What does it mean that God has 7 spirits, or a seven-fold spirit?

The scripture states that God has SEVEN SPIRITS and that makes you stop and thing--why? How?

Revelation 4:5

ESV - 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, the reference to the seven spirits in Revelation does not imply that God the Holy Spirit is more than one Being, but refers to the manifestations or characteristics of the Spirit of God mentioned in Isaiah 11:2 that would (and did) mark the activity of the Holy Spirit in the life and work of the prophesied Messiah (the "shoot from the stump of Jesse" mentioned in Isaiah 11:1), and that were fulfilled during Jesus' earthly ministry. 

These attributes (as listed by Isaiah), aside from the Person of the Holy Spirit Himself (or the Spirit of the LORD, which is the first of the seven manifestations) consist of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and the fear of the LORD.

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