09 The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

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Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 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. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

We are invited to come to the marriage supper of the lamb.  God designed that everything around us would send messages to us of himself so that where ever we looked or what we did would speak of him. That is what Gods design was.  If we consider that so that when wake up in the morning we would remember the resurrection of the dead.  Is that not what it is equated to?  Someone waking up out of sleep?  If we would wake up and say Lord, may I be part of the resurrection? Then you might look out of your window and you would see the sun rising and your mind would think;

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

As you saw that, you would say Lord, may you please cause me to shine in your character as I live?  You might consider you are in your house and it hasn’t fallen down and that the wise man built his house on the rock and it didn’t fall.  Then you might think Lord help me to build my house upon the rock.  Then you would hop out of bed and would get dressed and say Lord please cloth me your righteousness, please give me the garment of salvation that I might go out and no one would see my shame.  As you dress yourself with these thoughts you would open the door and you would think Lord, help me to open my door when you knock at my heart because you do stand at the door and knock.

Then as you open that door you would say Lord I’m opening my heart to you this morning, please come in and you would venture out of your room to have some breakfast and you would take the bread and you would say give me your bread, the bread of life this morning.  Give me the sustenance that I may live by every word that proceeds out of your mouth.  As you put your bread down, you might put oil on your bread and you would say Lord, give me the oil of your holy spirit.  Then you would take the salt to put it on your bread and you would say Lord, let me be the salt of the earth this morning.  If we would understand what God is trying to speak to us, we would have the most amazing devotional time in the morning.  Our minds would be constantly looking at the physical and thinking of the invisible.  That is what the scripture says, the visible things explain the invisible.  Marriage is nothing less than that.

Marriage is a Symbol

God ordained that woman should be united with man in holy wedlock, to raise up families that would be crowned with honor who would be symbols of the family in heaven. . . . Marriage, when joined with purity and holiness, truth and righteousness, is one of the greatest blessings ever given to the human family. . . .  {HP 202.2}

It is a symbol and a shadow that we can experience firsthand.  What a beautiful way of education.  God doesn’t require us to come into a class every morning and expect us to learnt route of spiritual lessons.  He wants us to go out there and become fishers of men, shepherds of the flock and mechanics of spirituality.  In everything we do we are acting out practical lessons that are all about heaven. Isn’t that what the people are starting to realise with the little children? That they need to have play education?  Play education was from Eden.  God gave them things to do and what they did told them what heaven was all about.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Christ and the Church

When we interact with marriage what we are doing is acting out Christ and his church.  That is what it is a symbol of.  Satan has endeavoured to block out every single thing that testifies of God.  He doesn’t want people to be in nature, he wants them to be in cities.  He doesn’t want people to see the sun as a testimony of the path of righteousness, he wants people to worship the sun.  Satan wants people to pervert everything that testifies of God and that is what he has done with marriage.  Marriage has broken many a heart. There have been many people that have this need instilled inside of them that it is not good for man to be alone.  That lonely feeling.  They come together in marriage and they open their heart to each other and they disappoint each other all the way through.  As the years go on, that disappointment becomes really bitter.  Hope deferred makes the heart sick.  For marriage to be sustained there needs to be some diplomacy so we keep to ourselves, we are just in a convenient marriage or it is split apart.  That is what Satan has tried to do.

Like every other one of God’s good gifts entrusted to the keeping of humanity, marriage has been perverted by sin; but it is the purpose of the gospel to restore its purity and beauty. In both the Old and the New Testament the marriage relation is employed to represent the tender and sacred union that exists between Christ and His people, {MB 64.1}

Those who have been disappointed in marriage have to realise it was only a shadow.  Although we have had a bad marriage or experienced bitterness the gospel of Christ is asking us to be part of a different marriage.  I want someone to love, I want a friend.

Now, as in Christ’s day, the condition of society presents a sad comment upon heaven’s ideal of this sacred relation. Yet even for those who have found bitterness and disappointment where they had hoped for companionship and joy, the gospel of Christ offers a solace. The patience and gentleness which His Spirit can impart will sweeten the bitter lot. The heart in which Christ dwells will be so filled, so satisfied, with His love that it will not be consumed with longing to attract sympathy and attention to itself. And through the surrender of the soul to God, His wisdom can accomplish what human wisdom fails to do. Through the revelation of His grace, hearts that were once indifferent or estranged may be united in bonds that are firmer and more enduring than those of earth–the golden bonds of a love that will bear the test of trial. {MB 65.2}

The gospel of Christ offers to those who have had a bad experience or in any relation, friends or parents or any relation that has become bitter, the gospel of Christ is offering the reality of what it should have been.  This is what Jesus preached in Nazareth;

Isaiah 61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

God is wanting us to experience something that will take that bitter lot and turn it into the happiness of your life.  God said in Genesis 2 it is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a helpmeet.  Adam had to name all the animals and he called and named them.  He realised these animals all have partners and I don’t.  I don’t have a helpmeet.  In seeing others together, he says what about me.  Humans come together and say what about me, I want someone too.  So God caused Adam to fall asleep.  As he fell asleep he opened the side of Adam out and took a rib and took Eve to Adam and Adam said this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman as she came out of man. He saw in eve my second self.  That is me, my material.  The symbol was presented.

Jesus

There was another man. This man saw other people. In fact he went to a wedding and he saw these people getting married and his heart longed for the day when he would get married.  He was happy about them but his heart was thinking about himself, I don’t have a wife.  While he was at that wedding there was a problem. They ran out of wine.  He took the water and turned it into wine to bless the marriage institution. He blessed it but he was by himself, he trod the winepress alone and there was none with him.  God said it was not good for man to be alone. So on the cross God caused Jesus to go sleep and from the side of Jesus Christ came forth blood and water and from that he creates his church.  This blood from the everlasting covenant is to purify us and the water that he may wash and make clean somebody for himself.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 

Out of his side came the water.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Why? Because that is your second self. If you hate your wife, you are hating yourself.

Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

For we are members of his body, flesh and his bones. Who? We. Jesus Christ was alone and God said it’s not good for man to be alone so he makes a help-meet for Jesus Christ and he wants you to be part of the body.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Who is the bride of Christ? The church.

1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.

In Revelation 21 the angel says to John, I am going to take you and show you the lamb’s wife. He was taken away and he saw the city of God adorned like a bride for her husband, beautiful city. The city is the lamb’s wife. That is strange, who marries a city? When we compare scripture with scripture we see a city is only a city when it is inhabited. It has twelve gates for the twelve tribes of the children of Israel to enter in. That is one. The body is not one member but many. In a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ often we think that I love Jesus and he loves me and I am his bride. Is that correct? Am I his bride? No. What am I if I am not his bride? Doesn’t the bible say I am married to you? I am a member of the body. Perhaps we can think when Jesus comes I can be independent and Jesus will come to pick up some eyelashes.

1 Corinthians 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling?

Who is creating the wife? Who created the wife for Adam? Who is creating the wife for Jesus? Here God will say I want you, you are member and I want you to be connected with him. I want the hand and arm to be joined together in unity. You are not all hands, you are all different, you have different characteristics but together is the bride of Christ. If I conclude that my relationship needs to be independent of other people can I be saved? If I think that Jesus is coming to get me and I am not the body itself, I am a finger, then we are saying Jesus is just coming to get a finger to marry and that is not correct. For us to become part of the marriage supper of the lamb, it is of the necessity we be joined to one another. If not we are not part of it.

Guests

The bible brings a personal application to the people. There was a parable of a king that wanted to make a marriage supper for his son.  He went out and invited individuals.  Who were they?  The Bride?  Guests.  When we are referring to guests, we are referring to individuals.  When we talked about the guests who is us individually and the bride corporately, they get switched around.  This bride, this city which is the habitation of the united people of God, is the bride.  This wedding was a symbol and shadow of what is in heaven.

The Bride

In the time of Christ if a man who was a Jew when he became of age wanted to get married, his father would think, I need to find a help meet for my son.  So the father would send out his servants if he was rich, to find someone with the help of God to marry his son. In Genesis Eleazar the servant of Abraham was sent out to find a wife for Isaac as he was at the age of marriage.  Eleazar went out and looked and said Lord I want you to find a help meet for my master’s son.  As he went there were characteristics he saw.  One was kindness when Rebekah gave him water for him and his camels.  As that happened, that is what in the time of Jesus was done. The servants would find a helpmeet, someone with characteristics that would blend in with the son.  When the time came that the person was found, the son also had a part in choosing and a covenant was written up.  He may not have known her very much but through the wisdom of an aged person who can see certain things, the son would write a covenant out proposing to marry.  As he wrote it out, he needed to work out a price to pay for his Bride.  David paid a price. Jacob had to pay seven years of labour.  Calculate 14 years of your wage and that was the dowry that Jacob paid.  There had to be a price that had to be proposed in the covenant for this lady.  When he wrote up the covenant and worked out the price he would pay, he called for a meal and the meal was at the house of his potential bride.  He laid the covenant down at the meal.  After the bride sees the covenant, she needed to agree to it.

How She Would Agree

When he poured the cup of wine, she would drink it and agree to the covenant.  That was the agreement that she would accept the covenant.  Her father takes the money as a dowry and then as the meal finishes, it is time for him to depart.  He has to lay down a bond which was a ring.  He gave her a ring and then he had to depart.  This was now betrothal stage where she agreed to the covenant and they were betrothed legally.  This betrothal had to take one whole year and as the son was to leave, it was his duty to go and build a wedding chamber for his bride.  As he left he would say I am going to prepare a place for you and he would leave.  She didn’t see him for a whole year.  There was no courtship in the time of Christ.  He would prepare a wedding chamber on the side of his father’s house which would contain a bedroom, a kitchen and ways of living as when they married they wouldn’t come out for seven days.

The Wedding Chamber

While the betrothed husband had gone to his father’s house to build this wedding chamber, the wife had to wait but she was comforted because he had paid a big dowry.  Those things comforted her that he would come back.  There was no doubt in her mind that he would come back but she was waiting.  While the son was preparing, the son was building the wedding chamber but it wasn’t up to him to decide when the chamber was finished, it was up to the father.  The father had to see that it was a beautiful wedding chamber that his future daughter in law would be happy to live in.  If he didn’t do that, the son might go and rustle up a couple of sticks and a roof and say let’s go back and get our bride.  But the father would say no, no, you have to build something excellent. The father decided when the building was finished.  You can imagine that there is a young man building a wedding chamber on the side of the house and people may come along and say so when is the wedding date?  He would say my father knows, not me. I don’t know the day.  I don’t know. This put in some serious romance in the air that the bride didn’t know when she was going to get picked up and he didn’t know when he would be finished.  They were a whole year in anticipation of each other and that really did some work for them, for their future life. It was an important stage.

Behold the Bridegroom Cometh

Then the time would come when the father would say yes it is finished.  Then the groom would get his friends and they would come and night because as soon as it was finished, he was ready to go, he wasn’t going to wait till the daytime, he was going at night.  He had been waiting, he had paid this dowry, he had done so much effort for a whole year, I am not waiting any longer therefore very often he came at night. Because he came at night the bride knew he could come and at any time. Day or midnight so she always had to have a lamp burning at night because if he came, she would want to see where to go.

As the future husband left at night very quietly like a thief, he would go but he couldn’t go in unannounced, it wasn’t fair. Before he got to the house, the friends of the groom had to cry out and make a big noise at midnight.  As the ladies heard this midnight cry, they would say wow the groom is coming and that cry would have a little space before he came. As the groom came to get his bride, they would go straight into the marriage chamber. There was no announcements, no feasting, he took her straight into the chamber and he would examine her to make sure she was a virgin.  While this was happening, while they were in the chamber, the father would call the guests to a feast.  The father would call the guests to come and after the seven days the bride and groom would come out of their chamber and then there was a celebration and they would have a feast which was called marriage supper.  As they had this feast and celebration, then they were wed, then the marriage vow in its entirety stood for them.  Before it was only a betrothal covenant.

Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. 20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

Here this was symbol.  Marriage is only the shadow of the reality.  There is a man, a certain rich man who has son and he wants a bride for him, he has servants.  Who are the servants to find the people to become the bride of his son?

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with Godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.

The apostle Paul as a minister of the Lord, as a servant of the God of heaven, he took it upon himself that it is his duty for the church he laboured for, that he would present them to Jesus Christ as a virgin.  As a minster he was very concerned they weren’t in unity or truth.  He laboured very hard as Eleazar laboured for Abraham.  What did John the Baptist call himself?  Didn’t he call himself the friend of the groom?  As the disciples came they heard John preaching.  These disciples met Jesus Christ and asked where he lived and he said I will show you.  John the Baptist was the friend of the bridegroom and he was very happy about that.  He saw two people that were good for each other.  John the Baptist was servant like Apostle Paul.  You and I have a ministry to get people together in the pure word of God.  As the matchmaking is made through the servants of the gospel finding those who would be heirs of the kingdom, those who call the servants, to them is offered a covenant relationship.  In this covenant there had to be a price.

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

He bought the church with a price.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

The price was the life of Christ.  That was the dowry.  Jesus Christ gave his life.  All heaven was paid for you to be part of his bride.  In this wedding there were two parts.  One of the parts is the betrothal time.  This betrothal time was a contract.  This meant that this first stage prohibits the woman to all other men.  The second part of the stage permits the woman to her husband.  One no one men could have her, the second, the husband could have her.  During the Jewish tradition it was called the time of sanctification.  Those who see the covenant and the price, they have to agree to the terms.

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

Just before he was about to leave, he was looking for the bride. He finds one through the servant John the Baptist, he finds a group of twelve disciples and he is about to leave, he loved them.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

The Dowry

Jesus knew that this bride was given to him by God.  He makes a feast because what did they do when the man said he liked a girl? They had to make a feast.

1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me.

The disciples took the cup and drank it.  Jesus stood at the door and said;

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Jesus is calling and saying I want you to be part of my bride and if you will open, I love you, if you will open I am going to come in with an experience and we are going to drink.  That drinking of the cup ratified the decision yes, I accept that dowry.  Before he left, he had to give a bond, a ring to her as the dowry went to the father.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

For those that believe and receive this cup, he says I will give and seal you with the Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest.  This earnest means a bond of value.  I will give you the Holy Spirit, a bond until I come and redeem and receive the purchased possession.  He bought her with a dowry so won’t he come back and receive her?  He says I am coming back to my purchased possession. As he left he said something to her, the bride is touched with the expense he paid, he is a charming man and now he is leaving, I want to go now, I don’t want to wait a year.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

The Waiting Time

He has charmed me with his love and the price he paid.  Don’t be troubled, I am going to prepare a place for you bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.  Then comes the waiting time.  This waiting time was essential. After speaking the parable of the ten virgins it says;

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

You don’t know.  Watch and wait. You don’t know but my father knows, I don’t.  To get some prophecy understanding of where we are in this marriage, in this parable there is the midnight cry.

The Midnight Cry

They carried strong conviction of their truthfulness; and the “midnight cry” was heralded by thousands of believers.  {GC 400.1}

Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. From city to city, from village to village, and into remote country places it went, until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. {GC 400.2}

“Our hopes now centered on the coming of the Lord in 1844. This was also the time for the message of the second angel, who, flying through the midst of heaven, cried, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city!’ Many left the churches in obedience to the message of the second angel. Near its close the Midnight Cry was given: ‘Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him!’ Light was being given concerning this message, in every part of the land, and the cry aroused thousands. It went from city to city, from village to village, and into the remote country regions. It reached the learned and talented, as well as the obscure and humble.  {LS80 187.1}

There in prophetic experience Jesus left to come and get his bride.  To go into the chamber, into the most holy place, before that happened there was a midnight cry given.  That cry was given before 1844.  Where are we in this marriage symbol?  160 years has been given since this midnight cry – go ye out to meet him when Jesus in Daniel said he came before the ancient of days.  In 1844 Jesus went into the most holy place to receive his bride to inspect her for her purity and virginity.  While this was happening, the guests were called to a feast made by her father.

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and [my] fatlings [are] killed, and all things [are] ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated [them] spitefully, and slew [them]. 7 But when the king heard [thereof], he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.

The father came in to inspect the individuals.  Who are he guests?  The individuals.  Who is the bride? The body. The bride is being received into Jesus Christ as a collection corporate entity in the most holy place.  As individuals the father is looking to see what attire you have on.

The Investigative Judgement

That is the investigative judgment.  He comes into inspect the guests and after the guests have been inspected and the bride has been fully received in all purity, he then comes out.  Where are we in this process of the wedding?  Has the marriage of the lamb come?  Yes it has.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 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. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Has the marriage suppr happened yet? The marriage supper hasn’t happened yet but the bride is in the chamber.  We need to become part of that by being guests, to come, to come into this feast. He wants us to come into this fellowship of marriage, the marriage supper.  Are we in the supper time? Is the supper time ready?  We are very close to the end.

Luke 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And they all with one [consent] began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

I am wrapped up with the shadow, I don’t want to come.  This is a marriage you can be part of. If your marriage has gone sour, there is a marriage to be part of which is reality not a symbol because in heaven there is no marriage.  When the symbol comes to his reality, it’s put away.  People may say you are preaching a spiritual wedding, I want a real one.  Don’t get me wrong marriage is honourable if it really symbolises what it is all about. Sometimes we think that the spiritual isn’t real.  The Bible says God is a spirit. Is God real? He is realer than real. The fashions of this world pass away, we are like the grass of the filed which grows and withers and God abides forever.  The marriage which we are proposing, that comfort and desire for oneness with Jesus Christ is offered to you.  That desire to have a companionship with someone will be ratified very soon in heaven.

Don’t make the mistake of saying I can’t come as I want a wife here let alone second or third. This was the real excuse.  The wrath of God is soon to be poured out on this planet and there is a stark reality we are to be aware of. It is our duty as preachers to make you aware of this.  The wine cup of the wrath of God is going to be poured out on Babylon which is the seven last plagues.

The Time of Trouble

Jeremiah 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

There will be no more weddings when the seven last plagues pour out.  There will be no more candle in her anymore and you will not hear the voice of the bride or the bridegroom.  There will be no more weddings in the seven last plagues.  Read the whole chapter in context to see if these things be so.

Jeremiah 25:15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

Is that the seven last plagues?  The voice of the bride and the bridegroom will not be heard anymore.  Jeremiah was relating to those who don’t come to the marriage supper of the lamb, sorry I can’t come as I have a wedding to go to.  You go to the wedding and it will be destroyed. What about those who are with God and want to get married?  What does it say? Where is the trumpet blown?  Zion.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for [it is] nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many generations.

This is talking about a time of trouble such as never was. When Michael shall stand up and when he comes out of his chamber with his bride, he will come to smite the nations.

Let the Bridegroom go Forth and the Bride Out of Her Closet

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

If you in symbol are building something for your bride which is beautiful and the bride is waiting for her husband, the Bible says come out and meet the Lord as the shadow is meeting the reality.  Marriage is honourable but the marriage of the lamb is more honourable and we must take hold of that.

Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

This king you see the is picture of this man who is the king of kings and his eyes are like flames of fire and he is strong in battle and he is coming with armies, all of heaven and he is coming to destroy the whole world. These big nations that we tremble at, what a powerful God, this is Jesus Christ the groom.  Luke 12 breaks my heart when I read this.  Why would I want any other companionship? I have a wife and I love my wife, but my love for Jesus Christ enhances all human love.

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning; 36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed [are] those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

A gentlemen when having a meal pours the chair out and the lady sits and he fusses over his love.  This king of kings, Lord of Lords who is mighty in battle is going to pull your chair out and gird himself and serve you.  What a gentleman, what a love. With flames of fire that can destroy anything, so powerful, yet so loving to his church.  It is up to you if you want to be part of the bride Is the bride one person?  No, it is a body of people.  Let us press together.

Amen.

Further reading: https://sabbathsermons.com/2009/09/03/15-the-marriage-supper/

Posted on July 5, 2010, in Marriage, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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