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Meaning of 2007 - a Category

The Year 2007

January 1 (Day 1, Unity):   The year 2007 means a category.  The number, 7, represents a category.  God completed the work of re-creation of the heavens and the earth in six days, and on the seventh He rested.  Thus, the number, 7, refers to the completion of the category of one week, and the Sabbath day became a day of rest to commemorate Grace.  In Grace, God does the work, and man is free to respond and reap the benefits of His completed work.  At the end of the 7 days of re-creation, all of the categories of production for man had been completed.  These categories included categories of animal species, plants, air, land, water, light, the heavens, and the Earth.

There are many different kinds of categories.  There is the Sabbath Day of rest, the category of lamps in the Tabernacle and colors in the rainbow, cycles of blessing and cursing, categorical punishment, and the categories of lamps, horns, eyes, and Spirits from the Heavenly Control Room.  The Hebrew ub^v#, (sheba` ), means seven.  The verb form of the root means to take an oath, or make a contract.

Note:  The number, 7, does not mean perfect.  It is not a good-luck charm.

The year, 2007, is the completion of a category of single-digit numbers beginning in 2001 that represent divine production.  Thus, 2007 should be a magnification of divine production just as the others have been.  The seven years, 2001 through 2007, represent the Cycle of Blessing for those who are positive to God and the Cycle of Cursing, or Categorical Punishment, to those who are negative.  The year, 2001, established the principle of the Love of God.  The succeeding years, 2002 through 2005, brought blessing for positive believers or severe Judgment for rejection of God's Love.  The year, 2006, represented the weakness of man.  The year, 2007, will bring the fullness of blessing from God for winners; but for losers who have sown to the wind, it will bring Categorical Punishment.

Week of Creation

God re-created the heavens and the Earth in seven days.
Genesis 2:1-2
1 Thus, the heavens and the Earth were finished and all their armies.  2 God finished on the seventh day His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
After completing the work of re-creation in six day, God rested on the seventh day.  The precedent defined a week of time and the concept of a category.
And God blessed the seventh day and set it apart as holy because He rested on it from all His work which for preparing God had created. (Genesis 2:3)
God rested on the seventh day as an example of Grace.  In Grace, God does all the work and man is free to respond and receive the blessing.   The categories that were completed on the seventh day included the heavens and the Earth, and all the things on the Earth.
These are the historical accounts of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the time the LORD God made Earth and the heavens. (Genesis 2:4)

Sabbath Day

To commemorate Grace, the Sabbath Day was to be a day of rest under the Mosaic Law (Ex 20:8-10).  Man's work during six days of the week was cursed (Genesis 3:17-19).  The seventh day was set apart as holy under the Mosaic Law.
“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)
Note, this commandment does not apply literally to the Church Age.

Spiritual Maturity

The Sabbath rest symbolizes entrance into Grace blessing of Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport in the Church Age (Heb 4:9-16).  The metaphor of being "filled up" refers to completion of the category of Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Rapport (Eph 1:23; 3:19; 4:10; Col 1:9; 2:10; Rom 15:29).

Cycles of Blessing or Cursing

Categories of blessing and cursing were reserved for Client Nation Israel.  Israel would receive cycles of national (categorical) blessing from obedience to Bible Doctrine (Deut 28:1-14; Lev 26:1-13).  Rejection of Bible Doctrine would lead to the cycles of national discipline (punishment) (Deut 28:15-68; Lev 26:14-45).  Seven nations of Canaan had to be defeated by Joshua's army (Deut 7:1; Acts 13:19).

Categorical Blessing or Punishment

The number, 7, can refer to Categorical Blessing or Punishment.  In Pharaoh's dream, the seven sleek and fat cows represented seven years of prosperity, while the seven ugly and lean cows represented seven years of famine (Gen 41:1-4, 26-27).  There are categories of punishment in the cycles of national discipline (Lev 26:18, 21, 24, 28).  Anyone who touched a corpse would be unclean for seven days (Num 19:11).  For punishment of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, Nebuchadnezzar heated the furnace seven times more than usual (Dan 3:19), and later Nebuchadnezzar was punished for seven periods (Dan 4:16).

Categories of blessing or punishment are also reserved for the individual.  Obedience to Bible Doctrine leads to the Cycle of Blessing with the fullness of blessing from God, while disobedience to the Word leads to Categorical Punishment.  Man has a choice.  He can obey God and suffer (Heb 10:38-39), or he can sow to the wind and reap the whirlwind (Hos 8:7; Luk 9:25).

The Judgments in Revelation include seven Trumpets (Rev 8:6), and seven Bowl Judgments (Rev 15:7).

Unlimited Atonement

The great Day of Atonement was observed by Israel "in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month" (Lev. 16:29-30; 25:9).  On that day the blood of a bull and a goat was sprinkled once on the Mercy Seat and seven times on the ground before the Ark of the Covenant (Lev. 16:14-15).  The blood on the Mercy Seat represented propitiation (the satisfaction of God the Father with the blood that symbolized the blood of Christ).  The blood sprinkled seven times on the ground represented:  (1)  categorical completion of atonement, i. e. unlimited atonement (1 Tim 2:6, 4:10; Rom 5:6, 18; Tit 2:11; 2 Pet 3:9; 1 Jn 2:2), and (2) resumption of obedience to the Mosaic Covenant, which had been broken when a person sinned.

Purification for Sin (Rebound)

On the Day of Atonement the blood of the bull and goat was sprinkled on the Altar of Incense seven times to purify it (Ex 30:10; Lev. 16:16-17).  The Altar of Incense symbolized the prayer life and the relationship of the Levitical priests to God.  The blood was also sprinkled seven times on the Brazen Altar to purify it (Lev. 16:18, 20, 33).  Note, the interpretation of the Altar in these verses as the Brazen Altar may not appear logical at first, but the context is referring to purification of the entire Tabernacle.  Both altars were purified.

At other times the blood of a bull was sprinkled seven times to purify the High Priest, the priests, and the congregation of Israel from sin (Lev. 4:5-6, 14-17).  In these cases, sprinkling seven times represented:  (1) categorical completion of the forgiveness of sin as in 1 John 1:9, "He forgives us our sins and He purifies us from all wrongdoing," and (2) resumption of obedience to the Mosaic Covenant, which had been broken when a person sinned.

Light

There were 7 lamps on the Golden Lampstand in the Tabernacle.  It was the only light in the Holy Place.  Light is a category of 7 colors of the rainbow.

Marriage

Although Right Man and Right Woman are a pair of two, Marriage is also categorical completion of a system.  In the order of creation, man and woman were not created at the same time.  Man, as represented by the number, 6, was created first (Genesis 2:7), and the woman was created later (Gen 2:22).  When God brought the woman to the man, it represented the completion of the category, or male-female system of Right Man - Right Woman.  A category is represented by the number, 7.  In the sequence, the man, 6, is given the woman, who completes (7) him.  Jacob served 7 years for Rachel; and after he was tricked by Laban, he served another 7 years for her (Genesis 29:18, 20, 27, 30).  The marriage feast usually lasted seven days (Genesis 29:27-28; Judges 14:12).

Oaths and Contracts

The Hebrew ub^v#, (sheba` ), means seven, and the verb form ub^v*, (shaba` ) means to take an oath, or make a contract.  Abraham gave Abimelech 7 ewe lambs to ratify a contract for the well at Beersheba (Genesis 21:29-32).

Heavenly Control Room

There are seven lamps, eyes, horns, and Spirits in the Heavenly Control Room (Rev 4:5; 5:6).

There were seven stars, corresponding to the first seven planets visible from Earth, in the hand of Christ.  Note, Earth is not counted, since it is the point of observation, and the Last Adam (Pluto) is not counted since it represents the body of Christ being described.  There were also seven lampstands, which represent the seven churches, that sustained the Roman Empire through blessing by association (Rev 1:20).

Conclusion

The year, 2007, stands for a category.  The year, 2007, is the completion of a category of single-digit numbers beginning in 2001 that represent divine production.  The seven years, 2001 through 2007, represent the Cycle of Blessing for those who are positive to God and the Cycle of Cursing, or Categorical Punishment, to those who are negative.  The year, 2007, will bring the fullness of blessing from God for winners; but for losers who have sown to the wind, it will bring Categorical Punishment.  For winners, 2007, will be an opportunity to enjoy the blessings of Grace in Love and harmony.  But for losers, 2007 will bring the pressure of Momentum Testing, or Categorical Punishment (Heb 12:4-11).

The number, 7, also represents the completion of the Right Man by the Right Woman in Marriage.  Male and female are created as a system in the Right Man - Right Woman relationship.  The man, represented by the number, 6, comes first in the sequence, and the completion of the category, or system by the woman is represented by the number, 7.  Of course, the harmony with the woman depends upon Spiritual rapport with God.

Since the heavens are a completed category from creation, the year, 2007, could bring new enlightenment from signs in the sky.  It could also bring cursing for those who reject divine design of the heavens.

For those who have been called to live in this period of human history, it is a rare opportunity to utilize Bible Doctrine.  The single digit numbers will come true each year.  Each year bears special significance in the Spiritual Life and in Spiritual Warfare.  The single-digit years of a millennium have only occurred once before in the Church Age.

  1. 2001 - the unity of God
  2. 2002 - divine division
  3. 2003 - the Justice of the Holy Spirit
  4. 2004 - weakness
  5. 2005 - grace or a giant
  6. 2006 - man
  7. 2007 - categorical blessing or punishment
  8. 2008 - new birth
  9. 2009 - Plagues of Egypt
  10. 2010 - Laws of Establishment
This sequence means that God is evangelizing the world and testing believers in the Spiritual Life.  The issue is not worldly success or prosperity.  It is response to the Love of God.  Those who defy God will be judged, and those who obey him will be tested and promoted on the battlefield.

In 2001, the color for unity was white.  In 2002, the color for God's separation was orange.  In 2003, the color for the Justice of God the Holy Spirit was violet.  In 2004, the color for weakness in capacity for life was yellow.  In 2005, the color for Grace will be white/yellow.  In 2006, the color for man is red, for sin.  In 2007, the color depends on the category.  A category of blessing would be a different color from a category of punishment.  But after the punishment, there should be a rainbow.

Author:  Larry Wood