Revelation 19

“Hallelujah” literally means “God is worthy of praise!” He is worthy of praise because of his judgment on the wicked, and He is worthy of praise because He invites His servants to the wedding supper of the Lamb!

Isaiah 25:6-8 “The LORD who commands armies will hold a banquet for all the nations on this mountain. At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine— tender meat and choicest wine. On this mountain he will swallow up the shroud that is over all the peoples, the woven covering that is over all the nations; he will swallow up death permanently. The sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. Indeed, the LORD has announced it!”

We also have a tale of two banquets. You can be a part of the church, God’s bride, and come to the wedding supper of the lamb. Or you can belong to the ungodly and be a banquet for the birds (19:17-18, 21). Jesus is coming to judge the ungodly. He is faithful and true, and is dressed in clothing dipped in blood.

Isaiah 63:3-6 “I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself; no one from the nations joined me. I stomped on them in my anger; I trampled them down in my rage. Their juice splashed on my garments. and stained all my clothes. For I looked forward to the day of vengeance, and then payback time arrived. I looked, but there was no one to help; I was shocked because there was no one offering support. So my right arm accomplished deliverance; my raging anger drove me on. I trampled nations in my anger; I made them drunk in my rage; I splashed their blood on the ground.”

His army comes with Him, but He is the one who does the fighting with the sword that comes out of His mouth (19:21). He is the “Word of God!”

John is warned in this passage not to mistake the messenger for the sender (19:10)! As majestic as the angel is, he is not Jesus; he is merely testifying to the truth of Jesus Christ. We are to worship Him, not His servants, because He is the source of truth: “the testimony (of) Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” I believe that “of” is better than “about” here, because we see that He is the “Word of God” in the rest of the passage!

For worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydsgf9k5164

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