PROPHETIC? Population Now 7,777,777,777 (Sevens in History)
By Josh Peck
First, I'd like to preface this by saying what you are about to read is not intended to be anything beyond entertaining. The point of looking at the coincidences contained in this article is not to start some strange new doctrine or method to interpreting Bible prophecy. In all honesty, I thought it'd be fun to look at something different from the usual coronavirus-entrenched news cycle and ask ourselves...what if?
Anyone who has studied Bible prophecy knows there is a significance to the number seven. In fact, if you leave out repeat mentions of the same thing in the same verse, the book of Revelation contains forty-nine mentions of the number seven, which in itself is seven multiplied by seven. The "seven" rabbit hole of prophecy throughout scripture is quite wide and deep.
We certainly live in a crazy time. The whole world is reeling from the aforementioned coronavirus, everyone is on lockdown, and it seems like civilization has ground to a halt. Many have speculated if we are, in fact, living in prophetic times as our current situation is a first in human history. While all this is happening, the population of the world just reached the incredible number of ten sevens lined up in a row: 7,777,777,777. Is it a coincidence that we hit this prophetic number at this specific time? Probably, but...what if?
This made me wonder, what did the world look like during other years of all sevens? Do those years' events hint at events we would come to experience today? Because humanity doesn't have the most exact figures in regards to population growth in the past right down to the number, I had to do a little bit of approximation. However, there were some very interesting things happening in the world the last time the population was populated by all sevens that will sound very familiar.
Sometime in the 1760s (most likely early in the decade), the population was 777,777,777. Believe it or not, the Seven Years' War, a global conflict, was occurring at this time. Today, we are experiencing our own collection of global conflicts. The Book of Revelation (6-9) speaks of future global conflicts the likes of which the world has never seen. Jesus Christ also warned of wars and rumors of wars (as well as pestilence, famines, and earthquakes):
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matt. 24:6-8 KJV
Eerily enough, in April of 1760, Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli presented a paper at the French Academy of Sciences in Paris in which "a mathematical model was used for the first time to study the population dynamics of infectious disease." Models pertaining to infectious disease are frequently cited today in order to create policy around the coronavirus pandemic. In Revelation chapter 6, the fourth horseman is associated with disease:
8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
Revelation 6:8 ESV
Certainly global conflicts will bring about death by sword, but famine, pestilence and beasts of the Earth? Massive droughts in Bengal lead to the Bengal famine of 1770, in which ten million people, a third of the population, died, which was the worst natural disaster in human history (in terms of lives lost). In April of 1761 (one year, almost to the day, after Daniel Bernoulli's paper on infectious disease mathematical modeling), a severe epidemic of influenza broke out in London and "practically the entire population of the city" was afflicted. The year 1766 saw ferocious wolf attacks in France. Isn't interesting how the month of April keeps coming up? Could this time in history have been a precursor, or an example, of what it will look like when Revelation 6 is fulfilled? Are we looking at prophetic birth pains?
The 1760s also had many other events of note, such as earthquakes in various places and a number of peace treaties, beginning in April of 1760 when Great Britain and Prussia agreed to begin peace negotiations to end the Seven Years' War.
Going further back in time, the next instance of a world population of all sevens occurred around 750 BC with 77,777,777 human beings existing on Earth. The most prominent event thought to occur was the founding of the city of Rome and the Roman Kingdom in April of 753 BC (there's that month again). This would be the occupying authority in Israel during the first arrival of Jesus Christ. Some interpretations of Bible prophecy speak of a Revived Holy Roman Empire in our near future, however not all Christians hold this view.
Lastly, we can go all the way back to when estimations suspect the world contained 7,777,777 people, which is seven sevens lined up: sometime a little after the year 4,000 BC. This was obviously a very long time ago, so estimations of event vary. However, on a religious basis, this year holds great significance. Since the Middle Ages, the Hebrew calendar has been based on rabbinic calculations from the Masoretic text of the Bible. According to this calendar, this is the time that began it all. The year of the beginning of creation itself is 3761 BC; a little after what would have been the year 4,000 BC.
Even many Christians hold a similar belief. Estimates vary among Christians as to the year of creation. By calculating the lifespans of the earliest humans recorded in the Book of Genesis, some Christians believe the Earth was created around 4,004 BC (putting the flood of Noah around 2,348 BC), and others believe it could be much older. Of course, scripture tells us God created Adam and Eve; not them plus another 7,777,775 people, so there would be a discrepancy between the estimate of the world population listed above and the year 4000 BC. However, this too is contested as some Christians believe in a creation of mankind prior to Adam and Eve.
By only taking away one seven at a time in the list of sevens representing human population, we can see a rich history of spiritually prophetic events going back to the beginning of time. While, again, I am not trying to initiate a new way to interpret Bible prophecy (nowhere in scripture are we told to take note of the number of the human population as a way to determine where we are on the prophetic timeline), the convergence of events occurring during times of sevens is interesting, though admittedly probably coincidental. There were many, many events occurring during these times of sevens not listed in this article as they didn't seem to coincide with anything of importance. On the other hand, the current population number has inspired at least one publication to wonder if this could be signifying a soon-to-come pretribulation rapture. As for myself, I tend to stay out of rapture debates as they tend to easily become contentious (I'm more of a "pray for pre, prepare for post" kind of guy). However, as I'm sure you will be able to relate, all of this does have me wondering...what if?
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