Handel’s MESSIAH Off the Charts!

And were Angels Present?

When George Frideric Handle composed his now world famous oratorio in 1741, I wonder if he had any idea it would become the most performed and popular piece of music ever.  As an example, recently 2000 voices from around the world joined the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square to sing the famous Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah.  Handel’s first performance had an electrifying effect on the audience when it was performed most appropriately on Easter Sunday the following year in Dublin, Ireland.  Amazingly, the text prepared by Charles Jennens if studied is also preparing us for the Lord’s Second Coming.

A Profound Experience

On Good Friday this year (10 Apr.’20), the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square released their performance of Handel’s Messiah, recorded in 2018.  Last Sunday, as part of my Easter worship, thinking about the glorious resurrection of our Lord, I listened to this performance.  I was deeply touched, mind, body, and spirit with what I felt, heard, and witnessed.  I was in tears of gratitude to the depths of my soul for what our Savior has done for us, is doing, and will do as echoed in this most significant oratorio ever composed.

The Spirit whispers to us what is true and of God.  The witness I received of the Divine nature of this oratorio and the message it shares with the world was one of the most profound I have ever received.  THANK YOU, LORD!  HE IS COMING as echoed in this magnificent oratorio!

Angelic Assistance

I believe the Lord and His angels were with Handel as he wrote this most inspired oratorio, as he himself said, “I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God himself.”  Angelic assistance is there for all of us as we ask, seek, and knock (Matt. 7:7-8; 2 Nephi 32:2-3), as it was with me last Sunday.  Afshin Javid, a Muslim from Iran, was converted to Christ, and shared stories from the Bible with his fellow Iranians without having a Bible – undoubtedly enlightened by the Lord’s angels.

In a blog article https://itsabouttimebook.com/remarkable-angel-assistance-stories/, I share the remarkable story of Srinivasa Ramanujan (Ra-ma-nu’-dzen) from Madras, India.  Ramanujan was a deeply religious Hindu who credited his world-renown mathematical capacities to divinity – revealed to him by a family goddess [angelic assistance].  “An equation for me has no meaning,” he once said, “unless it expresses a thought of God.”

I believe the Lord and His angels inspired me to write my book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com, which shares with the world many instances in my life of angelic assistance.  In my career path, I have said, “I have been privileged to stand on the shoulders of giants,” but most importantly I believe the Lord has given me great angelic assistance because of my desire to share His glorious gospel message, to help bring people to Christ, to harmonize true science and true religion, to combat the satanic encroachment on Christianity, and help the Father in bringing about the work of the covenants in preparation for the Glorious return of His Beloved Son.

I believe there was major angelic assistance as the Tabernacle Choir pulled together and shared this — close to perfection — performance of this most important oratorio to help us know the Lord.  I believe further that you, my reader, and all who listen, as I did last Sunday, will have angelic assistance to help you and them appreciate the great importance of the message shared in these inspired musical phrasings and in these inspired lyrics.

Recording Handle’s Messiah

The Tabernacle Choir conductor, Mack Wilberg, shared a couple of wonderful and unique experiences he had as they recorded this choral work. He asked himself, “What would Handel have done with the resources I have available for this performance?”  Wilberg did everything he could to make this performance be as brilliant toward what he felt Handel would have wanted.  He shared that the evening when they recorded “Worthy is the Lamb.” He felt a very special spirit and with the choir members as well.  It was as if the heavens were witnessing. “I am well pleased.”  He said it was an experience he will never forget.

Honoring the Resurrection Of Our Lord and forgiveness of sins

In a previous blog article, I shared an epiphany I had as I discovered how the Lord had orchestrated the bringing together the greatest composer, the greatest librettist, and the greatest contralto to sing “He was despised” in the Messiah.  For George Frederic Handel, for Charles Jennens, and for Susannah Cibber this coming together orchestrated by the Lord and His angels provided the greatest event in their lives and for the lives of millions over the centuries since it was first performed in Dublin, Ireland on Easter Sunday in 1972.  Even though it is most often sung at Christmas time, it is most appropriately sung during Easter to honor the Glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior, which is the capstone event to the infinite atonement.

At the first performance in Dublin, Ireland, when the contralto, Susannah Cibber, who had been scandalized in the London papers, sang the phrase, “He was despised, rejected… He hid not his Face from Shame and Spitting,” the Reverend, Dr. Delaney rose and with tears in his eyes proclaimed fervently in a voice heard throughout the Hall, “Woman, for this, be all thy sins forgiven.”

A Tribute to Handel

This anonymous poem was written in May 1740, a year before Handel composed the Messiah:

… But Handel’s harmony affects the soul,
To sooth by sweetness, or by force controul;
And with like sounds as tune the rolling spheres,
So tunes the mind, that ev’ry sense has ears.
When jaundice jealousy, and carking care,
Or tyrant pride, or homicide despair,
The soul as on a rack in torture keep,
Those monsters Handel’s music lulls to sleep.

Tabernacle Choir Presentation

I believe this Tabernacle Choir presentation of Handel’s MESSIAH, will go down in history as one of the greatest ever.  I felt the Spirit so strong through the whole thing – more than with any other performance, and I have participated in some awesome performances.  I hope and pray you will enjoy it as much as I did, and it will bring you closer to God as it did me. Drawing on a quote from Handel:

“I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wish to make them better.” 

His masterpiece, now a Christmas and Easter tradition, was indeed written for a greater purpose for his hearers, as well as for those singing these soul stirring lyrics. Thank you, Handel, for helping “make” millions of people in the world much “better.”

Faithfully yours,
David W. Allan

P.S.  This link is their awesome recording of “Amazing Grace”.