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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.

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Handel’s Messiah – My Epiphany

The magic of Handel's Messiah's first presentation
The magic of Handel’s Messiah’s first presentation

I wrote about how Handel’s Messiah is the greatest music ever written.  Here I share a Epiphany that I had and I hope lifts you as it did my.  I also share here the fantastic performance by Vaclav Lucs in Prague. with over 3 million views.  Even atheists love it; it touches their souls.

We See God’s Hand in the Details

We would not have Handel’s Messiah without the 78 verses of scripture compiled under inspiration by Charles Jennens. He wrote a friend in July 1741, “Handel says he will do nothing next winter, but I hope I shall persuade him to set another Scripture Collection I have made for him…  I hope he will lay out his whole Genius and Skill upon it, that the Composition may excel all his former Compositions, as the Subject excels every other Subject.  The Subject is Messiah.”

Jennens had the best education and was wealthy and very devout. He took great solace in the scriptures, but because of his protestant views, he could never serve in the government, as he would not take vows of allegiance to the English royalty.  He never married and spent his energies in the scriptures.

Handel was at the lowest point in his career – having been rejected by the London community.  It was 18 months after receiving the libretto, “Collection of Scriptures,” from Jennens that he picked them up to put them to music. Twenty-four days later we have this major miracle of it being completed.  All who knew him and were associated with him knew there was divine assistance.

Susannah Cibber, who was the most famous actress in London at the time, had been scandalized by the newspapers.  She had gone through some horrible abuse by the media and by her husband.  Her angelic contralto voice had touched Handel deeply, and she sang the longest aria in the Messiah (He was despised… Rejected…) at its debut in Dublin, Ireland – most fittingly – during Easter week in 1742.

After Susannah had finished her aria, Dr. Reverend Patrick Delaney was so moved, he stood and declared, “Woman, for this, be all thy sins forgiven.”  Most appropriately, Handel and the performers gave their services, and the proceeds were used to free 142 people from debtor’s prison.

My Epiphany

Beethoven said of Handel, “He is the master of us all.”  My epiphany was in looking at the history of this whole event. You can see the hand of the Lord orchestrating the union of the greatest composer, with the greatest scriptorian, with the greatest contralto. Together, they reached deep into our emotions to give us a most meaningful taste of the infinite suffering of our Savior.  And, of the 77 scriptures utilized by Jennens, most of them are from the Old Testament pointing to their fulfillment in the New Testament.

He  included our day and His glorious Second Coming, when He shall reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords. The “sting” of death is swallowed up in Him.  “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Taken together, these scriptures prove the Bible cannot be a myth, but is tied with the ‘Old and the New’, validating that the many prophecies were fulfilled and giving us hope of the best future we could imagine for the purpose of planet earth.

King George II was at the performance of the Messiah in London, and was so moved during the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus that he stood in reverence to a King greater than he.  Everyone else stood, and thus started the tradition.

Anyone studying these Messiah scriptures and listening to the most profound music wrapped around them, who has integrity, will come to know of not only their diving origin but of this our transcendent Savior who was and is and is to come.  His mission is the most important as He has fulfilled, is fulfilling, and will fulfill the will of the Father to give us the greatest hope and to show us the path back to the Father and a fullness of joy.

David W Allan