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The Bible Teaching of the Bride of Christ
Revelation 19: 7-9
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His bride 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 which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Notice the position of this prophecy. The bride is mentioned here and in Revelation 21:9, where she is actually revealed. She is finally revealed AFTER several great events, the last being the Great White Throne judgment. This means that the bride will not be complete until the end of the Millennial reign of Christ, after the final great battle when Satan is defeated. All of this means the bride is composed of believers, period. There are no believers of a lesser position than the bride. The angel showing these things to John first allows John to see the glory of Heaven, the “bricks and mortar” if you will. Finally, John sees people. The entire group is described as “nations.” They are ALL referred to as SAVED. (Revelation 21:24) Please understand the bride is people.
Now, let’s examine the phrase “and his wife hath made herself ready.”
1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doeth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.
Jude 24 Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (Emphasis added)
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not: but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1 Timothy 5:22c keep thyself pure.
The ideal bride is totally committed to her future husband. She loves him so much that she lives her life in a pure way. Her purity is her gift to him. We who belong to Christ should have that same heart attitude. A true Christian WILL do everything possible to be as pure as possible. This is not to earn salvation or more of Christ’s love. Rather, it is the living out of the deep love for the Savior.
“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.”
This righteousness is not her own. It is granted to her. She is allowed to wear this.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.
This is the righteousness of Christ. He alone has righteousness which pays for sins. His life on earth was sinless. The shedding of His blood was accepted as payment for our sins.
Romans 3:25 – 26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
His robes for mine! Can there be any more glorious thought?
“Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”
Notice the next phrase, ”fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.” Revelation 3 mentions saints worthy to wear white in the church at Sardis, but then counsels Laodicean church members to obtain white raiment through Christ.
Revelation 4 shows 24 elders dressed in white. Then, to dispel any incorrect interpretation, chapter seven of Revelation shows a group of believers from the Great Tribulation whose robes are white, having been washed in the blood of the Lamb. (Revelation 7:9, 13 – 17) Do not build a doctrine from a parable. We must rightly divide the word of truth.
Who would be in the “nations” mentioned in Revelation 21:24? We have already seen the saints from the Great Tribulation as “a great multitude.”
That could be considered one nation. What about all the believers from the Old Testament? Christ said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold.” He was specifically pointing out that people that were not Jewish could belong to Him. Saved Jews, yes. Abel, Enoch, and Noah can join with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob before the Law was written. Moses and Joshua, Rahab and Ruth, and countless believers from before the Cross could be another nation. The mystery Paul understood to be “the Church” is the group on this side of the Resurrection. Certainly this group could be a nation. The people who trust Christ for salvation during the Millennium will not be denied as members in Heaven.
We need to understand the chronology of events here. When the bride is revealed, ALL the ungodly will have been condemned to everlasting punishment.
The only humans left are the SAVED. Heavenly angels will look on as the marriage happens. The joy will be beyond anything ever experienced.
With this in view, that those written in the Lamb’s book of life will be in Heaven, we need to speak as the bride and the Spirit and invite others to accept Christ. Come, you that are athirst, come and take of the water of life freely.
What is your need today? Whatever has happened in your life up to now is for the purpose of you having a right relationship with God. He (God) loves you enough to provide salvation for you. Do not trust your own righteousness. His is totally sufficient. Trust Christ today.