Today we hear the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder worshiping in heaven. Think about the most Spirit-filled, enthusiastic, loud worship experience you have ever had…earthly worship is just a shadow of what heavenly worship will be like.
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
John is absolutely beside himself and falls down to worship the angel who quickly reminds him to worship God.
In v.9 we read that blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. This will be the best wedding feast and party we could ever imagine…and then some! Back in Old Testament days, so I am reliably informed, the commandments by which people lived were temporarily suspended at wedding feasts so people could really cut loose and enjoy themselves! When Jesus comes back for His Bride (the church) God’s plan for history will almost be at a climax and the wedding party will be out of this world!
There are four suppers to be read of in the Word;
- Salvation – Luke 14.16-24
- Lord’s – Luke 22.14-20
- Marriage – Revelation 19.9
- Supper of the Great God – Revelation 19.17-18
Today then, we’ll keep it brief;
if we reject the first supper,
the second is meaningless to us,
we will not be present at the third,
but will be present at the fourth.
So, if we reject salvation,
we will not partake of the Lord’s Supper, why would we?
Then, we will not be present at the marriage supper of the Lamb and His Bride,
which means that we will be present at the fourth and least-desirable of all the suppers.
We need to check that we have really attended the first supper, not just seen the invitation and glanced through the door, maybe stayed for a few minutes until something better came along.
Once we know we are firmly fixed at the first, we can take the second supper with gratitude and thanksgiving and look forward to the third with joyful expectation.
However, if not, as we will see tomorrow, the fourth supper is not something we want to find ourselves at.
So…are you attending the first?