Praise the seven-eyed Lamb!
And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. (Rev 5:6)
While it is strange to picture Jesus as a lamb with “seven horns and seven eyes” we need to become comfortable thinking in biblical symbols and imagery. In actual fact it is not that complicated. In Daniel we are told plainly that “a horn is a king” in one of those wonderful times when an angel gives the interpretation!
“The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king.” (Daniel 8:21)
According to scripture a horn is a king. Seven is the number of fullness or competition, as in God finished His work and rested on the 7th day. There is a clear logic in these symbols and we need not fear symbolic, prophetic portions of the Bible:
“The aptness of this symbol is laid in the fact that the strength of an animal is in the horn, and that it is by this that he obtains a victory over other animals. The number seven here seems to be designed, as in other places, to denote completeness.” (Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible)
Jesus, the slain Lamb, is King of Kings and full of all authority and power to carry out the the acts depicted in the book of Revelation and in Him is hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col.2:3)
Symbolical Prophecy. “Ready to try something a bit more difficult?”
And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. (Rev 13:1)
Daniel tells us that “the ten horns are ten kings” (7:24) when describing this same picture. A head or mountain also typifies a king or a kingdom or supreme powers.
“The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits” (Rev 17:9)
In order to understand this scripture aright, the word mountains must be taken in a figurative and not a literal sense (as in Isa. 2:2; Jer. 51:25; Dan. 2:35; Zech. 4:7) in which it is unequivocally the emblem of great and mighty power. (Clarke’s Bible Commentary.)
So in this picture, which depicts the coming Antichrist as a beast with seven heads and ten horns, we have a figure of one who holds supreme power and authority on this earth.
Friends, don’t get exasperated with symbolical prophecy! It is how God often speaks! Really this is nothing new. In Pharaoh’s dream the seven good cows/seven good ears were seven years of great abundance and the seven lean and ugly cows/seven thin ears were seven years of famine. The repeating of the dream twice meant determination and urgency on God’s behalf. (Gen 41)
Although truth is seemingly veiled for the moment if we are diligent and preserve we will find understanding.