Understanding The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

6c1d9eb3a55ab0e218dee7bec82dad76“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. 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.” – ‭Revelation‬ ‭19‬:‭7-8‬

The marriage supper of the lamb is the culmination of events mentioned through out the New Testament that parallels Jesus’ relationship with Christians and the church to the ancient Jewish customs of the marriage ceremony.

Through out scripture we see these parallels being made. From Matthew, to Ephesians, to Revelations, and everywhere in between. This is one of the main reasons the devil hates so desperately the institution of marriage and strives endlessly to convert, pervert, and destroy it.

To gain a better understanding of the many references to this theme that is carried through the entire story of Jesus, both past, present, and future, let me give you a synopsis of the Jewish marriage customs as they were at the time the New Testament was written.

The process began with a betrothal, this was akin to what we would consider an engagement today. A contract was made between either the groom, or the father of the groom, and the father of the bride and a price was agreed upon. The groom would pay this dowry, that is to say, his bride would be bought with a price. The bride, having to consent to all of this, had a choice in rather or not she would join in this union. Once the price was paid the groom would return to his fathers house to prepare a place for them. At this point they were bound to each other in total faithfulness being married in all but the consummation. Yet for the period of about one year the groom and bride did not see each other and their only Communication was by way of the best man. While the groom was preparing a place for them in His father’s house, the young lady would be preparing for married life and learning how to be a good wife. When the time came for the groom to come get his bride it was done in the middle of the night. Though she knew he was coming she did not know exactly when, therefor as the groom and his friends came to take the bride and her maids they were proceeded with the shout. At the sound of the shout or trump the bride would come out to meet them, then be taken back to his fathers house for the marriage supper and celebration where the other guest would already be waiting.

Understanding the marriage customs of the day helps to paint a very clear picture of the entire story of Christ and the Christian. From the plan of salvation to the return of Christ, and everything in between, it’s all there.

Jesus left His Fathers house, came here, and purchased us with a price (1 corinthian 6:20), that of His own blood. That’s the past. Now we, as the bride to be, have to make the choice to consent to this union and receive Jesus as our groom, our Lord and savior. This is done at salvation and is the part that takes place in the present. After that, all Communication between us and Jesus, who is in heaven preparing a place for us in his fathers house (John 14:3), comes by way of the Holy Spirit (the best man).

Eventually, Christ will return for His bride. Scripture tells us that, just like the brides of old, though the second coming of Jesus (the bridegroom) has been announced we do not know exactly when and must be prepared (Matthew 24:36, Matthew 25). Therefore when He comes with His heavenly Host (the bridegroom’s friends) He will be proceeded with a trumpet and a shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17) and we shall come to meet Him. That’s the future part.

bride-of-christ_nAt this point we are taken with Him to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb to celebrate and be with Him in glory. However, not all will be counted as worthy and faithful brides. In Matthew chapter 25 we read of ten virgins that are supposed to be waiting for the bridegroom to come and take them to the marriage supper. Five or faithfully preparing their lamps with oil (an archetype for sanctification and the Holy Spirit of God), they keep their fire going and are counted as wise. Yet the other five allow their oil to run out and their fire to die, they are counted as foolish and are left behind when the bridegroom comes. So simply getting saved is not enough to ensure our place with Jesus in eternity. We have to maintain it and keep the fire going until He comes for us. Remember, He is returning for a pure and spotless bride, one without spot or blemish. In other words, one that is without sin.

Let us be vigilant, laboring daily to keep our lamps trimmed and our fire going, abstaining from sin and all unfaithfulness to the one who has bought us with a price, ever seeking to learning how to be a better bride as we wait diligently for our Groom.

“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.” – Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭27‬

“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. 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.” – ‭Revelation‬ ‭19‬:‭7-8

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