When I read the passage today in Revelation, a few verses reminded me of music I had heard many times (in fact I played violin in several Messiah performances) – the Hallejuah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, the lyrics of which follow:
Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdon of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Take a listen to Handel’s fabulous music here.
Today’s reading included Revelation 11:15, quoted below from the English Standard Version:
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
(FYI, the lyrics from this verse are sung on the link above starting at 1 minute 30 seconds.)
Most theologians believe the trumpet announces the second coming of Jesus. Many people think this verse then refers to the millennial kingdom during which Jesus will reign from Jerusalem over the earth. I take a different view – along with amillenialist theologians – that there will not be a physical reign of Jesus on earth, but that the kingdom of the Lord referred to here is in the new heavens and new earth.
But we won’t know until it happens. And no matter what, it will be wonderful when Jesus returns and reigns! Whether in this present world or the one to come.
And Handel gave us an amazing gift by writing the Hallelujah Chorus by which we can praise Jesus for His soon return!
Dear Lord: Thank You for great music that helps us remember Your wonderful truths and amazing plans for the world’s future. Amen.