Revelation: The Lamb’s Wedding Feast

What is the significance of the wedding feast coming after the downfall of Babylon?

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Revelation 19:1–3 Then I heard the mighty voices of a multitude in Heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord our God for his salvation, power, and glory. His judgments are righteous and impartial, for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, avenging the murder of his servants. Hallelujah!” they said again. “The smoke from her burning will rise forever.”
King James
Revelation 19:1–3 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

How far-reaching was the praise for the Lamb because of Babylon’s fall?

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Revelation 19:4–6 The twenty-four elders and four creatures bowed before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Yes, it is so. Hallelujah!” A voice came from the throne, saying, “From the least to the greatest, let all his servants who revere him praise our God.” The combined voices of a great multitude were like booming thunder and the roar of gigantic ocean waves breaking upon the shore. “Hallelujah!” they said. “Our all-powerful Lord God reigns.
King James
Revelation 19:4–6 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

How did the bride make herself ready?

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Revelation 19:7–8 Be glad and rejoice, exalting him, for the bride has made herself ready for the Lamb’s wedding celebration.” She was dressed in fine linen, spotless and brilliant white, which represents the righteous deeds of God’s people.
King James
Revelation 19:7–8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Who is invited to the Lamb’s wedding feast?

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Revelation 19:9 “Write this down,” the messenger said to me. “Blessed are those who have been invited to the Lamb’s wedding feast. These are God’s true words.”
King James
Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Why did John bow before the messenger?

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Revelation 19:10 I bowed to the ground before him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. Like you and others who have the testimony of Jesus, I am God’s servant. Worship him. For the spirit of prophecy bears witness of Jesus.”
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Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

How does the “spirit of prophecy” bear witness of Jesus?

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Revelation 19:10 I bowed to the ground before him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. Like you and others who have the testimony of Jesus, I am God’s servant. Worship him. For the spirit of prophecy bears witness of Jesus.”
King James
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Who is the man on the white horse? If we can identify his name, why would we not understand the name’s meaning?

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Revelation 19:11–13 The heavenly realm opened, and a white horse appeared. The man sitting on the horse was called Faithful and True, because his judgments are just and he wages war with righteousness. His eyes were intense like fire, and he wore many crowns. His name was written, but he was the only one who knew its meaning. His garment was red with blood, and his name was The Word of God.
Revelation 19:16 His title was written on his robe, at his thigh: King of kings and Lord of lords.
King James
Revelation 19:11–13 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Why were the armies of Heaven on white horses, wearing white clothes?

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Revelation 19:14 Riding white horses, the armies of Heaven followed him, everyone clothed in fine linen, spotless and brilliant white.
King James
Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

What will the man on the white horse do?

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Revelation 19:15 A sharp sword came from his mouth to strike the nations. He will rule with a rod of iron and bring the heat of Almighty God’s anger like juice flowing from a winepress.
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Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

What are the birds called to do? Why?

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Revelation 19:17–18 A messenger in the bright light of the sun spoke with a mighty voice to the birds across the sky: “Come! Gather for our God’s great feast. Eat the flesh of kings and generals and mighty warriors, horses and their riders, from the least to the greatest of humanity, both slave and free.”
King James
Revelation 19:17–18 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

What will happen to those who war against the man on the white horse and his armies?

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Revelation 19:19–21 The beast and Earth’s leaders gathered their armies to make war against the man on the white horse and his army. The beast and the false prophet, who did miracles in his presence and deceived those with the mark of the beast, worshiping his image, were both cast into the fiery lake with burning stones. The rest were killed by the sword that came from the mouth of the man on the white horse, and the birds filled their stomachs with their flesh.
King James
Revelation 19:19–21 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.