The book of Revelation intrigues me more than any other book in the Bible. I love the whole book, but quite frankly, Heaven begins in chapter 19...and the begining of the destruction of hell on earth. When I read through chapter 18, then into 19:1, its like rounding that corner in the silent hallway, and walking up on the crowded meeting room to the buzz of activity.
Revelation 19:1 "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:"
There it is...suddenly a great noise. And, it's AFTER. After these things. Those time order words can be so meaningful in a sentence, so full of impact. The sound the crowd is making is not like the sound heard in a concert with a band. It carries more of the ring of victory. The sound is not like a stadium uproar either after a homerun. It holds more adoration. The sound of worship, victory, love, eternal peace, joy, and completion rolled into the energy of the explosion of a star.
Revelation 19:6 "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Hear that? John has the right words...like the sound of heavy rain with mighty thunder, it sounds like a thunderstorm of praise.
It is not a cacophony of discordant sounds. Instead, they all are praising one Lord in unison. It is so unlike anything we've heard of heaven...you know, the floating around bored on clouds bit?! Its not even like a Camp Meeting type worship service because all the praise will be harnessed and directed in one direction toward the throne of God.
That thunderstorm there at the beginning of chapter 19...that's the sound we're waiting for. That's where heaven begins and earth fades away. Listen....