Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Symbols of the Seven Spirits of God

There are seven distinct Spirits of God. Each has Her own name and sphere of influence, but all always act together to produce the very character and nature of God Himself. Here we will consider some of the symbols used to represent the Seven Spirits of God. Some of the non-specific symbols of the Seven Spirits of God include: the seven -branched menorah (Exodus 25:31-40), the seven eyes on the rock (Zechariah 3:9) and on the Lamb (Revelation 5:6), the seven lamp stands (Revelation 1:12), the seven stars (Revelation 1:20), the seven horns on the Lamb (Revelation 5:6), and the seven thunders (Revelation 10:3). Even though each of these symbols represent the Seven Spirits of God collectively, we have no way of discerning one Spirit from another. However, there are also many other symbols which do separate into individual Spirits. For example, let us consider the Spirit of Life: The very first revelation of the Seven Spirits, not including the many repetitions of words and names of God, is the seven days of creation. On the third day, which we will call Tuesday by tradition, the Lord created the oceans, dry land, and plant life, hence the Spirit of Life acted in creation. She is represented by the breath of life (Genesis 2:7), Her rainbow color is green (the color of life), She is responsible for the first plague on Egypt (turning the river to blood - Exodus 7:19-25), the seventh of the ten commandments (adultery), and is represented by the last of the seven commanded annual feasts: the Feast of Tabernacles (Deuteronomy 16:13-17). When we look at the book of Revelations, we find that She is represented by the church at Sardis (the dead church 3:1-6), the fourth seal which is also the fourth horseman of the apocalypse (death 6:7,8), the first trumpet (vegetation struck 8:7), the second blessing of the Book of Revelation (those who die will rest 14:13), and the third bowl of wrath (rivers and springs turn to blood 16:4). Obviously, similar lists could be made for the remaining Spirits of God. If the Seven Spirits of God are so ubiquitous throughout the entire Bible, why is it that almost no one has ever heard a sermon or teaching about Them? I asked the Lord the exact same question, and He replied "no one asked." Yes the Lord God is infinite. Yes we will be forever learning more about Him, His nature, and His ways, but it isn't like this information was hidden. Certainly the ancient priests of Israel should have known there was something special about a seven day week and a seven-branched menorah, but they apparently didn't care to look into it. They were more concerned about what they could receive from God, rather than contemplating the identity of God. Most people would much rather seek blessings from the Lord, but not the Lord Himself, the Provider of those blessings, and rarely receive the blessings they desire. They live in ignorance and poverty by their own design. Perhaps the real reason we rarely receive the blessings the Lord has promised for those who seek Him, is the fact that we would rather seek the blessings than the provider of those blessings: Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:31-34, NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV) Jon Straumfjord is the author of numerous articles about the Seven Spirits of God and the God of the Bible. He is also the creator of the website, and is the author of the book "The Seven Spirits of God."

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