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The Sea of Glass’ Location and the Seventh Spirit of the Book of Revelation Explained

Where is the sea of glass in the Book of Revelation?  What is the seventh spirit in the book of Revelation?  The sea of glass is near God’s throne and the seventh spirit is an angel, not the Holy Spirit.

The sea of glass is mentioned in two places, Revelation 4:6 and 15:2.  It's near and by God's throne in heaven in Rev. 4:6:  "Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal."  It's also the place by God's throne where the finally saved Christians stood before God (Rev. 15:2):  "And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."  Presumably the sea of glass corresponds to the basin placed near the Temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem in the days of King Solomon (I Kings 7:23-26; Hebrews 8:4-5).  These people are part of the same group of people will reign with Jesus during His earthly rule on earth described in Rev. 20:4.

Notice also that the seventh spirit is mentioned in the immediately preceding verses in both cases.  The spirits and angels are interchangeable, since angels are composed of spirit, according to Hebrews 1:7:  "And of the angels He says:  'Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.'"

In Rev. 4:6 the seven spirits of God appear:  "Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."  Likewise, consider Rev. 15:1:  "Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous:  seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete."  Now, these seven spirits stand before God's throne, according to Rev. 1:4.  Also notice how the seven stars are the seven angels in Rev. 1:20:  "As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”  In Revelation 3:1, Jesus equates the seven spirits with the seven angels when we compared Rev. 1:20 with this statement:  "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works; you have the name of being alive, and you are dead.’”  In the next two chapters of Revelation, one angel corresponds with each church Jesus specifically wrote a letter to. The seventh angel is mentioned in three places (Revelation 10:7; 11:15; 16:17).  This seventh angel has the awesome tasks of sounding the trumpet for the arrival of God’s kingdom and of pouring out the final bowl of God’s wrath upon the earth.


Angels are messengers for God, for the very word translated “angel” means “messenger” in Greek and also Hebrew.  The seven spirits shouldn’t be seen as the third member of the Godhead according to the doctrine of the Trinity:  “The Holy Spirit” is never personified in any of the throne room scenes described in the Book of Revelation, which is one of the best arguments against its being a separate member of the Godhead.  Even if we believe in that teaching, wouldn’t it be peculiar to imagine one member of the Godhead being seven separate “Spirits,” right?


In conclusion, in the Book of Revelation the seventh spirit is an angel and the sea of glass is near God’s throne.  


Eric Snow



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