Revelation 19:7, 9
Pastor Russ Peters
Adam was created on the sixth creation day (Gen. 2:7), after which the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Gen. 2:18). Then the LORD God made a woman, and brought her to the man (Gen. 2:22). Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined (married) to his wife, and they shall become (through sexual intercourse) one flesh (Gen. 2:24, compare with 1 Cor. 6:15, 16).
Thus was established the most intimate relationship that one human can have with another on this earth.
- So when God wanted to describe the most intimate eternal (spiritual) relationship a born-again Christian can have with his/her Savior, He used the analogy of the Hebrew marriage:
- Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Lamb of God, is the Bridegroom; Every born-again Christian, male and female, collectively, are the Bride.
The Hebrew marriage began with the paying of the Bride Price-1 Cor. 6: 19, 20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price (the blood of Jesus) therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Upon the paying of the Bride Price the couple were Betrothed (legally married, which could only be undone by divorce)-2 Cor. 11: 2 “ For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
Upon the Betrothal the Bridegroom leaves for His Father’s house to prepare a Place for them to live-John 14:2 (NAS) “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (the Bride starts preparing her trousseau).
As He prepares to leave, the Bridegroom promises to Come Again and get her. John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (The Bride eagerly awaits the return of the Bridegroom, her blessed hope per Titus 2:13).
When the Bridegroom has finished preparing the Place He will Descend From Heaven to catch up His Bride. 1 Thes. 4:16-18 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” This great event is also described in 1 Cor. 15:51-54 “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead (in Christ) will be raised incorruptible, and we (Christians who are alive) shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality (when we get our heavenly bodies), then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Remember-the Bride of Christ consists of every born-again Christian, male or female, in their heavenly bodies, which are just like Jesus’ glorious body (Phil. 3:20, 21). When the Bride meets the Bridegroom in the air, what a meeting that will be! Her long wait will be forgotten. But the Bridegroom is anxious to show His Bride the Place He has prepared for her, and in a flash the joyous couple is in Heaven. Oh, the Glory of it all!
Preparations for the first and only wedding ceremony in Heaven will begin. What an event it will be! The prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into that time, chapter 53, verses 10 & 11a, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the travail of His soul, and be satisfied.” Think of it! Jesus will look at His Bride, and exult, “She was worth the bride price!”
When things are all ready, “Then a voice came from the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great! And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His
Bride has made herself ready.” ( Rev. 19:5-7)
Each one of us represented in the Bride of Christ will have to imagine what this celebration will be like. Whatever we imagine, it will be infinitely better! And it will be capped off with the marriage supper of the Lamb! (Rev. 19:9)
Oh, Jesus! Your Word tells us how much You look forward to Your wedding. Knowing ourselves, we can’t quite imagine it. But we believe it when we hear Your prayer to the Father in John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” Thank You, thank You, thank You!
But, oh Jesus, how much does Your bride look forward to the marriage of the Lamb? Is she watching expectantly for Your coming for her, her lamp burning brightly with extra oil ready? Does her cry go up, “How long?” Are her first words in the morning, and her last words at night, “Come, Lord Jesus?” Are you grieved because she is so distracted by earthly things that she has lost sight of her heavenly things? Oh, Jesus, help her to return to her first love, counting everything else less than loving You, and earnestly yearning for her wedding in Heaven!