Thursday, February 2, 2012

John saw the Saints at the Marriage Supper by Joseph Chambers

Every prophetic truth in revelation was a drama that John saw. Nothing proves the
 literalness of this Book more perfectly. John did not just hear words, but heard and saw the drama of what he heard. You have to be unaware of the Bible to doubt this great Book of Revelation. John saw the Rapture in Chapter four. He saw the Tribulation and Judgments begin in Chapters six and now sees the Marriage Supper in Chapters nineteen.
Nothing makes the promises of God more beautiful than Satan’s drive to defile and debauch them. Everything in God’s world, and especially His plans for the Biblical future, has been attacked by the devil. That’s what the devil is, an imitator and substitute showman that belittles the breathtaking future of the Kingdom of God. Satan’s drive to portray himself as God has never produced one thing but proof that he is a “god,” the idiot god, clearly headed for defeat. All that is ugly and dark is soon to be judged and burned with fire. The glorious church, redeemed and glorified, shall not miss the coming hour of His glory.
This earth has no glory that can compare with the future glory of Christ’s true church. A worldly church does not even preach about this truth, but a persecuted church certainly will. Jesus Christ, as He was ending His earthly journey gave His disciples a parting promise that He would prepare the wedding chamber and surely return to rescue them and all the ready saints. He said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3).
That wedding chamber and city is ready because this same John that penned these words saw the city gleaming in Heavenly “Son” light. This city is ready, the living saints are ready, the angels are ready, the dead in Christ are ready, and we are waiting for the Father to give the word. I certainly know that Jesus Christ is ready and He will soon appear to begin the end.
In his final revelation, John gave us the exact picture of this moment of glory. “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:7-9).
When I have read those words in the past they did not set fire in my heart as they should, but the more I see the false and the abominations of Satan the more I understand those words, “Let us be glad and rejoice…” When you view the location of this Marriage Supper, the exalted host Jesus Christ and the glorified saints of both past and present, it quickly becomes an event like no other in human history. Joseph Seiss spoke of it with these words, “It is Christ in the character of the Lamb, the mighty Goel, formally acknowledging and taking to himself as co- partners of his throne, dominion, and glory, all those chosen ones who have been faithful to their betrothal, and appear at last in the spotless and shining apparel of the righteousness of the saints, thenceforward to be with him, reign with him, and share with him in all his grand inheritance, forever.” (The Apocalypse, Joseph A. Seiss, p. 430.)
I believe this event of the Marriage of the Lamb is the first visit into the twelve-tiered city with the gates of pearl.
“Ten thousand times ten thousands in sparkling raiment’s bright,
The armies of the ransomed saints throng up the steps of light.
Tis finished, all is finished, their fight with death and sin.
Fling open wide the pearly gates and let the victors in.” (Unknown)
When we enter this magnificent city, where the Lamb is the Light and enter together with the saints of all ages into the banquet chamber prepared just for this event, words would fail if it were not for our glorified bodies. The praise and glory that fills the air will be so heavenly and so blessed that angels will cease their singing to listen with rapt attention. As saint after saint hears Him, the Eternal Christ and Bridegroom, pass out the eternal rewards and appoint His redeemed to the cities of the earth, honor will fill the Bridal Chamber. At the appointed time the only Begotten Son, now robed in the glory of His Father, which He laid aside to visit Calvary and make His offering for sin, will serve the cup of communion.
He promised to His disciples before they watched the cruel hand of death wreck His sacred body and before He left to take His place at the Father’s right hand that, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29). It is fitting that this promise will be kept at the Marriage Celebration because this is when the Father’s Kingdom will be inaugurated and set in motion. Can you imagine taking communion at the hands of the Testator as the Testament is fulfilled to the letter?
This world system is in the throes of its final death. Immoral conduct has sunk to the bottom rung of human depravity. Satan is preparing for his last rampage, but the saints of God are trusting in the promises that cannot fail. Same-sex marriage is the last dregs in the cup of wrath. You cannot stoop lower than to blaspheme the sacrament of marriage and the Bridegroom of His Eternal Bride. Our God is watching and is about to act.
Isaiah, the statesmen prophet, spoke of our day. “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.” “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 59:14-15; 59:18-20). God the Father is watching. He knows all and at the precise moment, the End will begin.
That wedding chamber and city is ready because this same John that penned these words saw the city gleaming in Heavenly “Son” light. This city is ready, the living saints are ready, the angels are ready, the dead in Christ are ready, and we are waiting for the Father to give the word. I certainly know that Jesus Christ is ready and He will soon appear to begin the end.
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A great song of the past that shows what the Church believed (Lutheran). There singing was always Biblical not carnal flesh.

“There be prudent Prophets all,
The Apostles six and six,
The glorious Martyrs in a row,
And Confessors betwixt.
There doth the crew of righteous men
And nations all consist;
Young men and maids that here on earth
Their pleasures did resist.
“The sheep and lambs that hardly ‘scaped
The snare of death and hell,
Triumph in joy eternally,
Whereof no tongue can tell;
And though the glory of each one
Doth differ in degree,
Yet is the joy of all alike
And common certainly.
“There David stands, with harp in hand,
As master of the choir;
A thousand times that men were blessed
That might his music hear.
There Mary sings ‘Magnificat,’
With tunes surpassing sweet;
And all the virgins bear their part,
Singing about her feet.
“’ Te Deum,’ doth St. Ambrose sing,
St. Austin doth the same;
Old Simeon and Zacharie
Anew their songs inflame.
There Magdalene hath left her moan,
And cheerfully doth sing,
With all blest saints whose harmony
Through every street doth ring.
“And in that holy company
May you and I find place,
Through worth of him who died for us,
And through his glorious grace;
With Cherubim and Seraphim,
And hosts of ransomed men,
To sing our praises to The Lamb,
And add our glad Amen.”
(The Apocalypse, Joseph A. Seiss, p. 432.)