Praising Him (Raise a Hallelujah)

Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:30 am Service

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Revelation 19:1–10 (NKJV)

1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.”

Revelation 19:1-2
  • This passage recounts the Hallelujah taking place in the heavenlies.
  • The Hallelujah is in response to their knowledge of the greatness of God.
  • The Hallelujah is also in response to their knowledge of the future God will provide.

3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!”

Revelation 19:3-4
  • The futuristic image of the Queen of Evil being destroyed, rising up in smoke and being avenged upon forever, elicits another Hallelujah from the heavenlies.
  • The leaders in Heaven, the twenty-four elders, fall on the faces and worship God with a Hallelujah!

5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

Revelation 19:5-6
  • This heavenly host then calls unto the earth, to the servants of the Lord and those who fear God, to offer praise unto the Lord as well.
  • The response of the earth is reminiscent of the sound of a mighty waterfall or a rushing river after spring thaw. It reminds one of loud thunder in a summer storm, or the torrent of sound in a hurricane.
  • We must praise God until the rafters shake, until the earth resounds with a Hallelujah!

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Revelation 19:7-8
  • Why should we cry out “Hallelujah?”
    • Christ has redeemed us and made us part of His bride
    • Christ has cleansed us and made us holy
    • Christ has given us the ability to live an overcoming, righteous life

9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Revelation 19:9-10
  • Why should we cry out “Hallelujah?”
    • Christ has blessed us
    • Christ has given us the testimony of His love and provision for us.
Hallelujah Verses

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Jeremiah 29:10–14 (NKJV) 10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NKJV) 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Philippians 4:19–20 (NKJV) 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

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