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:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 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.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
Here is more illumination from a Facebook thread:
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.
During this time, earth is going thru hell. But we are at the party on heaven.