Summary: God has planned this celebration above and beyond anything we could ever imagine or describe. It will be the first time that all the redeemed of all ages have ever come together at one time to honor the Lamb who was slain.
Tonight we get to talk about the great wedding supper of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the supper where all of heaven will be present to celebrate the union of Jesus Christ and the believers who have followed Him down through the centuries. Everyone in heaven will be there: God, Christ, believers, and the heavenly host. It will be the greatest celebration to ever take place in the history of the world up to that point.
God has planned this celebration above and beyond anything we could ever imagine or describe. It will be the first time that all the redeemed of all ages have ever come together at one time to honor the Lamb who was slain.
READ 1-6. “After this” is referring to after the fall of the antichrist’s hub city Babylon, we see that the Wedding Supper is a supper of praise. The praise centers on four hallelujahs in verses 1, 3, 4, and 6. Hallelujah simply means praise God. IT’s taken from two Hebrew words: halal, which means praise and jah, meaning the name of God. Let’s look at this passage from the viewpoint of these 4 hallelujahs.
1. In verse 1 we see that the supper will be the hallelujah of salvation. This is probably the heavenly host that will be singing this hallelujah. Salvation, glory and power belong to God. With salvation, we know that God is the One who has wrought salvation for believers and for the earth. The angels have watched the plan of God unfold for generations for man’s salvation.
They were amazed time and again at God’s mercy and grace to man. Now, standing there at the great Wedding Supper of the Lamb, the angels will see the most spectacular sight they have ever witnessed: the completion of God’s salvation. So they praise God as the God of salvation.
They also praise Him for His glory. He alone possesses glory. All the glory, light, and splendor of heaven and earth flows out of Him. So the angels praise God for His glory at the great wedding supper.
They praise Him for His power. Power belongs to God. He is the Supreme power in the universe. It’s His power that saved man and the world. So the angels praise God for His power at the great wedding supper.
2. The second hallelujah is seen actually in verses 2 and 3. This is the hallelujah of victory. Jesus Christ will triumph over all the ungodly and evil of the earth. He will avenge the persecution and abuse of His followers on earth. He will establish His righteousness on earth.
So at the great Wedding Supper of the Lamb, the angels will break out in praise to God for the great victory He has wrought on earth. His judgments are true and righteous. His judgments are exactly matched to a person’s evil.
3. In verse 4 we see the hallelujah of worship. The 24 elders and the 4 living creatures will offer this worship. They will burst forth in praise to God Himself and basically all they cry out is hallelujah, hallelujah. God is so wonderful that He just deserves praise, not for any particular thing, but just because He is so wonderful.
4. The fourth hallelujah is found in verses 5 and 6 and we see that the supper is filled with the hallelujah of God’s omnipotent reign. A voice will cry out from the throne of God to all the servants of God and to all who fear and reverence Him. The prayer of God’s people, “Your kingdom come,” is about to become a living reality on earth forever and ever. So at the great Wedding Supper of the Lamb all of heaven will be stirred to praise the Lord God for His omnipotent reign.
READ v. 7-8. The Wedding Supper will have a pure and prepared bride. The bride, the church, the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ prepare themselves. They prepare themselves just as a believer is to prepare himself, by receiving the Lamb of God as Savior. A person will not be accepted at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. When a believer has given his heart and life to Jesus, then he will be prepared to share in the great Wedding Supper.
Verse 8 refers to the righteous deeds or acts of the believer. The believer acts righteously when he receives Jesus Christ as his Savior. It is then that God accepts the belief of the person as righteousness. So that is the first righteous deed that a person is to do.
The believer is also to do other righteous deeds. He is to serve the Lamb of God to the fullest degree possible. Not all believers serve God with all their heart, body, and soul. Because of that fact, note what verse 8 says. The bride of Christ—that is all believers—will be in heaven. They will be accepted and made perfect in the righteousness of Christ. They have robes that are white and pure.