Seven, looking past the just a number
By: André Bland via FGT
“And the words of YHWH are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.” Psalms 12:6
I once heard, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” This is a quote by Henry David Thoreau. The reason why I mention this quote is because most people hear something on a surface level, study things on a surface level, and they generally miss the deep, life application all around. They may catch some of it, but there is generally always more life application than any of us will probably ever fully know. Consider the following verses:
The secret things belong to YHWH our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this Torah.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.…
Matthew 6:20-21 & Luke 12:33-34
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
To sum up the above verses, what I’m gathering is this: Wisdom is the treasure that is hidden. Wisdom is what we should be selling everything to go and buy. Our heavenly Father hides the deep wisdom like treasure hidden in a field. We are to guard our hearts. When we find wisdom, our hearts have joy. With wisdom, insight, understanding, knowledge and a pure love for YHWH apart from our own wicked selfish desires will keep our path straight. Taking all of this into consideration, I wanted to talk about the number seven. No, this is not a paper on numerology or anything like that. But I will be tackling topics by breaking down the Seven Days of Creation, tackling the Sabbath, the Rhythmic Building Block Cycle of Plants, Animals, and Humans, a little history here and there, and a few other things.
From the Seven Days of Genesis to the Seven Seals of Revelation, our entirety of Scripture is full of the number seven. It is nearly impossible to miss the magnitude of its pattern as laid out. So let’s start at the beginning. God laid the foundation of the meaning when He introduced this number in the context of His finished Work of Creation (Gen 2:2):
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
As laid out early on, God introduces the number seven as a symbol of completion of his initial creative act. Ironically, this symbol of completion laid out in the beginning is only just that, the beginning of the revelation of an entire journey that comes full circle in the end.
When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.” Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay (often translated as time) no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to his servants the prophets.
It is interesting to note that the word translated as finished is the Greek teléo, which is typically noted to mean bringing to a close, to make full payment, to fulfill, and/or to fill up (Strong’s #5055). This word appears again in Revelation 15:1 which explicitly states the reason for seven angels with seven plagues:
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; because in them is filled up (teléo) the wrath of God.
This verse displays a double emphasis on temporal consummation; the word translated as last is eschatos. God reiterated its connection with the Number Seven a third time in Revelation 16:17:
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
The symbol of Fullness, Completion, and Perfection is consistent, as illustrated by this entry from the Tyndale Bible Dictionary:
In Scripture, seven symbolizes completeness or perfection. On the seventh day God rested from his labors and creation is finished (Gn 2:2). Pharaoh in his dream saw seven cattle coming from the Nile (41:2). Samson’s sacred Nazirite locks were braided in seven plaits (Jgs 16:13). Seven devils left Mary of Magdala, signifying the totality of her previous possession by Satan (Lk 8:2); “seven other devils” will enter the purified but vacant life of a person (Mt 12:45). However, on the positive side, there were the seven spirits of God (Rv 3:1). In the seventh year the Hebrew slave was to be freed (Ex 21:2), having completed his time of captivity and service. Every seventh year was a sabbatical year (Lv 25:4). Seven times seven reiterates the sense of completeness. In the Year of Jubilee (at the completion of 7 x 7 years = the 50th year), all land is freed and returns to the original owners (Lv 25:10). Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, is seven times seven days after Passover. “Seventy,” which is literally “sevens” in Hebrew, strengthens the concept of perfection. There are 70 elders (Ex 24:1) in Israel. Israel was exiled to Babylon for 70 years (Jer 25:12) to complete its punishment. “Seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) reiterates this still further. The Lord was not giving Peter a mathematical number of times that he should forgive another person, but rather was insisting on limitless forgiveness for a brother’s sin.
To tackle this systematically, I’d like to go back to Genesis once again. To do so, I am going back to the VERY beginning. We will review the seven days of creation using the ISR 2010 Translation.
1 In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters. 3 And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be. 4 And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness. 5 And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, one day.
Just from day one alone, we can connect many things. For one the very FIRST verse correlates well with the beginning of the Gospel of John.
Yohanan (John) 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be.
6 And Elohim said, “Let an expanse come to be in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters. 7 And Elohim made the expanse, and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it came to be so. 8 And Elohim called the expanse ‘heavens.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the second day.
9 And Elohim said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it came to be so. 10 And Elohim called the dry land ‘earth,’ and the collection of the waters he called ‘seas.’ And Elohim saw that it was good. 11 And Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the plant that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth” And it came to be so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the plant that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. 13 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the third day.
I’d like to note that in day one we say the light called day and the darkness is called night. But we also see that on day one AND on day three it states IN THIS ORDER, “And there came to be evening and there came to be morning…” The outline that I see in Scripture is that we have an actual FULL day approximately 24 hours which seems to begin in the evening which contradicts our Hellenistic mindset. But aside from a FULL 24 hour approximate day, we have a day being defined as when there is light. We should define that both daytime and nighttime are all part of an actual FULL day.
There is also an interesting correlation with this opening scene with plant life. Let’s talk about Biology and the Bible. The VERY opening scene in our Scriptures tells a beautiful story that correlates with plant life. Let me explain. Plants need sunlight, water, and minerals in order to grow and to make their own energy and food. If plants do not get sunlight, and yet have water and minerals, they cannot produce chlorophyll. They will then die. It is interesting to notice the chronological order of the Genesis creation. God created light first (Genesis 1:3). He then created water (v6), then soil (v9), and then He created plant life (v11).
14 And Elohim said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years, 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it came to be so. 16 And Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and the stars. 17 And Elohim set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good.
In this section, Day Four, we see that the lights (both the sun, moon, and stars) are ALL used to light the earth, to be for signs and appointed times, for days and years. When people say the Holy Days ONLY follow a solar or ONLY follow a lunar pattern, they are entirely incorrect according to this very passage. It is also interesting to note that light will ALWAYS rule over the darkness. This too correlates to the beginning of Yohanan (John).
Yohanan (John) 1:4-5
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
19 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fourth day. 20 And Elohim said, “Let the waters teem with shoals of living beings, and let birds fly above the earth on the face of the expanse of the heavens.” 21 And Elohim created great sea creatures and every living being that moves, with which the waters teemed, according to their kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. 22 And Elohim blessed them saying, “Be fruitful and increase, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fifth day.
24 And Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth the living being according to its kind: livestock and creeping creatures and beasts of the earth, according to its kind.” And it came to be so. 25 And Elohim made the beast of the earth according to its kind, livestock according to its kind, and all that creep on the earth according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. 26 And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the ground.” 27 And Elohim created the man in His image, in the image of Elohim He created him – male and female He created them. 28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them. “Be fruitful and increase, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over all creeping creatures on the earth.” 29 And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every plant that yields seed, to you it is for food. 30 “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to every creeping creature on the earth, in which there is a living being, every green plant is for food.” And it came to be so. 31 And Elohim saw all that He had made, and see, it was very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the sixth day.
There are several things that I’d like to point out in these passages. The first thing I would like to discuss is how YHWH desires everything and everyone to be fruitful and multiply, to increase the earth, the heavens (which in this case is referring to the sky), and the seas. Speaking of heavens, the Hebrew word for heavens is shamayim. It is interesting to note that mayim means waters in Hebrew. When we look into the skies and see the clouds, we know about how it is a build-up of water. In fact, we’re taught about the water cycle in school.
Back to the topic of heavens, Scripturally speaking, there are three heavens: 1 There is the sky 2 There is the universe beyond Earth containing the sun, moon, stars, etc. 3 There is the Spirit realm, the part of the waters that is invisible to our eyes unless of course YHWH opens it to us or catches us in an outer body experience type of vision. Compare with the following statement made by Paul:
Qurintiyim Bet (2 Corinthians) 12:2-4
2 I know a man in Messiah who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, Elohim knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, Elohim knows – 4 that he was caught up in paradise (literally garden) and heard unspeakable words, which it is not right for a man to speak.
Heavens is not the only thing we can glean from the above passages of Days Five and Six. Within these passages, YHWH speaks of Himself as I, being a single unity, is referred to as Him, being a single unity, yet refers to Himself as Us and Our, which is a compound unity. Why would a single unit refer to itself as Us unless of course this ONE being was united in many parts? And yet we as humans are made in the same likeness? Many people speak of humans as having a spirit (the breath of life breath within us via YHWH) and a soul. If our spirit is dead, then deep within ourselves, we too are dead, even if physically we are still alive. Keeping this in mind, remember the verse, “In the beginning was the Word…” Yeshua IS the Word (Torah) made flesh. Through Him, we are given life to our dying spirits.
The last point I’d like to discuss from this is the topic of the Bible and Biogensis. The Scriptures describe biogenesis (the development of living organisms from other living organisms) and the stability of each kind of living organism – Genesis 1:11-12, Genesis 1:21, Genesis 1:25. The phrase “according to its kind” occurs repeatedly, stressing the reproductive integrity of each kind of animal and plant. Today we understand that this occurs because all of these reproductive systems are programmed by their genetic codes. Consequently, each kind of dog did not first come from a glob of goo. Each kind of cat didn’t first come from a frog. That doesn’t even make logical sense, except to maybe a Darwinian.
“This notion of species ‘as natural kinds’ fits splendidly with creationist tenets of a pre-Darwinian age. Louis Agassiz even argued that species are God’s individual thoughts, made incarnate so that we might perceive both His majesty and His message. Species, Agassiz wrote, are ‘instituted by the Divine Intelligence as the categories of his mode of thinking.’ But how could a division of the organic world into discrete entities be justified by an evolutionary theory that proclaimed ceaseless change as the fundamental fact of nature?” Stephen J. Gould, professor of geology and paleontology, Harvard University
But how might one reconcile verse 27, “And Elohim created the man in His image, in the image of Elohim He created him – male and female He created them.”? Eve hasn’t been created yet. Could it be that just as Messiah has always been inside of the unity of YHWH, she was taken from his abode later, much like Messiah Yeshua was taken from the abode of YHWH to appear on Earth? Could it be that He knew each of us, before we came into physical existence as we are ALL a part of Adam? Could it be that He knows the end from the beginning and knows all things, therefore, He has already created before placing the full creation into the picture?
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 1:5
“Before I formed you in the belly I knew you, and before you came out of the womb I did set you apart – I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Bereshith (Genesis) 2
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their array. 2 And in (NOT by or on) the seventh day Elohim completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. 3 And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made. 4 These are the births of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that YHWH Elohim made earth and heavens.
I would believe that our heavenly Father’s divine, perfect will has always been laid out in the beginning. And we know that everything He makes is perfect, beautiful, and without fault. This begs the question of what day is the Sabbath (found as the Fourth Commandment/Fourth Word)? Our heavenly Father lays out a Sabbath for Himself in the days of creation. This Sabbath rest is then established again when YHWH appears before Moshe (Moses).
Shemoth (Exodus) 20:8-11
8 Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. 9 Six days you labour, and shall do all your work, 10 but on the seventh day is a Sabbath (there are other Sabbaths – ie within the holy days – but this is the weekly Sabbath) of Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
Although I’m not a big “Oral Law” guy, I find it very interesting that the Talmud states, “A Gentile who keeps Torah is like a high priest” (Baba Kama 38a). Interestingly, I believe that we were once outside of covenant, but we become grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel and we progressively begin to walk as one within the Commonwealth: at one time, we didn’t know about the true Sabbath, but when we come to learn of it, we begin to walk it out as Messiah Yeshua walked it out. The Gospels give account that Yeshua (Jesus) himself kept Shabbat, and went to Synagogue every Shabbat (for example, Mrk 1:21; 6:2). In fact, most of the debates recorded in the Gospels happened during Shabbat, which is why there are the various accounts of legalistic Jews opposing to Yeshua when he healed the sick on Shabbat (cf. Lk 13:15; 14:3), which of course is not forbidden (as one is permitted to do things pertaining to saving lives such as ministry, healing, temple guarding as in the book of Kings, etc). The Followers of Yeshua observed Shabbat in the book of Acts more than 10 times. And it should be noted that it is simply implied once and only once that they gathered on Sunday, which doesn’t mean they changed one day into another. That’s reading far too much into the text and ignoring the vast account in which they kept Shabbat. The mentions of Shabbat cannot be a coincidence (Acts 13:14, 42-44, 16:13; 17:2; 18:4). But speaking of us being grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel as mentioned earlier, consider the following:
Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 12: 2
You know that you were nations (gentiles), led away to the dumb idols, even as you might be led.
Eph’siyim (Ephesians) 2:11-12
11 Therefore remember that you, once nations (gentiles) in the flesh, who are called ‘the circumcision’ by what is called ‘the circumcision’ made in the flesh by hands, 12 that at that time you were without Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Y’israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no expectation and without Elohim in the world.
Eph’siyim (Ephesians) 4:17
So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the nations (gentiles) walk, in the futility of their mind.
Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) 4:3
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the desire of the nations (gentiles), having walked in indecencies, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, wild parties, and abominable idolatries.
Tas’loniaqim Aleph (1 Thessalonians) 4:3-5
3 For this is the desire of Elohim: your set-apartness! – that you should abstain from whoring, 4 that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set-apartness and respect, 5 not in passion of lust, like the nations (gentiles) who do not know Elohim.
To back up more historical references dealing with Shabbat, before the Catholic Laodicea’s Council, almost all believers rested on the Shabbat (as gentiles) and had communion or fellowship on Sundays. It wasn’t until later that it became looked at as this bad voodoo amongst “Christians”.
“The people of Constantinople, and almost everywhere, assemble together on the Sabbath as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria” (Sozomen; 5th Century; Ecclesiastical History of Somzen).
“The Church of God has thought it well to transfer the celebration and observance of the Sabbath to Sunday” (Cathechism of the council of trent; p 402, (1566), second revision).
The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, says: Q. Which is the Sabbath day? A. Saturday is the Sabbath day. Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? A. ..because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (363-364 C.E) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday…. because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday (Personal note: This is in fact incorrectly interpreted based on a lack of understanding of how the days’ work in relation to the Biblical Calendar – NOT our Gregorian Romanized & Hellenistic Calendar view)… (Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50).
“Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Shabbat, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day… But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ” (Council of Laodicea, canon 29, (364 C.E.)).
All of the anti-Semitism really took root after the Fiscus Judaicus (Jewish Tax) that was supposed to simply be a half-shekel payment to the Roman government for the Second Temple. The real issue that cultivated is the fact that the Roman government would oppress the Jews by increasing the tax amount to payments they couldn’t afford. Furthermore, many Jews felt that they didn’t have to make payment anymore if the Temple no longer existed. As a means of retaliation, the Roman government made an exempt from the tax for anyone who renounced the Israeli Way and gave up their identity of Sabbath and feasts and “reformed” by mixing in Roman holidays and ways of life. Needless to say, early believers coming into the Commonwealth of Israel within the first Century time after Yeshua’s death were quick to shift away from the faith and go back into Babylonian ways to get out of paying the tax and appearing to “look like a Jew” in any way, shape, or form.
Think of the history of the Church – If any of these groups had had their way, “the Torah and all the secrets it concealed – the codes were but one face of a dazzlingly multifaceted jewel with depths beyond understanding – would be lost forever, along with the Jewish people themselves.” (Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, The Truth Behind the Bible Code)
To further establish the point that the early, ONCE gentile, believers were Sabbath keeping, Torah following people, let’s take Paul’s title into account with history. Paul was a “ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5). Interestingly, we read about the Nazarenes in this historical piece of evidence from the fourth Century.
“But these sectarians… did not call themselves Christians–but “Nazarenes,” … However they are simply complete Jews. They use not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do… They have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion– except for their belief in Messiah, if you please! For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God is one, and that his son is Yeshua the Messiah. They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law, the Prophets, and the… Writings… are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews. They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered by the Law–circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest– they are not in accord with Christians…. they are nothing but Jews…. They have the Goodnews according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear that they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written.” (Epiphanius; Panarion 29)
Another fourth century text speaking of Nazarenes establishes our point even further in this letter from Jerome to Augustine.
“The matter in debate, therefore, or I should rather say your opinion regarding it, is summed up in this: that since the preaching of the gospel of Christ, the believing Jews do well in observing the precepts of the law, i.e. in offering sacrifices as Paul did, in circumcising their children, as Paul did in the case of Timothy, and keeping the Jewish Sabbath, as all the Jews have been accustomed to do. If this be true, we fall into the heresy… [of those who] though believing in Christ, were anathematized by the fathers for this one error, that they mixed up the ceremonies of the law with the gospel of Christ, and professed their faith in that which was new, without letting go what was old. …In our own day there exists a sect among the Jews throughout all the synagogues of the East, which is called the sect of the Minæans, and is even now condemned by the Pharisees. The adherents to this sect are known commonly as Nazarenes; they believe in Christ the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary; and they say that He who suffered under Pontius Pilate and rose again, is the same as the one in whom we believe. But while they desire to be both Jews and Christians, they are neither the one nor the other. I therefore beseech you, who think that you are called upon to heal my slight wound, which is no more, so to speak, than a prick or scratch from a needle, to devote your skill in the healing art to this grievous wound, which has been opened by a spear driven home with the impetus of a javelin. For there is surely no proportion between the culpability of him who exhibits the various opinions held by the fathers in a commentary on Scripture, and the guilt of him who reintroduces within the Church a most pestilential heresy. If, however, there is for us no alternative but to receive the Jews into the Church, along with the usages prescribed by their law; if, in short, it shall be declared lawful for them to continue in the Churches of Christ what they have been accustomed to practice in the synagogues of Satan, I will tell you my opinion of the matter: they will not become Christians, but they will make us Jews.
(Jerome; Letter 75; Jerome Letter to Augustine)
(1) “Minæans” apparently Latinized from Hebrew MINIM (singular is MIN) a word which in modern Hebrew means “apostates” but was originally an acronym for a Hebrew phrase meaning “Believers in Yeshua the Nazarene”.
We cannot help but conclude that those grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel, who were ONCE gentiles, began to progressively follow Torah. And since we originally started this point with the Sabbath, keep the Biblical Sabbath, not Sunday. What I find particularly interesting is that apart from Biblical record, historians have had extreme difficulty in discovering the precise beginnings of the seven-day week cycle.
Jeremy Campbell, in his comprehensive inquiry into the human nature of time, jauntily titled Winston Churchill’s Afternoon Nap, gives Israel full credit for introducing the seven-day week. “In all the ancient world, so far as is known, there was no seven-day calendar cycle except for the Jewish week, which existed at the very beginning of the monarchical period in Israel [approximately 1000 B.C.] and perhaps even earlier than that. A seven-day week was unknown among the ancient Greeks, whose holidays were held at very irregular intervals, since they fell on the days of religious feasts in different cities up and down the country.
It almost appears as if the Seven Day week now used for our modern Gregorian Calendars as well as various other Calendar models across the world ironically begins with Biblical origins. This alone should raise some eyebrows! Since the point has been established that it appears as if our seven day week has both religious and cultural origins, maybe our heavenly Father set it up like this for more than just the simple fact that He created in six days and rested on the seventh. I would believe that not just did He have a grand plan, but this plan continues to go so deep beyond our surface, that it works within our biological make-up, as well as that of the plants and animals all around us. Everything flows together.
It has been discovered that the building block process of plants, animals, and humans have weekly rhythm clocks. Weekly rhythm, known in chronobiology (meaning: how living things handle time) as “circaseptan rhythms” – are one of the most puzzling and fascinating findings of chronobiology. Circaseptan literally means “about seven.” Mankind has always been aware of rhythms — they surround us. We live with daily rhythms of tides, light and darkness, monthly rhythms of the moon, seasonal rhythms of birth, growth, harvest, hot and cold, and annual cycles of the sun, migrations, floods and drought. We have also observed cycles in our bodies which interact with those around us such as our daily sleep rhythms, daily temperature and blood pressure fluctuations, and the menstrual cycle which follows the lunar cycle precisely averaging 29.5 days. But we should not confuse the science of biological rhythms with the quackery of biorhythms: the two are like astronomy and astrology.
The most intriguing of all biological rhythms are those set to a clock of about seven days. In his chapter “The Importance of Time,” Jeremy Campbell reports: “These circaseptan, or about weekly, rhythms are one of the major surprises turned up by modern chronobiology. Fifteen years ago, few scientists would have expected that seven-day biological cycles would prove to be so widespread and so long established in the living world. They are of very ancient origin, appearing in primitive one-celled organisms, and are thought to be present even in bacteria, the simplest form of life now existing.”
One of Franz Halberg’s amazing discoveries is that of an innate rhythm — about seven days — occurring in a giant alga some five million years old on the evolutionary time line. Because this microscopic cell resembles a graceful champagne glass, the alga (plant) is popularly known as mermaid’s wineglass (Acetabularia mediterranea). When this “primitive” alga is subjected to artificial schedules of alternating light and dark spans of varying length over many days, this single intact cell is somehow able to translate all that manipulation of light and darkness into the measurement of a seven-day week!
Chronobiology’s pioneer, Dr. Franz Halberg, made another startling discovery — a three and a half day, or circasemiseptan harmonic of the circaseptan (seven-day) frequency. This phenomenon seems to occur when the living organism is under extreme attack or has somehow been critically altered. When the giant one celled alga “mermaid’s wineglass” had its nucleus removed, it doubled its seven day frequency to one of about three and a half days.
He has also found that when cancer strikes humans our circaseptan frequency is doubled to its circasemiseptan harmonic. Why? Campbell believes there must be rhyme and reason: “Circaseptan and circasemiseptan rhythms are not arbitrary, even though they seem to lack counterpart rhythms in the external environment.” Dr. Halberg calls the move to a three and a half day harmonic of seven a “spectral compromise . . . the system does its own reshuffling.”
The Helix of Time
Everything in Creation is a series of patterns or cycles that are repeated in ever increasing dimensions:
7 Days in a weekly cycle
7 Primary Holy Days (not all are Feasts as many claim) in a yearly cycle
7 Years in a Shmittah cycle
7 Shmittah years in a Yovel cycle
7 Millennia in man’s historical cycle
Compare the Helix Nebula with the DNA Strand. It’s microcosms within macrocosms…
Not only did the Designer/Creator leave his finger prints on everything he made, he left his calling card bonded to living cells telling us when he made life: in a seven-day creation week. That’s when he wound up the clock of life and set it ticking in each of its forms to a rhythm of sevens. He gave life the frequency of seven. It’s the beat of creation, a harmonic that points directly to the life-starter, life-giver himself! It is interesting that both plants and animals have an inner working clock. And even more interesting is how the seventh day is when everything comes to a completion before starting the cycle all over again which SHOULD reiterate why the Sabbath rest is important on its proper day. In the ebb and flow of time, God has engineered-in a cycle of pause points, places to stop from the mechanics of living to consider the purpose of life itself. The divine design calls for this life-harmonizing pause to occur every seven days.
And YET, Stephen W. Hawking, one of the most popular “atheists” as is claimed, acclaimed as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, in his work A Brief History of Time remarked: “The concept of time has no meaning before the beginning of the universe. This was first pointed out by St. Augustine. When asked: What did God do before he created the universe? He didn’t reply: He was preparing Hell for people who asked such questions. Instead, he said that time was a property of the universe that God created, and that time did not exist before the beginning of the universe.” As a personal note, I’d actually say that time has ALWAYS been in existence. The fact that God exists is the fact that there is a forever. But the fact that we now have a measurable standard of time is evident by His creation of the universe and everything within and about it.
Tehillim (Psalms) 14:1
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no YHWH.” They have done corruptly, they have done an abominable deed, there is no one who does good.
18 For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been made clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse, 21 because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor give thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the esteem of the incorruptible Elohim into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds and of four-footed beasts and of reptiles.
In conclusion, I wanted to go back to the quote I started with when I began writing this article. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” –Henry David Thoreau. We speak of wisdom, but we tend to put all of our hope in our finite human understanding. We read Biblical accounts and we tend to miss the depth. We speak of Sabbaths, yet we don’t realize what a beautiful work it really is. If we ask anyone that truly keeps the Biblical Sabbath and/or Holy Days, etc., nearly every single one of these people find it to be a delight much like King David calls them on numerous occasions. We do this out of love for our Father. But with all of the biology that goes along with it, I would believe that it actually, truly conforms us and changes us inside on deeper levels that we do not even fully comprehend. If you’re new to all of this, then at the very least, try to make small changes. Seven wicked acts we can fight against immediately are: 1 Haughty Eyes, 2 a Lying Tongue, 3 Hands that Shed Innocent Blood, 4 a Heart that Devises Wicked Plans, 5 Feet that Run Rapidly to Evil, 6 False Witness Uttering Lies, and 7 Being One Who Separates (Divides) Brothers – Proverbs 6:16-19 & James 3:5-6. Repent now and change your life!