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Rose
10-07-2008, 05:00 PM
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a wedding


In reading Revelation 19: 'The marriage of the Lamb' and trying to understand its meaning I was led to Matt. 22: 'The Parable of the marriage feast'. I walked through that Parable verse by verse, and let the words Jesus spoke in that Parable help me to understanding how a marriage feast is like the Kingdom of Heaven, and apply that to my understanding of Rev. 19.

Matthew 22: 2 'The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,'
First Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven, to a king who puts on a marriage feast for his son. This Parable is meant to give us in story form the image of God as the King, and Jesus as His Son. So the whole of God’s Kingdom is likened to a wedding and centered on the marriage of His Son.

Matt. 22:3 'And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.'
Matt 22:4 '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.'
Matt 22:5 'But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:'
Matt. 22:6 'And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.'
Then the King sent out his servants (the parallel is God sending out His Prophets to continually invite His chosen people to repent of their adulteries and turn back to their husband) to call all those who have been invited to the wedding (what comes to mind here is that salvation was offered to the Jew first, and then the Gentile). All those that were first invited refused to come to the wedding, so the servants returned to the King. Again the King sends out his servants to bid those who were invited to come, for the wedding feast is ready. This time not only do they refuse to come, but they mock the King’s servants, and kill them (this is exactly what happened to the Prophets that God sent to His Chosen people to call them to come back to Him, they refused to hear what they said and shed their blood upon the land).

Matt. 22:7 'But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.'
When the King hears this, he sends forth his armies to destroy the murderers and burn their city (singular). The parallel here is the judgment from God the King that came down upon Jerusalem for the blood of the righteous Prophets that was shed in her, ending with the city being destroyed by fire.

Matt. 22:8 'Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.'
Matt. 22:9 'Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.'
Matt. 22:10 'So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.'
Then the King tells the remaining servants that the wedding feast is ready, but those who were first invited are not worthy to attend the feast (God sent His Prophets to His Chosen people 'the Jews' first to invite them to the wedding but they not only rejected His invitation but they killed the Prophets whom He sent, so now the invitation has been taken from them and given to others, Matt. 21:43 'Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.').The Kings servants are now sent into all the highways, and told to gather as many as they can find, both good, and bad to attend the wedding (This is parallel to when the Gentiles were first invited to become partakers of the Salvation that was first offered to the Jews). The wedding is now furnished with those who will sit at the table of the marriage feast.

Matt. 22:11 'And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:'
Matt. 22:12 'And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.'
The King arrives to see who has been gathered to come to the feast. He notices one who is not clothed in a wedding garment (according to Revelation, the wedding garments are white, for it is the righteousness of the Saints), and says: 'Friend why do you not have on wedding clothes?' (A very interesting point to note is that the word translated as 'friend' (hetairos) is the same word that is used of Judas when he betrayed Jesus in the garden, that word is only used in the negative sense). The 'Friend' is speechless (what this seems to be saying is that this 'friend' is really a betrayer, and deceiver; he tried to come to the wedding thinking no one would notice….but we know all those who are the true friends of the bridegroom have on wedding garments). All of us who are the Bride of Christ have on our white wedding garment which is our salvation.

Matt. 22;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.'
Matt. 22:14 'For many are called, but few are chosen.'
The King then tells his servants to take this so called 'Friend' bind him, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. Many will be invited to the wedding, but only a chosen few will come. All of mankind is invited to repent and turn to Christ and so partake in the marriage of the Lamb; those who stand before God on judgment day without a wedding garment (Salvation) will be cast into outer darkness.


Revelation 19 starts out with a voice from the Throne of God telling all the servants of God to praise Him. Then the voice of a multitude calls out for all to be glad and rejoice, and to give honor to God, for the marriage of the Lamb has come. The Bride has made herself ready for she is clothed in 'white' wedding garments, which is the righteousness of the Saints (Salvation). John goes on to say that blessed are all those who are called 'invited' to the marriage supper (which parallels the marriage feast of Matt. 22: when the servants of the King went out to call all those who were invited to the feast) of the Lamb.
Next we see heaven opening up, and the Son of God comes forth on His white horse to judge, and make war. He has a sharp two edged sword with which to smite the nations, and is called the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Following behind Him are the armies of heaven clothed in white robes riding upon white horses. Then an angel calls with a loud voice to all the birds in the midst of heaven to come and gather themselves, for the supper of the great God has come. They are going to feast on the flesh of kings, and captains, and all men both great, and small which were the armies of the Beast, and the false Prophet that were slain by the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The Beast and the false Prophet are both cast into the Lake of fire.

Now when I compare the order of Matt. 22: with Rev. 19: I find they are very similar in many ways. Both start out in the Kingdom of Heaven with a wedding feast put on by a King for his son. This King has many servants (Prophets and Saints), and they are faithful and true to do his biding. There is a group of people who are said to be called to the marriage feast (so called friends and family of the king). We know that many of the servants of the King who bid those who are called to come to the wedding are persecuted and killed. The King sends forth his armies to avenge those who were killed. Then the King sends forth his servants to gather those who are strangers, both good and bad to come and feast at the marriage supper (in Rev 19: the birds from the midst of heaven are gathered to come and feast at the supper of the Great God). One comes to the feast that is called friend, but is a deceiver. The King knows this because he is not clothed in wedding garments (Rev.19: notes that the Bride is clothed in white, and also the Saints who follow Jesus on white horses). The King tells his servants, to bind this One, and to cast him into outer darkness (this is the same punishment as the Beast, and the false Prophet).


Matt. 22:2 The Kingdom of Heaven
Rev. 19:The Kingdom of Heaven

Matt. 22:2 A King who had a son
Rev. 19: God the King and the Son of God

Matt. 22:2 Wedding feast for the King’s son
Rev. 19:7 Wedding feast for God the King’s Son

Matt. 22:3 Many are invited to the wedding
Rev. 19:9 Many are invited to the wedding

Matt. 22:4 Servants of the king are sent out to bid those who are invited to come
Rev. 19:10 Servants are the Saints and Prophets of God who hold the testimony of Christ

Matt. 22:6 Servants are persecuted, and killed because of their message of invitation to the son of the king’s wedding.
Rev. 19 Servants of God are persecuted and killed because of their message of invitation to the Son of God’s wedding.

Matt. 22:7 The King sends out his armies, who are his servants to avenge the blood of his servants.
Rev. 19 God the Kings sends out His Son with His army of Saints to carry out judgment, and avenge the blood of His servants.

Matt. 22:8-10 The King now sends out his servants to gather together all the strangers they can find both good and bad to come to the wedding feast of his son.
Rev. 19 God the King sends forth His mighty angel to gather together all the birds of heaven to come to the marriage supper.

Matt. 22:11-13 When all the guests have been gathered the king notices someone who doesn’t have on a wedding garment. That one is bound and cast into outer darkness.
Rev. 19 The Beast and the false Prophet are bound, and cast into the lake of fire, along with all those who are not found in the Book of Life.


Rose

Richard Amiel McGough
10-08-2008, 01:12 PM
I moved Roya Daysprings post over to a thread called "Conversations with Roya Dayspring (http://www.biblewheel.com/forum/showthread.php?t=712)" so she can have a place to discuss her ideas about "being God" without interupting the conversations we are having about other topics.

Roya is perfectly welcome to participate in any of our conversations so long as she posts something relevant to the topic at hand and is not merely trying to advertise her status as a "Goddess."


RAM

gilgal
10-11-2008, 02:09 AM
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a wedding


In reading Revelation 19: 'The marriage of the Lamb' and trying to understand its meaning I was led to Matt. 22: 'The Parable of the marriage feast'. I walked through that Parable verse by verse, and let the words Jesus spoke in that Parable help me to understanding how a marriage feast is like the Kingdom of Heaven, and apply that to my understanding of Rev. 19.

Matthew 22: 2 'The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,'
First Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven, to a king who puts on a marriage feast for his son. This Parable is meant to give us in story form the image of God as the King, and Jesus as His Son. So the whole of God’s Kingdom is likened to a wedding and centered on the marriage of His Son.

Matt. 22:3 'And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.'
Matt 22:4 '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.'
Matt 22:5 'But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:'
Matt. 22:6 'And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.'
Then the King sent out his servants (the parallel is God sending out His Prophets to continually invite His chosen people to repent of their adulteries and turn back to their husband) to call all those who have been invited to the wedding (what comes to mind here is that salvation was offered to the Jew first, and then the Gentile). All those that were first invited refused to come to the wedding, so the servants returned to the King. Again the King sends out his servants to bid those who were invited to come, for the wedding feast is ready. This time not only do they refuse to come, but they mock the King’s servants, and kill them (this is exactly what happened to the Prophets that God sent to His Chosen people to call them to come back to Him, they refused to hear what they said and shed their blood upon the land).

Matt. 22:7 'But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.'
When the King hears this, he sends forth his armies to destroy the murderers and burn their city (singular). The parallel here is the judgment from God the King that came down upon Jerusalem for the blood of the righteous Prophets that was shed in her, ending with the city being destroyed by fire.

Matt. 22:8 'Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.'
Matt. 22:9 'Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.'
Matt. 22:10 'So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.'
Then the King tells the remaining servants that the wedding feast is ready, but those who were first invited are not worthy to attend the feast (God sent His Prophets to His Chosen people 'the Jews' first to invite them to the wedding but they not only rejected His invitation but they killed the Prophets whom He sent, so now the invitation has been taken from them and given to others, Matt. 21:43 'Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.').The Kings servants are now sent into all the highways, and told to gather as many as they can find, both good, and bad to attend the wedding (This is parallel to when the Gentiles were first invited to become partakers of the Salvation that was first offered to the Jews). The wedding is now furnished with those who will sit at the table of the marriage feast.

Matt. 22:11 'And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:'
Matt. 22:12 'And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.'
The King arrives to see who has been gathered to come to the feast. He notices one who is not clothed in a wedding garment (according to Revelation, the wedding garments are white, for it is the righteousness of the Saints), and says: 'Friend why do you not have on wedding clothes?' (A very interesting point to note is that the word translated as 'friend' (hetairos) is the same word that is used of Judas when he betrayed Jesus in the garden, that word is only used in the negative sense). The 'Friend' is speechless (what this seems to be saying is that this 'friend' is really a betrayer, and deceiver; he tried to come to the wedding thinking no one would notice….but we know all those who are the true friends of the bridegroom have on wedding garments). All of us who are the Bride of Christ have on our white wedding garment which is our salvation.

Matt. 22;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.'
Matt. 22:14 'For many are called, but few are chosen.'
The King then tells his servants to take this so called 'Friend' bind him, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. Many will be invited to the wedding, but only a chosen few will come. All of mankind is invited to repent and turn to Christ and so partake in the marriage of the Lamb; those who stand before God on judgment day without a wedding garment (Salvation) will be cast into outer darkness.


Revelation 19 starts out with a voice from the Throne of God telling all the servants of God to praise Him. Then the voice of a multitude calls out for all to be glad and rejoice, and to give honor to God, for the marriage of the Lamb has come. The Bride has made herself ready for she is clothed in 'white' wedding garments, which is the righteousness of the Saints (Salvation). John goes on to say that blessed are all those who are called 'invited' to the marriage supper (which parallels the marriage feast of Matt. 22: when the servants of the King went out to call all those who were invited to the feast) of the Lamb.
Next we see heaven opening up, and the Son of God comes forth on His white horse to judge, and make war. He has a sharp two edged sword with which to smite the nations, and is called the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Following behind Him are the armies of heaven clothed in white robes riding upon white horses. Then an angel calls with a loud voice to all the birds in the midst of heaven to come and gather themselves, for the supper of the great God has come. They are going to feast on the flesh of kings, and captains, and all men both great, and small which were the armies of the Beast, and the false Prophet that were slain by the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The Beast and the false Prophet are both cast into the Lake of fire.

Now when I compare the order of Matt. 22: with Rev. 19: I find they are very similar in many ways. Both start out in the Kingdom of Heaven with a wedding feast put on by a King for his son. This King has many servants (Prophets and Saints), and they are faithful and true to do his biding. There is a group of people who are said to be called to the marriage feast (so called friends and family of the king). We know that many of the servants of the King who bid those who are called to come to the wedding are persecuted and killed. The King sends forth his armies to avenge those who were killed. Then the King sends forth his servants to gather those who are strangers, both good and bad to come and feast at the marriage supper (in Rev 19: the birds from the midst of heaven are gathered to come and feast at the supper of the Great God). One comes to the feast that is called friend, but is a deceiver. The King knows this because he is not clothed in wedding garments (Rev.19: notes that the Bride is clothed in white, and also the Saints who follow Jesus on white horses). The King tells his servants, to bind this One, and to cast him into outer darkness (this is the same punishment as the Beast, and the false Prophet).


Matt. 22:2 The Kingdom of Heaven
Rev. 19:The Kingdom of Heaven

Matt. 22:2 A King who had a son
Rev. 19: God the King and the Son of God

Matt. 22:2 Wedding feast for the King’s son
Rev. 19:7 Wedding feast for God the King’s Son

Matt. 22:3 Many are invited to the wedding
Rev. 19:9 Many are invited to the wedding

Matt. 22:4 Servants of the king are sent out to bid those who are invited to come
Rev. 19:10 Servants are the Saints and Prophets of God who hold the testimony of Christ

Matt. 22:6 Servants are persecuted, and killed because of their message of invitation to the son of the king’s wedding.
Rev. 19 Servants of God are persecuted and killed because of their message of invitation to the Son of God’s wedding.

Matt. 22:7 The King sends out his armies, who are his servants to avenge the blood of his servants.
Rev. 19 God the Kings sends out His Son with His army of Saints to carry out judgment, and avenge the blood of His servants.

Matt. 22:8-10 The King now sends out his servants to gather together all the strangers they can find both good and bad to come to the wedding feast of his son.
Rev. 19 God the King sends forth His mighty angel to gather together all the birds of heaven to come to the marriage supper.

Matt. 22:11-13 When all the guests have been gathered the king notices someone who doesn’t have on a wedding garment. That one is bound and cast into outer darkness.
Rev. 19 The Beast and the false Prophet are bound, and cast into the lake of fire, along with all those who are not found in the Book of Life.


Rose

Thanks for the insight. Sometimes parables can be hard to understand. But this biblewheel method seems to shed light into them.