They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing
That is, as the Septuagint version adds,
``they that are left upon the earth;''
these shall lift up their voice, in singing the praises of God, for his judgments on Babylon, and avenging the blood of his saints; and for their deliverance and salvation, and the inestimable blessings they are now put into the possession of; these are they, who, having gotten the victory over the beast and his image, sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, ( Revelation 15:2 Revelation 15:3
) ( Revelation 19:1 Revelation 19:2
) : for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea
so the Hebrew accents distinguish these clauses; and the sense is, that from the west, as Kimchi and Ben Melech interpret it, from the western nations, where Protestantism chiefly prevails; or from the Mediterranean Sea, which lay west of Judea; from the maritime countries, the countries bordering upon it, where at this time will appear many that will embrace the Gospel of Christ; or from the isles of the sea, as the phrase is explained in the next verse ( Isaiah 24:15
) , such as our isles of Great Britain and Ireland; great acclamations will be made unto the Lord, on account of his glorious majesty, seen in the destruction of antichrist, and in setting up his own kingdom and glory: these are the four and twenty elders, who will fall down, and give thanks to Christ, for taking to himself his great power, and reigning; and these triumphant and victorious persons are represented as standing on a sea, while they make their shouts and hallelujahs; see ( Revelation 11:16-18
) ( 15:2
) this, with what follows in the two next verses ( Isaiah 24:15 Isaiah 24:16
) , belong to the Philadelphian church state, or spiritual reign of Christ, and express the light and joy that will attend that.