Worship in Revelation (3)

Against those who have argued that John has made the worship of heaven in some way a reflection of what was going on in the churches of Asia in the first century, it is more reasonable to suggest that the reverse is true. John wrote to encourage his readers to reflect the pattern of the heavenly assembly in their life on earth, not simply when they gathered but when they were faced with any new sign of the dragon’s power or with any manifestations of God’s wrath. John is not simply concerned that the churches sing the same songs as the heavenly assembly but that they reflect the same confidence in God. 

—David Peterson, “Worship in the Revelation to John,” The Reformed Theological Review 47:3 (Sept-Dec’88), 77.

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