And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.Revelation 11:15 KJV
The words of the “Hallelujah” chorus in Handel’s Messiah are from Revelation 19:6, 16; and 11:15.
Hallelujah! for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.Revelation 19:6 KJV–The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.Revelation 11:15 KJV–King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.Revelation 19:16 KJV–Hallelujah!
Revelation reverberates with the power and majesty of God. It gives assurance to believers in Jesus Christ that God will keep His own children through suffering, persecution, and death. Nations and peoples will know the wrath of His righteous judgment. Christians will realize our hope of glory.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.Romans 8:18–Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.2 Corinthians 3:16–18
Be encouraged and with love encourage other believers. Trust God with your days, and as Paul enjoined us:
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.Colossians 3:1–4
Whatever events may occur in our lives during this coming year, remember that one day the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever!
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
Handel Messiah sketch by James Gurney using a water-soluble graphite pencil: posted originally in Handel’s Messiah at Gurney Journey. Mr. Gurney is the creator of Dinotopia. Used in 2012 for the first time by permission.
Messiah: Libretto: Old and New Testament Passages selected by Charles Jennens
Oratorio: George Frideric Handel
Antony Walker conducting Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes.
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