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THE STORY OF
THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I

     Who Are the Seven Spirits?
     Seven Spirits and Seven Stars
     The Golden Candlestick
     "After This"
     The Twenty-Four Elders
     Seven Torches of Fire

Part III

"Glory and Honor to Him"
"Twenty-Four Elders Fall Down"
"Who Is Worthy?"
A Lamb as Though Slain
The Lamb Takes the Scroll

Part II

     Four Living Creatures:
                       Lion
                       Ox
                       Man
                       Eagle
     Each of Them Six Wings
     "For My Name's Sake"
     Seraphims

Part IV

The Seven Spirits of God
Seven Spirits
MessagesAngels
What Are the Seven Spirits?
Seven Promises of the Spirit

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Part II

"Four Beasts [Living Creatures]"

"And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle." Revelation 4:7

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Four Living Creatures

    These four "beasts" or "living creatures" represent the four attributes of Godperfect justice, perfect power, perfect love and perfect wisdom.

 

Lion = Justice 

    The lion is the king of beasts. We notice that David sat upon the throne of the Lord. Justice and judgment are the habitation of God’s throne. David was of the tribe of Judah.
    Our Lord was David’s root and branch. Hence, we read that it was "The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof," Revelation 5:5. No one was found worthy to open the book until this "Lion of the tribe of Judah" appeared. He was worthy. He was just and could meet the requirements of justice.
    In the real world, the "lion" helps keep the balance of nature. Man originally was to accomplish this task. But because of sin, he lost his dominion and control over animals. Hence the need of carnivores. Without them we would be overrun with rabbits and squirrels and deer and countless other creatures who multiply rapidly. The lion serves as the ultimate predator who serves to keep a kind of just balance in nature until man again takes dominion of earth.

 


Ox = Power

 

    The second "Beast" or "Living Creature" is like a powerful ox. The ox served back then as tractors do now. They were the source of power in plowing or pulling carts. The molten sea or laver of the temple was placed on twelve cast oxen, three oxen holding up each side with their heads facing outward. (See 2 Chronicles 4:3,4.) Here the water of truth was upheld by the power of "twelve oxen." 

"As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle." Ezekiel 1:10

    We notice a strange difference in Ezekiel 10:14: "And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle." Notice the ox is not mentioned. It is spoken of as a cherub.
    What is a cherub? Possibly it is an ox. Ezekiel 10:22 seems to confirm this: "And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward." This is a reference to Ezekiel 1:10 where Ezekiel saw the vision by the river Chebar. (See Ezekiel 1:1.)
    The cherubim of the Tabernacle may have been, in fact, oxen with wings. Oxen have horns and horns are symbolic of power. Remember the horns of the altar, or the power of the altar.

 

Face of a Man = Love

 

    Here the divine quality of love is seen. Man was created in the "image of God." As God is love, so man was to be love. He will be love when he returns to the family of God.

 

Flying Eagle = Wisdom

 

    The eagle is noted for its far-seeing vision. They tell us the eagle can see a mouse from a mile high. We believe the flying eagle is used to illustrate the fact that if you want to see far you need to be up high. The eagle perched in a tree would not have the far-seeing vision, as one flying high. The landscape would obscure its vision. So this far-seeing quality of an eagle would illustrate God’s wisdom which plans for eternity without the possibility of failure.

 

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"Four Beasts [Living Creatures] Had
Each of Them Six Wings"

"And the four beasts [living creatures] had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which WAS, and IS, and IS TO COME." Revelation 4:8

    The "four beasts" [living creatures] have six wings. Wings go in pairs. You never saw a bird fly with one wing. Two wings are necessary for flight.
    The expression, "WAS and IS and IS TO COME" seems to imply these three pairs of wings operated in the past, are operating in the present, and will be operating in the future. The wings are full of eyes, far-seeing wisdom, to insure that God’s purpose and glory are fully served in all time, eternity, past and present and future.
    It reminds us of God’s awesome power and omniscience. There is nothing unknown or anything God is not equal to. God’s "two wings" through all time maintain the sovereignty of God. They protect His subjects and carry forth His plan with unerring purpose.

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Four Living Creatures

    These four "beasts" [living creatures] never cease to sing: "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty." The Alexandrine MS says "Holy" three times. Most MSS say "Holy" nine times. The Living Creatures constantly affirm God’s completeness in these four Holy Attributes of justice, wisdom, love and power. While the word "holy" means complete, we understand the completeness referenced to be in these four attributes.

 

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Isaiah 48:9-11

 "For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

"Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

"For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? And I will not give my glory unto another."

    Here God speaks of how He restrains His anger, not for Jacob’s sake, but for His own sake and glory. That was the very reason for which Moses entreated God, so that the nations might not say that God led His people out of Egypt but could not bring them into the Promised Land. God’s glory would have been impugned. God rightly accepted Moses’ appeal. Here He says the same thing through Isaiah. He cannot give His glory to another.
    In the world, executives who seem always on hand to take credit for all that goes well, never seem to be able to take responsibility for the wrong. In Watergate, Nixon tried to play innocent until he could not talk his way out of his guilt. Nixon’s subordinates went to jail while Nixon was pardoned. He tried to escape his responsibility.
    The same was true with Irangate. Reagan and Bush claimed they were out of the loop. All these things mysteriously happened without their knowledge or consent, even though they were totally in charge. The subordinates were chastised, but Reagan and Bush claimed no responsibility.
    Well, dear friends, that could never happen in God’s Kingdom. His own attributes hold God Himself responsible for maintaining perfect justice, love, wisdom and power. God could never place the blame on His subordinates.

God assumes full responsibility for His universe. He cannot give his glory to another.

He Himself was always responsible, is responsible and will ever be responsible for all things in His everlasting dominion.

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    This does not mean God cannot delegate power and authority to others, mainly to His beloved Son. It does mean, however, that no matter how much authority and power He delegates to others, He will always bear the responsibility for all things in His infinite universe. God’s four attributes will accept no scapegoats. God can never be less than totally responsible for His everlasting dominion.

 

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Isaiah 6:1, 2

"In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord (probably Jesus is referred to, see THE ATONEMENT BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, Vol. 5, p. 4700GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes)) sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

"Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly."

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Seraphim of Isaiah 6

 

   We notice again the pairing of wings. In this picture the wings seem to serve another purpose. Two wings cover the Lord’s face. His face is hidden from men. Just as when Jehovah would lift up his countenance upon Israel, it symbolized his favor and blessing.
   When he turned his face away from them it was usually their period of punishment. When the LORD JESUS covers his face from men, they cannot see his countenance and his favor is turned away from them.
    With "twain he covered his feet." The feet of Jesus are his body members which make contact with the world. Isaiah says regarding these feet:

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth." Isaiah 52:7

    It is the feet of the Christ at this end of the age who are engaged in such glorious work. These poor feet are beautiful to God and to the risen Christ, but the world holds them in contempt, even as they did the Master. The feet members should be beautiful in our eyes, as we see them with painstaking efforts trying to walk in the footsteps of the Master and bearing witness to the glorious plan of the ages.
    "With twain he did fly." Two wings carry forth the mission of Christ. We believe these two wings are closely identified with the Words of the Old and New Testaments. Our Lord moves irresistibly forward in carrying out the Holy Word. Not a jot or tittle fails of fulfillment. Heaven and earth could pass away more easily than for any part of God’s Word to fail. God has placed the carrying forth of His plan in the hands of His beloved Son.

 

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