IS REV. 1:4-5 A GREETING FROM THE TRINITY?

IS REV. 1:4-5 A GREETING FROM THE TRINITY?

 

STEVEN RITCHIE

 

 

 

Revelation  1:1 opens the book of Revelation to show that the “revelation”  called  the  book  of  Revelation  came  from  three  distinct

sources. 

 

 

“The  revelation  of  Jesus  Christ,  which  God  gave  him  to  show  to  his

servants the  things  that  must  soon take place.  He  made  it  known  by

sending his angel to his servant John …”

 

 

1.  Jesus Christ

2.  God (the Father)

3.  His Angel  

 

 

Then  in  Revelation  1:4  we  again  find  the  source  of  John’s  prophetic

revelations, “Grace to you and peace, from Him (the Father) who is and who  was  and  who  is  to  come,  and  from  the  seven spirits  who  are BEFORE HIS THRONE, and from Jesus Christ (the Son), the faithful witness,  the firstborn  of  the  dead,  and  the  ruler  of  the  kings  of  the earth.”  

 

 

1.  Him (God the Father)

2.  The seven spirits before His Throne (the Father’s Throne)

3.  Jesus Christ

Angels are called “ministering spirits” (Heb. 1:14) who serve God before His throne and are now under the authority of Jesus Christ.

 

 

“… the LORD JESUS will be revealed from heaven with HIS MIGHTY ANGELS in flaming fire …” 2 Thessalonians 1:7

 

 

Notice that the angels now belong to Jesus Christ. Jesus  stated  in  Revelation  1:20,  "As  for  the mystery  of THE  STARS WHICH YOU SAW IN MY RIGHT HAND (It is unlikely that the Holy Spirit of God would be divided up into seven spirits in Jesus' hand), and the  seven  golden  lampstands:  THE  SEVEN  STARS  ARE  THE ANGELS of  the  seven  churches,  and  the  lampstands  are  the  seven

churches."

 

 

The holy angels are spoken of as "stars" in the Hebrew Scriptures.

 

Job 1:6; 2:1 mentions the sons of God as ancient. 

Job 1:6: “Now there was a day when the sons of God (ANGELS) came to

present  themselves  before  the  LORD  (YHWH),  and  Satan  also  came

among them.”  

 

 

The  "sons  of  God"  are  the  holy  angles  that  present  themselves  before

the LORD in heaven.

 

 

The LORD asked Job (in Job 38:4-6), “Where were you when I laid the

foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who

determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it. To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, “When THE MORNING STARS SANG TOGETHER, AND ALL THE SONS OF GOD SHOUTED FOR JOY?"

 

 

Wherefore,  inspired  scripture  clearly  calls  the  angels  "stars"  who

shouted for joy during creation.

 

 

Ancient  Judaism  referenced  "seven  principal  angels"  (cited  by  Gills Bible Commentary under Revelation 1:4) which go in and out before the glory  of  the  Holy  One  (His  Throne)."  This  is  reflected  in  the  book  of Tobit 12:15.

 

 

"I am Raphael, ONE OF THE SEVEN HOLY ANGELS, which present

the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the

Holy One.'' (Tobit 12:15) Wikipedia says, "The earliest reference to a system of seven archangels as a group appears  to  be in Enoch I (the Book of Enoch)  which is not

part of the Jewish Canon but is prevalent in the Judaic tradition, where they  are  named  as  1)  Gabriel,  2)  Michael,  3)  Raphael,  4)  Uriel,  5) Raguel,  6)  Remiel  and  7)  Saraqael.  While  this  book  today  is  non-canonical  in  most  Christian  Churches,  it  was  explicitly  quoted  in  the New  Testament  (Letter  of  Jude  1:14-15)  and  by  many  of  the  early Church Fathers. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church to this day regards it to be canonical."

 

 

Wherefore, the seven spirits of God are seven principal Archangels that stood  before  the  throne  of  God  in  Revelation  8:2.  “And  I  saw  THE SEVEN  ANGELS  who  stand  before  God,  and  seven  trumpets  were given to them.” These seven angels are “the seven peals of thunder” (in Rev. 4:5) that “uttered their voices” in Revelation 10:3. Revelation 10:7 proves that the seventh thunder is the voice of the seventh angel. “Butin  the  days  of  the  voice  of  the  seventh  angel  …”  And  Revelation  16:1 proves  that  “the  seven  angels”  are  the  “seven  spirits”  who  are commanded  to  “GO  and  pour  out  on  the  earth  the  seven  bowls  of  the wrath  of  God.”  This  is  precisely  the  meaning  of  Revelation  5:6,  “The Lamb  had seven horns and seven eyes, which are  the  seven spirits  of God SENT OUT INTO ALL THE EARTH.”

 

 

Revelation  16:1  says  that  the  seven  angels  were  commanded  to  “GO AND  POUR  OUT  ON  THE  EARTH  THE  SEVEN  BOWLS  OF  THE WRATH OF GOD”, just as Revelation 5:6 says that “the seven spirits of God  are  “SENT  OUT  INTO  ALL  THE  EARTH.”  Therefore  “the  seven spirits of God” are the seven principal archangels who are sent out into all the earth.   God sends His holy angels into all the earth but the Holy Spirit already fills "heaven and earth" (Jer. 23:24)

 

 

Revelation  5:6  says  that  Jesus  is  the  Lamb  who  possesses  the  seven horns and seven eyes "which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all  the  earth.”  It  is  nonsensical  for  Jesus  to hold  the  Holy  Spirit  as "seven  stars" in  his  "right  hand"  (Revelation  1:20),  but  it  does make sense  for  Jesus  to  symbolically  hold  the  angels  in  his  right  hand because Jesus as "God with us" as a man owns all the angels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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