[i]by Zac Poonen[/i]
After these things I heard, as it were, 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 (Rev.19:1-2)
Hallelujah is a wonderful word that means Praise the Lord. It
occurs only FOUR times in the New Testament - all four here in
Revelation 19:1-6!! It is interesting to note that the first time
that the word Hallelujah occurs in the New Testament is when Babylon
the harlot has been judged. We too should be shouting Hallelujah
for that! But charismatics who are still sitting in Babylon may not be
able to say Hallelujah to that - because the magic spell of the
sorcery of Babylon has deceived them!! One translation of this verse
says that Babylon was the one who poisoned the earth with her immorality.
Only a few drops of poison are needed to make a glass of milk deadly.
Thats how Babylon has corrupted the Christian faith - by mixing the poison
of mans traditions with truth. God now avenges the blood of His bondservants on her.
And a second time they said, Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever
and ever. (Rev. 19:3). They shout Hallelujah a second time for the
same reason. There is such terrific joy in heaven when the harlot is
judged! There is joy in heaven when a sinner repents (Lk.15:10).
We can understand that. There is joy in heaven when a believer overcomes
Satan (Rev. 12:11-12). We can understand that too. But what about
when the Word says, Rejoice, O heaven and you saints, because God has
pronounced judgment on Babylon the harlot (Rev. 18:20). Can we
understand that? If we cannot, it is because we have not understood
Gods ways. Satan has hidden Gods judgment over Babylon from most people.
But we must see clearly that there is joy in heaven when Babylon is exposed,
when her sorcery and her deception are made manifest for all to see,
and when she is finally judged once and for all.
We must anticipate that joy even today and say, Hallelujah! Praise
the Lord that one day this corrupt system will be judged - this system
that deceives people and dishonours the Name of Christ, that has no
interest in following in the footsteps of Jesus or in taking up the cross,
but is only interested in having a good time in this world, or in becoming great,
or in making money in the name of Christianity. Praise the Lord that
all this nonsense that goes on in Your Name - fancy dresses and golden
crosses and crowns and feasts and festivals - is going to be destroyed soon.
Hallelujah! Her smoke ascends forever and ever. This is the spirit of heaven -
and we need to get something of that into us even now. If you are one in
spirit with God and the inhabitants of heaven, you will share in their
joy over the destruction of Babylon!!
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down
and worshipped God who sits on the throne saying, Amen, Hallelujah! (Rev 19:4)
The third Hallelujah is again for the same reason! Three
Hallelujahs just because the harlot is judged! It is like shouting,
Three cheers that Babylon has been destroyed!!
And a voice came from the throne, saying, Give praise to our God,
all you His bondservants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the
sound many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunders,
saying, Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns. Let us
rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. (Rev. 19:5-7).
The fourth time they say Hallelujah and rejoice in heaven, is when
the bride of Christ has made herself ready for her marriage!! Because
the Lord God Almighty reigns, He made all the persecution and
opposition that the bride faced on earth, to work for her good and to
prepare her for her wedding-day!!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon