Revelation 19:1-10: The Hallelujah chorus.
“After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.’
3 And again they shouted:
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.’
4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
‘Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
both great and small!’
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.’
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9 Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’
10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.’ NIV
‘Rejoicing over Babylon gives way to rejoicing over the establishment of God’s rule…’ IVP New Testament Commentary.
The word ‘’Hallelujah’’ is found four times in these verses. It comes from two Hebrew words which mean ‘Praise the Lord.’ The word is not found anywhere else in the New Testament.
As we have seen, Babylon had a corrupting influence on the whole world. She killed God’s people. Now her condemnation is clear and has been enacted there is great rejoicing. Prayers are turned into praises, and there is harmony between saints and angels in the worship. Now that Babylon is no more it is time to sing the Hallelujah chorus.
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