Summary: John hears “a great voice of much people in heaven.” And so the great voice in heaven praising God follows the destruction of Babylon in all its forms, this takes place just before the second coming of Christ.
Rev. # 66- 1-8 MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB 8-7-10
1And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
The reference to “much people” is to the same group as in 7:9 where “a great multitude” is the same Greek words. Though the general reference may be to all people in heaven, the allusion seems to be to the martyred dead.
(after these things) is a reference to the destruction of religious & commercial Babylon that we read about in chapters17–18, and so the command in
18:20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her, is carried out.
John hears “a great voice of much people in heaven.” And so the great voice in heaven praising God follows the destruction of Babylon in all its forms, this takes place just before the second coming of Christ.
>> Notice what they’re declaring, “salvation and glory and honor and power belong to our God.”
Lets be sure and notice that they say “our God.” This means that these that are giving praise had rejected the god of this world and his false messiah, and by faith had accepted the Lord as their God and Savior.
And because of their stand for God many had died a martyr’s death, but to their God, who is also our God through Jesus Christ, belongs all true salvation, glory, honor and power.
--- Salvation to our God - means salvation belongs to God, salvation is of God, and He alone is the source and means of salvation.
This is a good witness to the fact that the apparent successes and victories of the enemies of God over His people are only for a short time.—believers might occasionally loose a battle, but just remember, there are many battles in a war, and the war has already been won, our True Commander and Chief the Lord Jesus Christ has conquered death, hell and the grave, He said in;
Matthew 16:18---in regard to what Peter had just said about Jesus being the Christ, the Son of the Living God,-- and upon this rock I will build** my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. In other words, its not hell that’s the aggressor, it’s the Church, the Church will never go down, its going up.—because Salvation is of our God.
Ø The much people continue their loud praises in verse 2--
2For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
Why do they make such a statement in verse 2? “Because His judgments are true and righteous.” God’s perfect and holy character, His perfect righteousness and justice, cannot act unfairly or unjustly. He has perfect knowledge (omniscient) and therefore, He has all the facts so that all His judgments are in accord with the truth. There is no hearsay evidence in the court of God. In this case, the ground of God’s judgment demonstrated in the fall of Babylon was because of the immorality by which the great harlot seduced and corrupted the earth. He doesn’t always pay off on Friday, but He always pays off.
The blood of his servants of verse 2 could well apply to the martyrs of all ages, because Babylon starts back in Gen. 10:8-10 Under Nimrod.
In the worship scenes of chapters 4 & 5 we saw the elders, that is the church, and the enumerable numbers of angels and the 4 beasts, or (4 living creatures) all worshiping God, and now a great number of tribulation saints have been added to the chorus, and they are praising God for what He has done.
The Hebrew word alleluia is the Greek equivalent of hallelujah, and means “Praise Yahweh” or “Praise the Lord”
We see this word “Hallelujah” four times in the first six verses. This is its only occurrence in the New Testament. It’s as though its been reserved for the final victory.
The word is found many times in the psalms.
The destruction of Babylon marks the end of the Great Tribulation, now the picture has completely changed from sadness to singing and praising God, The transformation from darkness to light, from dreary days of judgment to bright days of blessing.
Not only that, but the greatest happening of all, the Second Coming of Christ, His marriage to the Church and then the 1000-year reign of His Kingdom.
3And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. 4And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.