Invitation to Heaven’s Banquet
The book of Revelation not only includes the final battle between Christ with His Church against His enemies. It also includes the blessing of being in the presence of Christ and enjoying all of His benefits.
It starts with an engagement period, (betrothal period) followed by a glorious banquet and fellowship with the Triune God and the communion of the saints. The parable of Jesus, regarding the invitation to the wedding feast, (Matthew 22:1-14) explains the significance of the spiritual teaching of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Glory to God – v. 1-6
The fall of the enemies – v. 3; Rom. 1:16
The imagery of hell – Sodom and Gomorrah
Heaven’s Worship – 4-6
Involves angels and saints – Rev. 4:4; 5:8; 11:16; 7:11,13; 14:3
Worship compared to mighty blasts of thunder and roar of many waters – Rev. 1:15; 18:2; Ezek. 1:24; 43:2
The Lord reigns – v.6; Psa. 93:1
The Wedding of the Lamb v.7-21
Celebration comes after the war
The Bridegroom’s friend – John 1:27; 3:27-30
Imagery of engagement and the wedding – II Cor. 11:2; Isa. 54:5,6
The Bride looks her best – v.8
Compared to Christ and His church – Eph. 5:25-33; 2:10
The marriage reception – Is called “blessed” John 17:2
John overwhelmed – v, 10, “worshipped (Gk. proskuneo) See Rev. 22:8-9; Num. 22:21; I Chron. 21:16; Col. 2:18
Our Coming King – v. 11-21
The white horse, symbol of victory – Rev. 12-16
Christ’s robe splatted with blood – Turn To: Isaiah 63:1-6
When Jesus Comes:
Christ does not come in a state of humiliation – v. 14
Christ’s coming forecasted by Himself – Acts 1:11; Matt.24:3-31
Christ’s coming penetrates the darkest and deepest corners of wickedness v. 12; Matt. 10:26
Christ wears on His head “many crowns”
Christ’s identity is the very “Word of God” John 1:1-3,14; Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:2-3
Christ’s is the Divine Warrior – Psalm 2
Christ’s status is King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords – v.16
The Battle Ends:
The battlefield cleaned up – Ezek. 39:4, 17-20
The capture and destruction of the beast and the false prophet – v.20
Will you escape the judgment to come?
Will you accept the invitation to the wedding banquet?
Do you have on the Christ’s wedding garment, the righteousness of Christ?
Pastor Nick Iamaio
Reformed Presbyterian Church, 207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 1306
Web Site fultonrpc.org 8/24/2014