To him that rideth upon the heaven of heavens, [which were]
Or "eastward" F17; the first, second, and third heavens, which were created from the beginning of time by Christ himself, ( Psalms 102:25 ) compared with ( Hebrews 1:10 ) . These he rode upon when he ascended on high, even far above all heavens, as the apostle says, ( Ephesians 4:10 ) ; and so above the heaven of heavens, when he was made higher than they, and both Lord and Christ; and placed his throne in them, and from thence exercises his government over the whole world: and it may be observed, that it was from Mount Olivet, which was to the east of Jerusalem, that Christ ascended, and so to the eastern part of the heavens, ( Acts 1:12 ) ( Zechariah 14:4 ) ; see ( Revelation 7:2 ) ;
lo, he doth send out his voice;
which is his Gospel, for that is the voice of Christ; which he utters by his ministers, and which his sheep, his people, hearken unto, and can distinguish from the voice of a stranger. This is a voice of love, grace, and mercy; it speaks of righteousness, peace, pardon, and salvation by him, and is very joyful and comfortable to hear. This he sent out by his apostles into all the earth, after his ascension to heaven; and which he has been, more or less, sending out in one place or another, by his ministers, ever since; and in the latter day will send it out more clearly, fully, and largely, by a set of ministers he will raise up for that purpose;
[and that] a mighty voice;
or, "a voice of strength" F18; a strong and powerful voice, such as the Gospel is, when accompanied with the power and Spirit of God. It is a soul shaking and awakening voice; it is an heartmelting and an heartbreaking one; it is a quickening and an enlightening voice; it quickens dead sinners, gives life unto them, and the entrance of it gives light to dark minds: it is a soul charming and alluring one; it draws to Christ, engages the affections to him, and fills with unspeakable delight and pleasure. The Targum interprets this of the voice of the spirit of prophecy; Aben Ezra understands this voice as saying what follows.
F17 (Mdq) "ab oriente", Pagninus; "ad orientem", V. L. so Sept. Eth. Syr. Arab.
F18 (ze lwq) "vocem fortitudinis", Pagninus, Montanus.