June 14th, 2007
An enormous amount of preparation normally goes into planning a wedding. Stressful and expensive months are spent in working out the details. Eventually the big day arrives. For many people — perhaps most — it is the largest personal celebration they ever experience in their lives. The two people getting married become the focus of everyone’s attention for the day. The bride and her dress become the focus of universal admiration. Even the plainest face can become an object of beauty for a day. Everyone celebrates as the bride an groom embark on their dream of a blissful life together…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 19
19:1 After this I heard the loud sound of a huge crowd in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation, power, and glory belong to our God. 19:2 His judgments are true and righteous. He has judged the great prostitute, who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his servants whom she murdered.” 19:3 Again they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke goes up forevermore.” 19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living animals fell down and worshipped God who sits on the throne, saying, “Amen! Hallelujah!”
19:5 A voice came forth from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all his servants who fear him, whether important or unimportant!” 19:6 I heard a sound like the roar of a huge crowd, and like the noise of a large waterfall, and like the sound of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns! 19:7 We will celebrate and be overjoyed, and give glory to him. The wedding day of the Lamb has arrived, and his bride has made herself ready.” 19:8 She was given fine, bright, clean linen to wear, because fine linen represents the righteous actions of the believers.
19:9 The angel said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those people who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.'” He added, “These are true words of God.” 19:10 I fell down at his feet to worship him. He said, “Do not do that! I am just a slave like you and your fellow believers who believe in the message of Jesus. Worship God, because the message of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
19:11 I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. The person sitting on it is called Faithful and True. He is righteous when he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are flaming fire, and many crowns are on his head. He has a written name which no one knows but himself. 19:13 He wears a robe dipped in blood. His name is “The Word of God”. 19:14 The armies of heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine, white, clean linen. 19:15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp, double-edged sword, for striking down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He crushes the grapes in the winepress of God Almighty’s furious anger. 19:16 Written on his robe and on his thigh is the name, “King of kings, and Lord of lords.”
19:17 I saw an angel standing on the sun. He shouted to all the birds flying in the sky, “Come! Gather together for God’s great feast, 19:18 to eat the flesh of kings, commanders, powerful people, horses and their riders, and all people, whether free or slave, important or unimportant.” 19:19 I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against the one sitting on the horse, and his army. 19:20 The beast was captured, together with the false prophet who had promoted the beast by performing miracles to deceive the people who had accepted the mark of the beast and worshipped his idol. Both the beast and the false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. 19:21 The rest were killed by the sword which came out of the mouth of the one who sat on the horse. All the birds filled themselves by eating the flesh.