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1After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
3 Once more they cried out,
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5And from the throne came a voice saying,
“Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great.”
6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Watch the Sermon
We are invited to hear the peer into the worship of heaven in our passage. Following God's judgment of Babylon, or the sinful world, all of heaven rejoices over God's just and true judgments. This chorus of Hallelujah is followed by another round of praise for God's hosting the final feast between his Son, the Lamb of God, and the bride, the church. A day all long for has finally come, and joy, praise, and exaltation is the tone. As Jesus comes to take his bride, the church falls down in worship of God. Consider this final day, when wrongs are righted, evil vanquished, and we see Jesus face to face—made new to enjoy God forever and ever.
Review and Apply
How are you encouraged in the truth that salvation, glory, and power belong to God?
How does God's certain judgment of evil and sin lead us to endure suffering with joy and confidence? Give examples from your own life.
How does the picture of worship in 19:1-5 challenge your current experience of worship?
Why does the Bible paint our union with Jesus in the context of marriage?
What are these fine linens, and how are we to get ready? How are they not meritorious?
What temptation are we called to avoid in 19:9-10? What are things you are tempted to worship beside God? How can a brother or sister help you be faithful?