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Jesus Coming and the Wedding Feast

22 Jan
Tables beautifully set for a wedding reception

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In my previous study I showed how Jesus’ coming in Matthew 16:27 cannot be separated from his coming in his Kingdom in verse-28, as many commentaries want to do. Furthermore, since Jesus also predicted that some of the people listening to him at that time would live to see his coming, he tells us that his return would be in the first century AD. I also used Isaiah 40:1-10 to show there couldn’t be 2000 years of separation between Matthew 16:27 and 28. However, Isaiah 40 is not the only chapter with criteria showing the Lord’s Second Coming in 70 AD.

Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (Isaiah 62:10-11 – emphasis mine)

Here Isaiah repeats some of what he said in Isaiah 40:10, and predicts the coming of the Lord would bring salvation, and his reward is with him. This also ties Isaiah 62 to the coming of the Lord in Matthew 16:27-28, where he claimed that some of his listeners would survive to see that day. Therefore, Jesus coming would be to that generation living in the first century AD. But, let’s take a look at another aspect of that coming found in Isaiah 62.

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns. And the gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. You will also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You will no more be termed Forsaken; neither will your land any more be termed Desolate: but you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah: for the LORD delights in you, and your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:1-5 – emphasis mine)

Notice that the Lord’s coming at the time of Isaiah 62:10-11 involves his coming in his Kingdom (viz. ‘a crown of glory’ and ‘a royal diadem’), but most importantly for our consideration here, it is the time of the Wedding Feast, as the Lord rejoices over his servants, as the “Bridegroom rejoices over his bride!” If this and my previous studies are correct, then the time for the Wedding Banquet (viz. Matthew 25:1-10) would have also occurred in the first century AD. Although many commentaries on the Bible conclude that the wedding had been postponed due to the Jews’ unbelief, scripture shows this conclusion is wrong. Notice:

And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said, 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 said 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 said unto him, Friend, how did you come in here 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. (Matthew 22:1-13)

Notice that the wedding was not postponed. It took place with a different guest list (Matthew 22:8-9). Moreover, the wedding took place immediately after the king’s judgment upon the wicked servants and their city. In other words, According to Jesus’ own words, his Wedding Banquet would take place as planned—no delay! Furthermore, it would take place immediately following his judgment upon Jerusalem and destroying the Jews’ Temple, cir. 70 AD (cf. Matthew 22:7; 26:64). All these things occurred during the first century AD, and some of those who heard Jesus speak in Matthew 16:28 lived to see it.

 
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