THE GREAT MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB-part two

Revelation 19:1-10                  

In our last study we had considered:

1. The Supper will be the hallelujah of salvation.

a.  Salvation belongs to God.

b.  Glory belongs to God: He alone possesses glory.

c.  Honor belongs to God:

d   Power belongs to God:  He is the supreme power in the universe.

e.  The supper will be filled with the hallelujah of victory (v. 2-3).

f.  The supper will be filled with the hallelujah of worship (v. 4).

g.  The supper will be filled with hallelujah of God’s omnipotent reign (v. 5-6).

Today we will continue our deep dive into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with a thought considering: “If Jesus Christ is to be the focus of attention in that day in the future, how much more should He be today?”

FACT:   Jesus Christ is deserving of our attention, all of our attention, all of our lives, all of our service, worship, and praise. 

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

“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).

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

(Revelation 19:7-8) Marriage Supper of the Lamb — Righteousness: The Marriage Supper will have a pure and prepared bride.  Note two significant points:

1. The bride, the church, the true followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, prepares herself. How?  This includes everything that a believer does to become acceptable to God.

a. A true believer prepares himself by receiving the Lamb of God as his personal Savior (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-13).  A person will not be acceptable at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb unless he has accepted the sacrifice of the Lamb as the sacrifice for his own sins.

He has to come to the Lamb in order to enter the supper of the Lamb.  If he does not come to the Lamb in this life, then he will never enter the supper of the lamb.  If he does not live with the Lamb as his disciple (Matthew 28:16-20) while on earth, then when the Lamb appears at the supper, that person will not be there.  He will be excluded and shut out (John 3:16; II Corinthians 13:5).

“Not everyone who says to Me,’ Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your Name?’  Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” (Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV). 

b. A true believer prepares himself by following the Lamb (Matthew 4:18-22).  The Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself to the ultimate degree. He gave up His life, heaven, totally and died for man.

Therefore, man is to sacrifice himself to the ultimate degree.  How? Man is to die to self and live entirely for the Lamb of God.  The believer is….

  • to work and labor to the point of exhaustion as the Lamb worked and labored.
  • to live righteously and godly just as the Lamb lived.

When the true believer denies himself totally and takes up his cross daily and follows Jesus Christ, then he prepares himself for the great MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.

2. The true believer has given all his heart and life to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Therefore, he will be prepared to share in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

HELP FOR THE AGE OF GRACE NOW

AND ALSO THOSE WHO ARE LIVING IN THE END TIMES 

Explore the following verses to help you understand about dying to self.  This is important and so ask yourself a question:  “How can I be a Christian if I am not willing to deny myself and live totally for the Lord Jesus Christ.”  See 2 Corinthians 13:5 for more help.

Remember, Jesus said that you must deny yourself and take up your Cross daily.  You must trust in the Lord in the hardest of situations.  Further, you must discipline yourself and say no to the world and the things of the world (I John 2:15).

FACT:  Even if you are persecuted, threatened, have failures, or feel lonely, etc.,  you as an obedient child of God must continue to follow Christ.  You must continue down the narrow road to heaven and reject the wide gate of Matthew 7:13-14.

If you find yourself following the wrong road, as an obedient Christian, you must immediately utilize I John 1:9 and repent and confess your sin and return to fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

FACT:  If you love your life, your sins, the world and don’t want to change, HOW CAN YOU PROFESS TO BE A TRUE CHRISTIAN AND EXPECT TO BE ACCEPTED IN HEAVEN AT THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB???

Note:  If you want to keep living a sinful life without confession and repentance of sin, how can you be a true Christian?  Where does the Bible allow you to live that way and expect to arrive and be accepted at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?

FACT:  You, as a true Christian, will go through trials.  However, don’t see them as negative, Why? Because God says that “We know that ALL THINGS work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28, NKJV).

Remember, your life is not for you, it is always been for the Lord Jesus Christ (see Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11).  He died for you even though you didn’t deserve it.  Everything you have is for Christ.  All the good times comes from Him and the bad from you. 

NOTE:  It is not about your will, but as a new Creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) it is all about God’s will.  You, as a true believer must humble yourself before a holy God (I Peter 5:6; I Peter 1:15-16).  If you are living a prideful life you are going to attempt to justify your sin and think you know best.  Under those types of conditions, you must change and fully rely on God.

Remember, the just are required to live by Faith (Hebrews 11:6).  Note what the verse says: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God MUST BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).

Always accept and live with I Corinthians 6:19-20 in view at all times.

“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).

NOTE:  The body [of the Christian] is designed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.  This is one of the glorious truths of both Scripture and the Christian experience.  The word “body” is singular as each believer is a temple of the Spirit of God.

FACT:  The Holy Spirit actually dwells WITHIN the body of the believer.

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17).

“At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” (John 14:20).

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9).

“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” (I Corinthians 6:19).

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).                   

“In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).

“That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us” (2 Timothy 1:14).

“But the (Holy Spirit) anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him” (I John 2:27).

NOTE:  The Holy Spirit is the gift of God.  A man does not receive the Spirit of God by working for Him.  He receives the Spirit of God as a gift from God.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing [the presence and blessings of the Spirit} shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). 

FACT:  God lays claim to the body.  Believers do not own their bodies, not any more.  Jesus Christ bought our bodies.  Therefore, we are now the SERVANTS OF GOD (I Corinthians 6:19-20). 

Do not miss the fact that we are looking through the eyes of John at the end of time.  Why is this important? The Biblical truth that we are studying should have a tremendous effect on our Christian living in the age of Grace (I John 3:3).   

Remember, as we study prophecy we are looking forward to heaven, and our arrival in God’s presence and our participation in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.   We are anticipating arriving at the goal of salvation, that is, to live in God’s wonderful presence for all of eternity (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13). 

As we live now, in the Age of Grace, let’s remember some important principles:

John 3:30 – “He must INCREASE [become greater], but I MUST decrease [become less and less].”

Galatians 2:20-21 – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” 

I Corinthians 15:31 – “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I DIE DAILY.

FACT:  The true believer is to no longer be a slave to sin.  The true believer is not to live a continuous lifestyle of sin.

 I Peter 2:24 – “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

Luke 14:27 – “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”

Now as we close today, we are reminded that in our next study we will continue Revelation 19.  However, if you do not know Christ as your personal Savior please read and follow:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). 

OUTLINE TO STUDY FOR JOHN 3:16-17:

  1. The fact: God so loved [you] (v. 16).
  2. The evidence: God gave (v. 16).
  3. The purpose: to save those who want to go to heaven (v. 16).
  4. The Proof: God sent His Only Son (the incarnation) (v. 17).
  5. The means: through Him (Jesus) (v. 17; Ephesians 1:4-5).

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