Revelation 19:1–10 (NKJV)
John has just finished recording the finality of the fall of Babylon, making clear that this is a devastation with no possible comeback. Now, he moves to a record of the reaction in heaven to the fall of Babylon and the rejoicing over the Lord’s greatness.
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.” 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!” 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!”Revelation 19:1-5
The heavenly scene unfolds with a multitude loudly proclaiming that salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God. They lift up His righteous judgments and the fact that He has judged the great harlot Babylon for her corruption of the earth. She killed many of God’s servants, and now vengeance has been unleashed upon her. They rejoice over the smoke rising from her ruins. The scene here even hearkens back to the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures who appeared in the beginning of the book. They now fall down and worship God on His throne for His mighty works and greatness. A voice from the throne, presumably God or the Lamb, affirm this action and call for even more praises for God from all His servants and those who fear Him.
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! 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 19:6-8
In this scene, it is as if the multitude moves beyond the excitement about Babylon’s fall, and moves into a chorus of praise to the Lord God because the marriage of the Lamb has come. His bride is prepared and made ready. She is arrayed in fine linen, which represents the righteous acts of the saints. She is clean and bright and fit for the Lamb. His blood has washed her garments, and she is clean. If you are a believer, you are part of that bride, and will meet Jesus the Lamb for this marriage in heaven when the Tribulation is past.
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
The heavenly narrator or messenger seems to take over the rhetoric again here, offering a blessing to those who are called to this marriage and the marriage supper of the Lamb. He confirms the word given to John through this revelation, and John falls to worship this narrator. He rebukes John, and reveals that he is but a fellow servant with John, not a deity. We do not have the exact identification of this narrator, but he seems to be another man if not an angel, who has the testimony of Jesus. He sums up his address to John with the command to worship God, and the affirmation that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. This seems to confirm that what has been said is from God, delivered by the Holy Spirit, and is worthy of hearing and believing.
When a prophetic word is given, there will be no doubt as to its veracity and truthfulness. It will resonate with those who hear it if they are hearing God’s voice as His servant. Listen for the voice of God. Hear it through whatever conduit God chooses to use. Let it transform your thinking and your actions, your dreams and your path. This will bring you closer to His perfect will and the heaven that awaits you, that marriage supper of the Lamb.