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REVELATION Q&A: “EVERY EYE”?

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  Leave a comment
Every eye

Question:
How can “every eye shall see him” in Rev 1:7 apply to AD 70?

Rev 1:7 reads: “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.” This appears to be speaking of a global event. However, appearances are deceiving.

Answer:
The phrase “every eye shall see him,” indicates the public nature of the judgment. Cp. Matt. 26:64. “even those who pierced him” means “that is, those who pierced him.”

Furthermore, the “and” following here is a kai explicative, which should be translated: “that is.” Thus, the phrase should read: “every eye will see him, that is, those who pierced him.”

Consequently, this refers to the first-century antagonists of Christ, not people throughout the world.


“The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (booklet by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.)
http://www.kennethgentry.com/products/Revelation-of-Jesus-Christ.html

Brief argument for pre-A.D. 70 date; shows Revelation is God’s covenant divorce decree against Israel.
Overview of main movements of Revelation.
Excellent, inexpensive booklet for handing to friends.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com


A quick reading will never work in Revelation. It is historically known as a very difficult, image-filled book. This verse is the theme verse and needs to be understood properly.

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

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