1 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,
2 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.”
3 Once more they cried out,
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying,
5 And from the throne came a voice saying,
“Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great.”
Chapter 18 ended with the enemies of God lamenting that their commercial haven had been judged and destroyed, and now there is rejoicing in heaven. We said before that we are never to rejoice at someone else’s judgement or misfortune, the Bible also speaks to this in Obadiah 1.12.
The word Hallelujah only appears four times in the New Testament, and all in Revelation 19. Three appear in this first five verses, and it is a Hebrew word that means praise the Lord!
So here we see the voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out praise the Lord! They are not rejoicing over and praising the judgement, rather the just, holy, and righteous God who has affected it. They cry out that his judgements are true and just, then give an example by saying for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality. The praise, then, is for the fact that salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgements are true and just.
Again, then we see our examples of heavenly worship, the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fall down and worship God who was seated on the throne. They are in agreement with the great multitude and reply with a simple Amen. Hallelujah!
The point in all this is that it is right to ascribe glory and praise and worship to our great God.
He has said He will judge the wicked and He does, He has said He will save the righteous, and He does. He is a God of His Word, His Word is true and just, as are His judgements.
If we are ever on the receiving end of some corrective, loving, Fatherly discipline, it is never a nice place to be and we certainly don’t enjoy it. But, think of the alternative; the just, right, righteous, and definitive judgement of Almighty God against a fallen world. It seems a pretty easy choice as to which we want to experience; loving corrective discipline aimed at turning hearts and minds to the Lord, or righteous judgement that leads to eternal separation.
How do we ensure we are receivers of the former not the latter?
The way, the truth, and the life.