Revelation 19: Are You Going to the Wedding?
John uses A metaphor that has lost much of its meaning in our generation—marriage. In this day of interchangeable marriage roles, five-year renewable relationships and serial monogamy, it is difficult to grasp the splendor of marriage as God intends it. John chooses a wedding to describe the consummation of the deepest longing of the human soul: Christ's coming to receive us. Our present engagement (betrothal) to Christ will be followed by the wedding service and a joyous feast. Then and only then can we experience complete unity with Christ. This vision seems a welcome relief after the long passage on tribulation and judgment (chapters 6—18). In fact, the marriage is the logical result of all that has gone before, as we shall see.
Warming Up to God
In your opinion, what are some of the best things about marriage?
Discovering the Word
- Why is the great multitude shouting praise in heaven?
- John does not describe the details of the marriage, he simply proclaims it. Why is marriage such a good image for the believer's hope (vv. 7-9)?
- Like a champion ready for battle, Jesus appears on horseback. What do we learn about him (vv. 11-16)?
- Why must this battle take place before the marriage can begin and the kingdom of God can fully come (vv. 17-21)?
Applying the Word
- In what ways would you like to see Christ triumph in your life or in the world around you?
- How can we confidently know we are invited to the "wedding supper of the Lamb"?
Responding in Prayer
Allow praise for this future celebration to flow forth out of your prayer.