The Divine Number 7....
WHAT THE BIBLE "CLAIMS" CONCERNING ITSELF
There can be no doubt that the Bible "claims" to be a supernatural, God-inspired, God-given book. The Bible declares that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God."--2 Timothy 3:16. The expression, "given by inspiration of God" is the translation of one Greek word "theopneustos," which means literally "God-breathed." The great Bible "claim" then, is that "all scripture," the entire Bible, "is God-breathed."
The Bible "claims" that the writers of Scripture wrote, not of their own will, but only as they were "moved or "controlled" by the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Peter 1:21 declares that the Scripture came "not ... by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." Another translation of this same passage declares that no Scripture "was ever borne by man's will; but men spake from God, being borne on by the Holy Spirit."
The Bible "claims" that the words which the prophets wrote were not their own words but that they were the very words of God Himself. The Person speaking was God, not man. God was speaking merely by the prophets."--Hebrews 1:1. "He (the Lord God) spake by the mouth of His holy prophets."--Luke 1:70. "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word (not the writer's own word) was in my tongue."--2 Samuel 23:1,2. "Behold I (God) have put my words in thy mouth."--Jeremiah 1:9. "Thou shalt speak my words (God's words) unto them."--Ezekiel 2:7. Statements such as "Thus saith the Lord," "God said," and similar expressions, occur more than 2,500 times in the entire Bible.
Thus, the Bible makes startling "claims" for itself--it actually "claims" to be a supernatural, God-breathed, God-given book--the very Word of God Himself. This is the unmistakable language of the Bible. Numerous other Biblical statements could be given to further show that the Bible makes this amazing "claim," but those already mentioned are sufficient for the present purpose.
Yes, there can be no doubt about what the Bible "claims" concerning itself. However, many have raised the question-- "Is that claim actually true? Is the Bible actually the very Word of God?"
The facts which have been recently discovered beneath the very surface of the original Bible text now scientifically prove and demonstrate before our very eyes that the Bible claim is true--that the Bible actually is a supernatural, God-inspired book!
Various questions concerning the newly discovered facts were mentioned in a preceding paragraph. The first of these questions can now be discussed and answered.
WHAT ARE THE NEWLY DISCOVERED FACTS?
What are the amazing facts which have been discovered beneath the very surface of the original Bible text? What are these facts which scientifically prove that the Bible could not possibly have been written by mere human beings alone, but that it is a supernatural, God-inspired book?
It has been stated that the facts have been mysteriously hidden beneath the very surface of the original Bible text. In order to understand what these facts are, it will be necessary to know--
THE MEANING OF THE TERM "ORIGINAL BIBLE TEXT"
Most persons are acquainted with the fact that the Bible contains two main divisions--the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Strange as it may seem, these two main divisions of the Bible were originally written in different languages. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew while the New Testament was written in Greek. By the term "original Bible text" is meant the Hebrew and Greek text of the Bible--the words of the writers in the original languages, not their words translated into some other language. The facts, then, have been discovered beneath the surface of the Hebrew Old Testament text and the Greek New Testament text.
Now the reader's attention is called to something very important. We wish to point out a certain number--a number which occurs in Scripture more times than any other. It is the number "seven." From the first book of the Bible through the last book, "seven" is by far the outstanding number. For example, the Sabbath was the seventh day. In Egypt there were seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. When the city of Jericho was captured, the people and seven priests who had seven trumpets marched around the city seven times. Every seventh year the land of the Israelites was not to be cultivated or planted. Solomon was seven years building the temple. After its completion he held the feast for seven days. Naaman washed seven times in the river.
In the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, this number is especially outstanding. Seven churches, seven lampstands, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, seven stars, seven spirits, etc., are mentioned. In all, the number seven occurs in the book of Revelation more than fifty times!
It has long been known that the number seven occurs in the Bible in this particular manner more frequently than any other number. However, only recently it has been discovered that this same number also occurs in a mysterious and peculiar manner beneath the very surface of the Hebrew Old Testament text and the Greek New Testament text.
When it is stated that the "sevens" occur in a peculiar manner "beneath the surface" of the original Bible text, we mean that they occur in such a way that they are not noticed or discovered by merely reading the surface, or words. The sevens are strangely out of the sight of ordinary Hebrew and Greek readers. They are mysteriously hidden. Thousands who have read and studied the original Hebrew and Greek text of the Bible have passed by these strange occurrences of the number seven without even noticing their presence. These sevens are so deeply concealed that special searching and investigation and special counting are necessary in order to find them. Thus, they are said to occur "beneath the surface" of the text because they are beyond the observation and view of ordinary Hebrew and Greek readers.
It has been discovered that thousands of these sevens are mysteriously hidden in the structure of the text. They are strangely and remarkably concealed in every conceivable manner in the Hebrew and Greek letter, words, sentences, paragraphs, and passages!
What are the newly discovered facts? The "sevens"--the "sevens" which occur beneath the surface of the original Hebrew and Greek text of the Bible--are the amazing newly discovered facts. The "Astounding New Discoveries" are numerical discoveries--discoveries having to do with numbers. These recently revealed numerical facts or "sevens," in a most extraordinary way, enable us to see before our very eyes an actual scientific demonstration of the divine verbal inspiration of the Bible.
The reader is given examples of these newly discovered numerical facts before he learns how they scientifically prove that the Bible is a supernatural, God-breathed book.
The following are examples of facts or "sevens" which have been discovered beneath the surface of the Hebrew text of the first verse in the Old Testament--the very first verse in the Bible.
BOOK OF GENESIS, CHAPTER ONE, VERSE 1
It is indeed strange to note that the number of Hebrew words in this verse is not 6, not 8, but exactly 7. Here the number seven is discovered by counting the words.
Now if a person counts the Hebrew letters in these seven words, he will discover that the number of letters divides perfectly by seven--is an exact multiple of seven. The number of letters in the seven words is not 27, not 29, but exactly 28, or 4 7's.
Each numerical "fact" or "seven" which occurs in the structure of the text is called a "feature"--a "numeric" feature". The first two have already been mentioned.
FEATURE ONE. The number of Hebrew words in this verse is exactly 7.
FEATURE TWO. The number of letters in the seven words is exactly 28, or 4 7"s. Now let us continue.
FEATURE THREE. The first three of these seven Hebrew words contain the subject and predicate of the sentence. These three words are translated--"In the beginning God created." The number of letters in these first three Hebrew words is exactly 14, or 2 7's.
The last four of these seven words contain the object of the sentence. These four words are translated-- "the heavens and the earth." The number of letters in these last four Hebrew words is 14, or 2 7's.
FEATURE FOUR. The last four Hebrew words consist of two objects. The first is "the heavens," and the second is "and the earth. The number of letters in the first object is exactly 7. The number of letters in the second object is 7.
FEATURE FIVE. The three leading words in this verse of seven words are "God"--the subject--and "heavens" and "earth"--the objects. The number of letters in these three Hebrew words is exactly 14, or 2 7's. The number of letters in the other four words of the verse is 14, or 2 7's.
FEATURE SIX. The shortest word is in the middle. The number of letters in this word and the word to its left is exactly 7.
FEATURE SEVEN. The number of letters in the middle word and the word to its right is exactly 7.
These seven--these numeric features or facts--are indeed strangely hidden "beneath the surface." They are truly beyond the view of ordinary readers of the Hebrew text and are discovered only by special investigation and counting.
The above are only a few examples of the many amazing numeric facts which have been discovered in the structure of this first verse of only seven Hebrew words. Literally dozens of other phenomenal numeric features strangely underlie the structure of this verse.
Examples of these newly discovered facts or numerical features should be pointed out from other passages before the reader learns how the facts scientifically prove that the Bible could not possible have been written by mere human beings alone, but that it is a supernatural, God-inspired, God-given book.
The following are examples of the newly discovered facts or "sevens" which occur in a peculiar manner beneath the surface of the Greek text of the first verses in the New Testament.
How do the Newly Discovered Facts Scientifically Prove That The Bible Is A God-Inspired, God-Given Book?
The presence of the amazing numerical features or facts beneath the very surface of the original bible text cannot be denied by anyone. There are actually thousands of phenomenal, numerical facts in the very structure of the Bible. One can ignore them and turn his eyes from them, but the astounding numeric facts continue to be there. Our own opinions, likes or dislikes, do not alter the facts in the least. Welcome or unwelcome, acknowledged or unacknowledged, the facts continue to be there. Their presence is one truth which every person must accept.
Now then, since these facts are actually found in the very structure of the Bible text, a certain logical question arises?
HOW CAN WE ACCOUNT FOR THE PRESENCE OF THESE FACTS?
How did these features occur or come to be in the very structure of the Bible text? Their presence must be explained in some satisfactory way.
The reader will agree that there are only two possible ways in which these amazing facts could have occurred. They could have occurred either by accident, that is, by sheer chance, or by design. They could have occurred accidentally, or they could have been purposely designed or arranged.
No doubt some are of the opinion that these features occurred accidentally--that they occurred in this peculiar manner merely by sheer chance. Therefore, let us suppose that there are twenty-four numerical features or facts in the structure of a certain passage. What chances are there that these 24 features would occur together in one passage accidentally? This is easily calculated, for there is a standard, recognized, scientific method of calculating chances--there is an established law of chances.
Only one number in seven is a multiple of seven. The other six numbers which are not multiples of seven have as good a chance to occur accidentally as the one that is a multiple of seven. Therefore, according to the law of chances, for any 1 number to be a multiple of 7 accidentally, there is only 1 chance in 7.
According to the law of chances, for any 2 numbers to be multiples of 7 accidentally, there is only 1 chance in 7 x 7, or only 1 chance in 49.
According to the law of chances, for any 3 numbers to be multiples of 7 accidentally, there is only 1 chance in 7 x 49, or only 1 chance in 343.
(The calculation continues on the same basis)
Thus, according to the law of chances, for any 1 FEATURE or NUMERIC FACT to occur accidentally, there is only 1 chance in 7
For 2 features * 1 chance in 49
For 3 features * 1 chance in 343
For 4 features * 1 chance in 2,401
For 5 features * 1 chance in 16,807
For 6 features * 1 chance in 117,649
For 7 features * 1 chance in 823,543
For 8 features * 1 chance in 5,764,801
For 9 features * 1 chance in 40,353,607
For 10 features * 1 chance in 282,475,249
For 11 features * 1 chance in 1,977,326,743
For 12 features * 1 chance in 13,841,287,201
For 13 features * 1 chance in 96,889,010,407
For 14 features * 1 chance in 678,223,072,849
For 15 features * 1 chance in 4,747,561,509,943
For 16 features * 1 chance in 33,232,930,569,601
For 17 features * 1 chance in 232,630,513,987,207
For 18 features * 1 chance in 1,628,413,597,910,449
For 19 features * 1 chance in 11,398,895,185,373,143
For 20 features * 1 chance in 79,792,266,297,612,001
For 21 features * 1 chance in 558,545,864,083,284,007
For 22 features * 1 chance in 3,909,821,048,582,988,049
For 23 features * 1 chance in 27,368,747,340,080,916,343
For 24 features * 1 chance in 191,581,231,380,566,414,401
* = "to occur accidentally, there is only"
Thus, according to the law of chances, for the 24 features to occur in a passage accidentally, there is only 1 chance in 191,581,231,380,566,414,401---only 1 chance in one hundred ninety-one quintillion, five hundred eighty -one quadrillion, two hundred thirty-one trillion, three hundred eighty billion, five hundred sixty-six million, four hundred fourteen thousand, four hundred one. (The nomenclature herein used is the American, not the British.)
Many brief Bible passages have as many as seventy or a hundred or more amazing numeric features in the very structure of their text. If there is only one chance in quintillions that 24 features could occur together accidentally, what would the chance be for 70 features to occur together accidentally?
When there is only one chance in thousands for something to happen accidentally, it is already considered highly improbable that it will occur at all. When there is only one chance in hundreds of thousands, it is considered practically impossible. But here there is one chance in not only millions, but billions, trillions, and quadrillions, and quintillions, that merely 24 features could occur together in a passage accidentally.
The argument and demonstration is convincing enough. The amazing numerical features of even one small passage, to say nothing of the thousands in the entire Bible, could not possibly have occurred by accident--by sheer chance. All this evidence simply cannot be explained by the doctrine of chances. If these features did not occur accidentally, then there is only one conclusion, one alternative. They were purposely designed or arranged--their occurrence in such a marvelous and mysterious manner was intended or planned. The point can be illustrated as follows:
Suppose for example, someone were carrying a bag which contained 24 oranges. Suppose that suddenly the bag broke and the 24 oranges fell to the floor. What chance would there be that the oranges would fall into four perfect rows with six in each row, each orange being exactly opposite the other? Such self arrangement would be considered impossible!
Suppose, on the other hand, you came into the room and found the oranges arranged in the manner described. You would come to only one conclusion, namely, that they were purposely designed or arranged in that unusual manner. No one would risk being called insane by insisting that such a thing occurred accidentally!
Likewise, these profound numeric features found in the very structure of the original Bible text are not there by sheer chance or accident, but by design. They are arranged according to a definite plan; they form thousands of perfect and uniform designs.
It has been conclusively shown that there are amazing numerical features in the very structure of the Bible--their presence cannot be denied, but is a truth which everyone must accept. It has also been proved that these features could not possibly have occurred by sheer chance or accident, but that they were arranged or designed. This is a second truth which everyone must accept.
Since the discovery of a design is proof of a designer, the next logical question arises---
Science Proves the Bible