Revelation 4:5: And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
John tells of “flashes of lightning, and rumblings[a] and peals of thunder” coming from the throne. Resseguie eloquently describes this to be “like an overture to a musical score, the light-and-sound show of 4:5 is a manifestation of God’s holiness that warns of his judgment” (110). This thunder and lightning is used in the Old Testament to accompany God’s presence (cf. Exodus 19:16, Job 37:2ff, Ezekiel 1:13). The thunder and lightning is also used to demarcate points in the plot structure of Revelation where the warning of God’s ultimate wrath increases each time, to wit, at the seventh seal, seventh trumpet, and seventh bowl; with each of these subsequent final “sevenths” a new and more impressive ingredient is added to the already awesome recipe (cf. 8:5, 11:19, 16:18-21). In front of God’s throne there also burns “seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.” The number seven probably signifies the abundance of God’s Spirit in this case.
Source: Spriester, Brett E (Maximus). “Behold, the Throne of God.” 2013.
Other works cited:
- Resseguie, James L. The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. Print.
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