7 7 2007
July 7, 2007
Those are the variations of July 7th, 2007 that people are frantically typing into Google and other search engines, eager to find 7/7/2007 prophecies for the thrice 7 day.
- Over 70,000 couples are predicted to get married on 7/7/2007
- Some hope for their babies to be born on 7-7-07
- Gamblers and casinos hope July 7, 2007 is a really "lucky" day for them
Back in 1994 when this photo was taken of me and my mom -- happily gambling in the Luxor Hotel in Vegas -- I was running away from the old stuffy and staid and hypocritcal Christianity that had been at the periphery of my 25-year-old life at that point.
Been there, kinda done that, must be something more intelligent.
Those were my thoughts as I delved into New Age philosophy, Feng Shui and other books that focus on numerology and predicting the future.
Baby I've Got Your Number...
1 - In 1996, Feng Shui book in hand, I watched a woman with signs and wonders following her give a speech. "The false gods will fail you," she declared. I dropped the black and red book from my hands...
2 - Circa 1997, I sat on my great room couch, attempting to envision my future the way a certain book said. The flash of red in a funeral home was one vision...
3 - During 1998 I self-published a hedonistic novel and tried to sell it. Wesley Snipes' production company showed interest, but it largely fell thru...
4 - October 4, 1999 my mother went to sleep and woke up with Jesus. Devastated, I return not only back to that funeral home in my vision, but to the purple ledge of a sanctuary I'd been flirting around with, ready to come home...
5 - Sunday, April 16, 2000 -- I hold my nose as one pastor holds my arm and pushes me back into a pool of water saying, "I baptize you in the Name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
6 - Saturday, April 22, 2000 around 2 a.m., the night I turn 31 years old, I have the scariest nightmare of my life:
Satan smiles at me because I'm doing his work for him.
In the dream, I chant "1 - 2, 1 -2," a sequence of numbers that represents the life-or-death struggle of a woman in a coffin before me. That following Easter Monday, I chuck all remaining copies of the blasphemous book in a Dumpster. God rewards me with a great offer on our house, which we'd been waiting to sell.
7- April 2002 -- "Anybody wanting a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit, come on up," the Bishop at my church says. I walk to the front, stand among a tall thuggish looking brotha to my left, a rotund one to the right. I beg God to win the $30,000 Nicholls Screenwriting fellowship, then stop and really worship Him instead, relenting, "Whatever You want to do, do it."
There's a vision in a white resplendent robe standing behind my Bishop. I can't see His face. But I know my Lover from anywhere. The power is overwhelming. I cannot stand.
I fall to my knees with my baby girl in my belly and sob, the thug to my left does the same, the big guy to my right is splayed on the floor. I did not hear a sound.
"It is yours," God says clear as day in my soul, something I didn't even know was in His Word. I haven't won the screenwriting fellowship yet, but soon thereafter I make my first sale to a print magazine for an article about pregnancy. Many more writing gigs follow.
And I know I've been changed in a more profound way...
Angels in heaven done signed my name...
After these events, I stayed away from numerology, thinking it all a part of my evil past.
But after I finally cracked open that Book that I'd refused to lay things on top of and had been treating like a relic (which I was surprised to learn that it says not to treat it like a relic), I learned that God does assign certain general meanings and themes to numbers, like seven being the number of perfection and 12 associated with leadership.
Check out some Biblical numerology here.
But anytime I get too into trying to figure out what my future holds, I ruminate on these 7 or other verses that set me straight:
1 - "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you'..." Luke 12:20
2 - "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Mark 13:32
3 - "Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way." Daniel 5:5 - 6
4 - "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" Matthew 6:31
5 - "In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Matthew 26:64
6 - "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment..." Hebrews 9:27
7- "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12
So, that's it.
Will I do anything special on 7/7/2007, hoping for some sort of special luck?
As you can see, I don't believe in "luck" -- only divine providence. Because I know my steps, all 7 or 777 or 7,777,777 of them are ordered by the Lord.
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