The Seven Spirits of God

Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5 and 5:6

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Book of Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5 and 5:6

The Seven Spirits of God are not specifically identified in the Bible.

  • We are not told directly who the Seven Spirits of God are. However, we are given many clues to the identity.
  • The most likely interpretation is that they are symbolic of the Holy Spirit.
  • In the Bible the #7 represents completion and perfection.
  • Horns relate to perfect power or might.
  • Eyes relate to perfect vision, knowledge and wisdom.

In the Book of Revelation, the Seven Spirits of God are mentioned in 4 places.

Rev. 1:4 – Before the throne room.

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. 3:1 – Jesus Christ holds the Seven Spirits of God.

“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.”

Rev. 4:5 – Seven Spirits of God with seven burning lamps.

“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. 5:6 – Seven eyes of the Lamb that represent the seven-fold Spirit of God.

“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.”

We are not told specifically what or who they are

While we are not specifically told what the Seven Spirits of God are, most likely it is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

  • In the Bible the number 7 shows completeness and perfectness.
  • In fact, completeness and perfectness usually signify the Holy Spirit.
  • If we desire to walk with God, we must have His Holy Spirit living inside of us.
  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of fire (burning in us).
  • When Jesus left this earth, he sent the Holy Spirit to go forth into all the earth.

In the Old Testament Isiah wrote: Isiah 11:2

2And the spirit of theLordshall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of theLord;

Isaiah says the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.

The Spirit of:

  1. The Lord.
  2. Wisdom.
  3. Understanding.
  4. Counsel.
  5. Power.
  6. Knowledge.
  7. Fear of the Lord.

As God has 3 distinct personhoods (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) it seems likely that the Holy Spirit is the one with the above 7 distinct expressions.

Revelation 4:5

  • 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,
  • 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The familiar greeting Jesus was giving to John was from (verse 4) the Father and the Holy Spirit and then (verse 5 & 6) from Jesus as well.

Putting the Father, Son and Holy Spirit together only makes sense that the Holy Spirit is the Seven Spirits of God.

Other authors/scholars refer to the seven spirits of God as being 7 of each of the following:

  • Eyes
  • Thunders
  • Trumpets
  • Horns
  • Angels
  • Lamps

Although they could be the above mentioned, I agree with the beliefs that the Seven Spirits of God being the Holy Spirit.

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