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(Revelation 19.7-8)
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"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." (Revelation 19.7-8)

The Lamb

PraiseThe fine linen worn by the bride stood for the righteous acts of God's holy people. The final shout was the praise of the host of the redeemed, "Let us rejoice and be glad." It was like "The din of a vast concourse, the roar of a cataract, the roll of thunder" said the Bible commentator H. B. Swete (1835-1917.) Once again John found his inspiration in the words of Scripture. He was remembering Psalm 97.1, "The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad, let the distant shores rejoice." Then in Matthew 5.12 from the words of Jesus, "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

MarriageIn only one other place in the New Testament did the two verbs "rejoice" and "be glad" come together. Jesus Christ promised the persecuted in Matthew 5.12a, "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven." It was 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.

Bride's Supper

Next came the Lamb's marriage supper for his bride. This supper stood 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 was a communion which was "first reached in fullness by the host of the martyrs."

"Marriage Supper"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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