Revelation 19:1-10

The Fourfold Hallelujah

1 After these things I heard something like a 1loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "2 Hallelujah! 3 Salvation and 4 glory and power belong to our God;
2 5BECAUSE HIS 6JUDGMENTS ARE 7TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the 8great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS 9AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER."
3 And a second time they said, "10Hallelujah! 11HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER."
4 And the 12twenty-four * elders and the 13four living creatures 14fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "15Amen. 16Hallelujah!"
5 And a voice came from the throne, saying, "17 Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, 18 you who fear Him, the small and the great."
6 Then I heard something like 19the voice of a great multitude and like 20the sound of many waters and like the 21sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "22 Hallelujah! For the 23 Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Marriage of the Lamb

7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and 24give the glory to Him, for 25the marriage of the Lamb has come and His 26bride has made herself ready."
8 It was given to her to clothe herself in 27fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the 28righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then 29he said to me, "30Write, '31Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' " And he said to me, "32These are true words of God."
10 Then 33I fell at his feet to worship him. 34But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a 35fellow servant of yours and your brethren who 36hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Revelation 19:1-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 19

This chapter contains the triumph of the saints over Babylon, and their thanksgiving to God because of his judgments on her; the marriage of Christ and his church, and a battle between him and his and her enemies, with the success of it. The congratulations are first of a promiscuous multitude in the church, ascribing salvation, praise, honour, glory, and power to God, because of the righteousness of his judgments, and because of the perpetuity of them, Re 19:1-3 and then of the four and twenty elders and four living creatures, who worship God, assent to what had been before said, and join in praising the Lord, Re 19:4 and then another voice out of the throne is heard, calling upon all the servants of the Lord, and those that fear him, whether small or great, to praise our God, Re 19:5 after which is heard the voice of a great multitude, stirring up one another to praise, because of the reign of the Lord God Almighty, and to rejoice and be glad because the time of the Lamb's marriage with his bride was come; who is described by her dress, the righteousness of the saints, comparable to fine linen, clean and white, Re 19:6-8 upon which an angel bids John write those persons happy who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, and affirms these to be the true sayings of God; wherefore John, in a transport of joy, was just going to worship the angel, had he not been forbidden by him; from which he dissuades him, by observing that he was his fellow servant, that God only is the object of worship, and that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, Re 19:9,10 next follows a vision of a battle between Christ and his enemies; and first he the General is described, by the horse he sat upon, a white one; by the characters he bears, faithful and true; by what he did, judging and making war in righteousness; by his eyes, which were as a flame of fire; by his having many crowns on his head; by having a name, or names unknown, and particularly one, which is the Word of God; by his habit, a vesture dipped in blood; by the armies he was at the head of, riding on white horses, and clothed in fine linen; by a sharp sword coming out of his mouth, with which he should utterly destroy the nations; and by having a name on his vesture and thigh, King of kings, and Lord of lords, Re 19:11-16 upon which an angel is seen standing in the sun, and calling to all the fowls of the heaven to come to the supper of the great God, and to eat the flesh of kings, captains, mighty men, horses and horsemen, of all ranks, and degrees, Re 19:17,18 and next an account is given of the armies of the beast, and of the kings of the earth, that came to make war with the above warrior, Re 19:19 the issue and success of which follow; the beast and false prophet are taken, and cast alive into a lake of fire and brimstone; and the rest are killed by the sword of the above General, and the fowls have a feast of their flesh, Re 19:20,21.

Revelation 19:1-10 In-Context

1 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, " Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God;
2 BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER."
3 And a second time they said, "Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER."
4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!"
5 And a voice came from the throne, saying, " Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great."
6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, " Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."
8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' " And he said to me, "These are true words of God."
10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.

Cross References 36

  • 1. Jeremiah 51:48; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 19:6
  • 2. Psalms 104:35; Rev 19:3, 4, 6
  • 3. Revelation 7:10
  • 4. Revelation 4:11
  • 5. Psalms 19:9
  • 6. Revelation 6:10
  • 7. Revelation 16:7
  • 8. Revelation 17:1
  • 9. Deuteronomy 32:43; 2 Kings 9:7; Revelation 16:6; Revelation 18:20
  • 10. Psalms 104:35; Rev 19:1, 4, 6
  • 11. Isaiah 34:10; Revelation 14:11
  • 12. Revelation 4:4, 10
  • 13. Revelation 4:6
  • 14. Revelation 4:10
  • 15. Psalms 106:48; Revelation 5:14
  • 16. Psalms 104:35; Revelation 19:3, 6
  • 17. Psalms 22:23; Psalms 115:13; Psalms 134:1; Psalms 135:1
  • 18. Revelation 11:18
  • 19. Jeremiah 51:48; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 19:1
  • 20. Ezekiel 1:24; Revelation 1:15
  • 21. Revelation 6:1
  • 22. Jeremiah 51:48; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 19:1
  • 23. Psalms 93:1; Psalms 97:1; Psalms 99:1; Revelation 1:8
  • 24. Revelation 11:13
  • 25. Matthew 22:2; Matthew 25:10; Luke 12:36; John 3:29; Ephesians 5:23, 32; Revelation 19:9
  • 26. Matthew 1:20; Revelation 21:2, 9
  • 27. Revelation 15:6; Revelation 19:14
  • 28. Revelation 15:4
  • 29. Revelation 17:1; Revelation 19:10
  • 30. Revelation 1:19
  • 31. Matthew 22:2; Luke 14:15
  • 32. Revelation 17:17; Revelation 21:5; Revelation 22:6
  • 33. Revelation 22:8
  • 34. Acts 10:26; Revelation 22:9
  • 35. Revelation 1:1
  • 36. Revelation 12:17

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