Essay about I Heard A Great Voice

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Verse 3 – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God”.
In King James Version, “I heard a great voice” stands for “a loud voice” in NIV. “This is the first great voice from the throne that they have encountered”, while the hearers will have by this time encountered a number of voices from heaven, and even a voice from the throne (19:5). In addition, loud voice indicates the importance of the words; it is an announcement with the heavenly authority. Harrington says that “it explains the significance of the vision”. It was in the third person talking about God, to confirm the relationship of the Lord with His people; He was dwelling among them. This is not new to John’s hearers, because they are already familiar with the language of “dwelling among them” in John 1:14. Again, the scene has come to the beginning, but in a new dimension; divine access is more immediate and direct. This is a fulfillment of the eschatological promises to those who come out of great tribulation; “will dwell upon them” (Rev. 7:15). At this point, the phrase “His people” expands to all nations from Israel. “It is difficult to imagine how the personal eschatological presence of God amongst his peoples could be conveyed more powerfully”. However, it is this very God Himself is going to live with His people; that is amazing!
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