Four ways in which the number seven appears in Revelation

  1. The most prominent sevens in Revelation are the five series of sevens
    • The seven churches in chapters 1-3
    • The seven seals that are opened by the lamb
    • The seven trumpets
    • The seven thunders
    • The seven bowls
  2. Also visible are many mentions of seven articles found together
    • Seven lampstands (Rev. 1.12, 1.20, 2.1)
    • Seven spirits (Rev. 1.4, 3.1, 4.5, 5.6), which are seven lamps (Rev. 4.5) and seven eyes (Rev. 5.6)
    • Seven stars (Rev. 1.16, 1.20, 2.1, 3.1)
    • Seven horns (Rev. 5.6)
    • Seven heads (Rev. 12.3, 13.1, 17.3, 7, 9), which represent seven hills (Rev. 17.9)
    • Seven crowns (Rev. 12.3), which represent seven kings (Rev. 17.9-10)
  3. Perhaps not as noticeable are the three lists in which a total of seven items appear:
    • Rev. 5.12: Power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise
    • Rev. 6.15: The kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, every slave and every free man
    • Rev. 7.12: Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength
  4. Finally, there are items that appear throughout the book that if you add them up they come to seven:
    • Seven beatitudes (Rev. 1.3, 14.13, 16.15, 19.9, 20.6, 22.7, 22.14)
    • Seven angels (Rev. 8.2, 6; 15.1, 6-8; 16.1, 17.1, 21.9; the seventh angel is mentioned in Rev. 10.7, 11.15 and 16.17.
    • Some find exactly seven scenes of worship (Rev. 4.2-11 y 5.8-14, 7.9-17, 11.15-18, 13.1-15, 14.1-5, 15.2-4, 19.1-8)
    • Some find seven symbolic beings in chapters 12-14: the woman, the dragon, the child, Michael, the first beast, the second beast, and the Lamb
    • Some find seven defeated enemies in chapters 17-20: The whore of Babylon, la beast, the false prophet, Satan, Gog / Magog, death, and hell

Sources: Calvin Theological Seminary course notes from Dr. Dean Deppe; Mark S. Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), p. 47-48

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