Hallelujah to Our God

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The author inserts personal comments when quoting Scripture which are indicated by square brackets. All biblical references are quoted from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.

Hallelujah for His sovereign majesty! Turn to Psalm 145, please. When I think of the majesty of our Lord, this Psalm comes into my mind probably like yours. In one of Jack Hayford’s songs and I think he has written about 500 hymns now, but he wrote one that is really a blessing to me. It has captured the hearts of Christians for a number of years now.

Majesty. Worship His majesty. Unto Thee be all glory, honor and praise. Majesty, kingdom authority flows from the throne unto His own. His anthem raise. So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus. Magnify! Glorify!

You know I think sometimes we forget that the number one thing God wants from us is praise. In the final stanza it says, “Jesus, who died, now glorified, King of all kings.” He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Hallelujah for His sovereign majesty.

In Psalm 145:10—13 it says,

10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord. And Your saints shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power.
12 O make known to the sons of men His mighty acts
and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
[Some translations say, splendor.]
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Let’s go to Revelation 19. I would like you to notice the scene of this praise—this shouting of hallelujah to God. What is the scene? It is in heaven. It says in Revelation 19:1, “After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven.” It is heaven we are looking at.

By the way, if you are into the historical background of the writing of the Book of Revelation, you know that John was somehow transferred in some kind of spiritual time machine into the future where he actually saw the events. If you stop and think about it, you and I who know the Lord are reading about ourselves and what we will be doing. So as you read through the passage, just remember that if you know the Lord that includes you. You may say, “Hey, that is me there. Did you hear my voice? It is the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven.”

You know, we need balance when we talk about how many folks are going to be in heaven. The scene of this praise is heaven, but when I look at the size of it, man, God blows my mind apart! He says, “A great multitude.” In chapter 7 He says, “a multitude that no one can number.” In chapter 5 He says, “ten thousand times ten thousand.” In the Greek mathematical system, ten thousand is the highest number they have and that is multiplied by itself. There are so many people. We need balance with that.

Here is what I mean. There are a lot of folks talking about heaven who are not going there, amen? Jesus said, “In the last day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not done many wonderful works in Your name? Have we not cast out demons in Your name? Have we not prophesied in Your name?’” He will say to them, “Depart from Me ye workers of iniquity. I never knew you” (Luke 13:25—27, paraphrased).

Apparently in the scene at the end before Christ comes, there are a lot of people who profess Christianity. Maybe it is a lot like the early days of Constantine in the 300s, when he declared Christianity is the state religion and all of a sudden everybody brought their paganism right in. We have been suffering ever since. Christianity will be popular and people will mention they are Christians whether they have ever made a commitment to Christ and regardless of whether they have ever been born again. Jesus said there will be many people like that.

So a lot of us may ask, “Hey, how many folks are really going to heaven?” And others respond, “There will not be very many.” I have heard that from folks but I want you to know that in reading the Bible, I have discovered that there are going to be more folks in heaven than I could ever possibly dream would be there. God is into lots of people. He likes people and He wants lots of them in heaven. And there will be a great multitude in heaven—all His servants are those who fear Him, both small and great—it says in Revelation 19:5. They are all going to be there. How many are going to be there? Well there is no way to count the number of them. There will be so many people in heaven. I thought about this last week.

A couple days ago I went over to get a Christmas tree at one of those lots. You know one of those pagan symbols—a Christmas tree? I went over to get one. The guy and his father bring trees down from Nevada, from way up near the Nevada border. They actually live in California in a small little town and they grow all these trees and they are selling them right here in our neighborhood in these lots. Well he heard me in Sacramento on one of our radio rallies. So I had a wonderful time talking to him. By the way, they provided the actual live branches around the church free of charge. But anyway, we were talking about the fact that he likes a small town. He said, “Boy you have so many people around here.” You know, we were talking about people and traffic. I said, “Boy, I sure hope you are going to like heaven.” He said, “Hey, I’m a Christian. I’m going to like heaven.” I said, “Well, there are lots of folks up there.”

I do not know what you thought. Maybe you thought just you and a few of your friends are going to be there, I don’t know. Believers are going to come out of every nation, tribe, tongue, and people. Heaven is going to be filled with people. And I love to read this, “A great multitude in heaven.” This represents the size of that praise and look at the sound of that praise. Here is where some of you check off. The sound, it says in verse 1, is a loud voice. Look down at Revelation 19:6. It says, “the voice of a great multitude; it is as the sound of many waters, as the sound of mighty thunderings.” Chapter 4 says that these mighty sounds come out of the throne—these mighty thunderings. The number one most characteristic word of Revelation is the word “loud.” It is actually the Greek word for “great” which is mega. We use the word mega to really describe something—like a megopolis—which is really a giant metropolitan area. Or megatrends are really influential or gigantic trends in the world. Mega is being used a lot today in various literature and business articles. Listen, “mega” is heaven. The mega sounds of the world are in heaven and God is into loud. And some of you are into quiet. Amen?

Now we need balance here. God does speak in the still, small voice. And God does speak when it is quiet, but some of you are convinced that the only thing God wants is quiet. You are wrong, very wrong! But the good news is that God is going to change your ears so you can handle it in heaven, okay. You are going to have a brand new body, so do not worry. When your kid turns up the sound system in the upstairs, remember it is loud in heaven. At that moment when your kids are playing music so loud you cannot stand it, just say to yourself, “Praise God that He is going to change my ears.” You might also pray that God will help them with their hearing because they are blowing their ears away.

The Bible says it will be a loud sound in heaven, so God is into loud sounds. Can you imagine what heaven is going to be like? What is the subject of this praise? In Revelation 19:1 it says, “Alleluia! [and the next word] Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!” Verse 2 explains that it is because He judged the Great Harlot, this pagan religious system that has existed from the days of Babylon until now. In its final form—who knows what it will be—but this system has corrupted the earth with her fornication. It was false; it was not true. And why are they shouting to God? It was because now they have the truth and God has smashed the false religion to smithereens. Now there is no more deception. There it is in all of its glory and purity, the truth of God. And they are rejoicing that He has avenged also the blood of all of God’s saints who have been killed in the name of false religion. And they shout, “Hallelujah!”

Also look at verse 6. The subject of the praise is Hallelujah. And the next statement is: “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent [all powerful] reigns!”

It is “hallelujah” for His sovereign majesty. The Lord reigns. Don’t you love the Messiah and the Hallelujah Chorus? I almost feel like we could insert it right now and go for it. Get it on your stereo sets and your radios and plug in those cassettes and play the Messiah and let God speak to your heart. “Hallelujah for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”

Let’s come to the second paragraph in verse 7. “Hallelujah, for our coming marriage.” Are you going to be there? This is the marriage supper of the Lamb. Do you like weddings? I love weddings. They are so great. The only one I did not like was the one I had to pay for. I just love weddings. I am into extravagance just because I know what the Bible teaches and yet I am into good stewardship and I do not believe we should spend too much money. But then on the other hand, what better occasion is there to spend money on than for a wedding? The Bible says that earthly marriages are a type of our Lord’s marriage to us.

Boy, what is it going to be like in heaven? Is it going to be great or is it going to be the greatest? “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). What a celebration it is going to be! Are you going to be there?

Let me tell you four things about that day. Our purpose is stated right there in verse 7, right away. “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory.” That has been the purpose of everything from the beginning. According to Revelation 4:9—11, God created everything to bring glory and praise and honor to Himself. Let us give Him glory. “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Give Him glory.

You know in the Bible, in the Book of Acts and also in Revelation it describes those who have truly become believers. Do you know what it says? It says they glorified God. It is a technical expression for belief. What is our purpose? To give Him glory.

Secondly, look at our preparation. You have to be prepared to come to this wedding. You have to have the right clothes on. It says in verse 7, “His wife has made herself ready.” Are you ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb? Jesus told several parables dealing with folks who should be ready. He said that those who were at the wedding of God and did not have a wedding garment were cast into outer darkness, where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. They were thrown out of the wedding. Why? It was because they did not have the right wedding garment on.

“His wife has made herself ready.” There is balance here, is there not? The eternal God saves us. God calls us to Himself. God works His plan of salvation in us. God, the Holy Spirit, brings us to supernatural awakening, as we call it being “born again.” God does it. But it is interesting the text says that the wife has made herself ready. You see, we also have a responsibility to that message which is to receive it and to believe it. And it is God that is working it in us. There is a balance between those two things—the work of God and the responsibility of man. The wife made herself ready.

And the next statement is the balance to that when it says, “And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright.” Now what is the fine linen? It says it is the righteousness or the righteous acts of the saints. We notice in verse 14 that the armies of heaven have come. They are clothed in fine linen. Back up, please, in your Bibles, to Revelation 3:4—5. Let’s look briefly and see the right garments that are necessary for us to be prepared for the marriage supper of the Lamb. In chapter 3 are the messages to the seven churches and this one is to Sardis. It says,

You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments.

By the way, all overcomers are true believers. The same writer wrote the Book of 1 John 5 and said, “Who is he who overcomes but he who believes in the name of the Son of God.” All overcomers are true believers. “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” They are in white garments. Look at 1 John 4:4. In heaven we have twenty-four elders who represent, we believe, the completed church of God in heaven. And it says they are clothed in white robes.

Look at Revelation 6:11, please. Dealing with the martyrs of all the past who are asking God how long until He avenges their blood. And verse 11 says that a white robe was given to each of them.

Look at Revelation 7:9, where we see a multitude of people getting saved during the tribulation. It says that a great multitude, which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues are standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes. And look down at verses 13—14, where one of the elders said, “Who are these arrayed in white robes and where did they come from?” He said, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the Great Tribulation and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” That is all I need to know. In order to get into this marriage supper you have to be clothed with the white garments.

Jesus taught this clearly in His parables. You have to have a wedding garment on and it is to be white. And it is white according to the Bible because it has been washed in the blood of the Lamb. There is only one way to be at that marriage supper. There is only one way to share the joys of heaven and that is to come through the death of Jesus Christ our Lord. He died on the cross for your sins and mine. We are washed by the blood of the Lamb. There is no other way.

In Zechariah 13:1 the prophet said that there is a fountain that will come for cleansing, a fountain to the house of David. And a songwriter wrote, “There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.” Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb? The song says, “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” It fills our hymnbooks and it has filled the praise of Christians for centuries. There is only one way to be there and that is to come through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Look back at Revelation 1 where John is giving his greetings to the seven churches to whom he was writing and saying, “Grace and peace.” In verse 5 he said it was “from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. It is to Him who loved us and washed us from our sins, in His own blood.” There is no other way to have a white robe and to have that garment clean and fine as God requires for that wedding which He calls the “marriage supper of the Lamb,” than to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

Are you ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Are you really?

It is not only our purpose and our preparation seen there, but notice the plan of God is also mentioned in Revelation 19:9 in the marriage supper. It says, “Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” The plan of God is there. He called us to Himself.

1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “We have been called into the fellowship of His Son.” Hey, there is a universal invitation that says in Romans 10:13, “Whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But there is what we call an effectual call or a call that really works and that is God calling you to Himself. Jesus said, “You did not choose Me. I chose you.”

Jesus told a story about a wedding in Matthew 20:2. And at the conclusion He said, “Many are called or invited, but few are chosen. Blessed are they who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Jesus spoke about a centurion who was a Gentile, and he had such great faith. He said, “I have not found that much faith in Israel.” And in Matthew 8:11 He said, “Many will come from all the corners of the earth. Many will come and will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the marriage supper of the Lamb.” We are going to be fellowshipping with the saints of all the ages. That is why I tell you this marriage supper is not in heaven during the Tribulation. This is what a lot of pretribulationists have taught.

I am a pretribulationist. I am committed to that but I am also a post tribulationist. I am “pre” because I believe the Lord is coming for His church before the Tribulation. I am “post” because He is coming to the earth in power and great glory at the end. And when the Lord comes and sets up His kingdom, the kingdom is likened unto a marriage and a wedding. And there is a feast or a supper that will inaugurate it. So the beginning of the kingdom, which will be on the earth will be the marriage supper on earth, as He will introduce His bride, the church of Jesus Christ.

He will also have there at that wedding, all of the Old Testament believers that could not be in heaven because they would not have their resurrected bodies yet. The Bible says in Daniel 12 at the end of the Tribulation is when the Old Testament saints will be resurrected along with all the Tribulation believers who have died during the Tribulation, In setting up His kingdom on earth, the Messiah shall reign. The Lord God Omnipotent reigns. The marriage supper of the Lamb will begin as all the believers of all the ages will be there.

The thing I like, in kind of a practical sense, is that we will be eating in heaven. Amen? I think a great blessing there will be eating and never getting fat. You know, one of our elders here told a story just Thursday night about two elderly ladies who died and went to heaven. And the first lady was so excited at what she saw. She just could not believe it. Her heart was just giving praise to God. She looked at her friend who was crying her heart out and she asked, “Why are you crying? This is such a wonderful place, Matilda. I don’t understand your tears. Why are you crying?” She answered, “Just think, we could have been here twenty years ago if it hadn’t been for oat bran.” Is it not a paradox that we work so hard to stay here? Absent from the body and present with the Lord. Paul said, “My true desire is to be with Christ, which is far better.”

I think you ought to eat right, okay. You should enjoy your time here and be more healthy and all that sort of thing. But listen, food does not commend us to God; whether we eat little or much, the Bible is very clear on that. So do not get so excited about it. Now if you really like to eat, praise God, you can do it at the marriage supper of the Lamb. I do not know what is going to be served, but you will like it. Believe me, you will like it. What a day that is going to be!

I think a lot of us wonder about it. Is it really true? Isn’t it interesting how this ends in verse 9? Because it is not only our purpose and our preparation mentioned in the plan of God, but it is God’s promise. It says, “These are the true sayings of God.” The timing is good. It is almost like, is it really true? Is there really going to be something like this? Yes, these are the true sayings of God.

Look at Revelation 21:4—5. You will see the same thing. He says some wonderful, beautiful words to all of our hearts.

4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

How interesting. Is it all true?

Turn to Revelation 22. After telling us about the beauties and glories of heaven, now in verse 6 He said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And to back it all up, look at how it ends in verse 20, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’”

Why are these words the true sayings of God? It is because they are backed up by the truthfulness, trustworthiness, and the veracity of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:1—3,

1 Let not your hearts be troubled; you believe in God, then believe also in Me.
2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again.

These are the true sayings of God. He who testifies says, “Surely, I come quickly.” He is either telling the truth or He is the greatest liar and imposter the world has ever seen. At best He is a lunatic with delusions of grandeur, but He said, “I am coming again.” Hallelujah! Blessed are those who are invited and called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. These are the true sayings of God.

Back to Revelation 19:11—16, which said not only, “Hallelujah for His sovereign majesty,” and that He is the “Lord God Omnipotent reigning,” but it also said, “Hallelujah for our coming marriage.” I want to say also in conclusion, “Hallelujah to our wonderful Messiah.” He is our wonderful Messiah.

There is so much here in these verses. I want to focus on three things. First, what He is called is found in verse 11. It says, “Behold a white horse and He who sat on him was called, Faithful and True.” You see, the reliability of Christ is again mentioned to us. He is not lying. It is impossible for God to lie. He is faithful and true. You can rely on Him. He said, “Heaven and earth might pass away, but My words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35). He said, “Not one jot or tittle of any of it will go unfulfilled” (Matthew 5:18, paraphrased). Every last bit of it will be fulfilled. He is called “Faithful and True”.

Next, look at Revelation 19:13. “And His name is called the Word of God.” John, the same writer of Revelation, wrote in his Gospel, John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” He wrote in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh.” The word “Word” is referring to the revelation of God. You see logo in Greek is also in English. Biology, -ology, and logos, all mean “the study of life”. Literally, logos is the revelation or the understanding of something. Zoology is the study of life also. We sometimes think of the differences there. But “theology” is the study of God. Literally it is a revelation of God. “Ology” is the unveiling, understanding, seeing it, or displaying it.

The Bible says in John 1:18, “No man has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” He has revealed Him or He has put Him on display. What is the name of the last book of the Bible? Revelation is the unveiling, the apocalypse, or the unveiling of Jesus Christ. It is putting Him on display. So you may say, “What is He called, our wonderful Messiah?” He is called “Faithful and True”—dealing with the reliability. He is called the “Word of God”—dealing with the fact that He is the everlasting revelation of the eternal God.

Now look at verse 16. “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” That refers to His reign and that He is the sovereign One who will reign over everything, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

By the way, I look for unique ways to witness. Do you? I think this is a society that is not paying attention. And so I look for all kinds of crazy and unique ways to say something about our Lord in certain situations. And when I say these things up here, I am not trying to be whacko. I have a point. I want to drop some “seed thoughts” into your brain that you might join me in this crazy form of witnessing. Okay? Because I think people need to be confronted. Now some of you are getting very upset right now, but just relax.

When you go into a store—which undoubtedly you will do before the holidays get here— you are going to come back and say, “Oh, I got all my shopping done.” Someone says, “Oh, you are going to be back and you know it.” You say, “I’m not going back down there in that traffic.” “Yes, you are.” And you just want to because it’s a disease, okay.

Now when you go into a store, let’s suppose it is the sports department and you are going to buy some sweats because basically they are inexpensive. They come in all colors and you have probably noticed the preponderance of sweats that have something down the thigh. It might say Adidas or Puma or something else down the side. This is your opportunity. You can say, “I am looking for something that has on the thigh, King of kings and Lord of lords.” You like it? Okay, try something else.

The Lord has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What He is called caused me to say, “Hallelujah to our wonderful Messiah.”

Let’s look at how He is crowned in verse 12. “On His head were many crowns.” You know, the Bible says that Christians are going to be crowned. Every time it speaks about Christians being crowned, it uses a different word than this one though. It uses the Greek word, stephanos. Stephen means crown. Stephanos is a crummy crown. I am sorry, but it’s crummy. Okay, so it is special in what it represents, but it is not anything, really. When a guy wins a race in the Greek games, the official is going to put a little laurel wreath on top of his head. It is just a bunch of twigs, people. That is all it is—twigs! They might put a ribbon through it, but that’s all it is, a ring of twigs. It is not worth anything, but it is what it represents that matters. And what God says is, “I’m going to give you crowns.” We get all excited. And I think some of you are really into those jewel things. You know what I mean? You got gold stacked up on your head and jewels and all that. That’s what is in your mind. But whenever God speaks about Christians being crowned, He just says, “We are going to give you a little twig deal and tell you thank you. That is what it represents. It is having the Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:21).

But when He came to Jesus’ crown there has to be a change. And so he takes the Greek word, “diadems”. Which everybody in the ancient world knew only belongs to Him who is most high, the One who is top dog. And it said, “On His head are many diadems” (Revelation 19:12). This is so that we would know how He was crowned.

If you have your hymnbook, please turn to number three hundred and forty-five, as we are looking at how He is crowned. The songwriter expressed this in the glorious song called, “Crown Him with Many Crowns.” Sometimes there is a little clue about the lyrics or music. Would you look at the clue that is on the right side, up near the top? It has the word diademeta or “diadem”. That is the Greek word for crowns in Revelation 19. How interesting!

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake my soul and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love. Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds yet visible above in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight
But downward bends his wondering eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed o’er the grave,
Who rose victorious to the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heaven, one with the Father known.
One with the Spirit, thru Him given from yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise, for Thou for us hast died.
Be Thou, O Lord, through endless days, adored and magnified.

Crown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time.
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail. For Thou hast died for me.
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

And all God’s people said: Hallelujah!

Let’s turn back to Revelation 19:13. We looked at how He is crowned and what He is called. But let me give you the final point and that is how He is clothed. He is clothed so uniquely that some have called this gross, abhorrent, contradictory—amazing! It says, His robe was dipped in blood. There are some that have not handled this well in church history and thought maybe it is a typology here referring to the blood of the cross. No it is not. Verse 15 says, “He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

These are quotations from the prophet Isaiah, chapter 63. When we are talking about the Messiah who will come, to where will He come? And the prophet says, “Who is this coming from Bozrah? Bozrah, in English, is a city on the eastern plains that we call Jordan today. It is the natural place where the Bible predicts that all the armies of the world will assemble against Israel. What He is going to do is come to Bozrah and the Bible says that He will trample out the vengeance of Almighty God against all the nations of the world that came against Him and His people. He will slaughter and the blood will be everywhere and flow as high as the horses’ bridles. And He will come up the Mount of Olives like all the ancient kings did, in the victory ascent when they conquered. And He will come up and put His feet on the Mount of Olives. No, He is not coming from the sky and standing on the Mount of Olives as we were taught for years. That is not what the Bible says. His feet are going to stand there because He has conquered and that is a place of victory as it overlooks the city of Jerusalem.

And what will He look like? His clothing will be dipped in blood; for He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He raises the sword of victory to the sky and all of heaven and all of earth will bow the knee and proclaim Him King of kings and Lord of lords.

I can’t wait. How about you? That is my Savior! That is my King! That is my Lord! There is only one response that any of us can give to this; it is the same one that we read in Revelation 19:10 that John gave. The Bible says, “I fell at His feet to worship Him.” He is talking to the angel. The angel said, “You cannot do that. I am your fellow servant, your brethren, who has the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” It is not just finding facts about when He is going to come. The issue of prophecy is to worship God and to understand where it is all going to end up. Praise the Lord.

Look at Revelation 22:8—9

8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that; For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.

Philippians 2:9—11 says,

9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and those under the earth,
11 and that every tongue should confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If you still have your hymnbook, turn to three hundred twenty-six. This is one of the great songs. Notice again on the right at the top. What does it describe it? It calls it diadem or many crowns from Revelation 19:12. It gives you the understanding of how the song should be sung as well.

All hail the power of Jesus name.
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him [What?] Lord of all.
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, Ye ransomed from the fall
Hail Him who saves you by His grace and crown Him Lord of all.
Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial [or earthly] ball
To Him all majesty ascribe and crown Him Lord of all.
O that with yonder sacred throng, we at His feet may fall,
We’ll join the everlasting song and crown Him Lord of all.

And all God’s people said: “Hallelujah to our Lord God, King of kings and Lord of Lords.” And our hearts go out to everybody right now who does not know in their heart whether they are ready for that great event. Do you have on the right clothes? Have you ever been washed in the blood of the Lamb? Have you never come to make a commitment to Jesus Christ, who died and the cross for you and rose again from the dead? There is no other hope. There is no other way. There is no other Savior. There is no other coming king. He is our Messiah and our prayer is that you will give your hearts to Him before it is too late.

Let’s close in prayer.

Father, I thank You for Your wonderful Word. And I thank You for the Good News of the gospel that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, and one day He shall return in power and great glory. I pray for those in our audience who have never made a commitment to Jesus Christ. God, help them now to put their trust in You before it is too late. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.