With the last of God’s wrath discharged, the apostle John learns that the time of the marriage of the Lamb has come
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has
made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of
the saints." Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me,
"These are true words of God." (Rev 19:7-9)
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is portrayed as the bridegroom (Matt 25:1;
John 3:29; Eph 5:22-32).
Just as in a Jewish wedding ceremony, the wedding date is determined by the groom's father.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For
the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. (Matt 24:36-37)
Thus, when Jesus comes in the clouds to gather the saints in His Second Coming (Matt 24:29-31;
1 Thess 4:13), the metaphor of marriage between Jesus Christ and the church describes
the agape relationship between the two and when all saints of all time come into the physical presence of God with their white robes of
righteousness. However, note that no resurrection has occurred yet (Rev 20:4-6).
This event concludes the metaphor of reaping by Jesus (Rev 14:14-16).
For deeper study:
The Juxtaposition of the Marriage and Armageddon
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