THE GREAT MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB
In our last study we began to look at the Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb and today we will continue that study. Also, we saw that at the Lamb’s marriage supper is the first time that all the redeemed from all ages come together in one spot to honor the Lord Jesus Christ.
NOTE: Because of what He has done for man, He is deserving of all honor and praise possible from all creatures in the universe [both heavenly and earthly].
God has planned the greatest celebration and banquet imaginable, the celebration that He calls the GREAT MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. It will be the most wonderful time imaginable.
NOTE: The praise will center around four HALLELUJAHS in these verses v.1, v.3, v.4 and v.6. The word hallelujah means PRAISE GOD. It is taken from two Hebrew words: halal which means praise and jah which is the name of God. Let’s now notice some important principles and words.
1. The supper will be the hallelujah of salvation. This is probably the heavenly host that will be singing forth this hallelujah (Revelation 5:11; Hebrews 12:22).
a. Salvation belongs to God: He is the One who has brought about salvation for believers and for the earth. The angels have been watching the plan of God for generations as it has unfolded for man’s salvation.
The angels were amazed time and again at God’s unbelievable mercy and grace to man (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16). They have witnessed the whole scene of temptation and trial, sin and evil — all of the struggle and conflict upon earth and within the soul of man. They have seen God’s wonderful Grace exercised time and time again, for instance in Galatians 5:16; and Ephesians 6:10.
Now, standing there at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the angels will see the most spectacular sight they have ever witnessed: the completion of God’s salvation. Therefore, they will praise God as the God of salvation at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
–SAVED MAN’S SPECIAL TITLES:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9).
“But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: HE IS THEIR STRENGTH IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE” (Psalm 37:39).
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).
–INTRODUCTION OF GOD IN THE LAST DAYS:
It could also be exclaimed by the Saints today as we wait for the Rapture (I Thessalonians 4:13).
“And it shall be said IN THAT DAY, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).
b. Glory belongs to God: He alone possesses glory. All the glory, light and splendor of heaven and earth flows out from His own Being.
The very glory which will be given to believers in the glorious day of salvation will come from God alone. Therefore, the angels will praise God for His glory at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6).
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14; II Corinthians 1:22).
“Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel” (Psalm 22:23; Matthew 10:18).
“Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:10).
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2; I Peter 1:15-16).
c. Honor belongs to God: He is the Source and Creator of all that is. Therefore, He will be honored as the Source and Creator at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).
“I have made the earth, created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded” (Isaiah 45:12).
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3).
d. Power belongs to God; He is the supreme power in the universe. It is His power that has saved man and the world. Therefore, his power will be praised at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
“Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great and to give strength unto all” (I Chronicles 29:12; Ephesians 6:10).
“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:22).
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3).
“And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever” (Revelation 7:11-12).
2. The supper will be filled with the hallelujah of victory (v. 2-3). The Lord Jesus Christ will triumph over all the ungodly and evil of the earth.
- He will destroy the godless politics of the world and the social, commercial, cultural, and religious systems of the world.
- He will avenge the persecution and abuse of His followers upon the earth. He will judge and destroy every evil, abusive, and murdering person on earth, treating them in perfect justice, giving them a punishment equal to the suffering they inflicted upon God’s people.
- He will return to earth and establish righteousness upon earth.
Therefore, at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the angels will break out in praise to God for the great victory He has brought about upon earth. His judgments are true and righteous. His judgments are exactly matched to a person’s evil. They are perfect, altogether true and righteous. Therefore, the angels will praise God for His glorious victory at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
PRAISE – Ephesians 1:12; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 19:5:
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”(Philippians 2:9-11).
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12).
“Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou has taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” (Revelation 11:17).
“And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long” (Psalm 35:28).
3.The supper will be filled with the hallelujah of worship (v. 4). Note that the twenty-four elders and four living creatures will offer this worship. They will burst forth in praise to God Himself, saying nothing but “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…”
God is so wonderful that He Himself just deserves praise, not for any particular thing, but just because He is so wonderful. At the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, those who are closest to the throne of God will burst forth in praising God just for Himself.
“Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth” (Psalm 57:5).
“Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders” (Psalm 107:32).
4. The supper will be filled with hallelujah of God’s omnipotent reign (v. 5-6). A voice will cry out from the throne of God to all the servants of God and to all who fear and reverence — cry out for all the heavenly host to praise the Lord our God for His OMNIPOTENT REIGN. The Lord our God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to reign in sovereign power upon the earth and he is going to reign forever and ever over the new heavens and earth.
Note: He is going to reign in omnipotent power, supreme over all. The prayer of God’s people. “Thy kingdom come” is about to become a living reality upon earth forever and ever. At the Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb all of heaven will be stirred to praise the Lord God for His omnipotent reign.
“For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (I Corinthians 15:25).
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
“Saying, we give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” (Revelation 11:17).
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10).
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelation 19:6).
“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion….Ask of Me, and I shall give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession” (Psalm 2:6, 8; NKJV).
“The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice, let the multitude of isles be glad thereof” (Psalm 97:1).
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth” (Jeremiah 23:5).
“And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).
“And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” (2 Chronicles 20:6).
NOTE (19:7) Key words: Marriage Supper of the Lamb:
As we have seen, the Marriage Supper will focus upon the Lamb Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note that all attention at the supper is to be focused upon the Lamb. In most weddings and wedding suppers upon earth, the attention is centered upon the bride. But this will not be true at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, will be the great focus. The reasons are clearly stated:
- It will be the Lamb who will be the cause of our gladness and rejoicing.
- It will be the Lamb who deserves to be honored. We would not even be there if it were not for Him.
- It is the Lamb for whom the supper is named; it is His supper, the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
- It is the Lamb who stirred the bride to make herself ready.
Now as we close today let us think about a couple of words: “Heaven and Hell.” Have you ever asked about them in the sense of where you will spend eternity?????
The Bible makes it clear that both heaven and hell are real. Further, you must make a free-will choice and choose one or the other. Your choice determines where you will spend eternity but also how you will spend your life before your death.
Why is that important? God gives us the answer:
“But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please him [God]: for he that COMETH TO GOD (John 3:16), MUST believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
“For by grace [undeserved] are ye saved through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast. For WE are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus UNTO good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk [live] in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED, FOLLOW THE STEPS TO HEAVEN FOUND IN ROMANS 10:9-13.
“That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall BELIEVE in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou SHALL BE SAVED. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9,10,13).
“For God so loved the world [you], that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him SHOULD NOT PERISH, but have EVERLASTING LIFE” (John 3:16).
Heaven or Hell [the eternal lake of fire], it is your choice! Notice the choice in Matthew 7:13-14.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction [hell – eternal lake of fire], and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life [heaven], and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Its your choice and no one can make it for you. Which choice you make will consign you to live for eternity in HELL or HEAVEN. It just makes sense to choose heaven over hell.
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