Summary: This sermon deals with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb as described in Revelation chapter 19.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
7Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
10And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
As we continue our look at Revelation today
we see the heavenly praise in Verses 1 through 6 continues.
Chapters 4 through 18 have involved
what happens during the 7 years of Tribulation.
It didn’t affect us because at that time we are in heaven.
Either death or the Rapture removes us from those terrible times.
Now we get to the part of Revelation that does involve us.
The bride of Christ comes into the story.
VERSE 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
This is a call for gladness, rejoicing and giving God glory
for the marriage of the Lamb has come.
The marriage of the Lamb takes place in heaven.
The Church is in heaven prior to the return of Jesus to earth.
Jesus is the Bridegroom at the marriage
and His Church is the Bride.
The word "church" appears 19 times
in Revelation chapters 1, 2 and 3.
It does not appear again until Revelation 22:16
indicating the absence of the Church from the earth
during the judgments of Revelation chapters 4 through 18.
The wife or bride of Christ is the church.
The marriage is the eternal union of the church
with Jesus following the Rapture.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 says, Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
In ancient times, a marriage
was the single greatest celebration and social event.
Preparations and celebrations were elaborate.
They were in 3 stages.
First, there was the betrothal or engagement.
This was an arrangement by both sets of parents.
It was legally binding and could only be broken by divorce.
Second was the presentation which was a time of celebrations.
Those festivities could last up to a week and sometimes more.
Third was the wedding ceremony
during which time the vows were exchanged.
The same imagery of a wedding
picture's the Lord's relationship with His Church.
VERSE 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
The fine linen the bride is clothed in
has been made white by the blood of the Lamb.
This "righteousness" was not ours
until we received the Lord Jesus into our lives
and took on His righteousness.
Our own righteousness had been as filthy rags,
but Jesus replaced the filth with His righteousness.
Notice the word “her”.
Many places in the Bible, "her" does not mean just women.
It is just a reference to the bride.
All Christians in the Lord Jesus Christ are the bride of Christ,
whether they are male or female.
Notice that the bride is wearing "fine linen".
The bride is given the fine linen by her groom.
Ephesians 5:25-27 says, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
The bride’s clothes are clean and bright
representing her sinlessness before God
having been washed in the blood of the Lamb.
The bride is found to be wearing them when she rides with Jesus
at the Second Coming.
This indicates that the wedding itself takes place in heaven
prior to the Second Coming of Jesus.
VERSE 9 Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
Since the bride is mentioned in Verse 7,
who gets this invitation?
Well, who gets invited to our weddings?