THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF GOD

By Dan Luehrs

 

 

And he said to me, “Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”

Revelation 19:9 (nas)

 

Just the sound of the words “The marriage supper of the Lamb” brings me great joy, excitement, and anticipation to my heart, as it should to every true believer. Weddings are times of joy and celebration, which includes a meal of one kind or another. We use food and drink to celebrate everything from birthdays, promotions, graduations, and of course, weddings. Food is not what we celebrate, and it does not matter what the food is, except that it tastes good. Depending on how wealthy the families are is what kind of food would be eaten at the celebration. I can tell you this for sure that Father God will give His Son the greatest banquet ever given to a son or a daughter’s wedding, and money will not be an object whatsoever to Him. This wedding has been planned from the ages and will literally change heaven and earth from that day onward.

The cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the two greatest events in world history, and it changed the dates of the world from BC and AC. But what I tell you are true words of God: “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” I believe that the marriage of Jesus Christ to His bride will be the third greatest event in world history because it to will change the world as we know it from being unrighteous to righteous.

The Marriage

Let me tell you in a nutshell what I believe the Bible teaches us about this marriage. This union of Christ and His church is not so that they can live happily ever after on some cloud and have an eternity long honeymoon. Oh, no, it is a great mystery that is hidden in the pages of the Bible that we are to search out and know.

 

Because we are members of His body. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5:3032 (nas)

 

When we are married in our physical body, we become one with our spouse even though we are still living in separate bodies; yet we are still considered one because we are to become one in heart and purpose. So it is with Jesus and His bride. The coming of the Lord, or the return of Jesus Christ, is the marriage of the Lamb. This is when Jesus will change us into His likeness and glory. So that we can go to heaven? A thousand times no. It is so we can be with Him and fight in His triumphant return to destroy the enemy in the earth that lives in the flesh of mankind. The whole picture of this is found in Old Testament when God saved and called Israel out from under the hand of the Egyptians. Why did God call them? Just to live happily ever after in the wilderness? No. But to destroy the enemy of God!

One of God’s names is, “The Lord of hosts.” This means “the Lord of the armies.” Israel was to be the army of God, which He would use to defeat the enemy within God’s promised land. Israel was to be a worshipping army, or “Warshippers,” if you will. Worship is not just people who sing and raise their hands to God, but that their life is caught up in serving God in all that they do. They are so in love with Jesus that He fills their every thought, and His presence surrounds them like a cloak of light to keep away the darkness that is overcoming many. “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the [marriage] mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life” (Jude 21, nas). Staying in love with Jesus will keep us until the wedding day. If you don’t know how to, may I encourage you to spend lots of time with Him, for that is how we fell in love with our spouse, and that is how we will stay in love with Jesus.

The Army

 

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Revelation 19:78 (nas)

 

God’s army is clothed in white. Think of that. What army in the world would do such a thing? The world’s armies dress in camouflage to hide from their enemy so that they will not be killed, but God’s army dresses in the most brilliant white to be seen. These people will be able to be seen from miles away and still will not be scratched by one bullet from the enemy. The very light that shines from them is their armor.

 

The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Romans 13:12 (nas)

 

Please understand the Bible is, not talking about a worldly army with guns and rockets, but one that is more powerful: “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses” (2 Corinthians 10:4, nas). The power we have is the Word, the blood, and the name of Jesus. The glory of God within is what causes us to shine like the sun to defeat the enemies of God, for nothing is greater in strength than Him.

Jesus promises us that if we will overcome in our lives, He will clothe us in His white garments (Revelation 3:5). The question herein lies: what is an overcomer? I believe it is a person that does not quit in his quest to know God. It does not matter what his life may look like on the outside, but that he has God’s transformation in his heart. This is what matters, and only God can judge that.

 

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:1618 (nas)

 

Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:18 to buy from Him white garments: “I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself” Jesus wants us to pay the price in following Him so that we may become like Him. Gold is symbolic to the nature of God, and that is what God wants us to become like; but in order for us to become pure gold, we must go through the fires of refining. This is paying the price. This is why we are told in Revelation 19:8, “And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” It’s not that we can earn anything from God by our good works, but that we continue on with the Lord in our trials and pay the price of following Him so that we are changed into His likeness. Staying faithful to God in our tribulation is considered as a righteous act, and it is through the trial we become overcomers.

It is written very clearly that the bride, the wife of the Lamb, is also His army of sons that will fight the great final battle of all times to defeat the enemy. When we start reading from chapter 19 after the marriage takes place to the end of the book of Revelation, we find that the devil and all the works of the flesh are finished for this period of time. By that I mean, the devil will be loosed from the pit for a short time once again to test the nations after a time of bliss without his evil presence in the earth. My friend, if you get nothing else from this writing, please understand this very clearly: chapter 19 is your calling and destiny to be a chosen and called son of God.

 

He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

Revelation 21:7 (nas)

We are the bride of Christ because we have intimacy with Him, and He is the lover of our soul. We are sons because we have overcome and are called to rule and reign over the nations with a rod of iron when the marriage takes place.

 

And he who overcomes, and he who keeps my deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he (the overcomer) shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from my Father.

Revelation 2:2627 (nas)

 

Many of God’s people are discouraged because they are not ministering to others like they would like to be. Or maybe they’re at the end of their lives, and they have not fulfilled the vision that God has given them. Be encouraged that the last chapter has not yet been fulfilled. Your calling and destiny is found in Revelation chapter 19; this needs to be your focus: “His wife has made herself ready.” We are being tested and tried with trials and tribulations to prepare us for our one true ministry with Him. This is when Jesus comes to slay the flesh of mankind with the sword of His mouth, which is the Word of God that we have become like. We will then have become like Him in all His glory and power: “Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:21, nas).

To be anointed and used of God is one of the greatest privileges a person can have in his lifetime. Out of all the experiences of my life, seeing others blessed and changed by the power of God flowing through me is a great wonder and joy that I could do over and over. Not just because I see people being blessed, but also because I can sense God working through me and I know that I could do nothing by my own power or calling. We may feel that God has more for us, and He does; those dreams, visions, and prophecies that have not been fulfilled in this lifetime will be fulfilled when Jesus returns in us if we do not give up hope and faith in the one who has called us. As it is written in Hebrews:

 

And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 11:3940 (nas)

 

The patriarchs of old did not see all the promises of God come to pass in their lifetime, and we may not either. But this I know that even when this life is over, God’s promises are not because He is called faithful and true. What greater ministry could we ask for than to see the force of evil done away with in the earth? People say that they wish they would have been alive on the earth when Jesus ministered, but I tell you what is soon to come is going to be much greater and powerful because we will minister with Jesus throughout the earth and not just in the land of Israel.

The White Horse Ministry

 

And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.

Revelation 19:14 (nas)

 

These that are ready for His return are clothed in white because they were purified through the blood of Jesus. This is the second time this chapter speaks about their clothing being white or bright. I believe this also speaks about the light of the gospel and the glory of God that shines through them to defeat the enemy of darkness. Darkness cannot stand before the light/truth of God in them for this is the sword/Word of the spirit that comes out their mouths to slay the enemy. This is what God will use to kill sin in the flesh: His Word. God created the world and mankind as we know it with the spoken Word, and He will defeat the enemy through the same process: “And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat upon the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:21, nas). I do not know how this will all take place, but we can see how God used Jonah greatly with the power to preach with such conviction that the whole city of Nineveh repented. Jesus said that Jonah was a sign of what is to come. (See Luke 11:29.) But somehow our preaching will be even greater than that of Jonah because sin or the flesh will be eaten by the demonic powers. I will say more on this later. Jesus Himself said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12, nas). Many in the church have looked for the greater works, but I am for certain that these greater works will come when the kingdom manifests itself through the Lord’s people. For then all things will be restored: “And that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” (Acts 3:2021, nas). God is not just going to wave His hand and restore all things; no, His people will have the honor of doing that through His great power.

The white horse is symbolic, as are most things in the book of Revelation. For instance, a horse represents war, while a white horse is the color that a leader would ride before his troops to identify his rank. Back in John the apostle’s day, the horse would be for speed and movement. That is what the white horse could very well mean in the book of Revelation that we are riding on. Not all Christians are going to be overcomers, and not all Christians will be riding white horses when Jesus returns. This is only for those who have overcome and passed the tests that He has allowed in their lives. These white horses are movements or ministries that Jesus Himself will work through to change the hearts of mankind and eventually the earth and all of God’s creation back as it was before the fall and even better.

There have been a few ministries that have had such power that they shook nations where many people have been saved and delivered through their ministries. But somehow, sin took down many of these great men and women, and their ministries never came to its fullness that God had intended. Even Moses did not enter into the Promised Land because he sinned, and he could only look at it from a distance. May God help us to enter into all that He has for us. I believe that God would love to give us all power like Jesus had to raise the dead, heal the sick, and deliver mankind from death. But He knows better than to do that because there is no one on earth that could possibly handle such power without being overcome by the power of the flesh. But these people on the white horses will have been changed into Jesus’ likeness, and the flesh will not be able to overtake them.

 

For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Romans 8:19 (nas)

 

Why is creation waiting? To be delivered from death. Those on the white horses will deliver mankind from sin and death through power of God’s Word.

 

The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.

1 Corinthians 15:2627 (nas)

The General

 

And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

Revelation 19:11 (nas)

 

Jesus our general is the only faithful, true, and righteous one. He is a God of war against the power of the evil one and is the only one that can judge without partiality. He sees and understands all things and knows the motives of everything and everyone that He judges. He will deal out fair judgment to all, but not all judgment that He hands out will be bad, for there are many that have done well, and these will be rewarded with His likeness and glory. The duties of a general are to hand out promotions to the soldiers, and what greater promotion than to receive from our general, His likeness. When we come back with Him riding on a white horse, it’s not because He felt sorry for us, but that we followed the Lamb wherever He led us. It was through the process of trials and tribulations that made us like unto Him: “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10, nas). If Jesus needed to suffer to be crowned with glory and honor, how much more us? God the Father has given Jesus a name above all names because He earned it through obedience to the Father. We also are called to die to the flesh upon our cross (trials) that we are carrying, and we are to live in the light of His glory each day. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:89, nas).

 

The Rod of Iron and Sword

 

And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

Revelation 19:15, nas

 

If the teaching of the church is right about Jesus coming back to kill most of mankind, then who would He be ruling over with the sword and the rod? Jesus took the wrath of almighty God on the cross for man, and now He has the right to rule and reign; He does this through the power of His Word. If Jesus were to kill mankind, He could not rule them. Both the rod of iron and the sword in His mouth are alike and do the same thing; ruling over the hearts of mankind that need to be changed from works of wickedness to being righteous: “But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips [the Word] He will slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4, nas). His words created all, and it will in the end rule and change the behavior of man. For now, God has allowed things to go as they are but will soon change the outcome of man, because if we keep going the way we are, we will destroy the earth and all that is upon it. Right now, man is reaping what we have sown, and we will suffer for it; but there are those who have sown good seed, and those will also reap the benefit of their works of righteousness.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, nas). Notice the Bible does not say, “Every word that proceeded,” but “Every word that proceeds.” This means that God is still speaking and will be in the future for man to hear and obey. Scientists tell us that the universe is still growing at great speed. We can see when God puts things into motion with His Word, it continues to grow because His word is alive (Hebrews 4:12). It is the power of God’s Word that keeps the earth and the universe and all that’s in it working correctly because His Word holds it all together. “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the Word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3, nas). If this is so, and it is, why do we not serve Him with godly fear and trembling? One day very soon, He is going to show His power and glory to all of mankind, and it will seem like a rod of iron and a sword that will slay the man of sin within all of us. His word will be fulfilled within all mankind. Hallelujah!

If people do not obey the Word of God, then they will not eat because judgment will come on them by having no rain to give them food. “And if the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths” (Zechariah 14:18, nas). This is one way that God will judge by the power of His Word.

If we are not using the sword of the spirit now to defeat the enemy of our souls in our personal life, how will we be able to use the Word later in ruling and reigning with Christ when He returns? We must understand that sin is not judged in our lives or the lives of others quickly, but when Jesus comes with the rod of iron and the sword, judgment unto correction will take place very quickly in the lives of people. We must pray for this now to take place in our lives so that we will be a clean and purified bride with no stains or blemish on our garment.

Have you ever been driving down the road and having cars passing you one right after the other, and then a highway patrol is seen, and then what happens? They all slow down and stay behind the officer because they know that if they speed, they will get a ticket, and it will cost them dearly. Do you see that when there is accountability, people straighten up really fast? So it will be when Jesus comes within His people with the rod of iron the nations will rage, but they will have no other choice but to comply to God’s ways and rules. This is God’s earth, and if man wants to live on earth when the kingdom comes, they will have no other way but God’s way. So why not submit now and bring things in order in our own life to the sword (Word)?

The War

 

And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

Revelation 19:11 (nas)

 

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 10:34 (nas)

 

Many people think of Jesus as being sweet, meek, and mild, and He is. But I tell you He has another side; He is a man of war. For He is coming to make war with all that defies the Father’s will on earth and for mankind. He is coming with a sword to defeat the enemy with the help of His bride. Who is the bride? Those who have become like Him so that they can rule and reign with Him over the enemy to bring lasting peace and righteousness to the earth.

The final battle that will be fought in this war will be against the man of sin that is working in all of us that no man has been able to defeat other than Jesus while in the flesh. Soon, the King of kings will come and fight for us and help us defeat the man of sin within each one of us. The battle within that each one of us fights every day will soon come to an end because our great Warrior is on the march and nothing of the flesh can stand against Him.

When I read through the battles of the book of Joshua, I see how Joshua won over the enemy every time; he listened to God, and God fought their battles and destroyed the seven nations in the land of Canaan. It was that simple. Israel was outnumbered over and over in battle, and still they came through victorious because God was fighting for them. “Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow at this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel‘” (Joshua 11:6, nas). I believe that the book of Joshua is blueprint of how we are to fight the enemy and destroy the seven (complete) nations of sin that are living within us. The popular books and movies called The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia are prime examples of what God is going to do for us in these last days with the return of the King. No enemy will prevail against us because the time has come for the King to put all His enemies under our feet. When Israel and the people in these movies were outnumbered, they overcame because they would, not give in to their enemies, but withstood them and defeated them all.

The Supper of God

 

And he said to me, “Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”

Revelation 19:9 (nas)

 

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God.”

Revelation 19:17 (nas)

 

There is only one verse in the entire Bible that speaks about the marriage supper, yet the church has fabricated much foolishness about this great event—such as painting pictures of an endless table with the finest of china and the best of food and drink. Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate cake for dessert.

We know that the book of Revelation is a book filled with many different symbols throughout, and this supper is just another symbol of what God is doing in the spirit realm. Just as the union of the bride to Jesus is to rise up a great army to fight and defeat the enemy, so is the supper of God; it’s for us to serve and not be served. When we read through Revelation chapters 19 and 20, we see that when the marriage of the Lamb takes place, then the enemy of our soul is defeated and thrown into the bottomless pit: “And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2, nas). This all happens because of the union of Christ to His bride. God could have done this at any point in history, but He did not because He wanted to share this great event with us, and it all happens in just a few short verses; but in reality, it may take many years to play out. Oh, what a great and mighty God we serve, for the enemy is no match for our God.

The Flesh Is Served Up

 

In order that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.

Revelation 19:18 (nas)

 

And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat upon the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Revelation 19:21 (nas)

 

These verses may sound gruesome and bloodthirsty, but remember that the sword (the Word) is coming out of Jesus’ mouth, and I believe the mouths of all that are on the white horses to slay the man of sin that is within every person. The flesh or the carnal nature that has been plaguing mankind since the fall is about to be eaten by demons, or in other words, eliminated for good. Jesus did not come to destroy lives; He came to give it. When the disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven to slay the people that did not receive the Lord, what did Jesus say to them? “But He turned and rebuked them [and said], ‘You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them’” (Luke 9:5556, nas).

You still may be wondering at what will be the meat, which is to be served at the marriage supper. I will tell you plainly: the flesh will be served; not the flesh of mankind, but that which is of the sinful nature—the third part of mankind because we are three-part beings. Spirit, soul, and body, and it is the soul in man that the sin abides in, and the sin in the soul will be done away with. We do not have the power to kill sin completely in the soul because it always seems to rise up again when we think we have it defeated. But a day is soon coming when the Lord Jesus will come again and change these vile minds to the likeness of His. Then the sin-filled nature of man will be eaten by the demonic powers. Why? Because that is the curse that God has spoken upon them, and it cannot be changed or altered; they eat dust, and that is what we are made of: “And the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life’” (Genesis 3:14, nas). We must understand that when we walk in the flesh, we are giving demonic powers the right to attack us because they see the earthly, fleshly, demonic nature of man, and they have this right to it because God gave it to them. James 3:15 says, “This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.” Our quest to die daily is, not just another Christian saying, but has real meaning today and especially when Jesus returns, or when we die physically the carnal nature will be done away with, and we thank God for that.

 

Dan Luehrs

PO Box 341

Intercession City, FL 33848

www.churchinhispresence.org