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Hallel Hallelujah Praise
(Revelation 19.1-2)
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"After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting, 'Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.'" (Revelation 19.1-2)✞

Great Multitude

Praise and Hallelujah GodThe hallelujah praise began with the "roar of a great multitude in heaven." We have already come upon two vast multitudes in Heaven, the martyrs in Revelation 7.9 and the angels in Revelation 5.11. This is most likely the multitude of angels, who are the first to bring hallelujah praise to God.

Like Hosanna

Hallelujah HebrewThis shout begins with "hallelujah" which is a very common word in religious vocabulary today but actually only appears four times in Scripture and all in this one chapter of Revelation. Hallelujah is like "hosanna" or the Hebrew form "Hoshana" which meant "help" or "save, I pray" as in Psalm 118.25, "Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!" "Hallelujah" is one of only a few Hebrew words which have established themselves in ordinary English religious language. Hallelujah probably came to be so well known through its special use as a response of praise in the Easter worship services in the Early Church.

Praise God

Praise People"Hallelujah" literally and simply meant "praise God." It was derived from the Hebrew words, "Hallel," or "to praise" and "Jah" which meant "the name of God." Although the words hallelujah praise appears only in this book in the Bible, it occurs in a different translated form frequently elsewhere in the Bible.✞

Hallel Psalms

Praising GodHallelujah is actually the first phrase in Psalms 106, 111, 112, 113, 117, 135, 146, 147, 148, 149 and 150. Psalms 113-118 are therefore called the "Hallel Psalms" and were part of the essential education of every Jewish boy. Where "hallelujah" occurred in the Old Testament it was translated by "Praise God," but here in this chapter of Revelation, the original Hebrew form, "hallelujah" was retained.✞

"Hallel Hallelujah Praise"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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