Expositor's Dictionary of Texts
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:Revelation 19:2
The real force of demonstration for Girolamo Savonarola lay in his own burning indignation at the sight of wrong; in his fervent belief in an Unseen Justice that would put an end to the wrong, and in an Unseen Purity to which lying and uncleanness were an abomination. To his ardent, power-loving soul, believing in great ends, and longing to achieve those ends by the exertion of its own strong will, the faith in a supreme and righteous Ruler became one with the faith in a speedy Divine interposition that would punish and reclaim.
—George Eliot, in Romola.
References.—XIX. 3.—F. E. Paget, Helps and Hindrances to the Christian Life, p. 177. XIX. 4.—F. S. Bartlett, Sermons, p. 296.
A very dear and saintly person, years ago called home, once in my hearing exulted at this appearance of the small number that fear God: viewing it as a vast encouragement. Even they will be there, not on sufferance, but taken account of, brought forward, called upon to enhance the acceptable rapture.
—C. G. Rossetti
References.—XIX. 5.—J. Keble, Sermons for the Saints' Days, p. 453. XIX. 6.—E. H. Eland, Christian World Pulpit, vol. liii. p. 294. XIX. 7-8.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxxv. No. 2096. XIX. 8.—H. Howard, The Raiment of the Soul, p. 1. XIX. 9.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xli. No. 2428. Expositor (6th Series), vol. x. p. 179. XIX. 10.—J. Smith, The Integrity of Scripture, p. 193. XIX. 11.—H. M. Butler, Harrow School Sermons (2nd Series), p. 266. C. A. Scott, The Book of Revelation, p. 287. XIX. 11-16.—H. S. Holland, Christian World Pulpit, vol. lvii. p. 49. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxv. No. 1452.
A battle is constantly going on, in which the humblest human creature is not incapable of taking some part, between the powers of good and those of evil, and in which every, even the smallest, help to the right side has its value in promoting the very slow and often almost insensible progress by which good is gradually gaining ground from evil, yet gaining it so visibly at considerable intervals as to promise the very distant, but not uncertain final victory of God. To do something during life, on even the humblest scale, if nothing more is within reach, towards bringing this consummation ever so little nearer, is the most animating and invigorating thought which can inspire a human creature.
—J. S. Mill, at the close of his Three Essays on Religion.
References.—XIX. 12.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. v. No. 281. XIX. 13.—F. T. Bassett, Christ in Eternity and Time, p. 98. Expositor (4th Series), vol. vi. p. 67; ibid. vol. vii. p. 99.
Compare the use made of this verse by Mr. Shorthouse at the close of Sir Percival.
References.—XIX. 16.—W. Gladden, Christian World Pulpit, vol. lvi. p. 27. XIX. 20.—F. T. Bassett, Things That Must Be, p. 51. Expositor (4th Series), vol. ii. p. 292. XX. 1-9.—E. T. J. Marriner, Sermons Preached at Lyme Regis, p. 39. XX. 4-6.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. vii. No. 391.
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.
And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
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.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.