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.
As we read into Moses’ Tabernacle assignments, we must never forget that what he was told to make was an earthly replica of what he saw on the Mount (Exodus 26:30). Looking at the tabernacle tells us what God’s throne room looks like. It actually does correspond to the throne room vision of all the prophets including that of John in the Book of Revelation.
We read in the text of Aaron being in charge of the seven lights shining before the Almighty (Numbers 8:2; Exodus 25:37; 37:18–19, 23; 40:25). We are not directly told very much about the function and property of these lights, but studying the Torah in a thematic manner sheds some light (pun unintended) on the matter.
These lamps are to burn continually before God (Leviticus 24:1–2) so In the Tabernacle, they are placed in the anteroom before the Holy of Holies. The apocryphal Book of Tobit tells us of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One (Tobit 12:15). In Enoch, another apocryphal book early believers were familiar with, we are given the names and functions of these angels (Enoch 20:1–8).
These go in and go out Tobit says, just like the seven eyes in Zechariah’s vision that run to and fro through the whole earth (Zechariah 4:10). In the Book of Hebrews, it is revealed to us that he (Hashem) makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire (Hebrews 1:7). Finally, Zechariah tells us that these were like seven eyes in a stone (Zechariah 3:9). The stone is Yeshua (Psalms 118:22), the heavenly high priest who tends to the light, a function foreshadowed by Aaron in the Book of Leviticus (Hebrews 8–9; Leviticus 8:2).
These angels/spirits/lights roam the earth and bring our prayers to God. An ancient tradition tells us that on Friday evenings, angels enter the home of God’s people and see how much priority they have given to the Sabbath. That is why we sing the famous Sabbath angel welcoming song, Shalom Aleichem עלכם שלום . Whether that really happens or not, I do not know, but I do know that Hashem's looks at how we remember and set-aside his Sabbath. I also know that these seven angels go in and out before the glory of the Holy One roaming the earth. They are like God’s little spies. They come and look upon us and tell God what they saw, how we react to each other, how we carry our responsibilities as members of his Kingdom, as husbands, as wives, and as parents. They also report to him on the priority that we give to Torah study.
Does this scare you? It shouldn’t unless you know in your heart that you have failed to prioritize your life according to Hashem’s commandments. Maybe it is time to take stock of things and start living a life Hashem can brag about even to the devil like he did Job (Job 1:8).
We all could be older than we think; anyone of us could die tomorrow and miss a good chance at repentance in this realm.