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Lamb's Marriage Supper (Revelation 19.7-8)

"Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." [Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people.] (Revelation 19.7-8)✞

Special Banquet

PraiseThe final shout is the praise of the host of the redeemed, "Let us rejoice and be glad." It is like "The din of a vast concourse, the roar of a cataract, the roll of thunder" said H. B. Swete (1835-1917.) Once again John finds his inspiration in the words of Scripture. He is remembering Psalm 97.1, "The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad, let the distant shores rejoice." Then in Matthew 5.12, "Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Fine Linen to Wear

MarriageIn only one other place in the New Testament do the two verbs "rejoice" and "be glad" come together. Jesus Christ promises the persecuted, "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" in Matthew 5.12a. It is as if the multitude of the redeemed sent up their shout of praise because the promise of Christ to his persecuted ones had become abundantly true. Next comes the Lamb's marriage supper for his bride. This supper stands for the final union between Jesus and his Church. The marriage symbolism according to the Irish biblical scholar R. H. Charles (1855-1931) "denotes the intimate and indissoluble communion of Christ with the community which he has purchased with his own blood." It is a communion which is "first reached in fullness by the host of the martyrs." Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the God's holy people.✞

"Lamb's Marriage Supper"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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