After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,
“Praise the LORD!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.
2 His judgments are true and just.
He has punished the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality.
He has avenged the murder of his servants.”
3 And again their voices rang out:
“Praise the LORD!
The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”
4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out,
“Amen! Praise the LORD!”
5 And from the throne came a voice that said,
“Praise our God,
all his servants,
all who fear him,
from the least to the greatest.”
6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:
“Praise the LORD!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself.
8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters* who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”
Praise the LORD! is the translation of the Hebrew word Hallelujah!
The setting of Revelation 19 is found in Revelation 17-18 where John describes the collapse and judgment of the“great prostitute” and “Babylon”. The fall of historical Babylon in 539 BC, marked the end of an empire known as the great oppressor of the innocent and exploiter of the weak.
The “great prostitute” and “Babylon ” are synonymous, both depicting the empire of the beast. Many people think that Babylon represents a powerful religious organization that will follow and support the Antichrist in the end times. Babylon’s extravagant clothing and jewelry signify the allure of prosperity. Her title, “mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations” (Revelation 17:5), represents the lust for sexual pleasure, the rejection of all restraints, the relentless pursuit of wealth, and the ruthless exercise of coercive political power.
God follows up His victory over the great prostitute by presiding at the marriage of Jesus to His Bride, the Church. Though the Father sincerely invites all to come and be a part of the greatest marriage feast ever, some still resist his invitation (Matthew 22:1–14; Luke 14:15). God continues to extend His gracious invitation to trust in Jesus alone, and receive eternal life, until the the day of judgement. When we do respond by trusting in Jesus, we receive radiant garments that represent enduring good works (Isaiah 61:10; Ephesians 5:27). These righteous works do not earn us salvation, but they are the necessary response to, and evidence of, God’s righteousness , which motivate us to praise God (Revelation 15:4; Ephesians 2:8–10; Philippians 2:12–13; Titus 2:14).
Lord Jesus, turn our hearts away from Babylon and the cheap imitation garments she offers at the cost of our souls. Turn our hearts to you that that we may remain the joyous holy children of the Church, Your eternal Bride. Amen.