December 28, 2022 – Wednesday
Revelation 19:1-6 NIV
1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 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.”
3 And again they shouted:
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!”
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
All of the boldface in the verses above is added. I added it because I wanted to emphasize that all of the times we read Hallelujah in the verses above we want to be sure to hear it as a shout, a loud shout.
How loud? Look at verse one, I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! How loud do you think a great multitude in heaven shouting “Hallelujah!” would be. I don’t know except that it would be very very loud, remember when it come to Hallelujah it is shouted!
Then in verse three we read very simply And again they shouted “Hallelujah!” And here the they refers to a great multitude in heavenwho sounded like a roar as they shouted “Hallelujah!” from verse one.
In verse four we have twenty-four elders and four living creatures who cried “Amen, Hallelujah!” In saying Amen, they signified their agreement with all those in heaven who had shouted: Hallelujah! Almost all versions have them saying and only a few versions have cried or cried out. I have to concur with the few versions as I cannot imagine them simply saying Amen. Hallelujah as all but a few of the versions have Hallelujah followed by an exclamation mark (!) as in the other three verses.
In verse six we have, Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah!” Once again we have the shouting of “Hallelujah!” And not just shouting, but what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting. And the shouting was one word, “Hallelujah!” Just how loud was this shouting? No way to tell, but it would have been so loud as to be deafening from the description given.
Bottom Line: Hallelujah is never meant to be quietly stated if we are to follow the examples given in Revelation 19.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, We get to know You through Your Son, HALLELUJAH! – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton