The Marriage Supper
The marriage supper takes place right after the rapture. While the anti-Christ is revealed on earth, Jesus Christ is in a wedding ceremony with his saints who were just raptured.
We are given insight into what the marriage supper will be like for those who have kept the faith and followed Jesus.
Reading in Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor 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. We find that we (the raptured church) will receive clean and white linen for the righteousness of the saints. This is not because of our own goodness but because we are washed in the blood of the Lamb which cleansed us of our sins. Praise GOD for his mercy and for his finished work on the cross!
Jesus made it very clear that he would be coming back for us one day. It was a Jewish tradition that when a man married a woman, he would return to his father's house and prepare a house for them to live in. This was very often an addition to the existing house. The groom would then return for his bride.
The exact time of his return was not known. This was a surprise to the bride and in most cases a joyous one. However I'm sure that at times the groom would find that the bride was not faithful to him. When Jesus returns for us will he find us waiting and watching? Have we been faithful to our groom?
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Let's take a close look at the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25.
Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
|Here we find that all 10 set out to meet the bride groom. All started out with the same purpose in mind that was to seek and find GOD.|
Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and
five were foolish.
The wise represent the true followers of Christ. Many claim to be a Christian but fall short of the goal. A true Christian will make it a point to be prepared for the coming of our Lord and Savior.
The foolish make an outward show but never come to any real understanding of biblical truth. These people are the seeds that fell on stony places as stated in Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: or only a shallow understanding of God and his word.
|Matthew 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: (4) But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.||
Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried,
they all slumbered and slept.
Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry
made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
When the call came at midnight the bride (church) will be
called up to meet Him. This is the rapture of the church.
The time of midnight is not 12:00pm, but as stated above
Jesus is going to return for his chosen ones at a time when
they are least expecting it. Most people will be sleeping at
Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and
trimmed their lamps.
Again we find that the five foolish arose with the five wise
un-aware of their condition. Living their life in a
lukewarm fashion. Not giving their full life and trust to
God. These people are also spoken of in
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of
Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the
wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
When the five foolish realized their predicament, they attempted to climb up another way as mentioned in John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
The Gospel cannot be bought, sold, or given away. You can not transfer the gift of God to another person. Each person must obtain this gift from God for themselves.
|Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.||
Once the rapture occurs, it will not happen again. There is no place in scripture that states that there will be two raptures. This was also a custom that once a wedding starts the doors are closed and no one is allowed to enter during the ceremony.
As stated before Jesus Christ (the groom) will marry the church right after the rapture, the marriage will take place during the tribulation. He will then bring his saints back with him at his second coming at Armageddon.
|Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.|
Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other
virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
There is no second chance for the foolish virgins. Jesus
will spew them out of his mouth. Jesus has no place for
them in his kingdom.
Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
|Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.||This parable ends with a warning. Be ready and waiting at all times. 2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.|
Let's take a look at one more parable relating to the marriage supper and to those who will be there.
Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto
them again by parables, and said,
|Jesus is speaking this parable to the people.|
|Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son.||
Here the king is referring to God the Father. The Son is
Jesus. The marriage is between Jesus Christ the bridegroom
and the Jews are the bride.
|Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.||
Here we find that God sent his servants to gather the
guests for the marriage. Here the servants are the prophets
and men and women of God who help spread the Gospel.
We find that those who refused to listen to the gospel did not want any part of the wedding as mentioned in John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. This is referring to the unsaved Jews who would not listen to the word of God
Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other
servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have
prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and
all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
|Jesus is not willing that any should perish. He continues to send his servants to invite them to eternal paradise. He tells them of all the glory of God and what Heaven will be like.|
|Matthew 22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:||
Here we find
exactly what is happing in the world today. We find that
speaking the Gospel is quickly becoming a hate crime. We
find that today the material things are more important then
Matthew 22:6 And the remnant took his
servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
We find in the
early church that Christian were hunted down and killed. We
find that in today's world the Christian faith is being
labeled as a hate crime and anyone speaking the truth could
end up serving jail time. In other parts of the world the
Christians are killed for their belief in Jesus Christ and
must remain underground in order to practice their religion.
|Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.||
We find that
God used the Romans to destroy the city of Jerusalem. This
was foretold hundreds of years before it took place.
Because of the Jews unbelief he pronounced judgment upon his
people in order to get them to repent of their ways.
|Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.||
You find that
because his invitation was rejected, they were no longer
worthy to partake of his gracious invitation to the
|Matthew 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.||
Because of this
the call to the marriage went far and wide to all nations
and kindreds of men. All can be come the sons of God. The
invitation is now open to all people who can be called the
saints of God.
|Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.||
Now the Gospel
is preached in all the world and unto all nations. This is
referenced in Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end
|Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:||
Here in the
latter part of this parable we find that the judgment is on
a individual basis rather than the nations as stated in the
early part of this parable.
|Matthew 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.||
Here we find
that the man was before God. No one can stand before God
and try to justify him or herself. We will be speechless as
well before the great and mighty GOD.
|Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.||
Here we are
told what will happen to a person who tries to climb up
another way. This is clearly stated in
John 10:1 Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door
into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same
is a thief and a robber.
Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.