The seven spirits are the seven angels who, in 8:2, are given trumpets. The way that these seven angels are introduced (as "the seven who stand before God") strongly implies that John had already seen and referenced these angels. The only seven who John previously said stood before God were the seven spirits (1:4; 4:5), so I conclude that they are the seven trumpeting angels (given that angels are spirits).
Originally Posted by JesusReignsForever
To add to what Mark was saying, there's a connection between the seven spirits and the two witnesses (who also "stand before God"; Rev. 11:4), and Zech. 4's olive trees, lampstands, and seven eyes, giving further evidence that these in Rev. 8:2 are the seven spirits mentioned in Rev. 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6. Let me explain what I mean: In Zech. 4, any worthwhile commentary will tell you that kings in those days had spies, known as "the king's eyes", and God was comforting Zechariah using this well known cultural fact to say that He has His own spies, and He knows that 1. the lands about Jerusalem are at peace, so the returned Jewish captives are safe to rebuild His temple, and that 2. their leadership (the governor Zerubbabel and the High Priest Joshua, or, His "two witnesses") was anointed and approved by God, and so were trustworthy people to follow.
This means that the seven spirits speak of Jesus' omniscience, but I want to stress that this is not merely symbolism (which I'm sure Mark would agree with): God is omniscient (all knowing), and yet it is not contradictory for Him to send His angelic messengers to spy out lands for Him (Gen. 18:16-22) and to use those very spies to bring destruction upon those lands (Gen. 19:13). The seven spirits speak of Jesus having attributes and authority that only God has, equating the Man Jesus to God (for He is God). The seven spirits are King Jesus' "eyes" (cp. Zech. 1:7-11; 3:9; 4:2, 10 w/ Rev. 1:4; 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15; 4:5; 5:6), who then later are given to release the trumpet judgments.
Hopefully I've communicated this in a way everyone can understand.
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