Four-fold Reference to Seven Spirits of God:
- … “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before his throne.” (Rev. 1:4). (Emphasis added).
- … “And unto the angel of the church of Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” (Rev. 3:1). (Emphasis added).
- … “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (Rev. 4:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Rev. 5:6). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: Seven (7) refers to God’s divinely determined completeness to his purpose or plan. 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 lamps, 7 stars, (group of 4). Four (4) refers to God’s universalness, or foursquareness in symmetry and balance. Horns represents power, strength, might. Eyes represent sight, knowledge and wisdom. Power, strength and might equal God’s omnipotence. Sight, knowledge and wisdom equal God’s omnipresence. Both in heaven and on earth. Layers upon layers, truth upon truth, numbers upon numbers. Two (2) (horns, eyes), two (2) (lamps, stars), three (3) references to throne mentioned with Seven (7) (spirits) contained within four (4) verses! Wait, God is not done with these four verses. Three (3) references are made to be attention getters (lightning, thunder, voices). Three (3) references are made to participants in the throne room (4 beasts, 24 elders, and Christ). The seven stars are seven angels, one angel appointed by Christ to oversee each of the seven churches in Asia-Minor. God’s word is not unlike an onion (not one that makes you cry, but one that makes you rejoice), opening up layers reveals additional truth and insight! Every verse reinforces and validates another verse. Notice that Spirits is capitalized. The names of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are capitalized. The seven Spirits also represent the seven gifts of the work of the Holy Spirit on the earth (“sent forth into all the earth”, verse 5:6 above). Spiritually, logically and mathematically amazing! Last, but not least, threefold (3) denotes emphasis and intensity. The Lamb (capitalized) has the seven spirits of God. God has given his seven (7) attributes or Spirits to his Son, Jesus Christ and are part of his divinity.
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