|There is one concept
that must come first, at least chronologically. Babylon is destroyed before the
wedding of the Lamb. The false church
must be destroyed before the true church can wed her Lord.
|The Bride, of
course, is the church (though some dispute this -- how, I don’t know). This doctrine is clearly taught in
Ephesians 5:22-27. The interesting
point (for those believing in sola fide) is that the wedding garment
is the righteous acts of the saints.
This clearly makes the passage a symbolic one (not necessarily without
literal fulfillment), but it also makes a point about transfiguration. Transfiguration proceeds from within; the righteousness which Christ has planted
within has worked out (in fear and trembling!) into righteous acts.
|The wedding guests
are the subject of much debate. The
clearest indication is in Matthew 22:2-14 (a parable). From that parable one might conclude that
the guests are also the church.
Futurists debate this; but the
passage is definitely worth reading, as it amplifies the main point here --
which is that the blessed are invited (which leaves out everyone else). There is a heaven to gain and a hell to
is interesting. He begins by trying to
worship the angel -- which the angel sternly prohibits. There are two points in this:
|• Compare the angel’s
statement with the practice of the Catholic church, with its panoply of
saints and angels (like, for example, Michael).
|• This is another
example of the principle that the higher in the kingdom one is, the more
certain it is that God is to be worshiped -- alone.
|The remark about the
Spirit of Prophecy is a simple one.
All prophecy, in the Old Testament or New Testament, is aimed at one
person: Jesus Christ.
|The futurists hold
also to these points:
|• The supper is on
earth; the wedding is in heaven. McGee holds that the “supper” is in fact
|• The return of
Christ is indicated here, and in the next session, and hence His return is
|• The guests may or
may not include the church (opinion varies) but certainly include “the
mortals” -- generally those saved during the Tribulation and those of the Old
Testament period. This is concluded
from various Old Testament “millennial” prophecies which indicate that people
in that era will have long life -- but not immortality. Not yet.
(See Isaiah 65, especially verse 20)