Summary: What we have here in Rev.19 is the heartiest, happiest, holiest, heavenliest Hallelujah Chorus of all times. The whole universe of beings is roaring with rejoicing, and shouting with a song of supreme satisfaction.
It is a good thing God enjoys laughter because some of life's funniest
moments happen in church. Carolyn Crane tells about how her
husband Dan stood up for the final hymn one Sunday, and his foot had
gone to sleep; it buckled under him, and he fell sideways into the aisle.
Two men came quickly to his aid, and they got him back into the pew
on his one good leg. A third man would have helped too, but he was
laughing so hard, he was of no use. Dan stood through the closing
hymn on one leg, like a stork, or the crane that he was. His wife could
tell by the many different versions of the song that people were having
a hard time concentrating. But by the end of the hymn things seemed
just about back under control. Then the pastor stood up and
dismissed the congregation with the benediction--"And now unto Him
who is able to keep us from falling...." Even the most solemn and
pious could not restrain their laughter.
It may seem like an inappropriate way to end a service, but in the
light of Revelation 19, it may not be at all, for hilarity seems to be
commonplace in heaven. This chapter is loaded with extreme
excitement and exuberance in the very presence of God. The entire
population of the redeemed of all time, plus the innumerable angelic
host, and every being in the universe capable of making sound, joined
in the wildest and loudest display of emotion that we have on record.
The apostle John is an old man as he is having this heavenly vision,
but he has no problem hearing the song. He says it was like a roar,
and the great multitude was shouting. They were joined by another
vast choir who cried out, and then another multitude joined in like a
roar of rushing waters, and like loud peals of thunder. One thing is
for sure, nobody will ever go to sleep in a heavenly praise service.
Thank God we will have new bodies that will not get headaches when
the volume reaches thunder levels.
What we have here in Rev.19 is the heartiest, happiest, holiest,
heavenliest Hallelujah Chorus of all times. The whole universe of
beings is roaring with rejoicing, and shouting with a song of supreme
satisfaction, because of the battle of good and evil has been won, and
good is the victor. The forces of darkness and evil have been defeated,
and the winners are celebrating. They have won the gold in the
universal Olympics, and they are compelled to praise God at the top
of their voices for this ultimate victory. Thus, we have a song like no
other in the entire Bible. This heavenly Hallelujah Chorus stands
1. The loudest song in the Bible.
2. The most universal song in the Bible.
3. The song most full of Hallelujah in the Bible. Four
times in verses 1-6. This is the only place in the New Testament
where the word is used.4. It is the happiest song in the Bible, for it celebrates
the victory over evil, and the wedding of Christ and His Bride.
God gave John this vision and that is why we have this record of the
heavenly Hallelujah Chorus. The famous earthly Hallelujah Chorus
by George Frederic Handel also had it's origin in a God given vision.
Handel was in a severe state of depression in 1741. He was 57 years
old, deeply in debt, and going nowhere. He began to read a Sacred
Oratorio, where the words of Isaiah caught his attention--"Wonderful,
Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of
Peace." He was inspired to compose, and for 24 days he remained in
seclusion to write. He sometimes would not eat his food. At times he
would jump up and wave his hands in the air shouting Hallelujah.
Later he reported, "I think I did see all heaven before me, and the
great God Himself."
His Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland in 1742, and it
was an immediate success. It circled the globe as one of the musical
masterpieces of all times. Newman Flower said, "Considering the
immensity of the work, and the short time involved in putting it to
paper, it will remain, perhaps forever, the greatest feat in the whole
history of musical composition."
I don't think it is a mere coincidence that the great song on earth
and the great song in heaven are both Hallelujah Choruses.
Hallelujah means praise the Lord, or praise Jehovah, and it will be a
major word in our vocabulary for all eternity. It is the main word in
the chorus of The Battle Hymn Of The Republic--"Glory! glory!
hallelujah! Glory! glory! hallelujah! Glory! glory! hallelujah! His