In Matthew 22:1-14, we find a parable that was taught by Christ and commonly called the “Parable of the Wedding Feast”. In this parable, we read about a King preparing the wedding celebration for his son. A part of that celebration would be a great dinner to which many guests were invited. Great dinners incorporated within the marriage ceremony were a very common occurrence in New Testament times.
Here in Rev 19:9, the guests who are invited to the great dinner which was a part of the symbolic marriage of the Lamb, are described by the phrase “they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (the Son of God). What is the symbolic importance of these invited ones?
Keep mind… Christ, the groom is being united with His people (those who have come to a saving faith in Him), the bride. Their marriage is representative of their intimate communion that they will enjoy throughout eternity. The guests who are invited to observe their relationship are the angels of God, who will exist with Christ and His people in eternity.
These “elect” angels are truly “blessed”, for they were protected and granted faithfulness by the Lord while the other angels (fallen angels, demons) fell in disgrace and shared in the ultimate defeat with Satan and His kingdoms (2 Pet 2:4, Jude 1:6).
What will these elect angels be doing throughout eternity? Although the Bible has little to say on this subject, perhaps their acts of service prior to eternity will continue on into eternity. If this is the case then their basic role will be two-fold…
- they will be serving the Lord, by continuing to minister to the needs of His people. (Hebrews 1:14)
- they will continue to learn about the gracious workings of the Lord and His relationship with His people. (1 Pet 1:10-12) They will do this by assembling with the people of God and joining them in acts of worship and praise (Eph 3:10-11). This is also implied in 1 Cor 11:10, where the women are encouraged to have their head properly covered so that the angels might learn about the differing levels of authority when men are assembled to worship etc.
What a blessing it is to know that the Lord will invite His elect angels to be with us throughout eternity. Perhaps, they will be continuing to meet our needs while learning more about the Lord and all the great things He has done for us as we live together with Him!
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