Understanding the Scriptures
|Alleluia (vv. 1, 3–4, 6)||Praise to God!|
|Omnipotent (v. 6)||All powerful|
|Arrayed (v. 8)||Clothed|
|Linen (vv. 8, 14)||Smooth cloth made from flax|
|Vesture (vv. 13, 16)||Robe|
|Treadeth the winepress (v. 15)||See the help and drawing in “Understanding the Scriptures” for Revelation 14 (p. 172)|
|Remnant (v. 21)||The ones left over, the remaining ones|
Revelation 19:7–9—The Marriage and Marriage Supper of the Lamb
In Revelation 12 we read that the Church is symbolized by a woman. On more than one occasion Jesus referred to Himself as the groom who marries the woman (see Isaiah 54:5; Matthew 22:2–14; Luke 5:34). This symbolic marriage reminds us that we have a covenant relationship with the Lord and that He cares for the Church as a perfect husband in whom we can rely and trust (see Ephesians 5:25).
The marriage supper is a feast celebrating the marriage. The image of a feast reminds us that the gospel of Jesus Christ satisfies the spiritual, emotional, social, and physical hunger, or needs, of the entire posterity of Adam and Eve. Inviting others and preparing for this great supper is an important message of the latter days (see D&C 27:5–14; 58:8–12; 65:2–3).
Revelation 19:9, 17–21—Two Suppers
Two suppers are spoken of in Revelation 19. They are not the same, although they occur at a similar time in the history of the earth. The first, the marriage supper of the Lamb, is referred to in the preceding section. The other supper, “the supper of the great God” (v. 17), is a symbol that reminds us of the destruction of the wicked. Furthermore, it reminds us that if we put our trust in the things of this world and refuse to believe in life after death, the only future we will look forward to is the same as all other living things on earth—we will die, begin to rot, and birds of prey will eat our flesh. In contrast, the gospel proclaims victory from the grave and the opportunity for eternal happiness.
Revelation 19:15, 21—“Out of His Mouth Goeth a Sharp Sword, … and He Shall Rule Them with a Rod of Iron”
The sword and the rod of iron both refer to the word of God (see Hebrews 4:12; 1 Nephi 15:23–24). Although it may sound harsh, the rule of Jesus is not harsh, but firm, powerful, and cuts to the center of man to help him permanently change or to perfectly know his guilt (see 1 Nephi 16:2; Alma 31:5; 3 Nephi 11:3).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Revelation 19.
Design an Invitation
In your notebook, draw or write an invitation that invites someone to the events described in Revelation 19:7–9. Include every important detail, including what will occur, what they should wear, and what they need in order to get in. Read and use Matthew 22:2–14; 2 Nephi 9:50–51; Doctrine and Covenants 27:5–14; and 58:8–9 as you determine the details of the invitation.
Use a Scripture to Answer Questions
One of your Christian friends who is not a member of the Church does not believe in prophets today and wonders how we can say there are prophets in the Church. Use Revelation 19:10 in your explanation about our belief in prophets (see also Numbers 11:29).
What color is the clothing of those who come with Jesus at His coming? What does this color represent? (see Revelation 19:8, 14).