These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.
For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Revelation.
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.
In your opinion, what are some of the best things about marriage?
Allow praise for this future celebration to flow forth out of your prayer.