Saturday, June 12, 2010

"In Jewish tradition, no one was allowed to see God’s face nor speak the holy name. Here, however, the very ‘face’ and ‘name’ of God are manifested to the faithful prophets who have endured until the end. God’s glory—revealed only partially and proleptically before—has finally come to dwell fully among humans as they reign with God in the new temple. This reign of the saints is described as an eternal act of worship: they have been called to be a “kingdom of priests” (1:6; 5:10; 20:6), whose final and best witness is to join the heavenly creatures in praising God. In Revelation, prayer is both a prophetic act and the most powerful political posture" (Luke Timothy Johnson, The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation [Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999], 588).

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