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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Revelation 7



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Verse 1

And. Some texts omit.

after. App-104.

these things. The texts read "this".

saw. App-133.

on (first and fourth occurance) Greek. epi. App-104.

earth. App-129.

holding = holding fast. Greek. krateo. Compare App-172.

four winds. See Jeremiah 49:36. Daniel 7:2; Daniel 8:8; Daniel 11:4. Zechariah 2:6; Zechariah 6:5.

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

on (second and third occurance) Greek. epi. App-104.

nor, nor. Greek. mete. See App-105.

any. App-123. tree. Greek. dendron. Not as in Revelation 2:7.

Verse 2

another. App-124.

east. Literally sunrising.

the = a.

living. App-170.

God. App-98.

loud = great.

Verse 3

neither. Same as nor, Revelation 7:1.

have = shall have, sealed. See App-197. Compare Revelation 9:4; Revelation 14:1; Revelation 22:4, and See Revelation 13:16; Revelation 14:9. This sealing is visible and protects the elect (Matthew 24:31) of Israel during the tribulation, marking them off as worshippers of the true God.

servants. App-190.

in = upon. App-104.

Verse 4

them which were = the.

an hundred, &c. See App-197.

children. App-108.

Verse 5

were sealed. Omit.

twelve. See App-197.

(5-8) These verses: foretell a literal sealing of a literal number of people taken from these tribes of Israel. No Jew now knows for certain his tribe, but the Divine sealers know 144,000 (App-10) are set apart for God"s purposes. Dan and Ephraim are omitted, Levi and Joseph taking their places. For the reason, see Leviticus 24:10-16. Deuteronomy 29:18-21. Judges 18:2-31. 1 Kings 12:26-38. Hosea 4:17. Their restoration to earthly inheritance is shown (Eze 48), the reason being given in Romans 11:29.

Verse 9

After this. As Revelation 1:19.

beheld. As Revelation 7:1 (saw).

lo. App-133.

multitude. These are converts during the great tribulation.

no man = no one. Greek. oudeis.

kindreds. As Revelation 7:4 (tribes).

people = peoples.

stood = were standing.

palms. Greek. phoinix. Only here and John 12:13. Compare the "great hosanna" of the Jews on the last day of "Tabernacles".

Verse 10

cried = they cry.

Salvation. Greek soteria. In Rev. only here, Revelation 12:10; Revelation 19:1.

unto = to.

Verse 11

stood = were standing.

worshipped. App-137.

Verse 12

Amen. See Revelation 1:6.

Blessing, &c. A sevenfold (App-10) ascription. Compare Revelation 5:12, where it is to the Lamb, while here it is to God. Prefix the def. art. to each term.

for . . . ever. See Revelation 1:6.

Verse 13

answered = masked. Figure of speech Idioma. App-6.

What = Who.

Verse 14

Sir. Most texts read "My lord".

knowest. See App-132.

which came = who come.

out of. App-104.

great, &c. = the great, &c. Compare Matthew 24:21. See Jeremiah 30:5-7. Daniel 12:1. Nothing to do with Christ"s sufferings and death on the cross.

have. Omit.

washed. Greek. pluno. Only here. App-136. Septuagint uses in Psalms 51:2, Psalms 51:7 for Hebrew. kabas. These wash "their own robes" the standing of works, not of grace. For latter see 1 Corinthians 6:11.

in = by. i.e. by virtue of, the en being here the efficient cause. App-104. See Revelation 1:5; Revelation 5:9, and App-95, note 2, "washing in blood".

Verse 15

Therefore = For this cause, or On this account. Greek. dia touto.

serve. App-137and App-190

day and night. Hebraism for "continually".

Temple. See Revelation 3:12.

dwell. Greek. skenoo. Here; Revelation 12:12; Revelation 13:6; Revelation 21:3. See John 1:14 and compare Isaiah 4:5, Isaiah 4:6.

among = over. Greek. epi,

Verse 16

neither, neither, nor. Greek. oude, the second occurance followed by me.

light. Greek. pipto. Occ twenty-three times in Rev., always "fall" except here. See Revelation 16:8. Compare Isaiah 30:26.

heat = scorching heat. Greek. kauma. Only here and Revelation 16:9.

Verse 17

shall = will.

feed = tend, or shepherd. See Revelation 2:27. Micah 5:4.

living, &c. The texts read "fountains of waters of life" (App-170.) See Revelation 21:4. These two verses: refer to Isaiah 49:8-10; Isaiah 25:8. Jeremiah 31:9, Jeremiah 31:10-25. Ezekiel 47:1, Ezekiel 47:12.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Revelation 7:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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