THE RESPONSE FROM HEAVEN

Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:1-10

“After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, ‘Halleluah! Savlation and glory and power belong to our God, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of His servants'” (Revelation 19:1,2)

The chapter begins with the response to the fall of Babylon from those in heaven. The word “hallelujah” is found four times in this passage. The word comes from a Hebrew word that means “praise the Lord” or “praise Jehovah.”

The first hallelujah comes from the great multitude in heaven — the glorified saints and angels (vs. 1,2). They rejoice in the salvation of God’s people and they celebrate the righteousness of the act of God’s judgment. The judgment of God has a two-fold purpose: God judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He avenged the blood of His servants. We are reminded that God will not leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:6,7).

The second hallelujah comes from the same multitude in heaven (v. 3). This hallelujah signals the finality of God’s judgment — “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” Her doom has come, for she will never rise up again (18:21).

The third hallelujah comes form the twenty four elders and the four living creatures, who symbolize the church and all of creation (vs. 4,5). They fell down and worshiped God who sits upon the throne — “Amen. Hallelujah!” which are strong words of affirmation. From the throne came a call to worship — “Praise our God all you servants, you who fear Him small and great.”

The fourth hallelujah is the response of the heavenly choir to the call to worship (vs. 6-10). “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God reigns” (v. 6). It is a celebration of the union with Christ and His Church — “Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready” (v. 7).

This great celebration takes place when Christ returns and the final judgment takes place. This is a reminder of the central theme of the book of Revelation — Jesus Christ, the Lion and the Lamb, wins! Let us be encouraged that in the end we also are more than conquerors through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us!

Lord Jesus, I take great comfort in knowing the end of the story. You will overcome all Your enemies and be victorious. I will be with You along with all the other saints and angels in glorious worship one day. Hallelujah! What a Savior!

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