In the Bible the number 17 symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.” God overcame the sins of rebellious humans when he began to flood the earth through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah’s ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month (right in the middle of God’s annual Holy period known as the Feast of Tabernacles).
Jesus Christ gained a complete victory over death and the grave when God resurrected him near sunset on Nisan 17 (Saturday, April 8, 30 A.D.).
Daniel 7’s beasts have seven heads and ten horns, for a total number of 17. They represent world-ruling powers from Daniel’s time to the Second Coming of Jesus. The devil’s end-time system (Revelation 13) will have seven heads and ten horns, which totals 17.
All mankind will very soon obey and worship the devil and the Beast power. They will war against those who have faith in Jesus and keep the commandments, thus achieving a victory (though short-lived) against God’s people (Revelation 13:1 – 8).
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True Christians, however, will gain the ultimate victory over God’s adversaries when he resurrects them back to life (Revelation 15:2; 20:4). One of the major themes of the Day of Atonement (commonly referred to as Yom Kippur), which occurs in the seventh Hebrew month on the tenth day, is the binding of Satan (see Revelation 20). Thus, 10 plus 7 equal the number 17, which testifies to Christ’s perfect overcoming of Satan.
Appearances of the number seventeen
Rehoboam, son of Solomon and the the very first king of Judah after the united kingdom split in 930 B.C., reigned for 17 years (930 to 913 B.C.).
The book of James has material from seventeen Old Testament books. The book of 1Corinthians has 17 direct quotations from the Old Testament.
One of the longest names found in the word of God, containing 17 letters, is Chushanrishathaim (Judges 3:8).
How does the number 17 symbolize our standing with God?
In Romans 8:35 the apostle Paul asks a simple question which is “What shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (HBFV). He extends his question a little more by asking if the following seven things could separate us, which are tribulation, persecution, distress, nakedness, famine, the sword or any other danger.
Paul then tells us ten things that cannot get between our God and us, which are life, death, principalities, powers, angels, things present or to come, depth, height or anything created. Thus we have 7 + 10 = 17, representing a Christian’s perfect and eternal standing with God through Christ.
Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 17
Psalm 83, verses 6 to 11, lists seventeen total enemies of Israel. Seven of these God destroyed in the past. The other ten foes will soon try to destroy the Israelites and “cut them off from being a nation.” The Psalm, written by Davidic priests, beseeches the Eternal to treat Israel’s future enemies like those in the past.
The seven enemies of Israel God destroyed in the past are the Midianites, Sisera, Jabin, Oreb, Zeeb, Zebah and Zalmunna. The future confederation prophesied to be against God’s chosen are Edom, Ishmaelites, Moab, Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistines, Tyre and Assyria. This makes for a total of 17 foes vanquished by the Eternal!
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luke 24:49.
City of Truth — New Jerusalem City is called the city of truth because the people going there have been set free by the truth. John 8:32. Prior to being set free by the Truth, they were in bondage; being slaves to sin and death. They were delivered from that bondage by the death of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. Zechariah 8:3. ❤️
City of Righteousness — New Jerusalem City is called the city of righteousness because the people inheriting this city are clothed with the righteousness of God. And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Isaiah 1:26. Righteousness means obedience to God’s laws and commandments. At water baptism, we first attain His righteousness and there on grow into the fullness of His stature. Mathew 3:15. ❤️
The Faithful City — New Jerusalem City is called the faithful city because the people inheriting this city were faithful to God throughout their life on earth —they were Called, Chosen and Faithful. And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Isaiah 1:26. At the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we become faithful witnesses to God. Acts 1:8, Revelation 1:5. ❤️
City of God — New Jerusalem City is called the city of God because it is the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. Psalms 46:4. The River refers to the Water of Life, whose origin is from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Revelation 22:1. Whosoever drinks of this River experiences divine healing or health. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. Ezekiel 47:9. ❤️
The Holy Mountain — New Jerusalem City is called the holy mountain because it is the dwelling place of the Lord of hosts. Mt. Zion is the capital of this city. Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. Zechariah 8:3. ❤️
In my previous posts, we have seen how Daniel and his friends got promoted through crisis. They have been courageous and fearless in midst of crisis. Daniel has been able to maintain his peace and remain calm when everyone around him were panicking. God is able to use him mightily in the courts of 4 pagan king.
Most Christians are familiar with Daniel and his story. Many have even tried the Daniel Fast! I did that few years ago. There’s a lot more about this wise character who’s decision and counsel saved the lives many people. Let’s learn more about him today!
Background of Daniel
He was from the tribe of Judah. When King Nebu captured Israel, Daniel became a prisoner and was sent to Babylon. He was a good looking young boy. Even at a young age, he was skillful in all wisdom, competent, quick to understand, smart and discerning. He was chosen to serve in the courts of King Nebuchadnezzar and was trained on their literature and language for 3 years.
Set Apart for God
Daniel was chosen because of his physical appearance and intellect. The world looks on the outside. But God sees what is in our hearts. When he was presented with wine and delicacy of King Nebuchadnezzar, he refused them. He asked for vegetables and water instead. He was not greedy or covetous, nor desire to live the high and luxurious life in Babylon. Living a life that honours God is more important.
Daniel became set-apart for God. His heart to live for God made him different. So God granted him favour with the Chief of eunuch who granted him his desire. Daniel and his friends looked healthier than others. God also gave him and his friends knowledge and skills in all literature and wisdom. This means that they excel during their training. They learn better, faster and are smarter. But only Daniel has special skills to understand visions and dreams. After the years of training, bible said that there was no one like them. in fact, they were found to be ten times better than the magicians and astrologers in the kingdom!
Today at our workplace, social circle or neighbourhood, we find ourselves surrounded by darkness? People of the world chase after money, fame, sex and other worldly pleasures. Adultery, fornication, theft, strive, witchcraft, scams are rampant in our society. The ways of the world are different from the ways of our Holy God. Do we allow ourselves to conform to these worldly ideas and beliefs?
To be set apart is a choice. Daniel made his choice at the beginning of his career. Daniel denied worldly pleasures and was rewarded with heavenly gifts and talents from God! And at the right time, God promoted him to be the second in command. Daniel became the light in the darkness.
This one of the fruit of the Spirit that Daniel possessed. As a prisoner in a foreign country, he was faithful to his God. He refused to be defiled by the king’s delicacies. When he was promoted by King Nebuchadnezzar to be ruler over province of Babylon and chief administrator over all the wise men, he remembered his friends. He requested for his 3 friends to be promoted too. They prayed and sought God together regarding the interpretation of the dream. They prayed for mercy that they will not perish with the rest of the wise men. Daniel could have forgotten his prayer buddies but he didn’t. He is faithful to his God and also a faithful friend. ~Daniel 2:16-18
When Daniel received the interpretation to the king’s dream, he blessed God. He acknowledged it is God who granted him wisdom and might. Daniel was presented to the king to reveal the secret that no one in the kingdom knows. He said that the secret was revealed to him not because he is wiser than others. ~ Daniel 2:30 Well.. the fact is, he ten times wiser than others! But Daniel do not think more highly of himself than he ought to. Neither does he looked down on his colleagues who are magicians and astrologers. He knew that everything he has is from God. His wisdom, intellect, gifts, understanding are all from God of Heaven.
Daniel was gifted with special skills to interpret dreams and vision. God used this gift mightily when he served the 3 pagan kings. This gift had saved the lives of many people and turned the hearts of many towards God.
King Nebuchadnezzar is a harsh and angry king. One time he was so angry with Daniel’s friends that his face became distorted. He can kill whoever he want and disgrace whoever he want. He is known to make unusual and difficult requests. (Read Daniel 1-3). When Daniel interpreted the first dream on the great statue, King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and praised God. Daniel interpreted the second dream and advise the king to repent from his sins and show mercy to the poor. Indeed, the dream was fulfilled and at the end of the time, King Nebuchadnezzar was a changed man. He praised, extolled and honoured God. It is so beautiful that you need to read it! The words of a changed man, saved and restored by God!
Without Daniel’s gift, Nebuchadnezzar could have killed more people and committed more sin. Because Daniel interpreted the 2nd dream and it came to pass, he knew God of Daniel is the one true God. God is so merciful to him! Oh… the beauty of salvation!
Spirit of Excellence
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. ~Daniel 6:3
Since a young age, Daniel already made up his mind to be set apart. He has always been different. But it was the spirit of excellence in him that distinguished him above others. I believed he possessed a spirit of excellence since he was a boy. In other translation of the same verse, he was described as more capable, have great ability and exceptional qualities. Because of that, King Darius want to put him in charge of whole kingdom. He didn’t ask for it. His boss wanted to.
Many of us desire promotion, power and authority in our workplace. We believed and confessed we have the favour of God. We trust God for a promotion. Then we get so disappointed when our boss chose another person. Let’s not be discouraged but choose to focus on developing the spirit of excellence (check out my post developing excellence in every area of our life). Let’s focus on doing the right thing. Lets focus on having a good attitude (reject bitterness and be happy for the person). Lets focus on being a blessing to others.
Dependence on God
Daniel lived during dangerous times. His colleagues were all magicians and astrologers. His success may have caused people to be jealous. The kings that he served were harsh and cruel. He can lose his life anytime. But Daniel has learned to trust and rely on God to deliver him from any situations.
Remember why was Daniel thrown into the lion’s den? Some of his colleagues who were jealous of him plotted against him. When they can’t find anything bad about him, they decided to find fault with his faith. They made King Darius issued a decree that no one in the kingdom can pray to any god or man for 30 days except the king. Daniel knew about it. He was fully aware of the consequences. But he went home, opened the windows and prayed to God. As a result, he was arrested and ended up in the lion’s den.
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. ~Daniel 6:23
It is very natural for people to use our own strength to get things done. Self-preservation is the act of keeping ourselves safe or alive in a dangerous situation. It is our natural instinct and it can drive us to do things unimaginable. (Remember how people fight over toilet rolls?) Its the survival instinct in us. Fully aware of consequences of his actions, Daniel relied on God to deliver him.
I pray that whatever we are going through today, let’s believe and trust that our good God is control. As we live for Him, He is faithful to deliver us.
Man of Prayer
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. ~Daniel 6:10
Daniel is a man of prayer. He didn’t pray because he has a need or problem. His custom since early days (he’s probably an old man now after serving 3 kings) is to go to his upper room, with windows opened, go down on his knees, prayed and give thanks to God. He has a disciplined prayer life. He even has a prayer closet! He gave thanks even during a crisis! For the rest of the chapters, we saw how he intercede for Israel. He asked for understanding and an angel came to help him understand his vision.
Successful people are where they are today because of something that they do consistently everyday. Studies have shown that habits determine 95% of a person’s action Everything that we are today, and everything that we will ever achieve, is determined by the quality of our habits.
Daniel’s consistent prayer life has deepen his faith and strengthen his relationship with God. It gave him the strength to go through any crisis. Throughout the rest of the book of Daniel, he had so many encounters with God. He was visited by angels, seen amazing visions, prophecies, wisdom through prayer.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I do. Do share with me how we can learn from Daniel today! God bless!!!