An Angel Came to Me Through Someone Else’s Encounter
The seven spirits of God in the Bible represent a mystery rarely discussed but hold the secret to supernatural power in the Christian’s life. Believe me, when we take time to delve into these mysteries––even as we are reading about them––the Spirit of the Lord will manifest Himself in our lives in amazing ways.
When I knew God was giving me this subject as my next writing assignment, I felt helpless and spent months contemplating it. I had never heard a teaching on the seven spirits of God, but as I kept seeing the terminology in the book of Revelation, I wondered what it meant.
After meditating on Isaiah 11:2, the only place where they are listed, all I could determine was that there were six of them, so the “seven spirits of God” did not make sense to me.
That’s when an angel came to me through the story of another person who had an actual encounter with an angel.
An Angel Came to Chris Reed with a Word for This Hour
My friend Christine forwarded a video to me of Pastor Chris Reed’s story. He had been teaching a series on the seven spirits of God––the seven parts of His nature. One day during worship, he was caught up in the spirit to heaven. He saw colors so beautiful in realms of glory.
An angel whose name was Fear of the Lord, in white with eyes piercing like fire and a blue haze around him. motioned to him to “come.” He wanted him to see a wooden door and go into it. So, he walked through the door out of the glory he had been in.
He found himself in a library of books. He looked up at the heading of some books on the shelf and saw the words “The Supernatural.” One book stood out to him, “The Seven Spirits of God.” He pulled it out. The front cover read The Spirit of the LORD.
The inside pages were very thick: page 1 was Spirit of wisdom; page 2 Spirit of understanding; page 3 Spirit of counsel; page 4 Spirit of might; page 5 Spirit of knowledge. The back cover said Spirit of the fear of the Lord. Chris then glanced up.
The angel told him to look back down and the back cover was ripped off the back binding. All five thick pages had fallen out of the book and were LOST.
Fear of the Lord angel told Chris, “What you have in your left hand is representative of what is left in the majority of the spirit-filled world [the front cover—The Spirit of the LORD.]”
In his right hand was the back cover—The fear of the LORD. “The rest of the seven spirits all leave when the fear (awe and reverence) of the LORD is taken away,” the angel said.The supernatural, revelation knowledge, might, and power in the church cannot exist without the fear of the LORD. It must be restored before we can see the glory and presence of the Lord cover the earth.
What is the meaning of the seven spirits of God in the Bible?
This seven-fold mystery of the seven spirits of God is mentioned only in Isaiah 11:2 in the Old Testament. It is followed up in the book of Revelation. We will thoroughly look at the title page of the book: The Spirit of the LORD, which envelops the whole of the remaining six spirits.
You will go away feeling like you have been in the throne room with God and an understanding of all the symbols there. Jesus will come alive to you as never before as you are filled with the seven-fold Spirit of the LORD.
Isaiah 11:1 speaks of a Branch that will grow from the roots of Jesse, or David his son. Verse 2 says the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—Jesus Christ.
What are the seven spirits of the LORD of Isaiah 11:2?
1. The SPIRIT OF THE LORD shall rest upon Him [Jesus]
2. The SPIRIT OF WISDOM [ also known as 7 PILLARS OF WISDOM
3. and UNDERSTANDING
5. and MIGHT
7. and of the FEAR OF THE LORD.
All seven are connected to each other.
It’s interesting to note that all these are intertwined and cannot exist on their own. The Word of God says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; also, that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; with all our getting of knowledge we should get an understanding; our counselor is the Holy Spirit––the Spirit of the Lord; and we can do nothing by our own might or power, but only by the Spirit of the LORD.
Lastly, but not least, Isaiah 11, verse 3 says, “His (Jesus) delight is in the fear of the LORD.” The rest of this chapter and many others, including Isaiah 59, show how the fear of the LORD comes through righteousness and faithfulness. “The Fear of the Lord” will soon have its own article, but for now, KNOW how it comes:
“According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:18-19 NKJV).
What is the meaning behind the “Spirit of the LORD”?
God is a spirit. When the afternoon breeze began to stir in the Garden of Eden, God as a spirit came to Adam and Eve in the wind. Although it is not stated that this was a daily occurrence, most Bible scholars consulted seemed to feel this was the case.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen. 3:8 NKJV).
The cool of the day was around 4:00 p.m. It is the time when the evening breeze begins to stir. The Hebrew word translated cool in this verse is ruwach (roó-ach). Elsewhere in scripture, this same word is translated as breath, wind, breeze, spirit, and Holy Spirit.
In Gen. 3:10 after Adam and his wife had sinned, the Lord called to Adam and said, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He heard the wind, breath, and breeze of the Spirit of the Lord and then heard his “still small voice”—the same as Elijah did in I Kings 19:12.
The Spirit of the LORD is the Holy Spirit.
What are the seven symbols in the Throne Room of God and what do they mean?
To get a more thorough understanding of the seven spirits of God we need to have a picture of who and what is in the throne room. Many sevens appear throughout Revelation, the number meaning completeness and perfection.
Referring to Revelation 4, this is after Jesus had already given the apostle John (the author) the seven messages to the seven churches, and then John saw a door standing open in heaven. The first voice he heard was like a trumpet saying, “Come up here and I will show you things which must take place after this.” This is what he saw:
1. A throne set in heaven and One sat on the throne like jasper and a sardius stone in appearance.
This One is identified as GOD (in verse 8) described in brilliance and glory. Jasper is probably a diamond suggesting purity and holiness and sardius is carnelian, deep red, picturing God’s avenging wrath.[i]
2. A rainbow around the throne appearing like an emerald.
Emerald is green, the dominant color in a rainbow, symbolizing mercy. It is God’s covenant with man and the earth to never send a flood to destroy them again.
3. Twenty-four thrones with twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.
These are the celestial representatives of all the redeemed, glorified and enthroned, who worship continuously. White robes symbolize purity. The crowns suggest victory and joy, not political authority.[ii]
These elders are also seen as representatives of the faithful overcomers of the body of Christ who are already glorified, enthroned and crowned with the overcomer’s crown.
4. From the throne pulsated lightning, thundering and voices.
Lightning and thunder describe the awesome and wondrous power of God. We can recognize His voice when we hear and see them. The ‘voices’ can also be seen as those languages poured out on the day of Pentecost along with tongues of fire that rested on the disciples in the upper room (Acts 2:4). Three thousand souls were saved that day as people heard the Gospel in their own language.
Revelation 18:1 to Revelation 19:10 records seven voices from the throne. Most are voices of praise such as, “Praise our God all you His servants, and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
Again, “a voice of a great multitude as sound of many waters and as the sound of many thunderings saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage supper of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
5. Seven lamps of fire burning before the throne.
Exodus 37:17-24 describes the making of the lampstand of one piece of gold with six branches, three on one side and three on the other. With its shaft, that made seven lamps. The middle shaft would be what holds them all together: the Spirit of the Lord––Holy Spirit. We know this today as the ‘menorah.’
Each lamp had its own wick through which oil flowed to keep the fire burning continuously. This is what Jesus meant when he told the parable of the ten virgins to make sure they had oil in their lamps before He came. Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit and the supernatural power and ability to live the Christian life full of vitality especially in the midst of storms and perilous times.
The five foolish virgins (Matthew 25) took no oil to refill their lamps and missed out on the marriage supper of the Lamb. As we can see from this study of the seven spirits of God, it is the Holy Spirit of the Lord and the Word of God that refills our lamp–our daily life.
6. The seven lamps are the seven spirits of God before the throne.
As a review, these seven spirit lamps are as follows. [Stay tuned for more articles on the other six that will be linked here.]
1. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him [Jesus]
2. The Spirit of wisdom [ also known as 7 pillars of wisdom]
3. and understanding
4. The Spirit of counsel
5. and might
6. The Spirit of knowledge
7. and of the fear of the Lord.
7. Four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back, each with six wings full of eyes, surround the throne.
6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will, they exist and were created.”––Rev. 4:6-11
Full of Eyes in Front and in Back
Full of eyes symbolizes unceasing watchfulness 24/7. God is El Roi [The God Who Sees]. He knows your name. sees where you are and knows the thoughts and intents of your heart.
Six wings could mean they are searching the earth for those who are watchmen and women as they are––interceding in prayer and worship to Almighty God and who are filled with the seven-fold Spirit of God and living in supernatural abundance as overcomers––in spirit, soul, and body.
Likewise, they could also be searching for people who are hungry to be filled with the sevenfold Holy Spirit so they can alert Jesus to them. For it is Jesus who does the filling, as we will see.
It is their voices in this passage that is the first of twenty chorales that praise the holiness, omnipotence, and eternity of God. They are the highest-ranking celestial beings and interpret the meaning of many of the visions throughout Revelation.[iii]
These four types of cherubim suggest majestic courage––lion, strength––calf, intelligence––man and speed––eagle, in the service of the Creator. They resemble the beings Ezekiel and Isaiah saw.
Who is That One God on the Throne Again?
“And I (John) 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 [meaning complete and perfect power] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6 NKJV).
The time had come to open the first of the seven seals that starts the tribulation in the next chapter. No one was found worthy to open the scroll and John began to cry. An elder said to John, “Do not weep, Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David (Jesse), has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
Then He (Jesus, the Lamb of God) took the scroll out of the right hand of Him (God the Father) who sat on the throne as the four living creatures and twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each with a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals,
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood.
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God.
And we shall reign on the earth.”
The Holy Spirit of the Lord always lifts up the name of Jesus Christ. He never brings attention to Himself. Holy Spirit is the gift, and Jesus is the giver.
Notice how the Lamb Jesus sent out the seven spirits into all the earth. He is continually doing so and desires to send ALL of heaven to earth, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” as the Lord’s Prayer says. Have you received the seven spirits of God?
How can you be baptized with the seven spirits of God for a supernatural life?
John the Baptist told his disciples, “Jesus will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew3:11). That happened on the day of Pentecost when heaven came down with EVERYTHING in the throne room “when suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing [wind] of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled…” (Acts 2:2-3 Amplified).
Likewise, if you want to have power to live the Christian life successfully, you must believe the words of Jesus:
“You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NASB).
All you have to do is ASK Jesus. We have not because we ask not. Jesus will gladly anoint you with the oil from the seven lamps from the throne room and fill your heart and soul with that oil and fire! He cannot do that if you do not seek Him.
Now is the time to get a good study Bible if you can, as the one listed in the footnotes. I challenge you to read the book of Revelation. [Don’t miss chapter 13.]
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).
I’d like to give you my booklet.
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This booklet takes 69 Scriptures and weaves the jest of them into a conversation between Mr. Holy Spirit, Jesus and me. The Spirit of the LORD gave this message to me in 1980 when I saw, in my spirit, Holy Spirit walk into my front door on a red carpet. I immediately sat down to record it all on an old black, upright typewriter. I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with the words as they came.
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Get ready for a supernatural, powerful life as Jesus is releasing upon the whole earth the Spirit of the LORD with the Fear of the Lord complete with the other five spirits!
[i] New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New King James Version, Executive Editor, Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Thomas Nelson 2002, 1823
[iii] New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New King James Version, Executive Editor, Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Thomas Nelson 2002, 1824. I highly recommend this Bible if you don’t have a good study Bible.