One of the great Old Testament prophecies regarding the promised Messiah is Isaiah 11:1-2. This passage prophetically foretells the anointing to be resident upon the Messiah, Who would usher in a new era in human history. It declares:
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
Gods “Sevenfold Spirit” is a wonderful mystery to highlight the functioning of the Lord’s Spirit in the earth. It is not in contradiction to the triune nature of God but a perfect and complete expression of His Spirit that demonstrates the fullness of His character and power. The Spirit of the Lord doesn’t have wisdom and revelation, counsel and might, knowledge and reverential awe; He IS all of these.
The Book of Revelations uses the phrase “Seven Spirits of God” in four passages. It is taken from two Greek words:
Hepta= meaning seven or more appropriately sevenfold.
Pneumata= meaning a plural rendering of spirits, breath or wind that can also be used to describe a singular object or person.
The seven aspects of the Holy Spirit provide a more clear definition of His nature. The Spirit of the Lord is an expression of who He is while wisdom and revelation, counsel and might, and knowledge and the reverential fear of God are what He is.
The Jewish Bible records Revelations 4:5 as follows:
From the throne came forth lightnings, voices and thunderings; and before the throne were seven flaming torches, which are the sevenfold Spirit of God.
The Lord’s Ministry
A simple examination of the four gospels clearly illustrates the functioning of this manifestation of God’s Spirit through the One who is our perfect example. However, it does not end there! Astonishingly, the Lord Jesus prophesied that as He was sent by the Father so also are we to be sent by Him. He goes further emphasizing the works that He did we shall do also an even greater works shall we do because He has ascended to the Father. We simply cannot fulfill this responsibility with any anointing less than the full manifestation of the sevenfold Spirit of God.
The Bride of Christ is to be “bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.” The body is to be an extension of the Head. We are called to carry on in these last days the fullness of the Lord’s ministry to bring in the harvest of the ages through a many-membered body. The Lord is depicted as a lamb slain having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelations 5:6 declares:
I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
The sevenfold Spirit is a complete representation of His revelation (seven eyes) and power (seven horns) essential to accomplish His plan in the earth. In order for the Church to do the works that He did, fulfilling John 14:12, this same manifestation of the Spirit must also rest upon her! The Lord promised to baptize us in the Holy Spirit and fire; the Seven Spirits of God are manifested in fire.
Consecration and Preparation
It is no small responsibility for someone to be anointed in fullness with the sevenfold Spirit of God. Much prayer and preparatory refining must usher in the release of this powerful spiritual reality. Careful adherence to the leading of the Spirit must also follow in the administration of these mantles of the Spirit’s attributes. It will be the responsibility of God’s fivefold ministry gifts to prepare the Bride for her end-time anointing. The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are given for:
the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:12-14
There are numerous forerunners that have gone before us as spiritual prototypes to demonstrate a mature life in God and the fullness of His anointing. John G. Lake was described as a 20th century apostle of faith. Even after experiencing great success in evangelism and miraculous healings and deliverances, he describes being propelled into a deeper place in God following a nine-month season of prayer and fasting. It was there that he discovered the fullness of Christ that catapulted him into a much higher plain of revelation and power clearly demonstrated in the last decades of his life.
His messages vividly outline the progressions in his life that brought him to the place of total surrender to become a “Christ-man,” as he put it. For those who have been so prepared, the Seven Spirits of God will become a reality in this present age. The Church has seen only isolated few willing to pay the price and endure the persecution to become a mature man and the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. Even so, this generation will produce a company of “dread champions” anointed in this way; an invitation is being extended to whosoever will.
The Seven Spirits of God work together in pairs. The spirit of wisdom and the spirit of understanding work in harmony with one another. The spirits of counsel and might work in unison as do the spirits of knowledge and reverential fear of God, all flowing from the manifestation of the Spirit of the Lord.
The gifts of the Spirit are appropriations of the Spirit operated by His will when the need arises. We do not possess the gifts; rather the gifts are manifested according to need. All nine gifts of the Spirit can operate within a believer filled with the Holy Spirit. However, the Seven Spirits of God are measurably greater demonstrations of the Spirit taking the mature and purified believer deep into God’s mysteries and power.
The Seven Spirits of God are “mantles” placed upon the believer to operate in full measure. It is a wonderful thing to receive a word of wisdom; but it is altogether greater to walk in the spirit of wisdom. The “mantel” that rested upon Elijah and Elisha was an Old Testament representation of this reality. An examination of the messages and miracles demonstrated in these ministries reveals the functioning of God’s sevenfold Spirit. The distinction is that the Spirit descended upon these prophets as the need arose while we are promised an abiding presence that is perpetual.
The Spirit’s anointing that came upon these Old Testament prophets rested for a season until God’s mandate was complete and then it lifted; in the ministry of the Lord Jesus the Spirit remained, tabernacled in the Son of God. The Bible declares that the Heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as the appearance of a dove and remained. This is our promise as well!
Wisdom and Revelation
For the purposes of this month’s study we will emphasize understanding of wisdom & revelation. We will address in next months newsletter counsel & might and knowledge & reverential awe.
For the release of the mantle of wisdom and understanding we must pray and ask for it and the integrity to steward it well. The apostle Paul taught us that in Ephesians 1:17-19. Equipping and instruction will result, helping us to appropriately understand the Biblical offices and administration. We must earnestly desire these mantles and pray for the maturity, character, and grace to be endowed with them. Their benefits are enormous.
1. The eyes of our hearts are enlightened
2. Insight to know what is the hope of His calling
3. What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
4. What is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe
The spirit of wisdom is the supernatural ability of God that comes upon our spirits to see Jesus as He is and receive a spiritual understanding and knowledge of God’s word that enables us to know what to do, when to do it and how to do it in every situation. It also reveals God’s manifold and unsearchable wisdom and secrets affecting His plans and purposes. It means a deeper intimacy into the things of God.
The Lord Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and the Bride is to be seated with Him in heavenly places. Therefore, this places the Bride at the right hand of the Father with Him. In this place, the Lord can communicate in a moment of time insight that would take many hours and even months to unfold otherwise. If we will learn the art of waiting on God, we will discover the mysteries of the Kingdom through these mantles.
Spirit of Understanding
The spirit of revelation/understanding is a comprehension of the things of God providing understanding with the mind giving insight with perception. Wisdom and understanding means the insight into the true nature of things with the ability to discern mode of action with a view to their results. It is the ability to not only know the things of God but also the application of them practically.
Revelation is the comprehension imparted into our spirits from the Holy Spirit and transmitted into our minds. It is the voice of God speaking to our spirits and informing our minds of that which God is going to do; the unfolding of hidden secrets to us by the Holy spirit; and the revealing of mysteries and insight into the future.
Daniel 1:17 and 5:11-12 conveys that Daniel was anointed with this same spirit and how it functioned in his life. As with Daniel, it will enable us to understand God’s plans and purposed in the unveiling of Himself. Gabriel came to Daniel saying, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.” (Daniel 9:22) Following that commissioning, Gabriel unveiled tremendous visions with far reaching implications and then explains their meaning. As demonstrated by this great prophet, humility and an excellent spirit are vital attributes in the operation of the spirits of wisdom and revelation.
The spirits of wisdom and revelation will enable us to understand the deep mysteries and purposes of God that are kept hidden. The apostle Paul stated in Romans 16:25:
Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past
Paul’s ministry clearly revealed mysteries of the Kingdom with this anointing and mantle of the Holy Spirit. When the spirit of wisdom is resting upon you, even while meditating upon the scriptures, suddenly deep truths are instantaneously imparted. The spirit of revelation is then present to give understanding of Truth and its relevant application.
Wisdom & understanding provides knowledge of the Godhead and allows us to know God more affectionately, leading to intimate appreciation of God Himself; the inner beauty of the Lord is His grace and Glory. Likewise, we must adorn the inner man with meekness and humility. The inner beauty of God is His grace; the beauty of holiness. The spirit of wisdom and revelation will give us the comprehension of these aspects of God. As 2 Corinthians 3:17 declares:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.