What do all these symbols have in common?
Ok, so it’s interesting that when the Bible says “eyes of God”, it’s actually talking about the seven archangels. It’s cool, but hardly life-changing.
I promised you real depth of understanding here, and this is what I’m about to do — give you an idea of how deep you can really go. So read...
Daniel 4:13-17 ...behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; He cried aloud, and said [the curse on Nebuchadnezzar] ...This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones...
Notice that here, instead of calling these the eyes of God, it uses the term “watchers”. Why? Well, what does an “eye” do? It WATCHES! See how intuitive God’s symbols are?
But why does God have all these different symbols for angels? What do “eyes”, “flames”, and “stars” have in common?
Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye...
See how easily the Bible explains its own symbols! You just have to ask the obvious questions!
The one thing that every symbol for an angel has in common... is light! Every single one of those symbols is a source of LIGHT! Even the eye — for how else would the body receive light!
And what does light do? Psalms 119:105, 130. And what are angels supposed to do? Hebrews 1:14. The word “angel” literally means “messenger”! And a messenger from God should bring only light! It is the light of God’s church, the eyes of the body of Christ!
And now go back to Revelation 1:20; each of these candlesticks represented A CHURCH. And on top of that church — invisibly leading it — is an angel.
And the messages in Revelation 2-3 are addressed to those angels — to the seven stars on TOP of the candlestick!
God used all of these different symbols because each, in a way, pictured an angel; God uses angels to watch mankind, hence they are an “eye”. They are messengers of God, light-bringers to the world — thus, picturing them as a star, flame, hot coal, etc., makes sense.
But the root meaning, from which all these symbols are derived, is light. Do you see how that takes a bunch of random symbols and strange prophecies and makes sense out of them?
And this is only one tiny chain, one tiny set of matching symbols. The Bible is literally woven out of these sorts of threads! I can show you dozens of cooler ones! But there are thousands to know.