PMW 2021-008 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. (with Milton S. Terry)

The New Testament has many images of the glory of Christ’s kingdom and our joyous salvation in it. One of the most glorious images is that of a joyful marriage supper. Though this image appears directly in several New Testament passages (e.g., Matt. 22:2ff; 25:2ff) and indirectly in others, one of the most impressive presentations is in the Book of Revelation.

Milton Terry on the Supper

In his Biblical Apocalyptics (p. 441), Milton S. Terry comments on the marriage supper of the Lamb as presented in Revelation:

In [Revelation 19:9] below mention is made of “the supper of the marriage of the Lamb.” The song being cast in a prophetic mold, things future are conceived as already complete and hence the aorists of this verse, “came” (elthen) and “made ready” (hetoimasen). The marriage of the Lamb is the union of Christ with believers and is therefore essentially a fact of spiritual life.

The feast or supper of that marriage is a figure for the delightful fellowship, the blessed entertainment and fruition of such vital union with the Prince of life. The marriage of the Lamb is a process continually going on as long as such unions of Christ and his beloved and elect ones continue to be consummated. The glory and blessedness of life with Christ in heaven are but the perpetuation of the union formed by faith and love in this world.

The marriage and feast of this apocalyptic song are accordingly to be understood as referring to the same spiritual fact as the parables of the marriage of the king’s son in Matthew 22:2–13 and the great supper in Luke 14:15–24.

“His wife hath made herself ready” — In apocalypse as in parable facts or great truths which continue for ages are necessarily pictured in harmony with the figure employed. The union of one believer with Christ is a representative of all such unions of all time. But to conserve the figure of a marriage feast the entire process of ages is conceived as complete.

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Gentry comments

Terry well captures an important truth regarding the marriage supper which is missed by too many. The marriage supper is neither a one-time event at the beginning of Christian history nor an event punctuating the end of Christian history and the introduction of the final eternal estate. Rather it is an image of the ongoing calling and saving of sinners which brings them into the joyous continuing celebration of union with Christ.

Thus, the marriage supper began in the first century and continues until the last day. As Terry puts it: “The marriage of the Lamb is a process continually going on as long as such unions of Christ and his beloved and elect ones continue to be consummated.” And: it will “continue for ages.”

The marriage of the Lamb necessarily includes all the saints of God. Therefore, the marriage supper cannot be a completed event, for men and women are continually being saved and brought into union with Christ. And the ongoing joy of the Christian life is well captured by the picture of a wondrous celebration of that life in union with Christ.

The Olivet Discourse Made Easy

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Tragically, the Jewish nation rejected Christ and God’s gracious invitation to enter into the supper (Matt. 22:1–6) and were judged because of that (Matt. 22:7). Yet, God has sent out messengers to continually gather us in (Matt. 22:8–10), though only those who have truly readied themselves (i.e., been truly converted by God’s grace) will be accepted (Matt. 22:11–14). This ongoing mission is directed by the Great Commission, which engages “all nations” until the end comes.

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  1. Tim Hanley January 26, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Ken, what a beautiful picture of an ongoing event throughout all of Christendom! Thank you for this. This is a new thought for me. Thank you for your ministry.

  2. Fred V. Squillante January 26, 2021 at 9:17 am

    I’m pleased to see you used Terry’s portrayal for the Marriage of the Lamb. You have said he is a hyper-preterist and I see how you reacted to Preston, but he is not in the same class as Terry. When I look at how he handles the Olivet Discourse I agree he may go too far with his characterization of Matthew 25:31-46, even though I agree with him that Olivet is in answer to the Disciples’ question about what eventually occurred in AD 70 – not about what is still future to us. Where I disagree with him is that small closing portion of the Discourse is quite likely about the final Judgment. I don’t see a “disconnect” with Jesus moving to the true “end times” at the close of the Discourse but I do see a “disconnect” to do it at 24:36.

  3. Kenneth Gentry January 26, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Terry is not a Hyper-preterist; nor have I said he is. In fact, I have written an article showing that on the HP analysis, Terry ought to be declared a futurist.

    And I agree with you that Jesus was answering the disciples’ question. Yet they did not realize that their bringing in the parousia and “the end of the age” showed their confusion of the AD 70 type and Final Judgmetn anti-type. They thought AD 70 was to be the Final Judgment rather than a pointer to it, hence the way they ask their question. And the way Jesus structures his answer.

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