Seven, Ten Generations
by Arlen L. Chitwood



1.         At the End of Seven Generations

2.         During the Tenth Generation

3.         A New Beginning


                        Without Form and Void

                        Genesis and John



Genesis, the book of beginnings, is rich beyond degree.  And this richness is found mainly through the means that God has used to reveal Himself, His plans, and His purposes as they pertain to man and the earth.  Genesis is highly typical in structure; and within this typical structure God has incorporated a numeric system, with different numbers carrying spiritual significance and meaning.

The book of Genesis begins this way, throughout the opening chapter and into the first three verses of the second chapter (the first thirty-four verses of the book), revealing:

            A creation

            A ruin of the creation

            A restoration of the ruined creation over six days time

            A day of rest following the restoration

And God’s work within this restoration, along with His taking time to rest following the restoration, all occur within an established numeric framework.

Then, not only Genesis but all of subsequent Scripture continues this way, which is something dealt with centrally in the subject matter of this book, Seven, Ten Generations.

Both “seven” and “ten” are numbers showing completeness.  “Seven” shows the completeness of that which is in view, and “ten” shows numerical completeness.

In Genesis chapter five, at a terminal point in the seventh generation, God stepped into the affairs of man and brought a certain event to pass.  Then, at a terminal point in the tenth generation, God once again stepped into the affairs of man and brought certain events to pass.

The entire matter forms a complete overall type within an established numeric framework.  The manner in which God acted at a terminal point during the seventh generation foreshadows His future dealings with the Church at a terminal point in time.  And the manner in which God subsequently acted at a terminal point during the tenth generation foreshadows His future dealings with Israel at a subsequent terminal point in time.

These things will occur during and at the end of Man’s Day, foreshadowed by events surrounding God working throughout the six days to restore a ruined creation in Genesis chapter one.  And they occur with a view to a day of rest, foreshadowed by God resting on the seventh day following six days of restorative work in the first three verses of Genesis chapter two.

Genesis 1:1-2:3 forms an opening skeletal framework in Scripture, providing a septenary structure upon which all of subsequent Scripture rests.  All which follows is simply commentary, forming the sinews, flesh, and skin to cover the skeletal framework set forth at the beginning.

This is the manner in which God has designed and structured His Word.  And if man would properly understand this revelation, he must study the Word after the same manner God designed and structured this Word.

(For additional information on Genesis 1:1-2:3, refer to Appendixes 1, 2 in this book.

For a more complete understanding of the manner in which Scripture is structured, starting with the skeletal framework in the opening thirty-four verses of Genesis, refer to the first four chapters in the author’s book, The Study of Scripture.)