The idea that there is some sort of mythical code contained within the Bible is a concept that has persisted for hundreds of years. Man has attempted to break this nonexistent foolishness for some strange notion that they will discover the answers to all questions that have plagued man and so on and so forth…. Recently, the “DaVinci Code” has sparked new interest in this type of thinking, and all kinds of new theories have developed concerning secrets within the Bible. It is all ridiculous…. If anyone wants to find the answer to any question concerning mankind, all they need to do is read the Book. All of the answers to every question are there….
However, God in His wisdom has given us aids in order to better understand His words. One of these aids is numbers, and the numbers three and seven are of particular benefit when we understand their meaning. Both of these numbers represent completion. Man can only comprehend events that have three aspects; a beginning, a middle and an end. Everything that man does is governed by this limitation. In fact, in every event, only three things can happen; it can get better, it can get worse or it can remain the same. Because we are terminal beings in the flesh; that is, we are born, we live and we die; we are bound by this constraint to comprehend anything greater.
The number seven, however, is the representation of Spiritual completion. God created all things in seven days; there are seven deadly sins, and so on and so forth. The usefulness of this information comes as we read through the Bible. As we study the different stories and lessons given to us, we begin to see that these two numbers are employed regularly. And by using this understanding we begin to notice that when the number three is used, it is referring to earthly aspects. When we see the number seven used, we see that the emphasis is on the Spiritual. An example of this is the fact that Jesus was tempted three times; He died and arose in three days; His ministry was for three years; He lived on the cross for three hours; Peter denied Him three times and there are many more instances of the use of the number three to represent earthly things. The number seven is used when we are given information about Spiritual aspects; the seven bothers and the wife when they reach Heaven; seven demons removed from Mary Magdalene; and in the first chapter of Revelation the number seven is used fourteen times in order to describe the Spiritual events taking place.
We have been given this aid in order for us to better understand the lessons that have been offered. It becomes much easier to distinguish the differences in the teachings when we apply this aid. It may also be of some assistance to help unify the church into a single institution teaching the same doctrine and bringing the church of God together into the place that He had instructed us to achieve. One God, one church, one understanding….