Revelation 19 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Let us be glad, rejoice, and give Him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has prepared herself. She was permitted to wear fine linen, bright and pure. The fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:7-8
Yeshua, as the “Bridegroom”, is found in many places in Scripture.
The Song of Solomon describes the intimate and passionate love between Solomon, the king of Israel and his Shulamite wife. Most Bible commentators have seen The Song Of Solomon as a typical representation of the loving relationship between Messiah and His people.
In Matthew 22:1-14, Yeshua taught the parable of the King who gave a wedding feast for His Son. This is an obvious reference to the union between Himself and His believers.
Matthew 25:1-13 gives another parable of the ten virgins who went to meet the bridegroom, typifying the church going out to meet Yeshua when He returns.
Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) said of Messiah, "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice." John 3:29
The apostle Paul wrote, "For I am jealous for you with a G_dly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Messiah I might present you as a pure virgin." 2 Corinthians 11:2
Today’s passage in The Revelation describes the marriage ceremony between Yeshua and His bride.
Often in the Bible, unfaithfulness of G_d’s people is referred to as infidelity, or spiritual adultery. Everyone has sinned and been unfaithful to G_d. That is why Messiah’s redemption is so valuable…”in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us.” Romans 3:23 Perhaps, another reading of Hosea is in order.
The great grace of G_d is that He allows us (collectively, His bride, the Community of Messiah) to be clothed in white linen, despite our past infidelities. His grace is not simply a cover-up. Upon receiving the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua, we are literally washed white by His blood and are considered spiritually “virginal” to G_d. So, at the marriage of the Lamb, will you be among those who are wearing white, or sackcloth?
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Wednesday, January 1, 2014