(6) 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.
Here John beholds a symbolic representation of Jesus. Jesus is seen as being “in the midst” of throne and all who are around the throne. He is the middle of everything; the center of everything. “He is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). He is not hard to find, just look to the center.
He is represented with the image of “a Lamb as it had been slain.” The lamb appears to have been slain, but John reports that He saw the lamb standing up. The Lamb is alive! This is some of the easiest symbolism to understand in the book. This lamb represents Savior of the world, who has our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7). He was slain, but now he lives.
He has “seven horns,” and horns are powerful, authoritative, and they can be dangerous too. The symbolism of seven shows the complete or perfect power of Jesus, as he testified when he arose from the grave: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). But there is also an Old Testament scene of seven horns. Consider what is said in the account of God’s people first entering the promised land and their conquest against Jericho: “And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets” (Joshua 6:3-4). So we see that seven horns were used as the trumpets which were blown unto the devastation of the enemies and the victory of God’s people! The seven horns on the lamb mean ALL POWER belongs to Christ, they mean VICTORY for the saints, and they mean DEFEAT for the enemies of the Lord.
“And seven eyes.”
It is not enough that he is all powerful, but he is also all seeing! PERFECT VISION! His sight is not limited to eyesight, for he has perfect vision of the heart of all man. He is described as “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Isaiah said that he would not use eyesight to see all things and judge fairly: “he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:3-4). His vision is so perfect that he knows all things past, present and future: “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).
“Which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”
His eyes are further described as the seven Spirits of God. Now, there are not seven literal spirits of God anymore than Christ has seven literal eyes, or that he literally looks like a slain lamb. This is another image representing a truth. When Jesus was given the Spirit at his baptism, he was given the fullness (like seven) of the Spirit (not just a portion): “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him” (John 3:34). In 2 Chronicles 16, Hanani rebukes King Asa of Judah for putting his trust in Syria instead of in God. Hanani reminded Asa how the Ethiopians and the Libyans were such a great army but because Asa had relied on God, he was victorious. Why is it that one should trust in God? Hanani explains: “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Oh the fullness of the eyes of God! Those who are “perfect toward him” (i.e. blameless) he will use his eyes, “sent forth to all the earth,” to provide a strong support on their behalf. This is the work of the Holy Spirit.