For true and
righteous are his judgments: for
he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her
fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
1. This verse shows
the Lord Jesus Christ to be what I maintained He was early on in our study
of the Revelation. That is, He is portrayed in this book to be the
Righteous Judge. He judges the great whore and avenges the blood of His
servants who died at her hand.
2. This verse
implies rather than declares the deity of Christ. Remember that Jehovah
said vengeance was His and that He would recompense. Christ being the One
Who gains vengeance shows Him to actually be the great God Jehovah.
And again they
said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
1. Here we have the
second hallelujah. This hallelujah might be called the hallelujah of
righteous retribution. When the damned are judged and punished, those in
heaven really will understand and appreciate, from God’s perspective,
the grand scope and plan of God to deal with sin. Then they will shout
hallelujah. We ought to do the same now, rather than wait until then.
2. From time to
time, you might be tempted to question the righteousness and the justice
of God’s activities. Nevertheless, when we take note of the fact that
those in heaven, who have a heavenly perspective, shout hallelujah . . .
then perhaps we can reconsider our doubts and acknowledge that God really
does know best.
smoke rose up for ever and ever” indicates the length of
Babylon’s judgment. People and ungodly religions seem to try to say that
eternal torment either does not exist or that it is not really eternal.
This verse, however, shows that the Great Whore will be punished forever
and ever. But what does this mean? Can a city that is destroyed, or an
economic and political system that is destroyed, send up the smoke of
punishment forever and ever? No. But the smoke of the punishment of those
damned souls who perpetrated those foul deeds will, for their punishment,
first in Hell, and then in the lake of fire, will be forever. Cities are
not eternal, except for the city of New Jerusalem. However, souls that are
created in the image and likeness of God are eternal. Therefore, when
those same sinful souls are punished their smoke will rise up for ever and
ever, which is what is meant in this verse.
And the four and
twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on
the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
1. This hallelujah
is often called the hallelujah of realization. The twenty-four elders and
the four beasts are the ones who shout out this hallelujah. But why are
the twenty-four elders and the four beasts distinguished from the “much
people” of verses 1-3? I would suggest that those who shout
hallelujah in verses 1-3 are more likely the tribulation saints who
suffered first hand from the antichrist and the false prophet, who had to
endure the institutional oppression of Babylon. Thus, they would shout
hallelujah in response to their heart’s cries for retribution being
fulfilled. The twenty-four elders, representing church age Christianity,
would also rejoice, but for somewhat different reasons.
2. This is the last
time we read about the twenty-four elders in the Word of God. This is
because future references made by John use the phrase “bride of Christ.” Since these twenty-four elders are
representatives of Church age believers, and since Church age believers
comprise the bride of Christ, they will not be separately distinguished by
And a voice came
out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye
that fear him, both small and great.
1. Here we seem to
have the reason for the third hallelujah, or the hallelujah of
realization. There is a realization of the greatness of God. But whose is
the voice that will be heard? “And
a voice came out of the throne.”
Is this likely the voice of angel? I rather think that a voice coming from
the throne is more likely God the Father’s or the Lord Jesus Christ’s
than an angel’s. Since the Lord Jesus Christ’s mission is to glorify
God, which results in praising Him, I am inclined to think that this is a
general call by the Lord Jesus Christ that is extended to all the servants
of God, saints as well as angels, exalted as well as lowly, to do what we
should all always do . . . praise our God, all ye that fear Him.
2. Whosoever is the
servant of God will, at that time, praise Jehovah. Thus, the angels in
heaven will praise Him, both those of lofty position and those of menial
station. Old Testament saints will praise Him, both those who were notable
and those who are unknown to us. The only two criteria that seem important
at this point are that you are a servant of God and that you are one who
3. By the way, the
word translated “praise,” the word ainew,
is an imperative verb in the present tense. “The present tense indicates
progressive action at the present
Thus, the voice from the throne is directing all creatures in heaven to
begin praising God and to do so without interruption without stopping! My
suggestion, therefore, is that if you plan to spend eternity in heaven,
and if you think you are going to spend eternity in heaven, that you start
practicing what you will be doing throughout eternity, which is praising
4. May I help you
get ready for praising God when you get to heaven, if you get to heaven?
Consider the verses that the ushers are handing out to you now. My
suggestion is that you read the verses I picked out, become familiar with
them, and commit yourself to doing what they recommend:
Psalm 22.23: “Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.”
Psalm 28.7: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
Psalm 42.5: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. “
Psalm 42.11: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Psalm 43.5: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Psalm 69.34: “Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.”
Psalm 104.35: “Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.”
Psalm 105.45: “That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.”
Psalm 106.1: “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Psalm 106.48: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.”
Psalm 107.32: “Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.”
Psalm 109.30: “I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.”
Psalm 111.1: “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and [in] the congregation. “
Psalm 112.1: “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.”
Psalm 113.1: “Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.”
Psalm 116.19: “In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.”
Psalm 117.1: “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.”
Psalm 135.1: “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD.”
Psalm 148.1: “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.”
Psalm 148.3: “Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.”
Psalm 148.4: “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.”
Psalm 150.1: “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.”
Psalm 150.2: “Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.”
Psalm 150.3: “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.”
Psalm 150.4: “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”
Psalm 150.5: “Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.”
Psalm 150.6: “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
 Ray Summers, Essentials of New Testament Greek, (Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1950), page 11.