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!