Revelation 19:6b (New International Version)
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
These few words capture the passage in a nutshell. We should worship God. Why? Because he is all powerful and reigns over everything.
“Hallelujah” is a well known Hebrew word meaning “Praise the Lord!” It is adopted into many languages besides English. While it occurs frequently in the Old Testament, it only occurs four times in the New Testament, and all four are in today’s passage! So then today of all days let’s take the opportunity to exclaim, “Hallelujah!”
This scene of worship in chapter 19 recalls similar scenes in chapter 4 and chapter 5. In chapter 4, the focus was on God, the creator. In chapter 5, the focus was on God, the redeemer. Here, the focus is on God, the ruler, the all powerful, the omnipotent, whom no enemy can withstand. Even the greatest challenge to Christians is defeated (v 2) and destroyed (v 3) by God. Whatever is arrayed against God, God defeats.
The flip side of the defeat of all evil is the celebration of the victory over that evil and the rejoicing of God’s people. It is compared to a wedding banquet where Jesus, the Lamb of God, meets his bride, the church, and she is arrayed in the righteous deeds of the saints.
So who is participating in this worship and praise? Both verse 1 and verse 6 describe a large and noisy multitude. The 24 elders of chapter 4, representing all God’s people through the ages, join in. And the four living creatures from chapter 4, representing all of creation, join in. And the large multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, joins in.
And a voice from the throne exclaims, ‘Praise our God, all you his servants!’ Let us rejoice and exult and give Him glory. Let us, today’s Faithful Daily Readers, join the 24 elders, the four living creatures and the shouting multitude in their praise! Hallelujah!