Summary: Why would the host of heaven rejoice over massive destruction of a city, a system and a multitude of humanity? All of the rebellion, the filth, the hurt, destruction, war, famine, pestilence, suffering, evil and tyranny end forever. Hallelujah!
Revelation 19:1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: (Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God)
THE BRIDE VS THE HARLOT
Why are they saying “Hallelujah!”?
1. Because the Harlot is judged.
2. Because we are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb (and we are the Bride ☺)
Why would the host of heaven rejoice over such massive destruction of a city, a system and a multitude of people?
This is related, I think, to the Revelation 5, where no one was found worthy to open the scrolls-to release the judgment of God and to hand over ownership of the earth back to God. John weeps convulsively because no one was found worthy. In Chapter 19, we have the flip-side of that. The entire Host of Heave rejoices because God’s wrath has been poured out, and “the kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our LORD and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever”.
All of the rebellion, the filth, the hurt, destruction, war, famine, pestilence, suffering, evil and tyranny of this world have now been destroyed. It has come to an end. It is over. Finally.
There will be no more suffering or sin or tyranny, or crying or pain anymore forever.
The Meaning of the world
Lu- means you (really ye, or y’all)
Ja- is the shortened name for God, Jaweh
Praise You the LORD
We are exhorted and exhorting to praise God because the end of evil on earth is come & the beginning of the righteous reign of God has begun
And the marriage supper of the Bride and the Groom is announced
And This Bride is a sharp distinction from the Harlot of Revelation 17 & 18
In Contrast is the Bride of Christ, who has gone through a process of preparation for the wedding.
I like the way Jerry Shirley put it:
We need to prepare for this marriage, and go thru 4 beauty treatments before the big day!
1. Justification: inner beauty [at salvation]
2. Sanctification by:
• Scriptures = “washing of water by the Word”
• Supplication = prayers of repentance
• Suffering = we don’t like this one as much, but He uses it to knock off the rough edges sometimes / conform us to image of Christ / it is on the fires of suffering that the dross is removed!
Moses on backside of desert / David running for his life from king Saul like an animal / Peter being sifted like wheat / Paul being beaten, stoned, imprisoned…anyone used greatly of God has been sanctified by God, partly thru suffering.
3rd treatment: *glorification—a new body! [at rapture]
4th: Then there’s the actual *consummation at the judgment seat of Christ / our one on one interview w/ Jesus Christ, where we will be judged / rewarded, much will be burnt up by fire!
[on the positive side: all our faults and failures will also go up in smoke! The final beauty treatment is over, and we will be presented to the bridegroom w/out spot or blemish!]
THE BRIDE AND EARTHLY MARRIAGE