Revelation Chapter 19

Revelation 19:1-6 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 L-rd our G-d: 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. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped G-d that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our G-d, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 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 L-rd G-d omnipotent reigneth. (KJV)

The believers in heaven are still celebrating the defeat of the "Whore of Babylon". Finally the blood of the martyrs is avenged.

This is the first time the word "Hallelujah!" is used in the B'rit Hadashah (New Covenant). It comes from the Hebrew "Haleluya" as in Psalm 146:1, is composed of "Halel" Praise, "u" ye, and ""ya" the L-rd.

Rev 19:3 "Her smoke rises up forever and ever." (NAS) This tells us that they will spend eternity burning in the Lake of Fire.

The church "24-elders" and the 4 living creatures are before the throne of G-d in heaven.

Rev 19:6 "Alleluia: for the L-rd G-d omnipotent reigneth." (KJV)

The word "omnipotent " means all powerful.

"the voice of many waters" we have seen before in Rev 1:15, it describes the omnipotent sound of Y'shua's voice.

Revelation 19:7-9 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. 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. 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 G-d. (KJV)

Marriage Supper of the Lamb

This "Marriage Supper of the Lamb":

The "church", all believers both Jewish and Gentile from the day of Pentecost until the rapture, are referred to as the "Bride of Y'shua". Paul tells us in

Ephesians 5:26-27 "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (KJV)

The present work of sanctification of the church must be distinguished from justification. Justification by its nature is an act of G-d by which a believer is declared righteous, in contrast to sanctification, as in Ephesians 5:26, which is the work of G-d in the believer to bring his spiritual state up to the level of his position in Y'shua.

The Hebrew letter for Ch. 19 is "Koph". This means holiness. Here we see the "church" presented to Y'shua in its holy state.

The Marriage of Y'shua to the "church" will follow the Jewish wedding pattern. The Jewish wedding consists of 3 separate stages.

1) The betrothal stage.

The groom's father often initiated the marriage contract when the couple was very young. (Sometimes even prior to birth) He would sign a legal enactment before the proper judge, pledging his son to a chosen girl. The father would offer the proper dowry payment. Thus, even though the bride had never seen the groom, she was nevertheless betrothed or espoused to him.

This stage consisted of two steps: The selection of the bride and the payment of the dowry.

With this in mind we can state that the marriage of the Lamb is still in its betrothal stage

a) The bride has been selected. (Eph 1:3,4)

b) The dowry had been paid. (1 Cor. 6:19,20 and 1 Pet. 1:18,19)

2) The presentation stage.

At the proper time the father would send to the house of the bride servants carrying the proper legal contract. The bride would then be led to the home of the groom's father. When all was ready, the father of the bride would then place her hand in the hand of the groom's father. He would then place her hand in that of the son.

Applying this background to the marriage of the Lamb, the church still awaits this second phase, the presentation stage, which is known as the rapture! (Eph 5:25,27, Jude 24, Rev 19:7,8)

a. The father will send for the bride. (Rev 4:1)

b. The proper legal papers of the marriage will be shown. (2 Tim. 2:19)

c. The bride will be taken to the Father's home. (Jn. 14:2,3)

The actual marriage takes place in heaven after the rapture. Perhaps shortly after the Bema judgment seat of Y'shua.

3) The celebration stage.

After the private marriage service was completed, the public marriage supper would begin. Many guests would be invited to this celebration. (Matt 22:2,3; Lk. 12:35-37; 14:16,17)

The marriage supper of the Lamb appears to take place after the tribulation on earth.

Who are the guests of the lamb's marriage to the church? In general: A group, which would include all believing Gentiles who were converted prior to Pentecost or after the rapture. In particular: A group that would include all saved Israelites everywhere. The ten virgins in Matt 25 are Israelites. The 5 wise represent saved Israelites and the 5 foolish represent unsaved ones. They cannot represent the church because the church is the bride, in side with the bridegroom. The bride is never invited to her own wedding. If she refuses to come there is no wedding.

(From The King is Coming p.41-49 by H.L. Willmington)