And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Saw the verse the other day while reading the Book of Revelation, and I was thinking to myself: Who are these “seven Spirits of God”?
I mean I know who is the Spirit of God, but “seven Spirits”? Are they the 7 angels who will blow the 7 trumpets and pour out the 7 bowls of judgment? Or are they 7 of the most powerful angels in Heaven (archangels perhaps)?
Out of curiosity, I decided to do some research on this.
After going through various online sources and consulting my offline sources (better known as friends) , I conclude that the “seven Spirits” is most likely to be referring to the Holy Spirit.
Here are my reasons:
Firstly, the number 7 represents perfection or completion in the Bible, so “seven Spirits” could mean a complete and perfect Spirit of God. What other spirits other than the Holy Spirit can be described as such?
Secondly, it is written in Revelation 3:1 that Christ has “the seven Spirits of God” and in NLT, it is translated as “the sevenfold Spirit of God” (also mentioned in the footnotes of other versions). Thus, akin to my first point, “sevenfold” could be another way of describing the perfect and complete Holy Spirit.
Thirdly, look at the following verse…
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Zechariah 4:10 also talks about the seven Spirits as the “eyes of the Lord” which God uses to see everything that is happening throughout the whole earth.
Since God can obviously see all things at all times, His eyes must be present at all places at all times. And since only God is omniscient and omnipresent, the reasonable conclusion must be: The “seven Spirits of the Lord” is the Holy Spirit, who is also omniscient and omnipresent!
(Just a side-note: The verses on the 7 Spirits as the eyes of the Lord prove that, with or without the bodies of believers as His temple, the Holy Spirit will remain on earth… contrary to what many Pre-Tribulationists believe.)