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Verses of Revelation 20

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Revelation 20:11 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

The great white Throne, the General Resurrection, the Judgement on all the Dead and on Death and Hell, Rev 20:11-15

11. a great white throne ] Probably not absolutely the same as that of Rev 4:2 &c.: the King is to sit now not as Lawgiver or Administrator but as Judge. Possibly it is called “great” as compared with the thrones of Rev 20:4; “white,” of course, as symbolical of the holiness and purity of the judgement to be administered.

and him that sat on it ] This has throughout, from Rev 4:2 onwards, been universally the title of God the Father. Moreover, the description of the Great Assize here is substantially the same as that of Dan 7:9-10: and there the Ancient of Days, Who sits on the throne, is plainly distinguished from the Son of Man. Therefore we are no doubt to understand the presence of the Father here, in spite of St Joh 5:22; Joh 5:27. There is no contradiction, if we take a duly high view of the relation between the Father and the Son. St Paul’s doctrine, Act 17:31; Rom 2:16 (allowing that Tit 2:13 is ambiguous), shews the accurate relation between the two sides of the truth: and Rev 3:21, compared with our Lord’s own words in St Mat 16:27 and parallels, shews the propriety of this image.

from whose face &c.] The passing away of earth and heaven is spoken of in Isa 51:6, St Mat 24:35 and parallels; but the strong expression of their fleeing before God’s presence is peculiar to this place: Psa 104:32, however, is something of a precedent. That the destruction will be by fire is not stated here, or anywhere but in 2Pe 3:10; 2Pe 3:12, and perhaps 2Th 1:7-8. In St Peter l.c. we have this destruction of the world by fire compared with the destruction by the Flood, and this parallel seems to have been recognised in popular Jewish belief. Popular Christian belief continued the series, by interpolating between the two a purely mythical “flood of wind;” an idea also found, curiously enough, in the Mexican mythology, which completed the elemental series with a destruction by earthquakes. The lesson of all this seems to be, that the Deluge is a matter of universal tradition, and that the destructibility of the world is recognised by a universal instinct: but that the manner of its destruction is not so revealed, that it can safely be conceived by us in picturesque detail. The destruction of our globe, perhaps of the whole solar system, by fire is quite within the bounds of possibility, even according to the known laws of nature; but those laws more naturally suggest the world literally “waxing old like a garment, and them that dwell therein dying like a moth,” and the elements rather congealing with cold than “melting with fervent heat.” On the other hand, passages like Act 10:42; 1Th 4:15 ; 2Ti 4:1; 1Pe 4:5 seem plainly to prove that the human race will not be extinct when that Day comes, but that there will be “the quick” as well as “the dead” ready to undergo the Judgement. But the judgement of the dead only is described here. St John had learnt, as St Paul had not, that the dead would be the larger class of the two: whether he learnt it from his own longer life, or from the length of time implied in this vision.

and there was found no place for them ] The phrase is a reminiscence of Dan 2:35; we had a similar one in Rev 12:8.

Verses of Revelation 20

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Revelation 20:11 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Revelation 20:11 - The Greek Testament

Revelation 20:11 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Revelation 20:11 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 20:11 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Revelation 20:11 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Revelation 20:11 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Revelation 20:11 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Revelation 20:11 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Revelation 20:11 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Revelation 20:11 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Revelation 20:11 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 20:11 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 20:11 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Revelation 20:11 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Revelation 20:11 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Revelation 20:11 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Revelation 20:11 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Revelation 20:11 - Geneva Bible Notes

Revelation 20:11 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Revelation 20:11 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 20:11 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Revelation 20:11 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 20:11 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Revelation 20:11 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 20:11 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Revelation 20:11 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Revelation 20:11 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Revelation 20:11 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Revelation 20:11 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Revelation 20:11 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Revelation 20:11 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Revelation 20:11 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Revelation 20:11 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Revelation 20:11 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

Revelation 20:11 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

Revelation 20:11 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Revelation 20:11 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 20:11 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Revelation 20:11 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Revelation 20:11 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Revelation 20:11 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Revelation 20:11 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Revelation 20:11 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Revelation 20:11 - Combined Bible Commentary

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