The Number 17

 

The number 17 is associated with victory, the restoration of all things, spiritual perfection, and perfect order.  The first time the number occurs in the bible is significant.

 

Gen 7:11

In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Gen 8:4

Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.

 

Every bible student should be aware that God is very into numbers.  And God chose to destroy the earth on the 17th day of the 2nd month.  Then God chose to rest the ark on the 17th day of the 7th month.  

 

On the 17th

  • God prevailed over the sinners of the earth

  • The earth was restored

  • God returned the earth to perfection

 

 

Jesus resurrected on the 17th

 

Jesus rose from the grave on the 17th day of the month.  We know this because Passover is on the 14th day of the 1st month on the Hebrew calendar.

 

Num 28:16

On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD.

 

Jesus died on Passover.

 

1Co 5:7

For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

 

Jhn 18:28

Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.

 

Jhn 18:39

“But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

 

Jhn 19:14

Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”  (Sixth hour is noon.  Jewish day starts at 6am)

 

Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights and He rose on the 17th day of the month. He had victory over death and conquered death by rising on the 17th day!  God chooses the dates and does everything for a purpose.

 

 

Jacob was reunited with his son for 17 years

Jacob's soul was tormented when his son Joseph was taken from him.

 

Gen 37:35

And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

 

However, towards the end of his life his joy and peace was restored.

 

Gen 46:30

And Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are still alive.”

 

Jacob was reunited with Joseph for 17 years.  Peace in his soul was restored from sorrow and sadness.

 

Gen 47:28

And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.

 

Other instances of 17

  • Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers at the age of 17 but he eventually had victory over them.

  • The 17th description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 is that love is the greatest.

 

17 is a combination of 7 + 10

7 = Perfection and completeness

10 = Perfect order

 

The 7th prime number is 17.  Thus, 7 magnified is 17.

 

6 is the number for man.  Guess what is the 6th prime number?  Answer 13, the number for rebellion.

Man (6) magnified results in rebellion (13).

 

Prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17

 

 

Elijah's number is 17

Elijah appeared in the 17th chapter of 1 Kings.

Jesus made a comment about the coming Elijah in Matthew 17

 

Mat 17:10-11

And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.

 

 

The End Time Prophet

The end time prophet God calls "Elijah the prophet" will have the number 17 rule his life.  He is the one who is seen riding on a white horse when Jesus opens the first seal.  He is known as the overcomer, the conqueror, and the victorious one.  His job will be to restore all things and have victory over this world

 

The forerunner known as "Elijah" is a sign of the Christ.  His life will resemble what Jesus will do when He comes.  He is a preview of the Messiah.  John the Baptist, whom Jesus called Elijah, was a picture of what Christ would do at His first coming.  This coming prophet, also called Elijah, will be a picture of what Christ will do at His second coming.

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