Friday, May 17, 2013

Revelation 1:4b The Seven Spirits of God

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..., and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

Revelation 1:4b

The seven Spirits before his throne?  There is only one Spirit. That’s very true but just as God can be a three in one Trinity so he can be a seven in one Spirit because he’s God so he can be seven Spirits in one!  Rather than seven distinct persons as in the Trinity, this is the multifaceted manifestation of God.  The number seven in scripture represents perfection.  In God, there is nothing lacking and nothing missing.  Just as there were seven churches being addressed just prior to this statement (Rev 1:4a,) so there are seven manifestations of the Spirit that cover every need of man in being the church which is the Bride of Christ.   The Greek Word “pneuma,” used here for Spirit, is never used as a depersonalized force.  The Holy Spirit is a person, the third person of the triune Godhead and is seen or known in seven different manifestations.

The Spirit of God is and is before the throne of God.  He is God and he is before God. As he is the power of God, he stands before the throne waiting to manifest the Word of God. He is the demonstration, the power, the might & the wisdom. He’s the one who gives understanding. He’s the comforter, and friend. He’s the one who walks alongside, the helper, the counsel and the knowledge of God. He is the Spirit of the living God and hovers over the Word to perform it!  The Spirit of God is before the throne of God.

The light of God in the temple of God in the Old Testament was just a mere shadow of what we see here revealed in the book of Revelation.  The candle of the Lord, ever burned before the mercy seat. The Spirit of the Lord, ever burns in reality in the true and real presence of God!  The seven Spirits burn before the presence of God.  In the Old Testament, in both the tabernacles and temples, a seven branched menorah burned.  Daily it was cleaned and filled with fresh oil.  We, the church are not to live off of stale experiences with the Lord but are to be daily lit and daily burning with fresh oil and fresh fire. Just as the menorah burned in the night, we are to burn through the night seasons of our life with the fresh fire of the Holy Ghost!  We as the body of Christ are seated at the right hand of God, in heavenly places in Christ. Just as the Spirit of God stands before God so we stand before God with the Spirit inside, cleaned and sanctified daily, filled with fresh oil, having our wicks trimmed and ready to carry out the Word of the Lord.

The bible says there were ten virgins; five wise and five foolish. The foolish had no oil in their lamp. They were not ready for the coming of the bridegroom. May we ever stand before his presence having our hearts cleansed, our wicks trimmed, our oil filled and our flames lit, as we look and wait for his appearance!

You might say, “How can I do that?” “How can I be filled with my wick trimmed?”  The answer is found in being found before him.  We must seek him and press into his presence.  If we go about each day without seeking and acknowledging the Lord, and without seeking his face, guidance, comfort, counsel, wisdom, understanding, presence, power and might, we will not be filled.  On the other hand, if we approach him to be our all, asking him to fill our emptiness and to cleanse us on the inside daily, we’ll have him, not only in the day, but also in the night seasons.  We’ll be ready should he suddenly appear!

Matthew 25:1  “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.  6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Just as the Holy Spirit is ready to carry out the Word of God, may we be the lamps and vessels that are filled with him. Let us be the vessels that are used by him. Let us be the lights of the world as Jesus said we were. Let us be part of the army of God that stands before him ready to carry out his Word!  The bible says of those who are ready to carry out his word:

Joel 2:11
The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His word.
For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible;
Who can endure it?

When we are filled with the Spirit we are filled with all he is.  Only in being filled with his presence and filled with his Spirit will we have the ability to carry out his Word!  God is multifaceted and can manifest in many ways, according to the Word of God, the commands of God and according to the needs of the body of Christ.  Here in the book of Isaiah is given insight into the seven Spirits before the throne of God :

Isaiah 11: 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 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.

  1. The Spirit of the Lord- He must be upon us!
  2. The Spirit of Wisdom- He is our wisdom and confounds the wisdom of the world!
  3. The Spirit of Understanding- He opens our understanding into the things of God!
  4. The Spirit of Counsel- He instructs us both day and night. He guides our paths.
  5. The Spirit of Might- He gives us strength.
  6. The Spirit of Knowledge- He is all knowing.
  7. The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!

When the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, you will have supernatural ability to carry things out you can’t do in the natural.  God’s will isn’t carried out naturally but it’s carried out only with the help of the Spirit.  With God’s Spirit, you’ll have all you need to do whatever he needs!  He is the equipping you need to get the job done!  Even Jesus needed the Spirit of God.  If Jesus needed him, how much more do we.  As long as we are on earth, we are to be filled with the Spirit, a part of God’s army and doing all we can to lead others to him.  As that day approaches, may we also be ensured we are personally ready as a bride who is prepared for her bridegroom!  Amen!

Luke 4:18  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

I pray that each person reading this study will not be found sleeping or out of oil at the coming of the bridegroom who is Jesus and who is coming soon. I pray that each person will be standing before the Mercy Seat of God with their wicks trimmed and lamps filled with oil.  I pray every person reading this study will be ready for the coming of the Lord and not see the doors closed before being made ready!

Blue Letter Bible. "Revelation of Jesus Christ 1 - (NKJV - New King James Version)." Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2013. 17 May 2013. < >

The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.. “Bible Gateway. 2013. 11 May 2013.

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