Many, many people come to my blog to read about what the song, 7 means. I have decided to write a post dedicated solely to explaining the song in greater depth than I did previously.
To truly understand Prince’s work, one must also understand the many references that he makes to the Bible. He has never used his words loosely, and he intends a specific meaning implied in his word choice in his lyrics. Prince was brought up as a Seventh Day Adventist, and was a devout Jehovah Witness during his adult life. He led a strong prayer life.
Those that knew him, observed that he had a gift for prophecy. As he could see what was to unfold in the future before many could realize what had come to pass. The song, 7 is very much rooted in Biblical references, specific to the Book of Revelation, that is known as the end times prophecy; so is what he suggests in this song and music video; is it of a prophetic vision, or simply artistic license of his own imagination?
I will show you the Biblical reference in this article and then you can decide for yourself.
7 is a song that appeared on the Love Symbol album, and this is the album where he first unveiled his symbol. Later changing his name to the symbol. The music video comes from the movie, 3 Chain O’ Gold.
Here is the video for the song, I will break down the song lyrics for you in the following.
They stand in the way of love
And we will smoke them all
With an intellect and a savoir-faire
The number 7 is known as God’s number, What is interesting to note is that Prince was born on the 7th of June. Notice that the perspective of this song is of himself as part of a group. Many want to know what is or who are the 7 that Prince is speaking of. It is implied by the visuals in the music video that 7 is sin, one’s inner demons. I say this because you see in the video, an alter ego version of Prince is depicted in a glass tube, whom Prince shoots at and smokes them out. Smoke is often used as a form of spiritual cleansing, to rid of unclean spirits. In the video, as the alter ego of Prince falls, so do the suited men in the video, who represent evil. It is sin, evil doing, and demons that stands in the way of true love.The use of the word, “intellect” and “savoir-faire” (French for “know-how”) would suggest the use of logic and knowledge to achieve such a feat. Perhaps it is the knowledge of the Bible, and guidance from God? I found that reading the Bible and understanding it can be an intellectual task.
No one in the whole universe
Will ever compare
I am yours now and u are mine
And together we’ll love through
All space and time, so don’t cry
One day all 7 will die
In the music video, you see pairs of girls and boys, dressed identical to Prince and the female model. Since we are talking about the Book of Revelation (you will see more evidence of this later), it is safe to suggest that these pairs are representative of the 144,000 souls mentioned in Revelation 7, who are set aside by God to do his work in the end days. They are described in the Bible as “the servants the prophets”.
Revelation 7:3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
These set aside are the bride and bridegroom pairs. It is also interesting to consider that the 144,000 are necessarily alive in the physical during the end days.
Revelation 6:9-11 “When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slainbecause of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
This verse suggests that those who have passed away before the end times, are alive in spirit and are waiting in preparation, and will be rejoined with their fellow brothers and sisters.This also shows that the 144.000 group are of both males and females. This music video would suggest that they are bride and bridegroom pairs, and they can be in a different time and space from each other, while still having a strong spiritual connection to each other, as they belong together for all time.
And I saw an angel come down unto me
In her hand she holds the very key
Words of compassion, words of peace
As it is implied, the key is peace and compassion, but the term “words” can also suggest a reference to the Word of God, which is also referred to as Jesus, the Word, being the expression of God. One who accepts Jesus as their saviour, receives the seal from God, which means that you are written in the Book of Life, that is the key to the new city (more on that later). This part is important to understand, because the people who are set aside as the 144,000, they are the servants of God, who are the prophets that warn the people. It is said in Revelation 7, that hey must wash their robes, meaning they must repent of sin and accept Jesus, then they will go on to do the work of God in the last days.
Revelation 7:14 And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
It is interesting to note here, the part where it says that “they washed their robes”. This suggests that those of the 144,000 and all people must cleanse themselves of sin. Remember earlier that I spoke of spiritual cleansing?
And in the distance an army’s marching feet (1,2,3,4 – 1,2,3,4)
But behold, we will watch them fall
And we lay down on the sand of the sea
These three lines refer to the final battle with Satan.
Revelation 20:7-9 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves.
And before us animosity will stand and decree
That we speak not of love only blasphemy
And in the distance, 6 others will curse me
But that’s alright, (that’s alright)
4 I will watch them fall(1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
The servants of God, who are the prophets, will spread the message, but there will be much resistance by the people, and accusations of blasphemy. As in the end times, immorality will be rampant, the people will confuse what is love, choosing disobedience to God because they love their sin, and refuse to repent and receive salvation.
Revelation 9:20-21 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
There will be many false prophets that will deceive the people with things they desire to hear because it is more pleasing to them, so they will accuse the true prophets of blasphemy. Does it not already seem this way as we observe politics?
And we will see a plague and a river of blood
And every evil soul will surely die in spite of
Their 7 tears, but do not fear
4 in the distance, 12 souls from now
U and me will still be here – we will still be here
In the very last days, God will destroy every evil soul, the ones who refuse to repent of their sins. He will send angels that will pour out his wrath causing the last seven plagues, including one where rivers will turn to blood.
Revelation 16:4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood”. Many plagues will appear as natural disasters.
The people will cry out because of the plagues that God unleashed. But those who are saved, with the seal of God, belief in Jesus, need not worry. God promises salvation of the soul, that is everlasting life for those who believe.
Revelation 20:4-5 “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.).
There will be a new city with streets of gold
The new city is referring to new Jerusalem, which will come down out of heaven from God.
Revelation 21:21 The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
This new city coming down from heaven is where all of God’s people will reside. It is interesting to note that people who have had near death experiences report seeing such a place, where the streets were paved in gold. If such a place exists, is the Bible not true?
The young so educated they never grow old
And a, there will be no death 4 with every breath
The people who live in this new city will never die or grow old, as they will have everlasting life, as promised by God to those that believe.
Revelation 21:4 “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
The voice of many colors sings a song
That’s so bold
Sing it while we watch them fall
These souls, who are the 144,000 joined together, came from all races and nationality. Together they sang.
Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice…
The Bible quotes used in this article are from the New International Version. I would suggest that you read the entire Book of Revelation to gain a greater understanding. Is the Bible true? Are the events unfolding in this world a sign of the end times? Many people talk about striving for a better world, but things just seem to be getting worse, even as truths are being exposed.
If the end times are truly arriving, then one must get right with God. Seek the guidance of God, a relationship through prayer. Just reach out and talk to him, like you would a friend. In my own personal experiences, I have been surprised by the answers I receive on questions I have about what I am meant for.
Matthew 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Many do not wish to speak of the end times, because they fear death, and do not realize how evil the world has become. I have spent much of my efforts on this blog in providing evidence of the afterlife. I have also been shown that my experiences have been aligned with Biblical facts.
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