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The Lamb's Marriage Supper

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The Lamb's Marriage Supper

The preparations for the Lamb's marriage, are featured in several kingdom of heaven parables, which contain clues to many end-time mysteries. The first of these, the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, provides several insights to events preceding the wedding:

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

The bridal party's 10 virgins prepares and waits for the bridegroom's return prior to the wedding but their ignorance of his arrival time implies the bride also does not know it. Standing in stark contrast to modern wedding's preplanned dates and times, this uncertainty forces both the bride and her wedding party to immediately get prepared for the wedding and stay that way for perhaps weeks, months, or even years. Surprisingly, when the bridegroom does return, he does not enter the bride's city but announces his arrival with a shout from outside the city. When they hear his cry, the bride and the bridal party immediately leave the city to meet the bridegroom. The groom takes them to his father's land, leaving behind the stragglers behind and not admitting them into the wedding hall later.

Another kingdom parable, Matthew 22:2-14, gives more insights into the wedding:

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 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. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 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. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 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. For many are called, but few are chosen.

The groom's father, the king, sends his servants to bring the invited guests back to his land for the wedding, which based on the already prepared meal, is imminent. These guests provoke the king's wrath by both refusing to come and killing the king's servants. The king responds by destroying their city and sending his servants to find new wedding guests. Interestingly, the new guests wear the finest of wedding garments. Since they did not know they would be attending the wedding, their host, the king, must provide this formal wedding attire. Curiously, one of the replacement guests provokes the king's wrath by refusing to wear these special garments and the king's response is both swift and severe as the provocateur is expelled from the wedding hall and thrown into a place of horrible punishment strongly suggestive of hell.

Now consider the parallels to Jesus' life. Like the groom, Jesus left His Father's land, heaven, and came to earth to find His bride, the church. The price for the right to propose marriage was His life, which He freely gave. Before He returned home to His Father's land, He extended a marriage proposal that remains open until the day He returns to get His bride. While away, He labors in love preparing a home for the bride and wedding party. Soon, He promises to return for them but like the groom, even He does not know when this will be[1], since it is the Father's responsibility to determine the date and time. When the promised time comes, Jesus will return to get His bride but like the Groom, He will not enter her land. Instead, He will stop just short of the earth and from the clouds will shout for His bride and wedding party to meet Him there, in the air. Then, all Christians, dead and alive, will instantly receive new bodies, meet Jesus in the air and return with Him to the place He has prepared for them in heaven. There they will wait the guests's arrival but this will take a while since the invited guests will refuse to come and instead kill the servants inviting them. The Father's reaction to this will be harsh as He will destroy their city and send the servants to invite replacements. When the new quests arrive, Jesus and His bride will finally be married and all in heaven will enjoy perhaps the grandest wedding feast of all time. Later chapters will explore the identities of the servants, the guests, the city, and the placement of these events on the prophetic timeline.

[1] Matthew 24:36