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The two great words of the church:

Hallelujah… praise the Lord… it’s a word whose time has to come in history… in the church… and in your life...

Hallelujah is a word of vindication… … it is a word of consummation.

In the Bible, it is striking the places Hallelujah is absent.
Story of Job
Job 13:13–15 ESV
13 “Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may. 14 Why should I take my flesh in my teeth and put my life in my hand? 15 Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.
job 15:
No word of Hallelujah...
Story of the Exile
Jeremiah 29:11–14 ESV
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
No word of Hallelujah...
Jesus and his promises thru passion...
John 14:1–6 ESV
1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Even after the resurrection, still no hallelujah.
No hallelujah through the early church.
The gospel writers don’t record the cry in the gospels…
Luke doesn’t mention it in Acts…
Paul and Peter don’t record the word in any of their letters.

Thru all of the Bible’s story and the history of the Judeo Christian, the time for the cry of Hallelujah isn’t recorded until all things are made newer than new… until all things are put to rights.

2 Corin 5:17 new… and new...

The word Hallelujah shows up in the Bible… 4 times. Only 4. And I’m going to read all 4 of them to you now.

Revelation 19:1–16 ESV
1 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2 for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” 3 Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” 6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, 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 it was granted her to clothe herself 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 the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Marriage… the order of things… the wedding is the validation… the wedding night is the consummation.
Faith in Jesus makes you a part of the bride of Christ, the Church.
Babylon… “the great prostitute” ()
The masses partook of the profits and pleasures of the Babylonian Brothel… while the saints and prophets resisted and were martyred.
God — finally, FINALLY — judges the Madame Babylon… and VINDICATES the saints and prophets.
And then, the Lord Jesus comes… in his white linen best to find his Bride in her white linen best… and the table is set… and the feast is ready to be had… and when the wedding and feast are concluded, then comes the time of CONSUMMATION.
And it is into this context of VINDICATION and CONSUMMATION that the word Halellujah.
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