William Culbertson served as Moody Bible Institute’s fifth president (1948– 1971). The former pastor was known as someone who deeply cared about the person in front of him and gave that person his undivided attention. Although an introvert, he was a highly sought-after preacher. During his 23 years as president at MBI he developed the curriculum, introduced the Missionary Aviation program, and expanded the campus. In 1971, Culbertson went to be with the Lord. After quoting a favorite Bible verse, “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns” (Rev. 19:6), he quietly said, “God, God . . . yes!” and then met Jesus face to face.
In our passage today, the apostle John gives a glimpse of a heavenly celebration—one which all believers will witness in person some day. First and foremost, it will be filled with praise. Notice in our text how often the word Hallelujah! appears. The multitude in heaven will shout “Hallelujah!” because the enemy has been condemned and cast down once and for all (vv. 2–3). The final Hallelujah! will come from the great multitude. The sound will be like the “roar of roaring waters and like loud peals of thunder” (v. 6). This serves as an announcement that the time has come for the “wedding of the Lamb” (v. 7).
Hallelujah, or Alleluia, means “Praise the Lord!” It conveys a mood of joy and exuberance. This wedding between King Jesus and His bride, the church, will be a joy-filled celebration. It will be an event infused with the worship of God (v. 10). Whether we leave this earth or are still here when the Lord returns, we will be singing “Hallelujah” to Him! Let’s not wait until that day. Like William Culbertson, let us continually praise the Lord and always say, “God, God . . . yes!”
>>Whether you know it or not, you have been given an invitation to this very special wedding. Don’t let a day go by—RSVP to the party! Repent of your sins and say, “God, God . . . yes!”
Please pray that as we go to our church services and worship the Lord, today’s Scripture reading from Revelation 19 will illuminate and magnify our praise. We pray we will better understand the heavenly, eternal perspective of our worship.