From: Ben Crick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Feb 12 2000 - 20:40:29 EST
On Fri 11 Feb 2000 , email@example.com wrote:
> Also, is 'seven spirits' an allusion to the Holy Spirit or is it
> reference to angels or other created beings? Please give support for
> your choice.
The "sevenfold Spirit of God" seems to me to be a reference to Isaiah
11:2, KAI ANAPAUSETAI EP' AUTON PNEUMA TOU QEOU,
PNEUMA SOFIAS 
KAI SUNESEWS, 
PNEUMA BOULHS 
KAI ISCUOS, 
PNEUMA GNWSEWS 
KAI EUSEBEIAS EMPLHSAI AUTON, 
PNEUMA FOBOU QEOU. 
These are referred to in Hebrews 2:4 as the sevenfold "gifts":
KAI PNEUMATOS hAGIOU MERISMOIS, celebrated in the famous Pentecost hymn
/Veni Creator Spiritus/:
Thou the anointing Spirit art,
Who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.
Here is the /Spiritus septiformis/ of the Latin commentators.
In Revelation 5:6 we seem to have a reference to the seven "roving eyes" of
the Lord as in Zechariah 4:10, hEPTA hOUTOI OFQALMOI EISIN, hOI EPIBLEPONTES
EPI PASAN THN GHN, whose glance runs to and fro over the earth seeing all
and knowing all. These are the eyes of the Lamb, the Messiah, the One
promised in Isaiah 11:1-5.
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <firstname.lastname@example.org> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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