3. To Prepare the Bride as the Counterpart of the Bridegroom (1) The Readiness of the Bride
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Scripture Reading: Rev. 19:7-9, 11-16; 21:2; Heb. 6:1; Eph. 4:13, 15-16; 5:27; S. S. 4:7
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12      And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
Rev 19:14      And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15      And out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He will shepherd them with an iron rod; and He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
Rev 19:16      And He has on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Heb 6:1          Therefore leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us be brought on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith in God,
Eph 4:13        Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
Eph 4:15        But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
S.S. 4:7         You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.
 
  I.     The direction of the Lord’s move today is to prepare the bride as the counterpart of the Bridegroom for the eternal marriage of the redeeming God with His redeemed—John 3:29; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:2, 9-11.
John 3:29       He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
 
 
II.   The marriage of the Lamb is the issue of the completion of God’s New Testament economy, which is to obtain for Christ a bride, the church, through His judicial redemption and by His organic salvation in His divine life— Gen. 2:22; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:2; Rom. 5:10.
Gen 2:22        And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rom 5:10       For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,
 
III.  The Lord’s recovery is for the preparation of the bride, who is composed of all His overcomers—Rev. 19:7-9; Rom. 8:37:
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
Rom 8:37       But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.
A.     All the overcomers will be the New Jerusalem, as the bride of Christ for one thousand years, in its initial and fresh stage—Rev. 19:7.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
B.     Eventually, all the believers will join the overcomers to consummate and complete the New Jerusalem in full as the wife of Christ in the new heaven and new earth for eternity—21:2, 9.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
  IV.  The readiness of the bride depends on the maturity in life of the overcomers—19:7; Heb. 6:1; Phil. 3:12-15; Eph. 4:13:
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Heb 6:1          Therefore leaving the word of the beginning of Christ, let us be brought on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith in God,
Phil 3:12        Not that I have already obtained or am already perfected, but I pursue, if even I may lay hold of that for which I also have been laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Phil 3:13        Brothers, I do not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before,
Phil 3:14        I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.
Phil 3:15        Let us therefore, as many as are full-grown, have this mind; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.
Eph 4:13        Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
A.     In the maturity of the divine life, the lover of Christ becomes the Shulammite, signifying that she has become the reproduction and duplication of Christ to match Him for their marriage—S. S. 6:13; Rev. 21:9-10.
S.S. 6:13        Return, return, O Shulammite; / Return, return, that we may gaze at you. / Why should you gaze at the Shulammite, / As upon the dance of two camps?
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
B.     In the New Testament the word mature is used to refer to the believers’ being full-grown and perfected in the life of God, indicating that we need to grow and mature unto perfection in the divine life—Matt. 5:48.
Matt 5:48       You therefore shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
C.     We need to continue to grow until we are matured in the divine life to become a full-grown man, arriving at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ—Eph. 4:13.
Eph 4:13        Until we all arrive at the oneness of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, at a full-grown man, at the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
D.     We need to learn of the apostle Paul to pursue the growth and maturity in the life of Christ—Phil. 3:12-15; Col. 1:28.
Phil 3:12        Not that I have already obtained or am already perfected, but I pursue, if even I may lay hold of that for which I also have been laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Phil 3:13        Brothers, I do not account of myself to have laid hold; but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before,
Phil 3:14        I pursue toward the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward.
Phil 3:15        Let us therefore, as many as are full-grown, have this mind; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.
Col 1:28         Whom we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man full-grown in Christ;
E.      A mature believer knows the Body, cares for the Body, and honors the Body, being Body-conscious and Body-centered—1 Cor. 12:8-19, 21, 24; Col. 3:15.
1 Cor 12:8      For to one through the Spirit a word of wisdom is given, and to another a word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;
1 Cor 12:9      To a different one faith in the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing in the one Spirit,
1 Cor 12:10    And to another operations of works of power, and to another prophecy, and to another discerning of spirits; to a different one various kinds of tongues, and to another interpretation of tongues.
1 Cor 12:11    But the one and the same Spirit operates all these things, distributing to each one respectively even as He purposes.
1 Cor 12:12    For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.
1 Cor 12:13    For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.
1 Cor 12:14    For the body is not one member but many.
1 Cor 12:15    If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:16    And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.
1 Cor 12:17    If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be?
1 Cor 12:18    But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He willed.
1 Cor 12:19    And if all were one member, where would the body be?
1 Cor 12:21    And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1 Cor 12:24    But our comely members have no need. But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,
Col 3:15         And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.
  V.   The overcomers who constitute the bride are not separate individuals but a corporate bride; for this aspect of the bride, building is needed—Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:15-16:
Matt 16:18      And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Eph 4:15        But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ,
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
A.     The overcomers are not only mature in life but also built together as one bride— Rev. 19:7-9; 21:2, 9-11.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
B.     The central and divine thought of the Scriptures is that God is seeking a divine building as the mingling of Himself with humanity; He is seeking a living composition of living persons redeemed by and mingled with Himself—Matt. 16:18; John 14:20; Eph. 4:16; 1 John 4:15; Rev. 21:2.
Matt 16:18      And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
John 14:20     In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
1 John 4:15    Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
C.     The principle of God’s building is that God builds Himself into man and builds man into Himself; God mingling with man is God building Himself into man, and man mingling with God is man being built into God—Eph. 3:17a.
Eph 3:17        That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, …
D.     God’s building is the corporate expression of the Triune God—1 Tim. 3:15-16; John 17:22; Eph. 3:19b, 21.
1 Tim 3:15      But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
1 Tim 3:16      And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh, / Justified in the Spirit, / Seen by angels, / Preached among the nations, / Believed on in the world, / Taken up in glory.
John 17:22     And the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, even as We are one;
Eph 3:19b      … that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:21        To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.
E.      To be built up with fellow believers is the Lord’s supreme and highest requirement of His faithful seekers according to one of the divine attributes—the divine oneness—John 17.
John 17         be omitted.
  VI.  As the bride, the counterpart of the Bridegroom, the church needs beauty— 3:29; S. S. 1:15-16; 4:1-5, 7; Psa. 45:11a; 50:2:
John 3:29       He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
S.S. 1:15        Oh, you are beautiful, my love! / Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.
S.S. 1:16        Oh, you are beautiful, my beloved; indeed, pleasant! Indeed, our couch is green.
S.S. 4:1         Oh, you are beautiful, my love! / Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil; / Your hair is like a flock of goats / That repose on Mount Gilead.
S.S. 4:2         Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes / That have come up from the washing, / All of which have borne twins, / And none of them is bereaved of her young.
S.S. 4:3         Your lips are like a scarlet thread, / And your mouth is lovely; / Your cheeks are like a piece of pomegranate / Behind your veil.
S.S. 4:4         Your neck is like the tower of David, / Built for an armory: / A thousand bucklers hang on it, / All the shields of the mighty men.
S.S. 4:5         Your two breasts are like two fawns, / Twins of a gazelle, / That feed among the lilies.
S.S. 4:7         You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.
Psa 45:11a     Thus the King will desire your beauty. …
Psa 50:2        Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, / God shines forth.
A.     “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty” (Isa. 33:17a); “the King will desire your beauty” (Psa. 45:11a).
B.     In the corporate constitution of the Body of Christ, there is much beauty, excellency, and virtue—Eph. 1:22-23; 4:16; S. S. 1:15-16; 4:1-5, 7.
Eph 1:22        And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23        Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
Eph 4:16        Out from whom all the Body, being joined together and being knit together through every joint of the rich supply and through the operation in the measure of each one part, causes the growth of the Body unto the building up of itself in love.
S.S. 1:15        Oh, you are beautiful, my love! / Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves.
S.S. 1:16        Oh, you are beautiful, my beloved; indeed, pleasant! Indeed, our couch is green.
S.S. 4:1         Oh, you are beautiful, my love! / Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil; / Your hair is like a flock of goats / That repose on Mount Gilead.
S.S. 4:2         Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes / That have come up from the washing, / All of which have borne twins, / And none of them is bereaved of her young.
S.S. 4:3         Your lips are like a scarlet thread, / And your mouth is lovely; / Your cheeks are like a piece of pomegranate / Behind your veil.
S.S. 4:4         Your neck is like the tower of David, / Built for an armory: / A thousand bucklers hang on it, / All the shields of the mighty men.
S.S. 4:5         Your two breasts are like two fawns, / Twins of a gazelle, / That feed among the lilies.
S.S. 4:7         You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.
C.     The virtues manifested by us Christians should be the manifestation of the glory and beauty in the divine attributes; a Christian is one who has divinity as his element and reality, from which the divine glory and beauty are expressed through the human virtues—1 Cor. 10:31; Phil. 1:20-21a; 4:5, 8.
1 Cor 10:31    Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Phil 1:20        According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.
Phil 1:21a       For to me, to live is Christ …
Phil 4:5          Let your forbearance be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Phil 4:8          Finally, brothers, what things are true, what things are dignified, what things are righteous, what things are pure, what things are lovely, what things are well spoken of, if there is any virtue and if any praise, take account of these things.
D.     The beauty of the bride is for the presentation of the bride to Christ as the Bridegroom—Eph. 5:27; John 3:29; Rev. 19:7-9:
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
John 3:29       He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
1.      The beauty of the bride comes from the Christ who is wrought into the church and who is then expressed through the church—Eph. 5:27; 3:17.
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Eph 3:17        That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
2.      Our only beauty is the shining out of Christ from within us—Psa. 50:2; 90:16.
Psa 50:2        Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, / God shines forth.
Psa 90:16      Let Your work appear to Your servants, / And Your splendor, to their children.
3.      What Christ appreciates in us is the expression of Himself—S. S. 4:7.
S.S. 4:7         You are altogether beautiful, my love, / And there is no blemish in you.
  VII. According to Revelation 19:11-21, Christ will come as the fighting General with His bride, the overcoming believers who are His army, to fight against Antichrist, the kings under him, and their armies at Armageddon:
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12      And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
Rev 19:14      And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15      And out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He might smite the nations; and He will shepherd them with an iron rod; and He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
Rev 19:16      And He has on His garment and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Rev 19:17      And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid-heaven, Come here; gather yourselves to the great dinner of God,
Rev 19:18      That you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of generals 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 and slave and small and great.
Rev 19:19      And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war with Him who sits on the horse and with His army.
Rev 19:20      And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet, who in his presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire, which burns with brimstone.
Rev 19:21      And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeds out of the mouth of Him who sits on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
A.     When Christ comes with His army to fight against Antichrist and his armies, He will come as the Son of Man, and as the Son of Man, He will need a counterpart, His bride, to match and complete Him—14:14; 19:7-8, 11-13.
Rev 14:14      And I saw, and behold, there was a white cloud, and on the cloud One like the Son of Man sitting, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12      And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
B.     Before His coming back, Christ will have a wedding, uniting His overcomers to Himself as one entity—vv. 7-9:
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
1.      Christ will marry the one who has been fighting the battle against God’s enemy for years—Eph. 5:27; 6:10-18.
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Eph 6:10        Finally, be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11        Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil,
Eph 6:12        For our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 6:13        Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14        Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness
Eph 6:15        And having shod your feet with the firm foundation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16        Besides all these, having taken up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Eph 6:17        And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God,
Eph 6:18        By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,
2.      In Revelation 19 Christ will marry the overcomers, who have already overcome the evil one.
Rev 19           be omitted.
C.     After His wedding Christ will come with His bride to destroy Antichrist— vv. 11-13.
Rev 19:11      And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sits on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12      And His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written which no one knows but Himself.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
D.     The wedding garment—Christ lived out of us as our subjective righteousness— qualifies us not only to attend the wedding but also to join in the army to fight with Christ against Antichrist in the ultimate war—the war at Armageddon—vv. 8, 14.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:14      And the armies which are in heaven followed Him on white horses, dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
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