- After the “Woe to Babylon” John hears the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting in worship.
- The multitude sings hallelujah, because salvation, glory, and true, just judgments belong to the Lord. He condemned the great prostitute and avenged on her the blood of His servants.
- Again they shout hallelujah, because smoke goes up from her forever and ever.
- Then the 24 elders and the four living creatures fall down in worship before the throne and cry amen and hallelujah.
- Then a voice comes from the throne calling all God’s servants, all who fear Him, the small and the great, to praise our God.
- John hears a great multitude, like the combined noise level of the roar of rushing waters and loud peals of thunder, shouting in worship. They sing hallelujah, for the Lord Almighty reigns. They celebrate and are glad because the wedding of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.
- The fine linen the bride wears, which is bright and clean, stand for the righteous acts of the saints.
- The angel standing next to John then tells him to write, “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb”. He also adds that “these are the true words of God”.
- Upon hearing this, John falls at his feet and is about to worship the angel, but is told, “do not do it!” The angel tells John that he is a fellow servant with John and his brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Instead, John should worship God!
- The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
- John then sees heaven standing open and there before him was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war.
- Then John sees an angel, standing in the sun, crying out in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair. He calls to them to gather and eat at the great supper of God, for they can eat of the flesh of all who oppose God; kings, generals, mighty men, horses and their riders, whether great or small, slave or free.
- John sees the beast, the kings, and all their armies gathered together to make war against Jesus and His armies.
- The beast and the false prophet were captured and thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
- The rest of the army is killed by the sword that comes out of Jesus’ mouth and the birds engorge themselves on their flesh.
This is a pretty epic chapter. A huge celebration of worship precedes Jesus conquering the nations of the world. As I read this chapter, I reflected on my own times of worship. In this passage different groups of people say different things as they worship God. Some praise God for His victory over Babylon, some praise Him because He reigns, and others agree with what everyone else is saying. But in the end, all are welcome and called to praise God. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, small or great, you are called to praise God for who He is and what He has done.
Father, you are God. That in and of itself is enough to worship you. But I have so many reasons to praise you, for the things I have seen you do in my life and the things I know are yet to come. I cannot wait to stand before you, amongst the great multitude and praise your name as one voice. I praise you for those experiences we have here that are a glimpse of what is to come. Amen.
Posted on Fri, December 25, 2015
by Brian Landers