MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 19
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Wedding Announcer Angel
Vic Batista: The next event that happens is Revelation 19:6-10 — the great supper of God! This is the Wedding Feast of the Lamb before Jesus Christ finally returns on His white horse. Verses 7-8 read what the great multitudes of Heaven proclaim:
“‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Nathan Jones: We’ve shifted in the Revelation narrative from the grisly scene on earth of the destruction of Babylon to the joyous scene in Heaven as the great multitudes of its inhabitants prepare for the wedding of all weddings. This great multitude in Heaven consists of God Himself, all His angelic realm, and even the Old Testament Saints. Also, the raptured Church, the Church being all those who were saved from Pentecost until the Rapture, they are residing in Heaven as well. Growing in increasing numbers, there are finally those Christians called the Tribulation Saints who have been martyred during the Tribulation for putting their faith in Jesus Christ. The Antichrist has spent years slaughtering both Christians and Jews during the Tribulation.
What a contrast that while those on the earth are suffering cataclysmic natural disasters, epic wars, mass murders, and great judgments coming down from Heaven; the scene in Heaven is full of celebration, rejoicing and partying. Heaven portrays a totally different scene of celebration than the horrors that are going on down on the earth.
Vic Batista: There will be a great celebration going on in Heaven. What wonderful things we Christians have to look forward to! There is gloom and doom as millions of new Christians will die by the Antichrist’s hand for their newfound faith in Jesus, but look at what awaits them in Heaven. There will be great rejoicing with the Lord forever.
Nathan Jones: Notice that the great multitude are dressed in fine linen, as described in verse 8: “And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” We literally wear our good deeds and our Christ-purchased eternal holiness in the form of pure white robes.
Vic Batista: While the multitudes praise God in one voice, a lone voice rises that has the sonic force of a great multitude. Verse 6 describes the voice as sounding as deafening “as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings.” In verse 9 this mighty Wedding Announcer Angel commands: “Then he said to me [John], “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.'”#JesusChrist: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! Click To Tweet
We are about to witness two totally different suppers. In Heaven we read about the wonderful Marriage Supper of the Lamb when Jesus Christ is spiritually united with His Church. But, when we get to Revelation 19:17, we are going to read about a totally different supper.
Nathan Jones: Exactly, while the earth is experiencing terrible tragedies, in heaven there is great rejoicing.
Before we get to that second feast, let’s first explain what the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is, for it can be a little confusing, especially when the Church is called the Bride of Christ. Jesus died on the cross so that mankind could be saved. Those who have accepted in faith Jesus as Savior have become Christians. They are members of the spiritual kingdom of Christ called the Church, from Pentecost up to the Rapture. By death or Rapture, Christians will be taken up to Heaven. Once there, an epic celebration is held with great rejoicing, and it is called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Lord is reunited with His Bride the Church. Jesus finally sees in person face-to-face those He has sacrificed and died.
The guests of this great wedding party are the Old Testament Saints, the Tribulation Saints, and the angels. They’re not the Bride, but they are guests at the wedding. There is a great, great celebration up in Heaven for Jesus’ redemptive work in the Church Age which has finally come to an end. It’s the end of an era before the start of a new era — the Millennial Kingdom.
Think of the Wedding like a family reunion. It’s like you haven’t seen your family in years or even decades, and it’s time for a big picnic, games, and talks about old times. Scriptures don’t provide the details, other than we are told the Wedding Supper of the Lamb will be an in incredible celebration up in Heaven as Jesus Christ is reunited with His Church.
Vic Batista: What a beautiful scene that is going to be up in Heaven!
Nathan Jones: Another beautiful scene is how the Wedding Announcer Angel responds to John. John’s so overwhelmed by the angel’s presence that he falls down to worship the angel. The angel quickly responds in verse 10 with: “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”'For the testimony of #Jesus is the spirit of #prophecy.' #Revelation 19:10 Click To Tweet
Satan and the demons desire worship, but Heaven’s angels desire the worship of God. How amazing that a being so incredibly powerful as the Wedding Announcer Angel considers himself merely a fellow servant along with human believers in Christ!
In the fifty-fifth segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we will stand in awe of Jesus’ triumphal return!