Let us rejoice and be glad and give honor to him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. And he saith unto me, write, blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God.
The book of Revelation is a future book, and from chapter 4 on, it is written specifically to those who will be living during the times of The Beginning of Sorrows and The Great Tribulation. At this writing, there is still time to accept the marriage proposal and attend the wedding as the Bride! Missing the wedding could prove to be fatal. Missing the reception (marriage supper) will definitely be fatal.
The message in Revelation 19:7-9 is two-fold. We see the Lamb’s wife who has already made herself ready. And we see a reference to those who are invited to the Marriage Supper.
The wedding takes place in Heaven. The reception takes place on earth.
We know this because see the Lamb’s wife coming out of Heaven with Jesus. In verse :8 she is arrayed in fine linen. Compare that with verse :14 which portrays the armies of Heaven leaving Heaven with Jesus on their way to the battle of Armageddon (see the rest of the chapter). They are arrayed in fine linen. It is obvious the Lamb’s wife is included in the armies of Heaven, and will participate in the battle of Armageddon.
The marriage takes place in Heaven. But when did the Lamb’s wife arrive in Heaven? A couple of passages answer that question for us:
· 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 tells of the dead being raised and the living “caught up.” This clearly depicts what is known as the “Rapture.”
· Revelation 4 & 5 corresponds to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and show the church, those who belong to Christ in this present age of grace as being in Heaven prior to the events of both the Beginning of Sorrows and The Great Tribulation.
· Revelation 11 shows the 2 witnesses who will prophesy during the 1260 days of Jacob’s Trouble.
· Revelation 14 reveals the 144,000 who are sealed with a mark of God’s protection before The Great Tribulation begins and are caught up at some point before the physical return of Christ.
The marriage supper (the reception) takes place on earth—after both the battle of Armageddon and the Judgment of the Nations is completed. Those invited to the reception are a completely different group than those who came out of Heaven with Christ, and comprise those who did not accept the original marriage proposal but endured to the end of The Great Tribulation. They missed the wedding altogether, but survived The Great Tribulation and survived the Judgment of the Nations (which immediately follows the battle of Armageddon).
As the scriptures say… blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb…
Scripture references and further study on this subject can be found at the following websites:
http://hungryheartsministries.com/id3.html Biblical Prophecy Study Center