What are the seven spirits?

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christopher's picture
Joined: 2006-04-10
What are the seven spirits?

In 4, John mentions the "seven spirits before his throne."  What are they?

londijoy's picture
Joined: 2006-04-28
Seven Spirits

This is an important point to clarify.  I'm working on editing Revelation in the Palawano language and to translate this as spirits, is to make them either the devil's angels or God's angels. But are they really angels is the question?

Seven denotes perfection, especially in Revelation.  So I'd have to presume that this would be something or SOMEONE perfect and holy.  Compare to Revelation 4:5 where it says that the "seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, are the seven Spirits of God."    Also 5:6, it tells about a Lamb....having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."

As John states in 1:4 these greetings to the seven churches are coming from Him, which is, and which was, and which is to come;  and from the seven Spirits.......then vs. 5 says, "And from Jesus Christ, Who IS the faithful witness....  In other words, I'm picturing a throne room where God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are present.  Perhaps the seven Spirits represent the Holy Spirit, since He isn't otherwise represented here, and the analogy fits.

Leonda George

Palawan, Philippines

adam's picture
Joined: 2006-04-17
 Rev. 4:5 - Out from the

 Rev. 4:5 - Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God

So 7 Spirits = 7 Lamps of fire

Rev. 5:6 -  And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 

The lamb's (Jesus)  eyes and horns = 7 Spirits,  They are sent out to all the earth.  Where?

Rev 1:20 -  As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches

7 gold lampsatands = 7 Churches


So, the Lamb's 7 eyes & horns = 7 Spirits = 7 lamps that are sent into the world.  Perhaps they are sent to the 7 lampstands which are the 7 churches. 

What good is a lampstand without a lamp?

Are we as the church to be the "holder" of the spirit of God? 

Also check out Zech 4.  It think their are some connections. . .

somertyme's picture
Joined: 2006-04-11
We followed almost that

We followed almost that exact same path at our study last night with Christy and Kevin, but came to a slightly different conclusion. I think yours may be more accurate, though. We ended up equating the lampstands with the lamps, which would mean the seven spirits are the seven churches. We thought that the churches he is writing to in Asia, represent the seven spirits that are before the throne of God. Which would still fit with what you're saying except that the churches are the "holder" of the lamp which is in the eyes of Jesus, before the throne of God, and sent into the world. This seems really significant to me, but I'm still trying to grasp it better.

We also made the connection to Zechariah 4, but haven't had a chance to study it out yet.

christopher's picture
Joined: 2006-04-10
Good thoughts, but

Good thoughts, but some questions still:

The seven candlesticks, or lampstands, are the seven churches and the seven lamps are the seven spirits which are both before the throne of God and sent out into all the earth.  (apparently the earth is also before the throne of God?)  But in Rev. 2:5, Jesus says that he will remove the candlestick, not the lamp, if the church of Ephesus does not repent.  Would he then be doing something with the actual church of Ephesus (whatever it is) or would he be removing the lamp?

Your interpretation does solve one problem I had with ours:  In 1:5&6 grace and peace is coming from the seven spirits to the seven churches.  If the seven spirits and seven churches were the same thing, these verses become awkward.

But alas, we still wonder, what are the seven spirits?


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