Tag: Revelation 19
Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 19
During the Christmas season, I love to listen to the classic “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah”. This famous piece of classical music is take from the 19th chapter of Revelation. This is the only passage in the New Testament where the Hebrew word “Hallelujah” (Praise the Lord) is used, and four times! It is used by angels, but here mainly by the redeemed saints of Heaven as they witness the final destruction of Babylon!
“And I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 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.”” “And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne and they cried, “Amen, Hallelujah!”(Revelation 19:1-4)
John heard loud shouting from a great multitude in heaven! This “Pentecostal” style of worship came from saints seeing justice done on their behalf! They were celebrating God’s vengeance on the evil world system that had persecuted and killed them. The smoke of their torment will go up for ever and ever! Even the elders and four living creatures worshiped God with loud cries!
John then heard the multitude shout once again, “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 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.”. . . .”Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:6-7, 9)