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Revelation 11:17

saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - God;   Power;   Praise;   Thankfulness;   Thompson Chain Reference - Eternal;   God;   God's;   Gratitude-Ingratitude;   Heavenly;   Kingdom;   Kingdom, Spiritual;   Mutability-Immutability;   Praise;   Spiritual;   Worship;   The Topic Concordance - Government;   Saints;   Seals;   Wrath;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Power of God, the;   Thanksgiving;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Antichrist;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Singing;   Thanksgiving;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Destroy, Destruction;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Order;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Adam (1);   Deep;   Dispensations;   Nebuchadnezzar;   Revelation of John, the;   Holman Bible Dictionary - I Am;   Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Beast;   Hope;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Alpha and Omega (2);   Eschatology;   God;   Hymn;   Lord;   Mediator;   Omnipotence;   Praise (2);   Thanksgiving;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - God;   Revelation, the;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Jehovah;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Omnipotence;   Power;   Reign;   Revelation of John:;   Worship;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

O Lord God Almighty, which art - This gives a proper view of God in his eternity; all times are here comprehended, the present, the past, and the future. This is the infinitude of God.

Hast taken to thee - Thou hast exercised that power which thou ever hast; and thou hast broken the power of thy enemies, and exalted thy Church.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Saying, We give thee thanks - We, as the representatives of the church, and as identified in our feelings with it (see the notes on Revelation 4:4), acknowledge thy goodness in tires delivering the church from all its troubles, and having conducted it through the times of fiery persecution, thus establishing it upon the earth. The language here used is an expression of their deep interest in the church, and of the fact that they felt themselves identified with it. They, as representatives of the church, would of course rejoice in its prosperity and final triumph.

O Lord God Almighty - Referring to God all-powerful, because it was by his omnipotent arm alone that this great work had been I accomplished. Nothing else could have I defended the church in its many trials; nothing else could have established it upon the earth.

Which art, and wast, and art to come - The Eternal One, always the same. See the notes on Revelation 1:8. The reference here is to the fact that God, who had thus established his church on the earth, is unchanging. In all the revolutions which occur on the earth, he always remains the same. What he was in past times he is now; what he is now he always will be. The particular idea suggested here seems to be, that he had now shown this by having caused his church to triumph; that is, he had shown that he was the same God who had early promised that it should ultimately triumph; he had carried forward his glorious purposes without modifying or abandoning them amidst all the changes that had occurred in the world; and he had thus given the assurance that he would now remain the same, and that all his purposes in regard to his church would be accomplished. The fact that God remains always unchangeably the same is the sole reason why his church is safe, or why any individual member of it is kept and saved. Compare Malachi 3:6.

Because thou hast taken to thee thy great power - To wit, by setting up thy kingdom over all the earth. Before that it seemed as if he had relaxed that power, or had given the power to others. Satan had reigned on the earth. Disorder, anarchy, sin, rebellion, had prevailed. It seemed as if God had let the reins of government fall from his hand. Now he came forth as if to resume the dominion over the world, and to take the scepter into his own hand, and to exert his great power in keeping the nations in subjection. The setting up of his kingdom all over the world, and causing his laws everywhere to be obeyed, will be among the highest demonstrations of divine power. Nothing can accomplish this but the power of God; when that power is exerted nothing can prevent its accomplishment.

And hast reigned - Prof. Stuart, “and shown thyself as king” - that is, “hast become king, or acted as a king.” The idea is, that he had now vindicated his regal power (Robinson, Lexicon) - that is, he had now set up his kingdom on the earth, and had truly begun to reign. One of the characteristics of the millennium - and indeed the main characteristic will be that God will be everywhere obeyed; for when that occurs all will be consummated that properly enters into the idea of the millennial kingdom.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Revelation 11:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-11.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast; because thou hast taken thy great power, and didst reign.

Who are and who wast ... Many have commented on the omission here of "and who is to come," as in Revelation 1:8. Why? "He has come!"[91]

And didst reign ... Note the past tense. The reign began long ago and continued throughout all the time between the two Advents of the Son of God. Indeed, the reign of God has never, for an instant, ceased since the beginning of time. Satan and evil men were used of God in the working out of his wise designs; but the sovereignty of the Father in heaven has never been even temporarily compromised by anything that ever occurred in the whole universe.

ENDNOTE:

[91] William Hendriksen, op. cit., p. 160.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Saying, we give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty,.... The person addressed is the Lord Jesus Christ, whose the kingdoms are become, and who now reigns in great power and authority; he is Lord of all, and truly and properly God, and the Almighty, as his works of creation, preservation, redemption, raising himself from the dead, &c. declare; and each of these titles exceedingly well suit him, when his visible kingdom on earth will be so greatly enlarged:

which art, and wast, and art to come: the everlasting, "I am", the unchangeable Jehovah: the phrase is expressive of the eternity and immutability; see Gill on Revelation 1:8; and it may be observed, whereas in this description of him it is said, "and art to come", this therefore does not belong to his personal, but to his spiritual reign; he will not be as yet come in person, to raise the dead, and judge the world, when these voices shall be in heaven, and these congratulations of the elders be made: the reason of their praise and thanksgiving follows,

because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned; power always belonged to him, as God; he always was the mighty God, and, as such, help for his people was laid upon him, he being mighty to save, and able to bear the government of them, laid on his shoulders; and, as Mediator, all power in heaven, and in earth, was given to him at his resurrection; and he had a name given him above every name, when exalted at the right hand of God, and was made, or declared, Lord and Christ; and from that time he has, in some measure, exerted his power and reigned: he endued his apostles with power from on high; and he went forth in the ministry of the Gospel conquering, and to conquer; and has ever since reigned in the hearts of his people; but now he will manifest and display his "great" power; he will show it more openly, and use it more extensively; his kingdom shall be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth; he shall be King over all the earth; his power has been seen in ages past, but now the "greatness" of his power will be made manifest; he has always had a kingdom on earth, but now the, "greatness" of the kingdom, under the whole heaven, will be his.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

thanks — for the answer to our prayers (Revelation 6:10, Revelation 6:11) in destroying them which destroy the earth (Revelation 11:18), thereby preparing the way for setting up the kingdom of Thyself and Thy saints.

and art to come — omitted in A, B, C, Vulgate, Syriac, Cyprian, and Andreas. The consummation having actually come, they do not address Him as they did when it was still future, “Thou that art to come.” Compare Revelation 11:18, “is come.” From the sounding of the seventh trumpet He is to His people JAH, the ever present Lord, WHO IS, more peculiarly than Jehovah “who is, was, and is to come.

taken to thee thy great power — “to Thee” is not in the Greek. Christ takes to Him the kingdom as His own of right.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

O Lord God (Κυριε ο τεοςKurie ho theos). Vocative form κυριεkurie and nominative form ο τεοςho theos (vocative in use). See Revelation 1:8; Revelation 4:8 for this combination with ο παντοκρατωρho pantokratōr (the Almighty). For ο ων και ο ηνho ōn kai ho ēn (which art and which wast) see Revelation 1:4, Revelation 1:8; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 16:5.

Thou hast taken (ειληπεςeilēphes). Perfect active indicative of λαμβανωlambanō emphasizing the permanence of God‘s rule, “Thou hast assumed thy power.”

Didst reign (εβασιλευσαςebasileusas). Ingressive first aorist active indicative of βασιλευωbasileuō “Didst begin to reign.” See this combination of tenses (perfect and aorist) without confusion in Revelation 3:3; Revelation 5:7; Revelation 8:5.

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Vincent's Word Studies

O Lord God, etc.

See on Revelation 4:8.

And art to come

Omit.

Hast taken to Thee

Omit to thee.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

The Almighty — He who hath all things in his power as the only Governor of them.

Who is, and who was — God is frequently styled, "He who is, and who was, and who is to come." but now he is actually come, the words, "who is to come," are, as it were, swallowed up. When it is said, We thank thee that thou hast taken thy great power, it is all one as, "We thank thee that thou art come." This whole thanksgiving is partly an enlargement on the two great points mentioned in the fifteenth verse; Revelation 11:15 partly a summary of what is hereafter more distinctly related. Here it is mentioned, how the kingdom is the Lord's; afterwards, how it is the kingdom of his Christ.

Thou hast taken thy great power — This is the beginning of what is done under the trumpet of the seventh angel. God has never ceased to use his power; but he has suffered his enemies to oppose it, which he will now suffer no more.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Ver. 17. Because thou hast taken] Thou hast slain and subdued those thine enemies, that sent messengers after thee, saying, "We will not have this man to rule over us."

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 11:17. ὢν καὶ ἦν, who is, and who was) Some have added, καὶ ἐρχόμενος.(121) The shorter reading here also is the true one; the fuller one is derived from a parallel passage. See App. Crit. Ed. ii. on this passage. Such varieties of reading are not to be decided in a cursory manner, on common grounds, but by careful investigation, according to the strong arguments which peculiarly and naturally belong to each passage. By which method we shall find, in the present instance, that this passage, ch. Revelation 11:17, is not so much to be compared with the three preceding, as with the one which follows, ch. Revelation 16:5. What is the aspect of the three preceding passages, we have before shown, on the passages themselves, and especially on ch. Revelation 1:8 : but now both these passages, ch. Revelation 11:17 and Revelation 16:5, coincide with the trumpet of the seventh angel, and therefore with the consummation of the mystery of God, in which, that which had previously been foretold by the expression, καὶ ἐρχόμενος, now is exhibited in actual operation, and indeed is exhibited first in heaven, ch. Revelation 11:17, and then on earth, ch. Revelation 16:5. Interpreters on this passage have long ago seen this. Ansbert says, They do not here subjoin, as they were accustomed, and who art to come; they speak of Him as already present. Haymo, who usually treads in the footsteps of Ansbert: It must be observed that he does not add, as before, who art to come. For they show Him already present in the judgment, by which all these things will be accomplished, and therefore they by no means speak of Him as (still) to come. John Purvey, in his Comm. published with the preface of Luther, says; He does not add the third clause, which he has usually added, namely, and who is to come, for this reason, because the prophet, with his intellectual vision, then saw God as it were already sitting in judgment. Zeltner published a dissertation, A. 1712, which is inscribed, Evangelium Tetragrammaton e Novo Testamento Exulans. The subject, as it is comprised in the title, derives something from the truth. When the Son of God was engaged in the world, of the promises given in the Old Testament, and comprehended in the name of Jehovah, as many as were to be fulfilled at that time, were fulfilled: and then, that which had been future, was advancing to the present. But, however, in the prophecy of the New Testament, that is, in the Apocalypse, that phrase, ὤν καὶ ἦν καὶ ἐρχόμενος, by which the tetragrammaton, יהוה, is usually expressed, is, as it were, set forth afresh; and the future itself, as though reviving in the second coming of Christ, respecting which see Hebrews 10:37, is placed before us, until at the entrance of the most important trumpet of the seventh angel, first the words, καὶ ἐρχόμενος, which, at the beginning, were alone contained in אהיה, and afterwards also the words καὶ ἦν, which was denoted by the termination of the noun יהוה, are most magnificently absorbed, and pass into the single expression, ὤν. Hence it comes to pass, that even great things, from this very passage, are not said to come, as lately they were said to come, Revelation 11:14, and ch. Revelation 9:12, but to have come, shortly afterwards, Revelation 11:18, and ch. Revelation 14:7; Revelation 14:15, Revelation 19:7. Those persons do not sufficiently hold fast the normal force of Scripture, which ought to be retained even in addresses, who even still in prayers, and in hymns, from time to time, say, Jehovah, instead of Lord, or Jah. For under the trumpet of the seventh angel this Tetragrammaton ceases to be used, and the Diagrammaton, יָהּ, is the only expression which the saints utter, together with applause; ch. Revelation 19:1.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Which art, and wast, and art to come; it is a phrase denoting God’s eternity and immutability; we met with it before, Revelation 4:8.

Because thou hast taken to the thy great power, and hast reigned; those celestial beings bless God for exerting his power, and recovering the kingdom of Christ out of the hands of antichrist, and setting his King upon his holy hill of Zion.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Который еси и был и грядешь Последняя фраза «грядешь» (встречается в 1:4, 8; 4:8) опускается во многих достоверных греческих рукописях. Пришествие Царства – это не будущее, оно произойдет мгновенно.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

In the spread of the gospel and the multiplication of those who embrace it, in the honor of the saints and their triumph over all who oppose them, the inhabitants of heaven greatly rejoice, and render fervent thanksgiving to God.

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Foy E. Wallace's Commentary on the Book of Revelation

Verse 17 proclaims the success of the kingdom in a singing throng, opposite to the mourning tribes of chapter 1:7 and Matthew 24:30. It was the answer to the souls under the altar of chapter 6:9-11. God had taken to thee thy great power, exercised in the events of the visions--and hast reigned. He had ruled and overruled, as absolute monarch of the world, governing and disposing of all things in heaven and in earth, as affirmed by prophets of, old. (2 Samuel 5:4-5; Psalms 93:1)

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The elders thank God for taking His power in hand and finally reigning. This is the only use of eucharisteo, "I give thanks," in Revelation. In the vision God was about to do this. "Lord God, the Almighty" stresses God"s irresistible power and sovereignty, which now become evident. "Who art and who wast" emphasizes God"s uninterrupted existence, which makes His endless rule possible. Until now God had allowed powers hostile to His people to control the earth, but now He will begin to rule directly.

The elders" statement has led some interpreters to conclude that it signals the beginning of Jesus Christ"s reign. [Note: E.g, Beale, p609; and Swete, p146.] In view of the events that seem to follow this one and precede the beginning of His reign in chapter20, a different understanding is preferable. It seems better to regard the elders" statement as anticipating the inauguration of that reign.

"The event is so certain that throughout this section it is repeatedly spoken of as already having taken place." [Note: Mounce, p231.]

Preterist Chilton believed this reign was consummated in A.D70, when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. [Note: Chilton, The Days . . ., pp290-91.]

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 11:17. Contains the first part of their song of praise and thanksgiving. In reading, a comma is to be placed after the word Lord, which presents us with the name of Him who has thus triumphed, and brought the troubles of His Church to an end. The name ‘Lord’ is then followed by three appellations as at chap. Revelation 4:8, first. God; secondly, the Almighty; thirdly, which art and which wast, the third clause usually belonging to this last appellative, ‘which is to come,’ being left out because no longer needed: the Lord is come. This part of the song of praise deals with the general statement that the Lord has taken to Him His great power. That power had indeed been always His, but for a time He had permitted His enemies to contend against it. He is to permit this no longer.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Almighty = the Almighty. See Revelation 1:8.

and . . . come. The texts omit. Now, here, He has come. See Revelation 1:4.

to Thee. Omit.

power. App-172.1; Revelation 176:1.

hast reigned = reignedst.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Thanks - for the answer to our prayers (Revelation 6:10-11), in destroying them which destroyed the earth (Revelation 11:18), preparing the way for the kingdom of thyself and thy saints.

And art to come. Omitted in 'Aleph (') A B C, Vulgate, Syriac, Cyprian, Andreas. The consummation having come, they do not address him as when it was still future. Compare Revelation 11:18, "is come." From the seventh trumpet He is to His people Yaah (Hebrew #3050), the ever-present Lord WHO is, rather than Yahweh (Hebrew #3068), 'who is was, and is to come.'

Taken to thee thy great power. "To thee" not in the Greek. Christ takes the kingdom as His own of right (Ezekiel 21:27).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

THE CHORUS OF THE CHURCH OF GOD.

(17) Saying, We give thee thanks . . .—Better,

“We thank Thee, O Lord,

The God, the Almighty,

He that is, and He that was,

Because Thou hast taken Thy great power and didst reign.

And the nations were angry,

And then came Thine anger And the season of the dead to be judged,

And to give their rewards to Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints,

And to them that fear Thy name, the small and the great,

And to destroy them that destroy the earth.”

On the expression “He that is and He that was,” comp, Revelation 1:8 and the Note there. We can catch the echo of the Second Psalm throughout this chorus of grateful praise. The prayers of the groaning Church (Revelation 5:10, and Luke 18:7-8) and the cries of travailing creation (Romans 8:19) have been heard; though the heathen raged and the people imagined a vain thing, their counsel against the Lord and His anointed, His Christ (compare Revelation 11:16), came to nought; the joy of their triumph was short-lived; the kingdom of evil was but for a moment; the kings were assembled, they passed by, they saw, they were troubled, they hasted away (Psalms 48:4-5); never did the real sovereignty of the Lord cease (Psalms 2:6); but the nations would not believe in His rule; they were not wise; they turned from the kiss of reconciliation, which was life (Psalms 2:10-12); then came His anger, and the season of judgment and the season of reward. The prophets, the saints, and those that fear God’s name, the small and the great— every class and rank of the true servants of the King are included here; none are forgotten; not a cup of cold water, given in His name, shall miss its reward; for not alone the pre-eminent in Christian power and in Christian holiness, but the weak, the struggling, the obscure, the small as well as the great, are remembered: “Unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Zion” (Psalms 84:7; Prayer Book version). Nor is the gladness only for this blessing; there is a joy at the overthrow of those who destroy the earth. The reign of evil is the destruction of the earth. The judgments of God are in mercy to stay the spread of destructive powers and principles. The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel; the very judgments of God are merciful. (See Note on Revelation 8:2.)

But where, we may be disposed to ask, is the “woe” in all this? We are led to expect that the seventh trumpet as a woe trumpet will bring in some period of pain and trouble, as the others have done; but all we hear is the chorus of glad voices uttering praise: we see no token of woe. The answer is that we must not overlook all that this song of rejoicing implies. The chorus we hear is the thanksgiving to God that the hour has come for the overthrow of the kingdom of evil, the manifestation of the sons of God, and the acknowledgment throughout the world of the sovereignty of the Lord and of His Christ. The overthrow of that evil kingdom, which is now to take place, brings with it woo to those who have supported it; for the time of the judgment of the dead, and of those whose lives have marred God’s world, has come. It is, then, woe on all those who have misused God’s gifts and those beautiful things which He gave us liberally to enjoy. It is a woe on those who have defiled those bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Ghost, profaned the earth, which is God’s footstool, or darkened by their evil deeds the heaven, which is His throne. Those who thus defile (or, destroy: the word is so in the margin, and is the same as that which follows) God’s temple anywhere, God will destroy (1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 3:17).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
We give
4:9; Daniel 2:23; 6:10; Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; John 11:41; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 9:15; 1 Timothy 1:12
Lord God Almighty
1:8; 4:8; 15:3; 16:7,14; Genesis 17:1
which
1:4,8; 16:5
thou hast
15; 19:6,11-21; 20:1-3; Psalms 21:13; 57:11; 64:9,10; 98:1-3; 102:13-8; Isaiah 51:9-11; 52:10
Reciprocal: Genesis 2:4 - Lord;  1 Chronicles 16:33 - because;  1 Chronicles 29:12 - power;  Psalm 7:7 - So;  Psalm 41:13 - Blessed;  Psalm 58:10 - righteous;  Psalm 97:1 - Lord;  Psalm 99:1 - Lord;  Isaiah 63:1 - travelling;  Revelation 14:14 - a golden;  Revelation 18:8 - for;  Revelation 21:22 - the Lord

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 11:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-11.html.

E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

Taken to thee thy great power refers to the triumph of righteousness over evil when the word God was given back to the people of the various kingdoms1

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Zerr, E.M. "Commentary on Revelation 11:17". E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/revelation-11.html. 1952.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

17.Hast taken’ hast reigned—That is, will take and will reign (future-preterite) in the period signalized by the peal of this seventh trumpet. So glad is the prospect, so sure the final accomplishment, that the spirit of the utterers is transported to the close, and contemplates the battle as already fought and the glorious crown as already won and worn.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Revelation 11:17". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/revelation-11.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Revelation 11:17. is naturally omitted from this paean; God has already come! The variation of order in Revelation 1:4 and Revelation 1:8 has no occult significance. The phrase Lord God is considered by Philo (on Genesis 7:5) specially applicable to seasons of judgment; Lord precedes God, since the former signifies not beneficence but “royal and destructive power”.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Revelation 11:17". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/revelation-11.html. 1897-1910.