“Heavenly Hallelujahs”

Revelation 19:1-10

“After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia!  Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!’” [Rev 19:1]

Here is yet another “After these things” in the book of Revelation.  This one takes us [finally] to our Lord’s Return.  There is, however, more to come.  Three more chapters remain in Revelation.  With Christ’s Return one might think that that’s the end of the story.  In reality, it is only the beginning!

The only thing that ends in Rev 19 is the Tribulation.  What follows is a new beginning; the Millennium [ref. Rev 20], and after that the New Jerusalem [the Eternal State, ref. Rev 21-22].  And so, yes, while Rev 19 ends the economy of judgment, it also prepares the way for God’s eternal economy of glory! 

This morning we are going to look at the first ten verses of Rev 19.  It is a record of Heavenly Hallelujahs.  Can you imagine?  After what seems like an eternity of “missing the mark” [from Gen 3 to Rev 18], sin is finally purged from this earth. 

John has described seven seals of judgment; seven trumpets of judgment; seven bowls of judgment; and the final judgment upon spiritual, political, and commercial Babylon [Rev 17-18].  Now after every aspect of sin has been dealt with, Jesus opens the scroll [ref. Rev 5, the title deed to the earth] and reclaims this earth for Himself, its rightful owner.

Jesus will rule and reign with “a rod of iron” [Ps. 2:9], and His reign will be both spiritual and physical.  A multitude of hallelujahs will indeed be the rhythm of heaven.  The prayers of the saints [ref. 6:9-11] will finally be answered.

An interesting observation to note in the text is “the marriage supper of the Lamb” [v.9].  This is the great wedding banquet of Christ [the Bridegroom] and His Church [His Bride].  The two will be united and will return to the earth to rule and reign together.

Interestingly enough, at this “marriage supper,” Christ Himself will gird an apron and serve His bride [ref. Luke 12:37], similar to the Last Supper.  This is almost too difficult to comprehend.  Jesus, in all His glory, will serve you and I [His church] at the “marriage supper of the Lamb.”

This should humble us to the core.  It should cause us all to be that “living sacrifice” holy and acceptable unto Him [ref. Rom 12:1].  It should cause us to even more serve Him in this life of faith.