Expecting the Just Reward (Rev 6:9-17; 7:13-17; 12:11-12) Cover Image

Expecting the Just Reward (Rev 6:9-17; 7:13-17; 12:11-12)
Expecting the Just Reward (Rev 6:9-17; 7:13-17; 12:11-12)

Author(s): Ilie Melniciuc-Puică
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: Martyr; the Book of Revelation; reward; justice

Summary/Abstract: The message of the Book of Revelation addressed to the persecuted Christians in the Roman Empire retains its contemporary significance for those who believe that God’s justice, intertwined with His love, will triumph. The text of Revelation is not read in the divine worship, although it has been interpreted from a historical perspective as a message of warning and hope. The faithful confession, the suffering for faith and justice, the hope for a better world have been landmarks extracted from the Book of Revelation, which has stimulated the human society on its path to eternity. The moral ideal together with the liturgical dimension, which was re-signified in an original manner, were part of the concerns of the martyrs persecuted by the communist regime. From the “belly of the beast”, i.e. the prison of unifying consciousnesses, the elite, dismissed as rebellious, turned the inhuman conditions of detention in stands of free spirit. The shabby clothing became enlightened covering; the Christian message became free of denominational interpretations and justice changed from retributive demand into forgiving statement. “How long, Lord” remains the question that will be answered by the divine Judge through other people, through the creation rebelling against the evil.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 7-14
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English