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Lamb's Seven Horns (Revelation 5.7-8)

"He (the Lamb) went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the God's people." (Revelation 5.7-8)✞

Number Seven

Number SevenThe "Lamb's Seven Horns" stand for the lamb's omnipotence and his all powerful nature. In the Old Testament, Zechariah the prophet, whose name means "the Lord has remembered," prophesied in 1 Kings 22.11, "Now Zedekiah son of Kenaanah had made iron horns and he declared, 'This is what the Lord says: "With these you will gore the Arameans until they are destroyed."'" He made a pair if iron horns as a sign of God's strength and a promised triumph over the Syrians. The "seven horns" on the Lamb of God also stand for power and also for honor. Psalm 89.17 reads, "For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn ["horn" here symbolizes "strong one."]" The Psalmist is confident here that our strength shall be added to by God. In Psalm 112.9 he adds, "They have scattered freely their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures for ever, their horn ["horn" here symbolizes "dignity"] will be lifted high in honor." Finally Psalm 148.14 tells us, "And he has raised up for his people a horn ["horn" here symbolizes "strength"], the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord". God increases the honor, dignity and strength of his people.✞

Sacrificial Wounds

Lamb with seven hornsThe Lamb of God, for which the Latin is "Agnus Dei," is a title for Jesus that appears in John 1.29, "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" In Christianity, this concept of the Lamb of God is central to our belief. The Lamb bears the sacrificial wounds upon him of the crucifixion, but at the same time he is clothed with the very might of God which will destroy his enemies completely. The "seven horns" and the number seven stands for the Lamb's perfection. The power of the Lamb's horns is perfect and not resistible.

"Lamb's Seven Horns"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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