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6 - SEVEN LETTERS TO THE SEVEN
Mystery of God
revelation is supported by the Apostle Paul in - Ephesians
3:3-6 - How that by revelation he made known unto me the
mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, (4) Whereby,
when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery
of Christ) (5) Which in other ages was not made known
unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his
holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (6) That the
Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.
After the resurrection of Jesus the mystery of God was revealed
to Paul under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.
mystery is now revealed to Christians by the anointing of
the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul was one of the first to
receive a deeper revelation of truth from the Holy Spirit
as he received revelation of the meaning of the "mystery
of God". The mystery of God was a deeper understanding
of God's Word. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to make
known a deeper understanding of truth to Christians. Christ
declared the Holy Spirit would perform this work of revelation
after His resurrection in - John 16:12-13 (NIV) - "I
have much more to say to you, more than you can now
bear. (13) But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he
will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on
his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will
tell you what is yet to come.
was this mystery? Ephesians 3:9-11 (KJV) - And to
what is the fellowship of the mystery,
which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God,
who created all things by Jesus Christ: (10) To the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly
places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom
of God, (11) According to the eternal purpose which he purposed
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
all men" - The church's ministry
of the gospel is to everyone. Everyone should see plainly
the promise of God given to Abraham, that all people
on earth would be blessed. How one receives this blessing
is made known by the illumination of the Holy Spirit, as
one hears and believes the preached gospel. When the Christian
sees how this mystery (secret plan) works out in his favor,
he has a new eternal hope, he becomes a new creation. The
joy of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is shed abroad
from his heart to others, as though the countenance of his
joy was rays of light. God gets the glory and the principalities
and powers in heavenly places learn a lesson on the manifold
(multi-faceted) wisdom of God.
- (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) - #5461 photizo
(fo-tid'-zo); from #5457 (see below); to shed
rays, i.e. to shine or (transitively) to brighten
up (literally or figuratively).
in KJV-- enlighten, illuminate, (bring to, give)
light, make to see.
phos (foce); from an obsolete phao (to shine or make
manifest, especially by rays; luminousness
(in the widest application, natural or artificial, abstract
or concrete, literal or figurative).
in KJV-- fire, light.
men will see as the Holy Spirit enlightens them by illuminating
truth (revelation), as sending forth rays of light. This
is a truth that will be made manifest in men's mind through
faith under the power of the Holy Spirit's ministry.
scripture in Revelation portrays Christ as having seven
horns and seven eyes. Are these linked to the same ministry
of the gospel under the power of the Holy Spirit? Yes! Horns
represents the power and authority of God's Word. Eyes represents
Christ through the Holy Spirit overseeing those who have
faith in the Word of God. The Word seven in the book of
Revelation represents completeness, meaning the end time
is a time of Christ completing the ministry of the gospel
under the power of the Holy Spirit. When the gospel is finished
in Revelation 10:7, the next thing that follows is
the time of wrath under the seven bowls. The Christ returns
to the earth.
Horns and Seven Eyes
5:6 (KJV) - And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne
and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders,
stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having
seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven
Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
the above scripture "horns" and "eyes"
are linked together in a vision of the Lamb of God. The
horns and eyes are the Holy Spirit performing His work in
the ministry of truth.
- (Strong's Concordance - Greek) #3788 ophthalmos
(of-thal-mos'); from #3700; the eye (literally or
figuratively); by implication, vision; figuratively,
envy (from the jealous side-glance).
a (middle voice) prolonged form of the primary (middle voice)
optomai (op'-tom-ahee); to gaze (i.e. with wide-open
eyes, as at something remarkable).
literally or figuratively, means vision. It is taken from
the prime word "optomai" which means to gaze with
wide open eyes, as at something remarkable. The eyes of
the Lamb observes as the Christian is born again through
faith in Him as their Savior. This is a remarkable thing
for Christ to see, as the Holy Spirit responds to the faith
of anyone who believes in the preached word and repents
of his sin and accepts Christ as Lord of his life. Darkness
is overcome by the light of God and rays of light are radiated
from the heart of the new creation, as the Holy Spirit sets
up His eternal residence.
- In the Greek concordance the word "horn" literally
means horn. The Greek concordance does not give us any guidance
concerning a figurative or implied use of the word in the
scriptures. Therefore, a look at the Hebrew meaning is required
for gaining insight. I think this is permissible because
Jesus knew the Hebrew language and used the word "horn"
to represent a certain meaning in this metaphor of the Lamb
with seven horns and seven eyes. "Horn" was used
in the Old Testament many times as a prophetic symbol of
the work of the Holy Spirit. Horn implies the power and
authority of God's word.
us look at an Old Testament scriptures where "horns"
was used in a metaphor describing Christ. All altars are
used for sacrificial ceremonies. In the Old Testament it
was the blood sacrifice of animals for the forgiveness of
sin (brazen altar in the tabernacle courtyard) and the sacrifice
of self reliance at the altar of incense in the tabernacle's
scripture is concerned witht he altar of inscense that was
positioned adjacent to the vail in the tabernacle - Leviticus
4:16-18 (NIV) - Then the anointed priest is to take some
of the bull's blood into the Tent of Meeting. (17) He shall
dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle it before the
LORD seven times in front of the curtain. (18) He is to
put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that
is before the LORD in the Tent of Meeting.
scripture is concerned with Moses' song he quoted to the
Israelites in the desert when the Law was given to them.
It is a prophetic revelation of Christ (using Joseph as
an Old Testament type of Christ) - Deuteronomy 33:17
(NIV) - In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns
are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will
gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth.
This is the power and authority of Christ to gore the nations
with the Word of God, beginning at His crucifixion and resurrection
and continuing to the end time.
(Strong's Concordance / Hebrew) #7161 qeren (keh'-ren);
from #7160; a horn (as projecting); by implication,
a flask, cornet; by resemblance. an
elephant's tooth (i.e. ivory), a corner (of the altar),
a peak (of a mountain), a ray (of light); figuratively,
qaran (kaw-ran'); a primitive
root; to push or gore; used only as denominative
from #7161, to shoot out horns; figuratively,
in KJV-- have horns, shine.
word "qeren" represents ray of light (Holy
Spirit) that has power. Qeren is taken from
the root word "qaran" which means to push
or gore and figuratively, rays of light that
"shoot out" like the goring of a horn.
has a similar meaning to the Greek word for "see",
as previously discussed, #5461 photizo (fo-tid'-zo),
which means to shed rays of light, illumination of truth
by the Holy Spirit. But, "horns" in the Hebrew
metaphor goes a step further with power to push (prod) the
believer to repentance, by goring the heart of the believer
separating him unto Christ. The goring action is the word
of God functioning as a double edged sword -
4:12 (KJV) - For the word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and
of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
work of the Holy Spirit is paramount in the ministry of
truth through the church. Without Him, no one could be saved
and faith would fall to the earth with no effect. The Holy
Spirit gores the believer into repentance. Apart from repentance
no one could be re-born. Additionally, the Holy Spirit through
His ministry of God's truth to each believer, is a discerner
of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Meaning, through
the Holy Spirit, God knows the contents of the heart and
works to transform the mindset of the believer to conform
to the truth.
can see the principle of transforming of the mind through
the Word of God, and therefore, see the goring action of
on the altar of incense -
30:1-3 (KJV) - And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense
upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. (2) A cubit shall
be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof;
foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height
thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.
(3) And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof,
and the sides thereof round about, and the horns
thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round
altar of incense in the Holy Place of the tabernacle in
the wilderness was constructed with a horn on each corner.
The altar of incense represents the prayers of believers
submitted to God during the process of sanctification (transformation
of the mindset). When the believer is in a place of need
and submits his petition to God, he holds onto the horns,
so to speak, and perseveres until his season is due and
God answers his petition. This is time of building faith
in God as the source of all his needs. When God provides,
the believer knows in his heart that God is true and trustworthy
to perform that which is promised in His Word. The Holy
Spirit etches this experience with God in the believer's
heart and he is forever changed. When God looks upon his
heart, He will see a full persuasion of faith. Figuratively,
it could be said, "horns represent the power of God
through the Holy Spirit to change a believer's heart."
("Qeren" figuratively means "power".)
his transformational experience the Word gored through his
self-sufficiency and established sufficiency in God as Provider.
The believer's relationship with God and Christ becomes
one of intimacy.
Holy Spirit is a promised gift to each person who accepts
Christ as Lord and Savior. He's a gift and a promise because
without Him nothing good happens inwardly. God is the source
of life and the Holy Spirit imparts that life to us, in