The Lamb on Mount Zion

THE LAMBThen I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion. (Revelation 14:1)

On Mount Zion – The Lamb is reintroduced, having been seen last in Revelation 8:1 at the opening of the seventh seal.(1) Zion originally referred to the Jebusite stronghold that was captured by David (2 Samuel 5:6–7), and later became known as the City of David.(2) Under Solomon, Mount Zion became the Temple Mount.(3) Here in Revelation the reference to Mount Zion may be to “the Jerusalem that is above” (Galatians 4:26), or to “the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven from God” (Revelation 21:2) the seat of the Messianic Kingdom here on earth.(4)For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling: ‘This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it’”(Psalm 132:13-14).

Later in the chapter, John states that he hears, “a sound from heaven,” leading some commentators to suggest that he is on earth when he sees this vision.(5) However, in Revelation 4:1, John had been commanded to “come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this,” suggesting he must be seeing this vision from Heaven. Nevertheless, whether he is viewing this scene from a Heavenly perspective or from here on earth does not really answer which Mount Zion is being referenced in the vision.

Up Next – The 144,000.

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References

  1. Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Re 14:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
  2. Barry, J. D., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Mangum, D., & Whitehead, M. M. (2012). Faithlife Study Bible (Re 14:1). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.
  3. Keener, C. S. (1993). The IVP Bible background commentary: New Testament (Re 14:1). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  4. Robertson, A. T. (1933). Word Pictures in the New Testament (Re 14:1). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.
  5. Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbe’s expository outlines on the New Testament (p. 835). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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