SCENES OF GLORY IN HEAVEN
Revelation 19:1-10 (NKJV)
Heaven Exults over Babylon
1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Here is a change from the somber to the song. Two scenes are in view in this chapter. 1.) Joy in Heaven. 2.) Judgment on the earth.
Two suppers are in view also.
1.) The marriage supper of the Lamb, v.9;
2.) The great supper of the great God, v.17.
This chapter opens with the hallelujahs of Heaven ringing and closes with Hell opened.
Let’s look into these verses today and witness scenes of
glory in Heaven.
I. v.1-6 THE ANTHEMS OF THE SAVED (2 Words sounding out!)
2 Words – Amen and Hallelujah – Words given to us to help us worship God. These are heavenly words.
1. These words are pronounced and translated the same in every language.
2. These words should be used to praise God.
3. Amen – A word of ascent and agreement to the Word of God.
a. When Amen occurs at the beginning of a sentence it means “Truly”.
b. When it comes at the end, it means “so be it”, or “I agree”.
c. Amen is the most known word in the world.
4. Hallelujah – Used in one place in NT. It gives glory to the Lamb!
a. Hallelujah – “Praise the Lord”
(Ill. We need to be about the business of praising God! Some people think they are dignified, but they are really petrified! It is in perfect order to respond in the services! Amen! (Example the Hallelujah Chorus – Alright to sing it, but it would scare everyone to death if someone said it often, or even worse if they shouted it!)
There are four Hallelujahs that ring out in Heaven :
A. The Hallelujah Of Redemption – v.1 & 5 – Praise to God for all that He has done for them. (Ill. The Cross, Grave, Blood!) Hallelujah! (Ill. Testimony of Billy Bray – “My right foot says Hallelujah and my left says Amen!”) Praise God that we are all different.
B. The Hallelujah Of Retribution – v.2-3 – Praise the Lord for His unerring judgment. Hallelujah! (Ill. God makes no mistake in His judgment!)
C. The Hallelujah Of Realization – v.4 – 24 elders prostrate, again, before God. (Ill. The Redeemed of God!) When we finally get to Heaven, we’ll be all God saved us to be! Hallelujah! Amen!
D. The Hallelujah Of The Reign Of Christ – v.6 – Praise God for the day when Jesus shall reign! (Hallelujah! Amen!)
II. v.7-10 THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SUPPER
2 Things will follow the rapture for the saints of God.
1.) The Judgment Seat of Christ.
2.) The festival of the marriage supper.
1. Rapture – Catch us up!
2. Judgment Seat – Clean us up!
3. Marriage Supper – Cheer us up!
(Ill. The oriental background for the marriage supper.)
1. Betrothal – engagement. (Ill. Differences in marriage traditions) (Ill. Oriental marriage – Spouse usually chosen by parents!)
2. Presentation – The bridegroom and His friends would go and get the bride and take her to the home that he (the groom) had prepared for them. There, gifts would be exchanged.
3. The Festival – The length and lavishness of the marriage celebration would depend on the wealth of the bridegroom.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
1. The Centrality Of The Bridegroom – v.7 – In Heaven, Jesus is the center of attention!
2. The Coming Of The Bride – v.7 – (Ill. The Bride’s preparations!) (Ill. The need to keep ourselves clean! We make our own wedding garments!) (Ill. Inner and outer garments – the tunic and the toga!) Garments of RIGHTEOUSNESS!
3. Righteousness – v.8
a. Personal – Isa. 64:6
b. Provided – 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:21-22
c. Practical – (Ill. The Bride made her own dresses! – The outer garment will be of our own making, the inner garment will be made by God!
Comment on verses 9-10 – Those who go are indeed are very blessed! Are you going to be there? Only if you know Jesus Christ and abide in Him in this life!
(Ill. The fate of those lacking a wedding garment! Matt. 22:1-13)
Matthew 22:1-13 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’
5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
(NOTE – WEDDING GARMENT)