Sunday, March 20, 2022
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
THE NUMBER SEVEN: The Spirit of God
This is the number that marks where God is doing something by His Spirit apart from any other source. It is the number that marks His rest and where He rules over all things created. Seven is perfection of Spirit.
The book of Revelation points out that all of history is heading somewhere. Our 6,000-year history, or six days of man’s labor, leading into the millennial reign of Christ, is spelled out in this book. The seventh day of rest, or the millennial reign of Jesus, is where our hope lies.
The book of Revelation, there are no less than 54 sevens. The number seven is seen over and over again in every part of every scene: the seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars in the hand of Jesus, seven angels, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, seven beatitudes, seven new things, seven thunders, seven thousand killed, and the seventh angel declaring the mystery of God finished and “it is done.” THERE ARE ALSO SEVEN QUESTIONS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION AND THAT’S A REVELATION IN ITSELF THAT MY FRIEND JAMIE GALLOWAY BROUGHT TO THIS HOUSE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE, GET THE DVD OR CD IN THE LOBBY. WE ALSO HAVE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE.
Seven represents spiritual perfection. The book of Revelation is all about Jesus perfecting or completing things by His Spirit. So there is no way to tell that story without stamping sevens everywhere.
In the original translations, the phrase “Holy Spirit” shows up exactly seven times.
Holy Ghost refers to the third person of the God head. Holy Spirit refers to the supernatural way we partner and interface with Him:
Psalm 51:11 – Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
DAVID ONLY HAD THE VISITATION OF THE SPIRIT. THAT’S WHY HE WAS AFRAID IT WOULD LEAVE. WE HAVE THE HABITATION OF THE SPIRIT. HE’S NOT A VISITOR. HE OWNS THE JOINT! The way we live with God. The way God lives with us. The luxury and benefits of being blessed with God’s company.
Isaiah 63:10 – But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
Ephesians 4:30 – And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
These two verses tell about the manifest presence of God and living in a compatible way with His presence:
1 Thessalonians 4:7-9 – For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. 9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
The honor of walking in the lifestyle of holiness is is a big deal to God. You prove your loyalty to God by walking in the spirit and pushing past every offense your flesh offers to the holiness of God.
Ephesians 1:13 – In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
The spirit of promise is holy. The way God shows up and keeps His promises seals us or puts His holy mark upon us proving that we belong to Him; we are His possession.
Luke 11:13 – If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
The subject of Spiritual gifts. A desire to walk in the things of God and to ask knowing that He is willing and able to equip you in every way is a vital part of our partnership with Him. Supernatural ability to live a blessed life and to be a blessing come from the Father and is delivered in the context of the Holy Spirit.
Seven is an important prophetic marker and measure to God
There’s really no reason for the year to be divided up into seven-day increments that we call weeks. Why isn’t a week five days, 10 days or even 12, except for the fact that God set it up for us to pay attention to the seventh day from the very beginning?
In the heavens there are also seven visible objects within our solar system:
Moon, Sun, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn
The same God who designed the week also designed the heavens from our viewpoint for us to behold.
In time, the days of the week changed from numbers to names that glorified the imagined gods of pagan civilizations. They were thought to sit on those dots of light in the midnight sky. Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was the true and living God who declared human beings would live their lives with a perspective and awareness of seven. While six days be- long to hard work, labor, and the trouble men face, there has always been, from the very beginning, hope for the seventh day. God wants us to put our hope in Him.
The first understanding that anyone ever had of God, after the fall of Adam, was that there was hope for rest on the day that God gave preeminence. That’s the basic standard for what seven represents. Seven is where the Spirit of God brings us hope and something to look forward to – something that was promised and even commanded. Seven represents something that would surely come to pass. It all has to do with the Spirit of God wrap- ping something up or perfecting it.
• There are seven Natural Wonders of the World: Mt. Everest, Victoria Falls, The Grand Canyon, The Great Barrier Reef, The Northern Lights, Paricutin and the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
• There are seven ancient seas: The Arctic and Antarctic, North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.
• The elevation of what is believed to be Golgotha or “Gordon’s Calvary,” named after the man who found it, is 777 feet above sea level.
When God perfectly purifies Something by His Spirit, you see the number seven
Leviticus 4:17 – And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail.
When God perfectly sanctifies something, you see the number seven
Leviticus 8:10-11 – And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.
When God perfectly forgives by His Spirit, you see the number seven
Matthew 18:21-22 – Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Je- sus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.
When God perfectly protects us by His Spirit, you see the number seven
Deuteronomy 28:7 – The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
When God brings us perfect justice by His Spirit, you see the number seven
1 Samuel 2:5 – They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
The number 77: A witness of or by God’s Spirit
- Jesus is the 77th name from God in Luke’s genealogy at the
beginning of his book.
- The word “church” and the phrase “house of God” appear
exactly 77 times in Scripture.
- Only the book of Psalms has more than seventy-seven chapters in the King James Version translation.
- Psalm 77 is one of several in the book of Psalms written by priests serving during the time of King David. Two verses in particular praise God’s character and his mighty power to help his people.
- Your way, O God, is in holiness; who is so great a God as our God? You are the God Who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the people (Psalm 77:13 – 14).
- I pray we are the perfect witness of His Spirit and His presence that 77 is supposed to be.
The Number 70 – Perfect order by His Spirit: 70 (7×10)
Ten, as you will later learn, represents the language of “perfect order.” When you multiply seven by it, you get exactly what the numbers represent – perfect order by His Spirit. When you’re talking about God setting up order by His Spirit, you’re talking about “The Kingdom of God”.
When God is shown as King throughout the Scriptures, the capitalized word “King” shows up 70 times.
Seventy to populate the world
The descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth who repopulated the earth and restored the Kingdom are given to us in Genesis 10. These descendants add up to exactly 70 in number.
Seventy to populate the nation of Israel
Jacob’s clan, numbering 70 people, entered into Egypt. Their descendants were eventually made slaves to Pharaoh.
There were 70 elders under Moses
Exodus 24:1 – And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.
Jesus chose 70 other disciples
Luke 10:1 – After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Exodus 20, the chapter of the Bible where the Ten Commandments are first read, is the 70th chapter of the Bible.
There is also the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks, which he wrote while Israel was exiled in Babylon for 70 years. Also, in 70 A.D., Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, and the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world.
The Triple Whammy 777
Noah’s dad, a man by the name of Lamech, represented the last generation before the flood. He lived exactly 777 years.
Genesis 5:31 – And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died.
God is preaching through the number seven, and the word that goes out has to do with that perfected by His Spirit.