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Four Hallelujahs


Rev 19

When you get to chapter 19 here, the great harlot Babylon…or Rome has just fallen.

In chapter 17 and 18 we have the obituary where the harlot is identified as Rome and we have the announcement of her death.

And now, here in chapter 19, after the news of her death…it is a time of celebration.

Also, in this chapter you will see two armies….the army of the Lamb and His holy ones…against the terrible trio and their allies.

Now, once again, it is difficult to determine what each figure of speech is referring too.

19:1 After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God;

19:1 After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

“Hallelujah!(Praise to Jehovah)  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God;2 because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her. ”

3 And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.”

4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

5 And a voice came from the throne, saying,”Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

And notice that God “reigns.”

Now, as we go through the next few verses remember the context.

7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”

In John 3:28-30  the wedding scene is used again, but for a different reason.

In Matthew 22:1-14 the marriage feast is called on again to illustrate several things such as the ungodliness of the Jews in respect to Jesus.

In Luke 12:35-40 the wedding feast is brought up again…this time to teach watchfulness again.

Well, that is what this verse is here.

And because she has, look at verse 8:

8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

 9 And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”

 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

What we may have here though, is this may be God’s way of telling the brotherhood that no one, not any one, is to be praised for their deliverance except for God.

 11 And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

12 And His eyes are a flame of fire, (He sees all and misses nothing…penetrating…discerning) and upon His head are many diadems(He wears many because He is King of Kings); and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself.

 13 And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood(whose blood? His own…bringing to remembrance that He gave His all for His followers and is worthy to be praised, or is it the blood of enemies indicating that He defeats His enemies); and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.

 15 And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God; 18 in order that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great. ”

 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to make war against Him who sat upon the horse, and against His army. 20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat upon the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

 If you don’t understand the details of what is going on here…there is one thing that you can understand clearly…and that is: JESUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS WILL BE AND ARE VICTORIOUS.

We are on His side….and that is where we need to stay.