Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Revelation 14:12

Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Patience;   Perseverance;   Vision;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible, the;   Commandments;   Keep;   Patience;   Patience-Impatience;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Command, Commandment;   Saints;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Order;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Patience;   Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Commandment;   Patience;   Perseverance;   Saint;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - 33 Patience Long-Suffering Forbearance;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Retribution;   Revelation of John:;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Here is the patience of the saints - Here the faith of the true Christians shall be proved; they will follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth, they keep the commandments of God, and are steadfast in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes ἡ ὑπομονη, patience or perseverance, is taken for the reward of these virtues; the text therefore may be thus understood: Here is the reward of the perseverance of the true Christians; for although they die for the testimony of Jesus, yet they shall be unutterably blessed. See the next verse.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Here is the patience of the saints - See the notes on Revelation 13:10.

Here are they that keep the commandments of God - That is, in exercising such patience. Those who exercise that “patience” in these long-continued persecutions and trials, will show that they belong to those who keep the commandments of God, and are his true children. Or perhaps the meaning may be, “Here is a disclosure respecting the final destiny of these persecutors, which is adapted to comfort and sustain the saints in the trials which they will endure; an encouragement to constancy in obeying the commands of God, and in evincing the meek faith of the gospel.”

And the faith of Jesus - To encourage persevering faith in the Saviour. In these times of trial it will be shown who are the friends of the Saviour; and in the prospect of the certain overthrow of all the enemies of God and his cause, there is a ground of encouragement for continued attachment to him.

The design of this portion of the chapter Revelation 14:9-12 is to encourage Christians in their trials by the assurance, that this formidable anti-Christian power would be overthrown, and that all the enemies of God would receive their just doom in the world of despair. Fearful as that doctrine is, and terrible as is the idea of the everlasting suffering of any of the creatures of God, yet the final overthrow of the wicked is necessary to the triumph of truth and holiness, and there is consolation in the belief that religion will ultimately triumph. The desire for its triumph necessarily supposes that the wicked will be overthrown and punished; and indeed it is the aim of all governments, and of all administrations of law, that the wicked shall be overthrown, and that truth and justice shall prevail. What would be more consolatory in a human government than the idea that all the wicked would be arrested and punished as they deserve? For what else is government instituted? For what else do magistrates and police-officers discharge the functions of their office?

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-14.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Here is the patience of the saints, they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Here is the patience of the saints ... Charles failed to see the point of this verse, but Beasley-Murray wrote, "It is thoroughly in place here. It is the punch line for Revelation 14:9-11. If such be the fate of the followers of the beast, Christ's people must, at all costs, continue to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."[56]

Keep the commandments of God ... The current fantasy that "believers" are in some way saved without obedience should be reviewed in light of many such passages as this. Any "system" of salvation that promises people eternal life upon any other premise than that of fidelity to God's commandments is false and should be identified with the second beast. Yes indeed; they must believe in Christ with all their hearts, but that is not all that is required. They must also:

Keep ... the faith of Jesus ... As Ladd said, "This faith is objective?[57] It means keep the religion of Christ; accept and obey the tenets of true Christianity.

[56] G. R. Beasley-Murray, op. cit., p. 226.

[57] George Eldon Ladd, op. cit., p. 197.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/revelation-14.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Here is the patience of the saints,.... That which has required their patience, and about which it has been exercised, what they have been patiently waiting for, namely, the destruction of antichrist; and now it will be come, and patience will have its perfect work; see Revelation 13:10

here are they that keep the commandments of God; and not the inventions of men, and the traditions of antichrist, but the ordinances of the Gospel, as they were at first delivered, without any adulteration and corruption; and who kept them because they were enjoined by God, and from a principle of love to him, and with a view to his glory: these are distinguished from the worshippers of the beast, and were preserved throughout the apostasy; these are the witnesses who will now be risen, and the remnant of the woman's seed, with whom the dragon made war by the beast: and these are the hundred and forty and four thousand who are before described; these will be in a very glorious and comfortable church state; the word will be purely preached, and the ordinances truly administered, and the doctrines of the Gospel will be heartily embraced and professed: it follows,

and the faith of Jesus; meaning either the grace of faith, of which Jesus is the object, author, and finisher; and which these saints will have from him, and exercise upon him in a very strong and comfortable manner; and which, and the profession of it, they will hold fast to the end; or else the doctrine of faith, concerning the person, office, and grace of Jesus Christ, the faith once delivered to the saints, which they will have contended for, stood fast in, and now will hold in a pure conscience: these seem to be the words of John, declaring the faith, patience, and obedience of the saints of these times.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-14.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

8 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

(8) The patience, sanctification and justification by faith: the results of which are rest, happiness and eternal glory in the heavenly fellowship of God and his angels.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/revelation-14.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Here, etc. — resumed from Revelation 13:10; see on Revelation 13:10. In the fiery ordeal of persecution which awaits all who will not worship the beast, the faith and patience of the followers of God and Jesus shall be put to the test, and proved.

patienceGreek, “{hupomene},” “patient, persevering endurance.” The second “here” is omitted in A, B, C, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, and Primasius. Translate, “Here is the endurance of the saints, who keep,” etc.

the faith of Jesus — the faith which has Jesus for its object.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/revelation-14.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Here is the patience of the saints (ωδε η υπομονη των αγιων εστινHōde hē hupomonē tōn hagiōn estin). John‘s own comment as in Revelation 13:10; Revelation 17:9. In this struggle against emperor worship lay their opportunity (Romans 5:3). It was a test of loyalty to Christ.

They that keep (οι τηρουντεςhoi tērountes). In apposition with των αγιωνtōn hagiōn (genitive), though nominative, a frequent anacoluthon in this book (Revelation 2:20, etc.). Cf. Revelation 12:17.

The faith of Jesus (την πιστιν Ιησουtēn pistin Iēsou). “The faith in Jesus” (objective genitive) as in Revelation 2:13; Mark 11:22; James 2:1.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/revelation-14.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Here are they

Omit here are, and read, are, Rev., the patience of the saints, they that keep.

The faith of Jesus

Which has Jesus for its object.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Here is the patience of the saints — Seen, in suffering all things rather than receive this mark.

Who keep the commandments of God — The character of all true saints; and particularly the great command to believe in Jesus.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Ver. 12. Here is the patience] See Revelation 13:10. The beast, being thus declared and declaimed against, will rage above measure; hold out therefore, faith and patience.

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Sermon Bible Commentary

Revelation 14:12

There are mainly three conditions required in order to the attainment of the grace of patience.

I. Learn to look on all trying circumstances from the true point of view. The first and most natural view of them is that they destroy our ease. The sense of injury or annoyance, the soreness at the unkindness or disappointment—this occupies us, and the one longing is that the cause of pain may be removed, that at any cost we may be freed from the unwelcome pressure. Thence arises the restless impatience which is the source of some of our worst temptations. We need to rise above this estimate of trial, to look at it on a different side, to view it as God views it. As in mounting a hilly range, when looking down from a higher eminence on points which were above us as we commenced the ascent, their aspect is altogether changed from the mere effect of change in our point of view, so we need to rise above the first appearance of the trial, above the mere temporary effects, separating from it the selfish aspect, the idea of injury, or hardship, or personal annoyance, to rise high enough to apprehend the Divine will regulating it, the love restraining it, lest it become heavier than we are enabled to bear, the virtue which God intended to work in us by its means.

II. The second condition is the self-sacrifice which alone can surrender inward sensibilities to be chastened as God wills.

III. The third condition is the habitual study of the life of Jesus, which cherishes as a reality a spirit of patience. No impulse can rise in rebellion before the face of the Crucified.

T. T. Carter, Sermons, p. 292.


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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

That is, here at this time will be exercised all the faith and patience of Christ's faithful servants, and this their exercise of these graces will make it appear that they were true, and not counterfeit Christians; it follows, here are they which keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus, that is, who discover themselves sincere in their profession, by obeying the commands of God, and rightly believing on our Lord Jesus Christ.

Where note, What is the characteristical mark of a sincere Christian, namely, faith and obedience united together; faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and obedience to the will of God in all things, are never separated where they are sincere.

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Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 14:12. Here where the declaration of the judgment impending the worshippers of the beast occurs so definitely and solemnly (Revelation 14:6-11), the encouraging reference to the sources opened thereby to believers for the patience required of them ( υπομ.) is still easier than in a similar connection, Revelation 13:10.

οἱ τηροῦντες. The construction is formless, as Revelation 1:5, Revelation 2:20. On the thought, cf. Revelation 12:17, Revelation 3:10. τὴν πίστιν ἰησοῦ. “The faith in Jesus.” This, in fact, is parallel with the μαρτυρία ἰησοῦ, Revelation 12:17, because faith on him ( ἰησ., gen. obj.) depends upon the testimony proceeding from Jesus ( ἰησ., gen. subj.).

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 14:12.(162) οἱ τηροῦντες, that keep) Either the abstract and the concrete, patience and they that keep, are here joined together; or rather the nominative is used for the genitive, τῶν ἁγίων, οἱ τηροῦντες, of the saints who keep: comp. ch. Revelation 1:5, ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ, μάρτυς πιστίς.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Here is the patience of the saints: God having in the former chapter shown his servant John the reign and rage of antichrist in his time of forty-two months, and in this chapter what shall be the end of him and all his adherents; here concludeth with telling him: This is a period of time wherein the patience of his holy ones will be tried, both in waiting for their deliverance, and also in their patient enduring antichrist’s oppression and tyranny.

Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus; and here will be the trial of men, whether they will keep to the faith of Christ, and obedience of God’s commandments, by coming out of, or keeping in, this spiritual Babylon: those that come out of her will show both; those that keep in that idolatrous communion will show neither.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Это великолепная евангелистская поддержка учения о стойкости, которое убеждает всех истинно верующих во Христа, что они никогда не потеряют свою веру. Обновленные духовно, они будут терпеть в покорности правде до самого конца, что бы с ними ни случилось (см. пояснения к Рим. 8:31-39; Флп. 1:6; ср. Иер. 32:40; Мф. 24:13; Ин. 6:35-40; 10:27-30; 1Ин. 5:4, 11-13, 20).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

The patience of the saints; of those who should stand out against all the blandishments, wiles, and threats of the beast and his image, continuing steadfast in the faith of Christ, though it should cost them the sacrifice of life. The words contain a solemn intimation of the severe trials to which God’s faithful servants would be subjected during the reign of the beast.

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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Family Bible New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/revelation-14.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

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

(3) The beatitudes of the martyrs--14:12-13.

1. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus-- 14:12.

The apocalyptist deviates here from warnings and judgements to speak words of encouragement to the beleaguered saints in need of heartening encouragement. The statement here is the patience of the saints means that the existing conditions presented the opportunity to exhibit patience even unto death. In contrast with the mark of the beast received by the disloyal, they would have the distinguished mark of the saints in sustained and persistent faithfulness during the continuing persecution. The refusal to worship the beast (the emperor), or his image (wheresoever it appeared or on whatsoever it should be inscribed) exemplified the faithfulness couched in the words they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

This verse contains John"s word of encouragement to believers in the Great Tribulation (cf. Revelation 13:10 b, 18; Revelation 17:9). It is better to experience the beast"s punishment, even martyrdom, than God"s punishment.

This verse is not saying that if genuine believers apostatize and worship the beast they will lose their salvation and suffer eternal punishment. It is saying that if they worship the beast they will experience temporal punishment from God along with beast-worshippers ( Revelation 14:10). This temporal punishment is only the first phase of the punishment that unbelievers will experience ( Revelation 14:11), but it is the only phase that believers will experience (cf. Romans 8:31-39).

In view of their hope, believers during the Great Tribulation should persevere in obedience and trust, good works and faith in God, plus ethical conduct and reliance on Jesus Christ. This is an encouragement to persevere, not a guarantee that the saints will persevere. [Note: Beckwith, p658; Moffatt, 5:439; Robertson, 6:413. See Robert N. Wilkin, "The Mark of the Beast and Perseverance; Revelation 14:9-12," Grace Evangelical Society News6:6 (June1991):2-3.] Obedience to God"s commandments and continuing trust in Jesus will see the faithful through these days of tribulation successfully.

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/revelation-14.html. 2012.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 14:12. Here is the patience of the saints, they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. The first of the two sayings is an encouragement to the faithful afforded by the fact that God will execute His judgments upon the ungodly in the way which has been described (comp. chap. Revelation 13:10). We have in this a further proof that the whole proclamation of the three angels has been one of judgment, not of mercy, or of judgment and mercy combined. The construction of the two clauses is important, as there can be no doubt that the second contains a fuller description of the ‘saints’ mentioned in the first (comp. chap. Revelation 20:4).

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/revelation-14.html. 1879-90.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Here is the patience of the saints. Here patience is necessary, so as not to be carried away with such pleasures and vanities as are offered in the wicked Babylon, and remain firm under persecutions with the pious inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Witham)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/revelation-14.html. 1859.

Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

The previous three verses have described the judgment of those who oppose the Lord. The patience of the faithful will be rewarded ultimately with victory.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

saints. Same as "holy", Revelation 14:10. See Revelation 11:18.

here are. Omit.

commandments. Greek. entole. In Rev. only here; Revelation 12:17; Revelation 22:14.

the faith, &c. i.e. the faith (App-150.) which Jesus gives. Genitive of Relation (Subjective or Objective). App-17.

Jesus. App-98. The first of five occ, in Rev. of the name without the title "Lord" or "Christ".

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Here ... Resumed from Revelation 13:10 (note). In the fiery persecution which awaits all who will not worship the beast, the faith and patience of the followers of God and Jesus shall be proved.

Patience, [ hupomonee (Greek #5281)] - persevering endurance. The second "here" is omitted in 'Aleph (') A B C, Vulgate, Syriac, Coptic, Primasius. 'Here is the endurance of the saints, who keep,' etc.

The faith of (exercised toward) Jesus.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/revelation-14.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(12) Here is the patience . . .—Translate, Here is the patience of the saints (not “here are they,” but) who keep, &c. In this readiness to wait, to endure through much tribulation to the end, is the patience of the saints seen. There is a patient waiting for Christ shown by those who keep God’s commandments, who cleave to righteousness in spite of much temptation, and who refuse to pay homage to the god of this world because firm in the faith that Jesus is King.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
is
13:10
here are
12:17
the faith
3:8,10; 2 Timothy 4:7
Reciprocal: Psalm 78:7 - keep;  Daniel 7:25 - shall wear out;  Mark 7:7 - the commandments;  Luke 21:19 - GeneralActs 24:24 - the faith;  Romans 8:25 - with patience;  Colossians 1:11 - unto;  2 Thessalonians 1:4 - your patience;  Titus 2:12 - live;  Hebrews 6:12 - faith;  Hebrews 10:36 - ye have;  James 2:1 - the faith;  2 Peter 1:6 - patience;  1 John 2:5 - whoso;  Revelation 1:9 - in the

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-14.html.

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

This has the same meaning as Revelation 13:10.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 14:12

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

By the saints here, we are to understand the seed of the woman, { Revelation 12:17} all the suffering saints during the whole forty and two months of the beast, until the rising of the two witnesses, who patiently endured their sufferings, whose blessed state and condition is expressed in Revelation 12:13.

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D.S. Clark's Commentary on Revelation

V:12. Observe the climax and the moral purpose of this verse, the best rendering of which is: "Here is the patience of the saints who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

This is the personal appeal or exhortation. It virtually says: Be patient in your trials; or, here is a reason why you should be patient; here is reason for heroic endurance even to martyrdom and death. Your sufferings will be short and your glory will be long; but as for the idolators and persecutors, their triumph will be short and their torment will be long. Here is the reason for patience.

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Revelation 14:12. Here is the patience of the saints, those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Luther improperly omits the article before patience, and after saints repeats here are). The verse contemplates the point of view from which the preceding description is to be considered, the end it is intended to serve. The object was to strengthen believers in patience, in the willing endurance of all that they had to suffer for Christ, while steadfastly adhering to their confession. Is the hour of judgment approaching? Is the Babylon, that now boasts of her victories, destined to destruction? Are there inexpressible torments awaiting the worshippers of the beast? Then, assuredly, the patience of the saints is here in its proper place (comp. on ch. Revelation 13:10), which is not weakened and impaired through suffering. Bengel: "It is patience, when one adapts himself to all that he has to suffer, and will comply with nothing that is forbidden." The words, "those that keep,"&c., have respect to that, which by means of patience is to be maintained against all assaults; q.d., that they keep.[Note: That the τηρεῖ ν is used by John, in passages of this sort, in the sense of keeping (see on ch. 1:3, 2:26, 3:8, 12:17), comes out here with peculiar clearness. For this sense alone will suit both the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.] That under the commands of God faith in Jesus, that is, faith toward Jesus, is to be regarded as holding the foremost place, in which the fulfilling of all the rest has its root, is evident from 1 John 3:23, "And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ." Where the faith in Jesus is but maintained, there, as a matter of course, will be found the keeping of all the other commandments of God, which here come more especially into notice; such as, thou shall have no other gods before me, thou shalt love the Lord thy God, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/revelation-14.html.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

12.Here—In refusing this worship of the beast and avoiding this direful destiny.

Patience—Endurance of persecution from Babylon and her adherents.

Keep—Faithfully obey.

The commandments of God—Against all idolatry with its fornications, as noted on Revelation 14:7.

Faith of Jesus—The Lord of the holy capital.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/revelation-14.html. 1874-1909.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Revelation 14:12. The prospect of this fearful and imminent retaliation is not only a warning to weak-minded Christians but a consolation to the loyal. To be a saint is to obey God and to believe in Jesus at all costs. Contemporary Jews took a similar encouragement: “if ye endure and persevere in his fear, and do not forget him, the times will change over you for good, and ye will see the consolation of Zion” (Apoc. Bar. xliv. 7). John’s words . . . . are an answer to the complaint and claim that God’s commandments were being neglected by every one except the Jews (cf. the plaintive cry of 4 Esd. 3:33: “I have gone hither and thither through the nations and seen their abundance, though they remember not thy commandments”; 32, “Is there any other nation that knoweth thee save Israel? yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath no fruit”).

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Revelation 14:12". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/revelation-14.html. 1897-1910.