Revelation 19:7 – “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.”
Here, we find the inaugural phase of the Lord dwelling with His people throughout eternity symbolized by a marriage. Christ, the Lamb is said to marry His bride, all of those who are saved from both Old and New Testament times.
This same group of believers is described in Hebrews 12:22-23….
Hebrews 12:22-23 – “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”
Here, His bride is described as:
- “the general assembly” – contains believers from throughout history made up of all nationalities, languages, genders, ages economic and social status. It is truly a “general” assembly! (Rev 7:9)
- “the church of the firstborn” – they are the assembly that is possessed and formed by Jesus Christ, the firstborn among many. (Romans 8:29)
- those which are “written in heaven”. – They are citizens of Heaven with their names on heavens rolls. (Phils 3:20)
When we enter into eternity with the Lord, it will be like a marriage. This is much like an engaged couple who enjoys a much more intimate relationship following their marriage. Although we enjoy communion with the Lord now while on earth, we will enjoy a greater, closer, fuller relationship with Him throughout eternity…
1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
What a wonderful day that will be! When we enter eternity in the presence of our Lord and experience a new type of existence that goes beyond our understanding and imagination!
1 Corinthians 2:9 – “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
May we all praise and honor our Lord by living lives faithful to Him as we patiently wait for that great day.
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