Peeling the Onion: Revelation 19:1-9

Reframe the cinematic ‘reaction shot’ –

If there is weeping and wailing

Among the hangers-on of empire

There is joy in heaven –

At the just desserts,

Pain for the unjust,

Vindication for the righteous

Lest we get lost in the horrors,

Of destruction of the rich –

We are reminded of the chorus of praise –

The saints and martyrs sing ‘finally’

Remember all those up in the clouds,

Those under the altar, before the throne,

The prayers for justice delayed?

The 24 thrones applaud the change-

The return to real values

Instead of the fancy clothes of the rich –

The fair linen of the faithful church

The Lamb,

Slain, breaking seals,

Joining the battle with the rebel angels

Is also betrothed and soon wed –

That’s the banquet you want to attend

NJB Judgment Celebrated

1 After this I heard what seemed to be the great sound of a huge crowd in heaven, singing, 'Alleluia! Salvation and glory and power to our God!

2 He judges fairly, he punishes justly, and he has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her prostitution; he has avenged the blood of his servants which she shed.'

3 And again they sang, 'Alleluia! The smoke of her will rise for ever and ever.'

4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves down and worshipped God seated on his throne, and they cried, 'Amen, Alleluia.'

5 Then a voice came from the throne; it said, 'Praise our God, you servants of his and those who fear him, small and great alike.'

6 And I heard what seemed to be the voices of a huge crowd, like the sound of the ocean or the great roar of thunder, answering, 'Alleluia! The reign of the Lord our God Almighty has begun;

7 let us be glad and joyful and give glory to God, because this is the time for the marriage of the Lamb.

8 His bride is ready, & she has been able to dress herself in dazzling white linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.'

9 The angel said, 'Write this, "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb," ' and he added, 'These words of God are true.'

NSRV Rejoicing at the Fall and Promise

1After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God,

2for his judgements are true and just; he has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants.’

3Once more they said, ‘Hallelujah! The smoke goes up from her for ever and ever.’

4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God who is seated on the throne, saying, ‘Amen. Hallelujah!’

5 And from the throne came a voice saying, ‘Praise our God, all you his servants, and all who fear him, small and great.’

6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.

7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready;

8 to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’