“and He shall reign for ever and ever…King of Kings…and Lord of Lords…Hallelujah!”
It wouldn’t be quite the Christmas season if we didn’t hear a rendition of Handel’s famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Perhaps you heard it on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation recently or from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, this tune is pretty familiar within the Western world (and rightly so!).
But do you know where these lyrics come from? They don’t come from Handel’s mind. They actually come from the Book of Revelation.
Wait, that book? Yes, that one.
It comes in the middle of the judgments associated with the Trumpets in Revelation 11. We read that the 7th Angel blows his trumpet at the beginning of the 3rd woe and the loud of voice of heaven exclaims,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of his Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever.”
Why, you may wonder, would this glorious exclamation be categorized under a woe? After all, this is the same tune that helps Clark Griswold christen his home!
This can be considered a woe because the kingdom of this world (read: all our corporate and personal kingdoms of power, prestige, reputation, and wealth) is overshadowed by the kingdom of the Messiah. Those who want to be kings and queens of their own “castle” will one day have their false reign overthrown, as the rightful reign of the King of Kings is made fully known.
Yes, my friends, the kingdom of this world and all the injustice therein will be removed and the Kingdom of our Lord will be completely known. And he shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!