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Lamb's Seven Horns
(Revelation 5.6-8)
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"Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 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 5.6-8)✞

Number Seven

Number SevenThe "Lamb's Seven Horns" stood for the lamb's omnipotence and his all powerful nature, the number seven indicated completeness. The seven spirits here indicated "the sevenfold Spirit of God." The horn took on different meanings in different contexts. In the Old Testament, Zechariah the prophet, whose name meant "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 of 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 stood for power and honor. Psalm 89.17 read, "For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn." The "horn" here symbolized the "strong one." The Psalmist was confident that our strength shall be added to by God. In Psalm 112.9 he wrote, "They have scattered freely their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures for ever, their horn will be lifted high in honor." The "horn" here symbolizes "dignity." Finally, Psalm 148.14 reads, "And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord". The "horn" here stood for "strength." The meaning of the horns is that God increases the honor, dignity and strength of his people.✞

Sacrificial Wounds

Lamb with seven hornsThe Lamb of God, from the Latin "Agnus Dei," was a title for Jesus that appeared 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 was central to its belief. The Lamb bore the sacrificial wounds of the crucifixion upon him, but at the same time he was clothed with the very might of God which would destroy his enemies completely. The "seven horns" and the number seven stood for the Lamb's perfection. The power of the Lamb's horns was perfect and irresistible.

"Lamb's Seven Horns"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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