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Verses of Revelation 19

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Revelation 19:10 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

The Error of the Seer, Rev 19:10

10. to worship him ] Perhaps understanding from the last words that the speaker was God Himself. In the O. T. God had revealed Himself to men by means of angels, and men had, by falling at the feet of angels, rightly worshipped the God Who was present in them (see esp. Hos 12:4 compared with Gen 32:30). But since a more perfect revelation of God has been given by the Incarnation, no such divine presence in an angel is to be looked for. (So Jer. Taylor, Dissuasive from Popery, Part II. 11. Rev 8:3.) We have therefore no need to suppose that the holy apostle was in intent guilty of idolatry; he meant the worship for God in the angel, but this being an angel and nothing more, it follows of course that he ought not to be honoured as God. See Rev 22:8.

I am thy fellowservant ] In a sense, the angels are even servants to the elect on earth, Heb 1:14.

and of thy brethren that have, &c.] In the parallel passage, Rev 22:9, we have “thy brethren the prophets,” and the sense seems to be the same here, from the last words of the verse.

have the testimony of Jesus ] Rev 1:2; Rev 1:9, Rev 6:9, and, closest of all, Rev 12:17. In all these the word rendered “testimony” comes near to the sense that became technical, of “martyrdom.”

for the testimony, &c.] Comparing Rev 22:9 with the passages last cited, it seems that the sense of the passage is, “Martyrdom like thine” (the seer was at least a confessor, Rev 1:2, perhaps, as tradition says, a proved martyr in will) “and thy brethren’s involves in it the grace of prophecy, and so places the martyrs in so close communion with God that they need no angel mediator.” But what is said to St John as a prophet is in its measure true of all Christians. All in their measure are witnesses for Christ, and all partakers of His Spirit; and therefore all are prophets in the same sense that they are all priests and kings. Thus all, if not yet “equal with the angels” (St Luk 20:36), are brought too near to God to need angels to bring Him near to them.

Verses of Revelation 19

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Revelation 19:10 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Revelation 19:10 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 19:10 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 19:10 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 19:10 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 19:10 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 19:10 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 19:10 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 19:10 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 19:10 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 19:10 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 19:10 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 19:10 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 19:10 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 19:10 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 19:10 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 19:10 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 19:10 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 19:10 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 19:10 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 19:10 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Revelation 19:10 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 19:10 - Combined Bible Commentary

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges