How can we know what heaven will be like? You can’t take a virtual tour, or bring up pictures on Google. However, the Bible does give us descriptions, which offer a glimpse of a realm that exists beyond our human understanding and imagination.
One of these descriptions can be seen in Revelations 19:5-10. It’s the vision of Christ being joined with His bride, the church. This is known as the Second Coming of Jesus, and John tells us that it will be a wedding feast.
Now, it’s important to lay the groundwork by explaining that the Jewish wedding consisted of three different elements. First, there was a betrothal time, when the parents of the young couple pledged them as husband and wife. The second phase was the presentation of the bride to the groom, which began the celebration. The final phase was the marriage feast marking the consummation of the wedding.
The preparation of the marriage is seen in verses 5-6. There’s a back-and-forth between the One “on the throne” calling out to the believers, and a response of thundering worship from the “great multitude.” We see that the preparation of the wedding started with praise to God, because this is all His work.
Next, we see the announcement of the marriage feast in verse 7. “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready…” The betrothal period is finished and it’s a time of rejoicing!
In verse 8 we see a picture of the bride. She’s wearing fine linen, clean and bright, made up of the righteous acts of the believers. The church is presented as a pure virgin to Christ. It seems to me that righteousness doesn’t always receive as much attention as it should, but we see here just how important it is.
Finally, in verses 9-10, we see the response of John, the author of Revelation. He was so overwhelmed by this great celebration that he fell down, in awe of God’s goodness.
My friends, you haven’t seen the same vision that was given to John, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Through him you’ve received a glimpse into the Second Coming of Christ when Christ gathers His bride to Himself. It’s no less true now than it was when John wrote it.
So, let me ask you: How will you respond? Will you clothe yourself in righteousness, knowing its great importance? Will you carry yourself like the beloved of Christ? Will you understand your role of humility and worship God alone?