5 And [kai] out of [ek] the throne [thronos] proceeded [ekporeuomai]lightnings[astrape] and [kai]thunderings[bronte] and [kai] voices: [phone] and [kai] there were seven [hepta] lamps [lampas] of fire [pur] burning [kaio] before [enopion] the throne, [thronos] which [hos] are [eisi] the seven [hepta] Spirits [pneuma] of God. [theos]KJV-Interlinear
5 And from the throne proceed
flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven
lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; NASB
And out of the throne, is an expression meaning, from
the source of God. The throne is in
seat of government and power emanates from heaven, from the source of His own
The throne is the symbol of divine wisdom, and
ultimate power, sovereignty, and authority.
And from this source, God, come lightning's
and thundering’s and voices.All of these symbolize the full majesty and
glory and power and authority of God and of Gods
presence, Ex. 19:16, Eze. 1:13.
These things are also associated with Gods
judgments, Rev. 8:5, 11:19, 16:18.
And in Johns vision we
have the total picture of Gods presence, power and ultimate
authority, above which there is none greater.
Voices, typically refers to noise, sounds, sayings,
or languages and all in the plural.And
in connection with this verse by reference to the seven lamps (outdoor torches
this time), and the seven spirits (the process for spiritual growth), then
these voices are the collective messages of the Word of God, or Bible doctrine.
And, there were the seven lamps.These lamps are outdoor torches, and not the
same as the indoor lamps referred to earlier in chapter one.These lamps burn with bright
and powerful fires.
Which, lamps, are the seven spirits.And we have already studied the seven
spirits, which is a reference to the spiritual growth process as identified in
Isa. 11 and Zech. 4. But this entire
picture is in the present tense, making it a permanent fixture and apparatus for
all of time.
God made but one thing greater than Himself, and that is Bible doctrine.For without doctrine, we would have no knowledge,
nor access to God, to truth, or to a destiny in heaven.Doctrine is the lifeline by which we have
life and a future to hope for.
This sevenfold representation speaks of wisdom,
understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, reverence, and deity, in Isaiah,
and in Zechariah of power, and here in our current verse of judgment.
The torches are also associated with war in Judg 7:16,20 and Nah 2:3-4.
So now what has occurred thus far in this book.
Christ was introduced, the Church was
addressed.And note one more thing, the Church is a reference to us, you and me and all
believers since the inception of our Church Age, all believers in our current
dispensation.We are all Royalty, 1 Pet.
2:9, and we are all Ambassadors, 2 Cor. 5:20.
In ancient times and even in our current day, when
a nation is about to declare war on another nation, it first recalls its
ambassadors that are in that foreign nation.
And that is the picture that is being painted
here.The Rapture is in effect a recall
of Gods ambassadors (believers in our Church Age), and now war is being
declared against evil.
The stage is being set and in seven years time the
invasion (Second Advent) will occur.During those seven interim years, while we are in heaven, God will be
executing the most massive judgments (artillery pounding if you will, prior to
invasion) against humanity, that history has ever
seen.Many will turn to God and will be
saved, while many will turn hard against God and attempt to destroy humanity
But in the mean time, war is declared by means of
God flexing His muscles (so to speak), and having recalled his ambassadors from