Dictionary Mode: easton:Seven
@ This number occurs frequently in Scripture, and in such connections as lead to the supposition that it has some typical meaning. On the seventh day God rested, and hallowed it Genesis:2:2-3). The division of time into weeks of seven days each accounts for many instances of the occurrence of this number. This number has been called the symbol of perfection, and also the symbol of rest. "Jacob's seven years' service to Laban; Pharaoh's seven fat oxen and seven lean ones; the seven branches of the golden candlestick; the seven trumpets and the seven priests who sounded them; the seven days' siege of Jericho; the seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven seals, seven vials, and many others, sufficiently prove the importance of this sacred number" (see Leviticus:25:4; 1Samuel:2:5; Psalms:12:6 Psalms:79:12; Proverbs:26:16; Isaiah:4:1; Matthew:18:21-22; Luke:17:4). The feast of Passover Exodus:12:15-16), the feast of Weeks Deuteronomy:16:9), of Tabernacles ( 13:15), and the Jubilee Leviticus:25:8), were all ordered by seven. Seven is the number of sacrifice ( 2Chronicals:29:21; Job:42:8), of purification and consecration Leviticus:42:6 Leviticus:42:17 Leviticus:8:11-33 Leviticus:14:9 ,51), of forgiveness Matthew:18:21-22; Luke:17:4), of reward Deuteronomy:28:7; 1Samuel:2:5), and of punishment Leviticus:26:21-24, 28; Deuteronomy:28:25). It is used for any round number in such passages as Job:5:19; Proverbs:26:16 Proverbs:26:25 Isaiah:4:1; Matthew:12:45. It is used also to mean "abundantly" Genesis:4:15 Genesis:4:24 Leviticus:26:24; Psalms:79:12).
Seventy weeks @ a prophetic period mentioned in Daniel:9:24, and usually interpreted on the "year-day" theory, i.e., reckoning each day for a year. This period will thus represent 490 years. This is regarded as the period which would elapse till the time of the coming of the Messiah, dating "from the going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem" i.e., from the close of the Captivity.
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