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10/29 – Hallelujah! (Revelation 19:1-16)

 

Introduction — Here John further relates what he heard and what he saw. He unfolds the revelation of Jesus Christ. In this moment, John states how he heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.” This great multitude continues to praise God. The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures praise God. A voice from the throne then calls all God’s bond-servants to praise God. Next, John hears something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of thunder, saying: “Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty, has begun to reign! Let us be glad, rejoice, and give Him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure.” John’s heavenly messenger says, “Write: blessed are those who are invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb.” These are true words, indeed. Then John saw heaven opened. He saw a white horse. And He who sat on it is called Faithful and True. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. A heavenly army follows Him into battle. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that He may strike down the nations. He will rule them with a  rod of iron. He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “King of kings, and Lord of lords.” John is overwhelmed. John even begins to worship a heavenly being, but this messenger of God says, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brothers who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God.” This future scene of worship directs us to praise God now. This future marriage feast points to God’s gift of life through Christ both now and then. Blessed are those who receive the gift of God in Christ. By His grace, they are new creations. They receive His righteousness. They live for Him. They worship Him. Hallelujah!

 

Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him!

 

Then I heard . . .

 

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 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; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

Comment: Here John highlights four hallelujahs to God. In the first three hallelujahs, a heavenly multitude praises God for his salvation and glory and power and justice. In this fourth hallelujah, the multitude cries outs, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 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.” In mighty, thunderous roar the heavenly multitude praises the Lord once more. Why? He reigns. He is the Almighty. He is the Lord our God. The marriage of the Lamb has come. The bride has made herself ready. Hallelujah!

 

Through the grace of God, the bride of Christ made herself ready for Christ. The bride received the righteousness of Christ as a gift from Christ, clothing herself with simple and pure linen. The bride—the church—receives the blessings of God by the grace of God. The marriage of the Lamb has come, and the bride is ready! Hallelujah!

 

Question: Church, are we ready for the wedding? Has each person here received the gift of eternal life in Christ? Are we faithful to Christ? Are we following Him? Do we obey Him? Do we listen to Him? Do we tolerate evil or do we turn from it? Do we sincerely and humbly repent of sin? Do we deny ourselves daily? Do we take up our cross daily? Do we follow Jesus daily? Do we praise Jesus frequently? Do we talk with Him often? Do we submit to Him? Do we love Jesus with all our heart?

 

Application: Let’s give praise to the Lord for His gift of eternal life to those who believe. Let’s praise Him for clothing us with His righteousness. Let’s praise Him for the faith to believe Him. Let’s praise Him for the strength He gives to follow Him. Let’s praise Him for the hope we have in Him. Let’s praise Him for the blessing of knowing Him. Let’s praise Him for the honor to worship Him. Let’s praise Him for the joy of living for Him. Let’s praise Him for saving us. Let’s praise Him for loving us. Let’s praise Him for calling us. Let’s praise Him for empowering us. Let’s praise Him for showing us the glory of God. Let’s praise Him for His strength. Let’s praise Him for His majesty. Let’s praise Him for His holiness. Let’s praise Him for His justice. Let’s praise Him for His victory over sin and evil and death. Let’s praise Him for His victory over Satan. Let’s praise Him for His sacrifice on the cross. Let’s praise Him for His resurrection. Let’s praise Him for His ascension. Let’s praise Him for His return. Let’s praise Him for His faithfulness. Let’s praise Him for keeping all His promises. Let’s praise Him for His patience. Let’s praise Him for His guidance. Let’s praise Him for His eternal love. Let’s praise Him for His joy. Let’s praise Jesus. Let’s raise our voices in praise to the Lord.

 

He is the first and the last. He is the living one. He died, but behold, He is now alive forevermore. He is the Lion. He is the Lamb. He is Faithful and True. He is righteous. He is the Word of God. He is pure. He is regal. He is ready. He is leader of the heavenly host. He is holy. He is mighty. He is just. He is coming back. He will judge. He will rule. He will reign. He is the King. He is the King of kings. He is the Lord. He is the Lord of lords. He is the Messiah. He is the Savior. He is Jesus.

 

Behold the Groom! Behold the Lamb! Behold the Lord! Behold the King!

 

Praise the Lord! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns! Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him!

 

Hallelujah!

Word Study for Revelation 19:1-16

1 voice (phone—sound; cry; language; speak loudly; tone; report)[1]

1 hallelujah (hallelouia—praise the Lord; praise Yahweh)

1 salvation (soteria—deliverance; preservation; rescue; safety)

1 glory (doxa—splendor; brightness; amazing might; praise; honor; greatness)

1 power (dynamis—ability; strength; might; mighty deed; wealth)

2 harlot (porne—a prostitute; whore; idolater; foreign, strange woman)

2 destroying (phtheiro—ruin; waste; spoil; harm; deprave; mar; ravage; corrupt)

6 reigns (basileuo—rule; be king; control completely)

7 rejoice (chairo—be delighted; take pleasure; full of cheer; be well)

7 be glad (agalliao—rejoice exceedingly; exult; be extremely joyful; shout in exultation)

7 marriage (gamos—wedding feast; wedding celebration; wedding; wedlock; nuptials)

9 blessed (makarios—happy; supremely blessed)

9 invited (kaleo—summon; name; call to a task; invite; call)

9 true (alethinos—truthful; genuine; authentic; real, not imaginary; sincere; trustworthy)

13 Word (logos—statement; speech; gospel; message)

15 rule (poimaino—shepherd; herd; tend; guide and help; govern)

 

Application for Revelation 19:1-16

Let’s ascribe our full praise to God.

Let’s see that His judgments are true and right.

Let’s affirm that the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Let’s rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him.

Let’s affirm the blessing of being the bride of Christ.

Let’s affirm the grace of God in clothing us with His righteousness.

Let’s behold the glory of God in Christ.

 

Gospel Connections for Revelation 19:1-16

Jesus is the Lamb of God. Jesus is returning for His bride, the church. The bride makes herself ready through the gracious generosity of her groom. Jesus gives her the fine linen, bright and clean. She clothes herself with His righteousness. Jesus is the Faithful and True. In righteousness He judges and wages war. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is mighty. Jesus is worthy. Jesus is glorious. Jesus is the King of kings. Jesus is the Lord of lords.

 

Thoughts and Quotes for Revelation 19:1-16

The final reason why the eternal romance will never be dimmed, but will only burn more brightly forever, is not in us but in our Lord. We engage with him, but he grants us even our sincerity of heart, and that is how we become prepared for the eternal wedding day. ~ Ray Ortlund, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

 

We reveal to ourselves and others what is important to us by the way we celebrate. ~ Noël Piper, Treasuring God in Our Traditions

 

I love to cook, and I love to have all my family around the dinner table. ~ Julia Roberts

 

It ain't what they call you; it's what you answer to. ~ W. C. Fields 

 

Young man, names are powerful things. You don’t just go around using them for no reason. ~ Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

 

Wonder at God's merciful love is a very practical emotion. Holy wonder will lead you to grateful worship and heartfelt thanksgiving. It will cause within you godly watchfulness; you will be afraid to sin against such a love as this. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Commentary for Revelation 19:1-16

 

Verses 1–4

The fall of Babylon being fixed, finished, and declared to be irrecoverable in the foregoing chapter, this begins with a holy triumph over her, in pursuance of the order given forth: Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, ch. 18:20. They now gladly answer the call; and here you have, 1. The form of their thanksgiving, in that heavenly and most comprehensive word, Alleluia, praise you the Lord: with this they begin, with this they go on, and with this they end (v. 4); their prayers are now turned into praises, their hosannas end in halleluias. 2. The matter of their thanksgiving: they praise him for the truth of his word, and the righteousness of his providential conduct, especially in this great event—the ruin of Babylon, which had been a mother, nurse, and nest of idolatry, lewdness, and cruelty (v. 2), for which signal example of divine justice they ascribe salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto our God. 3. The effect of these their praises: when the angels and saints cried Alleluia, her fire burned more fiercely and her smoke ascended for ever and ever, v. 3. The surest way to have our deliverances continued and completed is to give God the glory of what he has done for us. Praising God for what we have is praying in the most effectual manner for what is yet further to be done for us; the praises of the saints blow up the fire of God’s wrath against the common enemy. 4. The blessed harmony between the angels and the saints in this triumphant song, v. 4. The churches and their ministers take the melodious sound from the angels, and repeat it; falling down, and worshipping God, they cry, Amen, Alleluia.

Verses 5–10

The triumphant song being ended, and epithalamium, or marriage-song, begins, v. 6. Here observe,

I. The concert of heavenly music. The chorus was large and loud, as the voice of many waters and of mighty thunderings. God is fearful in praises. There is no discord in heaven; the morning stars sing together; no jarring string, nor key untuned, but pure and perfect melody.

II. The occasion of this song; and that is the reign and dominion of that omnipotent God who has redeemed his church by his own blood, and is now in a more public manner betrothing her to himself: The marriage of the Lamb has come, v. 7. Some think this refers to the conversion of the Jews, which they suppose will succeed the fall of Babylon; others, to the general resurrection: the former seems more probable. Now, 1. You have here a description of the bride, how she appeared; not in the gay and gaudy dress of the mother of harlots, but in fine linen, clean and white, which is the righteousness of saints; in the robes of Christ’s righteousness, both imputed for justification and imparted for sanctification—the stola, the white robe of absolution, adoption, and enfranchisement, and the white robe of purity and universal holiness. She had washed her robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb; and these her nuptial ornaments she did not purchase by any price of her own, but received them as the gift and grant of her blessed Lord. 2. The marriage-feast, which, though not particularly described (as Mt. 22:4), yet is declared to be such as would make all those happy who were called to it, so called as to accept the invitation, a feast made up of the promises of the gospel, the true sayings of God, v. 9. These promises, opened, applied, sealed, and earnested by the Spirit of God, in holy eucharistical ordinances, are the marriage-feast; and the whole collective body of all those who partake of this feast is the bride, the Lamb’s wife; they eat into one body, and drink into one Spirit, and are not mere spectators or guests, but coalesce into the espoused party, the mystical body of Christ. 3. The transport of joy which the apostle felt in himself at this vision. He fell down at the feet of the angel, to worship him, supposing him to be more than a creature, or having his thoughts at the present overpowered by the vehemency of his affections. Here observe, (1.) What honour he offered to the angel: He fell at his feet, to worship him; this prostration was a part of external worship, it was a posture of proper adoration. (2.) How the angel refused it, and this was with some resentment: “See thou do it not; have a care what thou doest, thou art doing a wrong thing.” (3.) He gave a very good reason for his refusal: “I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren which have the testimony of Jesus—I am a creature, thine equal in office, though not in nature; I, as an angel and messenger of God, have the testimony of Jesus, a charge to be a witness for him and to testify concerning him, and thou, as an apostle, having the Spirit of prophecy, hast the same testimony to give in; and therefore we are in this brethren and fellow-servants.” (4.) He directs him to the true and only object of religious worship; namely, God: “Worship God, and him alone.” This fully condemns both the practice of the papists in worshipping the elements of bread and wine, and saints, and angels, and the practice of those Socinians and Arians who do not believe that Christ is truly and by nature God, and yet pay him religious worship; and this shows what wretched fig-leaves all their evasions and excuses are which they offer in their own vindication: they stand hereby convicted of idolatry by a messenger from heaven.[2]

 

 

 

Revelation 19:6-16, ESV

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

 

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
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;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”

 

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

 

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.”

 

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

Church, let’s ready ourselves for Christ’s return.

Keep working, toiling and persevering , for the glory of Christ. (Rev. 2:2-3)

Repent and do the deeds you did at first (Rev. 2:5)

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. (Rev. 2:10)

Be faithful until death. (Rev. 2:10)

Hold fast to Jesus. (Rev. 2:13)

Do not deny Jesus. (Rev. 2:13)

Turn away from false teaching. (Rev. 2:14)

Repent. (Rev. 2:16)

Keep growing in your love and faith and service and perseverance. (Rev. 2:19)

Do not get in bed with evil. (Rev. 2:20)

Wake up. (Rev. 3:2)

Remember and obey what you received and heard. (Rev. 3:3)

Remain pure. (Rev. 3:4)

Keep Christ’s word and do not deny His name. (Rev. 3:8)

See our desperate need for Christ. (Rev. 3:17)

See our abundance in Christ. (Rev. 3:18)

See the love Christ has for the church. (3:19)

Be zealous and repent. (Rev. 3:19)

Listen to the voice of Christ. (3:20)

Open the door to fellowship with Christ. (3:20)

Hear what the Spirit says to the church(es). (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)



[1] Word studies from various sources on Logos Software, including, but not limited to Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains by James A. Swanson

[2] Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 2482). Peabody: Hendrickson.