Here is the link that shows a biblical perspective on the spiritual significance of numbers in the scriptures. http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/bible/numbers.shtml
and how do you know that horns is a symbol of power? I'm not saying it's not true, but I would need to have some biblical justification for it.
I would concur. You shouldn't believe anything without some Biblical justification for it. But the Bible does illustrate that horns are used as a "figure" or symbol of power or strength. Historically horns have been the image of power or used as a token of the strength of an animal or beast. In fact even today in many societies this is the case. And God uses horns in scripture this way to symbolize the power of whatever is in view.Psalms 89:17
- "For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted."
People don't literally have a horn to be lifted up of course, but the horn is used here to convey the sense of believers being exalted in the glory of "His strength." We are lifted up in His strength (Psalms 46:1; 81:1) rather than our own. e.g.:Lamentations 2:3
- "He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about."
To cut off the horn of the enemy is to break their "Power."Lamentations 2:17
- "The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries."
Here God uses the horn to signify that he has taken away the strength or power
of Israel as judgment, and has exalted the horn (or Power) of their adversaries over them. In other words, while (verse 3) cutting off the horn of Israel means they no longer had Power to stand against their enemies, setting up the horn of their adversaries (verse 17) means that the enemies now had the Power to conquer Israel. Clearly the horns there signify Power or strength. We see that when a horn is broken or cut off, it is symbolism that one's power has been broken or cut off. Whether used in conjunction with a crown, where it's man's ability to rule (as a king), or for something to be unable to stand or have strength before an enemy, that signified the cutting off of power. E.g.:Daniel 8:7
- "And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no Power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand."
When the horn was broken, there was no more "power" in him to stand before the he goat. This is what those broken "horns" symbolized. And the same with the power of evil when it was broken.Daniel 8:8
- "Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven."
The great horn allowed him to push with power so that the Ram could not stand before him. i.e., it 'symbolized' his great power. And likewise, when his horn was broken, it symbolizes his power being broken or taken away.
Likewise in Revelation chapter 17 where we see that the dragon had ten horns. Here the number ten signifies fullness, and the horns signify power. So this imagery is to illustrate the fullness of time these kings have "power" to rule along with the Beast.Revelation 17:12
- "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive Power as kings one hour with the beast."
The horns signify the "power" they had to rule with the beast a short period.
Likewise, the lamb of Revelation chapter five verse six has seven horns. The number seven illustrates the completeness or totality of whatever is in view. Thus this signifies the lamb which was slain, was the completeness of the Spirit of God and had complete or total power. Even as Christ illustrated Himself.Matthew 28:18
1st Peter 3:22
- "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
- "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."
You asked if the horns of the Dragon and the horns of the Lamb are related? Only in the sense that The Dragon is the substitute Christ or "Anti-christ" which mimics the true. The spirit of satan the antithesis of the Spirit of Christ. He is truly the Pseudo christ. e.g.,Revelation 13:11
- "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."
Horns "like" a lamb. This is the substitute or Pseudo Christ who mimics the Lamb of God, but is truly the Antichrist. He comes looking like the "Power" of Christ, but his words are what give him away. For they are not the words of God, they are the words of men, the words of nullification, compromise, and lawlessness. The word of God is what the man of God will come with, but the words of Antichrist is what the man of lawlessness (sin) would come with. Satan's greatest deception is that he comes "looking like" the power of God and as a minister of righteousness (2nd Corinthians 11:14-15). He comes saying Peace, Peace, he comes with healings, he comes saying God loves you, because he is the great deceiver. This is his M.O. or Modus Operandi. In this sense that horns represent power, no matter whose it is, can we say they are related.
And what is the significance of the seven eyes?
- "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."
Eyes in scripture are symbolic of sight, or the ability to see. The Holy Spirit of the Lord is signified by "seven" eyes to illustrate God's ability to see in totality. It is a figure of His omniscience and omnipresence. Seven eyes means He sees all or completely (seven) into all parts of the earth. The same as is illustrated in Proverbs:Proverbs 15:3
- "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good."
Here we see the Spirit of God being omnipresent over the whole creation, and it is illustrated by the eyes being "everywhere." The eyes of the Lord are symbolic of His Spirit everywhere present in which He sees all. Likewise, when God denies man that spirit, God speaks of it as them being given the spirit "that they cannot see." The eyes of blindness.Romans 11:8
- "(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day."
The 'spirit' of slumber is the 'eyes that they cannot see.' That is what God says this spirit is. In other words, we all have physical eyes, but only the Elect have the SPIRITUAL eyes of the Spirit of God within us which allows us to comprehend the scriptures and know the truth. Those who are not elect have the spirit of slumber that they cannot see spiritually, nor discern the truth.John 14:17
- "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because
it Seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
The spirit of man verses the Spirit of God. The spirit of antichrist versus the Spirit of Christ. The eyes which cannot see verses the eyes which can, which is the Spirit of God within us.
And if I might digress a little, the eye is the portal of our view of the world, and this sight to understanding is intimately equated with the spirit. It is the portal of our lusts, fears, pride, envy, greed, and vanity. As such we should be careful about it.Luke 11:34
- "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness."
The Spirit of God is the light of our eyes. And if we keep our eyes set on Christ, singly, then there can be no darkness in us. It's when we take our eyes off Christ that we have trouble in the flesh and start to slip into darkness. The same principle as when we look at things that we want, we will start to lust after it, or envy others that have it, etc., etc. it starts in the eye, the conduit to the spirit of man.Colossians 3:2
- "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
When professed Christians set their eyes on earthly things and not on things above, they find they are not enlightened, and do not truly understand what is the hope of the Christian's calling. It's not earthly kingdoms, riches, beauty, speaking in tongues, physical miracles, name it and claim it religions, politics, popularity, or any of the other eye candy. It's a spiritual understanding which comes by our eyes being opened by the Spirit of God that we recognize truth and eschew evil. Opened that we know that this world is just a way-station, and we are just strangers and pilgrims just passing through.Ephesians 1:18
- "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,"
Our eyes are opened 'Spiritually' in that by God's spirit we have seen the light and know what is truth and what is falsehoods. God's Spirit witnesses with our spirit that we are Children of God. We don't 'see' this by physical sight, we see it by eyes given to us of God wherein we have spiritual sight. The real anointing of the eyes is not olive oil, it's the spirit of God that conquers the spirit of man. Eyes that we can see. Revelation 3:18
- "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
The "anointing" of the eyes is a signification of the Spirit of God come upon us that we might have spiritual sight. Oil is also a signification of the Spirit. This seen even as Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Oil, which is the Spirit (Psalms, 89:20, acts 4:27, 10:38). Anointing the eyes is an illustration of the Spirit giving us divine sight. A signification that we have the Spirit of God that we no longer have the eyes of man wherein we walk in darkness. On the other hand, and by contrast, the eyes of man are also a spirit representative. Proverbs 27:19-20
- "As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
- Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied."
It is the spirit of man that is never satisfied, and that spirit is represented by the eye, because the eye is the portal to the world and all it's lusts. The spirit of man is never satisfied.
..Aint it the truth!
So, back to the point of the seven eyes. The significance of the seven eyes is that the Spirit of God is "everywhere present," all over the earth seeing everything, everywhere. Seven horns and seven eyes on the slain lamb is an illustration of the Work of Christ in the world. He was the Lamb slain, the sacrifice who died and set us free from sin. It is by His conquering death that His Spirit is sent into the ends of the earth, to every nation, tongue, and creed. As illustrated in the prophesy of the bringing forth of God's servant, the Branch.Zechariah 3:9
- "For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day."
This is symbolism of Christ, the sacrifice Lamb of God who died for His people, whose Spirit is sent forth unto all the world, all knowing, all seeing, to take away the sins of the world.
May the Lord who is rich in mercy give us eyes to see and ears to hear His marvelous truths.nosce te ipsum
"I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. -Psalms 32:5"