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And pulsing from the throne were blinding flashes of lightning,[a] crashes of thunder, and voices.[b] And burning before the throne are seven blazing torches, which represent the seven Spirits of God.[c]

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  1. Revelation 4:5 Lightning is often an emblem of the revelation-word of God breaking forth on the earth (Ps. 97:4), which dismantles the works of Satan (Luke 10:18). As God’s Word goes forth, there will always be voices to carry the fresh revelation of heaven.
  2. Revelation 4:5 Or “sounds.” See also Ex. 19:16; Ps. 77:18.
  3. Revelation 4:5 Or “the seven-fold Spirit of God.”