HALLELUJAH

Rev. 19:1,2 – After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 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.”

Have you ever been to a performance of Handel’s Messiah? The Hallelujah Chorus is an amazing glimpse of this scene in heaven. Actually, Handel was inspired by the worship in heaven in the book of Revelation to compose his masterpiece, THE MESSIAH. He locked himself up in his home for almost a month after his dramatic conversion experience. His impression of the worship in heaven was his inspiration.

Revelation’s contrasts the heavenly worship with the misery found on earth. In Revelation 19, everything is coming to it’s final head. The false church and the one world government have been judged. Christ’s return is imminent. The heavenly beings can’t back their joy. Worship is breaking out as Christ prepares to return to the earth. Here is how Tim Lahaye describes this scene.

“In a vital sense the rejoicing in heaven in Rev. 19 results from the final triumph of good over evil, Christ over Antichrist, God over Satan, and the Holy Spirit over the spirit of evil. Ever since the fall of Adam the angelic creatures around the throne of God have anticipated that ultimate day when the cup of human iniquity would be filled with abominations and God would finally judge the human race. This contrasts with the attitude of people in the world, who will be weeping for the doom of the prostitute, Babylon. The scene in Revelation 19 offers a brief glimpse of what God intends to be the experience of humankind in their relationship with God, from which they fell.”

Today, we live precariously close to the unfolding of these events. To those whose hearts are fixed on this earth alone, misery and depression are looming. To those who have set their affections on Christ and His kingdom, the joyful anticipation deepens. Our hearts are filling with worship as the great day draws near. If these things are true we must press in to the Lord. Worship and evangelism have to become our daily bread. The world is hopeless, we have an anchor of hope that has entered the veil. Fix your hope on the Lord, join in on the great Hallelujah chorus, the Lord draws near.

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