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The Marriage Supper

In this study we are going to look at the marriage supper and the time in which it will happen. Many believe this event happens just after the "rapture". We contend it happens just after Armageddon and the return of Jesus. If we can determine at what time the marriage supper takes place, we can either prove or disprove this portion of the rapture doctrine. Our only hope is to get to the truth of the matter. We can read about the marriage supper in Revelation chapter 19.

Revelation Chapter 19

1)  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

2)  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

We should note the time here and the events that have just transpired. The Lord has just judged Mystery Babylon, the great whore which had reign over the kings of the earth. This event leads up to the marriage supper, as we will read later. It's important that we understand when this happens. Let's now go to chapter 16 which sets the time for the fall of Babylon.

Revelation 16

17) And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

18) And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

19) And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

From these verses, we now know that Babylon falls at the seventh vial, just to be thorough let's look at the first few verses of chapter 18 so we know without a doubt, the city has fallen.

Revelation 18

1) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

2)  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

What we have just covered sets up chapter 19. We can be confident that what we will read next is after the seventh vial.

Revelation 19

5)  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

6)  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

7)  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8)  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.

9)  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

These scriptures give us a clear picture of when the marriage supper takes place. In verse 7, we learn that the marriage supper is come, just so we are clear, it hasn't taken place yet, but the time has come for it to begin. We also learn that the wife has made herself ready, and we are told in verse 8, she has done this by her righteousness. She has not worshipped the beast or taken his mark. This is why the wedding apparel is granted to her, and this is how she has made herself ready. Her loyalty to God has proven her worthiness.

11)  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Now we are reading about the return of Christ, not for rapture, but to make war, to reign. The reason the time has now come for the marriage is because the groom (Christ) is on His way.

14)  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

I know many want to tell you, you are part of this army. These are the people who have passed on before us. Your grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc. Remember in 1 Thessalonians we were told that we shouldn't worry about those who have passed on before us, because God will bring them with Him. These are those people.

1 Thessalonians 4

13)  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14)  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15)  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

Just to review quickly, Babylon has fallen, which means the seventh vial has been poured out, the marriage supper has come, meaning it's about to begin, and Christ is returning with His armies, clothed in fine linen.

Revelation 19

17)  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18)  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Here we see the marriage supper come to fruition. It is called such because it is the reunion of Christ, and those saints who have passed on , with those who are alive and remain on the earth, (the marriage). As well as the great supper of God, where the fowls of the air eat the flesh of every man, (the supper).

All of these events happen at or after the seventh vial. If you're belief states that the marriage happens before then, then there is a problem, and as we will see in the next verse, there's no time for a rapture at the seventh vial, it's over.

Revelation 16

17) And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

I urge you take the time to find out what your doctrine has to say about these things. We are not doing anything more than presenting the scriptures in context and within the correct scope of time. There are no white robes presented until the bride makes herself ready, she does not do this until the end. Therefore there can be no marriage until the end, that is until the groom (Christ), returns.

 

 

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