After this I heard what sounded like a huge crowd in heaven. They said,
“Hallelujah! The salvation and glory and power of our God!
His judgments are true and just,
because he judged the great prostitute,
who ruined the earth by her whoring,
and he exacted the penalty for the blood of his servants
from her hand.”
Then they said a second time,
“Hallelujah! Smoke goes up from her forever and always.”
The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God, who is seated on the throne, and they said, “Amen. Hallelujah!”
Then a voice went out from the throne and said,
“Praise our God, all you his servants,
and you who fear him, both small and great.”
And I heard something that sounded like a huge crowd, like rushing water and powerful thunder. They said,
“Hallelujah! The Lord our God, the Almighty,
exercised his royal power!
Let us rejoice and celebrate, and give him the glory,
for the wedding day of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
She was given fine, pure white linen to wear,
for the fine linen is the saints’ acts of justice.”
(Revelation 19:1-8, CEB)
What does all this mean?
Where is the smoke coming from?
Who are the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures?
How does a crowd sound like rushing water and powerful thunder?
The vision from Revelation seems meant to scare us more than it helps us relax. But it is supposed to help us trust that God has all of this and us in hand and will see us through. No matter what comes, God is in control.
Know that God is in control.
Loving People. Loving God.