"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." (Revelation of John, 4)
"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." (Revelation of John, 5)
" Said Raphael: "That is only a corresponding picture of what I have told you about the creation, or rather successive formation, of a whole heavenly body.
 The great primordial spirits are really the thoughts in God and the ideas going forth from them.
 The mystical number seven is to be understood as that which is completely and primordially divine and godlike in every thought going forth from God and in every idea conceived and as if set out of Him.
 The First Spirit in God is Love. This is found in all created things: for without it nothing would have been created.
 The Second Spirit is Wisdom, as the light going forth from love. This, too, you can see in the form of every being; for, to the more light a being responds, the more developed, definite and beautiful will also be its form.
 The Third Spirit, going forth from love and wisdom, is the effective Will of God through which the envisaged beings become a reality, so that they can really be and exist. Otherwise all the thoughts and ideas of God would be the same as your empty thoughts and ideas, which are never put into action.
 The Fourth Spirit, issuing in turn from the three, is called Order. Without this order no being could have a permanent and lasting form and, therefore, never a definite purpose. For if you harnessed an ox to a plough and it changed its form and shape, say, into a fish or a bird, would you ever achieve a purpose with it? Or suppose you wanted to eat a fruit and it turned into a stone before your mouth, - what good would the fruit be to you? Or you walked somewhere on a firm road, and the road turned into water under your feet, - could even the firmest road be of any use to you? - Look, all this - and inexpressibly more - is prevented through divine order, as the Fourth Spirit in God.
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