To Seven Churches, From the Seven Spirits

“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;” (Rev 1:4)

At the beginning of the book it is addressed in a specific manner to seven congregations located in Asia, yet the language throughout the whole book implies the intended audience is everyone. To imply that the only ones that need to take heed to the book are those seven congregations is extremely irresponsible and false. The same logic would say that the Gospel of Luke, the Acts of the Apostles, and most all of the epistles can also be ignored because they were addressed to specific individuals or congregations.

Consequently one must conclude there is a deeper purpose of the address to the seven churches, and the specific instructions to each of those congregations (shown in the second and third chapters.) For very important reasons, in 4 separate but related instances, Revelations categorizes the contents of the message into 7 parts (the number 7 is used to denote “completeness“ in numerous places of the Bible):

  • 7 church congregations (representing God‘s church in every age of time), each having an angel/messenger responsible to deliver Jesus’ message (the preached Word of God) to them (Rev 2)
  • 7 Seals (the door into true understanding) on the book (the Word of God) held in the right hand of God that only Jesus, the Lamb of God, was worthy to open to men understanding in – by true salvation (Rev 5)
  • 7 angel/messengers whom God gives trumpets to sound out his message (the warnings from the Word of God for the servants to gather together as one in true worship) (Rev 8)
  • 7 “plague” angel/messengers assigned by God to each pour out a golden vial (the judgments of the Word of God against sin and false worship) “full of the wrath of God.” (Rev 16)

It is all about delivering the true message of the Word of God. But it can only be properly done within the context of worshipping God under the true direction of his Holy Spirit. Letting the true and pure Holy Spirit of God rule in the heart of the worshippers. Therefore in this scripture (Rev1:4), and in Rev 4:5, and 5:6-7 it speaks of the “seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth”. Jesus told his disciples to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) This denotes not 7 different spirits, but rather (matching the 4 other categorizations of the message into 7 parts) the one Holy Spirit working through God’s true servants/messengers to preach the Word of God in every age of time. It also shows where true preachers annointed by the Holy Ghost get their messages from, by worshipping “before his (God’s) throne.” (Note: these are “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” Heb 1:14)

  • Note: The message divided up 4 different times into 7 parts also reflects the manner in which God promised the Old Testament Israelites in Leviticus 26:18-28 that he would correct them if they forsook him. Four different times he said he would correct them “seven times.”

By God’s Word and his Holy Spirit is the only way to properly worship God. Jesus said “the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) So any message of God preached by a true messenger/angel of God must be done under the anointing of the Holy Spirit that attends where the true servants of God meet and worship the King of kings.

Again, why seven Spirits? Because when Jesus speaks to each of the seven churches, he ends each message with this exact same warning: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” In every one of the 7 churches of Asia, and in every one of the 7 church ages, people must have spiritual ears to “hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” The Holy Spirit works through a true ministry in all seven churches. That’s one reason the scripture states: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” (I Corinthians 12:4-6) But note: there could be differences in: gifts, administrations, and operations. But the same Word and the same Spirit of God directing it all.

Finally, Revelations 1:4 also states “from him which is, and which was, and which is to come” Jesus Christ has always “been”. He did not just come into existence when he came to earth to bring the Gospel and die for us on the cross. “Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:57-58 ) The Revelation is of Jesus himself, it would be better for us to see and honor who he is now, than to do it at the final judgement!

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell” (Colossians 1:16-19)

6 responses to “To Seven Churches, From the Seven Spirits

  1. Revelations is about the Future (end of days), much of what is said concerns the trials and tribulations of the faithful, as well as the consequences of a sinful blasphemous world, that is ruled by Satan or the Anti-Christ.

    Christ took on 12 students, and taught them that they might spread his word, and build congregations. The 7 churches spoken of in Revelations are the product of that teaching. So it is my thought or understanding that those 7 churches, after Christ and the apostles of course, are the springboard to worldwide christianity. If this is true, then one can conclude that modern day christianity, and many of the various denominations are the evolved state of those 7 churches.

    My thought or question is: If all of that is true, is it possible that Revelations is not only addressing those 7 churches specifically, but addressing the future by-product or evolved state of those 7 churches (christion denominations) . What I mean is, I hear so often about the “True Church of God”, yet when I look for a church, I typically find some measure of objectionable teachings, or a lack of proper teachings.

    Thanks for your time. If my question or my doctrine are incorrect feel free to correct me, or at the very least educate me.

    John

  2. John, thank you for your comment.

    It is indeed difficult when you look for the “True Church of God” and only find otherwise. There are so many so called “Christian” churches that it can be confusing and discouraging to one seeking the true – but there is still the true, because Jesus said so and he cannot lie.

    Now in the 7 churches there are reflected a number of spiritual conditions: some good, and others not good – and in that sense, Jesus addresses every church that calls itself “Christian” whether they are or are simply fakes. Spiritual conditions are what Jesus is addressing, but yet the summation of the Revelation message is that there are still those who are true and faithful to Jesus, in spite of the large numbers that are not. It is critically important that we do not let the large numbers be our guide, but that we rather let the true testimony of Jesus be our guide!

    In order for this to happen, we must let the Holy Spirit guide us into holiness and all truth. Then the Holy Spirit can lead us to the “True Church of God” because “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19) God knows who is true – we need to seek him to reveal them to us – and to do that we need the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

  3. John 1:17

    For the Law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

    Ephesians 6:24

    Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus christ in Sincerity. Amen

    Galatians 5:4

    Christ is become of no effect unot you, whosoever of our are justified by the law, ye are fallen by grace.

    Psalms 55:6

    And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away and be at rest.

  4. Jesus embraces love between two tutledoves.

    Love embraces a person kindness in their eyes.
    As love brings you to settle in your life it brings calmness.
    Peace stays close to your heart.
    The holy spirit brings humbleness.
    Let there be peace like a river.
    After the morning dew shines through the night it brings it beauty.
    The stars tells you how life changes a person in his standards of belief in God.
    Moments of how God intends us to be a person of how Jesus would live a life of humbleness.
    Love deepens the eyes as the soul calms for his love.
    Love burns the eyes as your spirit calms your spiritual self.
    Love softens your spiritual mind.
    Inside emotions in Jesus and his turtledoves.
    Jesus has promises upon a person soul who believes in him.
    Being really humble and meek.
    Quietness and kind.
    Respectful towards our heavenly father.

    Jeanette Grace Dixon
    Anchorage, Alaska

    • God is coming and we are made from him. Dust to dust. We are made from dust and when we die we become like dust. The angel has keys to the bottomless pitt. Lucifer has no more power and authority over us and he must flee the heavens and the earth. Let there be a new heaven and earth. For God said I am like new.

  5. Just last week while studying Revelation with others in a home Bible study, the Holy Ghost led us to also explain why the “seven Spirits” are spoken of in Revelation by going to the following scripture:

    “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

    The manifestation of how the Holy Spirit works in different people, situations, and at different times in history, can be so diverse as to seem as if it is seven different Spirits. But it is actually still the one Holy Spirit of God.

    “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will… …That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12 verse 11 and 25

    Are we today able to accept and let the Holy Spirit work as he wants so that the needs of everyone can be fulfilled in the body of Christ? This is not about compromising holiness, but rather about sacrificing our will and allowing the Spirit to use different gifts, different administrations, and different operations to help souls be saved and established in the Kingdom of God.

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