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Amen! Amen.

Image of a closed Bible on a table with the words "Amen! Amen. November 28, 2022, Revelation 7:12"

November 28, 2022

Revelation 7:12 “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

When a verse starts with the words Amen, it’s like they are saying, Truly, or verily, or So let it be. When they begin with Amen, it indicates that it’s a great honor and of course, the honor here is to the Lamb that was slain, but who lives forevermore. Then it ends again with Amen… So it is, and so it shall be. 

This middle part of this verse in Revelation has John describing an innumerable multitude standing before God! Can you just hear the excitement in John’s voice as he writes! He keeps using the word “and” over and over again, which usually means he can’t get the words out fast enough. Picture a little kid saying, Mom, we saw elephants and tigers and giraffes and monkeys! 

The technical definition of when “and” is used over and over again indicates that each word gets its own moment of emphasis and adds its own weight.  In biblical Greek, when there is a list of words like this, it starts with the most important word.  But when the writer uses the repeating word “and”, each word is just as important.  

Of course that is true when we are praising God! Right? Can you just picture it on the day we are standing in front of the Lamb of God, surrounded by our brothers and sisters from all over the world. We’ll all be chanting,

Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen

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