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September 9, 2021 1:00 am
In Revelation 19, a voice from the throne of God says, “Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!'” These called ones have an engraved invitation to attend the greatest wedding feast.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
One reason for us. Jesus phone number for revolution 19 voice of God says right. Blessed are those who were called these called ones have an engraved invitation to attend the wedding feast of all time from the movie church in Chicago.
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Tell us about today's message for King Mary's is bright, you know, we should never become so acquainted with what the Bible says that we lose the one want us to think today about the marriage supper of the Lamb.
I want us to visualize in her mind row after row after row of believers that belong to the body of Jesus Christ. And then there are some invited guests, probably the Old Testament saints, and together we are going to enjoy the feast.
And if this doesn't bring tears to your eyes. I don't know what will.
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Of course, RTW offers all one word RTW offer.com when you're there, click on the endurance partner button. That's where you receive information or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 I'm going to be giving you this contact information after this message because I want you to listen carefully about this breathtaking event at which you if you're a believer will be invited but I like you do today is to think about the most joyous happy marriage that you have ever been at happy wedding you've ever been asked if you're married and you're here today. I hope that you are thinking of your own. Unfortunately, we have many interesting and good weddings, but they end up oftentimes creating disastrous marriages like a friend of mine says I was married by a judge, now I wish I had asked for a jury. By the way I read the other day that I think something like 2,640,691 people were married in America last year to start anything but shouldn't that be an even number of today, I want you to think about a marriage in heaven. A wedding ceremony and this is one that is very distinctly out of this world. It has no such thing as vows that say until death do us part because there is no death that will ever part us.
It is the marriage between the Jesus Christ and his church today. I can speak these words, we can read the Scripture as were going to, but only the Holy Spirit of God can really show us what it is.
The text says because it is so overwhelming, so unbelievable, but it is in God's word and we believe it and as a result of that I believe our lives are going to be changed forever because were listening to his word. Let's take our Bibles and turn to the 19th chapter the 19th chapter the book of Revelation. Revelation chapter 9 let's look at how far we have come if you been here before you know that this is the third in a series of messages entitled, when he shall come the first message we talked about the rapture of the church because we said that it is best if we try to think of the return of Christ into stages. So the church has been enraptured to heaven. That is us all believers throughout the world before the throne of God. And then last time we studied the judgment seat of Jesus Christ I want you to visualize that that judgment seat is now over. Because now it is time for the second phase of Jesus Christ returned to take place and that is his glorious appearing on the Mount of olives, and he shall bring us with him became for the saints in the rapture. You know will be coming with his saints in what is called the glorious appearing but just before that happens. There is now this marriage supper of the Lamb. And I want to read a few verses from the text it says in chapter 19 verse six 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 how for the Lord our God Almighty rain. Let us rejoice and exalt and give him the glory for the marriage of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready. It was granted to her to clothe herself with the linen fine linen, bright and pure, for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. That's the account in order for us to understand this, we have to go back to the way in which weddings were conducted in those days so let's walk through the stages and we can see them reflected here in Jesus Christ's relationship with us as his church.
First of all, step number one, there was the engagement the engagement often was done by parents. They got together and they decided which sun in which daughter would marry and when they did this they assumption was today. Of course we say I have to fall in love and then I married. They said Mary first and fall in love later and maybe they were on to something. But this engagement was so solid, so firm that actually it was considered to be equivalent to the marriage vow itself. Oh, there was an elaborate ceremony as to how you might be able to get out of it, but the engagement was at.
That lasted maybe a year or two and that would give each the opportunity to see whether or not each was being true to the vows that were about to be made. That's why Joseph had such a problem with Mary when she was pregnant. He was engaged to her was betrothed to her and now suddenly she is pregnant and that he believes that she violated their agreement and he doesn't know what to do and an angel had to come and explain to him what had happened.
In addition to that in the engagement. I dowry was paid. This was an effective way in which you purchased a bride who paid a dowry.
Sometimes it was paid to her sometimes more often to her family. In the case of Jesus he paid a dowry for us.
The Bible says that he shed his blood and he purchased awesome with himself, and I think that's why it is that he is called in this particular context.
It is the marriage supper of the Lamb. Why isn't it the marriage supper of the creator or the marriage supper of the king. After all, that's what happens in verse 11. In this chapter he returns as gain. I believe that the reason is because it's the Lamb that we fell in love with and it is the Lamb gave himself for us. Jesus is the only groom who laid down his life for his bride and then was resurrected again that he might be able to read deem her cleanse her and marry her. First of all there was, then the engagement. And then after that period was over. It was then that the groom would come to get his bride.
Now mind you, during the time of waiting. During that engagement. He was very busy he would take. Often times the home of his father.
The house of his father and he would build an addition onto it and this addition was the place where he and his bride would now live. Sometimes it had one room. Sometimes it had many rooms but he would he would prepare it. He would furnish it.
He would make sure that it is ready so that when his bride moves in GSM furniture and hopefully the rooms are in accordance with her standards and her desire exactly what Jesus was referring to. He said to the disciples. Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house are many dwelling places. If it were not so I would've told you. I go to prepare a place for you is working on the place that we are going to be and when I do that I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may. It's at the rapture of the church that Jesus Christ comes and takes his bride to the father's house and there in the father's house there is a great deal of rejoicing when the bride arrive and what does she look like the Bible says that there are people who are saved from every kindred, every tongue and every nation.
The bride is going to be so diverse representing all the different countries all the different cultures all the colors of the world.
That's why so many of us rejoice in the fact that when we took a survey recently we discovered that here at the Moody church. We have more than 70 different countries of origin. We are looking more and more like heaven all the time and that's the way it's going to be so. The bride comes and she comes to the father's house. So first of all, you have the engagement. Secondly, the groom returns to get his bride and then third we get to the feast itself. The feast itself.
Now the Bible says here in your text is open in the last part of verse seven. The marriage supper of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready. Where did that happen while it happened at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. If you are in here last week. You should get that message because I explain how that all of the things that are left undone in this life. Finally, are adjudicated at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. You see, when the bride arrives in heaven.
She is a legally perfect because she is the righteousness of Jesus Christ credited to her account. I love to tell people that you can't get to heaven unless you are as perfect as God, which usually helps them see that they have a problem, but the good news is that when we trust Christ as Savior. His righteousness is credited to us and we arrived in heaven.
In his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before that's legally but in practice there's a great deal of discipline that God has done in our lives. And there's a great deal of imperfection and as I explained last time, people die with unresolved conflict than it's the judgment seat of Jesus Christ where Jesus takes his church that arrives in heaven. In practice at night it is. What does the Bible say, with spots and wrinkle and blemishes, and then he he cleanses the church so that he presents it to himself without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be pure and holy before him. So now the bride is ready and now we come to the entire what is this bride wearing we might ask, you'll notice that she is clothed in fine linen and the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Now you see we receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ. When we receive them as Savior. Most assuredly we receive his righteousness. The gift, but that righteousness now is worked out in our lives through our obedience as we obey the Lord, we discover that we become righteous not only legally but we become righteous inexperience as we draw on that righteousness.
And we do good deeds that are very, very precious to God and so the close that are born.
The linen that is white and pure and clean.
That's really what God does with our works at the judgment seat whatever comes out of the fire and when you think of the fire, gold, silver and precious stones. Whatever it is that comes out of that fire is used then to leave our garment. Someone has put it this way, that what we leave on earth where in heaven now, does that mean that all of us are going to be dressed exactly the same. Everybody gets the same down everybody get the same attire will that's a possibility, but another possibility because the Bible makes such a great emphasis on rewards is that it might be something like graduation. You know, when you walk down that aisle you had the very same garment to somebody else in terms of what it was made, but there were some perhaps the faculty when you graduated who had special decorations because they had made some significant achievements. I don't know how it will be. I just know that everyone that is there is going to be happy. Everyone is going to be accepted, but the righteousness that we have that is what the where the linen, white and clean.
Is the righteous deeds of the saints.
That's why it's so important for us to indeed have those righteous deeds because what you do on earth you will again meet in heaven, and of course on earth. The big question is always what the bride is wearing nobody ever asks what the groom is wearing when we get to heaven when we get to heaven.
All that is going to be changed, as we shall see in a moment.
So we've talked about the attire.
But what about the invited guests.
What about them.
Now you'll notice it says them and the angel said in verse nine right in this blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said these are the true words of God.
Who are these that are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb and other some people who want to say. Well, this must be the bride but a bride isn't invited to her own wedding bride invites people bride and the groom. They invite their friends to the marriage supper.
So who would be these invited guests of the Bible doesn't tell us, but I have an idea who they might be.
And if we connect some dots. Maybe we can come up with something that might actually be correct. Think of it now the church of Jesus Christ is rapture and taken to heaven. And then there's a period of great tribulation on their last at least seven years as an ABB on during that great tribulation that takes place. Daniel says in chapter 12 verses 1 to 3 that at the end of this tribulation. There is going to be a resurrection.
I think that that's where all of the Old Testament saints are going to be resurrected. Now the marriage supper takes place at a time when Jesus is about to return to earth in glory and in future messages. We will talk about the tribulation and will talk about this passage and others that speak about Jesus returning to earth and so please keep that in mind, but if it is true now that the Jews are resurrected and by Jews I don't mean only Jews.
All those of the Old Testament. No matter what ethnic background or whatever race they may be if they believed in Jehovah. If they are resurrected after the great tribulation.
They would then be arriving in heaven just at the time when the marriage supper was happening and they would then of course also descend to earth. I'm sure with the church that Jesus has redeemed. What makes me think this is in the New Testament. There's an interesting story. Jesus was there criticizing the Jews were thinking that they had an entitlement to the kingdom because they said to themselves, well you know we have the right lineage and Jesus said you might have the right lineage physically, but you never received Messiah.
You do not have a heart of it is open to God and then he needs a centurion in the centurion has great faith.
And Jesus says these words, he says, verily, I say to you, many shall come from the east and from the west and from the south, and they shall sit in the kingdom with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and another account. He also adds the prophets and then he says, but the children of the kingdom that is to say, those who thought they had entitlement. They will be shot out in a place of darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
All of the words of Jesus are words of rebuke words of warning and words of great care my friend on everything you're going to enter the kingdom of heaven because of your record because you are entitled to the way in which we become entitled to is all because of Jesus and our faith in him we are there because of his righteousness, and not her own, you know, if you are blessed as a result of the ministry of running to win. It's because other people have made an investment in this ministry is very humbling for us to realize that we are in 20 different countries in three different languages. Thousands upon thousands of people listen to running to win every day. I want to thank the many of you who participate with us. You pray for us. You give together we are making a difference when you consider becoming an endurance partner.
Many of you have done this, but there are many of you who are listening today and you have never thought about becoming a part of the running to win the family and endurance partner is someone who stands with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com when you're there, click on the endurance partner button that's RTW offer.com or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337. Be assured that your commitment and your help is used to get the gospel to as many people as we possibly can call us at 1-888-218-9337 it's time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor lutes or a question about the Bible or the Christian life.
The pain of a broken family. It runs deeper than many of us can bear.
Michael writes desperate for some counsel, Pastor lutes or he says I've been married to my wife for 13 years she has been controlling and is now moved out. I don't know where she is or who she lives with. I have filed for divorce.
Will I be committing adultery if I remarry, Michael. I'm not going to give you a definitive answer to your question because I suggested you talk to a pastor who knows the whole situation who understands better what is happened in your marriage and particularly why your wife has moved out. If she is living with another man. I do believe that the bond that you have with her has been broken or is in the process of being broken which may free you to remarry, but this is a very delicate issue and I would like to caution you about something. While it is true that almost 50% of all marriages end in divorce. According to statistics that I have read a much higher percentage are divorced in their second marriage and the reason is because they take the baggage of the first marriage into their second marriage. So at a time when you are filing for divorce for you to be thinking so far ahead as to whether or not you can remarry. I think that that is wrong. You need to ask yourself the question, how do I glorify God in the midst of this process, with a wife who is left me. How do I glorify God in the midst of this, and then the whole issue of remarriage. I think is a decision that should be made far far down the road. Check with your pastor. Get some wise counsel from those who are able to help you through this. Thank you Michael for sharing your story. Thank you Dr. lutes or for your counsel if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our email@example.com and click on ask Pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us have run into when 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 running to win is all about helping you understand God's roadmap for your race of life. Old Testament prophets New Testament apostles and believers since the dawn of time will attend the great marriage supper of Jesus this feast: the culmination of the redemptive work of Christ as he welcomes all those he died for to meet with him in heaven. Next time I'm running to win more teaching on the ultimate wedding. Thanks for listening to our series on the return of Christ.
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