Referring to the marriage ceremony of the Lamb and the church, more often referred to as the rapture, when will it occur?
ESV - 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.
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The marriage feast of the Lamb [Jesus] is described in detail by Jesus in Matthew 22:1-14 as the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. The wedding does not happen until the New Jerusalem (the bride) comes down from heaven to the New Earth that Jesus has prepared (See Revelation 21:1-10). The wedding banquet cannot take place until all believers are present in the banquet hall. Revelation 20:4-6 is clear that martyrs for Jesus will be resurrected to life at the close of the great tribulation when Jesus returns to defeat the anti-Christ. These believers must take their place in the wedding banquet also. I don’t agree with the position that this marriage feast of the lamb is the equivalent to the rapture of the church. All believers in Jesus have an invitation to the wedding and a seat in the banquet hall. This includes Old Testament Saints, Tribulation Saints and the Church. Some people will try to get in without an invitation, but they are not wearing the wedding clothes that Jesus provides; so they will be seized, bound and thrown outside into the darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 22:11-13).
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