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Identifying the Great Voice in Rev 21:3a E-mail
Written by Andreas Hoeck   
Monday, 06 January 2014 15:07

A rather thorny issue is the identification of the ‘loud voice from the throne’ that makes its appearance in the book of the Apocalypse of Saint John (Rev. 21:3a). The majority of commentators argue that it is not opportune to attempt to identify the subject of this voice.

However, we opine that the matter deserves a closer look not least due to the portrayal of the throne in Rev 20:11:

'I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. In his presence, earth and sky vanished, leaving no trace' (NJB).

First of all, this seemingly mysterious agent is not incorporated into the schematic description of the line of communication in Rev 1:1, and thus appears to be unquestionably of minor importance in the revelatory process as such. Yet, the intensity of performance and the momentous character of its message – directly preceding the divine voice in Rev 21:6-8 – suggests its weighty role within the present discourse.  Its superlative content, Rev 21:3b-4, arouses deep excitement and curiosity.

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