“Hallelujah; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” - Revelation 19:6
Musician and composer George Friedrich Handel despaired as he experienced failure upon failure. He suffered a stroke that left his right arm and hand paralyzed. His vision became blurry. He could no longer perform musically which brought insurmountable debt. His future appeared dark and bleak with possible imprisonment in a Debtor’s Prison.
While it seemed hopeless with his career ended, he was hired to write something for a charity performance. This would be Handel’s final work, or so he thought. What appeared to be the end of the story ended up becoming one of his finest chapters.
George Friedrich Handel wrote Messiah during the summer of 1741. He wept after finishing The Hallelujah Chorus and told his servant that he had seen visions of angels.
Messiah became an overnight success. Instead of going to Debtor’s Prison, proceeds from the concert freed 142 men from Debtor’s Prison.