Summary: This sermon reveals the worship service conducted in heaven as Jesus prepared to come back for the defeat of all the evil forces.
Worship In Heaven
1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
2For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her."
3Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!"
4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen! Alleluia!"
5Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!"
6And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
Revelation chapters 19 and 20 bring the return of Jesus
to establish His Earthly Kingdom.
Before we get to all that,
the first 5 verses of chapter 19
show heaven's response to the judgment of the harlot.
The multitude in heaven praises God for judging the great harlot.
This chapter is one of the most dramatic in the Bible.
Chapter 19 is the only chapter in the New Testament
where the word "Alleluia" is found.
It appears 4 times.
The people mentioned here are different from the others in heaven.
They are singing a song that includes mention of salvation.
This scene includes the Old Testament saints,
the Church age saints, and the Tribulation saints.
Together they join this great chorus proclaiming. "Alleluia!"
The scene now shifts from the earth to heaven.
VERSE 1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
In chapter 18, we saw the terrible destruction
of commercial, political and religious Babylon
symbolized by its capital city of Babylon.
Now the scene changes to heaven.
The voices of the redeemed are heard.
This "loud voice" is because of the number of people speaking.
These words of praise are focused on the Lord Jesus.
The loud voices are likely the voices of angels.
The redeemed saints are not told to praise our God until verse 5.
Heaven rejoices because salvation has now come for God's people.
The power and glory belongs to God.
VERSE 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her."
Jesus is bringing justice and righteousness to the world.
Those who look to God can depend on His judgments
to be true and righteous.
There is never a doubt.
God judged the harlot because she led the charge
to get the world to worship the Antichrist and Satan.
Her devotion and public commitment
caused the world to copy her conduct.
She caused the death
of many of God’s apostles, prophets and saints.
In fulfillment of God’s promise to the 5th seal martyrs
who requested judgment of those responsible for their deaths
God judged the city.
We saw back in chapter 6
God promised the martyrs that He would avenge their deaths
and now He has.
Those in heaven have waited a long time for God's justice.
VERSE 3 Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!"
The word “Alleluia” is the Greek word equivalent of Hallelujah.
It means "Praise Yahweh" or "Praise the Lord".
The smoke symbolizes the permanence of Babylon's destruction
just as Isaiah prophesied in chapter 34:8-10.
8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance,
The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9 Its streams shall be turned into pitch, And its dust into brimstone;
Its land shall become burning pitch.
10 It shall not be quenched night or day; Its smoke shall ascend forever.
From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
No one shall pass through it forever and ever.
The smoke of this burning city does not last for all eternity.
The phrase “forever and ever” means total destruction.
It will never be built again.
This destruction of the most powerful empire in history
marks the end of man's day.
The rebellion that began in the Garden of Eden is finally ended.
Never again will there be false religions, worldly philosophy,
injustice or unrighteousness.
The entire sorry results of human depravity
will finally be defeated.
VERSE 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen! Alleluia!"
As I said in a previous chapter, these 24 elders