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

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Part IV

"The Seven Spirits of God"

    We notice the evolution regarding these "seven Spirits."
              
First they are described as "seven lamps of fire" burning before
               God’s throne.
              
Then they are said to be "the seven Spirits [or teachings] of
               God," although not yet sent forth from the throne.
               
Then in Revelation 5 we see the slain "Lamb" standing before the
               throne, with "seven horns" and "seven eyes."

              

Then we are told these "are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth," Revelation 5:6.

Suddenly there is motion and the  "seven Spirits" are sent forth.

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    Why aren’t they sent to the saints of the "seven churches"?
    Because the saints need to be called out of the world first. When they accept the call and consecrate, then the "seven Spirits" will speak to them. Hence, these "seven Spirits" of God and of the Lamb begin calling the saints while they are still in the world during each stage of the church.
    We believe chapters 2 and 3 were written after chapters 5-7 were seen. In other words, Jesus, the "worthy Lamb," opens the seals before writing to the "seven churches."
    Supposing Revelation 2 and 3 were written before Jesus read the messages and the information of each seal. How unfortunate it would be, because it would mean he wrote the "angels of the churches" before he had clear knowledge and information of each period. That is unthinkable. Hence, we see Revelation is not written always in the sequence that we might suppose.
    We know Jesus had the "seven Spirits of God" when he wrote to Sardis in Revelation 3:1, for he says: "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." This proves that Jesus saw Revelation 5 through 8:1 before he sent his messages to the "angels of the seven churches."
    We believe Jesus saw and interpreted the scroll sealed with "seven seals" after which he wrote to the "angels of the seven churches." Jesus is the one to open the scrolls and seals. He, therefore, saw what would transpire during each period of the church. Upon being imbued with such knowledge, he then wrote with great illumination to the "angel" of each church. Does that make sense?
    We see that Revelation was written to conceal from the many what it reveals to the saintly few. That is why sign language is employed and why sometimes sequences are transposed.

 

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Are the "Seven Spirits of God" the
"Seven Messages" to the "Seven Angels"?

    Very often we hear explanations that deal with these "seven Spirits of God" which associate these "seven Spirits" with the seven messages to the "seven angels of the seven churches."
    We think there is merit to this application, but it does not get to the core of the matter. It approximates the answer, but is not the real essence of it.
    When we look at the messages to the "seven churches," there is both rebuke and praise. In the first four "seals" we are shown "a horse" riding forth.

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The first "horse" identifies the conditions of Ephesus a "white" horse, picturing doctrinal purity.

The second "horse" identifies the conditions of Smyrna a "red" horse, picturing heretical and sinful doctrines going forth in this time frame.

The third "horse" identifies the conditions of Pergamos a "black" horse, representing dark creeds supplanting the truth.

The fourth "horse" identifies the conditions of Thyatira a "pale" horse, lifeless or without spiritual life, wherein the antichrist went as far as it could go in corrupting the truth of God’s Word.

    We see the deteriorating conditions facing the first four stages of the church. Obviously, the "seven Spirits" of God and of the Lamb were not for the apostate elements within the church. Apostates have been in all seven stages of the true church throughout the Gospel age. They are the planting of Satan in the church. Satan’s purpose was to either destroy or to apostatize the church of God.
    The point we are making here is, there are many within these "seven churches" for which the "seven Spirits" of God and Christ would have no message. God's messages in all seven stages of the church are ultimately to the overcoming saints. It is to these saints that the "seven Spirits" of God and Christ are addressed.

 

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What Are These Seven Spirits
of God and Christ?

    We believe the "seven Spirits" of God are contained within the seven messages to the seven churches. Notice how Jesus sends forth his message to the seven churches. Jesus does not tell John to write to the church of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
    John is told to write to the "ANGEL" or MESSENGER of each church. Without exception, the message is sent to the "ANGEL" of each church. Jesus held these seven messengers in his right hand, Revelation 1:20, and he does not ignore or bypass them.

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7 Stars Represent the
7 Angels or Messengers
to the 7 Churches

    Like a big corporation which has many departments with department heads, we see there is organization to the New Creation. Christ does not speak to the churches directly. He does so through the "angel" of each church.
    This tells us something. Instead of expecting Christ to deal with us directly, we must be prepared to receive his instructions through his appointed messengers. This may sound parochial and old fashioned to some. Some may even chafe at the idea that Christ would chose a chain of command employing apostles, messengers, teachers, pastors, evangelists, and prophets to represent him before the church.
    However it may sound, it is the very word of the Lord. (See Ephesians 4:11, 12; Revelation 1:20.) We not only need to have total dedication to the Word of the Lord, but we need to have a meek and subordinate spirit. In the quest for individualism and self-expression, we are in danger of losing the true spirit of humility and subordination.
    If God and Christ chose to deal with us using various levels of servants, why should this cause us such disquietude?
    There is danger that a cavalier spirit of insubordination may be at work among the Lord’s people. It irks some to think that God and Christ could use anyone else in a higher capacity. However, this is how God and Christ have chosen to deal with the church in all seven stages. Let us not resist the holy Spirit.
    It is humbling to accept that others have been chosen above us. More people have been offended with God’s method than any other single factor. If God and Christ chose to deal with everyone on an equal basis, there would be millions upon millions that would respond. Yes, they would live and die for Christ, if only he would use them and speak through them directly. But this is nothing more than pride. God has chosen the best method to develop the New Creation. Let us not resist the holy Spirit.

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Charles Taze Russell
7th Angel to the Laodicean Church

    If Bro. Russell was not the "angel" of the Laodicean church, we should not rest day or night until we found out who was the "angel" of Laodicea. Then we should park on that messenger's doorstep trying to learn all that we could from him.
    Fortunately, most of us believe we know the "angel" of Laodicea. Therefore, we should continue using the Six Volumes and Tabernacle Shadows as Christ’s meat in due season. Does this seem oppressive? Clearly, the very word of the Lord places such constraints upon us.

 

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At Last the "Seven Spirits of God"

     Once more we ask who are these "seven Spirits of God"?
    This time we shall give you our answer. Let us look again at the messages to the "seven churches" of this Gospel age. Let us bypass the general exchange given to each church with its commendations and criticisms.
    You will notice at the end of each message given to the "angel" of each church that there is an exceeding great and precious promise given by the Spirit to the churches. Here is where God and Christ speak directly to you and to me and to all the members of the body of Christ. Nothing stands between you and the Spirit’s exceeding great and precious promise. Well, maybe that is not exactly true. There is one small matter that limits these seven promises. That is the matter of "OVERCOMING."

 

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Seven Promises of the Spirit
to the "Overcomers"

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The promise is perpetual life in the paradise of God.

The earthly paradise in Eden was only a token paradise compared to the true paradise where God dwells. Eden will have to be replanted and cultivated again to return to its former glory.

The "paradise of God" exists in full glory and is ready to receive all the "overcomers" of this age.

 


Second death will have no power over the overcoming church. They will not be on trial or in danger of judgment. Their trial will have been successfully completed. They shall then be rewarded with immortality, to have life within themselves even as Jesus has been given life within himself.

 

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The "hidden manna" was incorruptible. The natural food, which we all eat, is perishable and corruptible. If we do not eat it within a certain number of days it must be thrown out. The "hidden manna" is forever. Those who eat it will have everlasting life.

The "white stone" carries with it two thoughts. First, it is the seal of the holy Spirit in our hearts forever. They would split a white stone in half and this would become a symbol of friendship. When these two stones were fitted to each other it would identify that the two stones were really one and the bearer of this stone was united with the other bearer of the broken stone. This, then, is more than a promise of life. Rather, it is a guarantee that the "overcomer" will have a special relationship to the One on the throne.

Also, the "overcomer" will receive a "new name." Probably a pet name, peculiarly fitted to each overcomer, but one which will show God’s affection.

 

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Additionally, they will receive the "morning star." Would you like the bright and morning star? We know that Jesus is that "bright and morning star." Revelation 22:16 He is not yours for the asking. Rather, he is yours for "overcoming." What wonderful promises the "Spirit" gives.

Many followers of Christ have grabbed for power over the nations throughout the age. They have engaged in unholy wars, killing and scheming and plotting to gain power over the nations, to no avail.

God has promised this position to the "overcomers." When they receive that power they will not do as the churches have done, that is, cozy up to the civil governments to live deliciously with them. No, they shall "dash the nations to pieces like a potter's vessel."

 

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The overcomers will no longer need the robe of Christ’s righteousness. They shall be clothed with their "house from heaven" and possess inherent righteousness.

The "overcomers" will have the unspeakable joy of having Jesus confess them before his Father and before his angels. Only a celebrity could be treated with such distinction. That is certainly the red carpet treatment.

While we are on this side of the veil, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life on a probationary basis. This means our name could be blotted out. Once in grace not always in grace. Normally, a blotter dries the ink, but Jesus’ blotter will wipe our name out of the "book of life" if we do not "overcome."

 

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Here the "overcomer" is promised a vital place in the true temple of God, the Christ of God. A pillar cannot be removed while the structure exists.

They will also receive the name of Jesus’ God written indelibly upon them. Also, the name of the city of Jesus’ God, the New Jerusalem. They will also receive Jesus’ new name written upon them, the name of the glorified Christ.

 

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Just as Jesus had to overcome before he sat down with His Father in His throne, so the saints must overcome before they can sit down with Jesus in his throne.

A place in the throne of God and of the Lamb is just too great to comprehend. We live with such limitations while we are overcoming, but then power and glory and honor will be ours. Oh, not to surfeit ourselves with, but to use to glorify our Father in Heaven.

 

    So the "seven Spirits" of God first originate with God "before the throne." They are then given to Jesus, as though a "Lamb slain" to send forth with "horns" of power and "eyes" of wisdom into the world. As the call to become partakers of the divine nature goes forth with exceeding great and precious promises, the saints are gathered throughout the seven stages of the church. As these come into Christ they are then in line to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
    Finally, the "overcomers" of the Gospel age are rewarded with these seven promises fulfilled. The elders who were foreordained become, at last, the ordained and living members of the Christ of God. The plan of God reaches its grand fulfillment when the "overcomers" receive these unspeakable promises.

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

    This is repeated seven times. These seven promises of God and Christ are the "seven Spirits of God." It is like a huge magnet drawing the "overcomers" to their final destiny of glory and honor and immortality. As Peter declares,

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature." 2 Peter 1:4

 

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