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Revelation 22:4

they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
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Nave's Topical Bible - Church;   Heaven;   Readings, Select;   Righteous;   Sin;   Thompson Chain Reference - Blindness-Vision;   Future, the;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Home;   Living Water;   Righteous, the;   Righteous-Wicked;   Saints;   Sealed, Saints;   Vision;   Water;   Water of Life;   Wells;   The Topic Concordance - Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Giving and Gifts;   Government;   Light;   Name;   Seeing;   Servants;   Truth;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Christ, the King;   Reward of Saints, the;  
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Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Apocalyptic literature;   Eschatology;   Healing;   Heaven;   Paradise;   Revelation, book of;   Temple;   Vision;   Worship;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - God, Name of;   Seal;   Wages;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Obedience;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Heaven;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Cuttings;   Earrings;   Enoch;   Forehead;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Heaven;   Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ethics;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Day and Night;   Fellowship (2);   New Jerusalem;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Revelation, the;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Forehead;  
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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Forehead;   Immortal;   Revelation of John:;  
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Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for April 8;   Faith's Checkbook - Devotion for October 27;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

See his face - Enjoy what is called the beatific vision; and they shall exhibit the fullest evidence that they belong entirely to him, for his name shall be written on their foreheads.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/revelation-22.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And they shall see his face - See the notes on Matthew 18:10. They would be constantly in his presence, and be permitted continually to behold his glory.

And his name shall be in their foreheads - They shall be designated as his. See the notes on Revelation 3:12; Revelation 7:3; Revelation 13:16.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they shall see his face,.... The face of God, so as he is not to be seen now; they shall see him as he is; not only the angels, who always behold the face of God, but all the saints, risen and changed, being pure in heart, and perfectly holy; they shall see him face to face, they shall have intimate and familiar communion with him; they shall enjoy his favour, and have the freest and largest discoveries of his love; and they shall see the face of the Lamb; they shall behold Christ and his glory both with the eyes of their understanding, and with the eyes of their bodies; and this is a very desirable sight, and will be very glorious and delightful; it will be fully satisfying, and will make the saints like unto him; it will be free from all darkness and any interruption, and will always continue.

And his name shall be in their foreheads; they shall be known to be his servants, as if his name was written and bore on their foreheads; it will be a clear case that they are the children and people of God; now they are, but it is not known, at least not so known as it will be in this state; and they will also in the fullest and freest manner own God to be their God, and the Lamb to be their Redeemer; they will be under no fear of man, nor be under any temptation to be ashamed of Christ, or of his service; see Revelation 14:1. Some think there is an allusion to the inscription on the mitre of the high priest's forehead, "holiness to the Lord", the saints being now openly, visibly, and perfectly holy.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-22.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

see his face — revealed in divine glory, in Christ Jesus. They shall see and know Him with intuitive knowledge of Him, even as they are known by Him (1 Corinthians 13:9-12), and face to face. Compare 1 Timothy 6:16, with John 14:9. God the Father can only be seen in Christ.

inGreek,on their foreheads.” Not only shall they personally and in secret (Revelation 3:17) know their sonship, but they shall be known as sons of God to all the citizens of the new Jerusalem, so that the free flow of mutual love among the members of Christ‘s family will not be checked by suspicion as here.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/revelation-22.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

They shall see his face (οπσονται το προσωπον αυτουopsontai to prosōpon autou). Future active of οραωhoraō This vision of God was withheld from Moses (Exodus 33:20, Exodus 33:23), but promised by Jesus to the pure in heart (Matthew 5:8) and mentioned in Hebrews 12:14 as possible only to the holy, and promised in Psalm 17:15. Even here on earth we can see God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6), but now in the New Jerusalem we can see Christ face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12), even as he is after we are made really like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2). It is anthropomorphic language, to be sure, but it touches the essential reality of religion. “The supreme felicity is reached, immediate presence with God and the Lamb” (Beckwith).

His name on their foreheads (το ονομα αυτου επι των μετωπων αυτωνto onoma autou epi tōn metōpōn autōn). As in Revelation 3:12; Revelation 7:3; Revelation 14:1.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/revelation-22.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

See His face

Compare 1 John 3:2; Matthew 5:8; Exodus 33:20; Psalm 17:15.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

And shall see his face — Which was not granted to Moses. They shall have the nearest access to, and thence the highest resemblance of, him. This is the highest expression in the language of scripture to denote the most perfect happiness of the heavenly state, 1 John 3:2.

And his name shall be on their foreheads — Each of them shall be openly acknowledged as God's own property, and his glorious nature most visibly shine forth in them.

And they shall reign — But who are the subjects of these kings? The other inhabitants of the new earth. For there must needs be an everlasting difference between those who when on earth excelled in virtue, and those comparatively slothful and unprofitable servants, who were just saved as by fire. The kingdom of God is taken by force; but the prize is worth all the labour. Whatever of high, lovely, or excellent is in all the monarchies of the earth is all together not a grain of dust, compared to the glory of the children of God. God "is not ashamed to be called their God, for whom he hath prepared this city." But who shall come up into his holy place? "They who keep his commandments," verse14. Revelation 22:14

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/revelation-22.html. 1765.

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Shall see his face; shall be admitted to intimate communion with him.--His name, &c. This was a mark of ownership. The meaning is, that they shall be entirely his.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Ver. 4. And they shall see his face] How we shall see God, whether with our minds only, or with bodily eyes we shall behold his invisible Majesty in the glorious face of Jesus Christ, there can be nothing determined.

And his name shall be] As servants of old had their master’s name branded in their foreheads.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-22.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

And they shall see his face; it is a phrase by which the happiness of the glorified saints is oft expressed, Matthew 5:8 1 Corinthians 13:12 Hebrews 12:14 1 John 3:2; they shall enjoy him immediately.

And his name shall be in their foreheads; there shall be none that have the name of the beast on their foreheads; they shall have God’s name on their foreheads, and be so manifested to be the sons of God.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

узрят лицо Его Ни один из грешных нечистых людей не может увидеть Божие лицо и остаться живым (Исх. 33:20-23). Но жители небес могут смотреть на лицо Бога, и это не причинит им вреда, потому что теперь они святы (ср. Ин. 1:18; 1Тим. 6:16; 1Ин. 3:20).

имя Его Теперь они являются собственностью Самого Бога (см. пояснение к 3:12).

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

and they shall see his face; and his name shall be on their foreheads.

And they shall see his face ... This is a privilege that man has never had, not even the saints of the Old Testament; but the final joys of the redeemed shall surpass all the joys of the Old Covenant.

And his name shall be on their foreheads ... God's "mark" will be upon his children eternally; and this must be understood in the sense of their bearing a spiritual likeness to Christ and God. "The supreme felicity (of the saints) is revealed in the immediate presence with God and the Lamb."[18] Just as, "The worshippers of the beast had his mark upon their foreheads, thus bearing the moral and spiritual image of their master (Revelation 13:17),"[19] just so, God's children entering heaven shall bear a spiritual and moral likeness of God and of the Lamb.

[18] Isbon T. Beckwith, op. cit., p. 766.

[19] J. W. Roberts, The Revelation of John (Austin, R. B. Sweet Company, 1974), p. 194.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

God"s bond-servants will see God"s face; we will enjoy personal, intimate fellowship with Him. We will be able to do this because we will be pure in heart, righteous, and holy then (cf. Psalm 11:7; Psalm 17:15; Matthew 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Hebrews 12:14). Adam and Eve"s sin broke their fellowship with God, and they hid from Him ( Genesis 3:8; cf. Exodus 33:20; Exodus 33:23). Our ability to view God"s glory is limited now (cf. Job 19:25-27; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 9:7), but then it will be unhindered ( 1 John 3:2). Scripture does not reveal whether we will see one, two, or three persons of the Godhead.

Moreover we will bear God"s name on our foreheads. Having His name on our foreheads means that we will be His and will reflect His divine glory in our persons. Having a name on one"s forehead appeared three times earlier in this book ( Revelation 3:12; Revelation 7:3; Revelation 14:1). In each case it was a great privilege indicating ownership and protection as well as identification (cf. Exodus 28:36-38).

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 22:4. And they shall see his face. It had been said to Moses by the Almighty, ‘Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see Me, and live’ (Exodus 33:20). But the blessing denied to the great leader of the hosts of Israel is granted to those who are taken up into the Mount with God. He is revealed to them in the Son, and they shall ‘see Him even as He is’ (1 John 3:2). The beatific vision of the pure in heart is that ‘they shall see God’ (Matthew 5:8).

And his name shall be on their foreheads. The name referred to is that of God and of the Lamb. As the high priest of old wore upon his forehead a plate of gold with the name of Jehovah inscribed upon it. So the redeemed, now all high priests in the sanctuary, shall wear the same name upon their foreheads. Nothing is said of the golden plate. The name is written upon the forehead itself.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/revelation-22.html. 1879-90.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

They shall see his face. Thus in a few words is expressed the happiness of the blessed in heaven; they shall see God, from which vision proceed love, joy, and everlasting praises of the divine Majesty. (Witham)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

see. App-106.

in = upon. Greek. epi.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

See his face - revealed in divine glory in Christ Jesus. They shall know Him with intuitive knowledge, even as they are known by Him (1 Corinthians 13:9-12): face to face. Compare 1 Timothy 6:16, with John 14:9. God the Father can nobly be seen in Christ.

In - `on their foreheads.' Not only shall they personally, in secret (Revelation 3:17), know their sonship, but shall be known as sons of God to all citizens of new Jerusalem; so that the free flow of mutual love among Christ's family members will not be checked by suspicion, as here.

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

(4) The mark of recognition and approval--22:4.

The citizenry should see his face in the sense of having the recognition and approval of the One whom they served. The face of the Lord was said to be against them that do evil (1 Peter 3:12); and the wicked rulers of the nations (Revelation 6:16) implored the mountains and the rocks to fall upon them for a cover to hide them from the face of the One on the throne. But the righteous see his face in acceptable and approved service rendered to him. "Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies sake' (Psalms 31:16); and, "Cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved." To see the face of God meant to bask under the smile of his approval. It therefore denoted the love and the favor of God. The receiving of his name in their foreheads--and his name shall be in their foreheads --was the mark of submission and subservience to Christ the Lamb in contrast with the mark of the beast in the hand or on the foreheads of the devotees of emperor-worship, so frequently mentioned in the previous chapters of this Revelation.

The persecuting beast had "caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (chapter 13:16- 17); and, "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God" (chapter 14:9-10); but the victors "over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name" were among the throng standing on the sea of glass (chapter 15:2-3) singing "the song of Moses, the servant God, and the song of the Lamb; and it was this throng which had the name of the Father written in their foreheads" (chapter 15:2). So the name in the foreheads of chapter 22:4 was the symbolic designation that they were the servants of God.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
they
Ezekiel 33:18-20,23; Job 33:26; Psalms 4:6; Isaiah 33:17; 35:2; 40:5; Matthew 5:8; John 12:26; 17:24; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 3:2,3
and his
3:12; 14:1
Reciprocal: Genesis 33:10 - I have seen;  2 Samuel 14:24 - let him not;  Esther 1:14 - saw;  Psalm 119:135 - Make;  Mark 9:5 - it is;  Luke 9:32 - they saw;  Romans 5:2 - the glory;  1 Corinthians 13:10 - General2 Timothy 2:19 - Let;  Revelation 1:7 - and every;  Revelation 7:3 - in their;  Revelation 13:17 - name

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-22.html.

Walter Scott's Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 22:4. — "They shall see His face," that face once so vilely covered by the spittle of man, now radiant with the glory of God. The best wine of the kingdom is being poured out. We shall see His face.

4. — "His Name (is) on their foreheads." This signifies that we publicly, openly, belong to Him, but inasmuch as the name represents the person, so we bear His moral likeness, and give expression to all — who and what He is.{*His NAME ON THE FOREHEAD. — "Perfect reflection of Himself" (1 John 3:2; compare Revelation 13:16). — From that useful little book, "The Symbols of the Apocalypse Briefly Defined," page 21.}

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

Shall see his face is mentioned to indicate the great intimacy that will exist between God and the creatures that have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Persons spending some time in a city where many others are present, may be seen with pennants attached to their clothing for the purpose of identification. In this celestial city the name will be on the person, on the most conspicuous part of it, the forehead. How different this is from the condition of the members of the apostate church; they had the mark of the beast in their forehead ( Revelation 14:9).

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 22:4

Revelation 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

And they shall see his face

By seeing his face, we are to understand such manifestations and open visions of God in Christ, as the saints have in Heaven. Read 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:1-3.

And his name shall be in their foreheads

See Revelation 14:1

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

Revelation 22:4. And they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. To see God's face means to enjoy God's favour (see my Come. on Psalms 17:15, also Matthew 5:8).

In ch. Revelation 14:1, the chosen bear the name of God on their foreheads as a mark of their proved fidelity. But here it is written on their foreheads as a reward—a pledge of their right to participate in all the benefits of the kingdom of glory.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.By JESUS, reaffirming his coming, denouncing the corrupters of the record, 16-19.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

The ancient ideal of intimate confidence is also to be realised (cf. on Matthew 5:8 and Iren. Adv.Har.Revelation 22:7). With this phrase and that of Revelation 21:22 compare Browning’s lines: “Why, where’s the need of temple when the walls | O’ the world are that ’ This one Face, far from vanish, rather grows | Becomes my universe that feels and knows.” The idea here is that reproduced in the seventh and supreme degree of bliss in 4 Ezra 7:[78] where the saints “shall rejoice with confidence, have boldness undismayed, and gladness unafraid, for they shall hasten to behold the face of him whom they served in life”. By Oriental usage, no condemned or criminal person was allowed to look on the king’s face (Esther 7:8), In the ancient ch. 64 of E. B. D. (papyrus of Nu) the “triumphant Nu saith, ‘I have come to see him that dwelleth in his divine uraeus, face to face, and eye to eye.’ Thou art in me, and I am in thee,’ ” The Apocalypse, however, shuns almost any approach to the inner union of the individual Christian and Christ which distinguished both Paul and the fourth gospel; it also eschews the identification of God and man which was often crudely affected by Egyptian eschatology. No allusion occurs to the supremacy of the saints over angels (Ap. Bar. 51:12, etc.), though John is careful elsewhere to keep the latter in their place (see on Revelation 21:17, Revelation 22:9). He also ignores the problem of different degrees in bliss,— . In Chag. 5 b there is a story of a blind rabbi who blessed some departing visitors with the words, “Ye have visited a face that is seen and sees not: may ye be counted worthy to visit the Face which sees and is not seen”. The Christian prophet has a better hope and promise. Compare, however, Plutarch’s touching faith (Iside, 79) that the souls of men after death will “migrate to the unseen, the good,” when God becomes their king and leader and where “they, as it were, hang upon him and gaze without ever wearying, and yearn for that unspeakable, indescribable Beauty”.

 

 

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