The Seven Spirits of God

THE SEVEN SPIRITS

 This study is a continuation of other series of studies by Gospel Sounders Rekindling the Reformation Ministry [GSrrM] in our quest of truth by looking at the role the angels play in the ministering of the Holy Spirit. In this short article, I will be looking at Revelation 4:5 seven spirits.

  • Revelation 4:5 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.

 

Really who are the subjects before the throne?

  • Revelation 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

Notice this is issuing forth is from the throne, which we believe is in the heavenly sanctuary. And right in the same sanctuary were seven lamps of fire, mark that, and these seven lamps of fire are seven spirits of God. So the seven spirits are the seven lamps of fire

  • Revelation 5:6 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.

Again same sanctuary but now, the seven spirits of God are the eyes of God.

Revelation 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in 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.

Remember to establish this we must begin from known. We must begin from what the Bible says and see if the Ellen White has confirms it, and add weight of evidence from pioneer writings.

  • Revelation 1:4 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;

Again seven spirits are before the throne of God

Lamps of fire

  • Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
  • Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;

Eyes of Christ were like a flame of fire. what does this mean?

 

  • Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they [are] men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone [shall be] seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

The branch is Christ,

  • Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name [is] The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

Elijah the prophet was taken to Heaven by angels under the symbol of a “Chariot of Fire”.

  • 2 Kings 2:11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

CHRIST’S eyes were as a flame of fire:

  • Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
  • Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

The symbolism “flame of fire” refers to the ministry of angels.

  • Exodus 3:2 The angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (See Acts 7:30)

Eyes of the Lord

Another symbolic term for angels is “eyes”.

  • 2Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
  • Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the  LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
  • Zechariah 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth
  • Zechariah 4:2, “And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top if it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps which were upon the top thereof.” These seven lamps are called “the eyes of the Lord which run to and fro through the whole earth.” See Zechariah 4:10
  • Firm integrity shines forth as gold amid the dross and rubbish of the w Deceit, falsehood, and unfaithfulness may be glossed over and hidden from the eyes of man, but not from the eyes of God. The angels of God, who watch the development of character and weigh moral worth, record in the books of heaven these minor transactions which reveal character. {CG 152.4}

 

There is a common interpretation that the 7 spirits are the spirit of Christ and thus it simply refer to the characteristic qualities of the holy spirit. This verse is commonly quoted:

  • Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

 

Here only 6 attributes are mentioned not 7. Secondly contrast this with what the verse below says

  • Rev 1:4 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; 5 And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

 

Here greetings are sent from:

  1. Him which is, and which was, and which is to come”,- God the Father
  2. Seven spirits before the throne
  3. Jesus Christ

 

Think for a moment, do the spirits send greetings!!!! We know that in the heavenly sanctuary we have the father, the son and angels ministering to those who shall be heirs of salvation. Of course, the character attributes can’t send greetings or can’t send grace which we know is the Holy Spirit.

This repeats the concept in verse 1

  • Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John:

God                             Christ                  Angels                            Prophets           Servants

  • How impotent on this occasion was the power of the kings and rul They could not act their will on Him who was slain for the sins of the world. Had it been possible, the prince of darkness with his apostate army would have kept forever sealed the tomb that held the Son of God. But a heavenly host guarded the sepulcher. With majestic and terrible tread, the God of heaven, followed by the angels, walked round the tomb of Christ. They had been unseen witnesses of all that had taken place in the mock trial in the judgment hall. Every action was noted, every taunt recorded. {12MR 421.2}

According to Rev 3:1

  • Revelation 3:1 AndG2532 unto theG3588 angelG32 of theG3588 churchG1577 inG1722 SardisG4554 write;G1125 These thingsG3592 saithG3004 he that hathG2192 theG3588 sevenG2033 SpiritsG4151 of God,G2316 andG2532 theG3588 sevenG2033 stars;G792 I knowG1492 thyG4675 works,G2041 thatG3754 thou hastG2192 a nameG3686 thatG3754 thou livest,G2198 andG2532 artG1488 dead.G3498

See how the word and is translated sometimes,

 G2532

Kai

kahee

 

Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words: – and, also, both, but, even, for, if, indeed, likewise, moreover, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yea, yet.

 Total KJV occurrences: 9264

Seven Spirits of God, EVEN the seven stars but who are stars?

 

  • Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlestick The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

 It is also interesting to note that to each of the seven churches, we see an angel sent and at the end we hear or read, hear what the spirit says to the churches

Examples

  • Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Go

This is consistent through all the other six churches. Please try it out {Revelation 2:11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22}.

 We have seen through Bible and Ellen White that the: –

  1. Seven lamps of fire are the seven spirits. Revelation 4:5
  2. The seven eyes are the seven spirits. Revelation 5:6
  3. The seven eyes are the flames of fire. Revelation 19:12
  4. The seven flames are those than run to and from throughout the whole earth 2Chronicles 16:9
  5. The seven lamps are in turn the eyes of the Lord that run to and fro through the whole earth. Zechariah 4:10
  6. Those that run to and fro through the whole earth are angels. Zechariah 4:14

 

This is a matter that that is established not on deductions and conjectures but putting the scripture together hence we reject the suppositions of men of what they have taught the seven spirits of Revelation are until another proper exegesis can be provided that they are not angels. Here we stand with the following admonition:

  • The words that Christ uttered were not mere sentiment or opinion. They were pure, unadulterated truth. Suppositions and fables never passed His lips. {Ms140-1903}

The Seven Spirits of God

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