Marriage of the Lamb: tt is the climacteric point of the entire Salvation Plan of God. This idea of man and woman as one was introduced (‘They shall be one flesh Ge.2:24’) and this marriage serve as two bookends for the Salvation plan. It is symbolized by union. One of the seven angels with vials invites Apostle John And there came unto me one of the seven angel saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife (v.9).
In the creation account we see God constantly separating light, waters and it was all for the benefit of man. He formed him of the dust of the ground, he made him a living soul. Having given him a free will God blessed him to take charge of His creation (Ge.1:28). His breath had given Adam faculties to know Him and his Will but his vision was all his. For this reason God brought ‘every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called….was the name thereof (Ge.2:19). The eternity is marked by the Marriage of the Lamb and the names new earth and new heaven denote this union where God is the head of the Church. What does this signify? The Church the collective body of overcomers and there are no more several opinions but a single vision that is of God. So any saint redeemed from the earth and given this vision has had part in the first resurrection; and is no more holding his own vision but seeing how the risen Christ would see. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son (v.7)”. This newness is a creation,; which is what the verse 5 implies.
Jesus Christ is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.’ It means for the saints what was foreknown in the mind of God is now completed. Predestination is no more a stumbling stone as it was for many on the earth. The Bride of Christ has only one vision. Each saint as an inherior holds divine Promise: “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son (v.7)”.
“I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely (v.6).”
Becoming body of the Christ every believer of the Church in eternity has a new vision (21:5)
Remember the saying of Jesus at the Jacob’s Well? “Whosoever drinketh of water….shall be in him well of water springing up into everlasting life (Jn.4:14).
Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection…he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (Jn.11:25-26)”. He shall never die and what is more he has a new vision that encompasses the beginning and the end: it is one seamless whole. The Alpha Omega aspect of God explains this vision where no death hunger or pain shall exist. The heat of the sun no longer comes to mind. He is life and so shall every saint who is part of it.. In this context what shall second death would mean? In the following verse we see who shall be affected by it. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (v.8)”.
(To be continued)