A couple of years ago, my wife Marie was getting ready for bed, and she sensed the Lord speaking to her, telling her to prepare a notepad and a pen because He was going to speak to her during the night. She was intrigued by this and followed the instructions. At about 2 AM that night she was awakened by the voice of the Lord speaking just two words: “Seven hands.” In the dark of the night Marie found her pad and pen, and wrote those words down. The next morning we began the process of trying to discern what that cryptic message could mean.
 
Understanding has come slowly. Although we knew that “Seven” is the number of perfection and completion, and that “hands” could refer to the working power of God through His people, Marie couldn’t get settled that we had the full interpretation. Then recently, she felt led to share this encounter with a friend of ours, Shoshana Rose Deweber, who is a leader in the prayer movement in Israel. 
 
Rose responded immediately with the sense that the “Seven hands” word was speaking of the ministry of the seven-fold Spirit of God that is referenced in Isaiah 11 as resting upon the Branch, the Messiah who would arise out of the stem of Jesse – namely, Jesus. This seven-fold Spirit is also spoken of in Revelation 4, pictured there as the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God. 
 
Here is that passage from the first two verses of Isaiah 11:
 
Isaiah 11:1–2 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
 
It is my understanding that this number “seven” refers to the full and complete activity of the Holy Spirit, initially resting upon and empowering the ministry of Jesus, and now fully available to us as the Body of Christ. 
 
Over the next several weeks, I will be examining the Scriptures concerning each one of these manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and giving some practical ways that we as Body of Christ can access the powerful resource of the Spirit’s presence that is available to us. 
 
Stay tuned!
Gary Wiens


Gary Wiens, 3/11/2020