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   Hallelujah!   Revelation 19:1-10
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
And again they shouted: "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever."
The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!"
Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!"
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God."
At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV ®. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Rejoicing in Heaven (19:1–5)
With one voice, the great multitude sings God’s praises for His justice, for carrying out His judgment against the great prostitute, and for avenging the blood of His servants. His judgment is perfect because His justice is balanced with His holiness and love. The twenty-four elders, representing the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles of the new Israel, and the four living creatures, symbolizing all of creation, fall down and worship God. Scholars have debated over who is speaking in verse 5. New Testatment and Christian Origins professor David Aune notes that the phrase “indicates the divine authorization of the speaker,” meaning that it is not God who is speaking, but someone close to the throne to whom God has given the authority to lead worship.

We can rejoice in God’s judgment because He knows everything, He can do anything, and He loves perfectly. His ways are higher than ours, and so we look to Him to judge.

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (19:6–10)
The union of Christ and the church is celebrated in heaven. The Bride is adorned with fine linen, representing “the righteous acts of God’s holy people” (v. 8b). The good work that you do on earth will be remembered and marveled at in heaven. Your work is not done in vain (1 Cor. 15:58). The angel reassures John, “These are the true words of God” (v. 9b). The reality of being joined to Jesus as a pure bride may seem beyond belief in your current divided state of sinful brokenness. But remember, God has redeemed you, and with Him, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

The work of the church—prophetic witness—is to testify of who Jesus is and what He has done. Keep Jesus, the Bridegroom, central in your life and church.
The Unreached ( | South Asian, general (United Kingdom) – Islam
The Nations | A government investigation in the UK has uncovered an agenda in a number of Birmingham schools to impose hardline Sunni Islam practices upon students. Left unchecked, such teaching could confine schoolchildren to an intolerant ideology that makes them vulnerable to radicalism in the future. Pray that these British children would not be pulled into cultural isolation and radicalism, and that they would hear and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ.