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Hallelujah!

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)

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Hallelujah! King of Kings!

Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 17-19

Would you rather be part of the prostitute or part of the bridal company?  The analogy in these next chapters is between cheap sex for hire contrasted with the purity of a long term covenant relationship of love, respect and intimacy.

John visited with one of the seven angels who poured out the judgments.  This angel showed him the punishment of the great prostitute.  The prostitute had committed adultery with the kings of the earth and the earth’s inhabitants were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.  (Revelation 17:1-2)  John saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, dressed like a prostitute with a golden cup in her hand.  This cup was filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.  “This title was written on her forehead:  MYSTERY– BABYLON THE GREAT–THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5) This prostitute was drunk with the blood of the saints, those who bore the testimony of Jesus! (Revelation 12:11)

Right before the judgment of the prostitute, angels warned God’s people to come out of her!  (Jeremiah 51:6, 45) (Revelation 18:4) The ruin of the prostitute would come quickly–in one hour!  A final angel pronounced the judgment by hurling a large boulder into the sea fulfilling the words and vision of Jeremiah 51:62-64.  (Revelation 18:21)

Then all heaven erupted:  “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.” (Revelation 19:1-2)  Three more “Hallelujah’s” resounded through heaven, the final one announced the wedding of the Lamb!

“Then the angel said to me, “Write:  Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” and he added, “These are the true words of God.””   (Revelation 19:9) John wrote another blessing to those who read and heed the words of this book!

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful  and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns.  . . .He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-12, 15)

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The Wedding of the Lamb!

Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 17-19

We just experienced a wonderful wedding at our church.  The bride and groom had been planning and waiting for almost a year.  Excitement was in the air!  The day was finally at hand and all was made ready!  Dressed in beautiful clothes and attended by a company of friends, they made a covenant that was to last until death would part them.  Following was a wedding banquet and celebration!

A wedding is the motif used by God to explain to believers what is coming for them.  Marriage is God’s picture of what our relationship with Him will be all about for eternity, for death will be vanquished forever and crying and pain are out of the picture. Special clothes and joy mark the bride and groom as they come together to celebrate what they have waited patiently for!  A wedding supper will mark the special event, beginning a new chapter of intimate relationship that will last forever!

“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:  “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.  Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”  (fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)  Then the angel said to me, “Write:  ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'”  And he added, “These are the true words of God.”” (Revelation 19:6-9)  The time will come for the wedding so long waited for!  The bride makes herself ready by putting on the garments provided for her.  The note states that these garments are like fine linen but this represents the righteous acts of the saints.  Our obedience by faith produces righteousness.  Faith produces righteous deeds that are noted by God.

Who are those invited to this supper?   God has issued an invitation to all to come through His church.  They were to go into all the world and give invitation through the preaching of the Gospel to all nations and peoples.  However, the invitation must be received by faith and acted upon.    The ultimate blessing for all eternity is to be a part of this wedding!  Are you dressed and ready?

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