Battle Hymn of the Republic: What do Those Words Mean?
by Rich Deem

Introduction

I remember as a child hearing the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and not understanding what they were referring to. I knew the song was written during the United States Civil War, but most of the words seemed to have nothing to do with battles that were happening at that time. Since that time, I have become a Christian and have studied the Bible, which has allowed me to understand what those "crazy" words were about. If you would like to understand the meaning of the lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, read on.

Mine eyes have seen the glory

First Stanza

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

 

From the first verse, it can be ascertained that the Battle Hymn of the Republic is not a secular song. The reference to "the coming of the Lord" is an obvious reference to the coming of Jesus Christ.1 The Bible's New Testament makes it clear that Jesus was to come twice. First He came as Messiah, the Savior of the world.2 However, He is to come a second time as judge of the world.3 The Old Testament also contains prophecies that suggest two comings,4 although one needs to read the prophecies carefully to pick this up.5 So, the "glory of the coming of the Lord" could refer to either coming. However, from the context of the next verse, we understand it to refer to the second coming of Jesus Christ. In addition, the New Testament specifically refers to the second coming of Jesus as being glorious:

"And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)6

Seeing the coming of the Lord is also a prophetic reference to the New Testament, which says that when Jesus returns in glory all eyes will see Him.7 I am taking that to mean that it will be somewhat spectacular.8

The grapes of wrath

The next verse says, "He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored," where "He" refers back to the Lord. It seems to be a reference to wine making, except for the "wrath" part. The reference is actually another reference to the second coming of Jesus in judgment:

So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. (Revelation 14:19)

The "wrath" refers to God's anger against those who hate God and worship the false god - the antichrist. The imagery of grapes being trampled comes first from the Old Testament,9 and also from the New Testament book of Revelation.10 The choice of wine is probably due to its color, which resembles that of blood.

Terrible swift sword

The third verse says, "He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword." Again, the reference is to the Bible's book of Revelation. Lightning is mentioned twice in Revelation,11 accompanying God's wrath and judgment. Likewise, "His terrible swift sword" is a reference to the Lord's judgment using a two-edged sword.12 The Old Testament also mentions the Lord's judgment using a sword.13

His truth is marching on

Truth is an important aspect of Christianity.14 In fact, the truth is so important that Jesus described himself as being the truth:

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)

That "His truth is marching on" is symbolic of the preaching of the gospel of truth (Galatians 2:5, 14, Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 1:514).

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

The chorus to the Battle Hymn of the Republic has only three words, "Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!" The word "Hallelujah" is from the Greek (the original language of the New Testament) word "allēlouia," with the meaning "praise the Lord."15 This word is derived from two Hebrew words (the original language of the Old Testament), hâlal16 (meaning "praise") and yâhh17 (being the proper name of God). The idea from the chorus probably also comes from the book of Revelation:

After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; (Revelation 19:1)

I have seen Him in the watch fires

Second Stanza

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His day is marching on.

 

The second stanza still has as its protagonist the Lord ("Him"). At this point the lyrics actually discuss some aspects of what it was like during the Civil War, describing an encampment of troops with watch fires lit at night. The writer says, "I have seen Him," which probably does not refer to a physical sighting as much as "seeing" Him at work during the events of the Civil War.

They have builded Him an altar

They have built an altar to worship the Lord - something that would be illegal in today's U.S. military (i.e., "establishment of religion").

I can read His righteous sentence

 Reading "His righteous sentence" refers to reading the Bible. Since this is still referring to the Lord, it claims that the Bible originates from Jesus. The Bible refers to Jesus as the "Word of God."18

His day is marching on

The phrase "His day is marching on" seems pretty innocuous. However, the day referred to as "His day" is anything but ordinary. Since "His" refers to the Lord, it would refer to the day of the Lord, which, throughout the Bible, has special significance as the day the Lord executes judgment upon the ungodly. Descriptions such as "destruction from the Almighty," "Cruel, with fury and burning anger," "A time of doom for the nations," "great and very awesome," "the warrior cries out bitterly," "the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy," and "the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up."19

I have read a fiery Gospel

Third Stanza

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

 

The third stanza has references to the Civil War and the Lord. The gospel, found in the Bible is not fiery. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that Jesus died for our sins to redeem us and bring us into fellowship with God. "A fiery Gospel" is a reference to the "good news" that the Civil War would bring freedom to the American slaves.

"As ye deal with My contemners"

The word "contemner" is an old, seldom-used word that originates from Latin. It has two main meanings. The first definition is one who despises or scorns. The second is a legal term that refers to someone who intentionally disrupts legal proceedings.20 Although it would, at first glance, seem that the first definition applies, it is possible that the second would also apply. In Christianity, justification in the eyes of God is a legal term that means that one has received a pardon for crimes (e.g., sins) committed against Him.21 One is justified when one accepts by faith God's redeemer, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior.22 Those who contemn against Jesus will be dealt with on the Day of the Lord, as the sentence of eternal punishment/death is carried out at the White Throne Judgment.23 Those who accept God's justification through Jesus Christ receive grace (unmerited favor) and mercy from God.24  Hence the phrase "so with you My grace shall deal."

Let the Hero... crush the serpent

The "Hero," still beginning with a capital letter, represents Jesus Christ, the Lord. "Born of woman" again refers to Christ's birth to the virgin Mary,25 with the phrase coming from Galatians 4:4.26 The serpent represents the serpent from the garden of Eden, when Satan27 took on the form of a snake to tempt Adam and Eve into sin.27 After the fall of Adam and Eve, God gave the first prophecy of the Messiah, in which it was stated that He would bruise the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15),28 hence the phrase, "crush the serpent with His heel."29

He has sounded forth the trumpet...

Fourth Stanza

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

 

The fourth stanza goes back to the book of Revelation and God's final judgment. The trumpet is a reference to the final trumpet of God. During Old Testament times, the trumpet was a warning of upcoming war.30 The "Day of the Lord", in which He judges mankind was prophesied by the Old Testament prophet Zephaniah to be "A day of trumpet and battle cry."31 According to the book of Revelation, there would be seven consecutive, increasingly severe trumpet judgments rendered by seven angels before the coming of the Lord.32 The first six of the seven judgments are detailed in Revelation, although John, the writer of Revelation was prohibited from writing the details about the seventh judgment. At the seventh trumpet, Jesus Christ is to return in the sky and gather His elect from all over the earth,33 along with those who died in Christ.34 The reason that the trumpet "shall never call retreat" is that all of God's enemies will have been defeated at this point.

The hearts of men

The next verse indicates that He is judging people on the basis of their hearts. Christians tend to use formulas (such as making a confession of faith) to describe how people are saved from the judgment. However, God does not judge based upon some simple formula or a half-hearted response to some alter call. God will judge on the basis of one's true beliefs from his heart.35

Be swift... to answer

The idea of answering the Lord at the judgment comes from a description given by Jesus in the book of Matthew.36 During that time, Jesus will sit on His throne before the nations of the world and separate the "sheep" (the righteous ones) from the "goats" (the unrighteous ones). The sheep are invited into the kingdom of heaven, while the goats are ordered to depart from Him "into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels." During this process, there is a series of questions and answers from the Lord. However, the answers have no bearing on the result of the judgment, since that has already been decided. All whose names are written in the book of life go to heaven,37 while all others go to hell,38 since they have rejected Jesus' offer of salvation. Those who who enter heaven will have jubilant feet, since there is much joy and rejoicing in heaven.39

Conclusion Top of page

The Battle Hymn of the Republic was a very popular patriotic song, beginning when it was first written in 1862. Recently, it has fallen out of use (except in churches during Independence Day, Fourth of July, celebrations), probably because of its Christian religious content. However, its lyrics provide rich Christian symbolism of the triumph of Jesus over His enemies. Although Julia Ward Howe's (the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) intent in writing the lyrics may have been to imply that the North (the "Lord's army") was executing judgment on the South, similar to Lord executing judgment against sinners, it still remains as a rousing Christian anthem.


Other stanzas

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free;
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.



References Top of page

  1. "Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?" (Acts 11:17)
    men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 15:26)
    solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21)
    preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered. (Acts 28:31)
    to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:7)
    Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
    And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
    But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 13:14)
    so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6)
    Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, (Romans 15:30)
    [The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.] (Romans 16:24)
    To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours: (1 Corinthians 1:2)
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3)
    so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 1:7)
    who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:8)
    Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
    Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
    yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
    but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:2)
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Corinthians 1:3)
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, (Galatians 1:3)
    But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen. (Galatians 6:18)
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:2)
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Ephesians 1:3)
    that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17)
    always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; (Ephesians 5:20)
    Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 6:23)
    Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. (Ephesians 6:24)
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:2)
    For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; (Philippians 3:20)
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Philippians 4:23)
    We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, (Colossians 1:3)
    Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
    constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
    For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (1 Thessalonians 5:28)
    Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: (2 Thessalonians 1:1)
    Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:2)
    so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:12)
    Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2 Thessalonians 2:1)
    It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
    Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
    Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. (2 Thessalonians 3:6)
    Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. (2 Thessalonians 3:12)
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:18)
    If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, (1 Timothy 6:3)
    that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Timothy 6:14)
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)
    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Philemon 1:25)
    James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. (James 1:1)
    My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. (James 2:1)
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3)
    For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8)
    knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. (2 Peter 1:14)
    For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)
    For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)
    But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Jude 1:17)
    keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. (Jude 1:21)
  2. for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
    and they were saying to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One [Jesus] is indeed the Savior of the world." (John 4:42)
    "If anyone hears My [Jesus'] sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world." (John 12:47)
    "He [Jesus] is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:31)
    It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. (1 Timothy 1:15)
  3. "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming." (Matthew 24:42)
    For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
    so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13)
    For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
    Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, (2 Thessalonians 2:1)
    Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; (2 Thessalonians 2:8)
    Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)
  4. First coming:
    • "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)
    Second coming:
    • Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness. (Psalm 96:13)
      Before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:9)
      Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it. (Isaiah 13:9)
      "Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," declares the LORD. "Many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. (Zechariah 2:10-11)
  5. Two comings predicted together:
    Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press? "I have trodden the wine trough alone, And from the peoples there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger And trampled them in My wrath; And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, And I stained all My raiment. "For the day of vengeance was in My heart, And My year of redemption has come. "I looked, and there was no one to help, And I was astonished and there was no one to uphold; So My own arm brought salvation to Me, And My wrath upheld Me. "I trod down the peoples in My anger And made them drunk in My wrath, And I poured out their lifeblood on the earth." I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, According to all that the LORD has granted us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has granted them according to His compassion And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses. For He said, "Surely, they are My people, Sons who will not deal falsely." So He became their Savior. In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old. But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them. Then His people remembered the days of old, of Moses. Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them... (Isaiah 63:2-11)
  6. "Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. (Mark 13:26)
    "Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. (Luke 21:27)
  7. And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:9-11)
    BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. (Revelation 1:7)
  8. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  9. For thus the LORD, the God of Israel, says to me, "Take this cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it. (Jeremiah 25:15)
  10. and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:16-17)
    "And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth." (Revelation 11:18)
    Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. (Revelation 14:9-10)
    So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. (Revelation 14:19)
    Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished. (Revelation 15:1)
    Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. (Revelation 15:7)
    Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God." (Revelation 16:1)
    The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. (Revelation 16:19)
  11. And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. (Revelation 11:19)
    And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. (Revelation 16:18)
  12. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. (Revelation 1:16)
    'Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. (Revelation 2:16)
    From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. (Revelation 19:15)
    And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19:21)
  13. For behold, the LORD will come in fire And His chariots like the whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. For the LORD will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those slain by the LORD will be many. (Isaiah 66:15-16)
  14. And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. (Matthew 22:16)
    They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? (Mark 12:14)
    so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:4)
    They questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. (Luke 20:21)
    And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
    For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
    "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (John 3:21)
    "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. (John 4:23)
    "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)
    "You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. (John 5:33)
    and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (John 8:32)
    "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. (John 8:45)
    "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? (John 8:46)
    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)
    that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. (John 14:17)
    "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, (John 15:26)
    "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. (John 16:13)
    "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
    "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:19)
    Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." (John 18:37)
    And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. (John 19:35)
    But Paul said, "I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I utter words of sober truth. (Acts 26:25)
    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans 1:18)
    For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
    but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. (Romans 2:8)
    a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, (Romans 2:20)
    I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 9:1)
    For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, (Romans 15:8)
    Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5:8)
    [love] does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; (1 Corinthians 13:6)
    but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2)
    in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, (2 Corinthians 6:7)
    For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I was not put to shame; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting before Titus proved to be the truth. (2 Corinthians 7:14)
    As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. (2 Corinthians 11:10)
    For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me. (2 Corinthians 12:6)
    For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. (2 Corinthians 13:8)
    But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. (Galatians 2:5)
    But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, "If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews? (Galatians 2:14)
    In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13)
    but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, (Ephesians 4:15)
    if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, (Ephesians 4:21)
    and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:24)
    Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. (Ephesians 4:25)
    (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), (Ephesians 5:9)
    Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, (Ephesians 6:14)
    because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel (Colossians 1:5)
    which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; (Colossians 1:6)
    But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
    who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:4)
    For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. (1 Timothy 2:7)
    but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15)
    Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
    always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7)
    Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, (Titus 1:1)
    For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, (Hebrews 10:26)
    In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. (James 1:18)
    But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. (James 3:14)
    Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, (1 Peter 1:22)
    Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. (2 Peter 1:12)
    I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21)
    Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. (1 John 3:18)
    We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him (1 John 3:19)
    We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:6)
    This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. (1 John 5:6)
    Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. (2 John 1:3)
    I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. (2 John 1:4)
    For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. (3 John 1:3)
    I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4)

  15. Thayer's Greek Definitions
    allēlouia
    αλληλούια (Strong's G239)
    1. praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah
    Part of Speech: interjective imperative
    A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: of Hebrew origin from H1984 and H3050
    Citing in TDNT: 1:264, 43
  16. Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions
    hâlal hâlal (Strong's H1984)
    1. to shine

      1. (Qal) to shine (figuratively of God’s favour)

      2. (Hiphil) to flash forth light

    2. to praise, boast, be boastful

      1. (Qal)

        1. to be boastful

        2. boastful ones, boasters (participle)

      2. (Piel)

        1. to praise

        2. to boast, make a boast

      3. (Pual)

        1. to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise

      4. (Hithpael) to boast, glory, make one’s boast

      5. (Poel) to make a fool of, make into a fool

      6. (Hithpoel) to act madly, act like a madman

    Part of Speech: verb
    A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
    Same Word by TWOT Number: 499, 500
  17. Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions
    yâhh yâhh (Strong's H3050)
    1. Jah (Jehovah in the shortened form)
      1. the proper name of the one true God
      2. used in many compounds
        1. names beginning with the letters ‘Je’

        2. names ending with ‘iah’ or ‘jah’

    Part of Speech: noun proper deity
    A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: contraction for H3068, and meaning the same
    Same Word by TWOT Number: 484b
  18. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)
  19. Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (Isaiah 13:6)
    Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it. (Isaiah 13:9)
    "If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, (Isaiah 58:13)
    You called as in the day of an appointed feast My terrors on every side; And there was no one who escaped or survived In the day of the LORD'S anger. Those whom I bore and reared, My enemy annihilated them. (Lamentations 2:22)
    "You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the LORD. (Ezekiel 13:5)
    "For the day is near, Even the day of the LORD is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations. (Ezekiel 30:3)
    Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty. (Joel 1:15)
    Blow a trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near, (Joel 2:1)
    The LORD utters His voice before His army; Surely His camp is very great, For strong is he who carries out His word. The day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome, And who can endure it? (Joel 2:11)
    "The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (Joel 2:31)
    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:14)
    Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD, For what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you? It will be darkness and not light; (Amos 5:18)
    Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:20)
    "For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head. (Obadiah 1:15)
    Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests. (Zephaniah 1:7)
    "Then it will come about on the day of the LORD'S sacrifice That I will punish the princes, the king's sons And all who clothe themselves with foreign garments. (Zephaniah 1:8)
    Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly. (Zephaniah 1:14)
    Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the LORD'S wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth. (Zephaniah 1:18)
    Before the decree takes effect-- The day passes like the chaff-- Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD'S anger comes upon you. (Zephaniah 2:2)
    Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD'S anger. (Zephaniah 2:3)
    'THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. (Acts 2:20)
    For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
    that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (2 Thessalonians 2:2)
    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10)
  20. Thomson-Gale Legal Encyclopedia Definition: "An individual who intentionally acts to hinder or obstruct the administration of justice by a court, either by refusing to comply with its orders or by disrupting its orderly proceedings, thereby committing contempt." From http://www.answers.com/topic/contemner, July 3, 2006.
  21. because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20)
  22. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
    Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
    nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
  23. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)
  24. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; (Romans 3:21-24)
    He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7)
  25. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18)
    "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US." (Matthew 1:21-23)
    to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. (Luke 1:27)
  26. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, (Galatians 4:4)
  27. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9)
  28. Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:1-5)
  29. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel." (Genesis 3:15)
  30. My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war. (Jeremiah 4:19)
    'They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but no one is going to the battle, for My wrath is against all their multitude. (Ezekiel 7:14)
  31. Near is the great day of the LORD, Near and coming very quickly; Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly... A day of trumpet and battle cry Against the fortified cities And the high corner towers. (Zephaniah 1:14, 16)
  32. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. (Revelation 8:2)
  33. "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31)
  34. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
  35. "Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live. (Deuteronomy 30:6)
    My shield is with God, Who saves the upright in heart. (Psalm 7:10)
    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
    O continue Thy lovingkindness to those who know Thee, And Thy righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalm 36:10)
    Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
    "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8)
  36. "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' "Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?' "Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Matthew 25:31-46)
  37. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. (Philippians 4:3)
    'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5)
    All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. (Revelation 13:8)
    "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. (Revelation 17:8)
    and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it [heaven], but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:27)
  38. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. (Revelation 20:12)
    And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
  39. "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:12)
    "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)
    "Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. (Luke 6:23)
    "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven." (Luke 10:20)
    "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)

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