Revelation – He loves us as his bride, Hallelujah!

Focussing on Revelation 19:1-10, David said that he wanted us to discover more about Jesus’ love and be reminded that he loves us as his bride.
Following Babylon’s fall, John hears praise from heaven introduced by the word HALLELUJAH meaning praise the Lord. It is repeated four times in these 10 verses and nowhere else in the New Testament. The reason for this outburst of praise is because:

SALVATION, GLORY AND POWER BELONG TO GOD FOR TRUE AND JUST ARE HIS JUDGEMENTS.

God has rescued his people for his glory and honour and this leads the 24 elders and 4 living creatures to respond in praise for the judgement of Babylon, crying out:

AMEN. HALLELUJAH!

Then a voice came from heaven saying:

“PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YOU HIS SERVANTS, YOU WHO FEAR HIM, SMALL AND GREAT.”

The challenge is: do we fear God this morning? Do we stand in awe of him today with reverence and respect, lost in the praise he deserves?

Praise is a recurrent theme in the Psalms and the Hallel Psalms (praise Psalms 113-118) were sung before and after the Passover meal, as the Israelites remembered their deliverance from slavery in Egypt.

Our thoughts go forward to the Last Supper as Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover and we are told that at the end of the meal:

WHEN THEY HAD SUNG A HYMN, THEY WENT OUT TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.

Back in Revelation, the four hallelujahs potentially herald a new meal:

FOR THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB HAS COME, AND HIS BRIDE HAS MADE HERSELF READY; IT WAS GRANTED HER TO CLOTHE HERSELF WITH FINE LINEN, BRIGHT AND PURE — FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUS DEEDS OF THE SAINTS. AND THE ANGEL SAID TO ME, “WRITE: BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE INVITED TO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.”

In Matthew 22 Jesus tells a story about a king (representing his Father) giving a wedding feast for his son (representing Jesus). No wonder the hallelujahs ring out because the marriage feast of the Lamb (the bridegroom) has arrived and the church (the blessed invited to the marriage supper) is the bride of Jesus.

There were 3 stages in first century Jewish marriage customs:

engagement – the marriage technically, including the bride price;

preparation – by the groom and the bride, as they live apart, for the marriage feast;

wedding supper – the groom’s wedding party arrives as expected at the bride’s home for the wedding feast, at a time not exactly known, to be greeted by the bride and friends.

This reminds us that after the Lord’s Supper Jesus told the disciples that he would go to prepare a place for them and come back to take them to be with him. He has paid the price for us with his blood and is coming back so that we can be with him forever.

We are challenged to make ourselves ready:

…HIS BRIDE HAS MADE HERSELF READY. FINE LINEN, BRIGHT AND CLEAN, WAS GIVEN HER TO WEAR.

There is a tension here – the bride makes herself ready and yet she is given clothing to wear. Elsewhere the Bible says:

…SO THEN…WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING; FOR IT IS GOD WHO IS AT WORK IN YOU.

Both are doing the work – God calls us to salvation in him and clothes us with fine white linen (grace) but we must show evidence of salvation by following the Lamb, clothing ourselves in compassion, humility etc., doing good and being holy (discipleship).

There are 7 beatitudes in Revelation and the fourth is:

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE INVITED TO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB!

We are the wedding guests ready for the feast and we all have a seat at the table – surely we cannot wait!

Our Response:

  • Are we like John, blown away by this hope, excited, expectant and glorifying God in worship and shouting Hallelujah?
  • Are we willing to let God work in us as we prepare for the greatest feast we will ever attend?
John Warke

John Warke

I have been a member of Windsor for around fifty years and over that period have been involved in many aspects of church life. I am retired and before that I worked as a Planning Appeals Commissioner. My interests include reading, gardening, cricket (now from an armchair) and 'coffeeing' with friends.
John Warke
I have been a member of Windsor for around fifty years and over that period have been involved in many aspects of church life. I am retired and before that I worked as a Planning Appeals Commissioner. My interests include reading, gardening, cricket (now from an armchair) and 'coffeeing' with friends.