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Spoke 22

Matthew 22 chain Song of Songs

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

Matthew 22 (vss. 1f)

The divine integration of Matthew 22 with Spoke 22 of the Bible Wheel is based largely on the the apocalyptic parable of the Marriage of the King's Son with which it opens. Its thematic unity with the Marriage of the Lamb metaphorically prophesied in the Song of Solomon and accomplished in the Book of Revelation is impossible to miss. These are primary themes of Spoke 22 of the Bible Wheel, manifested here on Spoke 22 of the Inner Cycle of Matthew's Gospel.

Ultimately, this is a manifestation of the great theme of the Consummation of Creation that characterizes Spoke 22, the final Spoke of the Wheel. We see this in the common theme of the Bride of Christ found in all three books from Spoke 22:

Song of Solomon:The Marriage Song, when a King receives his bride. This is the most physical manifestation of the theme.
Acts:The Birth of the Church, the Bride of Christ.
Revelation:The Marriage of the Lamb, when Christ receives His bride.

Thus, we have this strong thematic link connecting the Inner Wheel of Matthew with Spoke 22 of the Bible Wheel:

Spoke 22 Thematic Links: The Marriage of the Lamb
Matthew 22 Book 22 Book 66

The first 14 verses of Matthew 22 are dedicated to the Marriage Parable. Shortly thereafter, another 11 verses are concerned with the combined themes of Marriage and Resurrection, both of which also dominate Spoke 22. This means that over half of the verses in Matthew 22 are concerned with these two fundamental themes that dominate Spoke 22 of the bwheel.

Yet this is but the beginning of wonder. There is a tremendous correlation between Matthew 22 and the Book of Revelation. The common elements are astounding. They both represent the consummation of the age in the image of a great marriage supper. They include the call to the marriage supper, the need for the wedding garment, the slaying of the saints and the final judgment of those who reject God. In fact, there is a KeyLink between Matthew 22 and Revelation based on the set (come, marriage, ready) [Verify]. Searching the entire KJV Bible for all verses that contain this set yields Matthew 22 (vs. 4) and Revelation (vs. 19.7), both of which are quoted in the text below. Here is a representation of this KeyLink, using modnotation:

KeyLink: Come to the Marriage of the Lamb!
PMatthew( 221 )chainPBible( 223 )

Here then is a verse by verse comparison between Matthew 22.1-13 with selections from the Book of Revelation.

Matthew 22Book 223 (Revelation)
[2] The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, [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. [9] And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.
[3-4] And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. [19.17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
[5-6] But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. [18.3] For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. ... [18.24] And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
[7] But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. [19.14-15] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
[11-12] And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. [19.8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints
[vs. 13] Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. [19.20-21] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Although there are many verses I could have quoted from Revelation, I have chosen the majority from Revelation 19 which speaks specifically of the Marriage of the Lamb, which shows how strongly apocalyptic the Marriage imagery is. The meaning of Revelation 19 and its relation to Spoke 19 is discussed in the article called The Judgment of the Great Whore and related articles. Ths is an example of the challenge presented by the infinite detail fo the Wheel. We must always keep an eye on the level we are observing, whether we a looking at the Bible Wheel or a wheel within the wheel. In this case, we begin with the links between the Inner Wheel of Matthew and Spoke 22 of the Bible Wheel, but we then are moved to Spoke 19 when we look more closely at the Inner Wheel of Revelation. The move is quite logical - there links are based on the ideas of the flesh, and of Eve, the mother of us all who is the ultimate type of the Church, the Bride of Christ.

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