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Process and Perfection (7 x 7)

written by Asher Intrater
May 15, 2011

I usually do not teach on biblical numerics, because I prefer to emphasize the person of Yeshua (Jesus) and principles of faith, integrity, and relationships. This week’s Torah portion speaks of both counting the Omer and the Jubilee year. It is difficult to avoid the repetition of the number 7. The number 7 throughout the Bible represents a time process and the completion of that process into perfection.

  1. Creation – God created the world in 7 days.
  2. Sabbath – We are commanded to rest on the 7th day.
  3. Omer – There are 7 times 7 weeks from Passover to Pentecost (Shavuot).
  4. Sabbatical Year (Sh’mitah) – Each 7 years’ debts are forgiven.
  5. Jubilee Year – After 7 times 7 years, land is restored and liberty proclaimed.
  6. Feast of Trumpets – There are 7 months from the Passover to the Fall Feasts.
  7. Millennium – Messiah rules on earth for a 1,000 years in the 7th millennium.

Yeshua taught that the kingdom of God comes in stages (Mark 4:26-29). The number 7 teaches us to understand the stages and processes of God. It also shows us that what happens at the end is already planned from the beginning. The rabbis refer to the fact that the Sabbath is the last day of the week as proof of the principle that “What is last to be done is what was first to be planned.” What happens in the 7th stage is the goal of what happened in the 1st stage.

The 7th and final stage also shows us that everything will work out perfectly in the end. The different elements of the different stages do not appear to be connected during the process. Yet at the 7th stage, they all come together.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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