JOHN ATTEMPTS TO PREPARE US
FOR GREAT SUPPERS SOON TO COME
There are three suppers to come. John does not mention the first, but emphasizes the second and third. Two are desirable to attend. The third, I don't even want to watch. All Christians will be at the second. There will not be any Christians at the third. Some Christians will be invited to the first. The book of Revelation attempts to prepare us for the three suppers to come, to be able to attend the first two, to be able to endure seeing the third one, but not be part of it.
Invitations are usually desirable. For instance, if you were summoned to the White House, it would be considered a great honor. Banquets are usually desirable to attend. People are always honored by meeting socially with a great leader. to be summoned to a great feast with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit is the greatest of honors.
The first great supper is for
some of the raptured saints,
it is honoring those who were
‘watching’ and anxious for His return.
In the gospel of Luke, chapter 12, and in verses 35 to 37--a special supper of honor is mentioned. This supper is for raptured saints who have earnestly watched for the Lord.
"LET YOUR LOINS BE GIRDED ABOUT, AND YOUR LIGHTS BURNING. AND YE YOURSELVES LIKE UNTO MEN THAT WAIT FOR THEIR LORD, WHEN HE WILL RETURN FROM THE WEDDING; THAT WHEN HE COMETH AND KNOCKETH, THEY MAY OPEN TO HIM IMMEDIATELY. BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS WHOM THE LORD WHEN HE COMETH SHALL FIND WATCHING; VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT HE SHALL GIRD HIMSELF AND MAKE THEM TO SIT DOWN TO MEAT, AND WILL COME FORTH AND SERVE THEM. AND IF HE COME IN THE SECOND WATCH, OR IN THE THIRD WATCH, AND FIND THEM SO, BLESSED ARE THOSE SERVANTS."
In verse 35, it says that we should have our "loins girded." This is an illusion to the girding for a journey. When they ate the Passover supper, they were to eat standing, with their "loins girded." (Ex.12:11) Your loins aren't "girded" unless you are ready to go. Are you ready for the rapture? Are you ready for Jesus to come?
Another reference is made to the need of Christians to be watchful and ready for the rapture is found in the words-"lights burning." In the parable of the 10 virgins, the inability of the five to keep their lamps burning, the slumbering and the sleeping caused them to lose out when their Lord came. Are you in the process of keeping your lamps burning. Are you awake? ready?
The eagerness of the saints for the rapture is accentuated with the phrase "may open to Him immediately." Are you so ready to answer the call for the rapture, that you are ready for that sudden, catching up to the clouds? Some are so nonchalant with the rapture that they refuse to think about it. Students in school are usually prepared for the final bell. It may catch a few off guard, but the most are watching the clock so closely that they are ready to jump up and exit the room on the exact click of the clock. This is followed by many as they enter the work world.
Do we as Christians desire the rapture so much that we watch the signs of its soon coming with anxiousness? Summer vacation is anticipated and longed for by students, yet many Christians "resign themselves" to leave this earth and go to heaven. What if you told your mate that you guess you'd come home tonight, that you'd resigned yourself to the necessity of returning? That hurt that your mate would feel, is how the Lord must feel when many saints in these last days act as if they dread to return of the Lord. How good the Lord Jesus must feel when He finds a Christian who anxiously watches and waits for the catching up to the clouds.
The Lord Jesus promises a special supper for those saints who watch for His coming. "He shall gird Himself" refers to a servant who would wrap a towel about himself in order to serve the meal. Christ will humble Himself to the role of a servant to serve a meal to those Christians who are anxiously awaiting His return.
What a great honor, to be served a meal by the Lord Jesus Christ. By anxiously awaiting the Lord's return, we guarantee ourselves an invitation to this great supper. Those who have died before the rapture have been honored already by the presence of Jesus. But we can have a special honor, a special invitation, to a mealtime, a banquet that will be in honor for our having fulfilled the great desire of our Lord--to have us eager, expecting, watchful, ready, and anxious to see Him face to face in the clouds. We should pray as John did in the last words of the New Testament--"Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus."
This great supper to come is seldom mentioned in Christian circles. Why do we not emphasize the encouragement of the Lord for us to "watch and be ready?" Should we not understand how much our Lord longs to see us as anxious as He is for the rapture?
A second supper that is predicted is commonly called
"the marriage supper of the Lamb."
In Revelation 19:1-10 we read:
"AND AFTER THESE THINGS I HEARD A GREAT VOICE OF MUCH PEOPLE IN HEAVEN, SAYING, 'ALLELUIA; SALVATION, AND GLORY, AND HONOR, AND POWER, UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD: FOR TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ARE HIS JUDGMENTS:.. AND I HEARD AS IT WERE THE VOICE OF A GREAT MULTITUDE, AND AS THE VOICE OF MANY WATERS, AND AS THE VOICE OF MIGHTY THUNDERINGS, SAYING 'ALLELUIA: FOR THE LORD OMNIPOTENT REIGNETH. 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 WAS GRANTED THAT SHE SHOULD BE ARRAYED IN FINE LINEN, CLEAN AND WHITE: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SAINTS. AND HE SAITH UNTO ME, WRITE, 'BLESSED ARE THEY WHO ARE CALLED UNTO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB....'"
The time of this supper is after the judgment of literal Babylon (Rev.19:2). This puts it past the midway point of the tribulation. It occurs before the seven vials, which befall just before Armageddon. Probably, the Lord will wait until after the rapture of the two witnesses and the whole of the redeemed saints are in heaven. Then with all the saints in heaven, worship and praising will be filling heaven. All the saints, of all the ages, will be there.
There is a point in the tribulation, after which no one gets saved. (Rev. 9:20-21) The day of grace comes to an end in Revelation 10:6-7, when it is pronounced "Time shall be no more." A better translation of this would be - "Delay no longer."
The Lord has been delaying the end of the day of grace as long as He can. But judgment after judgment made many repent, but then finally, only those so hard hearted that no judgment will make them repent are left. Then is the appropriate time for the Lord to end the day of grace and to summon all saints to the heavenly marriage supper of the Lamb.
The magnitude of this supper is unimaginable. The white robed guests will sit to a meal of literal food and drink. We will be happy and blessed beyond our ability to now explain. John was overwhelmed by the sight (19:10). Enoch, when he was shown this same scene in a vision was so enthralled that he joined in the worship.
No one would want to be a participant
to the last of the three suppers.
This one is described in Revelation 19:17-21:
"AND I SAW AN ANGEL STANDING IN THE SUN; AND HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, SAYING TO ALL THE FOWLS THAT FLY IN THE MIDST OF HEAVEN, 'COME AND GATHER YOURSELVES TOGETHER UNTO THE SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD; THAT YE MAY EAT THE FLESH OF CAPTAINS, AND THE FLESH OF MIGHTY MEN, AND THE FLESH OF HORSES, AND OF THEM THAT SIT ON THEM,AND THE FLESH OF ALL MEN, BOTH FREE AND BOND, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT....AND THE REMNANT WERE SLAIN WITH THE SWORD OF HIM THAT SAT ON THE HORSE...AND ALL THE FOWLS WERE FILLED WITH THEIR FLESH."
This supper will cleanse the land quickly after the battle of Armageddon. The fowls of the air will gather from the world to the place of the battle. There they will await a feast of dead bodies.
"FOR WHERESOEVER THE CARCASE IS, THERE WILL THE EAGLES BE GATHERED TOGETHER."
"THEIR SLAIN ALSO SHALL BE CAST OUT, AND THEIR STINK SHALL COME UP OUT OF THEIR CARCASES, AND THE MOUNTAINS SHALL BE MELTED WITH THEIR BLOOD."
The first two suppers are for the saved, the redeemed. The last one is a feast upon the wicked of the battle of Armageddon. The Lord did not invite those who die there to come, they came in challenge to the Lord. He returns, with the saints, to save the ones in Petra who have called out to Jesus, the Messiah, to forgive and to save them. The fowls are the invited participants to the supper. The first and second supper we should seek to attend and enjoy. The third we may view, but only reluctantly--for it will be a horrible sight.
EVEN SO, COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS. Revelation 22:20