The Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
Rev 19:7-8 “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. 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.”
She made HERSELF ready! The Righteous acts of the Saints are KEY in understanding who will and who will NOT be present at this wedding feast in Paradise. The repeat after me, faith alone crowd in the Churches THINK they are going to show up at this event in their ‘filthy rags ‘Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ! However Scripture contradicts them, for many are called but FEW are Chosen. Matt 22:1-14 explains why, the King (God) has the Wedding feast prepared, but those invited (the professing Church) had ‘other things to do, (dead works, false promises) so He sent out His Servants (messengers of the Gospel) to gather among the highways and byways (the world at large) both good and bad.
Mat 22:1 “And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Mat 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
Mat 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Mat 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.
Mat 22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Mat 22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
Mat 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.
Mat 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Mat 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
Mat 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.
Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Mat 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.
Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Thus MANY came but FEW had ‘made themselves ready’ in Righteousness and true holiness. (Eph 4:20-24)
Eph 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
This is why the Professing Church will be ‘cast into outer darkness still wearing their filthy rags, speechless, wondering what went wrong with the Magic Cloak their preachers promised would suffice. They failed to understand that at the end: “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” Rev 22:11
His Bride is NOT made Righteous and Pure at the wedding supper, She is ALREADY without Spot and Blameless, fully prepared for His coming!
Sadly this concept it entirely lost to the present day professing Church. They’ve been taught that all their ‘Righteousness is only ‘filthy rags in the sight of God and if they ‘try to actually be Righteous (by being pure, holy and blameless) then they are guaranteed to be cast into outer darkness as legalist heretics! But Christ is not returning for a people ‘Wretched to the core wallowing in piles of stinking rags, pretending that His Righteousness Covers them. Rather He is Coming for those “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. ” 2 Pet 3:14. Christ gave this illustration time and again throughout Scripture. That as a husband expects his bride to be pure and chaste in their marriage so Christ expects to find His Saints the same.
His Bride is not those committing adultery with the world, fornicating with the idols of vain amusements, still double-minded in their motives. That describes a people with ‘Soiled garments, cold, dead and lukewarm already spewed out of His mouth for their refusal to Repent! BLESSED are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Rev 22:14-15
Filthy rags professing Christians will never understand the imperative of purity and righteousness(not unconditionally imputed), even in the constant illustrations of marriage given in Scripture. Their earthy relationships are in shambles and marriage vows are seldom taken seriously beyond the flowery church service. The concept of Purity and devotion between a man and woman is difficult for them to apply in their personal lives. It would stand to reason that a husband and a wife desire to be loved by their spouse with single-minded affection. They do not want to share their devotion to one another with others outside the marriage (at least that’s the ideal of a real marriage in a reasonable sense) and a wife certainly would not want her efforts to please her husband in all that she says and does considered; “Filthy Rags“! Imagine also standing at the altar of marriage reciting your Vows and the groom saying to his Bride: “You know my wife, I’m not perfect, I’m just a sinner saved by Grace so I cannot be trusted to be faithful to you for life, I am likely to lust after other women, commit adultery on occasion and run around with my worldly friends from time to time drinking excessively and doing vile things. So, I’m not going to stand here and make some “self-righteous” vow we both know is hypocrisy because all my attempts to please you and remain faithful to our marriage are nothing but filthy rags.”
Utter foolishness, you say? Most certainly!!! WHO in their right minds would say such a thing to their perspective mate for life? But isn’t that what the “Churched folks” are saying…. “We all sin, we’re going to sin, no one’s perfect and if we claim to have no sin we’re liars.” That’s the common excuses of professed Christians today supposedly betrothed to the Lord adorned in their “filthy rags” claiming to be “clothed in His righteousness” and having NONE of their own doing (as the “Righteous Acts of the Saints”!)
Imagine also in the actual marriage a husband returning home from a hard day’s work and his wife having prepared for him a sumptuous meal of his favorite dishes, presenting herself to him in her finest array with open arms of love and he waving his arm in her face and calling all her efforts “filthy rags”, and then rebuking her for even making the attempt to please him in the first place! Ridiculous you say? CORRECT!
But all your excuses add up to saying JUST THAT! That any effort you put forth to be Holy and Righteous without blame toward God and man is filthy rags and it’s safer for you to remain in your sinful condition (you think is humble) covered (by magic!) in His Righteousness while you continue to commit adultery with the world (a very dangerous assumption!) Jesus is not a friend of sinners, they are His enemies!
This is the VERY reason James says in his Epistle to people of this warped opinion: Jas 4:4-5 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?”
Do you REALLY think you can live in Sin and shame and that it “humbles” you to constantly fall into vile and unclean habits of the flesh, and that Pleases the Lord? True humility is expressed in turning away from these things and coming CLEAN with God! Sin will only harden your heart against Him.
Jas 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Jas 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Jas 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Boasting About Tomorrow
Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Jas 4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
In the Lord’s sight you have ‘adulterated yourself with the world, He calls you a double-minded Sinner in need of a bitter repentance. But you’re saying you could in a marriage relationship committed adultery against your spouse and then merely “confess it as an” apology and go on without PURIFYING you heart and proving your intentions by cutting off any contact with the other person and coming CLEAN before you make any attempt toward reconciliation of the marriage. WHY is it any different with God? In Truth it is Not! You PROVE your repentance by your deeds(works). God is not going to receive you as His Bride while your still committing adultery with the world! In a real marriage, the relationship can only exist in purity and absolute devotion free from double-minded intentions. That’s why the Bible equates “friendship with the world” as Adultery against the Lord! You can’t have the Best of both worlds (what you think is best) and maintain a relationship with your earthy spouse and you can’t be filled with wicked ways and un-righteous thoughts and be in right standing with the Lord.
You DO what is RIGHT to keep your marriage intact, you DO it to keep your job, you DO it to stay OUT of jail! So, WHY when it comes to God you DON’T have to DO IT??? Because the preacher told you He did it for you, is that the reason? Then WHY does He constantly tell you to DO IT? “Blessed is the man who hears the Word of God and Does it!” Luke 11:28, Matt 12:48. Go and tell your wife or husband it’s not necessary for them to DO anything to please you or attempt to win your favor or even try to remain faithful and see how LONG your marriage lasts!
I fear the distorted mentality of the common professing Christian today handles their earthly relationships in the same manner they supposedly “believe in Jesus”….like its trash! At least that’s what is witnessed among them in their ruined marriages, abused children, drunkenness, filthy addictions and general disregard for common decency. Its filthy rags and the wretched man 24/7 ringing from their pulpits.
No matter what they may say about living right and being holy, it’s always undermined with the SAME excuses that man is born inbred with sin and can’t help himself, but he’s covered anyway by the supposed ‘Finished work’ of Christ. BUT what is His Finished Work? It’s Certainly NOT a substitution for your obedience! Otherwise WHY does His Bride have to MAKE HERSELF READY for His Coming? Jesus is not YOUR “Author & Finisher” lest you OBEY ’til the end:“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation UNTO ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM.” Heb 5:9
His people will be found by Him holy and pure not cloaked and covered and filthy underneath. They have already PURIFIED their hearts by obedience to the Truth and are walking in righteous deeds. The phony Church calls them ‘Self-Righteous (trying to save self) and glories in their rags. But when the King finds them ‘un-clothed hanging around His feast, they will Suffer the consequences of believing a lie.
2Sa 22:21 The LORD rewarded me ACCORDING TO MY RIGHTEOUSNESS: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
2Sa 22:25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me ACCORDING TO MY RIGHTEOUSNESS; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
1Ki 8:32 Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him ACCORDING TO HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
2Ch 6:23 Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him ACCORDING TO HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Psa 7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, ACCORDING TO MY RIGHTEOUSNESS, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
Psa 18:20 The LORD rewarded me ACCORDING TO MY RIGHTEOUSNESSs; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
Psa 18:24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me ACCORDING TO MY RIGHTEOUSNESS, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight
Eze 18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.
The Bible equates the marriage relationship between a husband and wife for a reason; as we are accountable to one another to keep the relationship in tact on condition of our faithful devotion, so we also stand fully responsible to the Lord for our actions. I fear in the Church mentality this comparison is incomprehensible because, in their twisted System of belief, Christ has made a “Provision in their marriage” (to Him) to “cover their sinful inability” to remain faithful and offered to “cloth them in His garments of righteousness and purity.” So, the earthly illustration of marriage doesn’t apply, because the husband cannot enter into a marriage with an unclean wife providing her with disguise to hide her immorality form the world and then pretend she’s being faithful by proxy. BUT, in the “Church” mindset, Christ CAN offer this type of arrangement and that’s why they will ALWAYS have another excuse in the face of His Truth. (Dismantle this Lie in their minds and perhaps you can show them why they must stop sinning and obey Christ to enter His Kingdom).
Rev 22:11 “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
1Pe 4:18 “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
If you do not obey the moral law of God, repent, and go to “The Way to The Cross” study here https://goo.gl/Qetm4H.
A HIGHLY RECOMMEND book for Christians to read to help understand how the OT was a foreshadow of the NT and how harmonious they truly are https://goo.gl/ESgx7z
Read “What is Biblical Perfection” https://goo.gl/vepJ4P.
What is “tithing”? https://goo.gl/hJvsTF
“Paid Pastors”? https://goo.gl/JxJYoj
The lie of Imputed Righteousness https://goo.gl/2CAkyB
God does not hear sinners https://goo.gl/wNFLZv
Jesus is NOT a friend of sinners https://goo.gl/tdbd8A
The “Romans 7 Wretch” and “saved in sin” lie https://goo.gl/rC5Ha2
A Christian has NO “filthy rags”! https://goo.gl/15VNZe