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Celtic Trinity Symbol (Revelation 1.4-5a)

"John, to the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits [that is, "the sevenfold Spirit"] before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. "(Revelation 1.4-5a)✞

Seven Lamp Stands

iconSaint John under the guidance of God sends a letter at once to a group of "seven churches in the province of Asia," situated in a curved line like a crescent in what is Turkey today. His words to each of the churches address not only current conditions but also the future. He commends the seven churches for their strengths and warns them about their failures. These directions and suggestions are also good for us and our own churches today and apply to our own personal lives too.✞

Group of Seven Churches

Seven Lamp StandsChristian churches and Christians themselves can become loveless, immoral or compromising in their faith just like some of these Early Churches. Our Lord makes it clear how he feels about these faults. The Trinity in this Revelation passage greets John with the words, "Grace and peace to you from him 'who is, and who was, and who is to come.'" This has curious similarities to the "Celtic Trinity symbol" or "Triquetra" or the "Trinity Knot" existing from very early times called the "three hares." This was a circular motif appearing in medieval churches in Devon, England. Known as the "Tinners' Rabbits" it is carved as three hares or rabbits chasing each other in a circle which is presumed to be symbolic of the Trinity. Each of the ears is shared by two rabbits, so that only three ears are shown.✞

Trinity Reference

Celtic Trinity SymbolThe words in Revelation 1.4 "who is, and who was, and who is to come." remind us also of Exodus 3.14-15, where, "God said to Moses, 'I am who I am. [or "I will be what I will be"] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you.' God also said to Moses, 'Say to the Israelites, the Lord, [the Hebrew for "Lord" sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for "I am" in verse 14] the God of your fathers - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob - has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation." "I am who I am" may be rendered "I will be what I will be." "The Lord," also sounds like the Hebrew word for "I Am" in this passage. Here the name of God represents an ancient version of the three persons of the Trinity as a paraphrase of the name of God. In the next verse of this Revelation passage, "the seven spirits" either refers to the Holy Spirit or to the seven leaders of the Revelation churches in Asia.✞

The Faithful Witness

Trinity Tie KnotJesus Christ as the Son is described as "the faithful witness" and "the first born from the dead." The Father is called "the ruler of the kings of the earth." Again, we see a clear reference to the Trinity. The specific phrase "Trinity" is not found in the Bible, but it is described in a number of places where the three persons of Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are linked together as at Jesus' baptism for example.✞

"Celtic Trinity Symbol"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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