Let us be glad and rejoice, and give Him glory: for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife [the Church] has made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7)
Are you ready? For believers, the Rapture of the Church, then the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, are next on God’s prophetic calendar. In Revelation 19, the true Church has been raptured (in Latin, raptus; in Greek, harpazo, both meaning “to catch up, to snatch”), “caught up to meet Him in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:6-17). No one knows that date, but any moment we could hear the shout, “‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!” (Matthew 25:6).
On Earth, while Hell has its heyday, the Church comes to its most climatic time in history—the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The book that closes out the Bible is the unveiling, the revelation, of Jesus Christ Himself.
What will Jesus’ Marriage Supper Be Like?
It will be an exciting, joyful, beautiful event.
There will be a new “Hallelujah Chorus.” The saints open Revelation 19 with singing:
Stanza 1—Redemption. What began at Calvary now comes to full consummation.
Stanza 2—Retribution. The saints praise God for making all things right. His justice prevails for the persecuted church
Stanza 3—Relationship. Our relationship to God is that He is our God. We are His and He is ours eternally.
Stanza 4—Reign. The saints’ praise crescendos like the tumultuous sound of rushing water. Jesus reigns, King of kings. Shouts of praise reverberate through Heaven.
A Beautiful Bride
We are the bride, presented to the Lord Jesus Christ, prepared by…
Redemption. Salvation bestowed Jesus’ inner nature.
Rapture. We’ll be changed in the twinkling of an eye.
Reward. At the Judgment Seat, we receive rewards and white linen garments.
Redemption, rapture, and reward will make the bride beautiful.
An invitation goes out to saints the redeemed of all of ages, those saved before or after the church age.
A Glorified Groom
Jesus is the center of this wedding. In Scripture, He is worshipped. At His Marriage Supper, He will be glorified.
I love the Lord Jesus Christ. Without seeing Him, I love Him, because the Holy Spirit has made Him real to me.
Beloved, the wedding is not far off. Perhaps today we’ll hear, “Behold the Bridegroom comes. Go out to meet Him.” If you’re not yet saved, will you receive Him? If you are saved, remain faithful. It may not be long until we meet Him.
Words cannot describe what will happen when Jesus comes for His bride. Don’t be in Hell when all this is going on. Don’t miss it. He loves you and wants to save you. Do you know that if Jesus were to come today, you’d go straight to Heaven? If you’re not certain, pray this prayer:
Dear God, I confess I’m a sinner. I need to be saved. Jesus, You died to save me. You shed Your blood on the cross to pay my sin debt. I believe it and I receive it. I now trust You as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart. Forgive my sin. Cleanse me. Save me, Lord Jesus. I trust You as my Lord and Savior to do it today, and I yield my life to You. Thank You for saving me. And I will make it public. I will not be ashamed of You because You died for me. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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