The Wedding Supper of the Lamb
Revelation 19:7 “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.”
This is the marriage between Christ and His church. It will be at the end of the Tribulation Period, and the guests will be those of Israel which will be brought in to belief in Christ, during this period.
Matthew 22:2 “The Kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son.”
The Gospel of Matthew is written especially to the Jew…..showing that Christ was the King of the Jews.
But first, they rejected His forerunner, John the Baptist, then they rejected Him.
He had come in to Jerusalem….presenting Himself as their Messiah should….”Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.” (Matthew 21:5, Zechariah 9:9)
Now, in this parable, you see Jesus speaking to those who were even at that time rejecting Him….so it is not surprising that Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of heaven speaks of this present Church age….we are His heavenly citizens….and not that kingdom which is yet to come.
Matthew 22:3 “And sent forth His servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.”
It was common in those days, to send two invitations:
The first was sent weeks before the time, so that all would set aside that special time for the Supper.
The second was given, when the king would send a servant to each one, to escort them to the Supper.
And there are two calls to the Gospel….
….the general call which goes out to everyone. Many hear and in curiosity, agree….in principal to a Savior….but never are born again, or experience any real change in their lives…
….most of these, are like those invited to this Supper….they agree at first, but then reject the life…..acting as though Christ can not satisfy….
…..when it actually, they have never come and really had His life.
And the effectual call which is heard by the elect who are born again, and go on to a complete salvation.
For it makes demands on our life, and effects a real change in our life.
Matthew 22:4-5 “Again, He sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:”
You will notice that all these reasons are personal reasons….personal choices.
Not…”I am sick and can not come”……But…
…. I choose to go, and do this….rather than come to Your call.
We receive Christ Jesus, personally…..or reject Him personally.
Matthew 22:6 “And the remnant took His servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.”
This the Pharisees and rulers did to Jesus….and to the church after the giving of the Spirit.
But it is also what we can expect….from those who refuse to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:12-14)
Matthew 22:7 “But when the King heard thereof, He was wroth: and He sent forth His armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”
Surely this happened to Jerusalem under Titus, when the city was destroyed….but it will also happen when each person who has rejected Christ will stand before God,….have his life reviewed….and then they will be cast into the Lake of fire…….. for rejecting Christ Jesus, Who offered salvation to them.
Matthew 22:8-10 “Then saith He to His servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Go ye Therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.”
Finally, the guests to honor the King’s Son are assembled….
From the highways….those that pass by.
Isaiah 35:8 “And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not error therein.”
Matthew 22:11-13 “And when the King came in to see the guests, He saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
And He saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Then said the King to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; they shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
When you had an audience with a king, a proper garment was provided, so that the man would be without excuse….for he had refused it.
This “wedding garment” is, no doubt, the righteousness of Christ imputed to all who receive Him by faith.
This man rejected that righteousness of Christ….seeking to serve God with his own righteousness….”for all our righteousness is a filthy rags”….
….and therefore, was himself rejected.
“He was speechless” (Romans 3:19-20)
The outer darkness! We often picture Hell or the Lake of fire all lit up…..but it is darkness itself…..as Jude says, “…the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 13)
Imagine torment (there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth)… in complete darkness…forever.
There will yet be the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
And the church, which is His Bride….will be there….and it will be grand and glorious.
Revelation 19:6-8 “….Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
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.
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.”
“Righteousness of saints” is righteous acts…acts of obediences to Christ.
How would we appear if we were called tonight?
What would we look like for Eternity?
The days draw close….when time for change will be over…all will be settled for time and eternity.
Now is the compelling time….the time to go out into the highways and “bid them to the marriage”.
What will we do with our opportunity for service?
Will you speak for the King?
Will you pass that tract?
Will you invite them to “sup” with Him? (Revelation 3:20)