Christian View of the Trinity

Who is God? Explaining the Seven Spirits of God

The Number Seven seems awfuly important in the bible, so we can and should seek to understand it. Here we shall discuss what Seven represents in some detail.

Seven is not just a magical or mystical number, as witchcraft in the bible was sin and was punishable, so it is not a number of the beast or some thing, nor a Holy special number with no meaning, i.e. unknown significance, such as a perfect number. What makes it perfect? What makes it special? The truth is it encapsulates the very being of God, the heavenly depiction of God in the temple was a Candle with seven candle sticks, similar to what is seen in Jewish Synagogues. This is also important for the Lamb Christ has the same depiction in Revelation, as we shall discuss. Basically I will attempt to prove that the Holy Spirit, God's Spiritual consistency, is seven individual members or divine beings making up what could be called the Godhead, and is found depicted in both the Torah, then in the New Testiment. First here are some examples of the number seven in the bible.

This may help anyone who does not understand the Christian view of the the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Contry to the belief I once held the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit can be understood. You may be surprised to know there are not three members to God but seven, seen as one God.

The God Head Explained as Seven Members

Seven Days of Creation

In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth Genisis 1: 1
... in Seven Days
For the invisible things of him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.- Rom 1:20

This verse says that the invisible things of God can be seen from the creation of the world, meaning God has represented him self in certain ways with in his own creation; else where in scripture it says that the creation shows there is a God. This verse means the same thing but also note it says “For the invisible things of him” we can see the invisible, hidden, unknown things of God from what we see around us in literature, and possibly the creation it's self. It is not unreasonable to suggest that God has left his own seal, the mark of his being on creation. In such a way that if we seek it out we can find it out.

So why did God create the heavens and the earth in seven days, we may ask, is it not pointless. Namman thought seven dips in the Jordan river was pointless, but he ended up with a miraculous healing. God could make it in 1 second if he wanted to; but why 7 days? Gen 1:8  … And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.? Here is the foolishness of God, the simplicity of nature. It’s because he wanted to make creation to reflect who he was, it represents who God is, as we do, we are created in his image, we would call it a self portrate. We can see the hidden or invisible things of God in His creation. He chose seven days to reveal himself, as a seven fold God, with seven members as we shall show soon.

The Greek Godhead, and greek literature

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the God head lives in bodily form. Col 2:8-9

The word Godhead comes from the idea of the Greek Pantheon of Gods. One’s God head is the position of being among the god’s, having power, and authority as god, but Christ is said to have the God head living in him. This verse says that as the Greek Gods took on the form of a man, so to Christ embodies (in bodily form) all that is God. In Greek circles this would be recognized as saying, if there was a council of gods, or a power that defined god-ness, then that whole council, or whole god-ness became flesh in Christ. That every part of God, or all parts of God,  were clothed in Christ. All of God pulsated in Christ, not just a part of it. The Greeks believed that a god head was made up of many powerful gods, as "the body hath many also is Christ". This concept applies to Christ: all that is deemed as God, all his power, any thing in the sphere of being worthy to be called God, walked the earth as a man in him.

If you read Greek sources like the Iliad you will see, it is incorrect to say the term Godhead only means godlike qualities, it is the position of being God, having the qualities that qualify you to be a God. To see how the term God head was used by the Greeks see a quote from the Pausanias.

 “They also say that Artemis shot Bouphagos on Mount Pholoe because he attempted an unholy sin against her godhead." - Pausanias, Guide to Greece 8.27.15

Artemis, shot Bouphagos because he failed to recognize Artemis was a member of the Greek Godhead. “her godhead” – are the powers that display her position as a member of the godhead.

The verse also says that the godhead lives, or made a home in Christ. The word means to inhabit, to take up residence like a rental if you will, to house permanently. The God head not only dwelt in Christ temporarily but the body of Christ is the permanent (and current) residence or home of the Godhead (commonly known among all true christians as the Holy Spirit). I.e. God lives in Christ. I.e. Christ did not need to pray to receive the power to perform miracles externally, but from an internal residence of that power performed his works. Yet he did pray as an example to us, and that people may believe that he came from God, and as an example to us, he could not very well go around with his mouth closed healing people.

So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou heardest me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the multitude that standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send me.  Joh 11:41 - 42

Church Father's Say: One Spirit Seven Members

So far we have a some proof that that a God exists as a godhead, but there is more historical proof that his followers at the time of the apostles believed in a seven folds spirit, as Moses did too, seven candles in the temple called the LORD of the whole earth.
Firstly what did the first century Christians think about it? What did they think about God : The earliest Church Father and writer apart from the apostles was  Justin Martyr, he was a philosopher who turned to Christ, living approximately  60 years after the apostles states - "These things, I think, Plato having learned from the prophets regarding the Holy Ghost, he has manifestly transferred to what he calls virtue. For as the sacred prophets say that one and the same spirit is divided into seven spirits, so he also, naming it one and the same virtue, says this is divided into four virtues;"

Seven Lamp Stands, Called God, called the Seven Eyes of the LORD

So Justin Martyr said that the prophets believed that God was a seven fold Spirit. So this should be able to be found in scripture. Zechariah 4 and onwards shows us a physical representation of God. He is represented as  7 golden lamps stands, the lamp is called the the LORD of the whole earth. On either side of the lamp are the two anointed ones, or Cheriabim, which mirror those found on the ark of the presence (on either side of the mercy seat) in the temple which was built by Israel according to the pattern God delivered to Mosus on the mount.  The lamps are said to be the seven spirits of God which are also called the eyes of the LORD. This same lamp was found also in the temple of the Lord built by Mosus in the desert.

And the angel that talked with me came again to me, and waked me, I was awake. And he said to me, What do you see? And I said to him, I see, a candlestick made entirely of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and it has seven lamps; there are also seven pipes to each of the lamps, which seem to be on the top of it; and two olive trees beside it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and on other side to the left.

A little while latter

The angel said "for these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plum line in the hand of Zerubbabel; these are the eyes of the LORD, which run this way and that way through out the whole earth". Then I answered, and said to him, "What are the two olive-trees on the right side of the candlestick and also over there on the left of it? Again I asked the second time, and said to him, "What are these two olive-branches, which are beside the two golden spouts, that empty the golden oil out of themselves?" And he answered me and said, "Don't you know what they are?" And I said, "No, my lord". Then said he, "These are the two powerful anointed ones (cherubim), that stand by the LORD of the whole earth. Zec 4:1 - 14

To farther describe this, in the temple were two angles on either side of the mercy seat of God, a statue carried by Israel in the widlreness for 40 years.

The angel said "These are the two anointed ones, on either side of the Lord of the whole earth". And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. Exo 25:22

The Lord was said to commune with the people from between the two cherubim. This says he (his presence, or communion) comes from between the two cherabim, that God' presence (God himself) is between the two cherabim. The two anointed ones, described as olive trees, on either side of God in Zechariah are the two cherubim .  

This is something my friend John thought of; now we know on either side of God are two cherubim. In the tomb where Jesus rose from the dead were two angels on either side, of where he had layed. Representing Jesus was now back to where he was before. He said "If only you could see where I had come from". Also Jesus is the point of communication, God's presence for us today.

And she beholdeth two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. - Joh 20:12

of where Jesus was laid, when he rose from the dead and when he assended back into heaven. Representing that Jesus WAS the Lord who will commune with you from between the cherubim. So once Jesus rose back to where he was before, it was from his position, place as God, that he had as Jesus and would communicate being God. Also in his ascension two angles appeared, again representing who Jesus was, and where he was going to send his Holy Spirt his communion from between the Cherabim.

And while they were looking stedfastly into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; - Act 1:10 

Earlier on in the piece, when Jesus saw with his disciples, Jesus' words in John 2:19-21, "In answer Jesus said to them, ‘Break down this temple and in three days I will raise it up.' Therefore the Jews said, ‘This temple was built in forty six years, and will you raise it up in three days?' But he was talking about the temple of his body." So the physical biological body of Jesus was the residence, or home of God himself, so Jesus was God. He rose again after three days. So he became the first and only one to raise himself from the dead, try it if you don't believe me.

But in heaven:

"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple there". Rev 21:22

See God is a representer, he likes to create, or use pictures and symbols to represent himself, his life is the source of every thing, so who or what else is worthy of representation. He said to Moses make such and such, do this or that.

Details of the candle stick  

And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made, even its base, and its shaft; its cups, its knops, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it. And there shall be six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof: three cups made like almond-blossoms in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three cups made like almond-blossoms in the other branch, a knop and a flower: so for the six branches going out of the candlestick: and in the candlestick four cups made like almond-blossoms, the knops thereof, and the flowers thereof; and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, and a knop under two branches of one piece with it, for the six branches going out of the candlestick. Their knops and their branches shall be of one piece with it; the whole of it one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the lamps thereof, seven: and they shall light the lamps thereof, to give light over against it. And the snuffers thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. Of a talent of pure gold shall it be made, with all these vessels. And see that thou make them after their pattern, which hath been showed thee in the mount. Exo 25:31-40

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God as a Loving Father
In revelation Jesus went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sits on the throne. Jesus, the human representation of God, took the scroll from the one who sits on the throne, a heavenly representation of God described in Revelation, so Jesus is separate to God the Father, in identity, but the same spirit is in both,

May grace and peace be yours from the one who is, who was, and who is coming, from the seven spirits who are in front of his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the faithful one, the firstborn [most important human son] from the dead [humans], and the ruler over the kings of the earth [over human kind]. To the one who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. Rev: 1:5 - 5 

We are called according to scripture to be kings and priests unto God, i.e. a special treasured people, as kings and priests are treasured so all men and women are treasured as special creation of God. This is why Jesus came to earth so he could be the ruler over us in heaven, as our loving daddy.

We see, God the Father and God the Son, in all the bible, from the first passage, He created the heavens and the earth in seven days. The seven Spirits of God are said to be Jesus eyes also as we shall discuss below.

Jesus has the same Seven (spirit) Eyes as the Father

We have just seen how God is divided into seven distinct spirits (personalities), called the eyes of the Lord. Now if we go to revelation and look it up, we see Jesus has the same eyes: Shows us a picture of a lamb that has been slain (or Jesus) Jesus has the same seven eyes. He has the same eyes as the Father. - Revelation 5:6

This is a vision or a picture representing something, Jesus, it is used to show us who God is, he does not have seven eyes, only two, but this tells us his make up his chemistry if you will.  

And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures , and in the midst of the leaders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. -Rev 5:6

This is important because both the Father and the Son have the One and the same (eyes) or Spirit. Returning to the verse: Col 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the God head lives in bodily form. We see that the seven spirits of God live as a part of Christ, so the seven spirits of God are the godhead; additionally because God says creation, and other Miraculous examples, e.g. Namman the Syrian, reveals his person we can know that God is a seven fold spirit.

Note on the Meaning of the term Lamb

For people that don't know what a lamb is in scripture. A lamb represents sacrifice for sin. Here is a verse which shows Jesus called the Lamb.  A bit of shaksperian english, "On the morrow he seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world! - Joh 1:29 Ok every one Moses killed little precious lambs, as an attonement for sin, as directed by God while in the wilderness, Moses was a Jew. Isiaiah was also a Jew, and Isiaiah predicted the lamb Jesus would come and die as a sin offering to God, so we don't have to. He prophocied it 800 years prior, and the dead sea scrolls that are in Israel to prove the scrolls accuracy.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. Isa 53:5-10

The passage above Matches perfecty the account in the bible of Jesus Miraculous life, and death at the hands of the Roman Empire under Procreator Pontious.

The Church Represented as being a part of God

We have seen how that Jesus is represented as having the same eyes, as the Father, the seven spirits of God or the Holy Spirit. That God consists figuratively as Seven candle sticks. Futher more the church is represented as seven candle sticks in Revelation. The reason for that is that what determines if a person is of God is if they have been joined to Christ, if they are a spiritual part of the body of Christ (not a church building but a spiritual stone), via the Holy Spirit, who has indwelt all of them, and are currently being saved from their past lives, yet saved and on their way to heaven.

But you are not living by the flesh, but by the Spirit [of God], if it be the case that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ [living in his body], he does not belong to Christ. And even if Christ is in you at the moment, the body will die because of sin; but the spirit [in you] is living eternally because of [God's gift of] righteousness [imparted to you]. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he [God's spirit in you] that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his [God's] Spirit that dwells in you. Rom 8:9-11

Know you not that your bodies are members of Christ? 1Co 6:15 

Or know you not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? and you are not your own [posession but God's special treasure] 1Co 6:19 ;

Back to the candels. Next we see the church represented as seven candle sticks, representing the church being a part of God in Christ, we are not God, but God chooses to in fill people like you and me. i.e. have communion with us from between the two Charabim

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet saying, What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the seven churches: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And having turned I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the candlesticks one like unto a son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about at the waist with a golden girdle. Rev 1:10-13

We see below that the seven candle sticks are "indeed" the seven churches.

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks are seven churches. - Rev 1:20 

The Body of Christ a Picture of how God operates

and to another [Christian] workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues: but all these work by the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will. For as the body is one, and has many parts/members, all being members of the same body, although being many seperate parts, are yet still one body; so also is Christ [seven beings, of differing nature, and abilities] 1Co 12:10-12.

Note the church is said to be like Christ [God], the church has many members in it, with various spiritual gifts, which can all help us bet balanced, each differing in function. This depicts also who Christ is, remember God is a representer, seven days of creation, an artist, and inventor, with his seal on every thing he does.

Further more it stands to reason if there , and his giftings among, the Godhead are diverse, if the church reveals who God or Christ is; it would suggest that even with in the powerful invincible, amazingly powerful, Godhead limits exist, but compared to us would be called strengths. That God honors and bears weakness as much as strength. By this I mean a smaller gift such as a strong love for babies, or a concern for the sick, if it comes from the Holy Spirit is no lesser a gift than the raising of the dead. But it is all as God wills, but some one will have the gift of raising the dead. And each member operates in unity with God’s spirit. I believe we can not fully understand God’s character until we understand the unity that comes from depending upon each other, using the Holy Spirit given gifting, gifting he has given to each one. You know some people may need the gifting he has given you. But we are to earnestly desire, and seek the spiritual gifts, including all of the abilities mentioned in the bible.

More than one voice speaks in heaven

In the following verse found in revelation from the throne of God proceeded voices (plural), more than one voice, not a singular voice.

And out of the throne proceed lightnings and voices and thunders. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; - Rev 4:5

And when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying, Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. - Rev 10:4

Confused Prayer?

From scripture it would be possible to pray to the Holy Spirit as seven members. It would not be sin. However God tends when he speaks on earth in scripture to reveal his voice as a unified or singular voice. That is why he gives us two additional pictures upon which to focus. a) the Son Jesus, the human representation of God. b) The father the spiritual representation of God, yet both real objects not imaginary. Both of these representations or manifestations of God are filled with the Holy Spirit, or the Seven Spirits of God, yet they give us as singularly focused beings the ability to relate to God easily.

The Word also says God is a spirit. Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

In Christ the whole world is held together, who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;   for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;   and he is before all things, and in him all things consist. Col 1:15-17

God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Heb 1:1-3 

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