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Behold I come quickly

“Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”. (Rev 22:12).

There is a special blessing promised for reading this book of Revelation. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand”. (Rev 1:3); also Rev 22:7: “Behold I come quickly; blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of this book.” The message of this book is intended to prepare us for the second appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. For this reason, you will find much help by reading slowly and prayerfully the book of Revelation.

Blessing is given to us as we begin this study of the seven names of the Holy Spirit from Rev 1:1-6; 3:1; 4:1-5; 5:5-6. The number seven in the Bible speaks of perfection. When Christ speaks of His seven Spirits He means the complete and perfect work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God says in effect: ‘You know the meaning of the seven Spirits? Then let them work in you freely and you will be raised to my throne.’ The seven spirits speaks of the complete Spirit.

We find that phrase, the ‘seven Spirits’, coming four times in chapters 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6. We can divide the work of the Holy Spirit into four parts. Firstly, there are seven names given in the Bible to the Holy Spirit. Secondly, there is the seven-fold work of the Holy Spirit, which goes on very quietly in the believer. Thirdly, there is the seven-fold work of the Holy Spirit that can be seen outwardly by other people. Fourthly, there is the seven-fold work of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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