The Heavenly Wedding Banquet and Jerusalem

October 11, 2023
The Heavenly Wedding Banquet and Jerusalem

Heavenly Wedding Banquet in a Parable

God compared our receiving salvation to a wedding banquet. At Jesus’ first coming, He taught us about the parable of the heavenly wedding banquet.

Matthew 22:1-10 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’… The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Who are the main characters at a wedding? It is the groom, the bride and the guests right? In this parable the groom is Jesus and the guests are the saints. But, where is the bride? The bride did not appear at Jesus’ first coming. The Bible prophesies that She is to appear at the second coming of Jesus, when God’s work of salvation is coming to an end.

Revelations 19:7-9 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the  wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

When is the Bride ready? Only in the time of Revelations, plainly said it is in the last days. The Second Coming Christ will appear with His Bride in the end days. Who is this bride? Let us find out.

Revelations 21:9-10 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Who did the angel say he will show John? It is the Bride right? Whom did the angel show to him? It is the Heavenly Jerusalem. She is the Bride!

Jerusalem the Bride at the Banquet

What is our relationship to Heavenly Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb?

Galatians 4:26  But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

She is our Mother! Yes, we have not only Heavenly Father but Heavenly Mother as well.

God’s children (the saints) who are destined to be saved must receive Heavenly Mother too in this last age, along with Heavenly Father. This is because our Saviors appear together to give us the water of life at wedding banquet.

Revelations 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Please respond to the call of the Spirit and the Bride today and attend the heavenly wedding banquet of salvation!