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Study Guide: The Worship and the Wedding - Revelation 19:1-10

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Revelation 19:1-10

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,

“Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
    for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
    who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

Once more they cried out,

“Hallelujah!

The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”

And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,
    all you his servants,
you who fear him,
    small and great.”

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 


 

Main Idea:
All of heaven rejoices after God’s ultimate judgment is handed to Babylon.

Summary:
The book of Revelation has been building to this point.  Babylon is fully judged and Hallelujahs ring out in heaven over its defeat.  Praising God has not been this descriptive since the Psalms.  Believers finally get to participate over the most celebratory of meals, the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Observation:

  • Let’s give an effort to really comprehend as best we can the celebratory nature of this passage.  God gave you imagination and John gives great imagery here for us to capture the significance of what just took place.
    • Read verses 1-8 out loud giving cheerful emphasis to the “Hallelujahs” - translated “Praise Yahweh”.  These four Hallelujahs (v.1,3,4,6) are the only ones recorded in the New Testament.
    • What is the largest amount of people that you have ever been around?  Would you call it a multitude?  Again, using your imagination, think back to Revelation 7:9-10 where every tribe, tongue, and language are represented in this heavenly multitude.  Are you able to bring this scene to life?
  • In verse 2, what are the two things that the “great prostitute” Babylon is guilty of?
  • Describe the most extravagant wedding reception that you have ever attended?  Even the nicest one out of all of us will not compare to this celebration.  Marriage is a significant theme throughout the scriptures.  Look up the verses below to see other passages where this theme is used:
    • Matthew 22:2; Matthew 25:10; Luke 12:36; Luke 14:8; John 2:1; Ephesians 5:22-32

Application:

  • What does this section of scripture teach us about God’s character?
  • In your own life, where do you have a hard time believing that God will judge justly?
  • How has your own sin and our adversary’s (Satan) corruption of this world hampered your ability to live out of an eternal perspective or just to trust God moment by moment?

Prayer:
Praise God for judging justly.  In your prayer, name five things that you are thankful for and can rejoice over right today.