Marriage Supper of the Lamb
This is part of the vision that the apostle John received (Rev 19:7-10). The bridegroom is Jesus Christ, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29). This great celebration is the consummaion of the plan of God, set in place before the world began (Eph 1:4). The bride is the total of all true believers of all time – those in the OT who in faith looked forward to the Messiah who would come to save, and us NT believers in the age of grace (Jn 8:56; Eph 5:25-33; Heb 11:39,40). As individual members of ‘the Bride’, it is to our eternal advantage to ensure we are walking faithfully by making ourselves ready as in the parable Jesus told (Mt 25:1-13). This great celebration will take place in heaven after the judgment seat of Christ, where believers will have been rewarded for their faithful service (1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10). In our humanity, following the marriage the union is consummated by sexual intercourse, however, in this relationship there will be no such physical intimacy but rather a higher spiritual connection, from which there will never be any feeling of separation or remoteness for all eternity as we will always be in His presence (Mt 22:30).