Some people want to point out in Revelation 19:9 when John hears about the marriage supper of the Lamb, that there are some people who are invited to this marriage supper. They point out that since there are people invited to this wedding feast, that these people are not part of the bride. Any thoughts on this?
I haven’t been too interested in the identity of those who are invited to the feast. That is, until I just read the latest issue of Zion’s Fire. Rosenthal continues his series on the book of Revelation. He is now on Revelation 19 and writes concerning the marriage supper of the Lamb. What caught my eye in this quote was the location of the marriage supper. Check it out.
The wedding feast will be well attended. There will be some “…which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). This, of course, is not the bride – it is the wedding guests. Who are these guests who are specifically said to be blessed? I believe the wedding guests will comprise a great multitude which come to faith after the rapture of the Church during the waning days of Daniel’s Seventieth Week. They will enter the millennial kingdom, still in mortal bodies. This suggests that the wedding supper probably takes place on earth, in the presence of the post-rapture saints made pure through the blood of the Lamb.
Now I’m not overly keen on a great multitude which comes to faith after the rapture. I’m not necessarily against it, I just don’t see evidence for it. However, it’s Rosenthal’s quote on the location of the marriage supper that really sparked my interest. This makes sense. The wedding feast (as I have stated before) will be here on the earth during the millennial kingdom. The New Jerusalem will descend as the bride of Christ from heaven to earth to be here with the groom as they reign together. This millennial kingdom will be a time of celebration. Revelation 21-22 pictures a sweet communion between God and His people in the New Jerusalem (21:2-4) with the nations walking in the light of that city (21:22-27).
So wouldn’t it make sense that Rosenthal is correct here about the location of the wedding feast? These guests are not necessarily a huge multitude who come to faith immediately after the rapture, but perhaps those in the millennial kingdom who begin to submit themselves to the reign of the Messiah. Further, since there is a blessing upon those who are invited in Revelation 19:9, couldn’t we find a correlation in Daniel 12:12? Here is the passage which states that there is a 30 period after Daniel’s 70th week (the 1260 days), then after that there is another period of 45 days. It is intimated to us in the form of 1290 days, and 1335 days. From the time that the regular sacrifices are put to a stop and the abomination of desolation is set up (both occurring together at the midpoint of the seven-year period), there are numbered 1290 days. This leads me to believe that the abomination of desolation will not be ultimate taken down and the sanctuary cleansed until the 30 period following Daniel’s 70th week is fulfilled. Now, those who arrive at the end of the 1335 day period are said to be blessed. If the wedding feast is here on the earth, and those who are invited are blessed, wouldn’t the wedding guests begin arriving at the end of this 45 day period which follows the 30 period which follows the 1260 period. You follow?
Rosenthal just gave me something to chew on for a while.
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