The Cathedrals – Wedding Music
The video, “Wedding Music,” deals with the marriage of the Lamb to His bride, who is the Church. That sacred ceremony takes place in heaven, per Rev 19:7-8. This post will discuss the Marriage of The Lamb, as well as the Wrath of The Lamb. The purpose of the discussion will be to show that the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the born again believers in Christ, will be present at the marriage of the lamb in Heaven, as opposed to being present in the tribulation, and experiencing the Lamb’s wrath that will be poured out on the whole world of people who have been left behind from when the catching up of believers took place to take “the bride of Christ,” out of the world.
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Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Marriage of the Lamb
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
The marriage of the lamb takes place in heaven before Jesus escorts His bride back to earth from heaven; the destination will be the prophetic Battle of Armageddon. It will be a quick victory for the “Lamb of God,” per Rev 19:15.
Revelation 19:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
“I Believe He’s Coming Back”
The video, “I Believe He’s Coming Back,” tells us, who are born-again believers in Christ, how we will find ourselves in heaven where we will meet the Lord Jesus, The Lamb Of God, The Lion Of The Tribe Of Jesus, for the wedding of all weddings. The scripture references that are a part of the song provide that answer.
Acts 1:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – The Ascension Of Jesus –
Angels tell the disciples that Jesus will come back for them, and will take them to heaven.
9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”
In John 14:1-3, Jesus had previously told His disciples that He would come back for them, and that He would take them away to be with Him in Heaven.
John 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
In Matthew 16:15-18, we see the words of Jesus, “I will build My Church.” Why did Jesus make that statement? It was because there was no church. Jesus said that upon the confession of Peter, “NOT PETER,” that Jesus would build His church. The church of Christ would become a spiritual body. The spiritual body of Christ would meet in buildings, but not all people who would meet in “church buildings” would necessarily be those who are “the Church.” “Unless one is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
The message of the New Testament is that of Christ and the Church, per Ephesians 5:32.
Ephesians 5:32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
Per Colossians 1:18. Jesus is the head of Church
Colossians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
As born-again believers in Christ, we constitute His body, which is a spiritual body.
1 Corinthians 12:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
The promise of Jesus, that He gives to “the church, His bride,” is that of a faithful groom to His loving bride, who is “we, the born again believers in Christ.”
In Ephesians 5:25, we read that the love of Christ for His bride, who is the Church, is an example for husbands in marriage. But, this illustration also explains the amazing love that Jesus has for “His” bride. He gave Himself for his bride, which is “us,” who are the born again body of Christ.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,
In the video, “I Believe He’s Coming Back,” the words of 1 Corinthians 15:52 explain the event that will raise up believers in Christ, whether “dead of alive,” at the sound of the trumpet’s call.
1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
The following verses relate to the “catching up,” to the “dead in Christ,” and “we who are alive and remain.” This promise is to those who are “in Christ,” who have been born again. The promise is not given to those who have not been born again, such as the unbelieving Jews of Matthew 24. Again, this promise has been given to “us, the born again believers in Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
The videos of “Wedding Music” and “I Believe He’s Coming Back” tell a story of comfort for those of us who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The promise of being “caught up” to be with Christ was given to the disciples, who have become apostles of Christ, in John 14:1-3, and verified by the angels in Acts 1:9-11. The coming of Jesus “in the air” to catch up His church” is known as the “rapture of the church.” There is now the question of how the rapture of the church differs from the “second coming of Christ.”
The rapture of the church “takes believers away,” for spiritual gifts and for the wedding of the Lamb.” Read, very carefully, the words of this passage. Nothing is mentioned about “motives.” We receive rewards, or lack of rewards. It is important to not relate this passage to other scriptures that do not have this context of “rewards, or lack of rewards,” for what we have done,” whether good or worthless.” It is also important to know that other references to this event clearly relate to this “Judgment Seat Of Christ,” for rewards, or lack of rewards.
2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.
“We, “the bride of the Lamb, the bride of Christ,” are treated with the greatest of respect that Jesus demands of husbands for “their wives,” (“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Eph 5:25). Relate this time in heaven, after the church has been raptured up, to the time that an earthly bride awaits her wedding to her earthly groom. How is the earthly bride treated as she awaits the wedding. Is her earthly groom going to “grill her” immediately prior to their wedding ceremony, on her motives? As was said earlier, the marriage of the Lamb takes place in Revelation 19:7-8, while the bride, the church, is still in heaven, after having been caught up to be with Jesus.
Zechariah 14:1-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The second coming of Jesus to earth, is described in the following verses of scripture where He will ,”stand on the Mount of Olives,” and that He will “come with all the holy ones with Him.” This event is the same one of Revelation 19:15, where Jesus defeats the enemies of God, in a spiritual victory in the Battle of Armageddon. We, the caught up “holy ones,” accompany Jesus. The battle is a spiritual one” (Zechariah 14:3, “Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle;” also Rev 19:15, “From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations.”)
The Lord’s Triumph and Reign (Zechariah 14:1-5)
1 A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. 2 I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south. 5 You will flee by My mountain valley, for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come and all the holy ones with Him.
The catching up of the church where the saints of Christ are taken away from earth, is not the same event as the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on earth at the Mount Of Olives, where He will set up His millennial kingdom. It is important to note 20:4, “those who had been beheaded,” refers to those who had accepted Jesus during the tribulation, “because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God.”
Revelation 19:11-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Coming of Christ
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Doom of the Beast and False Prophet
20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Revelation 20:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
More will be discussed about the time of the second coming of Christ which takes place at the end of the time of tribulation. The following statement is very important!!! There are signs of the second coming of Jesus; no signs are given that tell of the rapture of the church.
Matthew 24:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
The times of tribulation will be much greater than anything that will have ever happened. It will not be the purpose of Jesus to put “His bride,” in the midst of such a time.
Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
The purpose of the tribulation will be to judge sin and to bring unbelieving Jews to acceptance of Jesus as Messiah, as follows:
Daniel 9:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Seventy Weeks and the Messiah
24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
The church, the bride of Christ, has no purpose in the tribulation. There is a great purpose for unbelieving Israel to come to faith in Jesus. There is also a great purpose for God to judge sin. We, who have come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, have no need to be tested; “we have passed the test when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.” “Dwellers on the earth,” relates to unbelievers, and is mentioned throughout Revelation as those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. As believers in Christ, “our citizenship is in heaven,” Philippians 3:20. Dwellers of the earth have an allegiance to things of the earth, as opposed to the “heavenlies.” (Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3)
Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
The time of tribulation will be much worse than that of anything that has ever happened in history. Consider the bomb that exploded over Hiroshima that ended World War II. Consider the great world-wide flood of Noah’s time. The tribulation period will be greater than anything that our minds can imagine. The wrath of God’s judgment on sin and unbelief will be poured out on the earth, as is described below. God will not be a “bystander;” He will be “in charge” of everything that happens.
Revelation 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Book with Seven Seals
1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The First Seal—Rider on White Horse
1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals
The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal
The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal
The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal
The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal
It is not God’s purpose for His church, the bride of Christ, to endure the wrath of God which will be poured out on the whole earth, which will affect all of those who are left behind; those who did not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
The following video tells of the salvation of Jesus that is given to all who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior, as opposed to the condemnation that is the penalty for unbelief.
John 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.