MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB
REVELATION 19:7-8 – PART TWO
In our previous study we were starting to investigate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and the Brides preparation. Today we will pick up the preparation of the Bride. Preparation includes following the Lamb and living by righteous deeds or acts (v. 8), etc.
First we will examine the principle of preparation. A true believer prepares himself/herself by following the Lamb. The Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, sacrificed Himself to the ultimate degree. He gave up His life totally and died for mankind. Therefore, man is to be willing to sacrifice himself to the ultimate degree also.
The true believer [man/woman] 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, takes up his cross daily and follows Jesus Christ, then he prepares himself for the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The true believer has given all his heart and life to Jesus Christ (Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11). Therefore, he will be prepared to share in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Further, the true believer prepares himself by righteous deeds or acts (Revelation 19:8). The Word “righteousness” (dikaiomata) here means righteous deeds or acts. This would mean at least two things.
a. The believer acts righteously, DOES THE RIGHT THING, when he receives Jesus Christ as his Savior. It is then that God accepts the belief of the person AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. God actually takes a person’s faith in His Son and counts his faith as righteousness.
Why does God do this? Because the person believes that the sacrifice of the Lamb, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, was for the sins of the world. The person believes that Jesus Christ died for his sins, as his sacrifice, as his substitute.
He believes that the penalty and judgment of his sins have been paid for by Christ. Therefore, he is free of sin and made acceptable to God.
God takes his faith (John 3:16; Hebrew 11:6; Romans 10:9-13) and counts his faith as righteousness. God counts him righteous in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
This is what is called imputed righteousness, righteousness that is given or put to one’s account (think bank account) before God. It is a righteousness that is counted and credited to the believer.
Therefore the believer is ready to attend the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb; he will be given the clean and white clothing necessary to enter the supper.
NOTE: The fine clothing is actually said to be the righteousness or righteous deeds of the saints. This is the first righteous deed that a person is to do (accept Christ as Savior John 3:16). If he does this righteous deed, then he will be accepted into the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
However, one must not forget that the believer is also expected to do other righteous deeds. He is to serve the Lamb of God to the fullest degree possible. Every believer is aware that not all believers do this; not all believers serve God with all their heart, soul and body.
In fact, some believers do little for Christ. Therefore, note carefully: the bride of Christ, all believers, will be in heaven (Romans 10:9-13). They will be accepted and made perfect in the righteousness of Christ. They have robes that are white and pure.
But note: when they get ready to attend the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb, God will give believers another garment that is made of fine linen that will be clean and white. What is the other garment? It is…
- the garment of righteous deeds and acts.
- the garment of reward.
- the garment that shows position and responsibility in heaven.
- the garment that rewards one faithfulness.
Remember: Christ and Scripture declare emphatically that there will be positions in the new heavens and earth, degrees of labor and service, of responsibility and duty, assigned to all of us.
The unfaithful and half-faithful will not be assigned as high a position as the faithful; they will not be as greatly rewarded. We shall all be perfected and glorified in heaven, but we will not all rule and reign in equal positions.
Remember, the whole universe, both heaven and earth, is to be remade, perfected and made alive. The Lord Jesus Christ is going to have His followers looking after the universe for Him. What and how much we will be assigned to oversee and reign over depends on our faithfulness now.
These robes for the great Marriage Supper will be the robes of righteous deeds and works (Revelation 19:8) — the robes that will probably show the position of our authority throughout eternity. They will, no doubt, determine where we will be sitting at the Marriage Supper.
Revelation 14:3 – Heavenly Song: the redeemed will be uniquely privileged to sing. They will have a song of victory to sing before all the heavenly host.
But note: the words of the song are not here or anywhere else given. We will not know the words until the glorious day of redemption comes. However, what a glorious privilege!
To have a special song to sing and present to all the beings of heaven.
The Jews who receive the Lord Jesus Christ and vow to be the servants of God during the great tribulation will be given a special song of victory. They shall triumph over the Antichrist and his holocaust and over evil and death. They shall live forevermore in the presence of our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. When they arrive in heaven victorious and triumphant, they will have something to sing about–the glorious victory given them in Jesus Christ our Lord.
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works” (Psalm 9:1).
“Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings” (Psalm 33:2).
“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee” (Psalm 67:3).
“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: LET US MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION” (Psalm 95:1).
“By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
“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).
Revelation 14:4-5 – Jews, Redeemed: Some of the redeemed will be clearly identified. Who are the 144,000 Jews? They were seen earlier in Revelation 7:1-8. Note what is said about them as a special group:
They will be virgins; they will never marry. A special commitment will be needed to stand up for Christ. Apparently these 144,000 form a body of believers who vows and commits their lives to never deny Christ. They apparently take a special vow to be ministers to the people who will be so severely attacked and persecuted by the Antichrist.
(See Romans 15:1; Mark 10:28; Luke 5:17-28; Luke 14:33; Luke 18:29-30; Philippians 3:8.)
They will be followers of the Lamb, wholly committed to Jesus Christ and separated from the sin and evil of this world, that is, from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and from the pride of life (John 3:1-3). They will be servants and ministers of God who will follow the leadership of the Lord’s Spirit; they will go throughout the wilderness and hiding places of this earth to minister to the millions trying to escape the holocaust of the Antichrist. They will follow the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter where He leads and no matter how difficult the call and ministry may be. They will sell out completely to the Lord Jesus Christ.
“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).
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor” (John 12:26).
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live” (Romans 8:13).
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24).
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk (live) ye in him” (Colossians 2:6).
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (I Peter 2:21).
“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (I John 2:6).
Back to Revelation 19:7-8. Remember, the robes will no doubt show the position and authority throughout eternity. Further, they will, no doubt, determine where we will be sitting at the great Marriage Supper. Let’s review Scripture a little further:
“…he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 19:22).
“But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath build thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (I Corinthians 3:11-15).
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:58).
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness” (2 Peter 3:17).
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19).
“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35).
Revelation 19:9-10 – Marriage Supper of the Lamb: the marriage Supper will be a blessed and glorious event, the most glorious event ever held in history. Note two things.
1. The Marriage Supper will be the most blessed celebration in all of history. The idea is GREATLY BLESSED. Note: there are those who say the guests refer to a separate group other than the bride, that is the church. But this seems unlikely. This is the supper of the Lamb, not of the Lamb and the bride. The Lamb is the One who has called all guests to the great supper. In fact, believers, the bride, comprise some of the major guests at the supper.
2. The supper will be a blessed event for one reason–all of the heavenly host will be there, all believers and all angelic beings, as well as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It will be a blessed event, a glorious and spectacular celebration, because everyone is there–all believers are gathered together in the great banquet hall of God–all are gathered together for the VERY FIRST TIME in history.
It stirs the heart to think there will be periodic suppers through out eternity when Christ will gather all of us together for celebration. Imagine all of us being called together for a great supper celebration. What a glorious thought! May God stir our hearts to serve our Lord ever so diligently, day and night. Being with our Lord and God in heaven and in eternity, in the new heavens and earth–it will be worth it when we see Jesus.
(See Matthew 22:4; Luke 14:16; I Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 19:9; Revelation 21:7.)
DO YOU WANT TO BE AT THE LAMB’S GLORIOUS SUPPER IN HEAVEN??????
YOU CAN BE IF YOU WANT…..IT’S YOUR DECISION. Check out John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and follow the road to heaven in Romans 10:9-13.
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