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The Wedding Feast!

02 Apr
Wedding Feast

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One of the great themes of the Bible is the wedding feast, which John begins to describe in the nineteenth chapter of the Apocalypse. Jesus, himself, uses the theme of a wedding in several of his parables. According to the perspective of the New Covenant (Matthew 25:1-13) the women await the coming of the Bridegroom (verse-10), which, of course, pointed to Jesus’ coming at the end of the age (Matthew 25:13; cp. 24:3). Here in Revelation 19:7 the great multitude who had been praising God, declared that the time of the wedding had come. That is, Jesus was at that time returning to take his Bride to himself.

The Old Covenant is revealed to have been a marriage covenant between God and Israel. When the ten northern tribes broke their vows to the Lord, he divorced them (Hosea 2:2; Jeremiah 3:6-8). She had played the harlot, meaning she rejected the Lord, believing her lovers (the gentiles) were better providers and protectors than he was willing to be (Hosea 2:5). Nevertheless, the Lord promised he would make a New Covenant with his people, but that covenant would be unlike the first covenant he made through Moses (Jeremiah 31:31-32). In other words, the Old Covenant would come to an end, when the New Covenant was established at the coming or return of Jesus, and both of those covenants are considered marriage covenants. Therefore, if the New Covenant is in force today, then the Old Covenant must have ended sometime in the past. If this is so, Jesus must also have returned, as he promised. Put another way, the New Covenant is a marriage covenant, so, if the New Covenant is in force at all in our day, then we must conclude the wedding between the Lamb and his Bride (Revelation 19:7) had to have already taken place. This means that Jesus must have returned in the context of Matthew 25:1-13.

This picture becomes very clear in Jesus Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22. A great king arranged a marriage for his son, but the invited guests refused to come (Matthew 22:2-3). Nevertheless, this same king sent men to tell those who were invited to come, but they made light of the event and mistreated his servants. When the king heard what they did, he sent his armies to kill them and destroy their city (Matthew 22:4-7). This is exactly what John tells us occurred in the Apocalypse. The guests who were invited, represent the great harlot in Revelation 18. The city, Mystery Babylon / Jerusalem, was destroyed in 70 AD. However, the wedding wasn’t postponed as many modern scholars claim. Rather, according to Matthew 22:8-10, the text tells us that other guests were invited. and the wedding took place! In other words, the New Covenant was established and put in force.

Consider, for a moment, what we are told in the Old Covenant Scriptures. The Lord divorced the northern ten tribes of Israel (Hosea 2:2; Jeremiah 3:6-8). Nevertheless, he couldn’t divorce the southern two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, because God made a covenant with David, saying the Messiah would come from his loins. Therefore the Old Covenant had to stay in force until such a time when the Lord could divorce the great harlot, and this would occur sometime after the coming of the Messiah. Understanding the context of the judgment of the great harlot (Revelation 18; cp. Revelation 19:2), clearly indicates that she had been in a covenantal relationship with the Lord, but broke her vows by rejecting the Lord as her husband. This was done in order to embrace the ‘kings of the earth’ as her lovers (providers and protectors). The only ancient nation who had a covenantal relationship with the Lord was Israel—the ten northern tribes and the two southern tribes. No other nation before or after 70 AD ever had a covenantal relationship with God, and that includes the Jews of today. They have been divorced! They have no marriage covenant with God!

 

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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3 responses to “The Wedding Feast!

  1. Chameleon

    April 6, 2020 at 16:44

    Eddie: Isho has not come back as He did the 1st time, it is still to happen. The “New Jerusalem” has not arrived from heaven as of these present times. I have not seen the 7 bowls. The Lord in His glory has not arrived, the WORD tells the story not the interpretations of men. The WORD is the TRUTH and it will set you free from SIN = the lies of the Devil like he did in the Garden of Eden. Your explanations have me more confused than your previous explanations. But that is the way you see it and you have written extensively in so many areas and you also taught for more than 25 years. I’m a beginning writer but my ideas are so different to yours. I have been paying close attention to the “little details” and they make a BIG difference in getting to know HIM = the ONLY TRUTH. that is the way that I understand HIM.
    May the Lord bless you and I while we walk in His WORD. So be it, my brother in Christ. Chao.

     
  2. Eddie

    April 6, 2020 at 13:42

    Greetings Pato, and Lord bless you.

    Yes, I understand that later chapters need to be considered in one’s interpretation of the earlier chapters. The word of God must not be used to contradict itself (John 10:35). However, we also need to agree that there are different groups who interpret the Apocalypse differently, some even try to make things literal when they can. For example, many folks like to say the millennium is a literal 1000 years, but other folks interpret the millennium differently.

    My approach to the Apocalypse is that it is fulfilled, completely. When John wrote that the Lord said he was coming quickly (Revelation 1:1, 3; 3:11; 22:6-7, 10, 12, 20), he meant what he said. Therefore, my interpretation of the book reflects that, because I must not contradict what the Lord said in another passage (John 10:35). If you look for a future coming of the Lord, we will differ on interpretation, so you need to be aware of that. I am simply presenting what I believe about this wonderful book in a context of the Lord having already come, which would have been in the same manner as he did in the past (cp. Isaiah 13:1, 9, 17, 19; 19:1). He comes in the person of the king he used to judge another nation. In the context of Jesus’ Second Coming, that would have been Titus, the Roman general and later Emperor. I realize this doesn’t meet with the approval of futurists, but it is a legitimate interpretation of the Scriptures. It is called Preterism by some and Covenant Eschatology by others.

    I hope this clarifies my position.

     
  3. Chameleon

    April 4, 2020 at 19:37

    There is more to it in Chapter 21.
    21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
    These things have not happened so far. We still have a sea.
    Rev 21:2 “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
    The above has not happened so far.
    Rev. 21:9 “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
    10. “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem. Descending out of heaven from God.”
    The angel showed John the Lamb’s wife = “that great city, the holy Jerusalem,”
    Right from the words of the WORD.
    No discussions are necessary.
    So be it.

     
 
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