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“Revelation 19:10”
by Art Sadlier   
December 26th, 2010

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

We have examined the wedding feast, now in verse 10 we consider John’s reaction to the announcement of the wedding feast. John is overwhelmed by the wonder and thrill of the whole scenario of the wedding feast. He is so thrilled and at the promise of such blessing upon those called to marriage feast that he forgets himself and falls down at the feet of the angel who made the announcement. Remember that John is to be a partaker in the coming marriage feast. If John is so excited by this coming event, we ought to be excited as well. We can revel and rejoice in this prospect that awaits us.

The angel quickly responds to John, “See thou do it not.” Then he adds, “Worship God.” We are reminded that angel is merely a creature of God and that all worship must be directed toward God. When Jesus accepts worship, which He does, it proves the deity of Christ.

Though the wedding feast has been announced, the events of verses 11-12 must occur prior to the feast. Christ must return to the earth and defeat his enemies and not until that happens does the marriage feast occur.

In chapter five there was weeping because Satan was seemingly about to consolidate his kingdom on the earth as the tribulation was beginning. The announcement was made in heaven that Lion of the tribe of Judah had prevailed to open the book and take the kingdom from Satan.

We read about the response to that announcement in Revelation 5: 8-13, “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 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; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying 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. And 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 forever and ever.” At that point in chapter five the entire tribulation period lay yet ahead. When God makes a promise it is as good as if it had already been done.

It is the event celebrated in chapter five that is now about to be consummated. The Lamb is about to crush Satan and ascend the throne of David in Jerusalem. Can you see why John was so excited, after the promise and after the entire tribulation period is now concluding, the long awaited defeat of Satan and demons and followers is about to take place.

Revelation 19:7-10 we have the preannouncement of the marriage feast of the Lamb which actually follows the events of verse 11-21. The judgments of the tribulation period must be completed and the millennium established. The counterfeit bride of Satan, the harlot church, must be judged and cast into hell before the bride of Christ is presented in the righteousness of Christ. Then the marriage feast will take place.

God has a plan and a time for all His works.

Notice the concluding words of our text verse, “...the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The entire book of Revelation from cover to cover is about Jesus and the entire book is a prophecy.

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