John saw and heard the heavenly multitudes
Praising God because
the wedding feast of the Lamb—literally,
the “marriage supper”—was
about to begin.
The concept of the marriage supper is better understood
of the wedding customs in the
time of Christ.
These wedding customs had three major parts.
a marriage contract was signed by the parents of the bride and the bridegroom, and the parents of the bridegroom or the bridegroom himself would pay a dowry to the bride or her parents.
This began what was called the betrothal period—what we would today call the engagement. This period was the one
Joseph and Mary were in when she was found to be with child
(Matthew 1:18; Luke 2:5).
step in the process usually occurred much later,
when the bridegroom, accompanied by his male friends,
went to the
house of the bride at
creating a torchlight parade through the streets.
The bride would know in advance this was going to take place,
and so she would be ready with her maidens, and they would
all join the parade and
end up at the bridegroom’s home.
This custom is the basis
of the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1–13.
phase was the marriage supper itself,
which might go on for days,
as illustrated by the
wedding at Cana
in John 2:1–2.
What John’s vision in Revelation
the wedding feast of the Lamb
His bride (the Church) in its third phase.
The implication is that the first two phases have
already taken place.
The first phase was completed on earth
individual believer placed his or her
faith in Christ as Savior.
The dowry paid by the bridegroom’s parent
(God the Father)
would be the blood of Christ shed on the
The Church on earth today, then, is “betrothed”
to Christ, and,
like the wise virgins in the parable,
should be watching and waiting
appearance of the Bridegroom
The second phase
symbolizes the rapture of the Church,
Christ comes to claim His bride and take her to
The marriage supper then follows as the
third and final step
It is our view that the marriage supper of the Lamb
takes place in heaven between the rapture and
(during the tribulation on earth).
Attending the wedding feast will be
not only the
Church as the Bride of Christ, on earth, but others as well.
the Old Testament saints
not have been resurrected
but their souls/spirits will be in heaven
As the angel told
John to write,
“Blessed are those who are invited to the
marriage supper of the Lamb”
The marriage supper of the Lamb is a glorious celebration
of all who are in Christ!