BLAZING LAMPS OF FIRE
Rev. 4:4-5 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;
The book of Revelation is an credible book, sometimes it seems even intimidating to read, but it is an unveiling of Jesus Christ and His plan of the ages. It was given as a vision to the Apostle John as he was rapt in the Spirit while in exile on the Isle of Patmos. One of his visions was a vision of the throne of God. He described the worshipping angels, the prostrate elders, and the glorified Son of God. John also saw the seven lamps of fire, the seven fold Holy Spirit, blazing in revelation before this glorious throne. This gives us a glimpse of the glorious ministry of the Holy Spirit in the earth today. One of the forerunners of the Pentecostal movement was Pastor A.B. Simpson. Listen to some of his observations about this verse.
“He gives to us the light of the Holy Scriptures, revealing the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, and the will of God for our conduct. He is the light of life, giving guidance in our pathway, and showing us how to walk through the tangled mazes of life. He is the Light that searches and reveals our heart, and then shows us the precious blood that cleanses, and the promise suited for every time of need. He is the perfect Light that never deceives, that never exaggerates, that never evades or hides the most painful truth, that never changes, fails or leaves us in darkness.
And He is not only the Light, but He is also Peace and warmth, He is “a burning,” as well as “a shining Light.” He gives life as well as light, power as well as direction, love as well as truth, and when we receive His light we become also “burning and shining lights,” and our lives will be living illustrations of the truths that we profess and the principles that we hold.”
This describes for us this twofold work of the Spirit in the life of His church. First, the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of revelation. He opens up for us spiritual truth. He makes the unclear, cloudy mysteries of the unseen world crystal clear to us. He unveils the glory of Jesus Christ to our hearts. It is through the Spirit we begin to comprehend the mystery of godliness, the mystery of deity and humanity joined together in Christ. At the same time we begin to have a new love for the Lord. This same fire of revelation is also the fire of spiritual passion. Cold, apathetic hearts begin to combust into flame as the fire of Pentecost begins to burn within our hearts. Today, take a look with the beloved Apostle John as he looks into the fire of God, don’t be surprised if you get burned.