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For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

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The Creation, James Tissot [Wikimedia Commons]
The lucky number seven appears in-built into the architecture of the universe, the fractal order of matter. It relates also to man’s understanding through the likes of chaos theory. Foundational to God’s word, seven is the number of completeness and perfection, both physical and spiritual, tied directly to God’s creation of all things.

According to Jewish tradition, the creation of Adam occurred on October 7th, 3761 B.C. (or the first day of Tishri, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar). The word ‘created’ is used 7 times describing God’s creative work (Genesis 1:1, 21, 27 three times; 2:3; 2:4). There are 7 days in a week and God’s Sabbath is on the 7th day. The total number of originally inspired books [of scripture] was forty-nine, or 7 x 7, demonstrating the absolute perfection of the Word of God.¹

See The Two Accounts of Creation at Hebrew 4 Christians.

Early Hebrew Conception of the Universe [Wikimedia Commons]
Note that there are windows and portals—fenestrations—through the firmament. The firmament, moreover, divides waters above from the waters of the deep. The Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum) is a Latin Christian chronicle by Nuremberg physician and humanist Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) that draws upon famous medieval and Renaissance documents.² The requisite image from the chronicle (below) depicts the four winds of heaven around the heavenly choir surrounding the mazzaroth (zodiac) system encircling our solar planetary system of orbits with what appears to be the earth at its centre. Instead, the heliocentric universe depicted by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) in his On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres, was not published until just before his death, in 1543.

Nuremberg Chronicle , 1493 [Wikimedia Commons]
The Flammarian Engraving from the 1888 book The Atmosphere: Popular Meteorology by French astronomer Nicolas Camille Flammarion shows a sojourner poking his head through such a fenestration.

The Flammarion engraving, a 19th-century interpretation of the Old Testament cosmos: the traveller, at one end of a flat earth, now within reach to poke his head through the firmament and gaze at the heavens beyond. [Wikimedia Commons]

This image relays a representation of the three heavens.

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The Bible, Genesis and Geology Ministry

 

Further images (follow the links below) help conceptualise this “universe”:

  • Jewish Universe (Logos Bible Software) available at Defenders of the Catholic Faith*, as at 29 July 2015
  • Ancient Cosmology, available at Patheos as at 29 July 2015 and another available at LDS† Scripture Teachings, as at 29 July 2015
  • A later, Hellenistic, version available at Merz AnnA Blume, as at 29 July 2015.
Adam Naming the Animals, Jan Pietersz  [Wikimedia Commons]

Bible Epochs

The Bible divides (post-Creation) time into seven equal periods of one thousand years each. Man’s dominion over the earth is decreed (Genesis 6) for a duration of 120 Jubilees or 6000 (120 x 50) years. That time period is coming rapidly to an end.

6000 years

1  10 Generations: Adam to the Flood
2  10 Generations: Flood to Abraham
3  14 Generations: Abraham to David
4  14 Generations: David to Captivity
5  14 Generations: Captivity to Christ
6  Time of the Holy Spirit
1000 years 7  Millennial Reign of Christ “Then the land shall rest and enjoy its Sabbaths.”

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Annotations

*Pilgrim Bobby finds difficulty defending the Roman Catholicism portrayed through the Vatican. Call no man (on earth) “father”. †Likewise, Pilgrim Bobby can not defend the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS). Where in doubt, read the Bible and heed in particular the words of our Lord and put to one side doctrines, and rituals, of men.

References
  1. Meaning of Numbers in the Bible: The Number 7 – Bible Study
  2. Nuremberg Chronicle (Inc.0.A.7.2[888]) – University of Cambridge Digital Library
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and of them was the whole earth overspread.