The Father and the Bride – 57

Party Time!

We return now, at last, to the feast.  Everyone has been waiting for this moment!  The “room” Jesus promised He would prepare for us is complete.  A great multitude is shouting, “Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God!”  Twenty-four elders and four living creatures have fallen down before the throne of God to worship Him, and they cry, “Amen, Hallelujah!” (Revelation 19:4).

In a much different place those who persecuted the saints and opposed God’s will are suffering the consequences of their actions.  God has avenged the blood of His servants and the smoke from their place of torment goes up forever (Revelation 19:3).  The punishment is severe, but expected, for though God gave His own Son to offer salvation, His judgments must ultimately be true and just.  Those who have suffered rejoice in the justice of the Almighty and again they shout “Hallelujah!”

Someone at the throne wants more and incites the crowd, “Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear him, both small and great!”  Like a mighty waterfall or a fierce storm the multitude responds, “Hallelujah! For our Lord, God Almighty reigns!  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and the bride has made herself ready” (Revelation 19:6).

She stands there in fine linen, bright and clean.  Gone are the pain of persecution and the heartache of lost loved ones.  They latter were never truly lost.  The Bride stands as the collective representation of Christ’s church; once made ragged by the evil that encircled her, but now found perfect through the blood of the Lamb.

Let the feast begin!  There has never been one like it, just as there is no other like Him!

 

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