Snippetz Says the Number 7 Isn't Just A Lucky Number
by Lindsey Harrison
“777 – you are definitely on the right path in every area of your life. Stay balanced and spiritually aware so that you can continue moving forward on this illuminated path.” – Doreen Virtue, American author
Numbers are all around us (pause for the sarcastic comment about stating the obvious). Yes, we know that you know that. But numbers can sometimes have an additional meaning or two besides the ones we’ve come to use every day. For instance, take this Snippetz issue: 777. Well sure, it’s a repeating set of sevens and yes, it represents the amount of Snippetz magazines that have been published to date. But does that particular number mean anything else to anyone? To the average everyday Joe, probably not. But to the person who is more dialed into the idea that numbers present themselves at certain times in specific ways to tell us more about the world around us, 777 could mean so much more. In fact, it’s got a biblical connection. Some of you probably know that, but for those of you who aren’t up to speed on your Bible reading, we’ve got you covered. Snippetz has decided that, in honor of our 777th issue, we need to look more carefully into the significance of that number and where that significance originated.
WHAT IS NUMEROLOGY?
OK, to start with, let’s define the study of numbers and how they relate to the world around us. No, it’s not just math. It’s actually called numerology and it involves the belief in the divine, mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. Additionally, it is the study of the numerical value associated with the letters in words, names and ideas.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the number 777. Why would that number be special, especially in regards to anything biblical? We’ve all heard the superstition that 7 is a lucky number. However, that is not the significance behind 777, although perhaps the superstition about the luck of the number 7 stems from the original significance of 777. Does that make sense? Probably not. But it will. For now, just remember that numbers have meanings.
Let’s break down 777 into its individual numerals. In Christianity, 7 is a very important number. It symbolizes completeness and perfection, both physical and spiritual. There are seven days in a week, correlating to the time it took God to create the earth; six for the actual construction and the seventh for rest. Interestingly enough, the word “created” is used seven times when describing God’s creation of the earth in the book of Genesis.
Originally, the Bible as a whole was divided into seven major sections and the total number of originally inspired books was 49, which is (taa-daa!) seven times seven! In the book of Hebrews, Paul the apostle refers to Jesus Christ with seven different titles. In Matthew 13, Jesus gives seven parables and seven parables are ascribed to David in the New Testament. In the book of Revelation, there are seven churches, seven angels to each of those seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets plagues, seven thunders and seven last plagues. Additionally, the first resurrection of the dead takes place at the seventh trumpet. Do you see where we’re going with this?
We can go into even more detail about how 7, or more specifically 777 is important by illustrating the following: in the very first of the Bible, it is written that “God created the heavens and the earth.” That particular verse is made up of seven Hebrew words and 28 letters, and also lists three names, specifically God, the heavens and the earth. If you take the take the number of times God is mentioned (which is 86) plus the number of times paradise or heaven is mentioned (which is 395) plus the number of times earth is mentioned (which is 296), you get . . . wait for it . . . 777!
666 VERSUS 777
So we are starting to understand a bit more about 777, right? But you might be wondering about all this 777 talk when the number you’re probably more familiar with, in terms of very specific biblical meaning, is 666. The truth is that they are both important but on opposite ends of the spectrum. For instance, take Revelation 13:18 in which is it written, “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” For those of you not familiar with what that means, it means the number of the beast is 666.
But let’s not forget that it also mentions that 666, or more specifically, just 6 (since on the sixth day, God created man) refers to man. Why would God consider man on the same plane as the beast, i.e. Satan? In seriously simplified terms, we can think of it in the most literal sense, that the number of man and the beast is 666, while the number of God is 777. Which number is greater? Yes, 777 because it’s higher. The whole point is that, according to Christianity, God is the highest of the high. However, Satan has always sought to ascend above God, right? And when man listens to Satan, he sometimes thinks he might be greater than God, too, right? This is considered satanic pride, the idea that anyone could ever ascend above God. But to make it easy for those of us who may not be as well versed in the Bible as others, the simple fact remains that 777, the number of perfection and God, no matter how you slice it, is always greater than 666, the number of man.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR US MERE HUMANS?
You may be wondering what exactly all this number talk means for those of us who perhaps weren’t a part of the Bible. In actuality, numerology, which you’ll recall is the belief in the divine relationship between a number and an event, is all around us, all the time. For some, the idea that numbers can have a deeper meaning might be a bit of a stretch. For others, they see numbers, especially ones like 777, as messages from spirits or even angels.
Numerologists attribute various traits to people who happen to see specific number combinations repeatedly throughout their lifetimes. For example, it is generally agreed that people who see 777 often, whether it be on a receipt from the grocery store, on the license plate of the car in front of you, or even as the number of emails you have sitting in your inbox, are considered good at following clues and thinking objectively. People who see 777 often are thought to be perfectionists and find an affinity towards the arts.
When people see their special number, like 777 for some, the idea is that you can take comfort in the fact that your spirit guides or angels are with you and helping to guide you. You can set your fears aside while at the same time feeling a stronger sense of strength and courage. It’s a good indication that you might be trying to control a situation too much and that you need to let go and let the universe steer the ship for a while.