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Chapter 19 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 19 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 19 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The marriage of the Lamb, and Christ comes on a white horse followed by His army dressed in white linen.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 19 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The marriage of the Lamb, and Christ comes on a white horse followed by His army dressed in white linen.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 19
The Marriage of the Lamb
 The first six verses of this chapter (Rev. 19:1-6 ) record the joyous praise inheaven over God’s judgment of the great whore,
“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven,saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto ouLord and God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication,and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts [living creatures] fell down andworshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And avoice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye servants,and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were thevoice of a great multitude, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, say-ing, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” 
In this scripture all heaven seems to be praising God for His judgment of thegreat whore. This is the time of the return of Christ, and evil on earth is beingdealt with dramatically. We note the use of the word "
 Alleluia
" several times inthis passage, and, as most readers know, this is a Hebrew word meaning
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Praise ye Jehovah
. We encounter this word often in praise songs during wor-ship, and it seems to lift us up into God’s presence in a special way. Can youimagine the rapturous feelings of those gathered around God’s throne as theypraise Him face-to-face?Revelation 19:7–10 introduces the marriage of the Lamb:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her wasgranted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for thefine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write,Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God. And I fell at hisfeet to worship him. And he said unto me, see thou do it not: I am thfellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: wor-ship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” 
 The symbolism between Jewish marriage rites and the process the Lord followsin claiming His bride (the church), stealing her away in the rapture, and ulti-mately making her His wife, is both beautiful and revealing. We cannot dealwith this very interesting allegory in any detail in our study of the book of Rev-elation, but Zola Levitt, a Jewish Christian, has written a book entitled “A Chris-tian Love Story” that deals with this subject. When Christ takes His bride fromthe earth the overcomers will receive their immortal bodies in accordance withthe promise in 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, and they will be with Him forever. These bodies will be like Christ’s resurrected body (1 John 3:2). In a Jewish
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marriage this can be compared to the groom coming completely unannouncedin the middle of the night and stealing his bride away. The bridegroom comesafter completing his task of constructing a wedding chamber called a
chup- pah
. When the bridegroom’s father says that the wedding chamber is ready,the bridegroom goes to retrieve his bride. The wedding chamber seems tocorrespond to the abodes in the father's house that Christ prepares for Hisbride (John 14:2-3 GNT). John 2:16 indicates that the Father's house is thetemple, and John 2:21 further identifies the Father's house as the temple of His(Christ's) body. Christ's body is now represented by the church, which includesall believers who have been regenerated through His death and resurrection.As on earth, the many abodes (or bodies) in heaven are the many members of the body of Christ, which comprise God's temple. Thus, we see that the wed-ding chamber, or abode, that Christ is preparing for us is the immortal body inwhich we will be clothed after we meet Him in the air. Christ fashions this im-mortal body and delivers it to our spirit/immaterial soul; it then becomes ourabode for eternity. 2 Corinthians 5:1-2 GNT is helpful in understanding this:
“For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle is takendown, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eter-nal in heaven. For also in this we groan, greatly desiring to be clothedwith our dwelling place from heaven.” 
In the rapture, Christ comes in the clouds to gather His elect, accompanied byangels and the spirit/souls of those who are raptured and resurrected. There islittle information in the bible about what happens after this. Many believe that
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