Revelation 19:1-10

By Harold Sightler

This generation is blighted with dead religion. Nothing has become a greater curse. The average church has no joy or reality. The average saint has never been filled with joy. In other words, the "hallelujahs" are few. We have lost the note of praise.

These days are characterized with religion, which has no emotions, no joy and no reality. All about us there are those who have "watered-out" the shout. Well do I realize, that salvation is far more than just emotion or a shout. Salvation is an experience and a life lived. Without the experience and the life lived even the hallelujahs are worthless. However, when salvation is accompanied with reality and with praise; it is then the unsaved will desire what we have in grace.

One fact remains; there will be hallelujahs in heaven. It is unthinkable to imagine Heaven with no shouting; no praises, no hallelujahs. As surely as Heaven is real; it is to be a place of joy "unspeakable and full of glory." There will be shouting on the streets of glory. Not done by just a few; but all will join in the praises.

Notice with me FOUR HALLELUJAHS in Revelation 19. If you will read these verses you will notice four different times the multitudes as they lift the hallelujahs. First, THE HALLELUJAH OF THE FIRST GLIMPSE. Verse 1 "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Allelulia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God." When these souls see Heaven and what they have been redeemed to, they will exclaim, "hallelujah." Notice four things they saw fully for the first time. First, they saw in reality the SALVATION OF THE LORD. They saw just what they were saved to. They had their first glimpse of salvation in its fullness.

Often we stand and testify of the delight in salvation. However, "eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man the things which the Lord hath in store." We try to imagine; yet we cannot. We try to tell the glories of Heaven; yet we cannot. We try to preach about our mansion; yet we cannot fully tell the glories of that city. When, for the first time, we see; the streets of gold, the mansions of ivory, the walls of jasper, the gates of pearls, the river of life, the throne of God, the saints redeemed, the tree of life, the Lamb who saved us; to the top of our voices we shall shout "hallelujah."

Can you think of stepping inside the Eastern gate and casting your glorified eyes over the City of God for the first time? It is no small wonder that John saw this "much people" and heard this "great voice" saying, "Alleluia." We read in the Bible of the visit of the Queen of Sheba to the temple made by Solomon. Never had human hands erected such a building. When the Queen, rich in her own gold and rich in her own power, saw the glories of this temple and the kingdom of Solomon, she exclaimed, "The half has not been told." She had heard much of the glory of Solomon and the riches of his kingdom. However, nothing she had heard and imagined measured to what she saw. Too, you and I have heard much about heaven. We have read all the Bible says about this City foursquare; yet all this is nothing to compare with the excitement of the "first glimpse."

There will be no quiet religion two steps inside the Eastern Gate. Had you been quiet and formal in your worship all your days upon this earth, all that you will lose when for the first time you see the salvation of the Lord. You will join with the others in lifting the Hallelujahs.

Not only did they exclaim hallelujah because they saw salvation of God, but, second, they saw for the first time THE GLORY OF GOD. This first glimpse of the glory of God, too, will produce the hallelujahs. The object of much of our preaching is to tell the GLORY OF GOD. We make an honest effort to tell it. However, no human word can describe the glories of our God. Not even the servant of Abraham undertook to tell of the riches of Abraham, his master. Instead, when he left to search for the bride for Isaac, he took with him the "chest" filled with the gold, diamonds, bracelets, pearls from Abraham's house. This servant knew for the bride to see is better than to hear.

All of our preaching to tell the glories of God and the glories of heaven fail. No mortal tongue can tell. It is unspeakable. When you and I step inside the Eastern Gate, and for the first time see the GLORIES OF GOD; then the hallelujahs will roll. Think of seeing the glories of the Lamb: Jesus, who gave Himself upon Calvary for us; Jesus, who left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake; Jesus, who washed us from our sins in His own blood; Jesus, who loved us while we were unlovely, Jesus, who intercedes for us at the right hand of God; Jesus, who is an high priest touched with the feeling of our weaknesses; Jesus, who is our elder brother; yes, the GLORIES of this Jesus; we shall see for the first time. No redeemed soul shall be able to refrain from the hallelujahs when we see the GLORIES OF GOD.

The third reason for this hallelujah in verse one is because for the first time this "much people" saw THE HONOUR OF GOD. People are eager to see great personalities of honor. If it were announced over the radio or by newspaper that the President would speak in your city tonight; all the multitude around about would be on hand to see and hear the President. When England crowned her last Queen, masses traveled from all parts of the world to witness that event. They wanted to see the highest honored woman on earth. Millions of dollars were spent to witness this person of great honor.

Were some movie star to visit in your community today, the crowds would jam the streets. Persons of honor attract the masses. I submit, no person has ever had the honor of this Jesus whom we shall see as we enter the gates of Heaven.

When the Saints come from the East and West, North and the South into the presence of Jesus and behold His honor for the first time; they will exclaim, "Hallelujah." I am sure He is more lovely than we ever fancied He would be. When I look into His face, when I see the nail printed hands, when I see the riven side, when I look upon His brow which was crowned with thorns for me; surely, with all the redeemed we shall say, "hallelujah."

The last reason this Hallelujah is lifted in verse 1 is because the redeemed see the POWER OF GOD. There is none like unto Him in power. He is the all powerful one. Again I say, we think we can understand now the power of God; but, I submit, here we have never fully grasped the extent of His power.

It is now we see the power of God to save the vilest of the vile. Here we see the power to keep us from falling. Here we see the power which sustained us in life's journey. When we enter inside the City it is then we see the power which washed away all our sins. It is no wonder the Saints exclaim this first hallelujah.

So, the first hallelujah is lifted when we see for the first time in fullness four great things about our God which we see now through a "glass darkly." Yes, we shall see and know His salvation, His glory, His honor, and His power.

In verse two and three we see the second hallelujah. I chose to call it THE HALLELUJAH OF THE WRATH OF GOD. Verse 2-3 "For true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged die blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever." According to this verse when the redeemed see the destruction of the "great whore" they will lift the second hallelujah.

Who is this great whore? I contend, this great whore represents false religion. False religion which had always hated Jesus and the bride. This system of false religion is headed up by Roman Catholicism.

Any who has made a study of the history of the church is all too well familiar with the persecutions of the Christians by the Roman church. Thousands had been martyred for no reason except their refusal to submit to the sacraments of the Roman church. The blood of these martyred saints is yet to be avenged. Their blood cries up to God. In verse two, the redeemed see that God "hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hands." When the wrath of God is poured out upon the system of false religion, God's people in heaven will exclaim, "hallelujah."

The only thing, which keeps the saints from persecution by the Roman church today, is the laws of our country. Were the Roman church ever to gain authority in America, this same persecution would repeat itself. The greatest enemy the true church has is Roman Catholicism.

It is these saints who have died at the hand of religion that will lift this second hallelujah. Believe me, there will be thousands upon thousands in that number. You and I will join in with our martyred brothers in saying, Alleluia.

The third hallelujah is in verse four. "And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, "Amen" and "Alleluia." Note in this verse even the angelic being join in with the hallelujahs. These created beings have never sinned. They know nothing of redemption, yet they say hallelujah.

I am convinced when the Angels, cherubim's and seraphim's see the shouting of the redeemed host, when they hear the saints lifting the hallelujahs, they will place their .approval upon it with the "amen." The word "amen" means "let it be so." These four and twenty elders and the four beasts along with the other created beings in heaven approve the hallelujahs from the sinners saved by grace.

Not only do they approve the hallelujahs but they actually join in themselves saying, hallelujah. Though they have never sinned. Therefore, they have never been redeemed; they, nevertheless, lift their own hallelujahs unto Him "that sitteth upon the throne." What a time that will be when both the created being and the redeemed sinners join in the hallelujah chorus together just inside the Eastern gate, thank God. All heaven will echo with the hallelujahs. I am glad to say, by the grace of God; I shall be in that number.

My friend, if shouting the praises of God and lifting the hallelujahs make you nervous, I frankly do not know what you will do in heaven. What a time when we shall hear these from every corner of the City foursquare. Not only sinners, drunks, gamblers, cursers, thieves, whoremongers, harlots, and adulterers BUT also the angelic beings themselves joining in saying, "hallelujah." I would not miss this for anything, would you?

I call this third hallelujah THE HALLELUJAH OF PRAISE. None will deny that heaven will be a place where ALL shall praise God. The shouts will sound, the praises will be lifted, the hallelujahs will roll. I am sure I will be the least in that number; but when all get home, I want also to stand with the redeemed and with them also say, Hallelujah.

The fourth hallelujah is THE HALLELUJAH OF THE MARRIAGE SUPPER. This is found in verses 5-10, "And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye servants, and ye that fear Him both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him; for the marriage of the lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the linen is the righteousness of the saints. And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb."

Note several things about this hallelujah. First, "all the redeemed, both small and great" take part. No class lines here. No educational lines here. Everybody praising God together. Can you imagine rich men forgetting their riches, poor men forgetting their poverty, doctors forgetting their medicine, lawyers, forgetting their law; farmers forgetting their farming, weavers forgetting their looms, mechanics forgetting their machines, labors forgetting their labor and ALL together praising God.

Also, this hallelujah sounded as the voice of a great multitude. Sometimes the Devil would tempt us to believe that nobody is going to heaven. The Devil is a liar. Millions will shout in this hallelujah chorus. Too, this shout is as continuous as the constant sound of many waters. Verse 6 describes the hallelujah "as the voice of many waters." Time without end the sound of this hallelujah will be heard. Finally, the Word likens this hallelujah as "the voice of mighty thunderings." There is sometime mighty about thunder. Thunder is amplified from heaven itself. The hallelujahs are so great and profound until they are amplified as the thunder. Oh, what a time this will be. I eagerly look forward to this great day.

The reason this fourth hallelujah is lifted is because the MARRIAGE SUPPER is now come. The day, at last, when we shall be wedded to the bridegroom is come. In this blessed hour ALL God's saints will be there. At the supper table "stretched from sky to sky" will be gathered the Saints of God like Abraham who left all to follow the command of God. Like Moses whom God trained on the backside of the desert and who led the children of Israel out of Egypt. I can see Daniel and the three Hebrew children who remained true to God in spite of the treaties of the king. At the table with us will be Elijah and Elisha who served God in the face of the Baal worshippers.

Down that long table will be the apostles, and the saints of the Lord who have passed on. Your loved ones and mine will be there. What a day when we sit down with our mothers, dads, children, husband and wife at the marriage supper table. It is no small wonder that the hallelujahs are lifted.

Even in this life our souls are made happy for family reunion time. Some of us look forward from year to year when we can gather together with a broken family. Some of our loved ones have already departed. The family circle has been broken. Others of our families do not love Jesus. Will it not be wonderful when ALL get home to heaven. All with the same love for Jesus in our heart. All with the same praise upon our lips. No wonder the spirit likens the hallelujah to "mighty thunderings." God's lamb will shout victory in that hour.

The only heavenly word in our vocabulary is Alleluia. This word is spoken the same the world around. Saints from every land understand its meaning. This will be the "key-word" inside the Eastern gate. I praise the Lord that I learned this blessed word - Hallelujah.

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