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Revelation: Sardis, Seven Aspects of the Spirit

Posted in Isaiah, Prophecy, Revelation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2017 by paulthepoke

Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: 

The Bible is clear. The grammar and syntax in reference to the “Spirit” are singular. There is one Spirit of God with seven aspects or characteristics.

Isaiah 11:2 defines the seven aspects of the Spirit. This is the character of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 11:2 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.

These are the aspects of the Spirit: 1) The Lord, 2) wisdom, 3) understanding, 4) counsel, 5) strength, 6) knowledge, and 7) fear of the Lord.

The Spirit of the Lord…The Hebrew word for Lord is YHWH. The Spirit of YHWH. Scholars refer to this as the Tetragrammaton, Greek for four letters. This is the proper name of the Hebrew God of the Bible. The correct spelling is YHWH. Note there are no vowels in this term. Vowels from the name Adonai were substituted and the term Yahweh emerged. Jehovah is a word that has been translated to English from the Hebrew, Yahweh. The name for Lord is Jehovah. It means The Existing One. This name is so sacred, Jews refuse to pronounce it. His name is a statement of existence.

Wisdom…The Hebrew word is chokmah. It means: skill (in war); wisdom (in administration); shrewdness; prudence (in religious affairs); wisdom (ethical and religious). This about the application of knowledge.

Understanding…The Hebrew word is biynah. It means: understanding, discernment; act; faculty; object; personified.

Counsel…The Hebrew word is `etsah. It means: counsel, advice, purpose, consult.

Strength…The Hebrew word is ga buwrah. It means: might; valour, bravery; mighty deeds (of God).

Knowledge…The Hebrew word is da`ath. It means: perception, skill; discernment, understanding.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

In this verse, the Hebrew word for “fear” is yir’ah. It can be translated: fear, terror, fearing, awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear); fear (of God); respect, reverence, piety, revered. -Strong’s Concordance.

The term yara’ (noted in Proverbs 1:7 and Isaiah 8:12) is the common word for fear in the Old Testament and has a basic three-fold range of meanings: 1) “dread; terror” (Deuteronomy 1:29, Jonah 1:10), 2) “to stand in awe” (I Kings 3:28), 3) “to revere; to respect” (Leviticus 19:3). With the Lord as the object, it captures the polar opposites of shrinking back in fear and drawing close in awe and adoration (NET Bible notes).

The seven aspects or characteristics of the Spirit.

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Isaiah 11:2 Jesus, The Spirit Rests

Posted in Isaiah, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2014 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 11:2 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.

The Gospel accounts of Matthew and John confirm Jesus is the person who the Spirit of the Lord will rest. Matthew 3:16-17 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

Jesus is not the first king blessed with the Spirit of God. David was indwelled with the Spirit. This is an example of an Old Testament believer who was indwelled with the Spirit.  1 Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Wisdom: chokmah in the Hebrew. It means: skill in war, in administration, shrewdness, prudence in religious affairs, skill in ethical and religious endeavors.

Understanding: biynah in the Hebrew. It means: discernment, faculty.

Counsel: `etsah in the Hebrew. It means: advice, purpose.

Strength: g@buwrah in the Hebrew. It means: strength, might, valor, bravery, mighty deeds (of God).

Knowledge: da`ath in the Hebrew: It means: perception, skill, discernment, understanding, wisdom.

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

Notice, wisdom and knowledge are different. Biblical wisdom is about the application of a knowledge base. Doing what one knows.

Fear of the Lord: The term yara’ (noted in Proverbs 1:7 and Isaiah 8:12) is the common word for fear in the Old Testament and has a basic three-fold range of meanings: (1) “dread; terror” (Deuteronomy 1:29, Jonah 1:10), (2) “to stand in awe” (I Kings 3:28), (3) “to revere; to respect” (Leviticus 19:3). With the Lord as the object, it captures the polar opposites of shrinking back in fear and drawing close in awe and adoration (NET Bible notes).

Isaiah 8:11-13 What is “The Fear of the Lord”

Posted in Isaiah with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 8:11-13 For thus the LORD spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, “You are not to say, ‘ It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, and you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it. “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread…”

God is speaking to Isaiah with strength and force, as if He was grabbing him by the hand and desperately seeking Isaiah’s attention. Pay attention! The message is simple. Do not act like your fellow countrymen. Avoid the herd mentality and do not buckle to peer pressure. You are personally responsible for your actions, thoughts, and comments.

There are two Hebrew words that are translated as “fear”. According to Strong’s
Concordance, one is yare’. It can be translated: to fear, be afraid, to stand in awe of, be awed, reverence, honor, respect.

The second word translated as “fear” is mowra’. It can be translated: reverence, terror, awe-inspiring spectacle or deed.

The Hebrew word for “dread” is ‘arats. It can be translated: to regard or treat with awe, regard or treat as awful, terrify.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

In this verse, the Hebrew word for “fear” is yir’ah. It can be translated: fear, terror, fearing, awesome or terrifying thing (object causing fear), fear (of God), respect, reverence, piety, revered.

The term yara’ (noted in Proverbs 1:7 and Isaiah 8:12) is the common word for fear in the Old Testament and has a basic three-fold range of meanings: (1) “dread; terror” (Deuteronomy 1:29, Jonah 1:10), (2) “to stand in awe” (I kings 3:28), (3) “to revere; to respect” (Leviticus 19:3). With the Lord as the object, it captures the polar opposites of shrinking back in fear and drawing close in awe and adoration (NET Bible notes).

Jehovah is holy. His proper name is used in Isaiah passage. Jehovah means “the existing One”. The grammar of the verse indicates God is the cause and He is the One who makes things happen. He sets apart, devotes, and consecrates. He is the agent of cause. Jehovah’s ways are different than man’s way. Focus on God and not the herd mentality or wisdom of the world.

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