is the most commonly used number in the Bible. It is used over 700 times throughout the entire Bible and is mentioned 54 times in the book of Revelation. Most of the verses in the Bible that involve the number seven suggest that it is used as the number of completion or perfection.   However, Revelations is not the only book in the Bible where the number seven is mentioned. It first appeared in the book of Genesis when God is creating the world. “By the seventh day, God finished the work that he had been doing, and he ceased on the seventh day all the work he had been doing.”(Gen. 2:2) Besides representing the completion of God’s work, the seventh day of the week is made Holy by God. Is there a specific purpose for the number seven being mentioned in the first and last chapters of the Bible or is this merely a coincidence? It seems that the number seven is used to create a symmetrical balance between the first and last books as well as represent completion and perfection.
      There are several objects that are arranged in groups of seven in Revelation and other books of the Bible. There are SEVEN churches, SEVEN Spirits, SEVEN stars, SEVEN seals, SEVEN trumpets. Each of these items are connected. First, John is commanded by God to write down everything he saw and send it to the seven churches (or assemblies). “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet saying, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatria, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”(Rev 1:12) Later on, the connection between the stars, lampstands, and assemblies is explained by Jesus. “…The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lampstands are seven...