Revelation: a book of blessings

Many believe the book of Revelation is a book of Judgement, a prophecy of Gods judgement and wrath upon an unbelieving world at the end of the age. and it is, and it is so much more than that. There is much more to the book of revelation than meets the eye. It is also  a story of a Jewish wedding. Jewish weddings are characterized with and                 commence with 7  blessings from the groom to the bride and her family, and also with blessings from the bride to her groom. we find all these in the book of Revelation, with the wedding supper taking place at the end, Revelation 19.

As an aside, In the debate about the pre trib rapture, the fact that Revelation opens with a wedding tells us Jesus bride is already there. You cannot have a wedding without a bride.

This testifys to the pre tribulation rapture. The guests and late arrivals from the tribulation “friends of the bride groom” also join the festivities before the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Here are a few of the blessings of Revelation to those that love the Lord.

To the reader: 7 blessings

Rev1;3: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

rev14;13: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them

rev 16:15:  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Rev 19:9: 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. 

Rev 20:6: Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Rev 22:7: Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Rev 22:14: Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

The blessings to the church and the Bride: “to them that over cometh”

Rev 2:7:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise

Rev 2:11:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 2:17:He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Rev 2:26:And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Seven blessings from the Bride to the groom in Revelation at the marriage of the Lamb:

Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 5:12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Rev 5:13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever

Rev 7:9-10 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

There is also a significance in the half hour of silence in heaven in Revelation 8:1, its parallel in the Jewish wedding is the yichud, the “alone time” the bride and groom spend in a room together. He lifts her veil for the first time.  Gifts are exchanged.  This is the consummation. Physical intimacy is not involved. “the friend of the bridegroom” announces the consummation. The wedding feast continues afterward. Rev 8:1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

The “sea of glass” and “sea of glass mixed with fire” is also a parallel to the Mazel Tov, the ceremonial breaking of a glass, or two glasses in the Jewish wedding.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. (before).

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (after the consummation).

Rev 19:6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

Here is more illumination from a Facebook thread:

James Dixon

The book of revelation contains a wedding narrative. The wedding begins in the first chapters of revelation. The bride and friends of the bridegroom are seen standing before Jesus IN HEAVEN revelation 5:9-10. The tribulation begins on earth in revelation chapter 6. Sorry we aren’t there, were at a party!
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Susan Logan

By all means, I hope you are right! With all the hunger, famine, and death all over the earth, it is hard to believe we are not.
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Nick Bevilacqua

God agreed with Abraham that He would not punish the righteous (believers) with the wicked. (Unbelievers). (Genesis 18: 23 – 26). It would be wrong of God to do so, according to what Abraham said to God, and God apparantly agreed. Prior to the Rapture, believers in Christ are the righteous today. Our faith is counted to us for righteousness. (Romans 4: 4 – 6).
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James Dixon

Amen. Psalms 1:5 the ungodly will not stand in the congregation of tge righteous in judgement.
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James Dixon

If you will do the math in revelation, the first half is 42 months. (Add up the length of times of the plagues and seals) Thats 3.5 years.the two prophets preach for 3.5 yrs beginning after the rapture. At this 3.5 yr point, the beast breaks a 7 year peace treaty with Israel (who was enjoying peace safety and security during the first 3.5 yrs) and overruns Israel and Jerusalem. Jacobs trouble begins, these are the 3.5 yrs that finish Daniel’s 70th week.

The remnant of Israel will flee to petra where they will hide for 3.5 years. During this time a seven year wedding feast (US!) is taking place in heaven.
In rev 19 the feast culminates with the marriage of the Lamb and his bride (the NT saints) the OT saints will be in attendance as friends of the bridegroom. The trib saints attend in soul and spirit.
immediately afterwards , Jesus returns with all his saints, destroys the antichrists army , throws him and the false prophet alive into the lake of fire, then saves the remnant of Israel , leads them personally back across the river Jordan and restores them to their land. and the trib saints are bodily resurrected in rev 20:4-6 beginning the mellinial reign of Christ.

You heard that here first, your seminaries dont teach that.

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James Dixon

You will find the white kittle, the marriage robes of the Jewish wedding, and the blessings from the groom to the bride in the first chapters of revelation , then the blessings of the groom from his bride “thou art worthy” “salvation and honor and glory to our God” “thou art worthy” then the 30 minutes of silence when the groom and bride are alone in the bridal chamber, the breaking of the glass and culminating in marriage supper in rev 19. It all parallels the Jewish wedding.
During this time, earth is going thru hell. But we are at the party on heaven.
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James Dixon

For a believer, once understood, Revelation is the most encouraging, exciting book in the Bible. I hope these links help. Feel free to ask questions.

https://huckleberry2012.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/a-few-of-the-blessings-of-the-book-of-revelation/

Revelation: a book of blessings

Many believe the book of Revelation is a book of Judgement, a prophecy of Gods judgement and wrath upon an unbelieving world at the end of the age. and it is, and it is so much more than that. Ther…

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James Dixon

Lastly, the fact that the church is present in heaven in revelation chapter 5 before the first seal is opened, starting the tribulation in chapter six tells us we will not be here during the tribulation.
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Susan Logan

Love this. Thank you so much.
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James Dixon

Thank you, see you at the marriage supper. 🙂 God bless!
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James Dixon

One thing that confuses a lot of people is that Israel will not suffer in the first half of the tribulation. They will see peace and safety. The last half is jacobs trouble. The last 3.5 yrs complete Daniels 70th week.
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Susan Logan

This is exactly what I think with a couple variations. I will find the Scriptures then ask you.
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Nick Bevilacqua

A Rapture at the end of the Tribulation is not possible for the simple reason that if it were so, there would be no living flesh and blood mortal to enter into the Millennial Kingdom of Christ here on earth to give birth to children to age and live to close to 100 years,to sin, and to die; and to also join with Satan at the end of the Millennium to fight against Jesus. If the Rapture were to take place at the end of the Tribulation, only the saved with IMMORTAL bodies would be left to enter into the Kingdom on earth. It is at the end of the Tribulation period that Jesus will seperate the goats from the sheep; the sheep (living flesh and blood believers) will enter into the Millennial Kingdom, while the goats, ‘(living flesh and blood unbelievers) will be shut out of the Kingdom and die.
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James Dixon

Amen brother! The survivors will repopulate the earth in the mellinium. Yes! That’s good stuff 🙂
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2 thoughts on “Revelation: a book of blessings

  1. carmy19

    I have spent a good deal in the past just seeing the judgments in Revelation mostly so because pastors tend to emphasize the judgments in order to produce fear in the church.
    Now I would be more careful to note the wonderful blessings Jesus promises to those who belong to Him.
    Excellent blog!

    Reply

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