When and who: The Marriage Supper (Feast) of the Lamb

In Revelation 19:7-9, we read about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb:

 

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.”(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

So, when does this supper take place?  And who is the bride?

 

I did not give location choices for the Marriage Supper being at the end, because that would include too many choices (on earth, in heaven, unsure if on earth or heaven, etc.).

 

If your view is not exactly represented, but something close is, please indicate that church.  Comments welcome.

The bride is the church and the feast takes place in heaven early during the Tribulation.
15% (2 votes)
The bride is the church and Old Testament believers and the feast takes place in heaven early during the Tribulation.
8% (1 vote)
The bride is the church and the feast takes place at the end of or after the Great Tribulation.
23% (3 votes)
Bride is the church and OT & Tribulation martyr believers & the feast takes place at the end of or after the Great Tribulation.
23% (3 votes)
The Bride is the church and takes place in heaven in the middle of the Tribulation.
0% (0 votes)
The Bride is the church & OT believers and takes place in heaven in the middle of the Tribulation.
0% (0 votes)
The feast is symbolical and not indicative of an event, just an illustration of heaven's bliss.
8% (1 vote)
Other
8% (1 vote)
Unsure
15% (2 votes)
This is a past or ongoing event.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 13
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Josh S's picture

You forgot the option, "The bride is Baptist churches and all other Christians are just guests at the supper."

Just kidding! But I do know some otherwise godly, level-headed Christians who believe just that!

Josh Stilwell, associate pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Des Moines, Iowa.

Ed Vasicek's picture

Josh S wrote:

You forgot the option, "The bride is Baptist churches and all other Christians are just guests at the supper."

Just kidding! But I do know some otherwise godly, level-headed Christians who believe just that!

I hadn't heard that one before.  I would guess, though, that there are probably other interpretations not on my list.

If anyone knows of more options, please share them.  Personally, I am not so sure about this and was hoping to generate some interesting conversation!

 

"The Midrash Detective"