“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. -Revelation 1:19-20 NIV
The Bible calls itself a MYSTERY. Colossians 2:2-3 tells us; that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The mystery of God is the consummation of God’s plan in bringing His kingdom in Christ to fulfillment. The kingdom had long been prophesied, but the HOW and the WHEN and the BY WHOM, was not clear until the time of Christ. It is in Christ that God has been manifested to all of mankind. As Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Leader, The Book of Revelation is the culmination of it all! “Revelation” is from the Greek word apokalupsis which means, “a disclosure, an unveiling.” The book of Revelation is an unveiling of the character and program of God. The Book of revelation is the only book in the Bible with a blessing tied to hearing it and reading it! Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Rev 1:3) It also commands a curse if anyone alters; I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (Rev 22;18-19) It is a HOPEFUL book for the BELIEVER, for it shows how the WHOLE THING WRAPS UP!
Conduit, as we unravel God’s mystery we can see that He uses numbers for HIDDEN meaning! The NUMBER 7 is used in the Bible 735 times (54 times in the book of Revelation alone), the number 7 is the foundation of God’s word. If we include with this count how many times ‘sevenfold’ (6) and ‘seventh’ (119) is used, our total jumps to 860 references. Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things. In the Bible there are 7 Dispensations, 7 days of creation, 7 Feasts of Moses, 7 Covenants, 7 Beatitudes- 7 is the number of PERFECTION it is the NUMBER OF GOD! In the book of Revelation there are 7: churches, Spirits, golden lampstands, starts, lamps, seals, horns, eyes, angels, trumpets, thunders, heads, crowns, angels, plagues, bowls, mountains, kings! When we understand GOD’s WAY, then we can HUNGER and THIRST for HIS MYSTERY to be illuminated as we seek HIM in HIS WORD.